A Slaughter Chronicles Update

NEWS

Hi there, readers!

I’m doing a few formatting/administrative updates to my Slaughter Chronicles content. If you’ve already downloaded your free copies of either Demon Moon or Dead Girl Moon I want to assure you that there have been no changes to the content (except for, you know, that comma that I kept missing through 12 rounds of editing or that word that was meant to be “cheese” but somehow autocorrect through it should be “wheel barrow.” I fixed that word. Thank you, autocorrect).

Demon Moon has a new cover for font consistency.

The Sneak Peek of Havoc’s Moon that was at the end of Demon Moon has been removed because while I was finishing up Moon Shine a secondary character decided he was going to be more of a main character than I originally thought and now he’s making me change the entire story (exaggeration) so he can get all snuggly and cozy. Typical.

(Note: I guess that is a content change but not really because the story of Demon Moon is still the same and not dependent on the Sneak Peek.)

I have fixed some formatting errors (ePub/mobi page layout stuff) for Dead Girl Moon and a new version of that will go live on MAY 20 with…

PUBLICATION OF MOON SHINE!!!

Save the date! Moon Shine, the next installment of Regina’s story and The Slaughter Chronicles will go live May 20, 2019.

You will be able to download your free copies from:

iTunes/iBooks

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

Google Play

Smashwords

And all other free Draft2Digital distribution platforms

And, of course, Prolific Works, where you will be able to download a mobi file for your Kindle.

Lastly I just want to say THANK YOU for reading my work. Writing isn’t just a “job” or a “hobby,” it’s a true labor of love for me. Writing and self-publishing my stories has greatly improved my quality of life and I hope that you all get as much enjoyment reading them as I do writing them (even if they’re bloody and scary). πŸ™‚

Series Update: The Heart of the Forest Cycle

Writing Life

Series…Serieses? Is that a word? My spell check says no and suggests Series’. But it’s not the series(es) possession. It’s plural. You get the idea.

Anyway. I am currently writing two story arcs: The Slaughter Chronicles and The Heart of the Forest Cycle. The Slaughter Chronicles is about my main character Regina Slaughter and all her adventures and mistakes. The Heart of the Forest Cycle is about several different faeries, or fair folk, or fey, depending on how you see them.

The Slaughter Chronicles are mainly written in first person limited point of view. I am writing a few novellas that focus on the supporting characters and those are written in third person slightly limited, slightly omniscient depending on how I feel.

The books in The Heart of the Forest Cycle are third person limited and the perspective flows across multiple characters (if you hate character jumping I sincerely apologize).

What I enjoy immensely about writing two different stories at once is that if I get burned out on one I can switch to the other. In a perfect world that kind of transition is seamless and productive. In reality, it’s more often jarring and annoying, mainly because I want to keep to my self-imposed deadlines and when the story doesn’t flow I can’t meet my deadline.

So, my plan was to finish the final draft of the first book in The Heart of the Forest Cycle this month, during Camp Nanowrimo, and work on editing the manuscript over the summer and self-publish it in August.

The story isn’t’ ready.

I have to re-work the magic system. I have to re-write all the things! (Well, not really all the things but it sure feels like it!)

And all while those thoughts are going on Regina is clawing at the back of my brain and screaming, “Tell my story, bitch!”

So after about a week of thinking about how to solve all my problems and two days of not writing (sometimes you just need a break) I have decided that I’m going to put The Heart of the Forest Cycle on the back burner AGAIN and write Regina because her plot holes are WAY easier to fill and smooth over than all my fey drama.

(They wouldn’t be real fey if there wasn’t any drama.)

The thing that I’ve learned/realized that I need to do in order to be a successful writer is to write whatever wants to come out of my brain regardless of what project it fits into. If I had listened to my brain and wrote that one scene when I first thought about it I would probably not have as hard a time solidifying my characters for The Heart of the Forest Cycle but I said, “No! I need to think about this other thing now.” And then the problem got bigger and bigger even though the other thing got done.

My hope still is to publish the first book of The Heart of the Forest Cycle this year but if I don’t, I’m not going to cry over it. I’d rather have a good story than a rushed story. I still love both my stories and all my characters even when they argue with me. Eventually both will be out in the world in full force but Here and Away probably won’t be ready until 2020.

Who else is working on more than one project? More than one project with different genres?

I’d love to hear how y’all do it πŸ™‚

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019

NaNoWriMo

It’s the second week of camp and I’ve had a pretty rocky start…but I’ve also finished the final draft of Moon Shine, the next Slaughter Chronicles Novella!

If only that was the project I wanted to work on *sigh* but I am by no means ungrateful.

Moon Shine was a spontaneous side project that came out of the 3rd draft of Havoc’s Moon (book one of the SC). I was brainstorming with Mr. J and needed to come up with more backstory for Regina’s pack, the Gluttons, and I was writing loads and loads of “info dumps” that were slowing down the story.

So I decided to do what I did with Dead Girl Moon. Dead Girl Moon was originally the prologue for Havoc’s Moon but Regina’s backstory was too intense for me to cut down into a short introduction. Since Moon Shine was turning into its own entity, I decided to give it room to grow and make it into a novella.

Moon Shine was originally supposed to be only 20,000 words maximum and all of those words were supposed to focus on the daily lives of all of the human monster hunters who turned werewolf in the line of duty. The story, before the final edits, is now sitting at 36,000 words. (If only those words went to Here and Away! *cries*)

But now that the final draft of Moon Shine is finished I can devote more attention to finalizing the final draft of Here and Away.

My goal for camp was to write 70,000 words. That’s a lot, and I won’t lie, 34,000-ish of those words are already written. I want to use my word count to add to the existing manuscript and build it until the end.

I don’t like to edit and write at the same time, I don’t write as much when I do but that’s what I’m doing with Here and Away because, when I finished the last round of drafting I realized I needed to make drastic changes to the beginning of the book. It is still eluding me but I am confident I will be on the right track by the end of the month.

So really, I won’t be editing so much as I will be hacking at the existing chapters with a pair of hedge trimmers until everything flows together in one cohesive dreamscape.

Yeah, good luck to that.

I’ve taken to writing both at home and at the library. Since I’m currently not working, I’m taking a page out of Ray Bradbury’s book and treating writing like my day job. I get up, shower, brush my teeth, tame my hair into something that looks semi-respectable, and go out into the world like all the other humans in my neighborhood. I spend 4 or 5 hours at the library and then I go home and work on my mom’s house and clean anything that needs cleaning. I run errands for my mom and take care of general maintenance things while she grades or preps her classes (mom teaches college level political science). And then after dinner I write a little bit more. It’s a pretty good life.

So that’s how my camp experience is going so far. I’d love to hear how things are going with you. What’s working? What’s killing you?

If things are tough, know that I’m rooting for you and you are not alone!

Keep writing!

Meet Vermin!

NEWS

I’m super excited to announce my collaboration with Little Fears went live today πŸ™‚

Conquest is the story of a tiny monster with big dreams.

It was so much fun watching the art and my story come to life, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity πŸ™‚

For more Little Fears spooky goodness click HERE πŸ™‚

Not a micropoem 19

Fiction

Responsibility: a fairy tale

The blind, mad Oracle is everything I want to be. She’s alone, eats pine nuts from the comb and snatches yellow jackets out of the air like an orb spider. Her lips love poison and she cannot die because she is already dead. Her heart does not beat and she feels nothing she does not wish to. She gets to sit in her dappled, secluded grove, where there is always good weather and relax all day until someone like me comes along. Then and only then does she have to work, only then does she have to sift through the sparking grains of the void to find where the enemy lives. It’s me what has to go and kill it.

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I’m thinking about expanding my micro poem a day thing to micro fiction and poetry. Just so I can keep myself entertained.

How I got into Stephen King

Writing Life

I don’t like all Stephen King books but I can’t deny he is a master of the horror genre. And the books of his that I do like, I like because they entertain me as a reader, not a writer. I get transported into that world and I don’t want to leave because there’s something there in the terror that feels like home.

So when I was a kid, my mom went to Pennsylvania for a conference or something and first I got scared because I didn’t hear Pennsylvania, I heard Transylvania and I thought Dracula was going to kill her. I was corrected rather quickly about that before I could realize that if Dracula “killed” her she could turn into a vampire and have a pretty cool life after that.

But then after we dropped her off at the airport my dad said something about how her plane might crash, a possibility that had never popped into my head before even though I had my first plane ride when I was 3, and when we got home he put on The Langoliers.

And I fucking loved it.

I loved the creepy abandoned airport, I love how the characters could pick through other people’s stuff and explore things that seemed ordinary but were really out of the ordinary.

I loved the little girl, I wanted to be her. I loved the tough Australian guy, I wanted to marry him and I was sad when he died. I loved the pilot and his bravery flying the plane through the rip in reality knowing that if he fucked it up they would all die. I even liked the guy who ripped up paper, even though he was also kinda creepy. And I felt kinda bad that he was messed up. But I also loved it when the Langoliers ate him.

I could go on and on about those characters. I think it’s one of the few stories where I like every single character, which doesn’t happen often.

I hot-glued cotton balls to a rock and drew teeth on it. I am not artistic. It was an albino langolier. Whatever.

I thought those monsters were fucking adorable. And if you think about it, knowing that a toothy, round monster thing eats the past is kind of comforting because everything embarrassing or humiliating that ever happened to you is, technically, gone now.

And that’s how I got into Stephen King.