June 2019 Stats

I’m really embarrassed to share this information because I did really, really bad this month. But this is how life works sometimes.

Days I didn’t write:

Almost all of them.

How many words:

I’d be surprised if I hit 4,000.

Projects I worked on:

Moon Shine

The Heart of the Forest Cycle

What I actually wanted to work on:

Resonance

Goals for next month:

Draft Havoc’s Moon

Submissions sent out:

0

Submissions accepted:

1

Submissions rejected:

0

SO this month was terrible for my productivity. Mr. J drove up from Alabama in the first week and we stayed in Arkansas for a few days before driving down to the Florida panhandle to visit my aunt for a week. Then further down the state to visit Mr. J’s grandfather for another week. And then a few days in Mr. J’s home port before I flew back to Arkansas.

But even thought I didn’t do a lot of writing (I gave up tallying my word counts and days after the first week) I did a lot of outlining and brainstorming. I fleshed out secondary characters and sub-plots. I worked on motivations and story arcs. It was a productive time in every other aspect of writing except actually writing.

My two other main projects, Resonance and The Heart of the Forest Cycle, are progressing more slowly than I would like but they are progressing. The biggest news there is that instead of being a trilogy of novels, The Heart of the Forest Cycle is going to be at least two volumes of short stories and novellas. I have a lot of characters in that series and tying all of their story lines together was becoming increasingly difficult so I’ve separated nearly everyone’s stories and things are flowing more easily. I might be able to publish the first volume sometime in the fall but I’m still not going to make it a priority. The Slaughter Chronicles comes first.

July is Camp NaNoWriMo. I will be participating this year. I didn’t win camp this past April but I also had unrealistic expectations. So for July, I will work on finishing the first draft of Havoc’s Moon and polishing Moon Shine for publication in October.

Here’s looking to a larger word count in the future!

Books Read April 2019

(I’m including short stories in here because I am incapable of finishing a short story collection in a month.)

Finished:

Love in the Time of Global Warming: Francesca Lia Block

The Collector: Titanborn Universe Book Zero: Rhett Bruno

Parable of the Sower: Octavia Butler

The Laughing Corpse: Laurell K. Hamilton

A friend’s amazing zombie book

The Beast in the Cave: HP Lovecraft

The Alchemist: HP Lovecraft

The Tomb: HP Lovecraft

Dagon: HP Lovecraft

The Big Flash: Norman Spinrad

Circus of the Damned: Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)

Goblin Slayer vol. 3: Kumo Kagyu

Currently Reading:

King Arthur: Christopher Hibbert

Desperation: Stephen King

Arthurian Book of Days: Caitlin and John Matthews

Started:

Heavy Time: CJ Cherryh (re-read)

Double Dead: Chuck Wendig

Favorites:

1. Parable of the Sower: Octavia Butler

2. Heavy Time: CJ Cherryh

Coming Soon! A Slaughter Chronicles Short Story AND Another Slaughter Chronicles Novella!

The Slaughter Chronicles is my horror/supernatural series involving various members of the Slaughter family and how I make their lives miserable.

Regina Slaughter is the protagonist and first person narrator of most of the books, however, some of my other characters, her friends, are too loud to ignore so they get their own stories.

To give you all a preview of the yumminess to come in the upcoming months, I am releasing the first Slaughter Chronicles short story on my and Mr. J’s 4th anniversary, February 13.

(OMG I can’t believe we’ve been married for 4 years now SQUEEE)

I wanted to give it to y’all on my birthday (later in Feb.) because I love giving presents as much as I love getting them but I decided I didn’t want to wait that long.

Free, of course, this story is my gift to you 🙂

It is set a few years before the start of Havoc’s Moon (book one, forthcoming October 2019) and you do not need to know anything about this universe to enjoy it.

This tiny publication will also include a sneak peek of Havoc’s Moon, the next book in the series.

So, without further ado, I present to you..

DEMON MOON!!!

A SLAUGHTER CHRONICLES SHORT STORY

The year is 2003 and Caleb Grimmet, high school senior and football superstar, is going to make all his dreams come true. Or so he thinks. All he has to do is catch and tame a demon.

When Caleb and his friends gather together to open up the abyss, they learn a painful lesson: dreams don’t always manifest the way you want them to.

And the abyss, once looked into, does more than look back out at you.

Isn’t the jellyfish demon adorable? Mr. J. made it. I just want to squeeze all the stuffing out 🙂 It’s SO CUTE!!!

Dead Girl Moon, Regina Slaughter’s backstory and A Slaughter Chronicles Novella, is available for free download in these various places.

Now, because I am an extreme masochist and whenever the muse strikes me I must respond, you will be getting not one but two cover reveals today.

I have the extreme pleasure of also presenting you with…

MOON SHINE!!!

ANOTHER SLAUGHTER CHRONICLES NOVELLA

What happens when the hunters become the hunted?

They make MOONSHINE!

Welcome to Silver Wolf Stills.

A fine distillery home to the best gin, whiskey, and white lightning this side of Cox Springs. Also home to the Gluttons, a werewolf pack made up of former vampire and werewolf hunters. All formerly employed by HADES, a supernatural extermination agency.

If you’re human, you’re welcome to stop by (if you can find us way out in the woods), enjoy a rustic tasting, and even take a few bottles home with you.

If you’re not human, the bar is open 24/7 and you are always welcome to unburden your soul—for a price. Just because the Gluttons aren’t hunters anymore doesn’t mean they’ve hung up their guns and melted down their silver bullets.

But sometimes danger doesn’t come from the outside.

One day the Glutton’s Alpha, Atlas, brings home an eleven-year-old refugee from a HADES supernatural prison camp and throws the whole pack into turmoil.

Between those who see the little girl as an innocent victim and the ones who see her as a major security risk, Atlas and his Beta, Tom, must decide whether or not to give her a home or, quite literally throw her to the wolves.

And if they decide to keep her, can they deal with the consequences?

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This novella came into existence when Mr. J and I were talking about the Gluttons’ backstory and there was this one character who appears in “flashbacks” in Havoc’s Moon who just wouldn’t shut up in my head. So I had to give him his own story. Silver Wolf Stills is just one of the Gluttons’ many backstories and no doubt there will be many more to come.

Moon Shine will be published some time in the summer, stay tuned for that and a few other publications this year.

Thank you so much for reading! Have an awesome day!

Ray Bradbury “The Fog Horn” 1952

“We need a voice to call across the water, to warn ships; I’ll make one. I’ll make a voice like all of time and all of the fog that ever was; I’ll make a voice that is like an empty bed beside you all night long, and like an empty house when you open the door, and like trees in autumn with no leaves. A sound like the birds flying south, crying, and a sound like November wind and the sea on the hard, cold shore. I’ll make a sound that’s so alone that no one can miss it, that whoever hears it will weep in their souls, and hearths will seem warmer, and being inside will seem better to all who hear it in the distant towns. I’ll make me a sound and an apparatus and they’ll call it a Fog Horn and whoever hears it will know the sadness of eternity and the briefness of life.”