• Pre-Thanksgiving Update

    As I previously mentioned, I will be away for Thanksgiving starting today. Still, I time before we leave so I figured it was a good time to make a blog post keeping everyone up to date about what is going on.

    The second book in the Honor’s Path series is now 22 chapters long, and roughly 90% written, with about 3 or 4 chapters to go (I initially guessed 24 chapters long, so I was pretty close!). Also looking like my estimate of 120,000 words was decent, although I’m starting to suspect I am going to be low.

    In any case, I will try to continue working on that while I am away, but experience tells me that any progress will be minimal. Still, worth the attempt. It is looking a lot like I will definitely make my December 15th deadline, although that may also slip slightly if the book runs long. Still, it should be accurate to within a day or two at least.

    What does that mean? Well, for one it means I will soon be able to throw myself into editing and I am going to set a goal of getting Book 2 out by December of next year. I will also begin writing Book 3 at some point, and probably also try my hand at a shorter novella as well. That probably sounds absurdly ambitions, and it is, but this year has made me believe that it is something I can handle so long as I apply myself (plus this year I won’t be contending with moving!).

    Finally: minor tweaks to the blog layout. New archive widget on the right and slight changes to the header. Nobody else probably cares, but this is my blog so I get to brag if I want. :3

  • Holidays ahead

    So this Tuesday I get to make the drive down to my aunt’s for Thanksgiving to see my grandmother for the first time since my move (although technically I saw her while the move was in progress). These things always end up being weird for me, because I have this thing where writing when other people are around is completely impossible. Having anyone in the area acts as a distraction I just cannot get over. As such I end up both looking forward to the vacation and dreading it.

    Thanksgiving with the aunt tends to be a fairly nice affair though. She has a very nice house located in a pretty area. That side of my family is a bit weird, but in all honesty we get along together surprisingly well. Obviously I hope that the topic of politics doesn’t come up, considering the tense emotions that are running all over with the election results, but to tell the truth that hasn’t ever been a problem with my family. Hopefully it won’t become one this year.

    Following Thanksgiving I’ll be finishing up the second book, then at some point will be heading down to visit memere and pepere (my other grandparents) for Christmas. In fact, that trip is largely why I want to finish the second book sooner rather than later. They have a very nice house, but it is an older style without much privacy compared to things that have been build more recently. Writing isn’t something I’ll be able to do while there, but editing is another matter.

    Depending on how things are this winter I may need to stay with them to help shovel snow. Both memere and pepere are in poor enough health that they aren’t physically capable of doing such any longer. Obviously I hope that isn’t necessary, but we’ll have to see. A large part of it also depends on my grandparents themselves, and if they want another person hanging around (my mother is already staying with them so they may decide they don’t need any more help).

    Anyway, that is what is going on with me through the next few months!

  • Furry Book Month Over!

    So to anyone who happened to buy books over Furry Book Month, thank you for your support! Considering that this was our first attempt at something like this, I actually think it went pretty well! At some point I’ll probably briefly discuss some things I think went well in addition to ideas I had for improving Furry Book Month in the future, assuming we do this again sometime.

    I mentioned last post that I had bought (and finished reading) the story Legacy. If you want to see what I thought about it, feel free to do so by looking at my Amazon or at Goodreads (they are identical).

    In sadder news, despite having planned to take part in NaNoWriMo I will not be doing it this month. I will, however, be doing something like it in the near future once the rough draft to my second book is completed. Think of it as something like a palate cleanser before I dive into editing. My personal “NaNoWriMo” project will probably happen sometime over December/January, depending on when I finish book 2.

    Finally, embarrassingly, I need to figure out what I’ll be doing for this month’s newsletter. It ended up sneaking up on me, as it is wont to do. Still, I will work something out for it. Kick it out the door by Monday at the latest.

  • Only One Week Left

    So, there is now just 1 week left until Furry Book Month is finished! Time is running out.

    Once everything is said and done I’ll probably make a post laying out my thoughts about the process of running Furry Book Month, and how I think it could be improved in the future. For now, though, I am actually quite pleased. I’ve really enjoyed watching twitter to see all the people promoting the event.

    I ended up buying 4 books that were being promoted (Legacy, Off Leash, Flower’s Fang, and The Dragon Tax). Also ended up giving a review for Huntress, which I had read before and forgotten to give a review to. One of the books (Legacy by Hugo Jackson) I’ve already finished reading in fact. I’ll be writing a review of it in a day or two after I finish processing my thoughts on it, but might as well share some immediate impressions.

    One thing that is always an experience for me when reading is that I always inevitably compare my skill to the person I’m reading, most noticeably when I see them doing things better than I do. This is an embarrassingly common occurrence, but I do my best to take note of what the author is doing when it happens.

    In this case, I noticed that Hugo Jackson spent far more time describing his primary protagonist than I tend to do. Generally I try to keep character descriptions on the light side other than a few pertinent details. I like my characters to be identified by how they behave and act, and trust the reader to come up with an image that they like using the key physical descriptors I give.

    Hugo Jackson, by contrast, managed to go into a fair amount of dept about what the protagonist was wearing, something I would avoid for fear of interrupting the story flow for something like an info dump. He made it work, however, and I was impressed by how effectively he managed to portray a fairly intricate outfit. It has made me think that perhaps I need to do some exercises where I focus on describing characters without becoming boring.

  • Late Night Updates

    I finished all my writing for tonight, but cannot bring myself to go to bed quite yet. What better time to update my blog than when I am so tired my eyes hurt? Should be an interesting experience for everyone, or at least you. I’m probably about to look really silly.

    First thing first: Furry Book Month is now half-finished! If you haven’t already, you should check it out while you still can. Following that little link will take you to all the officially arranged promotions, however I have also spotted some deals on Twitter under #FurryBookMonth that I don’t recall seeing anywhere else.

    Second, I am writing again. In fact I am making good progress so far. Book 2 the Honor’s Path series is now 2/3rds written. Really regret the long break I took in working on it. Yes, I was moving, but not writing always feels like an excuse. Really felt like I was back in the saddle tonight, so I’m looking forward to knocking out this rough draft by mid-December if possible.

    Third, this blog! I am (trying) to give it a bit of a face lift. Nothing major, just a few little widgets. There is actually an archive widget I would like to try out because it looks way nicer than my current one, however now it is a little broken and labels all months after July incorrectly. Hopefully that will be fixed with the new update. So, if you see changes you like (or ones you absolutely hate) be sure to let me know.

    That’s all for now. Seeing as it is now 5am I should probably crawl into bed before I become completely incoherent.

  • Furry Book Month: October

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    October 1st has arrived, and with it the very first Furry Book Month! To anyone interested in what this is, my post this Wednesday includes a helpful FAQ that should answer the most common questions.

    Until the end of the month, authors and publishers of anthropomorphic fiction will have special offers on books for you to take advantage of! If that interests you, then read on! Unless otherwise indicated, these offers last until the end of October. I have attempted to link* to the relevant store pages where possible to make it easy to take advantage of these offers.

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  • Furry Book Month

    At long last I am able to talk about the promotional campaign I’ve been somewhat involved with: Furry Book Month. This has been in the works for a while, and now that everything is together I am happy to announce that I will be participating.

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    On the 1st of October I’ll be making a post with all the offers that will be happening, but until then I figure a brief FAQ will help address what I feel are likely to be the most common questions. So, without further adieu…

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  • Books are Heavy

    Today I finally started unpacking (most) of my remaining things from boxes, including a bunch of boxes filled with books. There is still at least one box with my books somewhere, but I’ve already found all the books I actually care about at this point. So that is good. The thing is, until you got a box filled with books you don’t really realize just how heavy paper can be. Glad I only had to carry them up 1 flight of stairs.

    Beyond that, I’ve got only a few things going on with me now:

    1. Ordered a new laptop: The keyboard on my current one is dying, which is actually something of a problem for me considering it hampers my ability to type (which is effectively my job). Really frustrating to be working and find that the letters M, P, and D aren’t always appearing when I hit their keys. I’ve got a regular keyboard, but lugging that around during travel would be a pain.
    2. Ditching my desktop: Related to the above. For the past 6 years I’ve kept both a desktop and a laptop, with the laptop being a cheaper machine while the desktop was much more powerful. The goal here was that since the laptop was less capable I would be less tempted by distractions while working on it, however that turns out to not be a huge problem for me any more and maintaining 2 computers is expensive. My hope is that getting a single, reliable machine will prove less expensive in the long run.
    3. Writing: It has been so long since I’ve been able to dedicate time to writing regularly, but that is finally happening again. Right now I’m just doing exercises and side projects to get back into the swing of things, however I’m pretty close to reaching the point where I’m comfortable working on my second book again.
    4. Paperwork: If you’ve never moved, there is a lot of paperwork that ends up being involved. Most of mine is already handled, however a few details involving my banking remain. Mail forwarding, bank accounts, ID. It seems like every time I turn around there’s something else I’ve found that needs to be updated.
  • The Dog Hoards

    Despite my constant complaints about how much of a pain this move has been, it actually has worked out fairly well. The delays I thought might happen apparently will not, and everything just sort of settled in a way that fits—something that completely bewilders me as one major detail was that I would be watching my aunt’s house and her many dogs while she went on vacation.

    This isn’t some huge chore. Most of the dogs are farm dogs, so you just make sure they have water and food then leave them to their own business. It has been a bit tiring (I’m not accustomed to getting up at 6am to let a puppy out), but I like dogs and get along well with them so it hasn’t been a terrible experience.

    I’ll be driving to the new place on the 7th (a drive I expect to take 11 or 12 hours). Then come next weekend I’m probably headed back up to Indiana to grab a few things that were left before going back. It is only a 6 hour drive, thankfully, but I’ll be doing it twice in one day so it ought to be a “fun experience.”