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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 28 of Writing Every Day In March

Well, it's the 28th and so far I've written every day this month! That is so awesome and exciting to me! It's a streak I haven't even accomplished during NaNoWriMo. I really wish I would have tracked exactly where I was in my manuscript so I could know the total number of words I will have written in March, but either way this little self-imposed challenge has been really successful so far. I'm thinking I'm just going to do it again next month - and try to keep it going for the rest of my life. Next month, though, I will be posting the word count for every day I write. Some days will be around 1,000 words or more, while others could be only a couple hundred. Below is a very rough approximation of my word count output so far this month:

Alright, here's a little progress report:

I'm just into the start of chapter 34 and at 38,247 words. The finished manuscript will probably be around 60,000 words. The story is going well and getting near the end of Act 2. Halfway through chapter 37 I'll be hitting Act 3. Then everything will ramp up and get harder and more exciting. My main character will really be pushed to try and get his goal accomplished. It should make for some exciting story. I can't wait to write it! It will be so exciting to finish this book. Writing every day this month has definitely gotten me a whole lot closer to finishing it. I'm so excited!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 59
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

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In this 59th episode, I review Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. Listen to hear why I like this book a lot, even though it's not a genre I typically read. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Day 19 of Writing Every Day In March

Yesterday was a close one. I almost didn't write! It was a very full day. I wrote a few sentences right before bed, but I wrote! I didn't break the chain of red xs on the calendar! Even though there were very few words written, it kept my head in the story and added to the pile that will someday be a novel. It's pretty clear I won't be able to finish this book in the month of March, but sometime in April seems very likely. That's still pretty exciting.

I have yet to publish a full-length novel. If this one turns out to be as fun and well structured as I'm hoping, then it will be my first published novel. I've written a few other full length novels, but they aren't publishable. There's some great stuff in them I'm proud of, but I still had a lot to learn about telling a story. I still do!

I'm also over halfway done writing another novel called "Zombie Super Powers" that I workshopped on The Roundtable Podcast, and that's what I'll be finishing next. I also finished a manuscript last year of a chapter book called "The Case of the Missing Snowman." That one is just waiting on illustrations to be finished. I'm the illustrator so I need to have a little sit down with myself and come up with a way to get those finished so I can publish that book.

If all goes well I will be publishing at least these three books this year:
  1. Haunted House Flipper (previously titled Ghost Hunting Realtor)
  2. The Case of the Missing Snowman
  3. Zombie Super Powers

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs | Book Review

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This was a fun well-written adventure. Part coming of age, part urban fantasy, part time travel story. It was a lot more frank and honest than I was expecting from a fantasy story. 

It reads a lot more like a literary coming of age book with fantastical elements woven throughout the pages. At times the writing was so good, beautiful, and used such great words that it didn't seem to mesh well with the way the main character would have actually written it. The narrator often felt a lot more like the author writing the book than the main character writing the book in first person. It was well written beautiful prose, but it sometimes took me out of the story a little bit because I didn't think it fit the main character's voice.

Other than that I have no complaints about this story and I thought it was awesome. It was well told. There was a lot of great mystery to it. It seemed to take forever to reveal the fantastical stuff in the book, but it was a good kind of edge of your seat waiting. I really enjoyed going on this journey with the main character.

I read this book by listening to the audio book. I don't recommend you do the same, but the second and third books are by a narrator I really like so check those out if you liked this first book. The narrator for this book is talented and is actually a great narrator - but he is really awful at accents. A lot of the characters have accents in this book and he just butchered their lines. It was really painful. It didn't ruin the audiobook for me, but it made it much less enjoyable and I wish I would have read the book with my eyes instead of listening to this version of it. That said - if I knew there wouldn't be any accents in it - I would listen to another audiobook read by this narrator because when he wasn't trying to use an accent he was great.

The story ends in a cool place that leaves you eager to read the next book in the series, but it was still a great complete story all its own. The world is going to become a whole lot bigger in the next book. I look forward to continuing my journey with these fun peculiar characters.

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Day 15 of Writing Every Day In March

I'm currently in chapter 27 of my novel and I have passed the 30,000 word mark! The sometimes small amount of words I've been writing every day sure are piling up! I have been writing daily for 16 days now and I never want to go back! Before I was only writing when I happened to find large chunks of freetime.

I have found it so helpful to just make sure I write every day. Even if it's only for a few minutes it helps keep my brain in the story! That is so helpful. Anyways, 16 days of writing and I've written over 30,000 words in my novel now! I'm not sure on the total I've written this month but I think I was around chapter 20 or 21 when I started so I'm guessing from that it's around 8,000 words in the last 16 days.

I doubt I'll be able to finish my novel by the end of the month with the last several meager days of writing I've had, but I've still been writing everyday and I'm seeing progress everyday. It shouldn't be too long into April before I finish my first draft. I can't wait to get this book to beta readers to get feedback on it.