Writing werds in public

Ok then, another round of writing in public. This time, a little different: I won’t be writing continuous posts on a weekly basis, but rather writing them daily (unless there’s a good reason not to). Even better — I won’t be writing new posts at all. I’ll be updating this one, which I’ll keep pinned. Reason? Don’t want to spam people’s inboxes with daily digits. But you’re free to come here if you want to see how I’m doing.

Goal: 2k words a day … with a full time job. Yeah. Tall order. I’ll try to make up any words I miss during the week on the weekends. I’ll post word counts sometime between 6pm and midnight EST.

So what’s all this about? Well, I’m trying to write 3 books in a row, between 60-80k each. A separate project from Hell’s Children, as I’m in much need of a break after all that YA violence. Afterward, I hope to polish off Hell’s-3 and then go on to pursue a career in interpretive break dancing.


July 19, 2017 — 1000 words: Considering the day I had, I’m happy. Hopefully I’ll make up the difference by Saturday.

July 20, 2017 — 1733 words: I’m getting there. What a bad week to start this, but a worse week is next week. Because it’s always next week when there’s work to do, isn’t there?

July 21, 2017 — 200? — Don’t laugh. I still have my day job. This is probably going to happen a lot. Hopefully can catch up this weekend (looking forward to it, actually).

July 22, 2017 — 1500 — Getting there.

July 23, 2017 — 1044 — think I may be doing some rewrites early. Not sure yet, we’ll see.

July 24, 2017 — 1300 — Decided to rewrite chapter 1. I think it’s better now, though not quite done…

July 25, 2017 — 1091

July 26, 2017 — 500? — Lots of rewriting today. And a feeling like I want to start this fractal on a good foot, so yeah, taking my time here.

July 27, 2017 — 498

July 28, 2017 — Very few words today, not even gonna count. What writing I did was rewriting this and that. Still waiting for my groove. But still showing up at the keyboard every day.

July 29, 2017 — 1200 — Received a great email from a reader today saying they loved Hell’s Children, and particularly Lisa. I needed that email. Thank you kindly.

July 30, 2017 — 1000 (+/-).  Good day for writing, all considered. Interesting that most of the 1k took place in about 30 mins, because I felt rushed. Might be something to that …

July 31, 2017 — 0.  Mom-in-law in hospital for pneumonia. She’s fine, no worries. They’re keeping her overnight. She’s weak, a little chest pain, etc., but expected to be fine. Need to make sure I get my writing in every morning and not hold out for the evening…

August 1, 2017 — 1500! — Good stuff, too.

August 2, 2017 — 1200 — more good stuff. Still not 2k a day, but not too bummed. Quality over quantity. I’m just happy to know what I’m writing vs. spending a lot of time waiting for inspiration, which never goes well.

August 3, 2017 — 1500! — Oh yeah….

August 4, 2017 — 650 — Oh no…

August 5, 2017 — 1350 — Happy dance.

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Very cool review from Jon Mollison of Castallia House

Just got an incredibly deep and insightful review of my “This Dark Age” series from Castalia House. The reviewer — Jon Mollison — really seemed to capture the spirit of the novels, and I’m flattered that I seem to have hit the notes soundly for him (and for me).
Check it out….

http://www.castaliahouse.com/john-l-monks-this-dark-age-series/

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Hell’s Encore Is Live!

Wow, that took a long time, didn’t it? But Hell’s Encore is finally live. I think it lives up to book one in all ways and exceeds it in others. But obviously I’m biased.

Book One is 99 cents for a week. If you know anyone out there who enjoys post-apocalyptic fiction, or who might enjoy a more modern Lord Of The Flies tale, I’d love it you let them know. Links below:

Book One (Hell’s Children):

Book Two (Hell’s Encore):

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Hell’s Encore — June 6th!

Ok, we have a release date for Hell’s Encore. June 6th. How about that cover, huh?

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P.T. Hylton goes post-apocalyptic (and Hell’s-2 update!)

So there’s this jerk named “P.T. Hylton” who writes so good, makes me wanna slap my momma’s English teacher. I’ve read 5 books by this guy already and now he’s written another. Makes me sick. If you wanna be sick too, that’s your business.
Here’s the link:
HELL’S-2 UPDATE:
Sign up now for my newsletter (Hell’s Newsletter) to see the cover reveal for the sequel to Hell’s Children on May 9th. Oh, and drink more Ovaltine.

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Was recently on the Story Studio

For anyone who likes podcasts with writers, this one was pretty cool. For readers: I mention the name of the next book in the “This Dark Age” series (Hell’s Children). I also talk a little about what was going through my head when I wrote book 1. Enjoy!

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/story-studio-self-publishing/id1140596479?mt=2

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Hell’s Children — the sequel!

Just wanted to let folks know: the draft of the sequel is done. I’ll release the name when I put it up for preorder in about a month and a half (I need more time to brush it up before giving it to the editors). It’s a real doozy, by the way 🙂

Cheers

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