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Update on sales: Pretensions of an Unprofessional Writer

About a month ago, I published a collection of my short stories, as well as rehashed “funny” blog posts, and some mostly humorous poetry I’d written over the years. This wasn’t to make a quick buck, because nobody buys this stuff, but I’d hoped to put something out for readers tired of waiting on another book and wanting a quick John L. Monk fix. All I’m saying is, if my grandmother were alive today, even she wouldn’t have bought it. That’s how bad sales are. Which is totally fine. I’ll get that Lamborghini one day — but it will not be THIS day.

Here’s the link if you wanna upstage my poor, dearly departed grandmother.

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Magic Times

Are you a reader who likes good writing — great writing? Literary writing that isn’t incredibly annoying because it takes 12 pages to describe the shade of pink someone is wearing and the backstory around it?
I recommend Harvey Click a lot because I’m amazed that he’s not a household name at this point with his horror. But he also wrote a very weird literary/magical/humorous novel that I tore through, despite it having a surprisingly “unlikable” main character. Get this: I plan to read it again. I can’t think of very many authors I’d say that about to be honest. David Eddings … Raymond E. Feist … Cormac McCarthy … Nathan Lowell recently … 1 book by Stephen King (The Long Walk) … Larry Niven (Inferno) …
That’s about it. Anyway, here’s the book. Again, if you’re looking for something compelling as hell, but way different than the straightforward schlock Big Publishing dishes out to us, you might like:

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Chronicles of Ethan (Omnibus) on sale Friday

18 hours of audiobook goes live Friday. Can’t say enough about my narrator, Travis Baldree. He rocked it.

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Interviewed by Hank Garner about Mythian

Hey folks, if you’re curious how my voice sounds when I’m really nervous, check out my appearance on Hank’s awesome podcast (available on youtube, or wherever sold in stores).

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“Hard Mode” is unleashed!

Hey all three of you! Just doing my required “Yes, I wrote another book” post. My guess is you were wondering when it was coming and I’m here to tell you, “It came! It came!” Yes, Hard Mode is out, sales are humming a-long, and I’m feeling pumped. Get it? Double ententre, double the fun. (Now that’s what I call “beating” a dead horse.)

In all seriousness, this is book 2 of the “Chronicles of Ethan,” a completed series in the “LitRPG” and “GameLit” genres. A story about a man who enters a game world in a future where old people “retire” into a computer-based existence. Each book publishes at the same time as the audiobook, which took some work, but it came out great. Really great narrator, too — Travis Baldree.

If the story tempts you, hover your pointer over the link below and poke it vigorously!

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Monkey Do — A new short story in the “Hell’s Children” universe

Hey folks,

Almost a year ago, I was invited to participate in a charity anthology that gives the proceeds to “Pets For Vets.”
I was asked to write a short story in the “Hell’s Children” universe, and did — from an animal’s perspective. You’ll delight and cringe at Max, the chimp, as he deals with life in a world with no adults (but lots of pesky kids).

Enjoy!

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Romance! Mystery! Comedy! Science Fiction! Dystopia! Horror! Thriller! Historical! Memoir and more…

Source: Romance! Mystery! Comedy! Science Fiction! Dystopia! Horror! Thriller! Historical! Memoir and more…

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Just in time for Halloween!

Harvey Click caught my attention a few years ago when he wrote an amazing book called “The Bad Box.” Ever since then, I kid you not: I read everything he puts out. This time around, he wrote a collection of short stories. Now, I gotta warn you: his stuff is pretty dark. As in “Lisa on a bad day” dark.

You’ve been warned!

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“Hell’s Encore” Audiobook Is Now Available

Awesome news — book 2 is now available in audiobook. Have a look.

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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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