NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress: Day 29

Winner-180x180Thirty days.

Fifty thousand words.

I did it.

Final word count: 50,326

I learned a few things from this experience. First, seventeen-hundred words a day is a bit much for me as a full-time programmer, husband, dad and part-time writer. A thousand words per day is a much more realistic goal. That said, a thousands words a day doesn’t seem so bad anymore. As a matter of fact, it’s a cake walk after this lesson in brutality.

A thousand words a day for ninety days gives me a ninety-thousand word manuscript in three months. That’s a decent-sized novel. Add three months of rewrites and editing in and there’s a novel finished in six months. That’s pretty good progress, as far as I’m concerned.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll only write a thousand words. After all, I could use a little break. 🙂


NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress: Day 23

I just passed day 23 of the National Novel Writing Month challenge. So far I’ve written 30,034 words of my sci-fi thriller The Crossover Gene. That works out to an average of around 1,300 words per day. Unfortunately that average won’t get me to 50,000 words by the end of November, but the upside is that it’s 300 words per day more than my normal quota of 1,000 words per day. Considering my work, home and family obligations, I’m pretty damn happy to hit 30,000 so quickly. At this rate, although I won’t make November 30th, I will finish my 50,000 words around December 8th (unless I can break out some marathon sessions over the following week). Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2012 Progress: Day 11

For anyone interested, I’m taking part this year in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. I have a few friends who’ve been talking about writing novels for some time now, so after a few too many Miller High Lifes at a July 4th party, I put the NaNoWriMo challenge out there. They accepted and, well, here we are.

I’ve put Beyond the Badlands, the sequel to my debut novel Into the Badlands, temporarily on hold while I work on another novel for NaNoWriMo. The new book is called The Crossover Gene and it’s based on a premise I came up with summer before last. I’m making decent progress on The Crossover Gene, averaging around 1,300 words per day. I’m still a little behind (something I plan to rectify tonight), but I think I might actually hit 50k words by November 30th. Of course the novel will ultimately clock in around 100k words, but this gets me halfway there. I might even take December and just finish up the first draft. Continue reading

“The Desolate” Gets a New Cover

I’m taking a little time out of my NaNoWriMo word crunch (I’m only slightly behind the eight ball now) to toss up a quick post about The Desolate‘s recent cover change. I noticed over the following few months after The Desolate‘s release that the stock photo I’d chosen for the cover was a pretty popular image. Too popular, in fact. I saw at least two other books with the same image on their covers. When I received a piece of promotional email using the same image I knew that I needed to change my cover. I needed something that would differentiate my book, not confuse my book with others’.

I went on the hunt at and found five images I thought might work. I mocked up covers and sent them to former beta readers and some friends whose opinions I trust. They unanimously chose the image I also thought was best, so I worked up the cover and pushed new files up to Amazon. Continue reading