Crud. I was looking for the video of the song I heard on the Anime Pandora Station I listen to and forgot what the title referred to. Uh . . guess I’ll put section titles and see what comes from that.
It has been hot and humid here, which has slowed me to a crawl some days. I try not to put the AC on until an hour before my son comes home from school. Unless my dad does it first since he pays the electric bill and has the say on it. So, there are times where I’m so overheated that I can’t write or do much other than think under the ceiling fan. This has led to a few things coming to mind that I’ll touch on later. Summer is a very lazy time due to the heat and my son having a shorter school schedule. Now it’s definitely only 2 chapter sections of writing a day instead of 3. I’m also getting up a lot earlier and diving right into email and Twitter than getting food ready for him. So I’m exhausted by noon.
Going to see ‘Tarzan’ tomorrow because I’m curious and wouldn’t mind time away from the house. Need it now and ‘Suicide Squad’ isn’t out for another few weeks. Fingers crossed that I can do some writing afterwards too. It looks like I’ll be busy the next couple of weekends too. Birthday parties, family gatherings, and a few other things that will have me on the go. Thankfully, the blog gets rather dead, so my not being able to access comments isn’t a bad thing.
As I mentioned before, I’m working on the sequel to Crossing Bedlam even though the first book still won’t sell. Probably won’t release until next year, but it’s a low stress project that I can work on until my son goes back to school for a fuller day. Anyway, this is slow going because I keep having to look stuff up. This has included: oil refineries, gun silencers, exploding oxygen tanks, pelicans, the Mississippi River, riverboats, bull sharks, and Smackover, Arkansas. At least you know which region Lloyd and Cassidy are in. The destructive duo are still fun to write too, which is a plus.
I’m actually going to break one of my personal rules with Crossing Bedlam and mention pre-existing stuff in a few promos. It happens a lot and I never liked it when I was writing fantasy. Yet, a point was made that it couldn’t hurt to try. Also, this book was heavily inspired by real life things. Whenever I’ve said ‘Deadpool Meets Mad Max: Fury Road’, I get a good reaction. So maybe stuff like ‘The lobotomized child of Deadpool & Fury Road’ or ‘The child of Deadpool & Fury Road who loves paint chips’. Using ‘child’ might be a dangerous thing though. This is foreign territory to me and I’ll admit to being a bit scared here.
Super Earth Almost Returns
For two days, I considered putting my superhero characters back into their own world. It would be Super Earth again, which is our world with superheroes. This changed again for a really bizarre reason. After seeing all the hate, violence, and vitriol online and around the world, I can’t see this idea working. Sure, Bedlam can feed off this because it can be seen as a possible, exaggerated future. Yet, I can’t see superheroes existing or doing anything worthwhile on Earth. That sounds incredibly apathetic, harsh, depressing, or whatever. It’s just that I would be putting them into the real world. Would any of this stuff be happening if Superman, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Batman, or even friggin’ Slapstick existed? I’m starting to go on a rant, but my point is that I think they’re going to be left in Windemere. For better or worse, so I’m going to need to comb over them and figure out how to fit all of them in. Really hate to say that I can’t do it, but it just doesn’t work in my head right now.
For those wondering:
According to the line graph, the sales are going great. According to the Month-to-Date numbers, it’s going okay. The books are definitely doing better than they were two months ago. The cover and editing for Charms of the Feykin are moving along. Still not 100% certain that I’ll make a September 1st release, but maybe around Labor Day. Feel free to volunteer for the book is live post that I’ll inevitably do. Still deciding on if I’ll do guest posts like last time since I’m burnt out on topic ideas. If you have one then I’ll do it for the new release, but my brain is twitching.
October will see the return of Dawn Addison! The sequel to Raven’s Hold is actually 31 sections, so it’ll be a new one every day. Not sure if I should do any other posts that month, but I’ll have the new Windemere one out. Maybe I’ll only do the Sunday guest posts and a few Monster Mashes with a Feykin theme. This is going to be tough, so opinions would help here. (Need to find a picture for this thing too. Maybe I can find a site that has 31 haunted hotel pictures.)
Post is getting much longer than expected, so onto the list:
- Make goal list. (DONE!)
- See Tarzan and rest.
- Write more Chasing Bedlam.
- Continue reading with son for his library program.
- Biking, cooking, and the usual.
- Tap pencil against superhero list.
- Test Crossing Bedlam promo ideas.
- Read over the outline for Path of the Traitors. Going to be weird writing that one, especially since it’ll leave only the final book. Crap. I think I forgot that final title again. The Forgotten Baron?