Category: Goals and Progress


One month into the new year, and things are running smoothly. As I anticipated, my workload has decreased a lot, and I’m using my extra time to work on GORR.

November: 8.52 hours. This was eked out in little tiny chunks when I could find the time.

December: 29.94 hours. Halfway through, my workload decreased.

January: 58.88 hours.

These are hours spent actively working. Not staring into space, making tea, or browsing the internet. Not any of the things we get paid for at our day job that aren’t actual work. I’ve found that there’s only so much active work in me, in a day. My brain and creativity get burnt out. My ability to focus and create every day is finite. If I’m lucky, and have caffeine, and everything goes well, I can get about 4 or 5 hours of work in, during an 8-9 hour “workday.” Which, of course, is only possible on a weekend, since I have a day job. Weekdays, I get a couple hours, max.

My goal is to average 2.5 hours of real work (on the book) per day. And it’s hard to hit that, sometimes. I estimate I’ve got a couple hundred hours of work left, maybe more, before the book is available for purchase. I’ve written a blog post about what it takes to produce a book, if you’re curious about what I’m spending these hours on.

In related news, here’s something visual I’ve been working on today. It’s an extremely preliminary sketch of GORR’s cover. Basically, I’m just trying to figure out sizing/layout, etc. The end product is not going to be nearly so messy, I promise. And yes, I know she has six weird-looking fingers.

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I’m excited about Gods of Rust and Rot. I think it’s turning out even better than Gods of Blood and Bone, and you guys are going to love it. I’ll be back again soon with more of the same type of updates, just keeping everyone abreast of the progress.

I wasn’t able to release GORR when I anticipated. It sucks, I know. I’m sorry to those of you who were, and are, actively awaiting the second book. I hate to make you wait, but I had some unanticipated “real-life” obstacles and family issues pop up, and some obligations that I can’t avoid have hit me with a tremendous amount of work.

I’m struggling to just keep afloat of my current workload, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped working on GORR! Relative to the total amount of time needed to create a book, GORR is almost finished. I just haven’t been able to get enough hours in to finish up the last things that need to be done before I can put it out there. I want to give you all a quality book, and it just needs a little more input.

I’m slooowly chipping away at those hours, though, and I believe my workload should decrease soon, which will allow me to move faster. Trust me, the need to finish it is like a horrible itch in the middle of my back that I can’t quite scratch because my hands are tied. I’ve got to do some revisions, and then I will be doing a beta-reader call to some of those on my mailing list who would like to read the book pre-release in exchange for giving me feedback I’ll use for a final draft. I’ll also be giving out some Advance Reader copies for reviewers, so, if you want to wait the least amount of time to read Book 2, the mailing list is where you need to be.

Lastly, I got notice recently that my email address has not been accepting some of your emails! I did notice that I hadn’t been getting as many emails from you guys, but I assumed it was coincidence, and with my workload I didn’t have the time to look into it. I’m working with my website hosting service to get that fixed ASAP.

Edit: Email issues should now be fixed. If anyone still has problems, let me know here or on FaceBook.

I’ll be updating this blog more frequently, to keep you guys abreast of my progress, even if I don’t have much to say. I want to make sure you’re not staring into the dark wondering about Gods of Rust and Rot.

Gods of Rust and Rot is in production! Which means I’m writing it.

It took me a while to get the plot for this book all worked out, and I’m still thinking about tweaking things here and there, but the writing has been started, and I’m already getting into some cool stuff. It’s funny how even though I know what’s going to happen, I still get excited and experience the swings of emotions as I write the story, following events in my imagination. The ability to experience other people’s lives like that is a huge reason why I love to write, and I expect it is the same for many authors.

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I figured you guys might be interested in a quick glimpse into what I’m doing. So, I figured I’d give you an advance look at a small snippet I’ve written. Keep in mind, this is first draft, not even close to a final, publishable version. In fact, this might not even end up in the published book, but it’s part of my process.

I’d been waking up with nightmares, from nightmares, for a while. Some times it was the monsters of a Trial coming for me, ready to rip me apart and dance in my entrails. Some times, it was the last time I saw my team member China, as the light went out of her eyes and she died. And sometimes, the nightmare had no form. It was the creeping mass of decay and putrification devouring everything in its path. A shudder, a feeling, a smell. A sickness.
I woke up from a nightmare about the sickness, choking in my own blood. I shot out of the little cot tucked into a hole in the side of the wall, spitting the iron-tasting liquid onto the floor in a dark splatter.
My superior eyes were already adjusted to the tiny amount of light in my box-like room, and I scrabbled to my feet, lunging into the bathroom and trying not to make any more of a mess.
It was probably getting suspicious to the cleaning crew. I mean, how many times would they find and erase my blood splatters before they stopped thinking I was perpetually on my period and wondered instead if I was cutting myself. Or worse, until they suspected the truth.
I hopped into my shower, one of the few luxuries afforded team leaders in NIX, and turned on the water at a temperature most kindly described as “scalding.”
I spit, and coughed, letting the water wash away both the dark, thick blood, and the lingering creepy feeling from my nightmare. The blood didn’t surprise me. I must have started spontaneously bleeding from my nose into my throat and lungs while sleeping on my back. It wasn’t the first time.
Birch, my literal monster of a pet, called to me from the doorway to the shower, his meow scratchy from sleep.
“It’s getting worse,” I murmured.
He padded past the open shower door and under the spray of water, then licked my knee and peered up at me, his second eyelids closing to keep out the water. Though he might have looked like a cat, one with wings that is, he didn’t have the aversion to water that domesticated felines did. No, he was a predator, even if still just a cub.
I’d spent the past weeks in NIX’s compound, doing as they wanted and keeping us all safe. The team was alive and my brother was being treated for the Seed he’d taken into his system. My new power assured it. I’d also been struggling to manage and suppress the side effects of that power.
But it was obvious that I was failing. The bleeding kept happening, as my body broke down faster than it could heal itself.
“I’m afraid,” I whispered down to my little companion, knowing that he couldn’t reveal my secret, and the rushing of the water would cover any other surveillance. “I’m dying. I’m really dying.”

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So what are you anticipating for Gods of Rust and Rot? Things you’re interested in finding out about, things you’d like to see happen, favorite elements you’d like to carry over from Gods of Blood and Bone?