Seeds of Chaos Book 3: Gods of Myth and Midnight

First, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who did an advance read, purchased, or reviewed Gods of Rust and Ruin. The launch did quite well, and the series managed to break through the top 2,000 books in the Amazon kindle bookstore, and reach the hands of a lot of enthusiastic readers. This is literally all thanks to you guys, my readers.

For those of you interested in a paperback of GORR, it’s on its way. Literally, the final proof from the printer is in the mail coming my way now, and as soon as I can look over it to make sure everything is laid out without glitches, it will go live for purchase. I’ll also be doing some giveaways of signed print copies, to those on my mailing list.

Now, to what everyone wants to know.

What’s the status of Book 3?

I’m finished plotting it, which is the first major step. I’ve got 87 index cards, one for every planned scene. I usually end up adding a few more while actually writing the novel, but this gives me a good idea where I’m going, and how long the book is going to be. You can see the stack of cards and my notebook on my writing desk (which is covered in paint, because it’s also my art desk) below.

Before writing each scene, I take the card, and expand upon it with a paragraph or two in my notebook. I call this Brainstorming, and it makes the actual writing a lot faster and easier, because I’m not writing into the metaphorical dark. I’ve written the first couple scenes already.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that I’ve been seriously struggling with carpel tunnel symptoms in my left wrist. This has been going on for years, but it’s gotten a lot worse in the last six months. It makes typing difficult, along with pretty much everything I need to do that requires two hands. I’m wearing a brace 24-7, and I’m looking into more ergonomic keyboards, as well as experimenting with dictation as an alternative to typing.

This may slow me down a bit, but it’s not going to stop me. I’ve got about 200 hours of brainstorming and writing to complete, and I’m going to be chipping away at it. Does anyone know any good ergonomic keyboards for something with especially small hands?

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  1. I really enjoy your work and am eagerly anticipating your next book. However, please do not ruin your hands trying to finish more quickly. I am sure many of your readers feel the same. Have someone else type for you! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the kind words and being understanding, Ty! Haha don’t worry, I am being careful with my hands. I got a nifty ergonomic keyboard that allows me to type with my forearms and hands angled inward, rather than twisting them to match a straight-keyboard layout. That, along with the new keyboard not having several keys that are going out from writing millions of words and thus need extra pressure to accept character input, has made a huge difference. My wrist still isn’t 100%, but I have no problems typing anymore. In fact…I’ve finished GOMM’s first draft!

      1. Way to go! ????

  2. Dragon Naturally Speaking!

    1. Hey Scot,

      I have Dragon but I’ve never gotten the hang of it. I’m thinking of trying it for a new project I’m developing on the side. Thanks for the rec!

  3. Dragon Professional is the best to use per reviews that I have looked over.

    I would like to say that you are an awesome writer and I hope to read many more books from you in the future. I purchased your 3rd about half an hour ago. Thank you very much for the new world. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Carl. I’m glad you’re enjoying my books, and I definitely plan to write many more. Happy reading!

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