Hello My Imaginary Friends,
The launch will be held October 5th, from 4 to 6 at 3Brewers on Sparks.
There will be readings from Everdome and the other six books being launched.
Hope to see you all there!
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
It’s July 2nd and that means half the year has passed us by… whoa. That was fast.
Let’s see how I’m doing with my resolutions.
So far, so good; I’ve written one every month except for April. But I wrote an extra chapter to make up for it so I consider that good.
I haven’t touched this yet… Hopefully I’ll get a chance this summer.
I’ve written 8 of 15 chapters… so that’s good.
I started the year with 10 of 30 chapters… so that’s a good thing… I’m not sure I’ll get this done but I’d really like to.
We broke our 6 year streak with a missed post in February. The post was set for the right day but didn’t actually post and we didn’t notice until the next day; so it’s a fail.
We debuted Mighty ThOrange, In Another Castle, and Unbirthday Cake this year. So I went a little overboard.
I haven’t looked at it… 🙁
I wrote a draft letter, list of names, and started things off. It’s all up to my publisher now.
I’ve playtested level 10-11. In the fall, I’ll start a level 12-17 campaign.
After a lot of thought, I’m come to realize this is a great concept, but not an easy thing to implement… I’ll think of something.
The game is great and works, but I have to find a better way to market/gimmick it.
I’ve read 13 of 20 so that’s great. I’m kinda hating the book I’m reading now, but we’ll see if it gets better.
I’m doing okay. I’ve come close a few times and been really in need of some rest, but overall I’ve done okay.
I’m trying… Really I am. I have my moments, but overall I think I’ve been better. My wife confirmed that I have been. Yay!
I still need to work on it. Especially at bedtime when all I want is sleep.
I’ve played some mobile games with her; she helps a little. Hopefully on parental leave we can try some console stuff.
So the breakdown is Succeeding/Succeeded 9, Failing/Failed 2, and No movement 3. At this rate I’m on course for a 60%+.
Hope you’re doing just as well!
Hello Readers and Imaginary Friends,
I’m so excited to show you the cover for my next novel Everdome!
Isn’t it pretty? Nathan Fréchette did an amazing job!
S.M. Ardwur’s epic ten novel series and the world’s biggest MMORPG is a world fractured by a magical disaster and saved from destruction by a brave king and mad wizard. It is now formed of twelve floating continents with magical domes protecting them.
For thirteen lucky contestants, when a man dressed as a knight offers them the opportunity to visit their favourite fantasy world as an immersive reality show, there’s only one answer they can give: YES!
The level of impressiveness is beyond anything they can believe and some of them start to wonder why.
Abigail, James, Krista, Nicole, Richard, and Megan have to learn how to play the game and win; the fate of Everdome depends on it.
I’m really proud of this one and I can’t wait to hear what people think.
Thanks for reading,
Hello My imaginary Friends,
This year has been extremely busy. I’m trying not to fall into old patterns of stress and overwork but it feels hard to avoid sometimes.
I’m surviving and I’ll be okay.
The past few weeks I’ve written a Ghostship story for July. You’ll get the next instalment in the Sun Speaker Series while we recover from the arrival of baby Pegasus.
Beyond that, I’m going to try and push to continue writing the novels that are calling me. I have two on the go and little to show for my writing this year. But I’m going to start… today even. I hope.
I do have an outline for another novel, which is awesome, but it’ll be a while before I get to it.
I’ve been frantically roasting coffee. I’m roasting almost 150 lbs this year which is more than we’ve ever had before. We’ll have 17 flavours available for Ottawa Comic Con.
I’m loving the new roaster and the new method is working great. I’m still getting used to getting the perfect roast, but overall I’m extremely happy with it.
I have the edits for A Case of Synchronicity and will work on those this week. I’m still waiting on the second round of edits for Everdome but they should be here soon.
I’ve been playing very few games. Haven’t touched Lego Incredibles in a few months. With most weekends dedicated to roasting, I don’t have as much time.
I have been playing Elder Scroll Blades on my phone. It’s an extremely beautiful game. It’s also repetitive and nearly impossible to do anything without paying. There are chests you can never encounter in the game but you can buy. Overall, it’s very much a micro-payment play-to-win style game.
Preparations for the baby are in full swing. We have a room, it has a bed, we have decorations, and a GIANT pile of clothing.
I got my tattoo this weekend. (More on that in another post.)
Things are feeling more real. I think after comic con, I’m going to quickly transition to impatiently waiting.
So in an eggshell (Easter joke intended) things are going well and I’m busy.
Now lets get to writing… after some breakfast and coffee.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
It’s 2019 and I’m setting my goals for the year. I did really well with last year’s goals.
I’m toning it down a little for this year since I want to concentrate on baby Pegasus.
I make these resolutions to push myself and to do more. Even if I only accomplish half, that’s more than I would have without them. Let’s hope this year is fruitful.
I like writing these, they don’t stress me and they’re a lot of fun. It forces me to think on my feet and learn not to plan too hard and let the story go where my weird brain sends it.
I need to get this finished. It’s not a lot of writing, but once I’m done I can submit to my publisher and see if they’re interested.
I need to finish this book. It’s at halfway now and I really want to see how it ends.
Once Pargenesis is done, I’ll dive back into this one. It’s at 1/3 now and I finally know what’s going to happen next.
We’ve been going for six years now with content every weekday on JenEric Designs and I’m very proud of that. Jen and I have worked hard not to miss a day. I’ll do my best to ensure we keep that streak going.
I have one flavour already finalized for debut at Geek Market in March. The second will be tough to choose since I have 2-3 strong contenders.
I failed to finish this last year. I just need to work up the courage and get at it.
I really want to get a blurb from authors I respect for Everdome. So I’ll do the research and write some letters to a good half dozen authors I respect and ask them to read my book and write a quick blurb about it. Most will say no and that’s okay but hopefully I’ll be surprised.
There are still some mechanics that need testing and that’s what this year will be about. Building opponents, testing higher levels, and trying out superheroes.
I don’t think this is a good idea as it is. A character sheet as a coaster sounds awesome until you realize that it needs to be waterproof and reusable.
I’ll think of something. Hopefully.
I succeeded at 30 last year, barely, and hopefully I’ll do 20 this year. I love reading and it’s important to me that I keep doing it.
I love reading and it’s something that makes me happy.
Last year I overdid everything; work, coffee, and a lot of other personal things.
I need to calm down and scale back some things. I’ve taken some steps to make things easier. I also have to learn how to say no.
It killed my mental health and destroyed my writing productivity.
Part of the burnout was a complete loss of patience. My wife and Dragon took the brunt of that and I need to be better. It’s not always easy on 5 hours sleep but I can/should do better.
I wanted to try and play some simple games with Dragon this Christmas but time and health weren’t on our side. I’d like to play some this year though. Maybe Lego or Disney Infinity.
I hope that list is manageable.
What are your goals?
I had so many resolutions this year that I need to make categories. Here’s the list of them on my Resolution Redux post.
Let’s see how I did:
I failed at this one. I have 30000 words when I was hoping to have twice that. But I did manage to add another 5000 words to Paragenesis so yay?
I’ve been writing the serial story every month since January and I have one bonus episode to post on New Year’s Day. Start reading Devices of Desire.
I learnt this year that I’m not great at making romance the forefront and that I hate love triangles.
I finished the extra content early this fall and Playtesting is going well. Almost done the current campaign and I plan on running a new high level campaign to playtest the later levels.
I managed to finish this early in the year. Unfortunately everyone involved is ridiculously busy. I’m hoping it’ll gain more steam when the book is published but I have plans for something new next year.
The collection is ready for editing and I need a few filler bits, but overall this is a great success and I’ll hopefully be pitching it in the new year.
It’s been a slow writing year for me and I’ve barely started on this. Pushed to next year.
This should have been the easy part… I forgot. Next year.
There is only a week or so left in 2018 so I’m safely going to say this is a success.
I’ve tested and created 3 new flavours for JenEric Coffee. Minty Mountain, Beanpool, and Waking Dead. I’ve also started work on next year’s flavours.
Interest is great, pricing not so much. It’s extremely expensive to print double sided coasters that can be dry erased. I’m going to need to think more on this.
No excuses here I just couldn’t bring myself to even look at this manuscript. It’s too sad and personal and I had a bad year for stress.
I will fail my goodreads book challenge but unless something terrible happens I succeeded at this. The difference is 2 books. Since I beta read 2 books for the fantastic S.M. Carrière, I consider this a success.
I have played a lot of Lego Incredibles with my wonderful wife. We’re almost done the game. It’s not a lot more but it is more.
I plan on trying some Disney Infinity during the holidays with my daughter and seeing how that goes.
I succeeded pretty quick with this and I’m glad I finished. I enjoyed the last episode and have adored the shorts they’ve released. I’m even willing to give season 2 a chance.
Wow 70%, that’s possibly my best score since I started doing this. *Runs to blog to check* Second best result. In 2014 I had 3 resolutions and succeeded at all of them. 2015 was 65%, 2016 was 55%, and 2017 was 65%.
So I guess this means I need a lot more resolutions for next year? Maybe not, we’ll see.
How did your 2018 resolutions go?
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
This weekend I signed not ONE but TWO contracts with Renaissance Press. :-O
So here’s the big news: Everdome should be Published in 2019 and Elizabeth Investigates: A Case of Synchronicity should be published in 2020.
The world’s most popular fantasy series and massive online video game, Everdome, releases a call for a reality show based on its world. The lucky players are treated to the most realistic event they’ve ever experienced. Maybe too realistic?
After wizards, hags, artificers, genies, and mummies, Elizabeth thinks she can handle absolutely anything as long as she has her friends with her. Things go terribly wrong when Jackie ends up in a coma, Angela defends the hospital from monsters and the military, and Elizabeth is tossed back in time. Angela has to solve a mystery without Elizabeth and Elizabeth must survive without her friends.
Thank you for reading and I hope you’re as excited as I am.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
Being a author is hard. You are constantly bombarded by articles that say things like:
Ok that last one was a trick and actually pretty positive.
The point is that even when you’re published you have to work your ass off to get your book in peoples hands and only 25% will actually read that book. (These statistics are my educated guess.) From those that read your book they’ll tell you they like it and then put it on their shelves and forget about it. Until you publish something else and if they actually liked it they might buy the next one.
That’s the life cycle of a regular book. One that doesn’t get turned into a TV show or movie, explode in sales, or cause a kerfuffle with its content.
I see what some fantastic authors do to encourage their book sales and I feel like I should be doing more. More writing, more advertising, more promotion, more writing, more events, more submitting to review, and did I say more writing?
The real problem with writing, novels specifically, is the speed of return. I so envy my friends who write fanfiction and can receive almost immediate feedback and love. A book takes me a year or two to write, another year to edit and pitch, and (if I’m lucky) another year to edit and publish. Sometimes it’s longer. This week marks the four year anniversary of me starting to write Everdome. It will hopefully be published in either 2019 or 2020.
So being an author is hard but there’s nothing like the feeling of holding your book after all that time or having someone tell you how much they loved your book.
Long story short or as the kids-these-days say TL;DR, it’s not easy but I love it and I’m not going to stop.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
Since I’m doing so well with my resolutions. I decided to add some more and alter a few.
Oh my goodness… what have I done!?
I will continue to try and reach this goal. Maybe I’ll catch up and maybe I won’t, but if I continue the way I have been I might fail but I’ll still have 2/3 of a novel.
I’ll keep going at this and hopefully succeed. I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Go read it from the start.
Play testing will continue until at least September and maybe end of year.
Nothing to do here until my publisher and partners get back to me.
This will still need to be edited but I consider it put together.
I’ve decide to submit the past 5 years of serial stories to my publisher with in between parts that are related to the Elizabeth novels. I’m hoping to call it The Coffee Shop Between the Worlds.
I need roughly 6000 words for the book ends and I might add a little to the serial stories to give people a reason to buy them.
The game is really close to ready but the first bit was written so long ago that it isn’t relevant to the game anymore. It needs a complete rewrite.
We’ve been going for five years now with content every weekday on JenEric Designs and I’m very proud of that. Jen and I have worked hard not to miss a day. I’ll do my best to ensure we keep that streak going.
Done and done. Working on even more.
I developed a super simple RPG and I need to find out if it’s worth printing it onto coasters and selling it. I’d like to get some prices, and check if any of the local gaming bars/cafes would be interested.
I’m going to go through this and hopefully I won’t cringe while reading it.
It looks like my publisher is doing extremely well and that means they have more than enough books for the 2019 roster. That means that there might not be room for Everdome (if they accept it). I don’t want that to happen again so I’ll try and submit a little earlier. Hopefully there will be room for the next Elizabeth A Case of Synchronicity in 2020 and Everdome in 2021.
I’m amending this one to books by authors I’ve interacted with or met. It’s forcing me to read all the awesome books by authors who I like as people but haven’t gotten around to reading their books.
I will continue to try and play more games. I’m hoping to get Detroit: Become Human for my birthday and spend a few days playing it on vacation.
I didn’t enjoy the show much but I feel I need to give it a full season to make up my mind. There are interesting characters and ideas but it’s very dark and has made some really dumb writing choices. I have four episodes to watch.
Well that’s an intimidating list. Here’s hoping it goes ok.
Is 15 too much?
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
I made some resolutions in January about my year. I made them to push myself and encourage improvement.
Let’s have a look at them and how I’m doing.
This was an extremely ambitious goal. I was hoping to have 52000 words by this point but I’ve only managed 23000. It’s still writing but it’s not as much as I’d hoped. I’m averaging under 1000 a week, mostly due to the weeks I haven’t or just didn’t write.
I’m hoping I can increase my speed but we’ll see how it goes.
I pitched to Renaissance Press and they’re currently deciding on Everdome, if they don’t take it I’ll shop it around and maybe make the plunge and self publish it.
The pitch for the Super-Secret Project went well and everyone was excited but due to everyone involved being really busy it’s been put on the back burner.
I’ll hopefully have news by end of year.
So far Devices of Desire has been going strong and I haven’t missed a month. I’m really enjoying this story and I hope you are too.
So far so good… I’ve had a few days where I was too sick or tired but I managed to put something up. Yay!
So far this year I’ve read 12 books (13 if you count beta-reading). I’ve been trying to challenge myself to only read books by people I have met or interacted with online. I’m a little behind but I should be able to catch up by end of month. Thank goodness for audiobooks and graphic novels.
I’m currently running a rag tag group of misfits through a fetch quest in the world of Everworld (precursor to Everdome) and it’s going well. I’ve managed to fix and write all the content I wanted and a little more. I still need to keep making monsters and see how the playing goes. So far so good.
I have successfully developed the above 3 flavours and I’m testing 3 potential flavours. Yay coffee!
I haven’t even looked at it since the Weditor sent it back to me. I’m nervous that it sucks. I don’t think it’ll be a book I pitch. I might get a few self published copies for myself and family.
I’ve picked the theme, and the stories. I just have to write the middle parts and book ends. I’ll hopefully have them done by year end. So I consider this done.
I’ve played a lot of mobile games lately. I’ve really enjoyed SIMS Mobile as a time waster and I’m still in love with both Ticket to Ride Mobile, and Civilization Revolution 2.
Besides that I’ve maybe played an hour of FFX and a couple of hours of the new Lego Incredibles. I need to do more but Keladry still attacks the remote. I’ve tried to teach her what to do but she’s not getting it yet. I’ll keep trying.
So not bad, I’m currently succeeding at 6.5 out of 10. I guess that means I need to add more but that will be another post.
How are your resolutions going?