Books to come

The Biltmore on a dark and stormy night

I finished my first read through of The Banshee Worm King: Book Five of the Oz Chronicles over the holiday break, and I’m happy to say I didn’t hate it. This is probably the most action packed installment of Oz’s journey, so I’m anxious to get it edited and on the shelves as soon as possible. The ending still needs a lot of work, so I’ll be tackling that particular stretch of the story over the next couple of weeks.  I did have a dream about the giant worms in the book after the first read through, and it was horrifying.  I can’t remember if I’ve ever dreamed about one of my books after reading it, so I’m taking it as a good sign… as terrifying as it was.

In the mean time, I vacationed in lovely Ashville, NC over the Christmas break with my even lovelier wife, and had a great time. In the paraphrased words of Liz Lemon, I want to move to there. I toured the Biltmore mansion which is the setting for Book Four of the Oz Chronicles. I described the mansion in the book based on photos and descriptions available on various online sources. I got some of it right and some of it wrong. The main hiccup in my depiction is the scale of some of the rooms. Some were much smaller than I imagined while others were much larger. The property itself is immense, and I missed a lot of opportunities to take the story even further. Oh well. That’s what other books are for.

Speaking of other books, I came up with an idea for another possible series for young adults while in Ashville. Apparently, vacations are good for my writer brain. Last vacation while in Vegas, I came up with the idea for The Man Who Saved Two Notch. At any rate, the new series has to do with aliens and transdimensional beings. It is tentatively titled Field Trip. That most likely will change because I’ve noticed a few books with field trip in the title.

I have an ambitious plan to write five books and one screenplay in 2012. I’m also going to be working on a teacher’s edition of The Takers. As always, I’ll keep you posted on it all right here. Happy New Year!

Current word count of next book project: Field Trip

Evening word count for Book Five of the Oz Chronicles – December 16, 2011

DONE!  Well, the first draft is DONE!  The ending sucks right now, but the framework for the ending is there.  I just have to smooth it out.  I cranked out 4100 words today, in addition to going to the DMV, so not too shabby.  BTW – I have a new title which I will announce in the next few days.

I’m on Conan

Well, I’m not actually on Conan, but a fake magazine cover I created is on Conan’s website.  It’s the small things that make me The happy.  The Conan show held a Facebook contest for fans to create fake magazine covers featuring a member of their staff.  The prize?  Having your creation appear on their website.  I was pleasantly surprised I made the cut.  I don’t want to steal their thunder by posting the picture here, so here’s a link to my Creepy Guys & Custom Vans magazine cover featuring staff member, Dan Cronin.  Be sure to Like it and Tweet it, or Tweet and Like it if you prefer.

Don’t mess with little old ladies from Texas!

This voicemail of a guy leaving a message at his office that he will be late for work and witnessing an accident in the process is hilarious! The play-by-play is what makes it.  This guy should announce MMA or boxing matches.  BTW – If you think these old ladies went too far in their handling of the situation, just remember this is Texas.  The guy is lucky he didn’t get shot!

Evening word count for Book Five of the Oz Chronicles – December 14, 2011

Wow, this is an early night for me.  I had a major breakthrough on a late plot development during my run today (which was one of my breaks in between my 500 word sessions).  This book is jam packed with action.  Should be a fast, fun read if I did my job right.  Went a little over my 3333 word goal today, but I’m not complaining.

Evening word count for Book Five of the Oz Chronicles – December 14, 2011

I’m getting used to these late nights.  Still on track.  Hit daily goal of 3333 words.  Also broke the 50,000 word barrier.  This time last week I was sitting at 34, 246 words, and when I started the new interval writing system on December 2 I had 18,010 words written on Book Five.  Not too bad for me.