October 17

Made up for yesterday’s (small) writing shortfall, so the new as-yet-untitled novel is now at 7500 words. The first chapter has no horror whatsoever, but by the end of the second chapter there’s some pretty compelling evidence that things are not going to be pleasant. I’m on Chapter Four now, and things are just about to go insane…

In a brief holding pattern on Bang Up while I wait for the last piece of feedback. Admittedly, there are some things I could be doing that DON’T require that feedback (writing the promo copy, writing the flash fiction story that will go in the newsletter that promotes the new release, formatting…) but I’ve been focusing on the new novel.

I’ll probably have to scale back my daily quota on that book, because my to-do list for the rest of October includes:

  • All of the Bang Up stuff, including adding a page to the website.
  • An essay for a non-fiction book.
  • A foreword for a different non-fiction book.
  • A short story for a horror anthology.
  • My October newsletter.
  • A bonus newsletter for cross-promo purposes (which will also have a new flash fiction piece).
  • An essay for the StokerCon 2019 souvenir book.
  • Various other bits and pieces.

Plus, all of the cool Halloween-related stuff, including two events that I’ll post about soon.

And tomorrow I’m going apple picking.



October 16

Technically I’m writing this on October 17th, but it’s about 12:30 AM and I haven’t gone to bed yet so I’m counting it as the day before because, at least in terms of this blog, I am all-powerful.

Today I was back to work after my long road trip, and I came up just a bit short on my writing goal. I wanted to write 2500 words on the new book, putting me at 5000 total, and ended at 4729. Unless I’ve got a fast-approaching deadline, my rule is that I don’t “make up” shortfalls (because that can quickly turn overwhelming and frustrating) but I may break that rule tomorrow and shoot for 7500 total to get back on track.

The Bang Up cover is done and I’ll be sharing it soon. Waiting to hear back from the last couple of test readers and then this thing should be ready to go!

In the evening I went to the Netherworld Haunted House in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Many sources rank it as the #1 haunted attraction in the country, and I’ve certainly never seen anything that comes close. I enjoy Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, but the lines are SO long and the crowds SO thick, even on off-nights, that the ratio of “fun” to “suffering” tips too far to the “suffering” side.

Netherworld only has two haunted houses, but they’re longer than if you went through all of the Universal houses back-to-back, and there’s not a second of dead space. Hell, the indoor portion of the line to get in is so impressive that it’s not clear until you reach spot where they scan your ticket that it hadn’t already started.

I’ll share pictures tomorrow.

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