6/13/2017

Meta

Here's a progress update so far:

Chomhairle:

Intro complete. I wrote a sort of poem/epitaph that's etched on the stones in the Gaelic ruins where the coven temple once stood. The back story of how the necromancer/druid clan split came about is completely detailed in a sort of epic Illiad/Inferno canto, with a modern group of college students stumbling across it during a grad school project. What happens to them as a result of disturbing the ruins will really add some meat to the series and drop some hints about what lays ahead in the second and third installments of the original Necropotence character and how he will go about trying to raise the dead on earth.

30:

The second part of the "First of the Three" series, also part of the Necropotence arc. In the previous installments we know there's a stone that he uses to absorb blood and manipulate life energy, and a bladed kris that he carries everywhere, always incorporating it in to his rituals and all that. The stone and the kris are both artifacts that play a very key role in the entire thing and they are almost characters of their own. I intend to make this story a sort of hunting, serial killer diary about the poor sap that the blade chooses to carry out its requirement for 30 souls, since the nether doesn't allow the original necromancer to complete the sacrifices without having someone do it for him. The reason for that and the flavor this adds will also be a great addition to the arc. We're about 1,000 words in to this one.

Liquid Blue (short story version):

I'm a little stuck. I'm not sure if I'll bring back Anhedonius Alpha and have him return (and I do have a good, non plot hole explanation for how he comes back after incinerating himself in a furnace). It may be a story told through the eyes of a lot of other junkies and how Mercer floods the streets with a sort of grand experiment that results in furthering his agenda. Part of it may be told by Mercer himself. Maybe it will all be Mercer. Maybe it will be Mercer, junkies, and Alpha, all mishmashed together. I'm not sure yet. Oh yeah, the whole vampire story arc is completely axed, only because there are too many people doing it, and it's just tired and overdone and I want to stand out with something unique. My take on them, as they are a favorite horror topic on mine.... well, it doesn't matter. I'll write some shorts about them, but the novel I was writing that merges Necropotence and LB together is just too grand, too tryhard, too ribbony, and it's been very painful for me to admit that I have to just throw out 50,000 words of multiple leapfrogged years of work, but you have to make the tough calls and cut something if it's been sitting in your slush pile for three years.

Rebound:

This is a fun little standalone story about a murderous entity that possesses its victims, and the man who is hunting it and its vessels in order to rid the world of it for good. I have a pretty good outline for this one, unlike everything else, since it's an independent story like Install. I've been devoting more time to this since I really want a standalone more than adding on to my previous series. We're about 6k words in to this one and it may cap out around 12-15k like Anhedonius. I am really looking forward to putting up a draft on GoogleDocs but it's not quite ready yet.

If you're in my beta reader circle or you've been editing for me, I want to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I've been working 60-70 hours a week and although I force myself to bust out 2-3k words when I get home before I pass out, the quality of that writing is definitely lower than when I have a day off and put in 4-5 hours on something, and without Marianne, Ashley, Monika Lain, Robel, the Mad Catter, Elias, Josef .... damn, there are so many more, but I owe you the world. If I left you out, you know who you are, and I am eternally grateful in your debt.

I hope your summer is going well. This is the best one I've had in 5 years. This past Sunday night at a Pathway meeting, I celebrated six months clean and sober with no drugs or alcohol. It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, to earn a little chip that's worth less than five cents. But what it represents? Freedom. For me, that means the shackles are gone, my brain is normal again, and my creative juices aren't dilluted with poison. It's so good to be back, to be healthy, to be moving forward towards goals I set for myself back in 2011-2012, even though those goals stagnated under the weight of addiction for so long.

My next post will 1000% guaranteed include a GoogleDoc link for something, even if it's incomplete. I promise. And even though many of my promises have been empty and worthless in the past, I hope I'm proving to my faithful readers that they carry weight again.

Cheers.


5/25/2017

Meta: Goals, Ideas, Self-Imposed Deadlines

So our next project before 6/1/17 will be the second of the three series, about the gathering of the thirty souls necessary for the cogath ritual, and then maybe we'll jump right in to the third entry, about the child. Not completely sure on that one.

I also have an idea marinating about the actual artifacts in Necropotence, both the scrying stone and the actual kris blade that the necromancer uses in every story. I also want to write an Anhedonius sequel, which will be a short story titled Liquid Blue, and it will certainly be a 20,000 word monster successor that will have to be good enough to do its original predecessor justice. That means very strict editing and probably a good month before it's ready.

I dunno though. I guess writing down a cold hard date helps keep me accountable, so I'm less likely to veg out on gaming and more likely to start writing when I get home from work in the mornings. On the flip side, I have a golf/tennis/basketball/gym buddy and he is going hard in the paint, kicking my ass and holding me physically accountable for this recovering meatbag of skinny-ass seagull meat that I call my body.

I have to say though, the start of my summer is going very well, and I hope it is for you too, readers. Thanks for all your recent support.

Feel free to e-mail me or add me on Facebook if you haven't already. Putting a face to all the names and connecting with my audience is the most rewarding thing ever. Seriously, I love it and I love you all.

Cheers, stay cool!

5/18/2017

Slushed

Retiring all the old stuff and revamping this with post 2015 material. Just general housekeeping.

Meta Betas

So that beta reader mailing list they put on CP is like the single best thing ever because it might as well be called "somebody awesome will read your story for almost as much time as you took to write it, edit it for free, and then thank you for sending it."

There about five of you, but especially Monika Lain-Shaw, not sure if you'll ever read this post, but thank you so much for patching up my crap! Seriously, you are the best.

Feedback about what is bad is what I expected because I also knew it was bad. Cookie cutter dialogue, too many of the same phrases/descriptions in multiple stories, the list goes on, but the cool thing is that if you can not do much for a couple years and then start back with something that isn't complete garbage, then maybe you're faring alright.

I'm thinking about jumping away from all this series stuff and doing some standalones since I need about five or six of them anyway. At least like 30-40k wordcount, which will take awhile.

It's all good in the hood though.

-DW/VH

5/15/2017

The First of the Three

This is part of the Necropotence series. I plan to do three of these, as each one would be one of the critical pieces that the original character needs to conclude his story. I hope derpbutt accepts it. I'm seriously not sure if it's good or not. Let me say this, though.

To be perfectly and brutally honest with myself, I hate Necromaster. I hate that it's a journal entried, passive piece of passive voice crap. It grants a lot of detail, with no action, no climax, no real imagery to conclude the series. We're going to ask derpbutt to take it down, finish these three pieces, and then rewrite that sucker completely. I hate to pull a mulligan on it, but if Stephen King can end the Dark Tower series and then apologetically tell his audience that he hates it and it's terrible, then I can do this. The difference is, I'm going to actually re-attempt mine, whereas his is going to be a movie that would have to end with a new conclusion, or suffer a huge letdown. (Think Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series, ugh). So yeah, every writer does it. My bad. I took a crap all over my most epic series, but I'll do my best to clean it up from here.

I think this one has campy parts of cornyness to it, but it's a kid, so maybe that's why it comes off that way. I think the vision/dream sequences turned out really well. Any suggestions on it are welcome, as I have to write the child portion, and the 30 souls portion of this series as well.

Thanks for reading as always, and be gentle. I wrote this one after a two year hiatus and it hurt so good.

Meta

So I haven't taken a vacation in something like five years, and going to the beach for a week was what I needed, apparently. I have ideas running through my head constantly. I guess that's why a lot of writers seclude themselves in a faraway place for inspiration.

The feedback on Anhedonius is solid so far and I really appreciate those who took the time to read it. Before I send anything else to derpbutt or assault nosleep with anything else, I want it to marinate on there for at least a week and see if it has the potential for a nomination, at the very least.

I don't really have much else to ramble about, though. It feels good to be back. I can't stagnate or lose momentum, and cranking out a second novel is definitely my ultimate goal, if not at least a novella that's over 20k or 30k words.

We'll see what happens. In the meantime, I love you all, as always.

-VH/DW

5/14/2017

Anhedonius Completed

Gonna send it to Derpbutt and the NoSleep folks, we'll see what people think. GoogleDoc link if you want to read it:

Anhedonius

Thanks for reading!

-DW/VH