Last Days of Atlantis: Status Update, 28 April

This past week, I’ve felt a bit in the doldrums in my work on the third novel in the Atlantis trilogy. This often happens when you get to the middle of the book, once you’re past the initial burst of energy with starting a new project.

It’s happening to me now because I realized I had taken the wrong approach in several related scenes in the section I’m working on. I hadn’t given one set of characters anything to do, so all the action progression depended on another set of overworked characters. I had also put one character in the wrong place, and forgotten about her relationship with another character. So I had to re-write much of three chapters.

Yet my sense of losing momentum is actually a false perception. I added more than 3,000 words to my word count, and I set myself up for more progress. Writing a novel is such a long process that there are inevitably good days and weeks and bad days and weeks (sometimes months). With experience, you learn that your moods come and go, but as long as you keep sitting at your keyboard and plugging away, you’ll get to your destination eventually.

Stats below. Remember, title of the first book in the series is Mother Ink and you can read about it here.

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Last Days of Atlantis: Status Update, 21 April

Okay, I’m trying to make status updates on The Last Days of Atlantis trilogy a regular, weekly thing to keep interested readers in the loop. Have I made any progress in the past week? Yes, a bit! Details below. Remember, title of the first book in the series is Mother Ink and you can read about it here.

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Top Five Songs to Inspire Science Fiction Writers

This Raven song is totally inspiring my next space battle scene.

In earlier posts, I suggested Five Songs to Inspire Writers, Five Songs to Inspire Fantasy Writers, and Five Songs to Inspire Horror Writers. Now we’ll move on to science fiction.

Robots. Spaceships. Aliens. Intrepid explorers traveling to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in pursuit of knowledge and adventure. If that’s what you want to write, the following five songs are sure to provide the inspiration you need.

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Last Days of Atlantis: Special Announcement and Status Update

I’m proud to announce the upcoming publication of my new epic fantasy trilogy

The Last Days of Atlantis!

I’ve been at work on the trilogy since the beginning of COVID, and am now on the rough draft of the third book. It’s by far the longest, most-involved writing project I’ve ever taken on. We’re fast approaching the time when the first book will come out, hopefully this summer. The title of the first one is Mother Ink and you can read about it here.

Now that the books are so close to appearing, I want to start tracking for readers where I am on each one.

Plus, I get to use the nifty new plug-in I discovered that creates little progress bars to show how far along you are on your projects. Check it out below!

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New cover for The Love Machine!

New rockstar cover as of April 2022!

All a sixteen-year-old up-and-coming rockstar needs is a Love Machine—and Alva’s invented one.

Alva’s a genius sixteen-year-old inventor and a wannabe rockstar. He’s invented a Love Machine, but he’s about to learn the cost of using it might be higher than he ever imagined.

The Love Machine: So simple it could be included in a cringe infomercial. All someone has to do is hold a button on the device near someone’s left ear for sixty seconds. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. In return, the target falls in love with the user for one day.

But when Alva loans the Love Machine to his fellow band-mates, their dates go off the rails. One friend even winds up humiliated and beat up.

Can the boys in the band use their power for good? Or will the Love Machine ruin every relationship they try it on? And what happens if the guys have a falling out? Between being rockstars, unlucky in love, and making messes in their relationships, they might just discover a Love Machine causes more problems than it fixes. But can they fix what they break before ruining lives forever?

What I’m Reading: Book Marketing Is Dead

Book Marketing is Dead is a free downloadable book by indie author and guru Derek Murphy (available here). The thesis of his book is that the old way of book marketing–hiring publicists, sending out press releases, going to book signings or on book tours, and, except in very limited circumstances, advertising–is no longer the way to sell independently published books, if it ever was. The new way to sell books is by building relationships with readers, potential readers, and other authors in your genre, and he explains how to do this.

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Top Five Songs to Inspire Horror Writers

“Oh yeah, I always do my best work listening to Maiden.”

In earlier posts, I suggested Five Songs to Inspire Writers and Five Songs to Inspire Fantasy Writers, but sometimes, you’re trying to scare the pants off your readers. Or, to paraphrase Steven King, if you can’t scare your readers, you can always gross them out. In any case, sometimes you’re looking for songs that’ll pump you up to put the wickedest, scariest, most horrifying imagery on the page you can think of. When that’s what you need, try one of the following songs for inspiration.

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Top Five Songs to Inspire Fantasy Writers

So which prog rock group should I listen to today?

In an earlier post, I suggested Five Songs to Inspire Writers, but as a fantasy writer, you might need something a bit different. That’s why I’ve assembled here the top five songs to inspire scenes of mist-shrouded landscapes, noble quests, and mind-bending magic. Read below to see what I’ve picked out.

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