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I haven’t had much in the way of news lately, as I’ve been busy writing and working. But now, I’ve just finished my third book in The Wasteland Chronicles. This one is titled Evolution.

Some fun facts about writing this book:

1. This book wasn’t supposed to exist to begin with. Now, it kind of does.

2. Originally, the Wasteland Chronicles was only supposed to be a series of four novellas that could all be considered to be a large novel. Now, it’s going to be a series of seven novellas that can be seen as an absolutely colossal novel.

3. I originally tried to plan this whole thing out from the beginning using a super detailed outline. I got word 30,000 of said outline, only to scrap ten thousand words of it and throw my outline out the window. I guess I truly learned what type of writer I am. I am a pantser all the way!

4. From beginning to end, Evolution took the least amount of time to write. It might mean I’m getting better at this, I’m not sure. I’m certainly learning that I can write a lot faster than I used to.

5. The word count of the first draft is almost, almost, 50,000 words. I was actually expecting it to be much higher than that, and it will probably come out to be more in the end, especially if I decided to add any scenes.

6. As it stands now, the entire word count for the series is about 142,000 words. The series is about halfway done.

Hopefully, I can get this bad boy edited, smack it on the bottom, and publish it as soon as possible. It would be amazing if I could have the whole series done before the year is out. I think I can manage it, but I’ll have to write like a madman to finish three books in the intervening time.

My next project will probably be a prequel, entitled Darkness, and then it’s on to the last two books of the series, Extinction and Xenofall.

Finishing the first draft of a book is always a good feeling! Now to celebrate with…something, perhaps.

I am a huge Stephen King fan. Well, I say that when I’ve only read three of his books. Actually, four counting Bag of Bones.

I read The Stand when I was a teenager, maybe fifteen or sixteen. The extended, 1100 page version. I was completely floored and finished the entire book in about a week. It was books like that which made me want to become a writer.

I also read Carrie when I was in college…that was also quite the fun read.

On Writing still remains perhaps the best book about writing I’ve read…not so much because it gives you the nuts and bolts, but because King’s words of wisdom proved to invaluable to me, such as: write every day, read a lot, don’t watch too much TV/play too many video games, expect rejection, etc…

I know these are things that any successful writer would tell you…all the same, King has been one of my many author mentors, as I’m sure he has been for thousands of others.

And now, I have in my mail what many consider to be his magnum opus: The Dark Tower. I am super excited to start these. In the forward, Stephen King says The Dark Tower was the ambition of an arrogant nineteen year old, and I love that. I have such arrogant ambitions myself with a fantasy series I’ve been cooking up since my early teens.

Stephen King said The Dark Tower was his Lord of the Rings: the same scope and ambition, only in an American, fantastical setting.

Also, I love the cover box. I think I got this off Amazon for about twenty bucks.

Dark Tower

The Stand

Carrie

on writing

bag of bonesBy the way, Mr. King (if you just so happen to be reading this)…when you type in “The Wasteland” in Amazon my title appears next to yours. 😛