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08/18/14 - "When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?" Ernest Hemingway I find myself reading of the classic writers often as of late... My own writing is at a standstill, but it is a busy time right now, what with school starting, people moving in and my finances in the usual jumbled mess. Sometimes I feel it is a wonder that I can find time to walk about and eat healthy! (Alas for my liver, this does not mean LESS whisky in my day.)
07/30/14 - The editing of TZC1 continues, but at a slower pace. The writing on UA II continues, but at a slightly faster pace. I've been diverted by chores, wonderful chores. Happily the propane tank is almost fully painted silver again, as is the undercarriage of the mower deck. I've orded the new law mower engine and should get it on Monday, Aug 4th, a few hours of toil and I'll be able to spend a couple more hours mowing my lawn for the first time in 3 weeks. It is in sorry shape too. Foolish, isn't it? How much fuel and effort goes into the social contract of having 'short grass' instead of 'long grass' outside of our houses? Maybe I'll wait another week just to thumb my nose at 'the man' in charge of such things a grass height, whoever that actually is.
07/26/14 - The editing of TZC2 is complete, again. I was pretty diligent the last few days and tackled it a few chapters at a time with breaks in between. For the most part I took care of minor grammar issues, but there a few mis-used words and outright nonsensical issues I found as well. The changes have already been posted to the distributors, but I have not yet (and probably won't any time soon) gotten around to replacing anything I have posted here yet. This morning has also been productive, I've opened TZC1 for editing and knocked out the first 10 chapters of that as well. If things go as planned I will have that book done mid-week and will start on the next book in line. I think "About a Woman" needs some editing love, followed by Undead Advantage, Undead Advantage II and TZC3. So many books, so little time. UAII is still coming along too, I have been writing on it fairly regularly, not making progress by leaps and bounds, but by steps and staggers. Still, every word written brings me closer to finishing.
07/23/14 - I have about 21,000 words left to edit on TZC2. It is going pretty slowly, but I hope to be finished (again) with it by Saturday. After that I will probably start TZC1, just to get it cleaned up too. I probably should have started with the first book, but it has been looked at over and over and over and I feel it is in better shape than book 2 was, so I decided to focus there first. I have a Vampire versus Zombie story rumbling around my head...I might get distracted yet again from editing.
07/21/14 - So there is a zombie comic out, UnDead End, and I backed it on kickstarter at a level which included a cameo appearance as done up by the artist. As part of the rewards I was sent the pdf and gave it a read through that just left me wanting more. You can check it out here: https: UnDead End (//squareup.com/market/j-wright-2/undead-end)
Physical copies go out in August and I'm happy to support an artist of J Wright's caliber.
07/17/14 - I'm re-evaluating some of the things I've been working and deep into editing the old works again, this is a very time draining experience and I will not be posting anything with regularity for the time being. When I do post things they will be mentioned here and, probably, via the FB account (though I am seriously considering giving up social media for a while too.) Usually about this time of year I take a month or so off, so this is not unusual. See ya on the flip side!
07/10/14 - I'm sad to report I have nothing to post tonight. I've been working overtime editing my older work this weekend, which is extremely time consuming. With some work I'll be back in action next week and have TZC2 edited a bit better by this Saturday.
07/02/14 - Chapter 25 has been posted to UAII. Have a safe holiday if you're in the United States, otherwise just enjoy a great weekend.
06/26/14 - I have added a status section to the website. The purpose is to show where I am spending my writing time. I do get a lot of questions about the status of TZC5 right now and the status section is here to help remedy that. It should also encourage me to write a bit more (at least I've noticed that I tend to put down a few words on something every day so I can updated the dates and not look like I'm just slacking off.) The 'Projects' are the books I've got in progress and that I am actively working on (or will be very soon). The 'Date' is the last time I've touch the work and added to it. The 'Today' column is the word count I am currently at and the 'End' column is what I estimated the word count will be when I am finished. The 'End' is really not set in stone, but only as well defined as I can make it. For a full length book I like to keep them at least 80 thousand words long and prefer to make them in the 100 thousand range, I will update that column as I near the finish line and I can usually tell when I am getting close.
I did pop open and look at TZC5 again recently and I have no good news on that. When I revisited what I had written I wasn't at all pleased so I sort of axed a pretty huge chunk of it. You see UA II is making what I had planned for the next book in the main series evolve a little.
Chapter 24 has been added to Undead Advantage II for this weeks reading. Next week I won't be around Thursday; I am heading to Minnesota to do a little fishing and watch the fireworks, so I'll be posting an update on Wednesday night instead.