Stark Winter

Ryan Stark’s second outing, The Shipment, is up and available on Amazon. If you liked his first hard-drinking, face-punching, cult-busting adventure, then you might want to take a look.
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If you haven’t read Stark’s first adventure, Wood Hollow, you can pick it up gratis for a while.
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There’s a good chance that’s me done for the holiday season, so I hope you all have a great winter solstice, no matter how you choose to enjoy it.
JP

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Is it Christmas already?

So I was about to reread the review on Copper Jacket (what can I say, it’s my first one) when I noticed that although I still have a 5* average, Copper Jacket hs two reviews. 

The second one lit me up like a Xmas tree! The reviewer, Liam, really seems to know his superhero onions, referencing both the old school Phantom style goodies and Planet Hulk. Verily, I am abashed by such kind words by someone who is obviously a fan of the genre.

Thanks, Liam, you just made my Winter Fesival.

JP

Copper Jacket

Okay, Copper Jacket is UP!

Yeah, I changed the name (again). Tin Man just seemed a little too Oz and I didn’t fancy writing sequels called Gutless Lion and Dumb Bag of Straw.

Anyway, Here’s the cover:

 

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It’s currently up for just under a quid at amazon UK here

or just over a buck at amazon US here

I’ll be putting the price up by 50p in about a week, but I figured I can live with letting it go for cheaper than a cup of coffee for a little while. Of course, it’s totally free on Kindle Unlimited.

That’s me done. I’m off to finish the edit on The Shipment.

 

JP

 

That’s Enough of That

I just scrawled ‘The End’ on the second Ryan Stark adventure. Novella length, it deals with how, after being manipulated by an old enemy, Stark is thrust into the gleaming claws of his demonic nemisis from Wood Hollow. I’m pretty pleased with it as is, but we all know that will change when it comes to the re-write.

So what’s next? Obviously I have to finish the edit of Tin Man and think about starting the same on Shipment. I think the big red pen can wait for a bit though. 

Despite having had a list of 12 projects to carry me into next year, I rather fancy churning out another post-apocalyptic Western. I have around 10k of Eel Town sitting on a hard drive, so I’ll possibly take another look at that.

Anyway, I’m busy busy so I’d best get on and do some work.

Tingles on the tongue

I’m so close to writing ‘The End’ on Ryan Stark’s second adventure, I can almost taste it. I should have been done today, but Orchid’s court prep robbed me of a couple of hours. Never mind. Tomorrow I’ll be wrapping up more than likely sinking a nice cold beer to celebrate.

 

JP

Sun, Sea & Severed Extremities

I put an estimation on Tin Man (probably the actual title now) being edited by Monday gone. I’m sure not a one of you will be surprised to read that didn’t happen. It’s not that I’ve been being slack, mind. I’ve actually been mega busy.
See, I’m roughly 50% through the first edit of Tin Man. I’d have probably punched a little further through, but I’m also about 66% of the way through another pulp horror thingumy. My two-fisted terror, Ryan Stark, has been back on his boat and up to his old smuggling tricks. Unfortunately for him, the dark deity whose plans he quashed last time he left the house has something of a chip on its shoulder. It also has a congregation of nasty, inbred cannibals looking to do its bidding and get Stark in a position to pay for his hubris.
I’d like to give a (typically sketchy) publication date for Tin Man as the end of next week. From the looks of things though, Orchid and I will be heading back to court in an effort to keep the seedling safe from purulent human filth. It’s going to be tricky seeing as work is rarer than justice in this hell-hole of a country, but it has to be done.
Speaking of Orchid, she’s a creative young hobbit and has offered to help out with Tin Man’s cover art. We’ll be going through some designs when we can get away from paperwork, phone calls and all the other small things that have invaded our blissful forest abode. To be honest, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
That’s all from me, have fun ’til next time!

And that’s a wrap!

So 3 minutes ago, 20 days after starting the thing, I typed ‘End’ on the Tin Man document. Sure, I’ll need to give it a good seeing-to with the big, red editor’s pen but that’s life. I’ll probably pick it apart next Monday. Give it a good, long week to let it settle in my mind.

It’s Tuesday tomorrow, my uninterrupted days of scrawly glory so for the rest of the evening, I’ll be thinking about what to start tomorrow.

 

Wednesday Rambling

Despite still being lumbered with a dodgy working title, Tin Man is coming along nicely. I had a mega productive day yesterday (Tuesdays are all mine except for dog walking duties and a quick coffee with Orchid) and smashed through the 15k word barrier. Today my count barely scrathed 1000, but for some reason Wednesdays are always a bind.

Hero of the thing is a young janitor by the name of Aiden Young. Living in the gang-ravaged streets of Hexen City, his hobbies include trying to be invisible, surviving the journey to and from the laboratory where he works and providing fresh sandwiches to a homeless old lady called Aggie. 
It’s all heart-warming stuff, but sweetness a good action romp does not make. When Aiden drops off a sandwich to his mad buddy, he learns of a pair of cops foolish enough to enter Hexen City’s Cauldron district. This is not wise, and although Aiden knows helping them escape is just as dumb, he tries his luck regardless.
Our man is no barbarian swordsman, so saving the coppers puts him in grave peril. He tries to make an escape, but he’s followed by a bunch of goons who want to do more than dance. When they get hold of him, Aiden goes through a pretty nasty experience that leaves him … different
Aiden gets shiny new superpowers and, due to the obligatory bad stuff happening, he realises someone needs to save his city. Of course, he cleans floors for a living, so he’s a little under prepared for his self-imposed quest.
I did get a little snagged around chapter 6, which kinda surprised me considering the extensive chapter-by-chapter breakdown I put together. I finally managed to break the mental deadlock by scrapping all my notes and, using the key scenes I’d figured out as guid posts, sat down and punched out words.
Things have turned out to be exceptionally dark and violent, more so than I’d planned. Aiden does live in a dark and nasty little world and is put through an emotional wringer, so I hope it’s understandable why he’s so savage.
Anyway, that’s enough from me. I’ll post again when I have something to say.
JP

Disturbed?

I lost a couple days writing again last week. One of them was down to the middle seedling turning 4, so that can’t be considered a loss. Spending yesterday curled up in my pit with a case of gut bloat (a kind of reverse birthday gift from the seedlings) could have been missed.

Never mind.
Things are looking good with Tin Man (working title). Our hero has just completed the 3 three phase process required to get his “okay powers” (like 2nd-rate superpowers) and, when he realises what’s going on, he’s going to jump on a revenge wagon that will eventually reveal he’s not the only altered human in town. 
Anyway, my mutant ability is kicking in so I’m super sleepy and off to bed. It being Tuesday tomorrow, I’ll have an uninterrupted day of scrawling.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
Oh, on an unrelated note, there’s pretty magical about buying a 4-year-old her very own gourami to put in the aquarium.