I think I mentioned that Wolf Mama was originally set to be a short story. If I did, then I also mentioned that it’s grown into something more resembling a novella. Well, since I use Randy Ingermanson’s (sorry if I misspelt that) Snowflake method when I outline (it’s never let me down), I’ve reached the stage where I’m brainstorming scenes and, let me tell you, there’s loads of them!
I’m not saying I’m heading into novel length territory (I’m heading into novel length territory), but there is some pretty serious meat on Clata Tao’s bones! The character list has expanded and I’ve hashed out a couple of sub-plots that will keep the story moving whilst fleshing out the Weird West and the characters therein. Turns out Clara’s not the only parent who has lost a kid and the other guy’s empathy plays a big part in helping Clara out.
Anyway, I’m more excited about this one than I was with Copper Jacket (my favourite piece to date), so if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to work.
After a long day doing other stuff, I punched open Amazon to see that The Shipment has a 4* review!
Thanks, Luke, and a Happy New Year to you all
Got a cracking pair of reviews over the festive period. Clanmum gave Wood Hollow 5* love while Luke put a 4* beauty up for Copper Jacket.
Thanks very much to you two. Reviews are always appreciated and it’s great to know I’m doing something right.
Okay, okay. I said I’d leave you all to your turkeys, latke, Yule logs and whatever, but it appears knocking Wood Hollow out there as a freebie has certainly caught somone’s attention! Ryan Stark’s first round of cult-punching goodness has received 4* review and I’m stoked!
Amazon Customer, whoever you are, have a most excellent winter festival!
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.
If you haven’t read Stark’s first adventure, Wood Hollow, you can pick it up gratis for a while.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.