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The end quarter of last year, I put out two novellas. I was dead stoked, more so when the positive reviews came thundering in. I was looking to get something new out by the end of this month too. I’d scribbled out a plan for Stark’s 3rd adventure, plotted something a touch more space opera than anything I’ve done before and also scratched out a few notes on a couple of short stories to finally get enough of them together to get that oft-mentioned collection out on the stands.

It’s the 22nd and this post is the longest thing I’ve written all month.

After the super productive push last year, I’m kinda disappointed with myself. I mean, it’s not like I’m not trying. I’ve been at my work station every day. Nothing’s coming out of my finger tips is grabbing my interest. Hell, I’ve even tried a bit of Sword and Sorcery stuff (definitely not my strong suit) to try and smash the deadlock.

I don’t want to come across as all ‘woe is me’. I’ve just stumbled onto a bit of a bad patch and will have to work through it until my brain starts doing what it’s told again. After such a good ending to an otherwise drab 2017, I figured it’d be fair to share that it’s not always roses and sunshine in Grimaldi’s garden.

Anyway, that’s enough waffle from me.

JP

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One more thing…

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!

JP

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

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.

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