Black Days

Between family stuff and the world stage, things are less than great right now. I just figured I’d take a moment to tell everyone to take care. Get plenty to eat and drink, get your rest, hold on to the things and people you love.

In news, I added a WIP counter to the sidebar. As of last night, Grimluk 3 is sitting at 18,000 words. Hopefully I can keep rolling on.

Looking Back and Going Forward

The Hell year that has been 2016 is coming to its end and 2017 looms ominously in the wings. With that in mind, I thought I might give a bit of retrospection on the year and think about what’s to come in the new year.

Personally, the year started off in a harsh note. I don’t exactly make it a secret that my family life is less than stellar, even if I don’t post much about it here on the Dot Com. Not a lot of that has changed. In a lot of ways it feels like it’s much worse. My partner and I are trying to move back to Tulsa and in with her mom. It’s not going very quickly due to a host of factors. So, if you want to help, buy my books, leave reviews, and spread the word about Grimluk.

Professionally, though, I think I’ve had a pretty great year. And a busy one up until October. February saw the Kickstarter campaign for Demon Haunted, which ultimately failed, topping out at $1600 of my $2000 goal. Which was cool. I backtracked and switched over to Indiegogo, making use of their flexible funding option for March. Thanks to some flexibility on Tim Marquitz’s part as my editor, the $900 I managed did the job. Even the self-publishing world benefits from good contacts. And hey, Tim‘s an author, too, and having a rough time with some health stuff, you should go buy a few of his books.

The summer was spent busting my ass on editing and finishing up the map of Ornesea and a few other image products for Grimluk, especially for the Indiegogo backers. In August, I managed to get a basic plot down for Grimluk 3 and started it. Unfortunately, by the time October rolled around, I was exhausted, so it’s sitting around 15,000 words and waiting on me to get back to it. But, ya know, hey, that’s an accomplishment in and of itself.

October also saw my first Orctober and it turned out pretty damn well and was pretty popular. I’ve also been selling pretty well. October saw me make $50 in sales, which is a definite milestone and one I’m stoked about. November and December have been great as well. December especially when compared to last year when I only sold one book for Christmas.

So, what’s in store for 2017? Well, first up, hopefully the move will get done and out of the way as quickly as possible but that’s not looking hopeful. So, beyond that, I give more hope to my mental health issues calming back down and letting me get back to work. I won’t be ready to crowdfund Grimluk 3 by Spring unless I get a sudden round of supercharging. So the plan is to work hard to finish the first draft of 3, start work on book 4, and run a campaign in October and tie it into Orctober and then shoot for another October release in 2018. I’m batting around the idea of doing a massive campaign for books 3 AND 4, but I’ll probably wait and run the campaign for book 4 in October 2018 as well.

Beyond that, we’ll see what else happens. I’m also debating getting some issues with Audible worked out so I can potentially do audiobooks as well. Depending on when I get moved, I might also attempt to start working on a comic with a buddy of mine, though that will depend on several other factors as well. I’ve also contemplated starting a Patreon again for short stories, mostly for a certain side character of Grimluk’s. I’ve also considered doing heavy metal album reviews. I’d consider trying to do Twitch streams but I don’t currently have the hardware to do that.

So, that’s all the news and forecasts I have to offer. I figure I can do some more posts here or there like my Why Orcs post. Was pretty amazed at how popular that turned out. I hope you had a good year, my friends and I hope 2017 meets you better than 2016 did. Remember:

Be excellent to each other!

Orctober – Creator Spotlight – Stan Nicholls

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For those of you who don’t immediately recognize the name, Stan Nicholls is not only an veteran of the writing industry,the Chair of the wonderful Gemmell Awards for Fantasy (sort of like the Hugos or the Nebulas but the big award is a FUCKING AXE), the first person to write orcs as protagonists, and, from all accounts, an all around nice person. And he was nice enough to take the time to answer my silly questions. I just want to thank him again for doing this because wow, he is a busy dude. A note before you get to his answers, while I asked everyone else to focus on orc-centric works by other people that they favored, given Stan’s status, I accepted a general answer from him. Again, his time is precious and, well, he’s the guy that did it first.

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Orctober: Orc Facts #3 – Orc Origins

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Sorry for posting late today. The past few days have been a little spacey. I’d forgotten about today’s Orc Facts until just before I went to bed last night. So, after thinking about what I might want to share and how it could connect to Grimluk, I looked up the orcs from Dungeons & Dragons. Specifically, because it’s what I found with the most info, we’re looking at the Forgotten Realms setting.

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