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: Orc Facts #3 – Orc Origins


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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Release Day, Gratitude, and News

It’s time! Demon Haunted is now live and, hopefully, readers will be diving in soon! You can get your copy at the following locations:

Createspace Direct   Amazon   Smashwords   Kobo   Payhip
Use the code BUFB2RFS on Createspace to receive 10% off.
Also available on Scribd, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

You can also join the Goodreads Giveaway to win a paperback and bookmarks: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/202173-demon-haunted

And on that note, it’s time to publicly thank some wonderful people for backing me on Indiegogo back in March. Without these folks, this book wouldn’t have turned out nearly as good as I think it did. An orc-sized THANK YOU to the following people:

Stephanie Lehenbauer
Samantha Tohtz
Evan Bassett
James Jakins
Rachel Nowlin
Kibret Ledoux
Lisa Richardson
Erica Lindquist
Eileen McNulty
Goran Joksimovic
Alex Haigh
Melissa Shumake

And for their heavy contributions, a very special thank you to
Tim Feely
Rachel Sharp
Steven Ott

You are all very rad people and I sincerely hope you find this book worthy of your time and money! Thank you so much!

Finally, IT’S ORCTOBER! I won’t officially start the Orctober posts until Monday but by god, the orcs are here! Beyond this, I’ll be getting back to work on Grimluk 3 as well. I’m already 10,000 words in. Hopefully, I can bang out the first draft before Christmas. For now…celebration!

New Art And Site Colors

Now that I’ve got a shiny new piece of art to share, I figured I’d update a few things around the site. First up is a new color scheme and a new header image. Demon Haunted takes place in a plains region called the Sapphire Plains so the new header reflects that (original stock photo). We deal with ghosts and spirits in this one too, so the colors reflect that a little better.

After that, I updated the landing page to be a little more chill. Just a welcome…and the lovely promo picture of Grimluk done by Bob Kehl! The piece is below if you don’t feel like clicking away. And for anyone curious, the first header I used was The Wasteland by Genesis-Orbit.

Grimluk Promo Picture

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