June News

It’s time for some news!

First up, there’s a new Patreon post up on dealing with creating art and Spoon Theory. It’s a bit rambly, and I’ll probably post it here as well next week, but there ya go.

Next up is less of a news item and more of a reminder. I’m still running a fundraiser to get a new car and medical stuff taken care of. I took my van in to have it looked at recently and the official diagnosis is that it does indeed need transmission work. I took it to a transmission specialist and the guy told me that I had two choices. The first was have them work on it, where they’d take it apart, fix it up as best they could, and basically hope for the best. That’s the cheap option. The second choice is they send my transmission out to be refabricated and it gets parts replaced and remachined back to factory specs. He also noted that I should do that if I want to keep the car for the next 3 to 5 years. On top of that, my battery contacts are extremely corroded and probably need to be replaced. So, along with all the other repairs and maintenance it needs, I’m looking at somewhere between $4-5000. And that’s provided they don’t get in there and find anything else majorly wrong.

What does that mean for the fundraiser? I don’t know. I’m honestly leaning heavily towards something newer still. I’ve already had to put a new engine in this thing once already and we had no idea on the mileage of said engine. I’m not hopeful that sinking thousands of dollars into it will keep it going until I can afford an actual car payment. That said, either way, I still need to raise thousands of dollars for medical stuff as well, so I guess we’ll just see where I can get to. If you don’t feel like donating, then considering becoming one of my patrons or gifting my books to people you’d think would enjoy them. Or yourself if you haven’t already read them.

For the final set of news, it’s a bit of a twofer. I’ll be doing some site maintenance soon, reworking a few areas, revamping others, and generally trying to make things look and work better. On top of that, it’s time to finally share the title of Grimluk 3!

The Demons Within

A little info about it: It will be a new adventure, set towards the end of the year after the first two books. Gwen will not be making an appearance, but there will be a host of new characters. This time around, Grimluk will be facing something he’s never seen before. A…thing from outer space. We’ll also be introduced to a new villain who will be recurring through the series. I’m fairly happy with most of the first draft but I made a lot of notes to improve things in the second.

I’ll be running a Kickstarter for the book in October. There will be a few less reward tiers this year, as I’ll only be offering this book but, if I can get it figured out, one of the tiers should prove pretty interesting and it’ll be a limited thing. I’m also looking at quotes for a couple of stretch goals in the event that they’re needed. And unlike last year, I won’t be taking to Indiegogo should the campaign fail. Tim Marquitz was nice enough to HEAVILY discount my editing fees as a friendly favor which allowed me to make use of the flex fund campaign on Indiegogo so this time it’s either full funding or I try again a few months down the line.

That’s all for now. Take care of yourselves.

News Things

In the immediate, there’s a new post concerning some worldbuilding concepts for the Grimluk series over on Patreon today. Mostly it’s just a few things I thought were interesting enough to share but haven’t been used yet or are still forming. Check it out, only costs a buck to read everything.

As I mentioned in my healthcare post Monday, I started a fundraiser for medical costs and to help afford a new car. Between Nici and I, we need some heavy stuff taken care and I really need a newer car so I can have reliable transportation and not have to worry about major repairs for a few years. We are pretty desperate and anything you can afford will help. Along with the general state of the US, this is a pretty huge source of anxiety right now.

In more pleasant news, Grimluk 3 is chugging along, gaining momentum toward finishing the first draft. I’m nearing the 56,000 word mark as of last night. The final goal for release next year will be a 75,000 word minimum, like with Demon Haunted. The first draft goal is looking to be 65-70,000 as I know I’ll be able to fill out in the second draft. There’s plenty of stuff I’ll be rewriting and expanding as well as certain areas that I’ll just be flat out finishing (mostly just little transition sections and bits of dialogue that were bogging my progress down).

I’ll probably take a month off after that, aside from Patreon, take a week to bang out the Gwen short story I started after (and set after) Demon Haunted, get some Kickstarter planning for October, as well as some Orctober planning, and then start on Grimluk 4. If all goes to plan, and no major distractions happen, I’m hoping I can finish Grimluk 4’s draft by December.

Before I end this, just want to say that however bleak things are looking right now, find a loved one and hug them and remember that there’s still good in the world.

Stay weird, be kind.

Expectations for Grimluk

I figured I’d take the opportunity to say a little about where Grimluk is going because I’ve had it asked a few times if the books were going to be a trilogy. I know I’ve said in other posts that I’m hoping to write books 3 and 4 this year, so I’ll say it again for anyone who’s missed it.

I am going to write the Grimluk series for as long as I have ideas for his stories. And I have a lot of ideas. The current plan is to get through book 5 and then do another project, probably a space opera. But what to expect from Grimluk as we go along?

I haven’t exactly made a secret of including Lovecraftian influences (if you’ve read Demon Haunted, you’ll have seen an incantation to Shub Niggurath, for instance), and that will continue on in books 3 and 4, though probably not in completely expected ways. Book 3 will see the fearsome shoggoth introduced. Book 4 will touch more on cults which will bleed in a little for book 5, which will star a take on a combo of the Jersey Devil and Springheeled Jack.

I’ve often said that Grimluk is basically everything I love smushed together. So outside of those details, I could go on about ideas for later books. I have an idea I might do for book 6 that would introduce aliens, via a Tall Gray. I would definitely love to figure out a way to twist the Four Horsemen into Grimluk’s world at some point. I’m a sucker for the Horsemen.

I figure I can get out fifteen Grimluk books at the least, if not more. Probably more. And I figure as I go on writing, and if my life settles down, I’ll get more efficient and be able to write more books, maybe I’ll be able to do other projects along with Grimluk. Can’t say for sure on that though.

So yeah, this is a series and it’s gonna go for as long as I have interesting stories to tell. Probably never going to have Grimluk Save The World™ but who knows. And I’ll do my best to make each book self-contained to boot. I guess I’d kind of like to make the series kind of a high fantasy, weird west Dresden Files, mysteries only occasional though.

Anywho, just wanted to put these things out there, make it clear. I’m sure folks will still miss it but that’s okay. I’m still thrilled folks are enjoying my work so far. Take care.

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!

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!

Orctober Approaches

As October 1st barrels toward us, I figured I’d share some plans for the month. What with the Orctober celebration and release of Demon Haunted, I’m putting together some weekly stuff to celebrate. I need to get a few folks still but the plan is for Mondays and Fridays to showcase a different orc-centric or orc-heavy creator. I have several fellow writers lined up, including the granddaddy of orc protagonists, Stan Nicholls, author of the Orcs series.

I’ll also be reading and reviewing two books by two of my peers. Amalia Dillin’s second Orc Saga book, Blood of the Queen, and James Jakins’s Jack Bloodfist: Fixer. I really liked the first Orc Saga book, Honor Among Orcs. It’s a romance heavy adventure and it was a lot of fun. Looking forward to Blood. And Fixer looks fun too and has an amazing cover. After that, Wednesdays will see me sharing factoids about Grimluk and his world. Outside of that MWF stuff, I haven’t decided on what else I’ll do but I’m happy to take suggestions or share things folks want to show off.

The Countdown Begins!

It is September first, and the countdown for Demon Haunted has begun! That’s right, folks, digital pre-orders are up and running. Unfortunately, paperbacks will have to wait until October 1st, as Createspace has yet to implement a pre-order feature. Quick reminder for Indiegogo backers: you’ll be getting your copy + rewards on or after October 1st. For the rest of you, you can find this lovely thing at the following places:

Amazon   Smashwords   Kobo

And if you want to add it to Goodreads, I got ya covered. Click the button!

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On top of that, I’ve released a new cover for A Demon in the Desert, that is completely live already. I liked that first cover but after Bob just utterly knocked it out of the park with the art this year, I thought it might be a good idea to make the art consistent between titles. So the promo piece of Grimluk became the new cover. So, anyone with the old cover, I guess you could argue you have a collector’s edition now! Jump on it!