November 1st is soon upon us, and it is time for NaNoWriMo. Already been a year… what a year it has been. I published one book, which has great reviews. I have met a great number of people who have given me fantastic support. I rubbed elbow with authors, and I now have a voice within the community. A small one, but it is there.
It was last years NaNo that convinced me to become an author once more. I didn’t just complete it, I annihilated it. 50,000 words in 14 days. Will I do it again? I don’t know. I know I’ll get 50,000 words. Maybe in 40 days, maybe in 10 days.
I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.
2014 has been an interesting year for me. If there has been one constant, other than my disability, is my need to write Templar Five.
In January, I wanted to write the story but decided to work on marketing for myself. Let the world know that I was to be a writer again. Spent some time working on my site, establishing myself on social media. It was time well spent. By mid January, I decided that I should get Terran Psychosis out. I had written it two years prior, yet looking at it again, I decided to rewrite it. The story didn’t change, just my words. Amazing how you can read something and know it is your words and yet know they don’t represent you.
In February, I released Terran Psychosis. Not a lot of fanfare. You tell people you publish a book, but since it is indie and self-published, it has the response of telling someone you made a clay pot in World of Warcraft. Maybe a cool here and there, but interest quickly fades. Hell, I did it and I can’t sit in front of my computer for more than an hour at a time.
I decided to move my blog to a hosting account and made my blog my own. It was live in March. It was a good decision, but it was basically like starting all over again. I also decided I wanted to write a short story before I tried my hand at Templar Five. I never finished the short story. It was an ironic twist, sci-fi time travel about soda. Some stories just don’t work. I decided that I wanted to do A to Z Challenge, and managed to do something unique. I figured that I would spend the rest of March getting ready for AtoZ and I had a unique idea. I wrote as many articles as I could, but as I got deeper into it, it got harder to do. I was unprepared for it, and it was a very challenging experience.
Middle of April, I finish. I was suppose to be done April 1st, but the joke was on me. It was a rewarding experience as I met quite a few bloggers and had a lot of comments. Now I was ready to do Templar Five, however, I realized that there wasn’t much I knew about the time period I was writing. About Europe, 14th century, bubonic plague, Europe… So I thought I would spend a few weeks of research and then write it real quick, then get it published before Phoenix comicon.
*sad pathetic laugh*
Let’s just say that my research took me straight through May and lasted several months. In May, I got a chance to rerelease my book with a new cover and with a more polished editing. It was from people who voluntarily did so after reading the book and wanting to help out. It was amazing. I know I say that a lot.
June was an amazing month, a turning point in my career. I’m still in my infancy, but there is a lot that happened. I went to Phoenix Comicon, thankfully I have the pictures to remind myself I was there. I barely remember it, like it happened 10 years ago, and it was only 5 months ago. I met a lot of interesting people, a lot of authors who supported what I was doing. It was amazing. One author recommended that I take my Map Making articles and put them on Reddit and it spread like wild fire. I attempted to do a blog-con, something I made up. Didn’t really take off. Maybe next year.
Every month since June, I had broken untold records for my viewing. Even this month where I’ve barely posted anything on my site and I have over 1000 views. I’ve had several blogs in my lifetime and this was my first successful one. I don’t remember anything of significance in July or August. I’m sure there was something, but I simply don’t remember it. I know I did a lot of research, but that’s about it.
At the end of August, I decided to do Kickstarter. $50,000 for potato salad, I figured the world was in a giving mood. I was wrong. I was so focused. My attitude was that I wanted to do everything I could up to the last moment. If I failed, I would do so having done everything that could be done. In the process, I met some amazing people, many of whom have given me great support.
October came and we are here now. I failed Kickstarter. it was heart breaking. How could it not be? If I had been successful, I would have had a lot of work and wouldn’t be able to do anything else for at least a month. I decided to do NaNo again. I didn’t even make 10% of my goal, and I need a win. NaNo is the time for Templar Five.
You know what’s interesting through? This story really wants to come out. Never have I wanted to write a story so much. This story of all stories. A Fantasy Historical Fiction about Vampires. I’m Science Fiction Writer. I love space battles, moral dilemmas, exploring the unknown, and asking what it means to be human, or a turnip.
Now what I mean this story has been wanting to get out, is that I would think of my story as I always do, roleplay a scene, and think up of a good point and write it down. All writer’s do that. But sometimes, I would think of a good way to write a conversation, and write it. Or how to describe something. I have little snippets of my book already written. I don’t do outlines for my stories, I find them too constrictive. However, I’m sure if you took those 15 – 20 files and put them together, there would be a resemblance of a outline.
There is so much I have done for this story. I first thought of it 4 years ago, but it has changed immensely since then. I’ve done worldbuilding like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve become an bit of an expert on the 14th century, or at least a serious hobbyist.
I honestly think this story will be a masterpiece. My masterpiece. What the rest of the world thinks, we’ll find out. I imagine like J.K Rowling, it will take me a few novels for anyone to notice me, and then, who knows. My plan is to release in March of 2015. I plan to do another crowdfunding. While I failed once, I might get lucky a second time. Perhaps with a completed novel and doing Pubslush, I can at least get something out of it. I got $200, and that would have been enough to get something done.
This week I prepare for NaNo and I will post what I do to get ready. Last year people asked me if my story was ready for NaNo. I told them it wasn’t. Many were confused by this. I now know that I am a pantser, that I have a vague idea what my plot is, and just go into it. Despite all I have done so far with this, there is still a great many holes for this story that I don’t know, but then Templar Five is one part of what would have been a larger novel. What happens after the first book is still in the air.
Wish me luck for NaNo. When you get knocked off that horse, you go make lemonade. Wait, that’s not right. Oh well, you get what I mean. It’s time to write Templar Five, and it is time for the next stage of my career.
I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.