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Official NaNoWriMo Winner

 

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On November 16th, 2014, I officially over 50,000 words. My story, which will be turned into five books, was Daygar Legacy #1 – Templar Five. The story is about Vampires in the 14th century spreading a disease that is killing humans at an alarming rate and five knights of the former Templar Knights attempt to make a deal with the devil to try to win the war.

This was a challenging time. Mostly because of my disability, I couldn’t do as much as I wanted. I aimed to finish by the 14th like I did last year. I came close, but I was shy 2 days. I think that is still very impressive. Also, given that I am a science fiction writer and I am doing Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal, it was hard at times for me to write. Completely out of my comfort zone. As I wrote, I had to do additional research on the time period to get key facts correct.

I want to thank the creators of Write Monkey, as with their software, I was able to write my story despite my sensitivity to light. I dedicate my success this year to all those with disabilities, whether with Post-Concussion Syndrome, those with Traumatic Brain Injuries, or other disabilities that prevents someone from living they life they want. Writing was very hard for me, and the only way I did it was by forcing myself to do it, even if my brain wanted to give up. My reward is the next two weeks off.

With Thanksgiving coming up, and a few other special projects I am currently engaged in, I am taking a break from this blog. I will come back in December, hopefully to finish up my rivers on the worldbuilding tutorial. However, I will be limited in December. I plan to come back in full force in January.

Special thanks to Nicohle Christopherson for giving me emotional support during NaNo.

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IWSG – 1 Year Anniversay – Same Old

IWSG badgeA month has gone by already and here we are. Today is a special day amongst all others, as we are celebrating the anniversary of the Internet Writer’s Support Group. Special thanks to Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, Fundy Blue and of course Alex J. Cavanaugh

If you are not aware of what IWSG is, in short, it is a time for writers to open their hearts and tell the writing community what ails them. Mostly a way to let other writers know they are not alone.

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10,000 Blog Views

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Big announcement today. I have reached 10,000 blog views. I’m technically at 10,030, having got 10k a few hours ago. I waited due to the fact that when I first moved to a private domain, the first day of testing settings, I had 30 views done by me. While my original blog started in December, I moved over from wordpress.com to my own private website, and I couldn’t take my stats with me. So starting from March to today, that is an average of 1428 views per month.

 

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IWSG – Kickstarter

IWSG badgeI’ve been neglecting this the last few months and I apologize. I’ve been very busy with my Kickstarter campaign. I am doing everything I can for that to be successful, but out of 15 days since my Kickstarter started, I have $139. Assuming I need $50 a day in order to meet my goal, I am $561 behind.

I am really scared I won’t make my goal. I hate it because I am working so hard on it, and I felt that the amount was so small. Perhaps I should have set it for releasing 1 book rather than 5, but even then, I wouldn’t even be close.

This is very important to me and all I want is the chance to be an author and earning income so I can try to have a somewhat normal life. I will still try to release books if I fail and I’ve made good connections with other writers and bloggers. I am happy for the experience of it, and I continue to work hard because I have a little bit of hope that some miracle will come around and give me a chance for my dream.

Please check out my Kickstarter and share it on your favorite social media site.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1222072459/disabled-writer-furthering-his-writing-career

Guest Blog: How are my Vampires Different on David Lee Summer site

intellectual selfie png colourFor the next two months, I will be doing a series of guest blog posts to help market my Kickstarter campaign. The first post is featured on David Lee Summer’s site, talking about the vampires of the Daygar Legacy series. These days everyone has a vampire tale that is either immediately loved or hated simply because it is a Vampire tale. My goal is to try to do something different that still feels familiar. Go check out the article.

http://dlsummers.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/christopher-d-voteys-vampires/

Daygar Legacy – Chapter 1 Part 1

daygar legacy coming soonAt long last, the first part of Chapter 1 is available for view. This has been 4 years in the making. The purpose of this is to show those who support my Kickstarter campaign what they are investing in. Admittedly, it is with mistakes. It is only a first draft and could use the hand of a professional. However, I am very proud of how it came together and this is just but a taste of what the rest of the novel will be like.

The first book is called Templar Five. This book explores what that means and will set the tone for the rest of the series. A lot happens in this short text. This is to support my Kickstarter campaign so everyone can see what they are investing in.

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Express Your Meme (EYM) – Lines from my current WIP

large_open_bookWelcome to another edition of Express Your Meme. Thanks to Jackie at Bouquet of Books and Dani at Entertaining Interests for setting this up and running it. This is a weekly Blog-Hop that challenges us to answering different ideas about ourselves and our work.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this. I didn’t do it because I was unable to answer the last few, but I hope to do these as much as I can do. It’s great being part of a community, no matter how small or how large.

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Guest Post – Creating Complex Secondary Characters Using Tarot

I present to you today a new technique I developed to help me create dynamic complex characters for your story by using tarot cards. This is being hosted on Sophie Duncan’s site. This is a two part article.

Guest Post: Creating Complex Secondary Characters Using Tarot by Chris Votey (Part 1 – The Spread & The Bases)

Guest Post: Creating Complex Secondary Characters Using Tarot by Chris Votey (Part 2 – Cores & Pillars, plus Sample Reading)

 

Check out her site, read my article and some of hers, and be sure to leave a comment. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Cancelled Blog-con

For those of you that follow my blog, you may noticed that yesterday I only had 1 blog post for my Madness Blog-con and that I didn’t post about the panels I attended. More than that, I took blog-con off the menus up top. Or you just found out now because I just told you.

I am stopping it. Why? I know I made a lot of promises to my fans and to people at Phoenix Comicon that I would be doing this, yet I am making the decision to stop. There are several reasons actually for me stopping it.

First and foremost, I am not getting that many hits. Sure, it is my first week, and if I spent time advertising it more and getting to other sites to say, “Look at what I’m doing”, I might get more hits. That is a lot of work. Plus, on top of that, posting everyday. I should have learned from AtoZ blog challenge, that takes a lot out of you. I also think I’m doing something like this at the wrong time. I have less than 30 followers and for this to be successful, I need at least 100 follower, in my opinion.

Because of how much time it takes to do that, I’ve ignored my writing. I reason that I could use the time away, but I’ve spent too much time away from it now and need to get back working on that. Plus, I’ve set myself a deadline that I intend to keep.

I also have other projects, such as Interviews, that I want to do. I want to make sure I keep on top of those projects, and doing the blog-con would hinder my efforts.

Perhaps the main reason, aside from my writing, is my Worldbuilding series. While at Comicon, an author who looked at my art, suggested I go on reddit and post my worldbuilding articles. I wish I remembered who said that. So I did, and the result has been amazing.

In the last 3 months, I have had 669 views on my worldbuilding articles. In the last 12 days, I’ve had 537. That is hard to ignore. I had hoped that eventually my worldbuilding series would be a success, and it now is. More than that, I’ve had record views on my site. During the month of April for my AtoZ challenge, my best day was 86 views in a single day. 12 days ago, I had 185. The next day was 113. Nearly 300 views in a two day period.

So, there is more need of me to do my worldbuilding series. That is what I want. Unfortunately, the blog-con interferes with that. I know I made a lot of promises, and I’m afraid I will have to break them. But I hope that those I met at comicon understand why I am doing it. Though given how underwhelming the event was, I’m sure no one will lose any sleep over it.

Lastly, my disability claim is moving forward. Right now I am not starting anything until my physical in a few days. My primary focus is on that. Plus, I need to find a Doctor to get the treatments I need.

As you can see, I have a lot on my plate, and I need to start taking things off. Blog-con seems like the obvious choice.

Liebster Award – Thanks Sophie, Tasha, and Sara

liebsteraward_05142014Time once again for the Liebster Award. I had received this honor once before, and you can read that here. I thought about just ignoring it as I’ve done it once already and have a lot to do, but for my second go round I have been nominated 3 times for it. So I’m going to do it part of the way through.

 

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