We had some bookmarks printed to promote Headless. They look pretty great, I think. All thanks to that amazing mask illustration by Michelle Tolo and the great background textures by my web designer. It's a bit redder than the book cover will be, but I like it a lot.
I've been working on the final edits of Headless: clarifying the confusing, smoothing the rough bits, and changing some minor descriptive elements. I have some side stories in the works and will have those out soon on the Extras page.
I think I have a new favorite website. It’s Google Maps. You may already know about this function, but I didn’t, and was pleasantly impressed. I was using Street View to do some research for some of my edits of Headless, when I backed up one step further than intended.
As someone who sang and played guitar in a few different rock bands, feedback often makes me think of that shrill squeal that rips through the PA when you point the microphone at the speakers. As challenging as it is, it’s really a necessary step.
Here, finally, is the announcement of my debut novel, complete with amazing cover art! The book is called Headless, as you can see, and I can’t express how happy I am with the cover. The artist is Michelle Tolo, and she perfectly captured the look of the demonic somen mask, which is featured in the story.
I really like my bloody keyboard banner, but I’ve decided to retire it. It’s a great visual of what sometimes goes into the writing process. It’s all about bleeding out your words, tapping the vein of pure expression and passion for this craft. You bleed out your soul onto the keys and clean it up later.
Words were piled on top of words on top of words. Then I took some away and added more. Lots more. Then I took some more away. And so on. I then willingly handed the words over to be scrutinized and scoured, to be deemed worthy or doomed to oblivion, to be lauded or laughed at.
At the end of week three, I was falling behind, but I tapped the pen to the vein again in the final week, and I brought it in a day early. I am an official NaNoWriMo winner. I brought in over 50k words in 29 days. I put a knife to the Muse’s throat and filled my pen from her opened jugular. On the thirtieth day, I rested.
I have been writing every day—not that this is terribly unusual of late—but this time with the pressure of not getting my word count in for NaNoWriMo on top of it. It’s a silly, self-imposed trial of words, but I think there’s some great value to it. Just having committed to doing it raises the stakes.
I’ve been writing every day for a solid week on the sequel to my recently finished novel (as yet to be published, or officially announced) as part of NaNoWriMo. That’s National Novel Writing Month, if you’re not familiar. I have to reach the 50k words in 30 days deadline, and I’m on track... for now.
Yes, you read that correctly. I have finished my novel, the very first one. Yesterday, around 9pm is when the last word was written. I had given myself a deadline of today, Oct. 31st and I brought it in a day early.
I’ve been MIA for a while, once again. This time, I went on my honeymoon, which was amazing. It was nearly a month long and an absolutely fantastic time. We went to the British Isles. And bonus points for you, if you know the difference between that and Great Britain and the U.K.
I’ve been working on improving my blog, trying to come up with ways to make it more interesting and more functional. I’ve changed the theme for now to make it easier to read, and also because this theme has a mobile version. The last one was a pain in the butt to read.
Bushido is the code of the samurai, the rules a noble warrior should live by. Literally translated, it is “the way of the warrior.” In my upcoming novel there is possibly one person who could fit the bill of the above quote, who could conceivably compose a poem while facing death.