“The Three Heretics” First Draft is Done! So What’s Next?

I’m glad you asked!

Well, as any writer will tell you, the first draft is not the last drive. As pretty as you make it, as much as you love it at that moment in time, when you go back to it months later, it ends up losing some of its luster. So while “The Three Heretics” is done, it still needs some loving before we move onto the editing stage. So for those who are interested, here is the plan for the months to come.

  1. Rewrite “The Three Heretics” completely. There’s not much to this. I open up the file, go to the beginning, pick an empty line, and start typing everything all over again, making changes as I go. This may seem like a long process, but honestly, it’s not too bad. This way, rather than reading it and correcting when an issue pops up, I’m reintroducing myself to the story, memorizing all the little details I may have forgotten, and fixing things on a more focused level. I anticipate the beginning chapters to take longer than the final chapters, as though were just finished and more representative of where I am at as a writer at this moment. All in all, I expect this process, as long as I don’t dick around too much, to only take like 2-3 weeks. It could be more. I don’t know. It is a really long book.
  2. Beta readers! Want to hear something crazy? People are actually coming to me, rather than me going to them, and offering to beta read my novel! That’s awesome. The fact that people are that excited and invested in the series already (and these are people that I met after I published “Bones,” not pre-existing friends) makes me very happy. So once the rewrites are complete, those who have expressed an interest in being beta readers will be contacted and given the second draft to tear apart, worship, read with a mild indifference, whatever.
  3. Hire an editor! Wait, no, no exclamation point. Hiring an editor is expensive, and like I said, this is a really long book. But, damn it, it has to be done. Unfortunately, Eve Marie, the editor for “Bones” will not be returning to edit this novel. While I wish that she could, editing was a side job that, at the moment, has to be put on the back burner as she works her full time job. No big deal! So while the beta readers are doing their beta reading business, I’ll be scouring the internet for an editor that I feel will serve “The Three Heretics” well … and make me look real good.
  4. While our currently unknown editor is editing, Hannah and I will be putting the finishing touches on the cover. We will also be getting the world map together, and I will be completing the introductory letter and the glossary. Also, we will be coming up with marketing strategies and community things we can take advantage to promote it. It is time to get serious!
  5. Editing takes awhile, so I anticipate I’ll have some time to do other things, too. I hope to have my horror anthology “Black Occult Macabre” out by October. While “The Three Heretics” is getting a makeover, I’ll be trying to write the last two stories for that anthology, which are “The Black Hour” and “Where the Dead Go to Die.” I’ll also be working on my brother and I’s Friday the 13th script. Who knows if anything will happen with that, but it will be fun and … you know … I heard the studio is struggling to move forward with the franchise. If you want some pointers or, like, a screenplay, don’t hesitate to e-mail me, bruhs.
  6. Once “The Three Heretics” is edited and my bank account is lessened because of editing, I’ll review all the corrections and integrate them correctly (unlike I did last time). Then, I’ll ughhhhh then I’ll format the Createspace and Kindle files so they don’t look like mutant freaks of novels.
  7. Then release! So what is the release date? I have no clue. I wanted it to be out this summer, preferably around when “The Bones of the Earth” was released, but who knows if that will happen. But I think we can get this done in the next few months. I want it out there real bad.
  8. June 10th is the one year anniversary of “The Bones of the Earth.” Obviously, going to have to do something special for that. But what? Hmm.
  9. Well, after all that is done, I guess I’ll just have to start on the next novel, which is entitled “The

See ya later!

“The Three Heretics” Cover is Coming Along Nicely

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A work in progress. A not-so-great picture of a screen, just to make the full reveal that much more fun.

To give each book in the series an identity that tells the readers “this is a Bones’ book,” commonalities will be shared between them. The front cover and back cover will generally mirror one another, with the protagonist being on the front and the antagonist on the back. However, in this case, an awfully familiar skeleton dude is chilling on the front. I don’t remember him being too nice. So who could possibly be on the back?

Dun-dun-dun!

What’s New: 9/29/15

Good morning,

Or afternoon,

Or evening,

Been a busy week! But a lot of fun as well.

Writing

The reports that “The Bones of the Earth” has errors in it is getting to me. I know it does but, damn it, I’m so tired of reading it, haha. I’ve read that book so many times in so many forms. However, I will read it once more to catch these obnoxious grammatical errors that people are mentioning. It’s weird, because someone won’t find any at all, while others will report a whole bunch at once. I hate knowing the book has them. For anyone who has one of the earlier editions of the paperback, contact me and I’ll send you some free short stories as compensation for the errors.

The Kindle owners are in a good spot, though, as I can just push out updates.

I continue to work daily on “Three Heretics.” I don’t have a set number of words I aim to write every week, but maybe I should, so that it’s finished sooner. I really do want to get it out there so that people can feel confident in the series, knowing that there is a continuation coming and that their questions will be answered in one way or another not.

“Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” are currently being edited. I’ll let you all know when they’re done, and I’ll probably make them free as well when I’ve uploaded the new editions.

The screenplays … not sure what to do with them. They’re canon, and they’re important, but they’re screenplays. I may pull them from Amazon so that I can turn them into something else later on. Novellas or novels.

I have an unpublished short story entitled “Nights in White Satin.” It’s unpublished because it contains quite a big spoiler for “Three Heretics.” The goal was to put it in the anthology; however, I submitted it to a friend’s publication way back when, so if it ends up in there, you’ll get an early look at it. It’s a zombie story, but if you’ve read “Bones,” then you know it won’t be your typical zombie story.

Movies

What the hell did I even watch this week?

The Green Inferno: Eli Roth’s kinda newest movie. It’s been delayed for a while now. I’m not one that buys into hype, and he’d hyped this movie up a whole lot, but even so, I was disappointed. Moments of it are decent. But aside from the first kill, it is far too tame for something that wants to be considered alongside Cannibal Holocaust. The acting is lame (whatever, it’s horror), the camera they used looks like shit (low budget film, fine, but low budget digital? blah), and the weird humor sprinkled throughout really messed things up. If you’re going to use humor, then it needs to be more consistent. The good? I really liked the idea of it, I liked the digs at twitter and SJW’s. The tribe was really neat to see, as well.

Cannibal Holocaust: My brother and I came home to watch this after Green Inferno. This is the Duke of New York A #1 of cannibal movies. Oddly enough, it’s actually a really good movie. Usually, these kinds of things are, you know, oh cool it’s gory or shocking, but there’s no substance. Here, there’s substance, and its filmed really well. Badass soundtrack, too. Real animals are killed in this movie, however, which was totally unnecessarily and something reportedly forced upon the director by the producers at the time.

You know a horror movie has done it’s job when a judge orders the director to have the actors come to court to prove they weren’t actually killed on screen.

Eaten Alive: Seeing a theme? We watched this and the previous two all in one night. An early Tobe Hooper film regarding a wacked-out in and the alligator that lives beside it. Really weird movie with awesome lighting. Very slow, kinda dream-like. Trashy, too. The blu-ray is pretty impressive from Arrow.

Prisoners: Amazing movie. Snubbed so fucking hard at the Oscars. Easily one of my favorites.

Videodrome: Best Cronenberg movie? Maybe. Probably. The origin of my obsession with flesh and body horror? Definitely.

Games

Metal Gear Solid V: I know, I know. I’m slow, what can I say.

Bloodborne: Perfecto, as it always is.

Soma: Very Bioshock-y. Really starting to get into it.

Music

So, I kind of, like, oh my god, saw Ghost last week. Was fucking amazing. Here’s some pictures I stole from my friend’s facebook. Hail Satan!

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Reading

Oh yeah, I do read, too.

So my loyal, loving fans (and when I say this, I’m basically talking about two people; don’t get the wrong impression that I’m that cool) have been recommending a book to me.

The Library at Mount Char

Nothing says “you’re comfortable with yourself” like a shitty picture not long after you’ve woken up. Can’t wait to read this bad boy.20150929_123114

Ah damn it. Sideways. Oh well. Adds to its charm.

Anyways, back to “Three Heretics”

 

 

What’s New: 9/14/15

Hello,

Hope everyone had a good weekend! If you have any questions or just want to send me a message to chat, don’t hesitate!

Writing

Alright, I’ve been kind of slacking lately. “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” rewrite was supposed to have been finished a few days ago. It’s taking longer than I anticipated. It is suppose to mirror “The Easiest Job in the World” in regard to structure and build-up. Whereas “Job” is much more grisly and graphic (you’ll see, once it’s edited and updated), “Occult” is to be much more psychological, you think you saw something but you didn’t. Making that change has taken some time, but god damn it, I’ll finish this week for sure.

After that, the screenplays will need updating, but I’ll do the editing myself, as they are not particularly complicated in terms of grammar and word usage. They are canon, of course, but some minor details need to be changed, as the series has changed from when they were published a few years ago. No big deal, really, because no one has really read them (which, actually, I’m thankful for!). I really like the stories in the screenplays, so I go back and forth between taking them down so that I can turn them into novels and leaving them up, so people can see more of the universe. We’ll see.

“Three Heretics” is still being worked on. Not much last week but that should change soon. Made a lot of good plot developments in my head, so that’s a big help. It’s helpful to have “The Bones of the Earth” receiving so much attention now, as I have a better idea of what people are expecting. I don’t intend to distort my vision for the series based on what others want, but it’s good to know what things people liked, what characters people care about.

I’ve had some kind fans reaching out to bloggers and reviewers, promoting my book on their own time for absolutely nothing other than the satisfaction of seeing the series take off. I am so very grateful for their efforts.

Horrorhound

Went to Horrorhound 2015 in Indianapolis this year with my brother and his girlfriend. Got to meet Freddy Kruger, Ricky from Sleepaway Camp, and Bishop from Aliens! So much fun. Hoping to get a booth there next year to promote “Bones.”

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Movies

Curse of Chucky: The most current entry into the “Child’s Play” series. As with most of these movies I list, I’ve seen it before, but I never tire of it. I love the return the series’s horror roots, and it is always a pleasure to hear Brad Douriff again. I’d rank this right below the first movie in terms of awesomeness. Can’t wait for the next one.

Halloween III Season of the Witch: Can’t really call this underrated anymore because people have really come around to it, or so it seems. John Carpenter’s original idea was to have each entry into the Halloween series be a standalone film based around the holiday. Personally, I love that idea and wished it had been used. Season of the Witch as an attempt to fulfill that idea. The plot is pretty wacky, but it has a killer soundtrack, is beautifully lensed by Dean Cundey, and is pretty damn intriguing. Despite having no Michael Myers, it is still one of my favorites in the series.

Hellboy II: Watching this movie just makes me want Hellboy III that much more. A great combination of action and fantasy and horror. I really need to start reading the comics. I’ve read Mignola’s “Baltimore” series. Maybe they’ll do that as a movie one day!

Supernatural Season 8: I’ve fallen behind. After slogging through season 7, it’s nice to be watching something that’s actually pretty good. Yes, the show should have probably ended after season 5, but there is something comforting about hanging out with the Winchesters.

Shocker: In honor of Wes Craven, my brother and I decided to watch a movie of his we hadn’t seen. “Shocker” was a fucking weird movie. It’s simultaneously terrible and pretty good kind of intriguing. My favorite part: when he possess the little girl; she inherits his limp and then limps her way over to a plow? to run down the main character. Rest in Peace Wes.

Games

Metal Gear Solid V: Can’t say I ever tire of infiltrating enemy bases while rocking out to Rebel Yell on Snake’s iDroid. Gonna be a while until I beat this.

Music

Hoping to see “Ghost” in Columbus, Ohio next week!

Magic: The Gathering

I realized I play Magic! and that people may be interested in this.

I don’t have any standard decks at the moment, but I currently run Jund and Infect in Modern. I’ve had my eyes set on building suicide zoo, but I think one hyper aggressive deck is enough for now.

Fingers crossed for something good to use in Jund with the new set.

 

Stickers!!

The other night, Hannah and I were coming up with different ideas on how to market “The Bones of the Earth.” The first idea of many was … stickers!

Here are the rough sketches of four of them. There will be more, and we’ll be sharing where you can find them once Hannah has finished.

The cool thing is … these are the first glimpses anyone has ever had, myself included, of the other characters in the story beside Vrana and the Witch!

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What’s New: 9/6/15

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Especially since, for many, it’s a three day one!

Here’s what’s new with me:

Writing

I continue to work at “Three Heretics,” but I haven’t dedicated most of my time this week to it. I find that I work best when I take a break from projects (a week or so) and then return them, full of ideas and fresh takes on sentences. So while I haven’t been working on it, I’ve come up with several important plot developments in the mean time. I aim to have this bad boy finished by December or January.

“The Easiest Job in the World” has been totally re-written. I was never satisfied with the first version, and I really love this newest take on the story. Stylistically, it’s very different from how I usually write, and I think people will really respond to it.

“Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” is halfway done being re-written. Most of it will stay the same content wise, but as with all the stories I’m redoing, I’m making changes on a line by line basis.

When those two are prettied up by my editor, they’ll be uploaded to Amazon. That leaves a currently unpublished short story to be edited and two more to be written, and after that, we’ll have enough for the anthology “Black Occult Macabre.”

Movies

Trying to think of all the movies we watched this week!

Mad Max: Fury Road: One of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. Absolutely flawless, and the focus on strong female characters (Vrana would be proud) makes the experience all the more refreshing. I can’t wait for a sequel.

My Neighbor Totoro: I’ve seen this before, but I always had a time remembering exactly what happened in it. A really good movie that, I think, any kid or adult will enjoy. Miyazaki’s movies are perfect for when you just want to kick back and relax.

Black Sunday: Fantastic witch movie you can catch on Netflix. Drenched in atmosphere, this Mario Bava classic will leave you hungering for more black and white films of its kind.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Gotta spell it right, even if they spelled it wrong! God-tier horror movie with camerawork that continues to impress, even with their tiny budget.

Inside: A french horror film that is incredibly well done and incredibly disturbing. Not quite as graphic as I remember, but then again, I knew what was coming. The first time I saw it, *the* scene made me feel queasy. The only other two films to do that were Cannibal Holocaust and Dawn of the Dead (probably because I was like 8).

Martyrs: Another french horror movie I hadn’t seen in forever. Friends wanted something disturbing, so I did my best to deliver. While I still maintain the long stretch of torture is unnecessary from a pacing perspective, the movie as a whole is really, really good. I hope Pascal gives us more of his work.

Games

Finally beat Until Dawn! I highly recommend it. There is a twist toward the middle of the game, however, which kind of bummed me out. It’s a good twist and totally works within the world they’ve set up, but … well … you’ll see.

Stasis: Never heard of this game until the day it was a released. A top down point and click survival horror game. I haven’t put much time into it yet, but its gorgeous and the story looks to be pretty grotesque. I can’t wait to get back to it.

Metal Gear Solid V: God damn. God … damn.

 

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