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What happened to August?!

No, seriously. What happened to August? I swear I had just made a blog post last week, and before I knew it, it was the 5th of September! I suppose it’s just another sign of how busy I am that time keep flying like this. I’ve been trying to be more active on my Twitter account, too … for better or worse. Even after this blog entry, I have to fill out a ton of paperwork dealing with personal matters, so even my weekends are a bit hectic.

 

That’s enough complaining about my own time mismanagement, though. A much more pressing issue is that I’ve put the side story on hold for now. Despite the fact that I’ve been brainstorming on it for ages, it just isn’t turning out the way I imagined, so I’m going to let it simmer a while longer while I turn my attention to … working on volume 3!!!

 

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve been wanting to get to volume three since I started writing Magi of Gaia. I’ve had all the volumes planned out well in advance, and the third will have the best fight scenes and … wait. No spoilers. I definitely want to, but I have to be careful not to. I’ll leave the part about fight scenes because anyone who has read the first two volumes already knows to expect a fight or two … or three, so I don’t consider that a spoiler. Besides, the fights are all about the substance of the fight, not the actual blows.

 

Um … I honestly wasn’t planning to make a blog today since I only just realize August ran away and hid somewhere while I wasn’t looking, so there’s not much more for me to say. I’m still working on various side jobs for the time being (and just reduced my prices since it’s all about your rating in the beginning), and my writing for volume three is continuing steadily. I wish there was more to talk about since I don’t want to get to that paperwork I mentioned earlier, but I guess I’ll end this one here.

 

I hope everyone stays safe out there!

Always Improving

Well, this month turned out to be a bit more hectic than I first assumed it would be. It started off well enough with my working on the new side story, but it wasn’t progressing all that smoothly. It took me almost the entire month to get to a point where I realized it simply wasn’t hitting me the way I wanted. So, with the first half of the story nearing completion, I decided it might be a good idea to just scrap it and redo the whole thing. This, of course, raises a whole new set of issues, but I’d rather a story be as good as it can be than just “fine” or “passable”.

 

Other than that, I’ve been looking into some doing some very minor jobs on freelance sites to supplement my income. Though there has been an uptick in sales recently (and I’d love for it to stay on this upward trend), the truth is that it simply isn’t enough quite yet, and my funds are starting to run low. I don’t need a ton of extra money, just enough to offset my monthly bills, so it won’t really interfere with my writing too much, but finding a stable position with limited hours in the first place can be difficult.

 

On a completely unrelated note that has absolutely nothing to do with the previous paragraph, remember to support my Patreon account if you are so inclined. It would also be appreciated.

 

There hasn’t been much more going on than that. Like I said, it’s been hectic, and now I’m shifting between looking for a little bit or work, brainstorming how to rewrite the side story from scratch and still be able to get it to where I need it to be, and finally starting on volume 3. It’s going to a long month, but hopefully a fun one, too!

New Volume and Patreon

Well, June certainly was a big month. The second volume’s rollout took up a lot of my energy, but sold fairly well. I would have liked for there to be a larger spike in sales with people buy the first two volumes as a pair (especially since the first volume was on such a major discount), but what can you do? I’m glad I got the sales I did, and I’m even more glad that hassle is over with until volume three is finished … which won’t be for a while.

 

I also set up a nice little Patreon account that might help ease the burden of my limited financial success, but I’m not counting on it, if we’re being honest. It’s there, though, so if you’re reading this and want to support me to make sure volume three arrives in a timely manner, that’s the best way to do it. After all, after how volume two left off, you have to be pretty eager to see what comes next, right? (Okay, okay. I’ll stop.)

 

To be honest, the current project isn’t volume three, but a new side story I’ve been meaning to get started on for ages. It’s proving harder to bring to life than I first anticipated, as my initial characterization of people didn’t make them feel real enough to me. Anyone who has read my books, especially the second volume, know how important realistic character motivations are to me, and that applies to any story I write. It’ll take some work and a bit of time, but I’m hoping for the best, so you should, too!

 

That’s about it. Sorry this was a bit late coming out, but it can get like that around the holidays. Also, I thought about moving all my blog posts to the Patreon account as a treat for anyone who is donating, but there isn’t anyone doing that yet, so I figured it was unnecessary. It’s not out of the question yet, but I’ll let you know if anything changes. Until next time, stay safe and healthy!

Volume Two Released!

It’s here! Magi of Gaia – Volume Two: Nonphysical Damage has finally been released, and volume one is on sale as we speak for only $0.99 (well, the ebook is, at least)! That’s been where the vast majority of my time and effort have been the past month, and I hope my advertising strategy works better than it did for the original release last year. So far, it’s been selling … okay, but not great, but it’s still early. I’ll have to hope for additional sales for volume two to roll in after people have completed reading the first volume.

 

 

Aside from all of that, not too much has been new in my life. Does getting an air fryer count? That probably doesn’t count, does it? It makes great grilled cheese sandwiches, though.

 

 

After this week, I’ll be putting my focus towards fixing up and filling in the website, maybe write an additional side story, and then get back to work on the main series. I already have a few ideas of how I’d like to start the new volume off, so writer’s block will thankfully not be an issue (I hope). I may end up having to completely redo the website from scratch, which will be as fun as it is annoying, but I feel wary every time I access this site and it reminds me I’m still using an outdated editor.

 

 

Anyway, we’re off to a new and exciting start with the second volume’s release, and I hope things continue to go smoothly. Wish me luck, and I’ll wish for your good health and safety!

Here Come The Nerves

Hello once again. Despite my greatest hopes (or, rather, my overly optimistic outlook), Magi of Gaia‘s second volume did not get released last month. Because I’m working with several different people who are all working their own separate jobs, and because certain jobs can’t move forward until other jobs have been completed, it took more time than I originally estimated. Oh well. We move forward regardless of setbacks!

 

Here’s a look at where we currently are:

 

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Drafting: 100% complete!

 

Major adjustments/Checking notes: 100% complete!

 

Rereading/Minor adjustments/Correcting awkward dialogue: In progress, 99.9% complete. (I’m not sure I’ll feel like this is 100% done, even after the book’s release. That’s just how I am.)

 

Finalizing: 80% complete. (This is where I’ll hand the book off to professionals, such as copy editors, graphic designers, and formatting specialists.)

 

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As you can see, the vast majority of finalization has been completed. All that’s left is to decide on how I want the cover, spine, and synopsis to look, then take it to my formatting person who can give me the files I need to upload. Unlike last month where I was overly optimistic, I think it would be pessimistic at this point to think the second volume won’t be published this month. It’s almost a certainty.

 

Outside of the usual update, I’ve also gotten my vaccination this month! It was a strange event, as I signed up for it online, but when I got to the place where the shots were being given out, they said I wasn’t in the system. I thought I had made the trip for nothing, but they didn’t make a big deal out of it and ended up giving me the shot anyway. Maybe they saw the time slot was open on their end and realized it was a glitch in the system? I’ve honestly no clue, but I’m thankful they didn’t assume I was lying and turn me away. That would have been annoying (and embarrassing).

 

I felt rather weak and achy the next day, like I was about to get sick, but that sickness never came. I mostly ended up sleeping it off. It wasn’t fun, but far better than the alternative. I imagine a full-blown sickness taking me right now would be a disaster. I don’t handle getting sick very well. I turn into a complete baby.

 

Honestly, that was the highlight of my month. As usual, I’m not really going out and doing much, though I’m eager to go see a movie sometime in the near future. I don’t know what I’ll see, but I’ll be happy just to get out and do something fun for a change. If I’m lucky, maybe they’ll be playing a nice Studio Ghibli movie. You can never see “Spirited Away” too many times.

 

And that’s it for my usual rambling. Everyone, stay safe and healthy out there! Let’s all have fun together when this is over.

Progress Report

Here we are again, on the eve of a new volume’s release! I feel much less prepared in some ways this time around, yet much more prepared in other ways. I feel like the release is happening much sooner than I expected. It’s probably just nerves, though. In any case, I’m ready for the big day! I even have some ideas for new places to advertise, so that’s good.

 

Before I get ahead of myself, however, let’s look at where the progress is as of this writing:

 

 

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Drafting: 100% complete!

 

Major adjustments/Checking notes: 100% complete!

 

Rereading/Minor adjustments/Correcting awkward dialogue: In progress, 95% complete. (I’m not sure I’ll feel like this is 100% done, even after the book’s release. That’s just how I am.)

 

Finalizing: 20% complete. (This is where I’ll hand the book off to professionals, such as copy editors, graphic designers, and formatting specialists.)

 

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Currently, the book is in the hands of my editor, who is meticulously combing through the book for spelling and grammatical errors. Afterwards, It’ll go to the person in charge of getting the book formatted in both ebook and paperback styles, and finally to the graphic designer who will apply the title, subtitle, synopsis, etc.

 

That’s pretty much it, BUT since you’ve come all this way to read my blog post for this month, I’ll let you in on an upcoming surprise. With volume two coming out, I’ll be putting volume one at a discount temporarily to try and boost sales. I’m not sure if it’ll work, but go ahead and let your friends and family know. Also, books make a great gift, you know.

 

There we go. Shameless marketing. I’ve come a long way haha!

 

Oh, and one last thing before you go. It’s April Fools Day today! In the spirit of a fun day like today, I posted a bunch of April Fools “Quotes” to the Instagram page. Check it out for some non-canonical conversations between characters (that you could absolutely imagine them having). Have a fun day, and remember to prank someone you love!

New Opportunities?

Hello! I hope you’re all still safe out there. I know we’re getting close to having the country (and hopefully world) vaccinated, but don’t let yourself get carried away just yet. We still have a long way to go, so don’t start feeling invincible just yet. Even the Magi are subject to viruses.

 

Anyway, let’s roll out the update and see where we’re at for the second volume.

 

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Drafting: 100% complete!

 

Major adjustments/Checking notes: 90% complete. (Some things still need to be cataloged.)

 

Rereading/Minor adjustments/Correcting awkward dialogue: In progress, 40% complete.

 

Finalizing: 0% complete. (This is where I’ll hand the book off to professionals, such as copy editors, graphic designers, and formatting specialists.)

 

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It’s looking good. Everything is running on schedule, and hopefully by the end of the month, I’ll be sending it off to my editor to give it a good look-over for me.

 

Enough about that, though. Let’s switch over to something a little more interesting. Recently, I’ve discovered (or rather, someone advised me to take a look at) a new platform for authors trying to get their books out into the public eye. This platform is ebookfairs.com and is free for readers (authors pay a small fee, it seems), and from what I can gather, it seems like it’s a large group of people that advertise their books through each others’ social media platforms. This would mean I would post advertisements for someone’s book on my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram while others would do the same for me.

 

Of course, I need to look into this a bit more to make sure I’m not misunderstanding how things work, but it seems like a great way to advertise for one a small amount of money … which would be useful right now, if I’m being honest. I’ll look further into this, but while I do that, feel free to check out the site and explore it at your leisure. Like I said, it’s free for readers, so look into it and see if there are any books you might enjoy.

The Finish Line

The finish line IS IN SIGHT! While I’m further behind than intended (2020 was that kind of year), I’m happy to note that Magi of Gaia’s second volume has finally moved out of its rough draft phase! Of course, there’s still lots of work to be done, but now I can start on the methodical task of adjusting small issues, fixing errors, smoothing out rough edges, and polishing the story so that it’s as fun and easy to read as the previous volume. It’ll take a little longer to get it out there, but this was the first major hurdle that I needed to overcome before I could officially say the finish line was in sight.

 

With that announcement out of the way, I have a second one to make, and this one may not come as much of a shock: These blog posts are moving from once every 2 weeks to once a month. Yeah, so it won’t be that much different from how it has been recently. The truth is that there isn’t much happening within 2 weeks, so a lot of these posts have been “Uh, nothing to see here. I got a cute video for you, though!” and I’m not sure if that’s really worth your time reading it or my time writing it. I’m not saying there won’t be more posts like that in the future, but hopefully something of note will happen within a month … right?

 

Either way, now that the actual core of the book has been laid out, I can see it being easier to have things to discuss from here on out. If I can remember to do it a month from now, maybe I’ll give some sort of indicator as to how far along the progress is on the book. I’d like to give everyone an idea of how much longer it will be before volume 2 goes on sale. For now, I’ll give you an idea of what it looks like.

 

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Drafting: 100% complete!

 

Major adjustments/Checking notes: In progress, 4% complete. (As I wrote the novel, I made notes to come back to certain points and check for continuity issues, redundancy, placement, etc.)

 

Rereading/Minor adjustments/Correcting awkward dialogue: 0% complete.

 

Finalizing: 0% complete. (This is where I’ll hand the book off to professionals, such as copy editors, graphic designers, and formatting specialists.)

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That’s it for now. I hope this gives you a better look at where I’m at, and now that I’ve done this, I realize I should have been doing it the whole time! Oh well. Live and learn.

 

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there! For those who have unfortunately gotten sick from the virus, I hope you a speedy recovery and for no lasting side effects! There are many people who aren’t so lucky, and to them and their families, I send them all my love. This past year has been a rough one, but there is a bright light ahead, so don’t despair! We’ll get through this together!

Happy New Year!

I feel like the last blog post was more than a little rushed, so I’m here on the first, well-rested and not being squeezed from every angle, to delivery a lively “Happy New Year!” to all. 2020 is finally, FINALLY over, and I think I speak for everyone when I say good riddance. Sure a few good things happened, but the pandemic really hit everyone hard, and I find it hard to believe much else will be remembered about this year unless it holds some amazingly significant milestone in your life (marriage, had a baby, etc.)

 

That said, don’t go out celebrating just yet. As the resident bearer of bad news, it doesn’t look like most of us are going to be getting vaccinated until the middle of the year, so 2020’s negativity looks to be carrying over into a good portion of this year for many of us. I know, I know; you don’t want to hear it, and I don’t blame you. I’m just saying be safe, okay? Hopefully, it will only get better from here.

 

For brighter news, I’m happy to announce that Magi of Gaia’s Facebook page has officially gotten large enough to get it’s own, special URL: https://www.facebook.com/MagiOfGaia  I know it’s not a major event or anything, but I was happy to see it finally happen. No more hyphens and numbers. If you want to go to the website, you can find it without any issues. I’m strangely proud of this trivial thing, but I guess that means it’s not that trivial after all. Maybe I’m just easily pleased?

 

How about you? Did you stay up to celebrate the new year? Did you do anything special? I made sure to end the year AND start the year doing things I love in hopes of getting things to a positive start. Someone in my area decided to shoot off a ton of fireworks (even though it was raining???) for what seemed like hours. Hey, it’s fine by me. We can all use a little cheer after all we went through last year.

 

Though the beginning of this year will be tough, let’s all be positive and do our best to make it through this. Many of us have it harder than others, like those who need to go to food banks, those facing eviction, and those who no longer have their jobs. To those people, I give all the luck I have stored up in the hope that you find a way back to happiness.

 

Happy New Year.

It’s the Most Demanding Time of the Year

Unlike last month, I didn’t purposefully skip a blog entry because I was busy working on something. I simply FORGOT to do one because I was so busy! Truth be told, this entry is late because I almost did it a second time. It’s just been one hectic day after another. If it’s not writing or working on some aspect of the book, someone demanding my attention, buying gifts for the little ones, or just looking for a quiet place to unwind for a bit, then something else comes up out of the blue.

 

I wish I had a better excuse of something to tell you in this blog post other than “sorry I’m late…”, but it’s honestly just been the same ol’, same ol’. On the plus side, you know what that means!

 

I present to you, a fun video for the holiday: It’s Nostalgic, if nothing else.