Update:

Jan. 27th, 2009 11:35 am
jasonandrew: (dementorcountry)
It has been several weeks since I’ve updated.

I was laid off at the end of November. It hit me fairly hard since I loved that job and working there. And sadly, the contract I had during the summer screwed up my Unemployment. It is supposed to work out, but until then, I’ve been dirt poor. Thankfully, my lovely wife has been supporting me. It really made me uncomfortable. Yeah, I know I have issues.

I start my new job on Monday. It doesn’t pay quite as much, but it is work. I feel like a load has been lifted.

I had to set down and make priorities for myself. I closed my small press company Simian Publishing. The economy is killing the already very small market for small press books and the money I spend on that side business could be used to pay off debt and savings, It was a hard choice to make, but I think it was the right one.

I think being home alone every day drove me a little crazy. I obsess on details and little failures.

I’ve been so stressed that I haven’t been able to properly think straight. Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly, as soon as I had the confirmation date for my new job I was able to start writing again.

I started writing book #3 this morning. The title is Ravenswood Academy: School for Villainy and Skullduggery. I’ve been having a blast making up super hero and villain names. I like this universe. I’ve always loved superheroes.

I have Dylan and the Dream Pirates with a test reader. I will edit when I get the feedback.

I have some more edits for Dreams in the Dragon’s House that I need to tackle. I’m getting better and better reviews for it, so I think I am making progress.

Update:

Jan. 27th, 2009 11:35 am
jasonandrew: (dementorcountry)
It has been several weeks since I’ve updated.

I was laid off at the end of November. It hit me fairly hard since I loved that job and working there. And sadly, the contract I had during the summer screwed up my Unemployment. It is supposed to work out, but until then, I’ve been dirt poor. Thankfully, my lovely wife has been supporting me. It really made me uncomfortable. Yeah, I know I have issues.

I start my new job on Monday. It doesn’t pay quite as much, but it is work. I feel like a load has been lifted.

I had to set down and make priorities for myself. I closed my small press company Simian Publishing. The economy is killing the already very small market for small press books and the money I spend on that side business could be used to pay off debt and savings, It was a hard choice to make, but I think it was the right one.

I think being home alone every day drove me a little crazy. I obsess on details and little failures.

I’ve been so stressed that I haven’t been able to properly think straight. Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly, as soon as I had the confirmation date for my new job I was able to start writing again.

I started writing book #3 this morning. The title is Ravenswood Academy: School for Villainy and Skullduggery. I’ve been having a blast making up super hero and villain names. I like this universe. I’ve always loved superheroes.

I have Dylan and the Dream Pirates with a test reader. I will edit when I get the feedback.

I have some more edits for Dreams in the Dragon’s House that I need to tackle. I’m getting better and better reviews for it, so I think I am making progress.
jasonandrew: (dickmove)
I haven't updated in the last few weeks.

Life has been very crazy.

My work has been going exceptionally well. I'd be happy to have a job pretty much anywhere in this economy. I have a nice office. I can listen to music while I work. The workspace is laid back. It pays better than any of my previous jobs. And it looks like they want to hire me full-time, so I won't be worried about being a contractor or not having health insurance.

The downside is that the last two weeks have beem crazy busy, but I should finish that up this next week.

On the weekends, [livejournal.com profile] insatia and I have had our bodies kidnapped by twenty year olds and suddenly been forced to drive to Portland or whereever for nights of parties and gaming. It has been fun.

I think I'm happy with the layout of Twilight Temptations. I'm going to look at it again tomorrow and hope that the ISBN mess is handled. And then, I can jump to the next Simian Publishing Project. This year has been a slow time for Simian Publishing as my personal life kind of took over, but I am determined to make this company continue.

On the writing front, I've also had good news.

There was a project that I thought I had been dropped from contacting me and asking about my edits. I was surprised, but I worked on that yesterday. I'm going to work on it against this afternoon and give it to [livejournal.com profile] insatia.

I was also invited to a couple of NDA projects.

This helped boost my ego a bit. I think I have been suffering from that old enemy of writers...depression.

I have a test reader running through Dreams in the Dragon's House. It sounds like she is taking it pretty seriously and making lots of comments. It occured to me yesterday how I could change the struture of the beginning to make it easier to jump into. But that would be a serious project. I've heard of writers wasting years on a book that would never be published. I certainly dont want to do that.
jasonandrew: (dickmove)
I haven't updated in the last few weeks.

Life has been very crazy.

My work has been going exceptionally well. I'd be happy to have a job pretty much anywhere in this economy. I have a nice office. I can listen to music while I work. The workspace is laid back. It pays better than any of my previous jobs. And it looks like they want to hire me full-time, so I won't be worried about being a contractor or not having health insurance.

The downside is that the last two weeks have beem crazy busy, but I should finish that up this next week.

On the weekends, [livejournal.com profile] insatia and I have had our bodies kidnapped by twenty year olds and suddenly been forced to drive to Portland or whereever for nights of parties and gaming. It has been fun.

I think I'm happy with the layout of Twilight Temptations. I'm going to look at it again tomorrow and hope that the ISBN mess is handled. And then, I can jump to the next Simian Publishing Project. This year has been a slow time for Simian Publishing as my personal life kind of took over, but I am determined to make this company continue.

On the writing front, I've also had good news.

There was a project that I thought I had been dropped from contacting me and asking about my edits. I was surprised, but I worked on that yesterday. I'm going to work on it against this afternoon and give it to [livejournal.com profile] insatia.

I was also invited to a couple of NDA projects.

This helped boost my ego a bit. I think I have been suffering from that old enemy of writers...depression.

I have a test reader running through Dreams in the Dragon's House. It sounds like she is taking it pretty seriously and making lots of comments. It occured to me yesterday how I could change the struture of the beginning to make it easier to jump into. But that would be a serious project. I've heard of writers wasting years on a book that would never be published. I certainly dont want to do that.
jasonandrew: (dementorcountry)
I think I have Twilight Temptations the way I want it.

I'm going let it sit a day or so while I start work on Dragonclaw Apocalypse.

[livejournal.com profile] insatia and I have been acting like kids ansd driving all over during the weekend. I enjoy our trips very much. My brand new X-Box 360 misses me. My writing and editing misses me. Still, worth it.
jasonandrew: (dementorcountry)
I think I have Twilight Temptations the way I want it.

I'm going let it sit a day or so while I start work on Dragonclaw Apocalypse.

[livejournal.com profile] insatia and I have been acting like kids ansd driving all over during the weekend. I enjoy our trips very much. My brand new X-Box 360 misses me. My writing and editing misses me. Still, worth it.
jasonandrew: (gonzo)
Deciding where a story fits into an anthology is a challenge. I think I have the right order. I'm going to print it out tomorrow and check it.

The Death Plague is mostly gone.
jasonandrew: (gonzo)
Deciding where a story fits into an anthology is a challenge. I think I have the right order. I'm going to print it out tomorrow and check it.

The Death Plague is mostly gone.

Writing Day

Aug. 5th, 2008 01:42 pm
jasonandrew: (cummings)
I did some copyediting for Dragonclaw Apocalypse. I have two possible covers. I need to think on that.

I sent out contracts for Twilight Temptations.

I'm on pins and needles about an agent reviewing Dreams in the Dragon's House. I keep checking her site every hour or so.

I still need a little bit of time before I start editing Dylan and the Dream Pirates. I plan to start that in September.

And so I also started Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth: Richard Nixon's Revenge. Speaking of which, I finally recieved my shipment of Triquorum 2. I know I promised a couple of local people copies of it.

Writing Day

Aug. 5th, 2008 01:42 pm
jasonandrew: (cummings)
I did some copyediting for Dragonclaw Apocalypse. I have two possible covers. I need to think on that.

I sent out contracts for Twilight Temptations.

I'm on pins and needles about an agent reviewing Dreams in the Dragon's House. I keep checking her site every hour or so.

I still need a little bit of time before I start editing Dylan and the Dream Pirates. I plan to start that in September.

And so I also started Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth: Richard Nixon's Revenge. Speaking of which, I finally recieved my shipment of Triquorum 2. I know I promised a couple of local people copies of it.
jasonandrew: (freedom)
The last of the edits for Twilight Temptations are out the door. I left the contracts on my laptop so I will have to send that out tomorrow.

I have two artists work on possible covers for Dragonclaw Apocalypse. That projects moving forward.

The first draft of Dylan and the Dream Pirates is now complete. As per usual, I need to set it aside for a while before editing it.

I have selected my next book. I'm not starting it until October. Due to some encouragement, I'm going to tackle Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth: The Revenge of Richard Nixon. I can't say anything more on the subject.
jasonandrew: (freedom)
The last of the edits for Twilight Temptations are out the door. I left the contracts on my laptop so I will have to send that out tomorrow.

I have two artists work on possible covers for Dragonclaw Apocalypse. That projects moving forward.

The first draft of Dylan and the Dream Pirates is now complete. As per usual, I need to set it aside for a while before editing it.

I have selected my next book. I'm not starting it until October. Due to some encouragement, I'm going to tackle Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth: The Revenge of Richard Nixon. I can't say anything more on the subject.
jasonandrew: (Default)
The stories are copyedited. The last ones will go out tomorrow along with the contracts.

One more project almost done.
jasonandrew: (Default)
The stories are copyedited. The last ones will go out tomorrow along with the contracts.

One more project almost done.
jasonandrew: (pirates)
This year has been kind of a hard one for me in general, but it has turned the corner for me. I've made horrible dumb-ass mistakes. I've grown up a lot. I think both [livejournal.com profile] insatia and I have been enjoying an extended adult-childhood. We're both ready to take that next step.

We've decided that we're going to buy a house in six months. On and off, we've played with the idea, but now we're actually serious and willing to make the changes in our spending patterns to do the deed.

With my new job, our finances are going to be fairly decent. We've been doing the adult things such as cleaning the house, laundry, etc.

Having my life in order makes me more determined to write.

I realized sometime when writing Dreams in the Dragon's House that if I wanted to be a full time writer that I needed to concentrate on novels.

Dylan and the Dream Pirates has been a hard novel to write. More difficult than Dreams in the Dragon's House. I think because I'm constantly having to build a new universe as the main character keep exploring the dreamlands. If I had to compare Dylan and the Dream Pirates to anything else if would be the movie Time Bandits.

My next two novels should be a lot easier.

Friday, I spent copyediting Simian Publishing projects. Tomorrow is my writing day. I really want to get this draft completed.

My reward after Dylan and the Dream Pirates is to write a couple of short stories. And of course, I've promised myself one Doctor Who fanfiction story.
jasonandrew: (pirates)
This year has been kind of a hard one for me in general, but it has turned the corner for me. I've made horrible dumb-ass mistakes. I've grown up a lot. I think both [livejournal.com profile] insatia and I have been enjoying an extended adult-childhood. We're both ready to take that next step.

We've decided that we're going to buy a house in six months. On and off, we've played with the idea, but now we're actually serious and willing to make the changes in our spending patterns to do the deed.

With my new job, our finances are going to be fairly decent. We've been doing the adult things such as cleaning the house, laundry, etc.

Having my life in order makes me more determined to write.

I realized sometime when writing Dreams in the Dragon's House that if I wanted to be a full time writer that I needed to concentrate on novels.

Dylan and the Dream Pirates has been a hard novel to write. More difficult than Dreams in the Dragon's House. I think because I'm constantly having to build a new universe as the main character keep exploring the dreamlands. If I had to compare Dylan and the Dream Pirates to anything else if would be the movie Time Bandits.

My next two novels should be a lot easier.

Friday, I spent copyediting Simian Publishing projects. Tomorrow is my writing day. I really want to get this draft completed.

My reward after Dylan and the Dream Pirates is to write a couple of short stories. And of course, I've promised myself one Doctor Who fanfiction story.
jasonandrew: (book)
The last third of Twilight Temptations needs to be copyedited this weekend. I shall have to remind the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] insatia that she will need to stop playing video games long enough to get that done.

I've started on Dragonclaw Apolocypse by [livejournal.com profile] marlowe1. I'm not even sure how long it has been since I read the first draft. My memory is slipping. I've started my chapter by chapter review.

I am concerned about how Lightning Source and Amazon are going to do business in the future. Simian Publishing only has one book through LS, but it is now listed oddly. I haven't gotten a straight answer from them just yet. http://www.amazon.com/Into-Dreamlands-Caitlin-R-Kiernan/dp/0979422108.

Work is progressing on Dylan and the Dream Pirates. Writing a novel is like trying to get a boulder past a hill. The first half is hard work. You have to strain the boulder to get to the top of the hill. And then you spend the rest of the time trying to keep the boulder from rolling out of control. I'm almost to the top on this one.

And I am shamed to admit that I haven't seen Iron Man just yet. I am waiting until I get my paycheck and trying to be responsible. Since I'm a contractor, payment schedules aren't in stone.
jasonandrew: (book)
The last third of Twilight Temptations needs to be copyedited this weekend. I shall have to remind the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] insatia that she will need to stop playing video games long enough to get that done.

I've started on Dragonclaw Apolocypse by [livejournal.com profile] marlowe1. I'm not even sure how long it has been since I read the first draft. My memory is slipping. I've started my chapter by chapter review.

I am concerned about how Lightning Source and Amazon are going to do business in the future. Simian Publishing only has one book through LS, but it is now listed oddly. I haven't gotten a straight answer from them just yet. http://www.amazon.com/Into-Dreamlands-Caitlin-R-Kiernan/dp/0979422108.

Work is progressing on Dylan and the Dream Pirates. Writing a novel is like trying to get a boulder past a hill. The first half is hard work. You have to strain the boulder to get to the top of the hill. And then you spend the rest of the time trying to keep the boulder from rolling out of control. I'm almost to the top on this one.

And I am shamed to admit that I haven't seen Iron Man just yet. I am waiting until I get my paycheck and trying to be responsible. Since I'm a contractor, payment schedules aren't in stone.
jasonandrew: (book)
I have picked off more on my list for editing Twilight Temptations and then finished my slush pile reading for Gods and Monsters 2.

My goal is to finish editing Twilight Temptations by the end of the month so I can jump onto the Dragonclaw Apocalypse.

I am worried that the Amazon debackle will force me away from the Lightning Source, but it won't be too bad if their pet printing service provides the same services.
jasonandrew: (book)
I have picked off more on my list for editing Twilight Temptations and then finished my slush pile reading for Gods and Monsters 2.

My goal is to finish editing Twilight Temptations by the end of the month so I can jump onto the Dragonclaw Apocalypse.

I am worried that the Amazon debackle will force me away from the Lightning Source, but it won't be too bad if their pet printing service provides the same services.

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