Episode 7 in Production

I finished Episode 6 last week and as of yesterday, Episode 7 is under production! It’s going to be a relationship based episode where Quil and Chrys are going to have to work together to get out of a conference gone bad. I’m 2,491 words in and it’s going swell! There hasn’t been much interaction between the brothers since the beginning of the series. I’m really hoping to explore their relationship in this episode. Since Episode 1, I thought the relationship would be more adversarial, more antagonistic, but as the series has progressed, it’s gotten better. Episode 5 was the first episode where I thought things might be getting better. Chrys has only been in four episodes so far: 1, 2, a sliver of 3, and 5. Episode 7 will get the reader a chance to get a real sneak peek into their relationship.

I keep waffling on how many episodes Season 1 is going to have. At first I thought 6 would be good, but someone convinced me that 13 was standard. Then I decided on 9, but thinking 12 or 13 might be good. I’ve also got to think about how I plan on releasing these episodes to the public. Am I going to sell them individually? How often am I going to do that? I want to do it in a timely manner where people will not forget about me before I release the next book. I have asked some writers who have self published and they all have different solutions about what has worked for them. I’m just going to have to try it out and see.

I’m trying to find someone who will read the first six episodes and give me feedback on them. I’ve got one friend working on Episode 1, but she’s not moving as fast as I’d like. I feel bad pressuring her, so I haven’t said anything. I’m desperate to publish something this year and January is almost gone. I’m running out of time. I’m not going to panic yet. There’s still time, yeah?

Thanks for reading!

XPJ

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Episode 6 Down!

I did it! I finished Episode 6 of Heroes of Lunde! It was hard, but I had a lot of opportunities to write this past weekend and yesterday and today. I was lucky to be able to do a lot of writing at work yesterday and today. I was kinda freaking out because I felt that the story was ending too soon. With the exception of Episode 5, each episode has been 18k. This one was beginning to wrap up around 14k. I wracked my brain trying to come up with something that will elongate the story and hoped it wouldn’t be obvious it was filler. Then I remembered what I tell people when they ask how long a story should be. I say that the story will be as long as it needs to be. It will let you know when it’s time to wrap things up. I just had to trust the process. I let go of my word limit and allowed the story to wrap up naturally. It ended up being 16,547 words! Not bad! I’m proud of this episode. I had no idea what it was going to be about. I decided that it was going to be a “traipsing through a dark forest and creepy things happen” story. I didn’t know what the creepy things were, but ultimately decided on monsters from another dimension. It’s quite good if I say so myself, and I will. It’s quite good.

Thanks for reading,

XPJ

2018 Begins

So, here we are, 2018! It’s time to have goals and shit, right? Well, today, I committed to writing 100,000 words this year. I joined WriYe today. I know what you’re thinking: for someone who writes a lot, that’s an awfully low number. It’s true. I tend to be a bit conservative when it comes to my goals because… I don’t know why. Maybe I feel better when I accomplish an easily achievable goal. I’m a firm believer in “start small”. If I can manage that small goal, then I’ll bump it up a bit. I’ll probably bump the goal up to 150,000 later. That’s like three Nanos.

I started writing pretty late this year. New Year’s happened, then I started a new job, dating a new guy, and then my birthday festivities took place. I didn’t get serious about writing until about last week. I started writing Episode 6 of Heroes of Lunde and I’m doing well at it. I’m glad to be done with Episode 5. It took me a month to write. Episode 6 so far is taking two weeks. I’m not too worried. I’m 66% through the first season. Three more episodes to write before it’s done. Then I can start on a new series I’ve got kicking around in my head.

I wrote 3,106 words today! I’m happy with that. I’m hoping to finish Part 2 of Episode 6 tomorrow. Episode 6 is sitting pretty at 9,257 words. I hope to get to 12k.

Okay, it’s 1:21 am. I need to get to sleep. I’ll update later!

Thanks for reading!

XPJ