Cover for first book nearly complete. Should hit the electronic shelves soon.

Well the cover for the new book is almost done.  Just needs some tweaking and it will be ready to go.  While I wait, I’m fighting the urge to go back to reread and tweak the novel just one more time.

Content edits on the steampunk novel are about 50% complete.  I expect that I will start moving into the rewrite phase sometime next week.  I’ve handed off the cover for that one earlier so that the novel and the cover should arrive within a week of each other.

Moving forward, I am gearing up for work on a non-fiction book on time management.  That one will require a lot more organizational effort, since there is so much ground to cover.  There have been many books written on the subject.  My goal is focus on how to make time management more about managing your time to accomplish what will lead to a happier life and less about managing your time in order to just get more done.

Any professional time management coach will tell you that there is not enough time for anyone to accomplish all they are capable of.  Good time management skills can make you more efficient at accomplishing tasks.  Great time management helps you focus your efforts on the things that are meaningful to you, and demands that you give yourself due credit for reaching those goals.

First Draft of Steampunk Novel is Complete!

Beat the NaNoWriMo deadline by 24 hours to finish my second novel.  Later this week I’ll collect some of the fun rewards from that writing effort.  But for now, the story goes on two week layover before I begin the first round of edits.

The new novel is steampunk with romance, time travel, a murder mystery, and action adventure.  So I probably have most of the major things covered. Had a lot of fun writing it, even though it was a tough deadline.  I got started a week late because I was cleaning up issues in the first book.

The first novel is currently waiting on a new cover.  My bad.  I recruited the artist far too late.  However, I have every confidence in her ability and I’m making sure that she has a lot more lead time on this next one.

I will begin outlining the third book later this week. It will be a book on getting more fun and productivity out of your time written under my name.  I write non-fiction under my own name because people search for it by topic more than by author name.  For fiction I use David Nash because it is easy to remember.

Also in the works is a collection of short horror stories set in southern Rhode Island by several different authors. (Can’t let Providence have all horror fun!)  I’m putting together a common background for use.  The book will be published by Collins Publishing, the people who are also handling my first novel (and hopefully my second as well.)  I find they have generous terms and also deal with the electronic editions.  If anyone is interested in doing a short story for the horror series you can contact me for the background piece when it is done.  I’ll review stories for consistency with the background but, of course the publisher will get final say on which stories go into the book.

This will likely become a series.  And I’d like to go the Thieves World route, that is you can use each others characters – as long as you don’t kill them, maim them, or take them out of their designer’s context.  (I.e. portray the heroic barbarian as a lying coward).  Anyway, that would not take place until the second book and most writers of horror I know are lucky to have a character alive and sane at the end of their stories.

So, August should be a busy month.  Looking forward to it.

Second novel in the works

Decided to try a NanoWriMo summer camp.  Have to write 50,000 words in the month of July.  Broke the halfway mark on the summer camp yesterday morning.  Not bad considering I started a week late.   Looks like the second novel will be done quite a bit before the 50K mark.  Only a few chapters to go.

My stories tend to “beef up” in editing.  It has to do with the way I write.  I outline the story and then write all the dialog between the characters – ignoring the setting almost completely.  As a result, I stay in active tense throughout the story.  Then I go back and fill in the color.  It adds a lot of text, but it also is a lot slower edit process than many have. It certainly would push me past the NaNoWriMo deadline which is the end of July.

I have three choices.  I can add a new plot twist to the story and get additional words there.  I can start on a second novel (you are not required to only do one book for July, although you are for the November contest). Or, I can fill like crazy on the current novel and ignore any other editing.  All are possible ways to get to 50K.  I’ll keep it in the back of my head while I finish the basic novel today.

Stay tuned.  My solution will be in next weeks exciting blog post!

Story by the way has pretty much everything but the kitchen sink in it.  Sci-fi Victorian Steampunk, with an adventure, a romance, espionage, a murder mystery, time travel paradoxes, and huge aerial combats between giant flying battleships!  Oh yeah!  The Burning Man Festival too.

Book Layout Completed – Cover to go

Well the layout for my novel, Hayden’s War, is completed and edited. The next piece will be the cover design. Contacted a friend to see if they have time to handle that. Otherwise I’ll get a chance to play with my meager Photoshop skills. Know exactly what I want it to look like which is a big plus.

Next post here should be a sample of the story for people to read.  I’m thinking of the first few sections slightly less than the first quarter.  Should be enough for people to get a reasonable feeling for the story.

I will be giving away some full copies as we get near the actual release date, so if you like what you read be sure to post and I’ll contact you for a freebie! The catch is you have to post a review to Amazon or to your Facebook account.

Like it or hate it is fine by me, (although I hope you like it) just as long as you do a fair review.

Hope everyone had a fun 4th of July in spite of the crazy weather.

I’m now working on the next novel.  A steampunk adventure!  It will have just about everything, action, adventure, romance, mystery, and even time travel!

First Novel – Edits Completed

Issac Asimov was the first person who ever told me I could write. It was in a lovely rejection letter. He loved the story, he explained, but his magazine couldn’t use it. In fact, he felt no magazine would dare print it.  But, I could definitely write.

Upon reflection, I decided he was right. Still, perhaps one day the universe will grant me a subtle jest and I’ll slip it out there.  It hasn’t in the 40 years since I got that note.

My wife, I am told, informed all her friends that I could write. What she told me was that I didn’t know how to edit.  Unfortunately, she was also correct.  It’s the curse of associating with intelligent people.  They are usually right.

I blithely assumed I would breeze through the edits of my first novel in a week, two at the most. Naive doesn’t begin to cover it. However, I set myself a deadline (and extended it once when I realized just how much I needed to rewrite) and that day has arrived.

For the past few days I have been twisting the phrases to try and make them tighter, but I have finally reached the point where I have to let the baby go.

I was going to give myself time to relax before plunging into my next project, but tomorrow begins the Nanowrimo July Summer camp, and I already committed myself to it before I discovered my weakness for past tense and excessive glue words.

I have other commitments that must fit into my writing schedule so the entire process should be a first rate challenge.

I have the idea for the book, I have some notes. I go to sleep now. In the morning I shall arise like the Phoenix and blaze across the keyboard.

Reality Check…
I will sleep until the dog annoys me into getting up and feeding her. I’ll stumble around having half-formed ideas until I get my first cup of tea. Then I will try and remember where I stashed the notes on the story.

I go to dream of airships, swordplay, and beautiful women with single shot pistols…

I hope all of you have an equally pleasant evening.

Starting on World Building for Steampunk Universe

A couple weeks ago I went  to TempleCon, a sci-fi convention held annually in Warwick, RI.  I had a great time and I met some very nice people.    TempleCon has a wonderful Steampunk flavor to it.  There were  costume booths, and a huge room with hundreds of people playing miniatures games. There was music, period dancing, and even period martial arts courses.

I like Steampunk, The artwork, music, and costumes are interesting and fun.  The people are intelligent and friendly.

I’d like to do a number of things in the Steampunk genre.  I’ve noticed that there aren’t many role-playing games, board games, computer games, comics,  short stories, or novels in the steampunk genre — compared to other types of fantasy/science fiction. To be sure, there is some really great stuff out there – just not as much as in other branches of science fiction..

I think it could be a fun arena to work in.  So, I’m looking at putting together several areas where I have interests and personal strengths and building a comprehensive Steampunk Universe where I can do all of the above.

So for the next couple of weeks I’m going to gather materials, organize them and begin working on the foundations for a Steampunk role-playing game, a Steampunk board game, and a small Steampunk computer game.  In parallel I’ll be doing some short stories to introduce people to the world, and gathering feedback on what people would like to see.

For now, it will be mostly research work, not a lot to show.  But, as it progresses I’ll probably modify this site a bit and add things.

Of course, when things do get rolling some of these things will have to be free.  Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth your while to follow along until all your friends were doing it too.  I like getting free stuff and I actually enjoy giving free stuff away.  So, expect to get some neat swag as I build.

You can drop ideas and comments here if you would like.

That’s enough for now.  I should have more to say later in the week.