It’s frightening how fast this is becoming real.

I’m working hard on Heinlein’s rule #4. Part one of that is to schedule what I have so it’s not a massive dump in one shot. My goal, right now, is content every week. As I mentioned yesterday, that schedule looks daunting, but doable. Frighteningly doable. I think that’s what scares me the most about doing this is the getting going.

The work is not insurmountable. The biggest part is done. The writing. I’ll do some cleaning up and formatting of each short story. I’ll be putting together the collections. Then I’ll get the ebook versions of all completed books done. Finally the print versions. Then it’s time for mass uploading.

I’ll be getting everything uploaded and scheduled as far in advance as I can. I want this on auto pilot while I work in writing new works. Yes, I stalled out on rule #4, I can’t let #5, start the next thing, bite me in the ass. Once I get all this done and uploaded, the work won’t stop. Writing needs to happen if I’m going to finish the other 5 books I want to have done this year.

Thinking about it makes my head hurt, but not because I’m stressed about it. Quite the opposite. I’m excited. I’m front loading as much as possible to free up my brain power to focus on the task at hand. It’s going to be a wild ride.

I’m off to get work done! I look forward to upcoming posts when content starts to drop.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Harvey: https://hestanbrough.com/the-journal-awhile-back-an-introduction/

Dean Wesley Smith: https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/

Dean on Teachable: https://wmg-publishing-workshops-and-lectures.teachable.com/

Scheduling and Organizing.

Hey gang,

Quick post this evening. I spent the day doing a few different things in preparation for the upcoming release-a-palooza

  1. Finding and Organizing my short stories
  2. scheduling a release schedule for completed works and upcoming works
  3. covers, covers, covers.
  4. YouTube title pages

Saturday saw the last of what I’d already recorded for Short Story Saturday. That means I need a new title page for the upcoming releases. I got that done.

I sat down with the Mrs and My Favorite Daughter to go over design ideas for all the short stories I have so I can set up a release schedule. MFD will be doing the design and I think it’s a really cool idea. I’m excited to get the covers and start prepping the short stories.

Each short story will have a release and I will collect 9 short stories into a bundle, anthology, collection, whatever you’d like to call it. Going through my current short stories, I have over 100, 30 of which are, I feel, are good enough to publish.

On top of that, I have 10 of the 12 book covers I need for works I hope to complete this year. I did some tweaking on ones I’d already done. I’m happy with the 10 I have done and will finish the other two soon enough.

Finally, I started working on the release schedule. If I stay on target for 2021 and write the 5 books I intend to finish this year, I will have 45 weeks where I’ll have a release every single week. I know I’ve discussed this before, but looking at this all laid out…holy carp. ebook title, ebook short story, print book, ebook short story. 11 books, 22 short stories. That’s what I’ve got planned and it all looks very VERY possible at this point.

What am I doing now?

Right now, I’m working on finishing the book covers, getting the short story covers, and I’ll get to work on the interiors and get those done. THEN, I’m back to cranking out the books. Putting all this preliminary work behind me will set me up so that I can work on Rule #4: Put out what you’ve finished. That’s my goal.

So much of this work has been sitting gathering dust. A couple of the short stories I’ll be publishing were in anthologies and I’ve gotten the rights back to do what I wish with them. And keep in mind, that this is just the current schedule. I’m fully capable of writing a book every 2 months and it’s possible I’ll keep going when we get to the end of what I currently have done and what I’m planning.

Is this schedule ambitious? Oh, hell yes. I have a full-time job, a family, and other obligations. But it’s time I put my plan to action. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for several years now. It’s time.

I’ve set the date to drop the first work as 5/5/2021. This gives me a 60 day buffer before the madness begins. My hope is I’ll have a lot of this work scheduled so it’ll drop automatically. As I finish books, I’ll get them uploaded and scheduled as well. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this plan laid out. It’s become more and more of a reality the more I look at it. I almost can’t believe it’s happening.

I’m off to rest and relax my brain.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Short Story Saturday – Episode 010

Audio Only: The Cloak and The Dagger (part 2)

Slow night tonight.

A good friend of mine from high school lost his father today. For more info on that, watch the video below. It’s difficult and painful to go through twice.

One the writing front, I began the search for images to use on the last book covers. I’m also picking short stories to drop and I’ll need to be ready to cover those as well. I’m planning something much simpler for the covers so each will be quick to create once I have one done.

I’m sitting here looking at the schedule for books. I have 4 done. That’s 4 months of books. I have 5 I want to get done this year. That’s 5 more months. Doing short stories and putting those into collections will give me 2 more. That’s 11 books and 22 or so short stories. It’s likely I’ll have nearly a year of putting out content every week. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around that. Nearly 33 titles (11 books and 22 short stories) and the books will be ebook one week, print version two weeks later.

I mean…can I do it? Is this realistically possible? I’m thinking it is.

Of course, I’ll be doing audio recordings as well. Once I get those done, I’ll have to drop audiobook versions as well. That’d give me 4 more weeks of putting out content if I keep up with doing one audio book every 12 weeks, but then there’s also the audio of the short stories I’ll be putting out that I’ll have for the two short story collections. That’s another 2.

You can see, with different versions how quickly this can snowball.

It’s an exciting time to be a writer. But I’m tired right now and it’s time to get to bed.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 10

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E10.mp3

Still goofing off…I mean learning.

My Favorite Daughter finally got around to looking at what I’m doing recently. I got a ‘meh, it’s ok. I’ll show you how to fix it.”

As I’ve said many times, I’m learning how to do all this on me oddy knocky. I’ll watch a video, try something. It may or may not work and I sometimes have to drop back 10 and punt. For me, learning isn’t a linear path. It’s a journey with many side trails and rabbit holes. Today’s video I tried a number of things that didn’t work. Got frustrated. Deleted what I was working on and went with something far more simple. I learned what didn’t work, so I did learn something. Even if I didn’t get the result I was looking for. I’ll try again tomorrow.

I also got another book cover done today. Three more to go and I’ll start working on the ebook versions. After that, I’ll get the print books ready to go.

Speaking of books, I might have an interesting release schedule once I get started. Here’s what I’m looking at doing.

week 1: ebook release — week 2: short story ebook — week 3: print book release — week 4:short story ebook

I’ll be doing this for each book I have ready to go. I have 4 books ready meaning I’ll have a weekly schedule for the next four months. During that time, I should be able to finish another book meaning I’ll have five months of weekly releases. And in 5 months, I’m fairly certain I can get two books written, edited, formatted, and ready to drop. The more I think about this, I might be able to release a title a week for 6 months.

That’s the kind of momentum I’m looking at building up. Because AFTER all that…I’ll be able to assemble a collection of short stories and have a 7th month of weekly releases.

Ok, this is getting crazy and the more I think about it, the more my brain hurts. To think that over the course of seven months, I could drop 28 titles or more.

Welcome to the new world of publishing, eh?

Think we can do it? I guess we’ll find out together.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Ah, I’m learning more and I’m sure I’ll get better.

Yes, I’m still learning. Lots of things. After Effects, Premier, Photoshop, etc. Oh yeah, writing, publishing, formatting. There’s so much to learn if you want to do this book publishing stuff on your own. Heck, even recording videos and recording audio. It’s all a process.

I’ve said this over and over and I’ll keep repeating myself ad naseum. Learning never ends. I don’t expect I’ll ever stop learning until I feel like it’s time to spend my time sitting around sipping pina coladas on the beach and doing as little as possible. Maybe some day I’ll get there, but it isn’t today.

So, today’s video I’ve got a different intro/outro, bed music, and I even put in some transitions and a drop title. Yes, it’s awful and basic and I think it sucks. I spent about an hour and a half working with a 15 minute video going though all the steps, failing, trying again, walking away, trying again, and I’m still not happy with the final product. But, hey, it’s bed time and I’m not going to sit up all night working on it. I’ll give it another go tomorrow and I’m confident it’ll go smoother next time. And so on, and so on

I’m not a pro with video editing. I’m not even very good. I’m learning and I’m glad you’re here following along.

Enough of that, onto the writing stuff. Got up super early and started working on a book cover, again. I’m spending this week getting the rest of the book covers I need for all 12 books I want to have completed by the end of the year. When I thought about it, I was surprised how close I am to getting to that goal. If I finish the 5 books I want to by the end of the year, I’ll have those 12 and I don’t want lack of book covers to hold me up. once I have those done, I’ll be getting the ebooks formatted, then the print books and once I have ALL that done, I’ll set up a schedule to start dropping books.

Now, if you recall, I want to drop an ebook, then two weeks later, the print book. Whatever shall I do in between? I’ll be dropping short stories! WOO! After I get a good set of short stories, I’ll put out a collection. I’ve already got Murdockian Tales out there, so I’ll be putting out Murdocian Tales 2! This will give me even more titles to put out into the wild. For short stories, I’ll be doing those as ebooks only and the print will be collections as well as ebook.

The goal is to get more titles out there to raise my discoverability. I also want to get content out there for people to find. Step 1 is getting everything ready that I’ve already got completed.

Now, this small break in the writing won’t slow me down from targeting 5 full novels this year. I know it’s ambitious, but I also know, putting my mind to it, I can get the work done. I just need to clear the decks.

I’m off to get things done.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

I’m a ramblin’ man.

Hey Gang!

I spent some time today working on book covers once again. I have 4 books that are done, edited, and sitting around waiting for me to publish them. Yes, yes. I’m a SLACKER! I’m working on that.

One of the things I’m doing while watching Dean’s interpretation of Heinlein’s Rules is figuring out where I’m falling down on the job. I can tell you right now where I’m falling down. It’s easy to see where I fell down.

I’m not publishing what I finish!

If you’ve ever read Heinlein’s rules, you know how simple they sound. I’ve decided to take a short break from GRPC3 while I work on getting the 4 books I have done and need to publish, done and ready to go out the door. My plan is to get the ebooks and print books done and ready. Then over the next 16 weeks, get those books out into readers hands. Every two weeks, I’ll have a release. First the ebooks, then the print book. That means for 4 months I’ll be putting out a book a month. My hope is that during that time, I’ll have another book completed and ready to go and if I’m working hard, I’ll have two done. That means I’ll be about to have 6 months where I’m putting out a book a month.

Momentum! That’s what I’m working towards. I’d like to get these books written and out the door. Much like putting out 5 a day with Jay Videos, the only way to get the ball rolling is to GET THE BALL ROLLING! Inertia is the hardest thing to overcome. As I say in the video, the only way to get good at something is to start doing it and learning as you go. You’ll never be an expert out of the starting gate.

That said, watch this space. Books are coming.

Until next Time!

Stay Awesome!

I’m Negative!

First off, my test results came back and I’m Negative. WOO WOO!

Secondly, I made book covers this weekend. HOORAY! I made covers for V&A Shipping 3, Giant Robot Planetary Competition 2, Almost-Super Heroes 1, Almost-Super Heroes 2, and V&A Shipping 4. I started working on Almost-Super Heroes 3 but couldn’t find an image to utilize and I’ll need to be making my own. That’ll be an interesting challenge.

I did write a little today, but due to an incident outside last night that went until after 11pm, I wasn’t able to get up early and get words in as I had wanted to. Tomorrow is another day. I’m not going to beat myself up over this. I’m still working my way into a schedule and once I do, I know it’ll all work out.

Stress is one of the biggest things that derails me from writing. I know this and I’m taking steps not to put too much pressure on myself to get too much done in a hurry. I’d rather take my time and do things right. Again, this is all still a learning phase to see what I’m capable of.

Bear in mind, I’m not a full-time writer. This is a hobby that I’m doing for fun. If it isn’t fun, I won’t do it. I still have the day job to content with and that takes up much of my day and much of my energy. My hope is to start making enough money to supplement my income and maybe have a passive income when I choose to retire in ten of fifteen years. By then, I also hope to keep writing and keep putting out books.

Alright, I’m off.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

I’m Defective

I wasn’t going to post anything tonight. It is Sunday, after all. But I was working on book covers (5 done and working on a 6th) and I was digging through files and found a folder labeled Defective.

Now, for those that know me, I was in a band back in the day. Like, way back in the day. Early 90s. Like many punk bands back then, it was tough to get gigs. We played anywhere we could whenever we could. Sometimes we’d have a friend with a video camera show up and for get to shoot video, or forget to tape audio. That’s how it goes.

Sometimes, on a rare occasion, someone would shoot video or record audio and it would be awful quality. Well, that happens as well.

I have no idea what happened to the audio we had recorded, but here are a few songs from two different gigs we did. Tomorrow I’ll tell the story of the second gig in the video where we opened for blink (now blink182).

FLASHING LIGHTS WARNING!

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!