Maybe the Grossest Story You Read All Day

I was an odd child. As with many children, I had more energy than good intentions.

In the third grade, I had some wax lips. I might’ve gotten them for Halloween. I might’ve bought them at the candy store down the street from my house.

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Being the creative soul I am, I discovered that I could chew them up and then form the wax into shapes. I began to sculpt. I made small snowmen and other simple things, probably a cat or two.

I made a bunch of them and hid them in my desk. It was one of those models where the top flips up, and you stash books and whatever inside.

Then I came up with the bright idea that I would sell them. My classmates really seemed to like them, and they never questioned my materials. I sold several of these saliva and wax masterpieces.

Unfortunately, my gig didn’t last very long. I don’t remember why I quit. I think my teacher must’ve told me that I should not do such things. Of course, teachers did that a lot.

Word Math

I think about time a lot, probably because I never seem to have enough of it. The other day, while I was trapped in cubicle jail, I was thinking about how long it actually takes me to write a book. Then came the question of how fast could I write a book if I worked consistently and on a computer? I type faster on a computer than I do on my tablet or my phone. I would think most people do.

Let’s say I type 40 words a minute. I actually type faster than that if I’m just transcribing thoughts.

A decent word count for a book is 80,000 words, not too much but still a somewhat substantial length. That’s actually longer than most of my books. Mine usually run somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 words.

40wpm = 2400 words per hour

80,000 words divided by 2400 = about  33.3 hours

And now I feel like I’m taking way too long to write books. This is less than a 40 hour work week.

Of course, this would be straight word count only, no rewriting, no proofreading, no cover art or interior layout. Still, this gives me some perspective on what I could be doing.

Here’s a picture of Bleu sleeping. He looks so innocent. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Ravens & Roses

The eBook version of Ravens & Roses is out today! It’s the last part of the Annabeth trilogy, so no big fanfare, just book.

I also updated the first 2 books with some minor changes and updated cover art.

These should be the final versions. I have a tendency to want to change things, but I’m done with these now. I had fun, but I’m really ready to move on. Here are the new eBook covers. They all match with the last one being a kind of mix between the first 2. The book is a mix of the first 2 in a way, do this makes sense, and it’s right, and it all clicks together nicely.

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Here’s the link to the new book on Amazon.

Print copies of all 3 will be out soon.

Love and the Dark is now available in print on CreateSpace and Amazon. Boo yah!

Here’s the link to CreateSpace.

The to-do list is rapidly shrinking! This pleases me greatly.