Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekly Update for week ending 1/29/2011

This week was very interesting. I nearly completed the rough draft of the graphic novel script. I've been re-reading Sandman and it is giving me great insights. I don't think I'll ever approach Neil Gaimon's skills, but I can always try.

On Thursday, I used meet up to attend a Crit session with the writing group mentioned a few posts ago. The people were nice and I felt more welcome than in many situations. I think I'll keep attending.

DA Chaney wrote a 4-star review for Escape from Hope. Her only complaint is that is was too short. I am very happy. When I get caught up, I need to write some reviews as well.

I have one complaint. Something around 30 people who I know have claimed to have downloaded my entire story. I find this a little unbelievable. I wish people would tell me the truth.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I joined Networked Blogs

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekly Update for week ending 1/22/2011

 I've been working on the script for the graphic novel. It is an interesting experience. I feel like I'm directing a movie or television show. This experience is forcing me to grow as a writer.

I've been talking to Byron Rempel the illustrator about my vision for the book. He appears to be extremely enthusiastic. He provided some links to a few online comics that he follows. I really like them.

Byron is also doing the cover for Lucky Streak. We chatted about my vision and the important factors in the scene. He asked very good questions. I am confident that he will do an excellent job.

I joined a local writers' meet up group,  The Dead Horse Society: KC Area Speculative Fiction Writers!
I intend to be a rather low key member. I mainly want to hear other writers in person. 

I wish that I had not mentioned my upcoming book in my biography. They may think that I know more than I do. How do I explain that it was really a case of dumb luck and being in the right place at the right time? It also helps that Denise and Todd at May December Publications are aces.

Remember, I am neither a successful writer nor an editor so follow any advice I give at your own peril.

Until next week, I remain Dane Grannon.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Writing is hard

Any writer reading this knows that writing is actually hard work. Life constantly interferes with it.

Right now, personal issues are sapping my creativity and drive. Normally events like this serve to increase my desire to write, I feel the need to release my frustration and "torture" my characters. It it better than exploding and I sometimes end up with a usable story. That's not the case right now.

I need to be working on the script to convert Escape From Hope to a graphic novel. I don't think I've touched it in a week or  maybe even two. To break out of this funk, I decided to change my scenery. I'm sitting in a nearly empty coffee shop writing so I will have words going to the page. I feel it working. The block is decreasing and this is flowing better. Now if it were only interesting.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My membership to Horror Writers Association

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This is exciting.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Update on Graphic Version

I spoke with May December Publications. They are interested in seeing a sample page and suggested an artist. I am going to try to script out a page by the end of the weekend and provide character sheets before then. This is exciting.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I am seriously thinking about scripting out Escape From Hope and The Undead War as either a set of graphic novels. I wish I had the ability to draw. I'm going to send a message to May December Publications asking if this is the type of work they are interested in.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

What do I want to do this year?

Many people set goals for a year, I'm not one of those. It is difficult to set writing goals. Do I go by the number of words written? Or should I pick by submissions? Or even publications?

The writing business doesn't really work like that. I am certain that I could write 1000 words a day and thus produce 365,000 words. That would be three rough drafts of novels the length that I write. That wouldn't mean much. I doubt that I could continuously write without going back and editing. It would not advance my overall skills.

I could say that I'll complete another book. I'm sure that would make a publisher happy. The caveat is that it must be quality. If I send a crappy novel to May December Publications, I'd get smacked. Just because one is published doesn't mean the next will be. I'm not a famous writer who can produce junk and have a million people buy it. I'm only as good as my last book.

I could say that I want to get an agent. An agent would be a nice feather in my cap, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for one. My writing is being published by a small press that I really like. An agent would probably not want to deal with them.

Another alternative would be to work on my series of near-future short stories. I've learned that it is pretty easy to "publish" my own work through Smashwords or Amazon and sell them for almost nothing. Any sales would stroke my ego. Technically, this option is open to me, but I think it isn't ethical for my horror stories. May December Publications is doing a lot of work and advertising on Escape from Hope and they are publishing Lucky Streak in July. I hope that my work meets their expectations.

I've rambled through this and realize that I haven't made any decisions. I plan to work on my writing every day. I guess that is all I can plan for now.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.