Blot #27: Writer’s Update

Hello Blot Buddies! I know it’s been almost a month since my last post! It’s been an uneventful month writing wise! My laptop got hella slow and it became unusable, so I got a new one, but it’s just as slow. As I type, I have to wait three minutes for it to catch up. This has made it almost impossible to write. So I’m less motivated to do so. I’m cursed to have slower than pond water devices, no matter the condition it’s in. It’s my lot in life and I just have to accept it.

Just because I haven’t written in a while doesn’t mean that the ideas have stopped coming. Several ideas are coming to me and I’m playing with them a little bit to see about their viability. I don’t want to say too much about them before they die an untimely death. I’ve been so inspired lately. It’s a blessing and a curse.

I met up with my mom and she gushed about how much she enjoyed “Zombie Hospital of the Damned, Part III”. She wants a sequel. I didn’t think it could happen, but after she listed some ideas, I believe I can make it work. A sequel might be in order and in the works.

My Patreon goodies are still available if folks want them! I did add a new subscriber tier for those who want to take advantage of my book deal! Speaking of books, I added a new page to my Inkblot Serials page showcasing all of the books I have for sale. You will notice that Volume 1 of The Shiny Thing Chronicles is listed. That means I have taken it down from the site. So, snap it up! New Page!

Oh, one more thing to celebrate! October marks my one year anniversary of being a self-published author! I’m doing the thing! I’m so proud of the work I’m doing! I hope that my work gets exposed to more people in the coming year! I’ve got the Sci-fi/Fantasy con coming up in a couple weeks. I hope to make some sales there! Okay, I’ve yakked your eyes off enough! If I owe you things that you want, please let me know!Thanks for your support! I love you!

Hey! Thanks for reading! If you’d like to ensure I keep motivated to create content like this, please consider becoming a Patron on my Patreon! It would be super special awesome! Many thanks! 

Blot #25: What Am I Doing With My Life?

Hey Blot Buddies! Sorry it’s been a hot minute since I made a post. Here I am! I’ve been pretty depressed recently and haven’t felt like writing anything. But then I did. I wrote 4 episodes of HellSlayers, and then I discovered Creepypastas, which are short horror stories. I’ve written three of them so far! I’m so excited about them. The first one is alright, but the last two are exponentially better, mostly because they have cats in them, and we all know that cats make everything better! I will post a link to the Creepypastas down below. I call the collection The Dark Kraft because Spooky Noodles was already taken.

Another new development is that I’ve started writing Season 2 of The Shiny Thing Chronicles two days ago! It started out rocky earlier this year, but I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I have 4 chapters written, 5 to go. I’m going to make finishing this book my goal for the month! That and also finish plotting Season 3. I hope y’all are keeping up with Season 1 right now! I’ll post the link for Shiny Thing Chronicles down below as well. I’ve got 3 more episodes left for Season 1. I gotta get on it! I plan on releasing it as paperback book in November! I hope you’ll be among the few who buy it! It’s gonna be amazing! I plan on adding some special features to it! Why am I giving myself more work to do? I can’t handle all this pressure! LOL

I also got a new Patron two weeks ago! Willa Greenstone, I thank you!

The Dark Kraft Creepypastas: https://inkblotserials.video.blog/the-dark-kraft-creepypastas/

The Shiny Thing Chronicles: https://inkblotserials.video.blog/the-shiny-thing-chronicles-episodes/

Hey! Thanks for reading! If you’d like to ensure I keep motivated to create content like this, please consider becoming a Patron on my Patreon! It would be super special awesome! Many thanks!

Blot #24: Return To Tucson

Hey Blot Buddies! I had a wonderful time in L.A. last week! I was hoping to get a lot of writing done while I was there, but that did not end up happening. I spent a lot of time sleeping when I wasn’t doing the voice recording or eating. I wrote a paragraph and then went to sleep. I was able to get some writing done on the bus back to Tucson. The bus was shaking due to the awful state of the freeway, but I did it! I had fun, despite the rampant typos I was making.

I’ve been back in Tucson for a week now and I’ve been pretty bummed about it. I really want to be in L.A., but I’m too poor to live there. Tucson is back to the same ole, same ole. Back to life, back to soul crushing reality. I hadn’t written anything until about last night. I just couldn’t manage the meaning of words. I felt bad about not writing, especially because I made such a big deal about Web Serial Writing Month. Folks on Twitter said that not writing for a week is forgivable.

I started Episode 4 of HellSlayers yesterday and so far so good. I’m finding the scenes to be much shorter than usual. It’s like I’m not really into it, but I’m just glad they are done. Maybe I’m just getting to the point sooner.

I went to see Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark and I’m hella inspired to create a horror short story series. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time, but I couldn’t figure out a way to tell the stories. Now I do! I’m starting the planning phase. Halloween is coming up, so I want to premiere this idea around then. I’m having a contest where I am going to make one of my followers a main character in the series. I’m hoping this will drum up some more Patrons.

I’m going to keep plugging away! You do that thing you do so well!

Thanks for reading!

Blot #23: Web Serial Writing Month Days 1-4

Hello Blot Buddies! The first four days of Web Serial Writing Month have been a blast! I managed to write 2 episodes of HellSlayers in this time. I took Day 4 off to rest. I’m enjoying writing this series so much. My notes were 75% detailed, but I’m loving exploring the characters of Nick and Bunny. Hands down, Bunny is my favorite character. He has no qualms about doing or saying anything. Episode 2 made this evident to me. Nick is a bit more reserved about his emotions and actions. Both characters are who I want to be in life. Wacky and impulsive while quiet and withdrawn. I’m looking forward to developing their characters.

As I was going through my notes, I realized that I didn’t make any notes about the gayness I wanted to include. Since I write LGBTQ fiction, I needed to make this apparent in the series. So I dropped the hella gayness in Episode 2. It’s going to be up close and personal, in your face! Yeah, it’s gratuitous, but I don’t care. I don’t want my readers to have to inspect every sentence for the gay context, or wind up having to pull a Rowling and making gay shit up after the fact. I want there to be no doubt about the gayness in this series. All gay all day! Hopefully after Episode 2, I will only bring out the gay when the story calls for it. Gratuity is pointless and serves no purpose other than to titillate. There is such a thing as too much.

I’m going to be in L.A. tomorrow until Thursday doing voice acting work, so I might not get much writing done, but I’m hoping to use the time away to get some stuff done! I’ll keep you posted!

You can check out the first two episodes of HellSlayers on my serial site: http://inkblotserials.video.blog!

Total Episodes Written: 2/13

Total Words Written: 7,630

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Thank you so much!

Blot #22: Web Serial Writing Month Begins

Hello Blot Buddies! August has finally arrived! I can finally get started writing HellSlayers! And in true writer fashion, I’ve spent the first half of the day procrastinating getting the words. I watched the first half of Gravity Falls season 1 and did dishes. I get to my laptop and it’s acting stupid and horribly slow, so I’m a little frustrated that it’s quicker to write this post on my phone, which is cramping my hands. Excuses! I’m about to get started right now! I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

Brace yourselves, a multitude of updates are coming!

Thanks for reading!

Blot #21: Great Progress!

Hey Blot Buddies! It’s been a minute since I updated! Things have been going well writing wise. I premiered another serial called “Time and a Half” on Tuesday. Episode 2 of “Retail Games” also posted on Tuesday. I got my Patreon all set up and I’ve been promoting that. I have four patrons now! I’m so happy about that! And plotting for HellSlayers is coming along swimmingly. I have 11 episodes plotted, working on number 12. Though, I kinda bummed myself out on Tuesday night when I came to realization that I had to kill a character I really liked. I had gotten him into a situation I couldn’t feasibly get him out of alive. I hadn’t intended that character to die from the start, but now he had to. It bummed me out because he shared a name with a friend who had died of cancer in 2012. So, I kinda triggered myself. I’m not sure if I should change the character’s name or keep it. I feel like it’s borderline triggering/honoring. I haven’t decided yet.

I know of at least two people who are eager to read HellSlayers. One follower checked out my serial page and was disappointed to learn that while I have a page for HellSlayers episodes, none were posted. I informed him that after August 1st, episodes will appear as I write them. He was most pleased to hear this. So, I’ve got some hype going I guess. I can’t wait to write this. August just can’t get here fast enough! Until then, I must plot as much as I can. I’m going to think about doing it right now.

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Blot #20: IT’S ALIVE!!!!

Hi Blot Buddies! Guess what! My Patreon is up and running! Yeah, I created it last Christmas, but I haven’t been using it. Now that I’m posting serials, I decided that it was time to brush it off and put it to work! I’ve gotten 3 patrons so far! I’m so excited about this! I didn’t think this would actually happen! I’m so excited! Oh, I said that already. I guess I just can’t hide it. I’m feeling really optimistic about my writing now! I’m so glad I didn’t kill myself in October like I planned. Wow, that escalated quickly. Anyway, I’m really proud of myself for continuing to push forward to realize my dream. It hasn’t been easy, and it may not get easier, but I feel good for moving forward. Finding a new job has been difficult. If I could get enough support to help supplement my survival, I’d be comfortable and forever grateful! I am so blessed! (Can you tell I’ve been taking my meds?)

So, I’d like to give a shout out to my Patreon patrons:

Heather Butina-Sutton

Angel Nelms Felton

David Garduno

I can’t do this without you! Thank you!

If you would like to join these cool people, you can find my Patreon at patreon.com/blackwellbooks

Thanks for reading.

 

Blot #19: New Serial Page

Hello Blot Buddies! Life has been pretty good lately. I can’t complain too much. I finished plotting Episode 5 of HellSlayers and it’s gonna be hella good. Now I’m stuck on what Episode 6 is going to be about. I’ve spent all day yesterday thinking about it. I need more ideas for HellBeasts. The plot ideas I have right now are kinda lame. I still have 15 days before August starts, so I guess I can’t panic yet.

On Monday, I found my manuscript for a novel I wrote in 2009 called “Retail Games”. It’s about a fictional me who gets a job at a secondhand clothing store called Fashion Emergency and investigates the strange shit going on there when people start disappearing. I decided to make a page to post the chapters on a weekly basis! I think this will help me build an audience again. I’m hoping it will. The webpage is Inkblot Serials! I might add another one to run concurrently with “Retail Games”.

Edit: So, I started writing this post on Tuesday night, since then I have since added a new serial to the mix. It’s my Janitorpunk novel I wrote in 20-something. Maybe 14, maybe 15. I don’t remember. Time is irrelevant. It’s about a janitor who gets roped into stopping a rogue scientist from destroying the space-time continuum. It has action, sci-fi shit, romance, and dinosaurs! It’s going to be awesome! Both serials will update every Tuesday! I think this will work out just fine since both are already finished and I don’t have to keep up with writing something every week. I have the first 11 chapters of Retail Games scheduled out until October! It’s gonna be lit, son! I hope you’ll read them and enjoy them! Episode 1 of Retail Games is up now!

Thanks for reading!

Blot #18 2 More Episodes Plotted

Hey Blot Buddies! Happy Bastille Day to those wondrous French people! I’ve have two productive days. Yesterday, despite meeting a friend for coffee and playing D&D with another friend, I managed to finish plotting Episode 3 of HellSlayers (new official title). Today I finished plotting Episode 4! This is going to be so good! I can’t wait to write it. Creating the character profiles helped me to include a trivial bit of character flair for one of the characters that I wouldn’t have had without them. I think I will continue making them in the future. It’s extra work, but it’s well worth it if I can make my characters have more depth and realism.

Since I am the last survivor of Web Serial Writing Month, it was suggested that I use it as a gimmick to promote this current project, and then get more people to join me in doing it. They suggested I hold it every three months and then make it a thing. It sounds wonderful, but I feel my “Build It And They Will Come” days are over. No one comes anymore when I build things. I’m tired of seeing my efforts to not be alone die before they have a chance to live. The disappointment is too much. The potential is great, but the disappointment is more evident and eventual. The idea still percolates in my brain, but I know better. I write alone. I’ve stopped using the #writingcommunity hashtag because no one sees me or if they do, they do not engage. I could use those characters for better content. Man, this got dark.

Anyway, I’m going to keep plotting, keep pushing forward.

I have some time to decide on how I’m going to publish the episodes. Should I make a portion of my blog specific to the release of the episodes as I finish them, raw and unedited? I’m thinking this would be a good way to garner readership. I feel that no one knows my work, so they will not buy my books. I have another blog I used to post my other serials on, I suppose I could put a link up. http://xantopjones.wordpress.com But that’s all old stuff. I need some new shit! So, I think I will post the new episodes as I promote Web Serial Writing Month. It’s decided. That’s an original thought!

4/13 episodes plotted!

Thanks for reading!

 

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