Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reworking an Old Urban Fantasy

Okay, it's not really that old, but, until a few months ago, I hadn't done anything with it.

I dusted it off (metaphorically speaking, of course) and began, slowly, tediously, editing Why He Runs From the Basement.  I even renamed it to The Watcher.  

Why?  Well, I wanted to.  I've been wanting to get my hand back into the fantasy arena, and decided this was a way to start, but do it differently.

I originally self-published this novella in 2013 (???) through Amazon (e-book only) and sold enough to pay for Scrivener, and a case of beer-you know, the important things to enable a writer to write drunk, then edit sober.

This time around, two weeks ago, I decided to put it up on Wattpad.  Live and learn, folks.  Apparently, you don't have to- and it seems to be beneficial not to- put the WHOLE THING UP AT ONCE.  Who knew?  Well, me, now...

But good thing that novella was only going to be part 1 of a series I'd planned to take the self-publishing world by storm.  But a funny thing happened.  I fell in love with writing picture books...but that's another post that's already up here, somewhere, I think...

Along with the title, I also changed the cover a bit...monstly because I couldn't find the image of Kona with fire in his eyes...oh well.  I changed up the coloring of his fur, changed the font, and voila! An obviously self created cover from someone who is not that great at covers!  Good thing the story's good...note- it's NOT for kids...at all.  It's quite gory. In fact I was going to submit it to an anthology until I noticed they didn't want gory stories.  I thought about taking the gore out, but then that wouldn't be my story.

If you're interested, check it out!  It's right here!

Thanks :)

Part two is currently in progress- I'm about 9,000 words in...which I did a few years ago...so, yeah, editing again and enjoying it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cat Wash: My Entry to Vivian Kirkfield's 50 Word Story Contest

Cat Wash by Erik Ammon (39 words)

"Let's wash the cat!"
"Fill up the tub!"
Whoooosh!
"Catch that cat!"
Reeooowww!
Splash!
"Where's the soap?"
"Just use shampoo!"
Reeeooowwwww!!!
Slosh!
"There he goes!"
"Catch him!"
"Got'em!"
Splaassshhhhh!!
"Time to rinse!"
Fwooooossssshhhh!
"Done!"
Reow!
Pitter, pitter, pitter.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Many different genres

My love of books, and my ADD writing mind, has me working on a lot of different genres.  These include, but will probably not be limited to:
Poetry for adults
Poetry for children
Picture books
Picture storybooks
Early chapter books
Middle grade
YA Historical Fiction/ Romance
Fantasy Novellas for adults
Epic Fantasy for adults

I've been working on many different picture book manuscripts for future submission, cleaning up and submitting a chapbook of poetry, poems for adults, one for kids, editing a fantasy novella for adults, a humor book for adults, and the outline for a YA historical fiction/ romance during the month of February.

Have I taken on too much?  Nah, not really. I do bounce around a lot from one project to the next, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love writing, I love creating.  My mind keeps churning out ideas that want to be written, so I write them.  I do not want to be limited in any way whatsoever.  If I ever land an agent for PBs, I'm hoping they have connections in other areas as well.  But, you know, getting that agent is the life goal :)

How about you? Are you a multiple genre writer?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy New Year!

Yeah, ok, I'm late, Chinese New Year was Saturday, New Year's was 29 days ago.  I had NO idea it'd been that long since I wrote a post.  I've been writing up a storm- poems, PB drafts, revisions, journaling, and more.

So, I'm in the process of working on two books of poetry, and a humorous book as well (the topic will remain a secret...).  For book one, I'm on poem 41 of 50, and for the second book, I'm on poem 228 of 365 (these are a specific style).  For the humorous book, I'm on 52 of 100 (may end up being more...we'll see!!).  All three I will probably be self-publishing.  The humorous one is actually going to be a definite self-publish.  The two books of poems I may send out to a couple publishers first, then go the self-publishing route.

One joyous gift I received early in the year was finding out that I won a scholarship for a gold tier level for Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge!!  I am so excited, and so honored to have been selected for the scholarship, and it has, along with a quote I'll share in another post soon- I promise-, helped to jump start my new year in writing picture book manuscripts as well as inspire me to really bust my ass.  Being given this opportunity to be in 12x12 again is something I will not squander.  I would not have been able to join up otherwise this year.  I had only the funds for two things this year related to writing- 12x12 or the EPASCBWI conference and I chose to save the funds for the conference, to meet with agents in person.  So to have won the scholarship is HUGE.  Now I can do both!

How much has it inspired me?  Well, I've worked on revisions for two manuscripts, and written three new manuscripts this month alone!

Along with StoryStorm (formerly called PiBoIdMo and formerly in November), my picture book inspirations have catapulted my into the new year.  For StoryStorm I have 35 ideas total, two of which are middle grade possible.

I also found a critique partner!  We've already exchanged one MS and will continue to do so pretty much once a month.

So, yeah, I'm psyched about this year.

New Year's Writing Resolutions?

Just one.

Bust my ass to acheive my dreams.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Xmas Comes Early!

It's an early Xmas!  I came home from work today, walked from the garage into the kitchen and THIS HAPPENED!

Yes!  That is a real manual typewriter!  I've been wanting one for a while, within out tight budget, but never really took time to look around.  Turns out my awesome wife has been looking at a few antique places nearby for over a year.  And guess what?  She found one!  Today!  It needs a good cleaning, and some new ribbon, but otherwise, it works PERFECTLY!  Even better, the ribbon is supposed to come tomorrow!  So, for now, I just enjoy playing with this beauty, waiting impatiently for the ribbon to come, then I'll give it a thorough cleaning, add tape, paper and creativity.

For the details, it's a 1960's Olympia De Luxe SM9 Portable typewriter.  Apparently it was the cat's meow of manual typewriters just before electric ones came out.  I also found a scan of an original user's manual on an Xavier University public database on-line!  I believe I may be using this for when I write my Lune Poetry book for self-publishing instead of the digital Hanx Writer I have been using once in a while for instagram posts.

Create on dreamers!!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

NaNoWriMo Reflection

To start off, here were my goals:

1. 100 Lune poems

2. Complete my Halloween Egg chapter book (early or MG, not sure where it'll end up...).

3. Write 10,000 words for the Epic Fantasy story, to begin when I'm done with number 2.

How did I do?

1. 100 Lune poems-CHECK!  I ended up with 112 for the month.

2. HE story? Nope, not even close.  I did write about 700 words more, but really didn't take the plot anywhere (but necessary words).

I fell stuck with this story and I'm not sure where to go with it.  I do have a set of beats for the story, but I'm at a point where I'm lost and can't figure out where to get to the next beat.  Maybe I should just move to the next beat, then go back and fill in.

3.  Well, I was going to work on 3 when I completed w.  That didn't happen, so neither did the 10,000 word goal.  I did get back into the story a bit, and did write a few hundred more words to finish off a scene I'd left open since I last worked on it 18 months or so ago.

I did some editing to a self-published story I have out (that I'm going to rerelease over my winter break) in the past month as well.

4.  There was no goal 4, but something came up and I went with it.  I came up with an idea for a book to self-publish, had a goal in mind for what I'd need to hit for it, and I'm 80% there.

So, overall did I hit my goals?  No.  But I did exceed one, and start one that wasn't on the list that I'm excited about, so isn't that what writing is all about?  Freedom of your own expression?  Well, maybe I did "win" NaNoWriMo.

How did you do?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NaNoWriMo Goals

Yup!  It's that time of year!  I'd already written down my goals, and also posted them on a writing site, 12x12 to help with accountability, but I need to put it out to even more people.  Or, really, for myself, to self-reflect on what I want this month, and for my writing in general.

I know it's a couple days in, but so far, so good.

Without further ado, my goals:

1. 100 Lune poems

2. Complete my Halloween Egg chapter book (early or MG, not sure where it'll end up...).

3. Write 10,000 words for the Epic Fantasy story, to begin when I'm done with number 2.

To get ready, I'd begun a separate Scrivener file for the Lune poems, and written down 38 over the past few weeks or so, including some I'd already had on my Hanx Writer files in my phone.  I also have a sub file of lines that come to me to work with.

For the epic fantasy, I wend back and skimmed through the beginning chapter, and read through the second chapter.  Then I transcribed the writing into the Scrivener file, and even wrote a couple hundred more words.  I also went over the beats I had written out for the major story line to help with remembering where I wanted to go.  It had been over a year since I wrote anything for this story.

And for Halloween Egg, I read over everything I had written, and the notes and beats as well.  I have a lot to transcribe for this story as I only have the first few hundred words typed, but it'll be worth it.

So, here I am, done with day 2, except for this blog.

I have written eight Lune poems, and almost 1,000 words for Halloween Egg. The story really hadn't advanced a whole lot, so I have a feeling it'll be a long story. Either that, or I'll be slashing a lot when I edit- guess that depends on what I want with the story when I'm done!

Nothing on 3 yet, since I won't do that until I'm done with 2.

I won't be back on here for a couple more weeks to provide another update, to hold myself accountable for my goals, and my dreams.

To all you NaNoWriMo peeps: GOOD LUCK!  Happy Writing!!