Jun 13, 2017

Injection Burn Winner

(Guess who scheduled this in the wee hours and then forgot to push publish... that's right, me!)


The Winner of Injection burn by Jason M. Hough is....

#6 - Angela Spugnardi!
 
So, Angela, hit me up and get me your address so I can mail this guy off to you.
 
 

Jun 7, 2017

IWSG: Quitting


Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

 
I write a lot. If you keep up with my monthly count posts (the only thing I seem to do consistently over here) you’ll have noticed that I’m averaging about 75,000-words a month so far this year. It’s just what I do.
 
But in 2015, I was almost forced to quit.
 
I didn’t run out of ideas.
I didn’t have a drastic change in my schedule.
I didn’t get frustrated and decide to throw in the towel….
 
I had two grand mal seizures.
 
But the seizures weren’t actually the problem. If you’ve ever looked in to anticonvulsants, you’ll have seen they have an AMAZING list of unfortunate side effects. The one I’m on presently had the potential of an allergic reaction that might have made all my skin fall off and, you know... killed me.
 
My first medication was the problem.
 
So there’s a fun little drug called Keppra. It’s apparently the oldest anticonvulsant medication on the market. It’s had the most testing. It’s what the emergency room will hand you if you show up after a seizure. It also made me functionally schizophrenic.
 
It’s really hard to deal with fictional universe when you’re not 100% certain if the one you thought was real actually is.
 
But I fought through it. 2015 was my worst writing year. Then I got a decent doctor, I got on meds that didn’t play mad-scientist with my brain chemistry, and here we are.
 
Don’t forget to hop over here and enter my giveaway for a signed copy of Jason M. Hough’s Injection Burn.
 
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Jun 6, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Signed Copy of Injection Burn by Jason M. Hough [CLOSED]


So I picked up a copy of Jason M. Hough’s newest book at Phoenix Comicon a few days before it’s release. It’s the first in his Beyond Dire Earth duology and it is a fantastically fun read. I knew it’d be great, so I bought two! One for me, and one for you.

 

I meant to put this giveaway up last week… on the book’s release date, but the week after PHXCC is always a bit of a blur and before I knew it, Friday was here and gone. So here it is, a week after release, your chance to snag a signed copy of INJECTION BURN.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LK9H94E/

 
So what is this awesome book about?
 
Skyler Luiken and his ragtag crew of scavengers, scientists, and brawlers have a new mission: a long journey to a distant planet where a race of benevolent aliens are held captive behind a cloud of destructive ships known as the Swarm Blockade. No human ships have ever made it past this impenetrable wall, and Skyler knows not what to anticipate when they reach their destination.
 
Safe to say that the last thing he expects to find there is a second human ship led by the tough-as-nails captain, Gloria Tsandi. These two crews—and their respective captains—initially clash, but they will have to learn to work together when their mutual foe closes in around them and begins the outright destruction of their vessels—along with any hope of a return to Earth.
 
Sure, but how do I get my mitts on it?
 
All you have to do to enter to win is comment below and answer this question:
 
If you wound up on a “ragtag crew of scavengers, scientists, and brawlers” what would your position be? Are you a control freak captain? A hide in the shadows tech, looking to do her job and be ignored? Or are you the one skulking about on sleep-shift sabotaging the ship for a corporate pay-out?
 
How will I know if I win?
 
Check back next Tuesday (6/13/2017). I’ll pick the winner from the comments using a random number generator and I’ll let you know about it here and we’ll work out the shipping details via email. If you don’t come back (and I don’t have any other means of tracking you down) I’ll have to spin the wheel again and pick a new winner.
 
If you want to be certain I can get ahold of you, include your twitter or instagram handle (and make sure I know which one it is) at the end of your comment. I don’t suggest putting your email in there.
 
If you don’t care about signed books, and want to grab a copy of your own:

Injection Burn
And preorder the sequel (Out next month): Escape Velocity
 
And check out:
Zero World, and
 
There are no extra points for following me on twitter, instagram, or joining my newsletter, but I’d be tickled if you did.

Jun 1, 2017

May Numbers


88,801-words in 19 days

(AVG: 4,674-words/day)

8 projects + Admin



May is my highest monthly word count for the year so far (by a whopping 611 words!) and it’s the best May I’ve had since I started keeping track of these things back in 2013.

On top of all of that, on May 22nd, I hit the point where I had more words for the year (so far) than for the year in 2015 (in total).

These insights, by the way, are among the many reasons I toss my daily writing into a spreadsheet.