Keepers Week 5


Rolling, rolling, rolling, got to keep those words a rolling (imagine these words low growled out by Clint Eastwood. Gives it a better effect). I am still cranking out words with regularity. I will be over the 40,000 word mark this next week. This is a significant number because it means I will shortly surpass the word count of my abandoned book. A word count which took me a year plus.

This continues to be a valuable lesson to me. I stuck with that last book too damn long. I fell in love with the characters but didn’t have a story to show them off in. The other interesting thing I am finding with Keepers is how much I am looking forward to finishing and going back and doing the first edit. I have been taking good notes about things I have to fix and points of view I need to tighten up. This book has many players and I want to make sure they all get to shine.

I also feel a little liberated because there is part of me that knows I am writing this book for publication, one way or the other. The plan is still to seek traditional publication but I know I will self publish to the Kindle if that doesn’t work out. My gut feeling tells me I am going to enjoy reading this book over and making it better. It has a chance to be the best thing I have written. It will be a self-contained novel but I already have an idea for a second novel with these fine characters so I am hoping I will get to write them again.

Speaking of self publishing. I have some more news. For all my zombie holiday fans out there. I am planning on writing five more stories. They will all take place in between my Christmas story and my Halloween story. They will not be centered around holidays. I just like the characters and think I have a few more tales to tell. When I am done I am going to pull them all together, hire an artist to give me a cover, and put it out on the Kindle. I thought about trying to get them published as short stories but decided I would probably have just as good a shot of selling a few on the Kindle as I would putting it in a magazine. This will be around a May release because I will need some time to write the stories and then edit them.

These first two shots at Kindle publishing should give me a little bit of an idea if I am totally delusional about my writing skills. It won’t stop me from writing because that is what I do but it should let me know if people are actually interested in what I am writing. This is a thought which haunts and scares me but what the hell. Sometimes you just have to stick your toe in the water and hope the piranhas doesn’t bite it off.

About csdaley

C.S. Daley was born in California but has spent most of his life in his imagination. His first short story written in third grade, the now classic "Close Encounters of the Turd Kind," was sold to his next door neighbor for a quarter. The neighbor promptly demanded a refund. An unhealthy obsession with the writings of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and Terry Pratchett have left his mind warped and broken. He spends most of his evening swilling down coffee while tapping at a keyboard under the watchful eyes of his kittens. They are there to make sure he doesn't snap. He likes to write fantasy for adults and teens.

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