Tag Archives: The Shadow Men

The Dark Lands Week 15

This update is very late because of the wacky and crazy week we have had in Maui (hospital stay because brain felt like it was exploding plus an 80 acre fire across the freeway made it hard to get back to our room). We just got back into our condo and will be packing all […]

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The Dark Lands Week 14

This was a rough week of editing. I had a few chapters that just didn’t want to cooperate. I also had a brain fart moment when I didn’t save after two hours of work and my program crashed. The crash really ticked me off because I used to manage a computer center and that was […]

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The Dark Lands Week 13

Started my 2nd edit this week. My wife is reading a chapter and marking it up all nice and pretty and then I go in behind her and make changes. This is going to be my final edit before I let outside sources have a look at it. I have also continued to read the […]

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The Dark Lands Week 12

The first edit is done. I have turned over the 430 manuscript pages over to my wife and will now take a week off from writing the Dark Lands. I have decided on the title for the first book. I am going with The Shadow Men. I have continued to read the story to my […]

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The Dark Lands Week 11

First week of editing has been an interesting experience. I set out with two main goals. Fix the bad sentences and fix the story continuity problems. I knew that this was going to be a quick and dirty edit. My plan was to get the story into my wife’s hands as quick as possible. My […]

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The Dark Lands Week 10

Today is day 70 and I am happy to report that I have finished the first draft of my novel. It went 82,088 words which was 12,000 more than my goal. I don’t know if it will get shorter or longer in the 2nd draft stage, but I am guessing a little longer. I know […]

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The Dark Lands Week 9

The end is nigh. I reached my goal of 70,000 words on Friday. I hit 71,500 today and the book is not done but it will be soon. My best guess is that I will be done with the first draft by next Saturday and maybe sooner. The next chapter will wrap up at least […]

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The Dark Lands Week 8

Today was the 56th day in a row I have made my daily writing goal. Writing this book has now become the longest sustained writing period I have had since probably the age of 21. Even at 21 I don’t think I was very good at hitting a set goal everyday. I just wrote whatever […]

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The Dark Lands Week 7

This was a fun week. I went past 54,000 words and think that I am about 20,000 words from the finish. I know how each character’s story is going to end in the book. Even better, I know where the story is going to go in the next book. I have decided that when I […]

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The Dark Lands Week 6

I write this blog from a car traveling up I-5. We had a great trip to Mexico but are definitely looking forward to being home. I did not miss a writing day on the cruise and really enjoyed writing on the balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I have to admit that when the trip started […]

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