Back in the saddle
 
 The last post I made on Patreon I mentioned that I was trying to figure out where these posts fit in my overall Social Network Marketing plan. I had these posts as private, for the $5 and up supporters only, because I was trying to add value to those patron's support. But it didn't seem like it was being used, so I took a few weeks off to plan this whole thing out more, and to focus on finishing up my last projects, and probably to play some Xbox...

I decided that my weekly posts on here will continue, but will be available to everyone. This weekly post will be split into 3 sections, but will be included in the one weekly post. The reason for this is that I don't want to flood my Patreon wall 3 times a week. You didn't sign up for that.

I will, however, be splitting those 3 sections into individual blog posts on my website to help increase traffic there. 

Then, for my $5 and up supporters, I will be going a lot more in depth into my writing projects and behind the scenes on at least a monthly basis. Why not weekly like I planned? Because you're already getting the normal weekly update. I don't want to flood your inboxes with multiple messages a week. (That would annoy me, so why would I want to do that to you?)

Anyway, on to the main update post.

Writing Update

As you have probably seen, Kills Like River went out to my Patreon supporters this week! I spent all weekend editing the story and getting feedback from my editor before submitting it to the Ghost Hunting Critters anthology. Now I just need to wait for the editor of that anthology to read the stories and hopefully select mine for the final project!

I'm almost done with my Last Shot Fired story, Admin Hunter, which I'm renaming to Rogue Hunter. I think...

To those that were Beta readers for that story, thank you so much! The feedback I got back was awesome. I'm almost done editing it, but will not be sending it out to my supporters until July. This way you don't have another Patreon charge hitting your account so soon after the first.

Since those two stories are done, it's time to look ahead to the rest of the year. First up, I'm spending the rest of the month working on a secret project. I'll tell you what it is in a few weeks, but it is a large enough project that it will demand all of my time if I want to hit the deadline.

Beyond that I'm working on my novel as much as I can in between the other projects. Over the last few weeks I did get a bit of world building done, figuring out the magic system and religions, and other fun stuff. Now I need to work on building the character motivations and character arcs for the novel. 

While the magics and plot devices and everything else is cool in a novel, what really makes a good story is the character. So this is going to need some serious thought.

Along with my secret project, and continuing work on the Last Shot Fired anthology for the writing group. The submission deadline for that anthology closed, and now we need to go through the 50 stories we received and narrow them down to 10 or 15 of the best.

Ugh, I need more time...

What I'm Reading

For We Are Many, by Dennis E. Taylor (Audio)
This is the second book of the Bobiverse, and was just as good as the first one. Unfortunately I think I have to wait a year for the third book in the series. If you like science fiction, exploration, and want to see what happens when beings with higher technology don't have the Star Trek Prime Directive to restrain them, then this is a great book to read. 5 stars.

The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt (Kindle)
I heard about this on the Beyond the Trope podcast when they interviewed the author, and it sounded like a fun book. It's about a magician that has to go to a fantasy world full of magic. I haven't gotten very far yet, but so far it seems okay.

To Fire Called by Nathan Lowell (Kindle)
This is the latest book in one of my all time favorite book series, that started out with the book Quarter Share. This is also the reason I haven't made it very far in The Rogue Retrieval. If you want a fun space adventure then this is a book you should check out. It's not your typical sci-fi book, as it has no aliens or military fighting, or anything else you usually think of when you hear Space Opera, but trust me, the world and character just make this book a place you wish you could live in. This book came out this weekend, so I put my other reading projects aside.

Blood From Your Own Pen  by Sam Knight (Paperback)
This is a book on editing that addresses a lot of mistakes new authors make. So far I wish more people would read this, especially those submitting to our anthology, Last Shot Fired! It is a good resource that gets to the point without spending chapters telling about one single thing. It tells you what the common error is people often make when writing, and then tells you how to fix it, then moves on to the next topic. So far it's a big help.

4 books in one week? Dang, I'm crazy! We'll see how long it takes to read them all though.

Personal Life

Not too much is going on here right now. We are hoping to get a dog soon, which will be awesome. However the money I had saved up for this purpose ended up getting blown because I wasn't watching my budget very close last month. I hate it when I do that! Now I have only a few weeks to come up with the funds I need if we want to get the breed we're looking at, a Norwegian Elkhound. We found a breeder that we want to go with that is relatively inexpensive. We could just get a random dog from the pound, but this time we really wanted a particular breed. Something that had a high chance of working well with our family and where we live.

Beyond that, I'm trying to have some down time with the family in the evening. We have been playing games but we have talked about doing a family book together. I'm thinking The Pilgrims Progress. Yeah, an older book, but a good one. Great for teaching lessons.

We did get to go sledding this weekend with all the snow we got up at our new house. I know, it's crazy that we got snow when summer is just barely a month away. And we also finished our basketball hoop project over the past few weeks. Getting out there to shoot some hoops can be a good stress reliever, and a fun way to spend time with the family. And I learned something new in all of this. My wife can shoot some hoops! Or at least she makes the basket more often than I do.

Well, that's all that I have for this week. See you next week!