Inspiration for THE OUTS – a #PitchWars bloghop

Well, I did it. I survived Pitch Wars 2015. My amazingly awesome mentor, Jessica Souders, put me through the ringer and I came out on the other side with a manuscript that’s more polished, tighter, and packs more punch than my original. Whew!

And now, as were prepare for the agent round, many of the mentees have decided to share a little bit about our manuscripts in the interest of having a little fun. We deserve it. We survived.

THE OUTS comes from an idea that’s been festering in my mind for a very long time. I’ve always hated the way power lines ruin almost every picture there in. They’re everywhere, and, like the roaches of utilities they are, we just can’t get rid of them. Continue reading

Crimes on ESW sending queries

ESW is making me update his site for me because he’s too lazy to. I’m Crimes. Yes, I’m a fictional character in ESW’s head, but who are you to question me. ****

****, I forgot that ESW was going to censor this ****. He’s so uptight. Loosen up, ESW. Maybe you need a thrill, brother.

I can’t tell you too much about who I am, because King PITA won’t let me–story spoilers or some crap like that. Just know that I’m in The Outs and I’m the one you want to read, and now that ESW has finally gotten off his … duff (there, is that better, almighty ESW?) … and is sending out some queries, Caleb and I hope that you’ll get to read more of us soon.

Look, ESW, aren’t you such a proud papa? I didn’t say ANYTHING inappropriate in that paragraph.

Anyway, Caleb is whining at me that I’m being a jerk and making ESW look bad. Who cares? But I’m going to go back to the real business and make some mayhem. The Capita Mortua rests for no one.

Another day, a ton of revisions

So, I’ve been working on The Outs nonstop for the past two and half weeks, and my brain is fried. I mean, full on, egg in the pan, fried. We got the deep fryer out, and my head got dunked.

It’s not that I’m not having a great time. I’m completely giddy with excitement. Hear the happiness in my voice. The Outs is going to be a great book, and I think you’re completely going to love it. All of these changes are just solidifying in my head how much I love this book. But sometimes, to make something good, you have to hurt a little bit. And trust me, making cuts to a manuscript hurts.

Just to give you an idea: at its height The Outs hit a whopping 125,000 words. Yes, I know, I’m crazy. A lot of people only write novels that are between 50-70,000 words. But as I’m getting into the meat of these revisions, I’m suddenly realizing that the entire last 50,000 words of this book are going to have to be rewritten. In a week and a half. I know, stop telling me–I’m absolutely insane. That’s the length of some people’s whole books.

It’s okay. Don’t start hyperventilating yet. It’s a lot of work, but it’s work that I can get done. And I can get it done well, or at least, I think I can. There are people who do far more than I do in any given week, and to them, I tip my hat.

Just you know, this is a labor of love. I work this hard, because you deserve the best writing I can give you. *Sniffles. I love you guys.

Let’s just hope I don’t lose it before The Outs gets finished. 🙂

Have I told you how excited I am about this new manuscript?

I know, I know…all of you who already know and follow me have already heard all about it, but I really can’t contain myself. This current work in progress has everything I could hope for. 

  • Hopelessly flawed characters.
  • Deep, twisting mysteries.
  • Action.
  • Lots and lots of action.
  • Reality bending.
  • What may or may not be monsters.
  • A creepy little girl.
  • Addiction.
  • Internal struggles.
  • Guns.
  • Technology.
  • And you might even see a unicorn.

This current draft is coming together beautifully, and I can’t wait to start sharing it with you. I’m hoping to have a beta ready soon for those of you who have been beta readers for me before (or for those of you who just feel like you’re interested in doing something like that for me).

That is, if I can hurry up and finish it. I’ve been working on this one for a few months now, and it’s finally getting into a shape that I’m happy with people seeing. Don’t worry, I’m still working on DeadBoy, too, and there may be a new revision of Deeds before too long (to go along with the release of this new manuscript, The Outs).

So get ready to beta for me, if that’s up your alley, because I’ll be calling on you all very soon!