Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's official

I just crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line (barely) with 50,168 words. It was a tough one again this year. Life always has a way of throwing you a curve ball, but I guess it makes the victory that much sweeter.



Most of what I wrote is pretty rough, but it did leave me with a lot of material for The Sixth Seal. I also managed to make a tentative plot outline for the second book, but I'm not going to get ahead of myself. There are still twenty to thirty more chapters of the first book to publish on JukePop. Speaking of which, they released a nifty iPhone/iPad app that allows you to read your favorite serials on the go. If you don't have an iOS device, don't fret, they're working on an Android version.

Well, I'd better get back to work. No rest for the wicked :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The next installment

The next chapter of the Sixth Seal is available at JukePop Serials. Things get pretty crazy and Ana wreaks quite a bit of havoc.

You can find it here.

With your help, The Sixth Seal has risen in the ranks to number 32. I just need about twenty more votes to crack the top thirty. If you like what you read, don't forget you can vote for each chapter. There are six chapters up now, so it would only take a few readers to get the numbers up. Of course, I don't want anyone to vote for it if they don't like it, I just want to remind people that it's a nice way to support the stories that they enjoy.

Thanks again for your support.

By the way, I wanted to mention that we had a winner for the Sixth Seal Promotion contest, but don't fret, I'll probably come up with another one pretty soon.

I also wanted to mention that my plan is to eventually publish the finalized serial, so I may do some sort of contest where readers can promote the serial in order to win a free copy of the final book. Of course, you'll already know the story if you've been reading along, but I will be going back and making some substantial edits and polishing so it might be worth a reread. Also, I'm actively working on the plot for the second book, Alpha and Omega (tentative title).

Stay tuned for updates.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Sixth Seal Promotion Contest

Hello, fellow writing enthusiasts! In an effort to get more exposure for my serialized novel, The Sixth Seal, I'm kicking off a little contest. It's super easy to enter and I have some great prizes for the winner, or winners, to choose from.

To enter the contest just share the link to my serial, The Sixth Seal, on your Facebook page. You can even tweet it if you'd like. You can share the excerpt below, or just write a few lines yourself. It doesn't have to be fancy, just something letting people know what it is and where to find it.

Here's the excerpt if you want to use it:


Anastasie Eloise Bertrand has spent the better part of fifteen years in a state mental hospital convinced that she is the reincarnated protector of an ancient and powerful book. After an unsuccessful escape attempt, she befriends her new psychologist who begins to believe Ana is not as crazy as everyone thinks. Ana is soon torn between the good doctor, and escaping the hospital to seek out the book and discover the truth about her destiny. 

Time is quickly running out for Ana as a dark secret society known as the Horsemen assembles to take control of the ancient book. She must find her fellow protectors and prevent the terrible power of the book from being unleashed upon mankind. Ana, as the strongest of the seven seals, must not allow herself to be broken.


Go check it out at:

http://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/241

Don't forget to add it to your bookshelf, and please don't forget to vote.

That's all there is to it :) Once you've done that, send me an email or leave a comment on this post, and I'll enter you in the drawing. I'll announce the winner or winners on Thanksgiving.

Here is the list of great prizes (all awesome writing books of course):

1. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
2. Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
3. Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight
4. How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Wheat
5. The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel by James Thayer
6. The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
7. Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy

The winner will get to choose which book they want and I'll ship it to them just in time for Christmas :)

Thanks for your support!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sammy Boy

Here's a picture of my mom's dog, Sammy. She hasn't been feeling well, so I thought I'd post his picture here to brighten her day :)

Love you, mom.

Regal Samson

Friday, November 9, 2012

Chapter three is live

Chapter three of The Sixth Seal is live! We get a glimpse of one of Ana's past lives. All I'm going to say is, she kicks butt and takes names :)

Xi Shi in the Garden of the Temple


Go check it out at:

http://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/241

Don't forget to add it to your bookshelf, and please don't forget to vote. Votes help my serial's rankings rise which could help push it into the top thirty. The top serials are eligible for modest cash awards, but more importantly it raises their visibility among potential readers.

Enjoy :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chapter three is coming soon

Chapter three of my serialized novel, The Sixth Seal, will be available soon. Things are going to get very interesting. We'll be getting the first look at one of Ana's past lives, all I'm going to say is she kicks butt and takes names :)

If you haven't already registered at JukePop, I would encourage you to do so. There are a ton of great stories to read there across a wide range of genres. Of course, I highly recommend mine, but you can read as many as you'd like and all for the low price of free. If you like my story, or any other for that matter, you can add it to your bookshelf. This will allow you to receive email alerts when new chapters of your favorite serial are posted.

Don't forget to vote and comment on the stories you read and like. I would greatly appreciate your comments as well as your vote. If a serial gets enough votes to get in the top thirty, they are eligible for a modest cash prize. I think this is great incentive for writers to offer their readers what they want, and most importantly, to release new chapters on a regular basis. My plan is to release a new chapter every week.

I have had this story roughly outlined with quite a few scenes drafted, but for the most part I'm reworking and writing new chapters each week. What this means for the reader is that the story is flexible. While I still have some major plot points and a general ending I'm working toward, I'm open to adding some elements or avenues based on reader feedback. So don't be shy, let me know what you think, and thanks for reading.

Working on the next chapter


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Chapter two is live

Chapter two of my serialized novel, The Sixth Seal, is live on JukePop Serials. Come check it out, and don't forget to vote :)

The Sixth Seal, Chapter 2 - Gabriel

In this chapter we meet Doctor Gabriel, and get some more insight into Ana's past. This chapter isn't as fast paced as the first, but that's just to give you a breather before the third chapter.

I hope you all enjoy it. Please sign up at Jukepop, so you can leave me comments and suggestions.

Thanks,
Josh