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Word Count Update! Hit the Party Button!

posted Jul 18, 2019, 8:23 PM by oneclipleft

Seriously though, I've been a busy beaver on this writing front. But first! The in-progress word counts:

Love/Horror Short Story Collection Word Count: 35,500
Dystopian Novel Word Count: 27,000 (still)

I'm very happy with how this collection is turning out. There's a lot of variety, even with the theme of love-based-horror. If I may entice you to read a story, then check out Stephen King's "Nona" as soon as possible. I feel like it eclipses all of my stories' achievements so far, but that story is a lofty goal to shoot for, friendos.

I plan to make another round of submissions early next week, as a few publications are closing their reading period at the end of this month. I plan another round in August once other publications' reading periods open back up. I expect many rejections, but such is the beast of the writing world.

At this point I have 10 stories (2 unfinished), and I cannot properly express how good it feels to be writing this much again. I did a lot of writing for my old machinima series, RTA (and others), but that was a bit different. Scripts don't have narrators or a POV, or at least mine didn't. Those scripts were mostly a cacophonous blend of characters each vying for their time to shine (Lil' Rey was the loudest, of course). As any writer will tell you, POV is hard to manage at times, but I feel like I'm getting better at it. I've been writing stories since I was about 7 years old, so I'd better be getting better at it!

Confession time: most of my writing projects failed. I started a misguided, largely cribbed novel back in 2003, and got 50,000 words into it when it just fell apart. I think I can rework that one someday, but today is definitely not that day. Then, I started a writing challenge in one of my classes some years ago, claiming I would pen 1,000 words per day if they could keep up with the coursework. I managed 500 words per day, and then just stopped since I had no plan and the damn characters just weren't plotting for me. Then, recently if you've been here before, I started a dystopian novel. Mostly plotted, but it cacked out at 27,000 words because, I dunno, life sucks sometimes.

THEN, I wrote TDM (buy a copy if you like, it's also free on the homepage here). And that shit came together like tar and feathers. Felt good. It's a nonsensical collection of wacky bullshit and wacky philosophy, Discordianism as it were, but it just felt good to grab words from the aether and record them as they came.

Look, I know I'm all over the place creatively. That's my gig, man. I have too many engrossing hobbies, son. But, I've written 85,500 words since last September, and that feels super good. I'm setting a pace for 100k words per year, and that's lightning fast for me.

What about the music/gamedev/videos? I'm formulating a plan. A schedule, as un-sexy as that sounds, but while my projects are slow to materialize, I promise to take the time to make it worth your time. And money should the spirit move you.

Until then, as the eminent philosopher Vash the Stampede once said (several times): Love and Peace!
-OCL

It's Been Awhile!

posted Jul 3, 2019, 11:51 AM by oneclipleft   [ updated Jul 3, 2019, 11:52 AM ]

Two months, in fact! I have not been keeping up my end of the deal with these posts, but that is mostly because I have been ultra busy working on my various projects. First, the word count update for my collection of short horror stories:

Short Story Collection Word Count: 31,000

Yep, you read that right. The word count has doubled in the past two months. I now have about 8-9 stories finished, and I plan to get all the way up to about 20 stories before it's all over with. So, a few more months and the collection will be ready. Right now, I'm submitting these stories to various publications individually, and with any luck I can get a few out there before they're all finished. That will make it much more likely that I can find a publisher for the whole collection. Even if nothing comes of it, though, I will make the stories available in one way or another.

So, if you're into horror then this is a good time to stay up-to-date with my shenanigans.

Peace!
-OCL

Love and Horror (and Word Count Updates)

posted May 6, 2019, 6:39 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Jul 3, 2019, 11:52 AM ]

I do yet live!

The post-apocalyptic novel temporarily stuttered out at 27,000 words, so I decided to write a collection of love-themed horror stories in the interim. And they are going fantastically. I am very excited about this.

In the space of a few short weeks, I have penned 17,000 words of these short stories, and I am quite happy with them so far. It's a bit more my speed to write several shorter works anyway (see RTA and the like), and writing these little grotesque things is great practice for when I inevitably return to drafting the novel.

This is the first time I've experienced characters basically writing themselves. I'd never understood what writers meant by letting your characters react to their situations and surroundings, but I'm catching a glimpse of it now.

Anyway, writing is still going strong! I'm hoping to have the collection finished within the next two or three months. Wish me luck, peace!
-OCL

Word Count Update!

posted Jan 31, 2019, 5:40 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Jul 3, 2019, 11:53 AM ]

I've been MIA for awhile, and took a short break from writing, but I'm back! Word count update below:

Post-Apocalyptic Novel Word Count: 25,000

Progress continues to...progress! The first third is coming to a close, and I'm planning the next section as I go. Exciting times!

Peace,
-OCL

New Year, New Word Count Update

posted Jan 4, 2019, 2:51 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 2:53 PM ]

Hello! Once again it's time for a word count update for the novel I'm working on. Last week wasn't as explosive as the week before, but I still made some progress!

Post-Apocalyptic Novel Word Count: 19,000

Anyway, that's about it for now. Best of luck to everyone in 2019!
-OCL

MERRY HAPPY! (Novel Wordcount Update)

posted Dec 25, 2018, 3:18 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Dec 25, 2018, 5:46 PM ]

Hello! It's time for another word count update for the as-yet-untitled post-apocalyptic dystopian novel I'm working on.

Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel Word Count: 15,900

Compare this week's numbers with last week's (9,725) and you'll see I've been incredibly busy working on this draft! I'm excited about how this novel is plotting out, and I'm happy to say that I'm almost finished with the first third (or first act, if you like). Of course, at this rate that will put the first draft at ~60,000 words (assuming that each third is ~20,000 words apiece), which means that my revision process will actually add words as I flesh out descriptions and smaller details that I currently lack. Then, editing will hack the word count back down.

How long will it be in the end? Who knows! That's part of the fun of it!

Also, feel free to grab a copy of my first book, The Discordianist Manifesto, from Amazon (Kindle | Paperback). Thanks!

Until next week,
-OCL

Word Count Update

posted Dec 17, 2018, 4:27 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 4:32 PM ]

I missed a post about this last week since I was getting TDM out the door (buy it! buy it! buy it!). I will eventually do an audio book version of that. Anyway, on to the novel progress.

Unnamed Dystopian Novel: 9,725

You might have noticed that progress on the novel is coming much faster than progress on TDM did. This is because fiction is easier for me to write than philosophical/silly essays (it's easier to be entertaining than insightful, basically). Also, I am on my holiday break from classes until January, so I have more hours per day to dedicate to writing. It appears I'll be able to average around 10,000 words per month even with my work schedule, so if all goes well then the novel should be complete by around June or July 2019.

I've really been enjoying drafting this novel so far, and I think it's coming together really well. I've received good feedback, at least!

Until next time, peace!
-OCL

TDM in Paperback! Whoa, Nelly!

posted Dec 11, 2018, 11:38 AM by oneclipleft   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 11:38 AM ]

A big thanks to everyone who grabbed a Kindle copy already! The Discordianist Manifesto paperback edition is now available for anyone who don't muck around with eBooks. It is handsome and comes in a glossy golden cover and has blurbs on the back like what a real book has! My little Pinocchio doth transmute his old wood to new flesh (gross).

Grab a paperback edition with your gross, meaty hands!
Paperback Edition

So, let's all pull together and send me your money and make Eris proud and make TDM the best selling book of factual nonsense of all time because I didn't get a raise last year and my bills, man, my buffalo bills and the reason for the season is the gift that keeps on giving plus you can make copies and do whatever you want or even wait for the free PDF version once I can get around to making that a thing and then I'll work on my dystopian novel and just-a bunch-a random atoms smashin' into each other, so comment, like, and subscribe, now where's my Coke Zero(TM) I could have sworn I just had it?

Peace,
-OCL

The Discordianist Manifesto Kindle eBook Released!

posted Dec 9, 2018, 4:20 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 11:37 AM ]

Things happened much faster than I anticipated, and Amazon made the process quick and painless. The Discordianist Manifesto is now available on Kindle for $3.99. So, if you'd like to support my creative output, feel free to grab a copy and leave a review!

A real, physical, honest-to-jeez paperback edition ($9.99) will follow soon, and I will announce that when it comes. Check out the cover I designed last night at like 2:00 AM:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L7J97TN

It continues to be an exciting time in OCL Land, and I can finally mark "publish a book" off my bucket list. Next year I will be focusing on finishing the dystopian novel I started last month and finishing Buildrunner (infinite runner game with a twist).

Until next time, peace!
-OCL

The Discordianist Manifesto is Finished

posted Dec 6, 2018, 7:17 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 8:25 PM ]

Final word count for Version 1.0: 23,000


Now time to dive into the novel.

Peace,
-OCL

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