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I'm back!

posted Feb 20, 2021, 11:14 AM by oneclipleft   [ updated Feb 20, 2021, 11:16 AM ]

I don't know if anyone bothers to come around here anymore, but on the off-chance someone does I have some announcements!

I have resumed work on a number of writing projects, some of which are finally nearing completion:

Horror Short Story Collection: 55,000 words
The Discordianist Manifesto 2: 22,500 words
Untitled Novel: 16,000

As you can see, I've been fairly busy despite not updating this site in almost a year. The collection of short stories is nearly complete (I'm revising and editing now). The Discordianist Manifesto 2 is also nearly complete, clocking in at about the same length as TDM1. Then, jumping the gun as I nearly always do, I began working on a novel idea (that is, an idea for a novel, but also hopefully a novel idea) and have gotten a few chapters in so far. It's going to be a wild ride!

Stay tuned for more updates as I'm able to release them, and thanks for your support over all these years!

Untitled Post

posted Apr 27, 2020, 10:53 PM by oneclipleft

I'm going away for awhile.

New Story for You to Read!

posted Feb 4, 2020, 11:03 AM by oneclipleft

Yup, I posted one of my latest stories on the r/nosleep subreddit, and it was pretty well-received! You can check it out for yourself at this handy-dandy link: https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/exofx7/found_out_the_hotel_i_work_at_has_a_basement/

I'm still writing here and there on the short story collection, and I'm about to send out another round of 'em to various publications. None have been accepted yet, but persistence will see me through!



posted Sep 27, 2019, 4:37 PM by oneclipleft   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 11:05 AM ]

Got a few more short horror stories in the can. I also got another rejection letter in the can, too! Gotta keep steaming forward! Anyway, here's the word count for the short horror story collection:

Short Horror Story Collection: 45,000

I'm hoping to get up to around 60k to 80k before it's done, so that should work out to be about 20-22 stories. The dystopian novel is still on hold. I have started a sequel to The Discordianist Manifesto (please buy a copy or download the free PDF on the homepage right here).

I have also started a ridiculous self-help book that I'm about 6k words into. It's currently entitled Feel Better or DIE TRYING. It'll be a lot of fun and maybe just a little tiny bit actually helpful. That's the plan, anyway.

Oh, and check out my Youtube channel if you haven't been by lately. I've been making some new videos about cooking on a budget. They're pretty silly, and the food is decent!


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!

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.


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!

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!


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!

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,

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