News for M31 Publishing and War In Flesh

In The Flesh Cover Art

In The Flesh Cover Art

In The Flesh Cover Art

As you may have noticed I’m trying to expand M31 Publishing into a real, and interesting, Blog. I love science fiction, comic books, games of all kinds and a lot of things. I already have my tickets for Pacific Rim–the wait is KILLING me! Tomorrow I’m likely to drink some amazing beer and see The Lone Ranger (I know I shouldn’t want to see it but I kind of do). Thanks to my ties to The Geek Girl Project I’ve got an in with Titan Comics and thanks to Bob Eggleton I’ve discovered In Saturn’s Rings which I will keep track of and update you on. So check out www.M31Publishing.com for updates on all of this and War in Flesh as well as Second Chances and other books I’m working on.

What I’m finding is that people love to read about my garden. That works out well for me because I love to write about it.

I’m still publishing movie reviews on The Geek Girl Project. I’m reviewing the old Godzilla movies as well as doing a monthly series of movies called K.’s Guilty Pleasures. For all those old (and new) budget movies or just blockbusters that didn’t bust the block.

War In Flesh is coming along slowly but very well. I feel the stuff I’ve written since I rebooted it is very good. I’m hoping to get some time this weekend to really get some serious work done on it. I’m having more ideas for Second Chances too and I’m torn between working on War In Flesh and Second Chances. I’m sure I’ll figure it out. In The Flesh is available for your kindle on Amazon. K.

War In Flesh Inspiration, Orphans and Gardening

Yesterday was a dream day for work on War In Flesh. Well dreamy in the sense that I had so many ideas that a whole chapter just poured out of me with little trouble. Not so dreamy in the sense that I had a ton of other things to do which cut my writingpalooza very short.

I’m hoping to pick up today where I left off yesterday on War In Flesh and maybe even get some more work done on my space opera now tentatively called Orphans, which is far better than Second Chances. That is still just a working title and may change if I think of something better (and I kind of hope I do).

I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to watch the results show for Dancing With The Stars and see who made it to next week. I’ll try to find time for that today but no promises.

I got a ton of weeding done in the garden. Unfortunately I have more than a ton of weeding to do still. In fact, despite my belief that herbicides are evil and damage the planet, I may have to break down this once and get something to deal with the Himalaya Blackberries that will not give up no matter how many times I cut them back and dig them up.

I did get some cool perennials to plant if I ever get the garden dug out and I’m excited to put raised beds in. This is a labor intensive project though so it will take quite a bit of time. Especially since I am weeding by hand everywhere I can. K.

A Good Writing Day and Gatchaman Live Action Article

I don’t know how other people do it but when I write, when I create something I do it as a continuous flow, like a little stream. It either comes to me as a trickle, like now with War In Flesh, or sometimes, rarely, as a river a raging torrent of ideas and scenes that come so fast I can barely keep up. For In The Flesh it came like a burbling brook, steady, constant and in good quantity.

The hardest part is to get the flow of creativity going. Fits and starts are the worst and indicate a tough day of writing. This has been the norm with War In Flesh. I find it most frustrating. Writing some stories is a joy. I hope War In Flesh becomes like that because I believe the mood of the author communicates through the work. Fortunately I’m writing a dark part of War In Flesh so it should work out. Perhaps it will work out even better than I think. At least I can hope it will.

Nikkatsu Studios Gatchaman

Nikkatsu Studios Gatchaman

My article on Gatchaman will be posted on The Geek Girl Project today. It was a labor of love as I have fond memories of Battle of the Planets from when I was young. I actually had to do some research for this article and I’m pleased with the result. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Second Chances saw some progress yesterday too. I really need to come up with a real title for that book because I despise the working title. I’ve set the opening scenes and now I need to get names for the characters because I’ve reached the point where the working names will no longer suffice. Names are hard, they really are.

I have a busy day of writing planned so I’m going to get to work. K.

Author update 20130506

Not a lot going on today. I have jury duty, which is ok. I’m hoping to get some serious writing done. I may even just go in early and get a coffee and work on War In Flesh or Second Chances.

The hardest part of writing a novel is making oneself sit and actually do the writing when everything is just a slog. Nothing is coming easy for War In Flesh. I’m still uncertain of how far I can go in Second Chances. Do I just go all the way to ridiculousness and hope it flies or do I pull back and stick with less comic book science and more science-fiction science?

I guess I’ll see how it falls together. K.

Second Chances, A Special Project and As Always War In Flesh

They say slow and steady wins the race and I hope they’re right because that’s how War In Flesh is going. I spent all day yesterday making steady progress. Things are coming together nicely. I skimmed some of the highlights of The Art Of War yesterday to see if any of that would fit into one of my characters philosophies. I guess I should give myself time credit for that kind of research. It makes for richer stories but it really slows down the actual writing.

For the record nothing from The Art of War fit directly into the section I was writing but that doesn’t mean I won’t go back and use it later at a better point in the story for it. Last time I was researching how to weld steel seams on ships and SWATH ship design. This book will be a bit different.

Today we will be joining the Cinco de Mayo celebrations going on around town and having a good time. I’m looking forward to being out in the sun and enjoying the giant celebration. Then I’m going to lobby hard to see Iron Man 3 tonight. So I’ll probably be taking the day off from writing (of course most of the time when I say that I get really inspired and have a great writing day).

I’ve had some ideas for Second Chances I really want to get written down too. That means that if I do get a chance to do some writing I may have some progress on both books. I did get another section edited for my secondary project, the unnamed one that I’m working on very casually. This is mainly because it involves collecting stories from others and I don’t know when I will have the opportunity to do that. It is also a very personal project so I am handling it with special care. This project will take time and I’m ok with that. I don’t know when, if ever, I’ll have it ready for publication but so far I have permission from my storytellers so who knows what the future will hold. K.

Things and Stuff

I got a little bit more written for War In Flesh and I dreamed up a lot of scenes for Second Chances. I also got some work done on the secondary project I’m working on. Overall yesterday was a pretty decent day of writing, despite spending a good portion of it running errands.

Today I want to get to writing. I had some inspiration regarding War In Flesh that I need to get written before it gets away from me. Then I’d like to do some more on Second Chances. I really want to finish up the Gatchaman article I’m working on for The Geek Girl Project too. So a very busy day just in what I’d like to get done for writing and that doesn’t include all of the regular chores and what-not I have to do.

I need to take a look at which Godzilla movie is next in the line up and maybe I can watch that while I iron. It’s going to be a fun day. K.

War In Flesh, Second Chances and The Rose City Comic Con

NBC's Grimm

As much as I love the characters from In The Flesh and as much as I have outlined and imagined a great story for the sequel War In Flesh, I have had a lot of trouble getting motivated to write it. This is because my heart is really set on writing a space opera. I promised myself I could write a space opera when I was finished with In The Flesh but my beta readers and the few who have bought and read In The Flesh wanted a sequel and I thought, rather than make them wait, I would get to work on it. Sadly this has only led to delay after delay as I struggle to find the right words to express my ideas and tell the story.

Well last night I gave myself permission to get started on my space opera. I have so many ideas and can visualize so many scenes from it, plus the characters I’ve saved for it are some of my very favorites. That released the creative block and I am happy to say that I got some writing done on both War In Flesh and the new space opera. I don’t have a good name for it yet.

NBC's Grimm

NBC’s Grimm

The working title for my space opera is Second Chances, which is a terrible title. Hopefully something better will come to me as I write and then all I’ll have to do is figure out how to change the title of a book in Scrivner. I’m very happy to be working on it. If things go the way they did last night not only will War In Flesh be completed sooner than if I had not allowed myself to work concurrently on Second Chances but also Second Chances will be ready to publish shortly after.

Today I have to see about getting a media pass for The Rose City Comic Con since I will be in Portland for that. I’ll be writing up my impressions for the Geek Girl Project. David Guintoli of Grimm will be at the con and maybe I’ll get to interview him. Although I don’t have any good questions to ask yet so if you have any you’d like me to ask please let me know. K.