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Posted: September 13, 2011 in Eye of Darkness

I feel as though a log-jam has just broken. For some time now I’ve felt a little stuck on Eye of Darkness, plodding away with little increments here and there, just sort of slogging my way through the chapters. But something’s changed over the last two days, and I’ve been cranking out content like mad. I think I’m nearing the end of the story, and I can sense it coming. My current word count is around 67,000, which is about 4,500 words more than it was just two days ago. I don’t know yet how many words the story will have by the time it’s finished, but I’m only 8,000 away from my minimal threshold. I have a feeling I’m going to be pushing 80K or better by the time I’m done.

Today’s effort has been a stretch in a different way. My characters encountered a faerie who speaks in limericks almost exclusively. Since this morning, I’ve composed eleven of them. Fortunately, he’s gone now, so I can get back to normal dialogue. I’m sure he’ll pop up again before I’m done, though.

As it is, I have high hopes of being finished in another week or so. If I can keep up this pace tomorrow as well, I’ll be within striking distance of the end. And this will mean that Eye of Darkness was written in only six months. Less, if you consider that I set it to one side while I finished composing The Elixir of Life. I’ve certainly gotten faster with this effort–but I’m done yet. God willing, I’ll be able to crank out two more before next April. I’ve got both Topheth and The Tree of Liberty waiting in the wings.

All in all, though, it’s been a satisfying two days!

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Yikes! Is it September already? I’ve been busy making Facebook pages to promote my books, as well as releasing Patriots and Tyrants in paperback, and I’ve found the time to do some editing for my nephew and some cover assistance for my friend Linda… I just haven’t found the time yet to write!

I don’t think I’ve been avoiding it, but maybe that’s not true. Time will tell.

Regardless, I’ve made a little more progress on Eye of Darkness, getting a whole lot closer to being done, and I’m eager to wrap it up and get started on the next project on my plate.

The Coppersmith continues to be my newest “runaway” best seller (for me, at least). I’ve sold almost as many copies of my psychothriller as I have of my political thrillers, and in far less time. Maybe it’s the price point, maybe it’s that the subject matter is less controversial, and therefore less frightening.

Apple I-tunes is where I’m selling it most. I sold 35 copies in June and 23 in July. I don’t have figures for August yet, but it’s crazy that it’s doing so well over there. Weird. I’m sure the fact that I share the same first and last name as another major author isn’t hurting me any at all. I know for a fact his name is just a pen name (Michael Scot was the name of a Scottish “wizard”), whereas my name is the real deal. Besides, I had it first. I’m sure people will figure it out eventually. Hopefully, by that time I’ll have established my own credentials as a writer.

Oops. It’s time to go to work now. Gotta run!