The Aquarium and The Pool

I’ve been working on some songs with my friend David Landon under the band name Mad Lands. We’re both amateur musicians who have been dabbling with writing music since high school. We don’t really have anything recorded fit for public consumption but that doesn’t prevent me from listening to our tunes all the time.

In lieu of boring you with yet another “The Blood Contract is now available in print on Amazon (it totally is, by the way” type post, I thought instead I’d share the lyrics of a song I’m working on.

I started writing it after visiting my daughter in September. I was able to see her for a few hours yesterday, so I thought this might be appropriate:

The Aquarium and the Pool

Yesterday I was on my way to see you
Today I’m headed back home
And when our paths will cross again
Sadly I cannot say for sure

I had to turn my head and drive away
So you wouldn’t see me cry like a fool
Now all I have are some photographs and memories
Of the aquarium and the pool

I know you love me
I can see it on your face
I can’t help but wonder
If you think you’ve been replaced
Do you understand
Why I can’t be there?
Because try as I might
I can’t make sense of it myself

Even though you’re just across the state
It sometimes feels you’re a whole world away
When I’m there I never wanna leave you again
But I know I just cannot stay

I know you love me
Even if you can’t say the words
I can’t help but wonder
If this all causes you to hurt
Do you understand
My role in your life
With each passing day
I feel it slipping away

I’ve gotta hold on to those moments
When I get to hold on to you
I can see you’ve got a good life now
Even if I’ve got an outside point of view
Even if I’ve got an outside point of view
Even if I’m outside looking in at you

Thanks for reading,

S.L. Madden

Back On Track

First and foremost, The Blood Contract is finally out. It can be found on Kindle here (okay, I’m typing this on my phone and can’t figure out how to link to the product. I’ll update it later when I’m in my computer) and should be available in print any day now.


I’d like to thank everyone for their support and patience. I know I originally said it would be out five months ago. Hopefully the book proves worthy of the wait.

With that small accomplishment under my belt, I can finally refocus my energies back into what I was working on before. Namely NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo.

I know I’ve already lost NaBloPoMo. We’re at the halfway point of the month and I couldn’t have written more than a few posts in that time. Still, I’d like to rededicate myself toward that goal in the remaining days. Between writing, my diet, my daughter, music and gaming, I should have more than enough to write about.

I managed to squeeze out around 3,000 words for NaNo today, bringing me just past 10,000. It was a decent run, but I’m still far behind where I should be. In fact, for me to finish the 50K words, each day from here on out will have to be pretty much as good as today. Since I don’t foresee that happening, I realize I’ll have to temper that with days even better than today.

It’ll be tough but it’s still quite doable. The important thing is, I’m four chapters in on a book I highly doubt I would’ve started otherwise, and the writing is (in my humble opinion) going quite smoothly.

Hopefully the wait for book five won’t be quite so long after all.

Thanks for reading,

S.L. Madden

Epic Fail

The first thought that popped into my head upon awakening this morning was, Did I remember to blog yesterday?

Once the fog cleared, I realized I had not. Well, technically, that isn’t true. I did remember to blog. I just never got around to it. In fact I remember right up to the point it was time to go to bed. Then I forgot until this morning.

So while I may be out of the running for NaBloPoMo (not sure I was ever technically in the running to be honest), I’m still dedicated to updating my blog every day throughout this month. I may just be a bit more forgiving for those times it slips my mind.

Thanks for reading,

S.L. Madden

A New Look

In all of my excitement over NaNo/finishing up The Blood Contract (with a steady dose of boo-hooing about my hip), I forgot to mention my blog has a new look. Though it’s not technically writery, I liked the clean lines and look of it. Let me know what you think. Did you like the old look better? Would you prefer something that looked more geared toward writing?

While I’m at it, I should add I’m at 3593 words so far. That’s an average of 598 words per day, vs the target of 1667.  Gulp! Still, it’s early enough, I remain confident I’ll be able to catch up. Besides, I’m almost done with the first chapter and that’s something I wouldn’t be able to claim a week ago.

Thanks for reading,

S.L. Madden

More Excuses

22 out of 37 chapters.

If I’d just sit my arse down and focus, I know I could finally get The Blood Contract out. Unfortunately, sitting my arse down is currently quite painful.

I’m not sure if I’ve been sleeping weird or what, but the past few days my hip has been giving me pain. Today it decided to step it up a notch, to the point I feel it shooting up my neck and down into my foot. Essentially the right side of my body no longer loves me. And it especially dislikes the torture device I call my office chair.

I am very confident I’ll have it out by the end of the week, though my NaNo word count will suffer as a result. Still, I owe it to those of you who have waited patiently. And to my new readers…welcome aboard! Glad I didn’t leave you waiting.

I think I’m going to curl up into a ball and try to take a nap now.

S.L. Madden

Stumble At The Starting Gate

I’m 2607 words into NaNo as I type this. That’s roughly 651 words per day, well shy of the 1667 required to break the 50,000 word mark. Of course, the month is still early and I have time to catch up.

I should be able to get some writing in tonight, but I plan to focus on trying to finish up The Blood Contract instead of adding more words to its sequel. I really should have had the book out well before NaNo, so it’s my own fault I’m running into this issue of having to choose between the two projects. I remain confident in my ability to catch up. I’ll only feel good about it once The Blood Contract has gone gold.

I’d also like to thank everyone who took advantage of the free giveaway for The Four-Year-Old Guardian last week. While I didn’t push out hundreds of copies like I wished, I was happy with the results. Hopefully you’re reading the book and not this blog post.

S.L. Madden

Excuses, Excuses

Three days into NaBloPoMo and I technically dropped the ball. It’s after midnight here, which means I missed an entry on the third. I’ll write another post tomorrow and keep it going even though I’m not sure if it’s a violation of the rules or not.

In writing news, I managed to fix my computer. Why then is my word count still frozen at 1410? It’s because I love you, my loyal readers. I decided to devote what little time I had to write toward finishing up The Blood Contract. After all, I don’t want to put it off until December. As of now I’m on chapter 20 of 37. Shouldn’t be much longer now.

In fact, I probably could have finished it today if not for my stiff neck. I’ve been sleeping wrong the last few nights, resulting in me waking up with pain shooting down my leg or up my back. As much as I wanted to get some writing done, I found it difficult to sit for too long.

I know…excuses, excuses.

Thanks for reading,

S.L. Madden