The Maddening 12/22


I’d like to open this post by saying I’ve come to a realization these past few weeks: I get a lot more views when I actually update my blog.  It’s shocking news, I know, and if I had more time, I would dedicate some resources toward researching it further.  As it is, I feel pretty comfortable stating the more often I post, the more views I get.

Huh.

I’m hoping to start a tradition of updating my status on a weekly basis.  That way, it forces me to blog at least once a week, even when I’m buried in rough drafts and edits.  I think January is going to be a busy month, and I don’t want my blogging to get lost in the shuffle.

So, here’s what I’ve been up to the last week.  I present…The Maddening!

Books:

Only Human on the Block – At the time of this writing, I am 73% done with the rough draft for Together Alone.  It’s been going a little slower than planned, mostly because I’ve only been working on it during my lunch break.  I think I might take it home with me and try to get some work done this week.  I’d like to get the rough draft finished by the end of the month, which I don’t think is an unreasonable goal.  I’m estimating the finished book will be about 85K words.

Right now, The Four-Year-Old Guardian is available on Smashwords for $.99 by using the coupon code 5F69B and Bravado/Dramatique is also $.99 by using coupon code UL73V.

Unseen Things – We’re currently 67% through reading the rough draft for the second book, The Shadow Within, in group.  I think it’s going pretty well, but I also know there are some rough parts coming up, some chapters I’ll definitely need to put some polish on.  That being said, the second book came together much better than the third, whose identity is still very much up in the air.  I think I’ve come to the decision to split book three into two parts, but I haven’t decided if I want to make them completely different books or label them World of Shadows I and World of Shadows II.  I am pretty sure I don’t want to put it out as one big 120K book.  At least not digitally.  The more eBooks I read, the more I appreciate a shorter book.  And the fact the first two books aren’t terribly long would make the third seem like a bit much.

The Shadow Walker is $.99 at Smashwords right now, courtesy of coupon code  RV56Y.

Ascension – I have ideas for a few sequels, but I haven’t done any work on them and probably won’t until I’ve had a chance to finish up my current series and work on some other books I’ve been kicking around.  Still, a co-worker’s been reading it and telling people it’s “…good and weird and it makes you think” so yeah…there’s that.

Use code DT27K to snatch up Ascension for $2.99 (40%).
Games:

I’ve been playing [PROTOTYPE] in the mornings, so you can blame that on some of my slow progress lately.  It’s been a lot of fun, though, and has proven quite cathartic.  I’m reaching the end soon and I’m trying to decide what next to focus on.

I also tried out Rocksmith this last week.  One of the first things they have you do is tune the guitar and I ended up busting a string.  It wouldn’t let me go further without tuning, so I had to play the appropriate notes on the strings I already had in tune (fortunately, I know the guitar well enough to do that).  The game starts you out slow…really slow.  I played (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction from the Rolling Stones and scored 90% accuracy, even though I only had to play one note in seventeen (I’m guessing, but I don’t think that’s far off).  Then I played a fret game where you had to hit a note on the appropriate fret to shoot down a duck.  The first time I played I scored a measly 215 points.  The second time I scored over 14K.  So I’d say I improved a bit in the small amount of time I got to play.

I picked up Deadmund’s Quest Move Bundle, which includes the game, a copy of Sports Champions, a PlayStation Eye, and a Move Controller for an obscenely low price.  I haven’t had a chance to play it yet (by the time I charged up the controller, my time to play was up), but I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Music:

I bought an adapter to my external hard drive this past week, giving me access to numerous photos and videos I haven’t seen for some time.  Also on there was my entire MP3 collection from days past.  Needless to say, my MP3 player is bursting at the seams from bands I hadn’t heard for a while, from The Tea Party to Stabbing Westward and I’ve been reveling in the memories.  I also picked up Born To Die by Lana Del Rey and Lungs and Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine, which I’ve been totally digging.  We even downloaded a few tracks for Singstar, so I could be reminded how horrible a singer I am.

Well, that’s a brief snapshot of my sad, sad week.  I’ll try to do a better job of updating this blog, though I doubt I’ll be able to reclaim my glory days of NaBloPoMo.  In the event I don’t get around to writing more before the holidays, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas or the happiest of holidays you celebrate.

Thanks for reading.

S.L. Madden

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