Retribution is Mine is being worked on which means going through papers to see where I left off, and remembering what I have so far. I forgot some of the plans, and now I’m happy to say I remember them. Looking over the old stuff too like this scene:
This is one of the old scenes from Retribution is Mine: “That is all for today.” I tell Aria Stevens a member of the Agency who recently got chosen. Only day 1 but she has gotten off to a good start. I run a hand through my hair as the sweat runs into my eyes. Training always makes me sweat I am in the training room of The Killer Contract Agency, and I’m going to start classes with the students at Southbend. It will be annoying going to school all over again. At least college girls are more mature than high school ones.
“We found her.” My eyes widen. Could it be her after all these years? The girl of my dreams, and the one promised to me? Of course she is a human though, but she is like no other. One put through the challenges of life to see the way she builds herself up.
“Surrey in Canama county. It is the one we have been looking for, and the bad thing is her energy signature is messed up.” says Rickfield Harris the one responsible for finding charges.
Oh no and I had a feeling that would happen too. I sat in a chair in a grey room with the screen and control room used to pick out killer contract Agency operatives. I was looking for the human called a FireRager. My mate too since I’m destined to be with one, but the bad thing is they have genes that when used with the powers can turn them into assassins or make them insane. Messed up energy signatures are bad because it signals so much abuse that if not treated well the person can be driven to commit suicide.
“Scarlet Nightshade a graduate from Surrey Slip high, and another piece of good news? She is going to attend South Bend University this fall.”
I cannot wait to finally meet the girl so we will live happily ever after.
Some of the scenes are way different, and Dante used to be Anubis, and it also introduces Phoenix which is Dante’s brother who used to be called Aquarius. Going through the notes I also see old school ones since I wrote them during class, or during the boring times of my last job. Not too much downtime in my new one, but on days off I can play in the story world in between trying to find a full-time writing job close to my major. In the meantime reading all I can to succeed in writing, and playing games. It’s a waiting game when it comes to certain things like waiting for feedback from one more beta reader, and then I will look over it. Then when it’s ready to send it to Liz, and then time to come up with ideas for the cover. Retribution is mine takes place where book 1 took off, and it tells the story of how Scarlet became a vampire, and how she met Dante and works for The Killer Contract Agency.
Also, The Killer Contract Agency will be published in other places after July 15th. Its time in select has run out, and it doesn’t do me any good to continue in it.
I started my Youtube channel in 2012, and my first video was me recording my guinea pig eating at the time. I didn’t post an intro video till 2014, and that is when I’ve been more active on Youtube. I didn’t come up with a consistent schedule either. And to this day I have 56 subscribers not that much. And lately I’ve been doing so much research that I want to film more videos, and become successful with it since I love gaming I created a gaming channel. I made a Youtube banner, and even created a logo with the logo making software. So far I’ve filmed 68 videos about my books, author stuff, and I was even in the Giant Authortube Collab last summer! I first started out with my HP laptop, and used the webcam built in. I used the program Youcam to film videos, and adjusted everything. I upgraded to a Logitech Webcam, and I still use Youcam to record. I put all the footage in Cyberlink Powerdirector, and then upload it to Youtube once it’s an MP4 video. I even got a gaming headset for my gaming channel videos, and got the program Bandicam to record gameplay. Of course, if you have Steam and use a controller it allows you to record gameplay by just hitting the middle button on the controller.
My Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2LUoqPcFHmkV3pQFVFFDQ
I will add more videos to both channels, and upload more regularly. I am planning on talking about the journey to publication and the self-publishing process on my author channel as well as doing videos on my favorite books. I also plan on filming more hidden object game walkthroughs for my gaming channel.
The Killer Contract Agency is republished, and I’m almost done with the rough draft on AngelWitch.
I’ll keep you updated on everything since school is over. I might even talk about my college experience too on my authortube channel.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make the goal of getting to 50,000 words by the end of the month. It’s okay though since I was more distracted with school coming to an end and the release of my novel. There is a book blitz going on which is awesome since I’ve never had one before. I’m also on my last week of school which is awesome since it means I get 5 or 6 weeks off of school which means Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays will be free days. It’s going to be exciting since I can film more videos and make my #Booktube channel take off more. I’ve been bad with that and writing since I really need to do well in school. Once it’s over however it gives me a ton of free time to write. I’m on a roll with #AngelWitch and going to write a story with Midnight Starr which will talk about how she goes to a family reunion and then tries to bust Viper he evil ex-fiancee. It’s her then fiancée and it’s how it unravels and leads to her auditioning for Fur and Fang of Love. I really missed playing in my worlds. It kind of sucks when you let everything distract you from something you love doing. I love to write and I can’t imagine a better career for me. I plan on writing and publishing more too especially when I have more time. I plan on making a video about my book as soon as I get a copy so look for that, and there will be more #Booktube videos as I decide what tags to do and organize my books to do them. I’m definitely going to work on my room over break to organize my books to do videos on my favorite ones. It’s time for me to get my butt in gear when it comes to certain things. I hope I can do it, and that’s all for now.
I have told Twitter and Facebook about this, and now I get to blog about it. I signed my first ever publishing contract with Write More Publications for #TheKillerContractAgency. It’s been a wold ride with that book since I pulled it off Amazon in 2011. I redid the whole thing, and I made it first person instead of third. I did fewer victims to make it a better story. I made them aliens instead of humans to give them a super hero vibe instead of a killing people for fun one. It’s been a crazy journey. I gave it to Liz McKeown to edit it so I can republish it, and when she finished editing it she recommended me to Theresa Oliver who is the owner of Write More Publications. She loved the story so much, and praised it to her. I sent her an email after that, and because of how hard I worked on the story it got the notice of a publisher. It means they are taking most of the work off my shoulders, and after doing it for so long I read over the contract which is better then a traditional deal. I jumped at it, and now time for the cover art, formatting, and I’ll let you know when the release date is. This will be my first time working with one, and it’s exciting too. I will also be blogging a few books because of the format, and the style. I write for the story and the characters mainly. I hope to do this full time since I love writing and reading. I never gave up on the story, and that’s they key to this writing business. It’s a good feeling that my hard work paid off. It makes writing worth while, and it will be in paperback which is awesome because it’s my first one.
That is all for now.
Until next time,
After a few years of writing and rewriting it’s finally done for good. I’ve been finished for a while, and then I’ll have news about when the release date is. I don’t have news yet, but I’ll let you know when I do. As for the stories I’m working on well let me give you an update.
#Scarlet’s Beginning: I’ve finished writing it, and all I need to do is revise, edit, and give it to beta readers.
#Retributionismine: Written it halfway through, and I need to write the other half of it too. I’ve outlined it to death though so it should hopefully be easy to write the rest after I’ve typed up what I have and used the notes.
#Redemptionismine: Needs to be written but I know where I’m going and it’s outlined as well.
#AngelWitch: Halfway through written and I know where I’m going with it since I’ve written the outlines for it. I do this a lot.
VCU starts next month so it’ll be good to get back to it. I missed it since all I do is work and write. I enjoy it but there is only so much you can do before boredom sets in and you are used to the craziness. It’s all a waiting game sometimes since you have to wait for the things you want. Also in other news I’ve been doing good relationship wise since I’ve finally found someone who is way compatible with me more then the last two. No relationships are the same, and they are all different. I think that’s a good thing, and finding someone you can be happy with is the key to a lasting one too. It’s about having someone there through the good and bad times. Not everything is going to go good at all. It’s about being best friends as well as lovers. I hope it works out this time around because I’m happy with him too.
I finally finished The Killer Contract Agency rewrites, and now all I’m waiting for is to have en editor look at it, get the cover, and republish. It’s been a long journey with this book, and with it done I can finally work on other projects. I am typing up the first Scarlet book in the meantime, and I’ve written the second half and I’ll finish it so I can edit them both together and work on the third after the first and second are published. I know I’ve been promising those books for years. Life has gotten in the way more then once, and I find it hard to concentrate on writing with VCU and working part time at the same time. I need to take it more seriously. I want to quit retail part time so I can write full time instead I’ll need to be more on the ball with it. I can’t sit there, and not write and publish the stories I want people to read. Hence why I have enough stories to write full time, and make my dream of it come true. I’m hopeful about it because it’s something I really want to do for the rest of my life. I’ll write a blog post about the story when it comes out, and put the links there too.
Until next time,
I have had a Youtube channel for a while, but I just didn’t really do anything with it except put up animal videos or the occasional author one. I recently learned about Booktube which is a community on Youtube about reading books. I’ve been watching videos for a while now, and I want to make my channel all about my ebooks, writing, and reviewing fiction and non-fiction ebooks and books. I’ll even throw in a series that’ll let me rant about retail too while I’m at it. My last exam is May 6th. After that besides writing I’ll have time to focus on the things I want to do. It’ll help me get over my fear of putting myself out there, and I’ll be more comfortable in front of a camera. I can film a video about my writing process and the fiction and non fiction books I can read over and over again. I can film videos talking about my ebooks and even reading them out loud so they can get a taste of my work. I can talk about how they are created too. I can make a series making fun of retail, how stupid it can be at times, and the things I hate that customers do. It’s not all bad but I feel like a lot of people can relate to it. I will be blogging more during the summer even doing story updates. I even have the option to film a typical writing day. There are tons of possibilities with my channel and I can’t wait to begin filming more videos to make this channel as successful as I can. I’m still waiting on a reader, but at this point I might have to go ahead and rewrite The Killer Contract Agency again. I’ve even made a back story for Carter who is the head of it after he defeats Adam. All I have is four more scenes to write then I’ll have a rough draft done of Being an Empathic Witch in Retail Spells Trouble.
It has been a while since I blogged, and so much has happened in my life that writing took a back seat. I ended another relationship because it wasn’t working out for me at all. I was torn up about it at first, but I’m better since it was getting in the way of everything. I wasn’t writing, and when my grades started falling because of it since the stress was getting to me I had to let go. It was hard but it taught me what I really need in a relationship. Break ups teach you what you don’t want in a partner, and it can be helpful for story writing too. That is definitely one for the books. I mean really the whole summer was crazy enough as it is since one of the exes was trying to cause drama in my life since he wouldn’t let go. It’s sad really because things were going good till I realized how wrong they were for me. You never really get over it though, and it will get better as time goes on. I have been writing scenes and notes on the stories though even if I didn’t get any good work done. Everything I need it together, and I’m not changing my availability for it either. I’ll have more time to work on my stories during the summer, and I did get my first royalty check in September. I’ll be working on it more and the first ebook I am going to publish is The Killer Contract Agency. I will also try to get out another poem ebook and turn it into a paperback so it’s all a matter of time. Classes could be better, but I have time to make it up.
Novel writing is not easy by any means, and with self-publishing just about anyone can become a writer. Works can be published without any effort which isn’t good for people who actually can write a novel. It’s hard to write since it mainly requires butt to chair action, and sometimes more brain power then you have the energy for especially if you go to school, or work a day job. Good work takes time and even other people to look over it. That is another story though, and I will write a post about the entire process and how I write them. In the meantime here is how not to write a novel. Or maybe it should read doing everything but writing a novel!
Check email: You never know if a very important email from an editor or beta reader has come in. Just check every 5 seconds and keep hitting the refresh key constantly.
Check Twitter and updates status to: Writing a novel but in the mean time researching shirtless models for the next cover.
Eat after all you’re brain cannot work without something powering it.
Yell at your smartphone since a wrong number has called for the 1,000 time for someone who has a claim on them. It’s a recording too bad they cannot hear you…
Watch time tick by every minute while you’re waiting for calls from family or friends.
Check blogs after all how the hell do other writers write novels when you can’t even sit for an hour….
Get another cup of coffee, wine, whisky, liquor, vodka, or energy drink to get the blood flowing or to relax you need it after trying to focus on a sentence for an hour.
Hit head against the wall to loosen the ideas from your brain.
Shower maybe it will help you figure out this next sentence…
Check Facebook yet again to see what fun things your friends are up to, and things to use in stories…
Stare at the computer screen until inspiration strikes…
Smoke a cigarette if you do as a way of taking a break.
Walk the dog maybe the neighborhood can give you more ideas…
While walking the dog you spot a house, and spend the rest of the time wondering if they keep bodies in the basement.
Get one of the emails you’ve been waiting for and dance around when it says not bad just needs work. Yay! You’re not a failure.
Delete old files off your phone, PC, and tablet since it is a new semester and year after all.
Watch Youtube lets plays because video games are awesome, and who knows another story idea might pop up at any minute…
Okay, there are a lot of ways to procrastinate and not work on writing your novel. In the end the writers who stop procrastinating, and are determined to finish the novel of their dreams will learn how rewarding it is to finish something despite all the distractions stopping them.
Ever since I started the blog I loved talking about the writing process or updating my progress on my novels to the world to document the whole journey from published to self-published and eventually traditionally published. I have guest posted on other blogs, and I really love talking to other writers too over email. I am now accepting guest posts, and authors or writers who want to send me one, or have me guest on theirs about the writing process can send me an email at jdsamuels25(at)yahoo(dot)com. I love hosting authors who are promoting their books for blog tours, so if you want to use my blog to promote your book that is fine too. I just want to be more involved in the community more than I am now. Being a writer and connecting with others is something I love doing, and I will be looking forward to hearing from you if you are an author or writer who wants to guest post, or want me to let you promote your books.