Solaris Mortem is available now on Amazon for pre-order. Thank you, beta readers for your input! It's been invaluable, and your final copies are on their way very soon.
You can pre-order you copy of Solaris Mortem:The New Patriots HERE.
Book One of the planned trilogy, Solaris Mortem, is nearly ready. ARC copies are going out next week. Contact me if you'd like to be an ARC reader.
Six weeks ago, this draft sat at 25,000 words, just as it had for the last two years. What happened? A lot, I guess.
I let go of some anchors that had been holding me back. Not physical anchors, but the bad kind: emotional. It's all too easy to find excuses not to write and I latched on to them—tight. No longer.
I made writing a priority, no matter what. I set my goal low: 500 words per day of fiction with the goal of working up to a 1000 per day. I started low to avoid failure, with the requirement that it be done everyday, no matter what. I’m at 700 words per day presently, and it takes an hour or less most days. It's not breakneck speed or an incredible word count everyday, but it is steady progress. I'm grateful for that.
We moved back to town from our off-grid paradise. That part is bittersweet, but let me tell you, living off-grid and working full-time, leaves you with no time. A writing habit requires your time. There’s no two ways about it. You either make it a priority, or you don’t. Results may vary.
And lastly, some of the credit goes to Ulysses writing software. I finally found the right one for me. I've written by hand, on typewriters, dedicated word processors, Scrivener, Word, and Storyist. They're all good. They all have their strengths, but Ulysses is the one that was written just for me. No frills but entirely powerful. Finally, I am home.
Check it out. You’ll probably love it.
But most importantly, write everyday. No matter what.
Emmettville is FREE, February 24th through the 28th. Grab a copy while the gettin's good and tell a friend. mybook.to/emmettville.
So, I recently finished reading, Dictate Your Book, by Monica Leonelle and it's got me doing some experimenting. I'll tell you what: I can speak a whole hell of a lot faster than I can type. I'm using Dragon Dictate and a Logitech wireless headset for some really impressive results.
I didn't really think I'd care for it, but when I see words hitting the page 3 to 4 times faster than typing ... let's just say, I've been converted.
It takes a little getting used to, speaking your punctuation and returns, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it. My only concern now is that I'll start inserting punctuation when I'm talking to someone. So far, so good, though.
This template is based on the book, Anatomy Of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, by John Truby.
I start with the 22 steps and expand outward from there, adding in all the scenes between.
It's interesting to me just how long Scrivener has been working on an iOS version. It's also incredibly disappointing. I've never seen so many broken promises—well, unless you count political promises, of course. Now, I love Scrivener, I do, but my workflow demands an iOS version. Yes, you can sync with an external folder if you're on a Mac so you can have your mobile writing. There are some apps that sorta work for that. Well, guess what? I hate that shit. What's a guy to do?
Rusty Henrichsen is an Eastern Washington based thriller writer. Emmettville is his debut novel and he is the author of numerous, twisted short stories. Look for his second novel in the summer of 2016.