August 29, 2019

Your Update: Mad World – Chapter Twenty-Eight.

I’m going to keep this short and brief (as much as I ever can) because it’s past 9 PM here and I almost forgot to schedule this post for tomorrow morning. I’m three days into staff development week and loving every minute of my new job. It’s trippy being at my old high school, seeing how much has changed. The hallways still mostly look the same, and one of my old English teachers is still in the same room she was when I was a sophomore in 2000. I’ve passed her room a few times and literally had a moment of thinking, damn it, I’m late for Brandt again!

But this week is not only my first at the new job, it’s also the week my parents are closing on their new house and if I want my house to myself, I need to help them pack and move this weekend. So my four day weekend before classes start isn’t going to be a lot of relaxation, heh.

I haven’t been able to write this week yet — it’s been a struggle getting things set up, getting into some sort of routine, figuring out what my energy level is once I’m home. I’m still not quite in the groove yet – I honestly won’t know until the end of next week when I’ve got things sorted out and I’ve been through a few regular school days. I still don’t anticipate  insane issues with my October 20 deadline for FMT.  Even if I only write half a chapter every day, I might push the first draft out to November 3. But there are going to be days when I write full chapters. If I’m no further along by September 10, I’ll revise accordingly.  I set that production schedule before I got hired for this long-term gig and ended up having to work this week.

Just a reminder that Patreon tiers were revised — the ebook for Mad World, Book 2 will be released on Sunday, September 1 on the Crimson Adored tier if you’re interested.

August 26, 2019

Your Update: Mad World – Chapter Twenty-Seven. Please note that the final scene in this chapter has a trigger warning attached as Elizabeth deals with her rape. The whole story has a content warning, but I’m labeling specific chapters where I go into more details than some readers might be able to handle.

I’m looking forward to this week’s content — the scene in question for Chapter 27 was actually written two years ago, during the first draft of Mad World before I turned into a trilogy. I’m glad I finally get to release it.

As most of you read this, I’ll be in the middle of my first day at my new long-term substitute position. I’m pretty excited to start — this week is all staff development, and I’m looking forward to seeing my classroom, the curriculum, and getting settled before classes start next Tuesday.

Writing wise, I managed to finish three chapters of Fool Me Twice last week. I had hoped to write through Chapter Five, but I only got through Chapter Three. That’s not a big deal honestly — the first week or two of any project takes some time to get going. Every story has its own voice and momentum, and something like FMT is probably going to need some time to settle in. Since I came back to writing in 2014, I haven’t written anything for GH set later than 2006 other than Damaged which doesn’t really count in my eyes since I changed so much. I’m getting a handle on the voices of Liz and Jason after all this time has passed, and doing the work GH refused to do — figuring out exactly who Drew and Sam are.

I also launched the new tiers for Patreon and revised the benefits there. There’s a few more things in the works, but most of the benefits are what I suggested earlier this month. The support levels range from $1-10 and there are a few different rewards at every level. This support has allowed me to keep the lights on at Crimson Glass and I’m hoping to expand into creating more promotional materials for my stories. I liked the promo I made The Best Thing back in the day, and I know there’s video editing software out there I can use to make similar ones.

August 22, 2019

Your Update: Mad World – Chapter Twenty-Six.

Going to try to keep the babble short today because I’m not feeling well but a few things happened this week. One, I started the first draft of Fool Me Twice. I’ve written two chapters, but I haven’t been able to write the last two days because I got sick again. Almost as sick as I was in July when I basically died for five days. I went to the doctor this time, and I already feel better. However,  I hadn’t planned to lose so much time and I already can’t write tomorrow because of an appointment, so that’s three days lost.

I also got a full-time job at my local high school as a long-term substitute until November. This isn’t going to impact my writing schedule since I was already going to be a full-time substitute. This is actually a lot better — it’s more money, it’s my own classroom for almost three months, and I get to teach. I’m going to be happier, it’s still close to my house, and I’m more likely to get a lunch and prep period in a long gig which means I can still write at home.

I may need to push the end date for Fool Me Twice‘s first draft to October 31 rather than October 20, but I built in that extra space just in case something like this happened.

I hope you guys like this chapter. Next week’s updates are a doozy!

August 19, 2019

Your Update: Mad World – Chapter Twenty-Five.

My Babble

Next, on Saturday, I finished the last of my major revisions for Book 2 which include a brand-new chapter and a revised final chapter (converted from an epilogue. Book 2 is thirty-one chapters. The last two chapters are slightly shorter than the rest of, so I’ll be posting 49 & 50 on November 7 and keeping my original completion date.

With Book 2 finished (*happy dance*) I’m moving on to Fool Me Twice. I’m still ironing out the scene breakdowns, but I started the first draft yesterday, building on the sample chapter. Right now, it’s about 37 chapters. That might shrink by a chapter, but it’s more likely it’ll grow by a chapter or two. That’s no real worry. I’ve scheduled nine weeks to work on the first draft. That’s 4-5 chapters a week, and I can usually get a chapter done a day when I’m in the groove. Which means I have a built in 2-3 days to play with every week for illness or schedule insanity.

A lot of changes coming in my life this upcoming school year — I finished my graduate degree last May and part of the reason my writing productivity has increased is because I no longer have to shuffle reading and studying which is something you have to do even in during the summer in a rigorous program. If you don’t follow me on Twitter (#crimsonglass for writing related posts), you might not really understand how much I’ve written this summer, so let me be specific:

By May 20, I had only completed eight chapters of Book 2. By May 24, I had made it halfway through Chapter 29. I was stuck on 29 for a while — you’ll see when I post it why it was so difficult to approach, and then 30 was even harder. I got sick and then needed to buy a new computer, so I really wasn’t able to get a lot of writing done. By June 19, I had only written through Chapter 33.  In the last two months, I wrote seventeen chapters, revised all 31 chapters, and then wrote about 15k more words to add additional material to the first draft.

You guys, I wrote A LOT this summer. Even more than last summer. And I still managed to relax, take a week off here and there, and do a full revision before you guys even read the majority of the story. Book 2, when put into Microsoft Word, is 424 pages long at more than 163,000 words.

I also really paid attention to my writing process — what works for me, what makes me feel like I’m set up for success and it’s let me set the realistic deadlines that have been working so far.

Upcoming Plans

So this week, I’m looking to write Chapters 1-5 of Fool Me Twice and finish formatting the ebook for Mad World, Book 1. Patreon supporters will get Book 1’s ebook on August 24, but the rest of you guys will get Book 1 on August 31. Book 2 will be available for Crimson Adored subscribers in ebook on August 31, and then for Crimson Fan subscribers on October 31. Everyone else will get Book 2 on November 7 when I post the final chapter. I will also have an option to download both books in one file at that point.

On September 1, the new tiers will go live as described in this post with the exception of Crimson Obsessed. Right now, the reward to request a story isn’t particularly realistic. It’s important for me to get on my production schedule and adjust it accordingly. I also won’t be making Flash Fiction a priority right now. That’s something I like to do when I’m not posting or writing much, but right now — I’m doing both so it’s less fun for me to feel like I have to write flash fiction.

I’m hoping *crosses fingers* to be in a position with the next two projects to be able to post three times a week (MWF) which would be great for everyone. I could do 3 chapters now but honestly, I’d rather stretch out the posting time so you go less time between project posting.

I know this was a long post and I appreciate any one who managed to get this far!

 

August 15, 2019

Here’s your Thursday update: Mad World – Chapter Twenty Four.

August is a special month for the Liason fanbase, and following the #Liason20 hashtag at Twitter will keep you up to date on all the screencaps, videos, and memories being shared by active members. It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since that day in August when our favorite couple saw each other through different eyes — they didn’t meet on August 27 for the first time, but it’s definitely the day Jason stopped being just Emily’s brother.

I’m writing this on August 14, and it will be posted on August 15 — two landmark anniversary dates for us. The Vista Point Kiss in 2002 and of course the Night of Passion in 2006. I was spoiled for the NOP and wrote Choose Your Moment in anticipation, thinking that we weren’t going to get anything all that great. This was the one time when GH’s writing far out paced anything I could have written for Liason. Guza went above and beyond in those glorious scenes. A love letter to those of us who had waited for so long.

I’m nearly finished editing the posting draft of Mad World — I finished Chapter 40 today, and will get through four more chapters tomorrow. I was hoping to finish on Friday, but I ended up adding an extra chapter at the very end of the story which might end pushing my final date to Saturday.That’s no worry– that’s the date of completion on the Production schedule. I was just hoping for a day off, ha.

I start writing Fool Me Twice‘s alpha draft on Sunday, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m working on the chapter breakdown now as well as putting together a preliminary soundtrack. So far I’ve broken down 12 chapters — based on what I know is left, I’m thinking it might be around 30 chapters, give or take a few in either direction. It will definitely be split into two books, the second of which will be coming later in 2020 or 2021.

You can check out the soundtrack now on Spotify or YouTube if you’re interested.

August 12, 2019

Hey guys! It’s Monday, so that you means you get an update of Mad World. This is the first chapter I’ve labeled with a content warning for the final scene. You can skip that scene if you need to, or read half of it. There will be probably two or three other chapters labeled with a warning. For more details (and minor spoilers), you can check out the Content Notes page at the Mad World sub site.

In other news, thanks for the feedback on the Production Schedule and new Patreon tiers. I’m on schedule to begin the first draft of Fool Me Twice next Saturday, and I’m super excited about it. I’ve been breaking it down all week, and I’m actually looking forward to writing a story that requires a Sam POV. A lot of my recent stuff has all been set prior to her arrival in 2006, and she’s not been a major character in any of that. FMT will have four POVs characters I’ll be following, and Sam is one of them. I’m going to be trying for a sympathetic view of her, akin to the way I’ve written Courtney in A Few Words, Bittersweet, and The Best Thing.

A couple of housekeeping notes: The Currently Working status has been updated with the list of all the projects I’m scheduled to work with for the next four months as well as links to the Production Schedule and the Future Projects page. Future Projects (Coming Soon) has been reorganized alphabetically. I’m working on refining the copy.

I also created a GIF for Fool Me Twice to serve as the story’s featured image for CG.

Fool Me Twice

I’m hoping once Mad World, Books 1 & 2 have been fully formatted into an ebook, I’ll be able to go back and work on ebooks for the rest of my backlist.

Enjoy today’s chapter and I’ll see you guys back here on Thursday!

Mad World – Chapter 23

August 8, 2019

I actually have a lot of things to say, so if you’d rather skip to the update, I’ll put that at the top and you can come back.

Mad World – Chapter 22

Production Schedule

I’m implementing a new production schedule at CG — giving myself six months with each novel length project. Two months to write the first draft, a month to read it over, another month for beta reads and revisions, and then a month for any catch up, formatting and what not. Giving myself six total months builds some leeway for getting sick, getting busy, etc.  I’m actually completely capable of writing an entire first draft in a month, but most of the time my life doesn’t cooperate with me, heh. (True story: I wrote both Book 1 & Book 2 in about three weeks or so)

So what does that mean?

That means that I am currently wrapping up Book 2’s production schedule, during which a few phases are overlapping. I finished the first draft in mid-July, and only gave myself two weeks for post-production work. That wasn’t long enough. I’d rather have been done everything so I could be writing the next project while I posted. I’ve learned a lot about my process, and I think this is finally the one that’s going to work best.

Mad World: All of Me will be completed on November 7, 2019. I am tentatively scheduling Fool Me Twice for January/February 2020. Below is a preliminary production schedule for the rest of the year, including release dates for Patreon supporters (which is the second part of my announcement.

August 2019

  • August 17: Complete posting draft of Mad World, Book 2; Complete discovery draft of Fool Me Twice
  • August 18: Begin writing alpha draft of Fool Me Twice
  • August 24: Complete ebook of Mad World, Book 1 & Release to Patreon Crimson Fan Tier on 8/24; Public 8/31)
  • August 31: Complete ebook of Mad World, Book 2

September 2019

October 2019

  • October 20 : Complete alpha draft of Fool Me Twice
  • October 22: Begin discovery draft of For the Broken Girl
  • October 31: Release Mad World, Book 2 ebook to Patreon Crimson Fan Tier

November 2019

  • November 7:  Last chapter of Mad World, Book 2 posted; Public release of book of Mad World, Book 2
  • November 14: Begin writing alpha draft of For the Broken Girl
  • November 30: Complete beta draft of Fool Me Twice

December 2019

  • December 31: Complete posting draft of Fool Me twice

January 2020

  • January 1: Complete ebook of Fool Me Twice
  • January 2: Release ebook of Fool Me Twice to Patreon Crimson Adored Tier
  • January 31: Complete alpha draft of For the Broken Girl

February 2020

  • February 1: Begin discovery draft of Next Project (TBA)
  • February 3: Begin posting Fool Me Twice

If this schedule holds, I’ll probably have, at best, a month break between posting Fool Me Twice & Broken Girl. I won’t know for sure until I know how many chapters each of these stories will be. I’ve created a production page that I will keep updates and explain some of the terms above. I’d love to be able to post three chapters a week or even a chapter a day which I can do if I can decrease the time between projects.

I’m going into this detail into my writing schedule because a lot of you guys are supporting the site through Patreon and you deserve more regular content updates. I’m in a position to offer a bit more stability now for a couple of reasons.  I finished graduate school which literally took over my life between classes, papers, and reading. I have a job with regular, steady hours that is going to allow me to schedule writing time every single day. With no night job, no graduate work, there are less demands on my free time.

Plus, my parents are moving out of the house we share and I’ll be taking over the house on my own. No interruptions!

Patreon Benefits to be Revised

This site costs about $25 a month to run, with an extra $10-15/year. In addition to those costs, I’ve also invested in a few pieces of software that keeps this site going, like graphics and web design. I’d like to branch into video editing at some point to make better promotional materials for my stories. (I love how The Best Thing‘s video came together, but the program I used is outdated and buggy now). Not only that, but I’ve been able to expand my GH DVD collection which makes it a lot easier to write and plan the stories as well as create graphics for them.

I’ve done a lot of this through the support of my Patreons who I absolutely adore. I hope they’ve found the benefit as well 🙂 Starting September 1, I will be revising the tiers as follows:

Crimson Fan ($1)
– New chapters posted every Sunday while I’m publishing a story. I usually post 1-3 chapters a week depending on story length. You’ll get the entire week on Sunday, before everyone else.
– You will get all ebooks a week before everyone else on Crimson Glass. I release these ebooks for free and am working slowly on converting my entire backlist into ebook form.

 Crimson Love ($3)
– In addition to the Fan benefits, you will also get the alpha draft of every story I write, except for flash fiction. The alpha draft is basically the version that exists when I type THE END. I haven’t reread it yet  which means there are lots of typos,  missing chunks, and chronologically inconsistent.

Crimson Devoted ($5)
– In addition to Fan & Love, you get the beta draft. This is the version of the story I’ve reread and edited. New subplots and scenes might be added, the prose is cleaned up. It’s not quite the posting draft, but it’s pretty close.

Crimson Adored ($6)
– This is a special tier. You are only charged when there’s a reward to be given. It is not a monthly charge. You can be a $1 patron all year, but then do a one time charge of $6 when is becomes available.
– Based on the production schedule outlined above, you’ll see places where I’ve singled out completing ebooks after the posting draft is done. On September 1, I will put Mad World, Book 2’s ebook on this tier (and the one above it) so you can get it two months everyone else gets the end of the story.
– Going forward, you will get the ebook even sooner — I’m scheduled to finish Fool Me Twice’s ebook by January 1. As a supporter on this tier, you’ll have access 4-5 months before everyone else gets the ebooks.
– Ebooks are really great for comfort reading — you can take my novels anywhere you go. Read my stories in bed, in a bubble bath, curled on the sofa, on car rides. It’s a lot better than sitting in front of a computer screen.

Crimson Obsessed ($10)

– You get Fan, Love, Devoted, & Adored tier benefits (without having to pay extra for the ebook on Adored)
–  I will also write a story of your choice.

You can always access my Patreon page by following the Support link in the header of the site.

That was a lot, I know! Heh. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below! I’m really excited about all the changes coming this year and next!

August 5, 2019

I spent the weekend working on revisions and managed to finish up five more chapters. The first fourteen chapters required more work than the last seventeen or so just because I substantially rewrote two early subplots and added some more scenes I felt were missing. I already scheduled both chapters for this week — today’s and Thursday’s.

I know I said I’d have another sample chapter up for a second poll, but, ha, a funny thing happened. I wrote the Fool Me Twice sample and, um, I want to write it. I started working on the plot sketch and it’s looking like it might be about as long as the first two books of Mad World which means I think I might break it into two books overall.

If I break it into two, I’ll work on Broken Girl in between. That is…also a really long project that might end up as two books because of the narrative I planned. Right now, those look like the next two major projects. I won’t know what kind of schedule or release date until I dig into the draft. I still need to work out the subplots and timeline which I’m going to be doing at the same time I finish Book 2 revisions. Hoping to start writing by mid-late August.

Remember as you read Book 2 to note what characters you’re enjoying. I’ve written some bread crumbs in for Book 3 so I have lots of options. I have my Liason/Carson story, so I just need to fill out the rest of it.

Enjoy this week’s chapters and remember to reply and leave a review!

Chapter 21

August 1, 2019

Thanks for all your patience since I finished Book 1 in December. I know a lot of you have been looking forward to this release, and I’m so glad it’s coming out on time. I finished the first draft on July 12, but a ridiculously awful illness held up pretty much all of my revisions. I’m still finishing up some changes and rewrites, but the story itself is relatively done. It clocked in at about twenty-eight chapters, about 250 pages, and 145k words. It’s…long. And by the time I finish some of those revisions, I might add a chapter or two.

Thanks to Ang and Cora for the beta reads and typo searches.

The chapter numbers with Book 2 pick up where Book 1 ended, so please enjoy and respond to Chapter 20.