Saturday Updates

I guess updates are a Saturday kind of thing for me. So let’s get this thing a rollin’, shall we?

Today, I have posted chapter 3 of Waking Dream on Wattpad. Eventually I will get the tags done right and try to start drawing in readers. But let me summarize the kind if book it is below.

Waking Dream is a fantasy adventure novel, with a strong reliance on personal introspection and character growth, as well as some metaphysical themes that draws into question about reality as a whole.

The main character is David, who lived in our world. As he waits to see his longtime love for a date, he suddenly feels weak, and falls. Instead of Falling to the ground, he is pulled through the void to wake in a world completely different from our own. A world of magic and mystery. He feels that he is pushed to some unmentioned destiny, as angels, demons and other metaphysical beings try to return him to his true home.

How he survives, and where he goes, is all on learning to control his powers and his reality as a whole.

You can find the Wattpad version here.

Novel News:

Waking Dream has finally surpassed the 25k words mark! Current word count is at 25,095! I feel that I’m only about a quarter of the way through the books story, so I have quite a ways to go.

I have two current covers designated for the book, but those will be changed over time as the book progresses, or until I get an awesome artist to render me a strong cover. The cover designs are below.

Yes, the second version was literally made completely by yours truly. I don’t use art programs as much as I used to so it’s not perfect, but I will eventually get the design down and done right.

You can read the teaser chapter I released almost two weeks ago here for a better perspective about the deeper themes available in the book. And as always, I would love to hear what you guys think!

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Social Media: Why it’s a Pain

Social media really is a pain.

It’s not that it’s hard, honestly. Take a look at any form of social media you use and there are plenty of ways to take advantage of them. But it’s really the number of social media outlets there are that really starts to take it to the next level.

The one that’s the easiest to use is facebook. By ease I mean almost everyone uses it. I use a Facebook page dedicated to just my being an author alone, and my separate, private one. (You can view that here.) Then there is twitter. That’s the one that begins the need of “hashtags” and using them correctly is a learning curve that I have yet to beat. Of course, I’m really late in the game on those kinds of social media outlets so im far overshadowed by other authors long before anyone can get to mine, heh.

Then there is the newer age ones, like Tumblr, Pinterest, just to name a few. Then it starts becoming nearly a full time job just to keep up with them all on top of my full time job! WordPress and the community here is simple enough, and I do enjoy the atmosphere but to further reach the kind of audience I want to, I may have to change things up a bit.

Due to my novel taking all writing priority for most of the time, I have lost a bit of favor towards Social Media. As such, I am dropping two social links for the time being. My Twitter and Tumblr accounts will not be monitored for the time being until such time that I can focus more on them. Facebook will remain my secondary media outlet while I continue with WordPress as my main.

Hope this doesn’t affect any of you guys too much. Have a wonderful and productive day!

Writer’s Block or Over Worked?

Bound to be one of the two above.

I do apologize for not keeping up with my usual posting schedule. I normally dont have much issues with small writings, like for the A to Z challenge I took on for the month. But for some reason, the past few days really knocked me for a loop.

Will catch up posts in the next two days and get back on track for the challenges and my usual content as soon as possible. Hope everyone is doing well!

Richard P.

75 Follows Can Soon Be 100?

Today I want to talk about progress.

Progress in novel writing isnt going too well. Me, the wife and both boys have been sick over the past week and even before that my other full time commitment has been brutal. I hopefully can start working that out soon.

Now, about this A to Z challenge. One of my posts broke my current record for most liked. From 16 to over 20 now. Hurray. Hoping the rest of the month’s challenge works out just as well.

My other current challenge, the 100 days of Writing, is still being worked on. But most of it has been written longhand and typing it up for WordPress has been a bit of a pain since then. Sorry about that.

I will also try to return to both my regular short story posts and my Barstool Conversation style within the next week, as well as a couple others.

Finally hit 75 followers today! Now my goal is to get to 100. Might do a contest after that, but haven’t decided yet.

I hope everyone else is having an equally productive month! See you all back here tomorrow.

Richard P.

Writing Styles

So I’ve started a bit of a experiment in testing a different writing style. And wow, just wow.

And it’s not “Wow, look at all those likes! Everyone must be loving it!”, more like “so many likes, but very few views. Wow.”

So does the style of writing I use actually mean anything? With the two latest posts, Barstool Conversations 1 and 2, I have it set to show an excerpt which only says Barstool Conversations. One view on the most recent one means one person actually read the piece. The other one had five views, out of 15 likes (second most liked post I have ever had!)

All in all, I am thankful for the likes, and more appreciative of the actual views I get. Comments are 0 for both, which is the most disheartening thing about it all. Yeah, I’m not out to rule the world but I do still like to hear what people think about the pieces.

I have one more Barstool Conversations post coming in tomorrow, but if it gets similar results I may be returning to my usual writing style instead of doing multiple. I don’t know yet. Let’s see how this goes.

Hope everyone is having a great day, and see you all tomorrow with fresh posts AND the first post of a challenge I just picked up. Hurray for me.

Desire: Writing for Publishing

I’m sure that some of you to notice that I haven’t been posting much here lately. There is multitudes of reasons for this, sadly, but there are also some others that I do wish to share at this time.

I have a novel in the works. It’s in early drafting phase, which is some good while before it will be completed. It is temptatively titled: Waking Dream.

But I also wish to start working on a short story series under the “Encounters” world that I have created while working on this blog, and previous iterations of it I should say.

Though the original material will be lost for all time, I do know what the stories were and will be a blast to recreate and build up from. I’m going to be setting a goal for my first Encounters story to be published by December, earlier if I can get it completed, edited, and all that fun stuff before the December deadline.

Here’s to goals, and hope everyone is reaching theirs!!!

Richard Piland, Author to Be.

P.S.

Just to inform, but I have also updated my Facebook page from it’s old name, “Darkened Oceans” to one more fit. I’ll also be changing the name, web address, and general feel of my blog here to further fit that end. So be sure to stop by often and let me know how it goes, as any comments and feedback are appreciated.

Switching Roles

Switching Roles;
The reason to write as a different gender

Okay, so I’ve started a new piece designed to go towards a new pile I’m starting, called the “To Be Published Pile”. Basically, instead of just writing for blog posts, to start venturing into the world of publishing, either self or otherwise.

Interestingly, the point of view is different from most of my work to date. I usually write from a male first person narrative or from a third person point of view. But due to a certain story I intend to write in the future, I needed to learn a different perspective. One that I have yet to toy with.

That is, I have never written from a female point of view, at all. It is completely new to me. When I started writing the new piece it was easy because I had started it like any other, placing myself in the situation rather than placing a character. But upon further consideration I came to the conclusion that the story would be better with a female lead rather than a male lead.

Writing as a whole is still new but I wanted to see what other people have to say on writing for different genders. Any tips I should know or kernels of wisdom to share? My comments section is always open, just drop me a line there.

In other news, I have changed themes for the month of February. I feel better with the lighter tones than the dark ones from the one I originally chose, which was Cyanotype. Plus, I also updated the two sidebars and am working on the about me/contact pages and any other pages or links I may need to add in the menu. The theme also works well for mobile and tablets, though the Facebook widget doesn’t show on the menu. Works for me, though will be tweaking it as the month rolls on.

I have also decided to cancel further use of the Virtual Coffee Shop weekly update posts until further notice. I like the idea and hope to resume them in a month or so, but I have a few things in mind to hopefully have done before I get to that point.

Hope everyone has a great week!