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Let the Fun Begin

10 Sep

Well it came and passed and was a major success. I officially did my first book signing at the 408 Fine Arts Factory in Peru, Illinois and let me just say I had fun while learning a few things for future endeavors. The biggest thing that I learned was that it doesn’t hurt to tell the audience what your book is about. In hindsight, it seems like something that should not have been over looked on my part and yet I still managed to do it. Oh well, hopefully the next time I get things right.

But now that the book signing has came and passed, it is time to focus in on getting my book out there once again. On the off chance you haven’t bought a copy yet, A Monstrous Tomorrow is available on Amazon and to the right hand side of your screen. With the sequel still being in the early stages, there is still plenty of time to get a copy and get it read.

As for the future, my next endeavor is to really grind in on marketing my book. This starts with both running ads AND trying to get more reviews. If you’re a professional reviewer and have the proper credentials, feel free to get in contact with me. I would love to be able to get a copy in your hands in order to get more information out into the ether about my book.

The other option I have is to begin running professional ads and promotions on Amazon. Starting sometime in October, my book will run at a discount for a handful of days (I haven’t decided which yet) and hopefully as you visit the site you’ll begin seeing suggestions for my book to be purchased as well.

Please also keep an eye on my author page on Amazon as well. With Halloween coming up, I will be rolling out some more short horror stories on there for people to read and preview. Hopefully that will inspire others to check out my book as well.

The only other thing I have to say is to start tuning in regularly with my blog and my social media accounts. With my favorite time of year coming up, I tend to get inspired to write a lot of my best work in the fall. As such, tiny stories may begin appearing on Facebook, Twitter, this blog, or even my Amazon page for purchase. This will be quite an exciting flurry so stay tuned!

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Update On….ME!

6 Sep

Hey everybody, so I just thought I would just do a quick post today to give an update on me, myself, and I. It will basically cover what I’ve been working on and why there haven’t been as many posts as I usually do.

So to start things off, I would like to let everyone know that if you have the time and energy, I will be doing a book signing of A Monstrous Tomorrow in Peru, Illinois. Details are listed on my Facebook page. The event will run from 1-3:30 with yours truly doing a reading from the book (which story is still being determined) along with a Q&A session after. There will be a limited quantity of books for sale and will run $10 a piece. Please bring cash or make sure to try and get your copy of the book through Amazon ASAP.

Next order of business is the sequel to A Monstrous Tomorrow, or as it its known on this blog, A Book Has No Name. As it stands, I’ve only written one chapter since the last time I gave any information on the book. As a reminder, it will be a full length novel and not a collection of short stories this time around. It will feature one of the characters from A Monstrous Tomorrow, so if you’re interested in the second book of The Forsaken World Chronicles, I highly recommend reading A Monstrous Tomorrow.

Besides the book, there are two other projects I’m working on. One is entirely under wraps but let me just say, when it’s done, everyone will fall in love with it. The other is of course, Pantheon Productions. We have backtracked a bit and began filming short creative pieces again and look forward to getting those out to the public soon. In the meantime, I am continuing to try and strive towards making our three fiction towns feel as real as possible.

I believe that is it for now. As it stands, my focus over the past two weeks was first vacation and now my book signing. After this weekend, my focus will return to solely the blog and only my writing projects.

Make sure to come back tomorrow because I can guarantee there will be a new fiction piece up for everyone to enjoy!

The Dreaded Writers Block

23 Aug

It has finally happened. After a couple steady month’s of chugging along with my writing, I have been struck with the dreaded writer’s block. Now I know what you may be thinking, “How could this happen to you?!” and quite frankly, I don’t know. Another question may be “how are you writing right now if you have writer’s block?” Well that’s another great question and one that I have a bit of an answer to.

So for starters, I think part of the reason I’ve hit a block has to do with either my sinuses or allergies acting up, I’m not sure which yet. This may come off as a lame excuse, but when you’re having difficulty breathing and a headache to go with it, it makes life a bit difficult. Not saying that I shouldn’t be able to write because of this, just saying that it probably has a bit of an effect.

I believe my main problem is the weather in general. See with writer’s block, at least how I get it, it’s more of an inability to concentrate on creating what is in my head. I know the entire story. Hell, if I wanted, I could probably list how my current manuscript and the next few will go no problem. The issue is making hit the page with the write words and eloquent delivery. I personally believe that the new development of having fall-like weather, mixed in with a flurry of other things on my mind, has led to more a distraction, making it hard to just sit down and write.

I struggled to even get myself to the chair to write/complain about my block today.

I think the other issue is that I’m at a place in my novel where I want to move on. I know for a lot of writers, they are able to bounce around. If they don’t want to write any more scenes that help develop setting and character, they can bounce to another scene, one that is more exciting, and write that before headed back to those scenes. I, sadly, am not one of those people. When I begin something, I need to go from start to finish. I know that if I don’t, those scenes just won’t get done.

So yeah, at this point, there isn’t much more to really update on the manuscript. I am sticking with Dan Harmon’s philosophy on writer’s block, which is even if you have it, you need to continue to write. So that’s what I’m doing. I cranked out a whole two pages yesterday for the antagonist of my series and the page count is now up to 35 pages. I’ve done some editing today as well, so even with a moment of not feeling the manuscript, at least something was accomplished.

That’s got to be worth something right?

A Book Has No Name: Setting

20 Aug

Hello, time for part one of my two part update on the second book in the Forsaken World Chronicles. To get things started right away, I’m currently sitting at over 10,000 words, or going onto 35 pages, while still being at the beginning of the book. If I had to take a guess, this book is going to become one monster sized novel, no pun intended.

So with this update, I thought I might share what I’ve been working. At this point, I’ve got about three characters borderline established. As stated in a previous post there is Abraham, who is the main character and is accompanied by his fabulous partner Reggie. I feel both of them have their most important qualities outlined and as the story continues to unfold, they will continue to show more of who they are. Either way, I’m happy with where they are at.

In addition, my antagonist has had a nice introduction in the beginning. I still have my reservations with starting the novel with him, but I have a feeling he is what will really draw most of my readers into the story. I’ve currently been thinking a lot about this character and I have a feeling he will soon be showing himself again in my manuscript.

But, the important thing that developed in today’s writing session was the establishment of a little bit more setting. While I do not want to give too much away, I’m happy with how things progressed and turned out. While bringing some much needed description and explanation into how the world has been functioning on a more natural level, a few folds emerged that may become integral to the plot line later on.

In a way, I also impressed myself as well with some additional backstory that was created by just trying to find creative avenues to discuss the wilderness and weather. By trying to find a natural way to have this happen, I found myself presenting information on things people may ask about. Things like what kind of music or entertainment is in your future? How is it treated? What kind of things are allowed or not allowed? Questions that I would find myself asking if I was reading my own book were essentially taken care of.

Finally, this book is supposed to be an awesome blend of science fiction dystopia, horror, and a mystery thriller. One difference I have found while doing this on the scale of a novel over a collection of short stories is that certain elements require patience. There is nothing I want to do more right now than to scare the ever living hell out of my reader with the things I have in store for them, but I know to get that pay off requires telling a proper story. With that in mind, I find myself continuing to push through the things I may not want to write, but need to, so that my finish project will be a wild adventure for my readers to enjoy.

I believe that about sums up what I’ve completed for the day. My hope is to at least have two more chapters written and edited by the end of the week.

On Writing: A Book Has No Name

13 Aug

So today marks the day I began doing work on the second book in my Forsaken World Chronicles series. So far a prologue has been written in case readers don’t want to pick up A Monstrous Tomorrow. I have also written the first chapter, which is short and sweet and introduces a character I hope will be a fantastic antagonist for this novel.

As of yet I have no name for this next book. As much as I want to give it a title or fight against the general idea that books and characters create themselves for a writer, I believe this is going to be the case. Already I have several ideas in which this book can go, despite the outline I’ve drawn up. Due to this being the case, it feels almost as if I need to let the book just kind of flow naturally and now just follow important points I want to make in the first full length novel for the series.

One thing I find myself doing, and it may force me to stop on the manuscript before going any further, is trying to remember which characters are alive or dead from A Monstrous Tomorrow. While A Monstrous Tomorrow is very much a world building sequel, I want the survivors of that book to be alive and prevalent, which forces me to go back visit those darlings once again.

With my writing process as well, I find myself finding every edit to not be enough. If I were to take a guess, this is probably the case with most writers, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not aggravating to say the least. I want things to be perfected before I move on, but it’s difficult to find that perfection when every time the manuscript is re-read, a variation of new edits becomes available that I believe fit the story better.

I think at this point I need a program that just locks away the work that has been finished so I can’t tinker with it again.

Anyway, I believe that’s all I have for an update right now. My hope is still the same that if I can get a few chapters done and polished, I may be able to read one at my book signing. This would be a big IF and I will most likely only do it if I feel comfortable with the progress of the book. My hope is by continuously blogging about it, I can find some kind of push to get several chapters done in which I will be happy with and can share on this page. Until then, that is all.

Have a great day and good luck with this Monday! I know I’m struggling through it.

Weekly Update!

4 Aug

Hey everyone! Just thought I’d do a quick, non-creative blog post today to just generally talk about some things. So yeah, I’m just going to get right down to it.

First off, I just want to say thank you to everyone that has bought a copy of my book, A Monstrous Tomorrow, I’m grateful beyond comprehension, beyond words, beyond anything imaginable. You get the idea. So simply put, thank you.

If you haven’t heard as well, I will be doing a book signing in Peru, Illinois on September 8th. If you’re interested in the details, they can be on found  by clicking here. I’m also considering adding other places and dates, so if you know somewhere that would like to bring me in or would like to see me in your area, comment and let me know!

As always, once you finish reading the book, make sure to head back to Amazon and leave a review. Don’t worry, I will not be upset if it’s a bad review either. Any kind of commentary on it will help further my development as a writer. If you don’t wish to leave a review on Amazon, you can also help out by reviewing or rating on Goodreads as well. It’s easy to set up an account on there and if you’re a book lover, it’s well worth having.

Finally, I know I have people reading this blog from various media outlets. So I figured what I would do here is just share the various social media outlets I have and extend an invitation out to everyone to begin following them and explain generally what I use them for.

So obviously I do have this blog and for anyone that reads it off of other social media platforms and enjoys the content, I invite you to follow this page. By doing so, you’ll receive an email every time a new post is made, that way you never have to miss out!

Next I have my Facebook page that is simply Ty Noel. This is what I consider my official business page at the moment. It is here where all my official business as an author can be found.

I also have a twitter account with the handle TyNoel. It is here where I tend to discuss writing, my passion for the Bears, and just other things I find funny. I can also be found on instagram at TyNoel91 and I will be honest, that mainly has pictures of anything that is around me at the time or of my dog. He’s pretty cute and pretty much the only reason to follow my Instagram. I have also set up a ko-fi account as well, where donations can be made to help with basic things like paying for advertisement or getting new equipment.

Well I believe that about does it for this post. Thank you for reading, thank you for being supportive, and of course, enjoy the weekend!

P.S. my book is FREE if you have Amazon Prime, which if you do, there’s no reason you haven’t read it yet! So get out there and read that copy today!

 

News, News, News

25 Jul

Hello everybody!

So I apologize now, but this post does not have any new creative work in it today. As much as I’ve enjoyed writing for everyone, I felt there were several things that needed to be shared and it was a bit much to try and share it all as a single post on any social media platform. With that being said, lets get into it.

So first things first, if you still haven’t checked out my book on Kindle yet, you can purchase it here. If you have purchased it, whether you loved or hated it, please leave a review on Amazon’s page for me. The more people that review it, the higher the chances Amazon will advertise it frequently.  I also understand there is a minor grammatical error in the dedication and a formatting issue in the first story. Do not worry, as soon as the paperback is released, I will be making the appropriate changes to the ebook.

With that being said, in regards to the book, I will hopefully have the paperback ready by the end of the week, if not the beginning of the next. With this being my first book and adventure into publishing, I had decided to try and forego hiring anyone to do the formatting. Although it has gone great so far, Amazon is quite tricky with their requirements but hopefully we can meet all of them soon so that everyone can have a physical copy in their hands.

Once my book is ready on both of these platforms I plan on looking into getting my book set for audiobook as well. It is a platform I feel is important to use not just so people have an easier time reading my book, but so that it is available to anyone that may not be capable of physically reading it as well.

Finally, in book related news, I am happy to report that I have begun outlining a follow up to this collection of short stories. While A Monstrous Tomorrow is a collection of short stories, this next book will be a complete novel. As of right now the only details I can confidently share is that the book will take place in the fictional town of Galena Park and will follow the character at the end of A Monstrous Tomorrow.

In blog related news, after a nice discount supplied by WordPress, I was able to get the rights to my blog. If you wish to search for it without using Facebook or Twitter, simply type in tynoelonline.com where you can now find all of my posts. I also have an author page as well on Amazon that you can visit and follow here.

Finally, here is what to expect from my blog as I continue forward. The next two weeks will hopefully be filled with nothing but creative works. While the rest of this week will be random pieces, next week will have four flash pieces that will interconnect in a fun way and will be something that needs to be tuned in to each day. After next week I will be releasing my Patreon page for readers. On this page readers will have a chance to donate money and make requests on what they’d like me to write. A story about dragons? Sure! How about a romp into a romantic story? Done! Maybe you just want to see how my process works? You got it. By doing this, I hope that we can help each other out. On the one hand, it will help supply me with a bit of income from my writing, and in return, you can have a personalized story written.

Thats all I have for now! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!

Update: Where Have I Been?

9 Jul

Hello all!

Let me first start off by giving an apology for my disappearance over the last two weeks. As I sit here and write this post I realize that there hasn’t been anything posted in the last two weeks so I thought I would just give an update on where I’m at and what I’m doing.

First and foremost, if you haven’t heard yet, Kylee and I recently made a big move to Champaign. It’s been pretty exciting and I personally can’t wait to explore this town and see what all it has to offer. That is essentially the main reason for my mini hiatus. We spent a bit of time getting things packed up, then of course moving it, and then finally going through the usual long and boring process of unpacking. Now that we’re settled in however, I plan on getting back to writing and posting content daily.

During this off-time however, I had been thinking of how I’m going to format this blog. The first week where I wrote about millennials for a few days was fun, but I don’t believe having a weekly theme is going to be as great as I initially envisioned. Instead, I want to be more hands on with my approach. I want to be able to reach out to my audience and see what YOU, my readers would like to see each day. My plan is to ask each morning for a topic to write on and if I don’t get any responses, so be it. I’ll find something myself. No matter what though, expect some new work to be coming your way each day.

One thing that will stay the same from my initial idea is giving free creative content each week. When I started, I had one creative piece entitled “The Old Man and the Millennial,” which if you haven’t read it yet, give it a look, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Much like my regular blog posts, I will crowd source during the day to see if anyone has a particular story, setting, plot, etc, they would like me to take a swing at. My goal is to try and do this every Tuesday and Thursday so if that’s all you want to read, keep an eye out for it then.

Finally, since my primary writing style is creative writing, I thought I may share just a tidbit of what creative work I’m currently doing. The big project that I’m taking on, with the help of my buddy Jurgen, is an expansive YouTube universe. I’m currently in the process of writing several scripts, which we hope to continuously film over the next several months. We even started our own page and production group called Pantheon Productions, and if you like the page this week you’ll get to see a nice introduction video that will go into greater detail of what we’re working on and what to expect.

So that’s it for this post. If you have any questions or ideas for my next post, feel free to get at me on this site or on my Facebook or Twitter. Have a great one everyone and expect some fun things to head your way!