So I’m working on a prologue

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After numerous doctors visits, xrays, and such, it’s obvious my back problems aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  I’m going to try to get back to writing, even in the uncomfortable position of laying down.

I’ve had a potential epilogue/prologue in mind for months for Superpowered.  After discussing it at length with a few people lately, I was spurred into actually writing it out.  The first 3 and a half chapters of the second book have little to no action in them, and though the reaction I’ve received so far has been quite positive, I feel it needs something a bit more.  So this is why the prologue is being birthed.

It’s kind of a fun and brain tingling exercise for me, because the prologue is set 3rd person, since it focuses on a character other than Dennis.  So I’m trying to come to grips with a slightly different writing style.  In truth, I love writing in first person because I find it incredibly easy.  I’ve always had a knack for empathy and putting myself in someone else’s shoes.  All I have to do in order to write Dennis, is to put myself into that mindset, imagine myself in the situations he’s dealing with, and just write out my thoughts and what is going on in my imagination.

And after typing this post out, writing a few paragraphs in the prologue, and talking with my girlfriend’s mother, it’s obvious that between the pain and the medication…I’m having a hard time finding the right words for anything.  Maybe I need to put this off a little longer….

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By jamiebworth

“Gee Jamie, shouldn’t you be like halfway through the second book by now?”

Yep, it's right about there

Yes, yes I should be something like halfway through the second book, or at least a quarter of the way.  But my writing has been on hold for weeks now.  I’ve had a few health issues lately, first starting with a viral thing with my eyes that made me incredibly light sensitive.  So much so, that I essentially sat in the dark for two days straight.  Then I got over that, and I was working like crazy.   Then the big thing hits.  I wake up one day, and have a searing pain in my back.  Now, it’s not the first time that’s happened.  There have been times where I would wake up with this issue, and it’d be gone after a day or two.  It’s always sucked, but I’ve dealt with the occasional flare up.

But this time, this time everything was different.  It didn’t go away after a couple of days.  It didn’t go away after I started seeing a chiropractor.  The pain was constant, and nothing helped, except laying down.  Even then, the pain was ever present.  Finally went to an actual doctor.  They prescribed me a few very helpful drugs, and some physical therapy.  The drugs at least let me make it through work each day.  Plus, I really feel like physical therapy is going to do me some real good.

Now, why do I mention this?  Well, it’s reeeeeally difficult to write while laying down.  Granted, I’m writing this while laying down, but it’s a short little excerpt, and my feet are starting to go numb from propping up the laptop.  So, while I’m about four chapters into book two (and I’m told it’s already damned good so far) it’s unfortunately on hiatus at the moment.  Once I get past this little setback, I promise I’ll get back to writing.  But in the meantime, I need to lay on my heating pad with the dial turned all the way up.

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My goals with Superpowered

Rhino goalsI’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I’d like from Superpowered.  Not just from this book in particular, but what I’d like from the world I’m writing, and more importantly, what I’d like to get out of writing.  Ever since I was in high school I’ve enjoyed writing.  Prior to writing Superpowered, I hadn’t written more than maybe a few thousand words.  I remember writing an epilogue to “Firestarter” for a high school assignment (scored an A+), and I also wrote a sequel to Jurassic Park (before I read Lost World).  Of course, those things are nothing more than fan fiction, but it was still a start.  I wrote little things here and there, but nothing substantive.

I wrote nothing for years and years, but my life hit a rough patch a few years back, and the wheels in my head started turning.  I got a really interesting idea stuck in my head, and wrote out an entire story idea.  It ended up being about 15 pages worth of storyboard, but I really liked it.  For the record, that idea was NOT Superpowered, and my girlfriend is practically demanding I write out that story after I finish the Superpowered trilogy.  Obviously it didn’t lead to a book, but it sparked that desire in me.  I started writing out my thoughts a bit more, and expanding on my opinions on Facebook and other forums where I would express myself.

Then hobbies and events, and frustrations with my life led me to start work on this book.  Through writing I discovered just how much I enjoy flexing my creativity and pouring endless amounts of thought into my ideas.  As I kept getting closer to completing this book, ideas kept coming to me.  Of course there were the usual delusions of grandeur, but there were also other, more realistic things.  Follow up books, expansions on the Superpowered universe, publishing, book signings, so on and so forth.  Having a finished product in hand really got me to thinking.  What do I want out of writing?

That’s where things get complicated.  I’ve been poor my entire life.  I’ve been working menial jobs since I was 18.  Could writing be anything more than just a hobby that provides a little spending cash?  I would absolutely love nothing more than to make a living through writing, but I don’t know if that could even be possible for me.  Writing is definitely something I plan to keep doing, and I’d like to start with publishing one book a year, and eventually increase that.  Goals are a tricky thing to develop, especially when the goal involves something I’ve always considered a “pie in the sky” type of dream.

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It’s looking like self publishing is going to be the way to go.

brick wall quote

So about a month ago after not making it to round 3 of the Amazon contest, I started submitting the novel to literary agents and a publishing company.  I wasn’t certain about the literary agents, as I pulled from a list and sent it to the ones that seemed to most closely match what fit my book.  However, I was essentially counting on one publisher in particular.  I had initially submitted to them just a couple months after starting the project, based on a friend pushing me to do so.  They turned it down at the time, but gave some very constructive criticism, and their kind words of encouragement really spurred me on to make a better book.

I’ve been hearing back from a couple of literary agents recently who unfortunately did not accept the book.  That was fine and well, especially since the biggest one I submitted to responded to me with a rejection.  No big deal, since I was waiting on a response particularly from the publisher I submitted to in the middle of last year.  Well, I heard from them today.  They had many more kind words, and they complimented the work I’ve done, and the progress I’ve made…but they still turned it down.  There goes that bit of hope I was holding on to.  I still have a number of literary agents to hear from, and I would love for any of them to be interested, but I’m not counting on it.

I have faith in Superpowered, and the world that I’ve built.  The characters I’ve designed (tons of which you haven’t even been introduced to yet, if you’ve read the first book), the reality I continue to define, and the stories that have yet to be told will definitely be written.  I will not be deterred by the lack of a physical publisher.  I don’t know if the book will ever see print, but it will definitely be available in ebook form, and soon.  The book cover has seen a long delay for various reasons.  Namely, the artist has been fighting off the occasional illness, and has been busy with his job and traveling.  He assures  me it will be completed very soon, but with today’s events in Boston (my heart goes out to everyone impacted by this tragedy) and his job working with a newspaper, it’s likely to be delayed a bit longer.

Besides, delays are all a part of the process.  I’ve been working on the follow up to the first book, but I’ve had my own health issues lately which have delayed me constantly.  That and I’ve been really busy with work and normal life things.  I keep turning the stories over and over in my head, just refining at least the narrative until I can get it all on paper.  It will all get there eventually.  In the mean time, I have to break through one brick wall after another.

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The cover is almost done. Another update!

Cover test 2

 

The cover is coming along nicely!  It’s nearing completion, and my friend assures me that the next one he sends me will be the last.  I’m incredibly excited for this to be completed so I can finally get the book out there for general consumption.  Any thoughts on the cover so far?

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award…didn’t make it to round 3

Sad Pinky Pie

Sadly I didn’t make it past the second round of the Amazon contest, but I’m still taking everything in stride and not allowing myself to be slowed.  Immediately upon getting home from work, I wrote a query letter and began submitting to publishers and literary agents.  I expect the cover will also be completed soon, so the book will be available on Kindle very soon!  I have absolute confidence in this book, and the series it’s going to turn into.  Keep an eye out for the book, because you’ll definitely be seeing more of it.  And of course I’ll update this blog as often as things happen 🙂

P.S.  Sad Pinkie Pie demonstrates my feelings shortly after finding out I didn’t make the 3rd round.

P.P.S.  Yes, I’m a brony.

P.P.P.S.  My Little Pony is awesome.

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An update on the cover

So the cover is nearing completion, and once it’s done, the book will be available on Amazon!  Trust me, once that happens EVERYONE will know about it.

 

SuperPowered Cover 01

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We have a tentative cover!

Superpowered cover sketch

My artist friend got in touch with me today and delighted me with a preliminary cover.  Needless to say, I’m damned pleased.  He’s got a good deal more work to be done with penciling, computer line art and of course photoshop, but it’s heading in a great direction.  Once it’s done, the book will be available on Kindle!  I’ll keep this blog updated as more develops.

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THE BOOK MADE IT!

Based on the hastily written pitch for Superpowered, Amazon saw fit to move me on to round 2 of the Createspace ABNA contest! Seriously, I can’t even express how excited I am. I’ve received so much positive feedback on the book, and this is just more validation to keep pushing pushing pushing. I’ll pop in to update every so often on the progress of the book, so be on the look out! Expect a cover within the next week or two, at which point the book will be available on Kindle!

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Been quite a while since I’ve checked in, but there are new developments!

First of all, the book is done. The editor put the big fat “Okay!” stamp on it.  I’m just waiting on my artist friend to produce a cover for me, because I’m terrible at all things art.  Once I have that, I’ll be able to release the book on Kindle for general consumption.  Now, I’ve recently submitted the book to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel writing contest, and I’m staying cautiously optimistic.  Round one is a short pitch for the book, and that’s what I’d like to share with you today:

It’s so easy to hate super heroes. They’re arrogant, they’re destructive, and they’re everywhere. Then there’s the spandex. My God…the spandex. Some want to be famous, some want to get rich, and some just want to dispense their own vision of vigilante justice.

Then there’s Dennis. Married forty something father of three who puts in long hours as a bank executive in Philadelphia. He observes these Supers (general term used for humans with exceptional abilities) daily, cursing as they trash the city, demolish landmarks, and wreak havoc on his insurance premiums.

Dennis’ biggest problem though, is that he’s one of them. He’s spent his entire life just trying to be normal. Getting married, raising a family, and having a good job are all he’s ever wanted. Is it really too much to ask to just live, love, and retire in peace?

Of course it is! Supers are easily monetized. Comic books, movie deals, television shows, public appearances, and well paid security gigs draw people with any kind of powers to join the limelight with the rest. Dennis comes to find that no matter how much you deny who you are, the world will never stop spinning, and you will eventually be dragged right along with it. Unfortunately for him, that dragging is bloody, painful, and unrelenting.

Superpowered is a first person fiction narrative from the eyes of a reluctant, power-wielding human being. Focusing not on super heroes or super villains, but instead on people with extraordinary abilities, this book will take you along for Dennis’ tense, thrilling, and gruesome journey through the highs and heartbreaking lows.

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