Actual News for Once

It lives! It being me in this case.

Hey, all. Finally done with the beta draft of my next work. It’s being distributed to the initial readers as I’m typing this.

If everything goes well, I should have it ready for editing in about a month. Yes, I won’t have a release this year. And yeah, it sucks.

Sorry.

I’m already getting busy with making preliminary notes for the next book in that series. If I don’t score it big with a publisher (as I likely won’t), you will most likely be able to expect both books to be out by mid 2019. If I do luck out, then they’ll likely be out much later, but I’d be able to transition into writing full time, meaning I’d be able to produce work much, much faster.

So there’s that.

Now I’m off to put my brain on ice, because when said ice melts, it’ll be time for another sprint.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

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Kinda Alive, Kinda News

Finally got an update. I’m finished with the meat of the story, so now I am to start reading from the beginning and implement a whole slew of changes, tweaks, and checks I’ve written down during the making of this first draft.

In other news, the whole trad publishing thing is looking less and less enticing, but I will still likely give it a shot, as least until I have another book ready. We’ll see.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

An Update of Sorts

Hello, friends.

I did want to wait until I at least had the initial draft, but so much time had passed since my last post that I concluded it was time for another.

My next book currently sits at about 95k words. I think I am getting close to the endgame, but one can never be certain. All in all, I currently expect this initial draft to end up at about 120k, but this doesn’t mean much. After revising, giving it to beta readers and implementing another round of changes, then doing the same with my editor, I have no idea how long it will end up being.

All I can do is follow my outline, listen to criticism, and not be lazy. As I’ve said before, I aim for this book to be my best yet.

If I manage my time and energy correctly, I expect to have the manuscript done by the initial half of September. After that I will tinker with it, and implement some changes and details I’ve come up with during the writing itself. I am considering adding something else to the work, but that idea will for now have to wait.

Until then, stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

A Quick Update

Writing at a stable, yet slow pace.

Traveling around and socializing.

Consuming media.

Business as usual.

So much to do, so little time.

Next time I post, I hope to have something concrete.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

A Quick (But Relevant) update

There’s been a change of plans.

Last time I said I was going to go back and revise what I’ve written before continuing to the end. I instead did the opposite. I actually got into the zone again and just kept writing. Now I plan on riding this out for as long as possible. The time for revisions will come after I crash. Which may happen at any time.

As for the book’s release, my current plan of action goes kind of like this:

-Finish the book and have it edited
-Try submitting it to agents for maybe six months
-Work on my next release (most probably a continuation to what I am making now) during this time
-If I somehow succeed at traditional publishing, my path becomes clear
-If not, then I simply release the book as I did before. If my next work ends up finished by then, perhaps I fire them both, back to back. We’ll see.

All of this is of course subject to change, but it seems like a solid set of guidelines for now. Time will tell if it ends up being viable.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Time to Revise

Quick update time.

My next manuscript is at about 65k words. Much more to go. Now I need to go back, re-read it, and make tweaks before I go any further in. While I would have liked to push it to the limit on my first run, I must remind myself that I am not pressed for time here. I am making something new, and it must be as good as possible so it can attract people who wouldn’t have liked the Nameless Chronicle.

So for the next few weeks, maybe a month, I will re-familiarize myself with my notes, my plans, and what I’ve done by this point. I will iron out the unfinished manuscript, accentuate any important points I may have missed, and make certain that it is as solid as it can be. And after all that is done, I will be ready to sprint toward the finish line.

That’s about it for now.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Infinity War is Excellent

It is also a true return to form for Marvel movies, which have, for the last couple years or so, been little more than drivel.

Take the last four. Guardians Vol. 2. Spooderman. Thor: the 80s. Generic, derivative schlock. I think Black Panther might be the best out of the bunch, and that’s only due to it taking itself a bit more seriously. Still, it remains your average, forgettable action film.

I honestly didn’t think I’d end up praising Infinity War. This movie is not only dark as fuck, but it also deals out a whole lot of death! Yes! Yes!! YES!!! How many times can stakes get higher with everyone returning home safely, before it all becomes a pandering mockery? “Up until this point,” it turns out. Sure, they may end up reversing a lot of this, but for now I’ll just enjoy it while it lasts.

Other than the quantity of sweet death, I won’t spoil anything else. Everyone gets something to do, and it’s honestly impressive to see it all come together.

I enjoyed the mainstays most. Iron man, Cap, Thor, they dragged us into this universe, and they carry most of this film. I despised Spidey and nearly the whole Guardians crew (with the exception of Gamora and Nebula), with Star-Lord being nearly unbearable. Dr. Strange is an example of a newcomer doing a great job, while Hulk/Banner is an example of an oldtimer doing an especially cringy job. The rest were mostly adequate, but as said before, everyone got a slice of the cake.

Oh yeah, we’ve got an actual interesting villain for a change. I never liked Thanos in the comic books, but here he somehow manages to be both threatening and interesting. Great job.

See it. The more successful this film is, the more actual good films Marvel/Disney is going to make. Vote with your wallet and discourage infantile, derivative crap.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller