Hello YouTube


So, I guess I did the thing. I started a YouTube channel. Let’s see if I actually deserve one. Like with my blog I’m hoping to just put up content that’s worth people’s time. The last thing I want to do is upload a 13-minute video of me babbling on about nothing.

I guess I just wanted to reach a new audience. Some people like reading blogs, other people would rather just hear it or watch me talk about the content I feel is worthy of being put up on the internet.

I uploaded my first video about fifteen minutes ago. Just a brief introduction to the channel.

If YouTube is more your thing, it will probably be a lot like my blog, just less active. I’ll talk about what I’m writing, reading, etc. and I’ll talk about the process/give tips and advice I feel would be helpful for others.

A side note, I have a fear of cameras. I hate having my picture taken so this is me facing a silly fear.

Announcement, Workshop This

Some Big Changes

Alright, so last night I sent out a message to my newsletter about some big changes I have going underway. I have grouped off my newsletter into four segments:

  • Everyone is enrolled in the default newsletter for all updates on my primary pen name R.K. Gold.
  • The second group is dedicated to my second pen name Q.T. Pi, which specializes in Sci-Fi, Paranormal, and Satire. This will be similar to the R.K. Gold newsletter, only used for giveaways, updates, and announcements.
  • The third group is for short story enthusiasts who want a weekly short read, as well as opportunities for free copies of all future short story collections I publish.
  • Finally, the fourth group is a more personalized newsletter, focusing more on who I am not what I put out.

If any of those groups sound interesting you can sign up by clicking here.

What I did not include in my email last night is blog exclusive. While the short story newsletter will receive one exclusive story at the end of every week, my blog will also have a new weekly segment called “workshop this!”

Every week I will post a short story on my blog and anyone is welcomed to contribute constructive feedback. If you contribute, and I include the story in one of my future publications, your name will be included before the story as a workshop contributor!

This is going to be fun!


Editing: The Absolute

Well, I’m finally doing it. I’m finally editing what will become my first full length novel. That is not to say I am done with novellas. I am rather fond of how direct I can be with my storytelling in shorter works, but it is exciting to see something a little larger on the horizon.

That being said, I am not sure if I picked the right manuscript to start with. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I hoped to edit four of my manuscripts this year, most of which I wrote the rough drafts for last year.

While I was expecting my 130k word satire to be the one to cause the most headaches, the Absolute has turned out to be no walk in the park. Though just 56k words, most of them are being deleted or completely re-written.

The direction I am taking the novel is much different than the rough draft’s original story. When I wrote the initial draft it was the story of a man seeking a path to god to unleash his wrath. He wanted to kill god and at times read like a fever dream.

The re-writes are turning it more into a crisis of faith. A painter at a crossroads, returning home when he is commissioned to paint a mural next to the new chapel. The painter does not have the best memories of the town, though for the most part it’s not the town’s fault, and when his fiance died (four years before the book takes place) he is more than happy to do his best to try and float through life.

While the initial draft was a more physical fight with supernatural entities, the newer one is more about the conflict of legacy and how one wants to be remembered. If it is too late to change how we are perceived and is it too late to find happiness?

Though it’s tiring, I am happy with the optimism I will be able to include in this new draft and the connections with characters my protagonist will be able to make, whereas in the initial draft it was all about finding a path and characters were seen more as tools to get from point A to point B.


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Announcement, update

Happy New Year

Yeah, I’m a couple days late with the title of this blog, but it’s still accurate. I mean it’s still the new year. I have been away from my computer for days now, and it felt like I was missing a limb. I know, not the most flattering image in the world, but since my computer is my primary source of writing, it did not bode well for me to have it be so far away for so long. I didn’t even miss the internet, I just missed my Scrivener app. I know it’s sort of pathetic, but typing on a keyboard has always been my medium for writing. I remember in fourth grade my English teacher told my parents that my handwriting was so poor I should start typing out my homework. Though it was a little harsh, I credit this decision in helping me transition to typing much faster than my other classmates.

Anyway, I think that’s enough pathetic pining for my computer. I am obviously back and excited to get started on those new years resolutions.

First off, I have decided to start 2018 off by editing The Absolute. I had a couple people comment and personal message me after my last blog post to tell me they preferred the storyline of that piece, and that was enough to help me make my decision. I just hope my editing ability is good enough to live up to that little blurb about the book, because I must admit, my short paragraph description of it is much better than the actual words on the page.

At the moment, half the book is still about my protagonist’s obsession with killing God (yeah, that’s getting edited out ASAP) and part of the book still has him written as a writer instead of a painter because I preferred the story of him returning to his town as a commissioned painter rather than a ghostwriter, and I really did not want to write a book about an author.

I mean way too many insecurities would pop up if I did that, and I would start freaking out that the few readers I have would think my main character was partially based on me.


That’s just the video I think of when I think of insecurity and self-acceptance, feel free to ignore it.

Anyway, I hope to finish a second draft of The Absolute by the end of January, send it off to beta readers by February, and hopefully finish the final draft to later than the end of March.

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Lost in the Clouds Sale

Not only have I re-distributed Lost in the Clouds with Kindle Select, making it free for anyone with Kindle Unlimited, I have also placed it on sale for the first five days of the New Year. You can purchase a copy of Lost in the Clouds from Amazon for only $0.99 until the end of the week.

You can order a copy here

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Announcement, update

Final First Draft of 2017

So long 2017! It’s been something. Well, on top of entering my final year of grad school, 2017 proved to be more of a year for writing, rather than editing. I am more than happy to have had one book release this year but 2018 is looking like it will be more of a year of output. In otherwords, visible results rather than the rough draft inputs I’m used to doing.

Today, December 28th, I completed my final rough draft of 2017. At 84k words this marks my fourth full-length manuscript of the year, none of which I have actually edited. I can’t help it, even now I am looking at my computer thinking about a couple of ideas I have for novels I wouldn’t mind starting, but discipline in writing and writing goals, is what got me to the point where I have more than two handfuls of rough drafts on my computer.

Since I began this writing journey in 2014, I have practiced and developed my own writing style, and I must admit it has been a blast to watch myself develop as a writer and experiment with different approaches.

However, I know I have reached my peak unless I am willing to now practice a new form of author discipline. That of actually completing the novel. While having close to a million words of unedited manuscripts on my computer is a personal accomplishment, it is not one that brings measurable success. No one is rewarded for the potential of their work, and no one develops a fan base by simply typing up new manuscripts that never leaves the vault.

That is why 2018 will be the year of editing. I have four manuscripts lined up and plan on dedicating 2 months on each (with some leeway of course. Part of the reason I’ve left four months open).

Currently, I am trying to decide which manuscript I want to start 2018 with. I have narrowed it down to two.

  • The Absolute, which is a story about a painter who lost faith in God and returns to his hometown when he is commissioned to paint the new chapel. There he finds faith does not have to come in the form of one belief, but rather finding a purpose to live for.


  • The Pathetic Tycoon, which is an action based book dealing with themes of legacy and self-worth. The main plot is a rescue of the protagonist’s little brother from the hands of the most respected criminal in the city. The secondary plot is about the rivalry between the criminal’s lifelong attempt to legitimize his business, and the protagonist’s best friend, who inherited his parents’ empire upon their premature passing.

The longest edit will probably be the 130k word satire I wrote over the summer about a future world where all labor is completely automated and the only place for humans to exist is in celebrity and innovation (since machines can’t create anything new on their own). The fourth book will either be the one I just finished writing today or Something About Maude which has been on my (To Be Edited) list forever!

It’s kinda funny how all the hard work really begins once you finish the rough draft, but it’s also when you see the most results. I always joke that writing is more satisfying than editing because you get that instant gratification of word count goals and seeing something come from a blank page. But editing brings the long-term satisfaction. The sort of results that could last a lifetime if you’re lucky. All that work I put into writing in 2017 will make all the opportunities I find in 2018 possible.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson