Third Life is out!

Just wanted to let everyone know my latest novella Third Life is now available and it’s on sale for $0.99 until Sunday.


Synopsis below:

On his eighteenth cycle, Christopher has to join the ranks of the Formation. A society built on strict rules, where discipline is rewarded with immortality and inefficiency is punishable by death. Within the walls of the Formation, measurements control every aspect of a person’s life, but the resources outside the walls offer the only means of survival.

When Christopher is assigned to be a scout, his life is flipped upside down. Though it has the lowest causality rate in the Formation it is one of the most dangerous jobs because it puts him in danger of crossing paths with the Others.

While searching the forest for the river, the Formation’s final means of survival, Christopher is confronted by the truth of his world and his own existence. He learns the history of the war between his tribe and the Other’s and questions everything he’s been led to believe by the Formation.

This novella dives into questions about free will, faith, and duty.

Third Life is Done

Well, I finished all the edits on this 100 page novella and everything is going according to plan. 3 books published this summer is still a real possibility (yes I’m counting the end of May as summer cause it’s good enough for summer vacation). I just need to polish the blurb before I put it up for presale. Writing the blurb is SO ANNOYING my god. It feels like it took me less time to write my longest manuscript (apx 130k words) than to write this blurb. To those of you with blurb skills I respect you, I mean we’re supposed to honor short story writers but you’re the real champs.

I’m only letting my website and my newsletter know this, but Third Life will be on sale for $0.99 through presale and the three days it’s published but after that, it’s bumping up to full price.

Funny story about Third Life, I finally got the balls to write it because my author friend Lauren Lee needed a sprint buddy. She was working on her Charlotte’s Pact Series and needed a boost of momentum. My original thought for Third Life was a world where individuals had three hearts over their heads (like in video games) but they could lose lives for the most mundane tasks, like not cleaning their room, and the main character was going to search for a guru who found the key to eternity.

I kept the three lives idea but created a world of warfare between two tribes, one outside the walls fighting to return the bodies they borrowed from the world to the ground so the earth could find balance, and the other inside the walls fighting to maintain a lifestyle of strict discipline.

So I would like to thank Lauren Lee for getting me started on this book.

The rest of the summer will go as followed: Writing and editing a novella currently titled Big Boy and revising my full-length manuscript formerly titled the Absolute but now titled Skipping Over Sunday.

I’ll probably do writing sprints for Big Boy (definitely want a new title for that one, too similar to Little Big Boy by Max Power). So if anyone wants to do some writing sprints with me while I work on the rough draft please let me know.

As for Skipping Over Sunday, the story is done I just need to find a way to make it compelling cause at the moment I’m worried it’s too boring.

If all this goes according to plan I may even try vlogging. I have this idea where I’d vlog a pantser novel from beginning to end just to show anyone interested in writing a manuscript how attainable that goal is. I’m not saying it’ll be very good but the words will be on the page and from there you can choose to polish it, revise it, play frisbee with it, or burn it.

As usual thanks for reading! I look forward to writing more blog posts this summer. There’s something incredibly satisfying about writing and publishing something in the same day.

The Pathetic Tycoon, and other stories

So, I started my second round of edits on The Absolute. Some days I feel like I’m making amazing progress and others I just feel overwhelmed. Like sometimes I look at the draft as approaching a final product and see the edits as just tiny additions, maybe a couple new chapters–a few hundred or thousand words a piece.

Other days I see the whole book as a negative word count. A hole I need to climb out of before I can start writing the real story it’s supposed to be.

Today is one of those middle days, where I feel like I can see everything I’m supposed to do clearly, but struggling to take that first step, because it would mean actually having to commit to a strategy.

On the other hand, I am in the slash and burn phase of my edits on The Pathetic Tycoon. It’s a little wordy but there’s definitely a story there. The antagonist and one of the protagonists are perfect foils for one another.

One the heir of his family’s massive company. The other a criminal who wants nothing more than to be legitimate–wants nothing more than the life the protagonist has but was refused at every turn. Basically–if the world wants him to be a criminal than he’ll be the best they’ve ever seen sorta deal.

The third thing I’m working on is my first short story for the Workshop This segment of the blog. It’s a fantasy/fairy tale. Takes place in a world with reapers. The path to the afterlife has been compromised so they aren’t ready to let their father take it. Instead, they embark on a journey to fix it. I’m excited because, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I really want to write more short stories. I’ve overlooked this part of writing for so long and really feel like the better I get at writing short stories the better writer I’ll become.

That’s all of my updates. At least for my R.K. Gold pen name.

QT Pi is still much of the same. Trying to finish the outline for the second book in the Unplugged series. The problem is it’s actually a LONG book because I’m full on world building. The first story was just that–a story taking place in the universe. It’s more like the first part of the novel I’m working on now and will probably be re-published in this novel.

The other project I’ve pumped the breaks on but have written about half and outlined most of the second half is the book 1 of the Mr. Magical series. This is probably my lowest priority at the moment but it’s a fun story to tell so I’m doing my best not to forget about it altogether.