Big news! Bad Wolf is FINISHED!

Hey party people!

Good news! BAD WOLF IN FINISHED! Yep, you read that right. It’s done. I finished it early this morning before I dove into work. I still don’t have a cover for you guys. I ended up scrapping most of the concept I was working on and will be revisiting it next weekend. I will more than likely be revealing the cover right before I hit publish. And I’m not doing a preorder period. You guys are just going to get a message one day letting you know that the book is live.

I’m really proud of Bad Wolf and can’t wait to launch this series. I adore all of the main characters. To celebrate reaching the end, I’ll be sharing an excerpt with you guys on Friday. So keep your peepers open for that.

Also, I’ve added a new widget to the sidebar here on my blog titled WIP Updates. I’m going to keep track of the projects I’m working on. It’s new so it’s going to take me a bit to get into the habit of updating it daily, but I will.

Up next is to finish Dance With the Devil. I’ve got 40,350 words completed in the project and following a re-evaluation of my story map, I’m thinking that one is going to be about another 25-30,000 more words before it’s complete. Now, if I can keep up the same pace, that means I should have Dance completed within the next 10-ish days.

With Bad Wolf complete, I will be back here blogging every day as planned. I just needed to throw myself into the project for a few days to get over the finish line.

Okay, that’s it for tonight. Talk to you all tomorrow!

WIPs UPDATE

Word Count Goal: 3,000 words/day
Words Written Yesterday: A lot and Bad Wolf is officially finished!!!

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I fell short on my writing goal last night and it’s because I fell into a Twilight k hole…

I can’t write in dead silence. I have to either have music or a show/movie of some sort playing in the background. It’s like white noise except I actually pay attention to it while I’m working. More often than not, it’s something supernatural or fantasy in nature. Underworld, The Magicians, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, etc.

Last night, I was surfing Hulu for something to watch when I came across a little junk food for the brain. Thanks to the ten-year anniversary of the first film, the covers of the Twilight series have been redone and the first one caught my eye. I said fuck it and hit play.

Just a few minutes in to writing, my tablet starting getting all uppity about a low battery (excuse #1) so I put it on to charge and switched up to writing in my notebook. Then I got hungry so I had to set the notebook aside to eat (excuse #2) but for some reason, it took forty-five minutes to eat one slice of pizza. Then there was a song in the movie that reminded me of another song but I couldn’t remember the name so I had to look it up (excuse #3). Once I found the name of the song and listened to it….and three more after it….I went back to the movie and my notebook. Before I knew it, I was hitting play on Eclipse and most of the night was gone.

As a result, I got less than 1,000 words written for the whole night. Thankfully, I had a good run the night before and came in way above my goal. It still leaves me a touch behind where I want to be for the week but I think I’m going to beat the goal tonight to make up for it. I’ll update you guys again tomorrow and let you know.

OH! My first patron-only exclusive excerpt from Bad Wolf goes live on Friday over of my Patreon profile. 🙂

Okay, I’m off for the night. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

WIPs UPDATE

Word Count Goal: 3,000 words/day
Words Written Yesterday: 891 (Bad Wolf)

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A Website Facelift & Some News!

Greetings, humans! I’ve been busy this morning.

First, if you take a peek around my website, you’ll notice that it’s had a major facelift. I realized while proofreading yesterday’s post that with the dark background, my blog was really hard to read. As a result, I went through and revamped almost everything. Now you can read long posts without it leaving weird black lines in your field of vision when you switch to a different screen.  lol

Second, I’ve joined Patreon! Throughout history, artists have been supported by patrons of the arts. The de’ Medici family were patrons to Michelangelo. The Sforza family were patrons to da Vinci. Popes, kings, prominent members of society—they all believed in the importance of having art in the world. Now, if you’re so inclined, you can help support my art and get some neat benefits in the process. Below is a screenshot of the six different tiers available (ranging from $2-$100/month) and the benefits you get along with each tier.

 

Today’s plan is to bust out my PR work for the day and then jump right back into working on the ending of Bad Wolf. I didn’t finish it as planned last night but I should be able to tonight. If I reach the finish line, you guys will be the first to know.

WIPs UPDATE

Word Count Goal: 3,000 words/day
Words Written Yesterday:  4,271 (Bad Wolf)

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New Years Resolutions & a WIP Update

Good afternoon! I’ve never been one for New Years resolutions but this year, I have a big goal at the end of the summer that I NEED to achieve for my own sanity (more details on that coming soon). To get there, I need to buckle down and make my writing goals happen. No more treating writing like a second part-time job. Time to get serious and bust my ass so I’m publishing more than one book per year.

Right now, I’m diligently working my way through Dance With the Devil (Hellfire Book Three) and Bad Wolf (Executioner Book One – Hellfire spin-off series). I started out with a 40,000 word goal on both and thought I was close to done about two months ago. I was wrong. Soooo very wrong. Both books are quickly closing in on 60,000 words each. The upside is longer books. The downside is it’s taking me forever to reach the finish line. But I’m almost there…

To help myself get there, I started dedicating a large chunk of writing time each day right around Christmas. I’ve been working doing the PR thing every day and then at night, I sit down with my tablet and crank out 3,000 words. It’s not always on the same project, but I always do at least 3,000 words total.

At the rate I’m going, I’m hoping to have both finished and edited by the end of February. Once they’re done, I will be diving right into the second Executioner book as I already have it fully plotted out. And somewhere in that schedule, I need to finish the Bad Wolf cover. lol I keep forgetting that the book doesn’t have a cover… I’ve been so focused on keeping my momentum on the book that getting the cover finished has taken a bit of a back seat. I promise, it’ll be along soon.

The list of goals I posted on Instagram:

And yes, I know there is a typo in the graphic. I read over the stupid thing like twenty times before I posted it to IG. The second it went live, I spotted the typo. lol

Goal number eight is why we’re here today. I’ve been fucking horrible about blogging here on my site for…….well, the last couple of years. lol BUT, I’m determined to change all of that. I have my task manager loaded with a daily to-do list and posting on the bloggy blog is part of that. So you are going to be hearing a lot more from me going forward. Sometimes it will be writing updates. Sometimes it’ll be about what I’ve been watching/reading/listening to. Sometimes, it’s just going to be some random bullshit. If you’ve been following my blog for years, you’re already familiar with my kind of content.

Today’s plan

  • Finish Bad Wolf (yes, I’m THAT close)
  • Bang out at least three chapters in Dance With the Devil

Before I sign off today, I’m curious about you guys. I have a LOT of followers here on the bloggy blog. Comment below and let me know who you are! Blogger? Author? Reader? If you are an author or blogger, drop me your websiite link so I can come check you out!

Okay, I’m off. These books aren’t going to write themselves. 😉

Naughty websites, a new way of writing, and #TheBlacklist is on tonight! (@NBCBlacklist)

What up, peeps?  Today has been a busy day, but, I have gotten very little accomplished for myself.

I started out my morning by finishing up the website concept design for NYT Bestselling Author T.J. Michaels and doing a little store addition for Nicky Jayne’s website.  Nicky’s website is live if you want to go show her some reader love (here) and as soon as T.J.’s is live, I will share it here for you all to check out.  Here’s a little taste:

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Hot, right??  I love it.  I cant wait to show you guys the whole finished design once I make it live!

Anywho…

I decided I am going to do something a little different with the writing process of Dance With the Devil.  I have almost the entire book hand-written in notebook pages by scene.  One of my really good writer friends, Amber Lynn Natusch, is what you would call a “scene writer.”  She writes out scenes, then goes back and sort of stiches them together by writing in what is needed to blend the scenes into a continuous book.  Well, I essentially do the same thing (writing scenes, I mean), I just do it in a note book, then write it in a linear progression.

I am going to try Amber’s method.  Starting this afternoon, I am taking all of my notebook pages and I’m going to type up the individual scenes.  If I am guessing right, that should put what I have at just about 40,000 words typed out, and then I am going to “stitch” them together.  If this works the way I am expecting, I should have Dance With the Devil’s first draft finished in about two weeks.  Then I am going to do the same thing with Bad Wolf.

This will be the first time writing in this way for me, and I honestly don’t know if I can even make it work, but I am going to give it a try.  So, wish me luck!

 

Also, tonight is a new episode of The Blacklist!!!  Do any of you watch this show???

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I am so madly in love with whoever is responsible for writing the character of Red Reddington.  It’s easily some of the best writing I have ever seen come across on film.  Actually, the show as a whole is some of the best screen writing ever, but, I am particularly partial to Red above any other character.  The Blacklist is one of the very few shows I really look forward to every week.  With only three episodes left in the season, I don’t know what I am going to do with myself until next fall!   (*I have confirmed that the show has been renewed for a third season.  As I was typing “next fall”, I had a minor panic attack at the thought of the show being cancelled.*)

I’m planning to live tweet during tonight’s episode if you want to watch along with me and join the convo!  Follow me over at @PureTextuality.  Let’s use the hashtags #QuonZhang (the name of tonight’s episode), #teamreddington (because why wouldn’t you be Team Reddington?), and/or #TheBlacklist (pretty self-explanatory, I think) tonight.  I would love to see The Blacklist trending like mad on Twitter because of all of you!  Hope to see you there!

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Jena Sig XXX

#TNEEVegas Confessions, WIP’s, the Goon Squad, and some super-fun #giveaways! #lasvegas #amwriting

Phew!  This has been a LONG month, but not in a bad way.  Busy is good when you do what I do, so, you’ll hear no complaints from this camp!  Aside from the Virtual Tour of Speak of the Devil and the Batman v. Superman trailer, I have yet to do a real blog post update since before the month of April kicked off.  I have a lot to bring you all up to speed on.

Jena Sig XXX

P.S.
This is a LONG one.  No, like, REALLY LONG.

 

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Have I mentioned how much I missed you guys????  For realsies.

 

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This is way too many post-script inscriptions.  This has officially gotten out of hand.  Okay, I stopping now.

 

In this post:

  • My trip to Las Vegas and how things *really* went down at The Novel Experience Event…
  • WIP Update – Dance With the Devil, Bad Wolf, and my filthy little romance…
  • Authors After Dark Spring Registration Drive (and GIVEAWAY!!!!)…
  • DVD Boxed Set GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!…
  • Goon Squad Street Team applications are now open!
  • Plus some other stuff I can’t think of right now!…

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