Word Count

I just did the math and the collected word-count of the Bloodletting series so far (including 2 unpublished volumes) is 209.5k. For the sake of scale, Stephen King’s The Shining is 160k.  Carrie is 60K. Pet Sematary is 145k. The Stand: Complete and Uncut edition is 473.2k. Now, The Stand is possibly the longest novel…


Amazon Unlimited and Making some distribution changes

So I’m limiting my distribution to The Kindle. The main reason being that Amazon has the Kindle Direct Publishing program, which has some perks and benefits, but requires you to be exclusive with Amazon. I’ve spent the last six months or so on a bunch of different platforms, and honestly, Amazon is the only one…


Stuff I researched while writing

How people eat pomegranate. (never had it myself. These Russian dudes have a pretty good video explaining pomegranates) Wiltshire, England (It’s where Stonehenge is! I ended up not using any of the information I learned) Great Western Railway (also related to the scrapped Stonehenge scene. IRRELEVANT!) Stonehenge (see above) Treacle (I knew what it was,…


Victoria 2.2 exceprt

Vickie opened her mouth to let out the scream that had coiled up inside her, but nothing came. Her jaw only hung as she stared at those off-color eyes, and something else entered into her awareness. A smell wafted under her nose, breaking through the stink of the city and the horror of what lay…


Blog Tour Interview

So friend and fellow author (of the very popular dystopian Juliana Rey series) Aral Bereux asked me to participate in a blog tour. Since I rarely pass up an opportunity to talk about myself, I said yes. You can check out her books here: http://www.aralbereux.com/ She’s Australian too, which is pretty rad. Here’s her interview,…


The Door

Being dead isn’t as exciting as you’d think. Mostly it’s a lot of sitting around, doing the same thing over and over again. It’s actually a lot like being alive, but you don’t have that ticking clock, so there’s very little incentive to do anything, except hunger and boredom. Sure, we get up to a lot…


Victoria 2.2 is coming along

This has definitely been the most challenging story so far, both because it requires the most research I’ve had to do and also because the events that transpire in it will impact the rest of the story in a huge way. So I’m being extra careful with this one, and it’s taking me a while…


stuff I researched while writing

Mitre Square (Where the body of Catherine Eddowes, the forth Ripper victim, was found) Fuel Injection (just general information. Mostly started in the early ‘80s) The Monkees song Randy Scouse Git (written by Micky Dolenz about a party The Monkees went to thrown by The Beatles. It’s got the lines: Why don’t you be like…


Stuff I researched while writing

Going away for a week-ish, so I thought I’d post what I’ve got so far of the next “stuff I researched while writing.” Victoria 2.2 is coming along well, and I hope to be able to work on it here and there while I’m gone. I expect to have it done by the end of…


Victoria 2.2

About 5k words into the new story. Turns out my computer crash/writing loss actually worked out pretty good, because I’m liking this different direction I’m taking the story far better. I’ve also mostly decided on how far into the Victorian cockney street slang I’m willing to go. Basically I’m keeping it almost entirely to dialog,…


Stuff I researched while writing

The copyright status of this photo: (The photo is from the ‘20s and is by Alfred Cheney Johnston of model/actress Jean Ackerman. From my reading, the copyright status on a lot of his photos is in dispute, but from what I can tell, this one appears to be in the public domain.) Whether Salome lives…


Smashwords

So I’ve decided to put the books up Smashwords. No reason not to now that they’re up on Kobo and I’m no longer exclusive with Amazon. They’re available in all formats at a “Set your own price” deal. https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/13227 Bloodletting: A Vampire Story A series by Joe Humphrey Bloodletting: Book 0 – Patricia By Joe…