Goals: 4/25/2017

In an effort to be more accountable I’m going to start posting about what I accomplished the day before. Mostly this is being accountable to me since I’m the only person reading this right now, but maybe someday other people will read and be inspired too! At least that’s what’ll happen if some of the things I have in the pipeline work out.

Writing Goals:

LGBT Romance – 2926

Erotica – 5014

Steamy Romance – 1216

SciFi – 2032

Total – 11188


That was a pretty good word count. If I hit my goals I should do about 12,000 in a day, but I very rarely hit the ideal goal. I had to write a lot in erotica because I’ve fallen behind and have to keep to a release schedule there, but I made up the difference because I didn’t work on a paranormal romance I have in the works.

I also decided to start working again on a science fiction story I’ve had in the pipeline for awhile. This is one I’m planning on releasing under my name rather than a pen name and it’s coming along nicely.

Finally I made the difficult decision today to put to rest a science fiction romance pen name. The first novel I had on that pen did insanely well and made me thousands of dollars, but after spending a year trying to cultivate that pen with diminishing returns it’s become clear to me that I caught lightning in a bottle with that first release and haven’t been able to do it again.

It’s difficult letting something go that was once a good moneymaker for me, but the charts in Book Report speak for themselves and it’s time to start exploring other pen names which is why I’m dedicating my old SFR writing block to good old fashioned SF.

Editing Goals:

Paranormal Romance – 7843

Nothing much to say here. I was a little behind on editing a PNR book so I dedicated some extra time to it last night to get closer to back on schedule. I have high hopes for this one, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Podcast Goals:

I’m working on a podcast audio drama based on an old webcomic I worked on once upon a time which is in turn based on a novel I’ve been working on for years. I feel like the thing is too quirky to find an audience with a traditional publisher and it would be difficult to market in the Fantasy self-publishing space. Instead I’m going with a podcast audio drama because quirky and funny seems to fit in there. Plus I’ve always wanted to do a podcast and I loved the BBC Hitchhiker’s Guide growing up so it’s a fun experiment for me that’s a change from putting words on the screen all day long.

Today I:

Sifted through old comic scripts and put them in the correct order. I was bad about restarting the comic and have multiple versions of multiple stories saved in different folders so I’ve been trying to make sense of them.

Finished editing the draft for episode 1.

Put in an RMA request for some microphones I tried out and ultimately didn’t like. I’ll be doing a post on a microphone shootout at some point on this blog.

Listened to a few episodes of Wolf 359 which is a popular audio drama, though scifi, in the space I want to break into. Had a pretty good time listening to it.

Came up with a few new ideas about how to structure the podcast. I’m still trying to decide how I want to release episodes. I may have come up with a way to have something out weekly, but we’ll see. I don’t want to say too much since we’re still early days.

Personal Goals:

One of the difficult things about working for yourself is the illusion of time. It looks like you have a lot of it, and the reality is you have none. I’ve decided one goal I want to work towards with the little free time I have is getting in shape. To that end I went on a 1.5 hour walk today down to a reservoir near my house. Pushed the kid in the stroller and listened to some podcasts along the way. Also burned about 400 active calories according to the iWatch and I stayed within my calorie goals for the day so I blew my fitness goals out of the water.

All in all it was a productive day. I’m also off to a bad start today as I spent more time at the FedEx store than I should’ve sending those microphones back, but what can ya do?

Catch you tomorrow with another (hopefully shorter) update!

A new distraction

Hi. I’m Andrew. I’m an independent author (that’s the fancy dressed up term for “self-published”) living in Indiana with my wife, kid, and soon to be second kid.

Don’t bother looking me up on the Amazon. I got my start in erotica in 2014 during the KU1.0 gold rush and transitioned to romance about a year later. Which is to say there isn’t a single thing published under my name out there in the world as of this writing.

Romance readers tend to want to read a lady name. In the interest of keeping food on the table I’m reluctant to reveal which lady pen name(s) are mine until I have a solid income that keeps food on the table from something under my own name.

And that’s what this site is all about. I’m launching a few projects this year under my name for the first time. I also wanted an outlet where I can talk about what I’m up to and life as a full time creative.

It can be a lonely existence at times since it’s just you all by your lonesome in your home office. This is an outlet to the world.

Mostly, though, this has to do with my dad. He started losing weight rapidly last year, but he said he was on a diet so no one thought anything of it. Then in August they found a mass on his liver. A mass that had spread to other parts of his body. He was told to get his affairs in order and do anything he wanted to do fast one week. Went on a vacation to Florida the second week. Came home the third week because he couldn’t handle it and wasn’t all there mentally. Went into the hospital and got the diagnosis of terminal cancer. By the end of week four he was gone.

It was a slap in the face from mortality. Watching someone go like that is heartbreaking. I didn’t share my romance pen names with anyone but my wife for the reasons outlined above, and I was sad that my dad never got a chance to read something I wrote. I always figured I’d do something under my name someday, but that someday didn’t come fast enough for him.

In short I realized life’s too short. If I have projects rattling around in the back of my head then I need to do them now. Not keep putting them off. If I want to talk about life as a creative then there’s no time like the present, because who knows if tomorrow is going to be waiting for me? It’s certainly going to come, but there’s no guarantee any of us will be there to see it.

So here we are. I’m starting a new leg of my journey as a full time creative type, and I’ll be writing all about it here!