J. W. Donley

Writer, Photographer, Programmer

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Joe’s Writing Update – November

Typewriter with a screaming skull on top of it.

It’s November! And that means it is time for NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every year, on this month, writers from across the globe all make an attempt at writing their own 50,000 word novel. It’s insane.

I’m going to be a bit of a rebel though. Instead of writing a novel, I’m going to write 50,000 words worth of short stories.

Here are the stories I have in mind:

  • ‘Hunting Club’ : A man becomes rich when he sells his condo in a town that once was dying but now is bustling. He uses the money to visit Ireland where he joins a secret hunting club. They own a large walled in area where members hunt a mysterious creature that takes the form of whatever the hunter desires to kill.
  • ‘The Pestering’: The last man on earth, known as the Miyagi man (he’s obsessed with the original Karate Kid movie), attempts to fend off the poking claws that rip through from another dimension. These claws have have already poked the rest of humanity to death.
  • ‘Rotweiler’: After getting his VHS player repaired, a man is confronted by a talking dog.
  • ‘Arsonist Soul Collector’: A college student, desperate for money responds to a strange online want ad.
  • ‘Travellers’: Two addicts discover that they can pass into another world through each other’s shadows. But they can only do this when high on their new drug of choice.

We’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping to come out of this with a set of rough drafts I can meld and hammer into polished stories.

Other Writing News

In other news, a few days ago I published chapter 4 of my horror novel on my Patreon. So, be sure to become a Patron today so you can catch up with the story.

Once I get 10 Patrons I’ll make an embarrassing YouTube video of me talking about myself and my writing.

You know you want to see me turn colors on camera.

And, after I get 25 Patrons, I will start recording myself reading each month’s chapter or short story.

(Psst! It’s only $2 a month. Tell your friends, Tell your family, Tell that guy who works at the sno-cone stand down the street.)

I’m currently writing chapter 11 and quickly approaching the end of book 1 of, what will become, a trilogy. Anyone who has been a patron for at least 4 months, once I finish the book, will get a fancy ebook copy. If there’s demand, I’ll work out having physical prints made as well.

Closing

I think that’s all of the big writing news for this month.

Until next time!

Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do,
J. W. D.

October Writing Update

Typewriter with a screaming skull on top of it.

Happy Halloween! You may not think it is Halloween, and you are mistaken. This is the month of Halloween. This whole month is for spooky, creepy, and scary things. This is the time of year when everyone watches their favorite horror movies through parted fingers. I love it.

Writing Update

But this isn’t a post about Halloween. (There will be a special post for that later in the month.) This is the first of my monthly writing updates.

This month I am working on a rewrite of a short story I through together earlier this year. I sent it off to beta readers a few days ago. It is an awesome feeling the burden of progress for that project out of my hands, at least for a little while.

I’m also still trucking along on my horror novel. Chapters 1 through 3 are officially posted and live on my Patreon, for my $2 and up Patrons. I’ll have chapter 4 revised and ready for you by the end of the month. I’m finishing up the first draft of chapter 8 as well. Here’s something exciting though: yesterday, while writing on my lunch break made it over 40,000 words! It has taken a long time to get to this point, but I do feel my pace quickening. Having paying folks waiting every month for the next chunk is definitely keeping my butt in the chair and hands on the keyboard.

NaNoWriMo

If you are not part of the nerdy writer crowd on the internet, you probably didn’t know that next month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). Every year in November people across the world each crank out a 50,000 word novel. This is a meteoric feat to accomplish. I’ve tried it twice in the past, and both times have failed to meet the lofty goal. This year I’m giving it another go.

This time, I’m not doing a novel though. I’m keeping it loose, and I’m going to write 50,000 words of short stories. I don’t know how many stories this will be. I figured I would just write each one until each is done then move on to the next. I’ve got a few different ideas jotted down.

Which reminds me. I’ve got another idea to take note of.

Closing

I think that’s all for this month.  Stay tuned on the blog for Joe’s Photo of the Week every week as well as a new series detailing my adventure in re-reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series all over again.

Ta ta for now,

Joe

Hard Lessons

Well, I just learned a very hard lesson. All of this time I’ve never bothered to make a backup of my site before installing updates. And, finally, it happened. Something broke during an update. Luckily, I have my site set up to backup automatically once month. So, I didn’t lose everything. But I did lose over 2 weeks of posts.

So, over the next few weeks I will be rewriting some of those, now gone, posts.

I think I’ve learned my lesson though. From now on, I will always make a fresh backup before installing anything.

Blarg,

Joe

Chapter 1 is Set Loose Upon the World!

Typewriter with a screaming skull on top of it.

Well…

I finally went and did the thing.

That thing that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time:

Share my stories with you

If you like a good scary story be sure to check out my Patreon.

Patreon is a platform that allows you, the reader, to support content that you like.

For only $2 a month you will get to read a new chapter of my current novel or a short story every single month.

Once I get a few more patrons I’ll record a little intro video of myself talking and stuff. (I’m a bit terrified of being in front of the camera, than alone in front of a video camera, so this is a big deal) So if you want to see my talking face talk about my writing on the internets head over to Patreon today and sign up!

https://www.patreon.com/jwdonley

Help Me Write Stories!

Okay. So I want to write stories. I want people to read my stories. But for that to happen I actually have to sit down and write the stories. This is a ridiculously difficult thing to do. I’ve been working, on and off, for the past two years on a novel. Also, I’m finishing up a couple different short stories.

This is what I need. I need a way to be held accountable and also a way to share these stories with others, to share these stories with you.

Enter Patreon

Patreon is a wonderful platform. It’s based after an old Medieval practice of families of power and money paying artists to produce their art for them. These medieval patrons gained prestige for seeking out the best artists for their personal court.

Fast foward to now, and Patreon has found a way to put this same system into place. But in this case you don’t have to house and clothe me to help me produce my art. So, you only have to pay me the amount of a coffee each month. And when you become a paying patron I will give you one short story or one chapter from my novel every month. For only $3 a month you would be pressuring me (in a good way) to get my butt in the chair and write!

And, once I finish a novel or write enough short stories for a collection, I will find someway to reward my loyal patrons. This may be a free digital copy of the text, or a steep discount on the physical copy. I may even toy with some other possible rewards. If you’re interested, please let me know what sort of things you would like.

What Sort of Stories?

What kind of stories should you expect from me? Well, if you like a nice and spooky story you’ll most likely like my writing. I tend to enjoy reading H. P. Lovecraft, Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson, Mark Z. Danielewski, etc. Consequently, I imagine that anything I write may be along the lines of those writers. So be sure to watch for the first chapter of my novel on August 1st. So, become a Patron, help to encourage my writing.

New Website!

Hello Internet!

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything to my website. (By this point it seems like an internet cliche, but it’s true.) But recently the itch to create and put out content has been growing, and that, along with a major address change has spurred me to action.

So, first big news is that I’ve moved back to the Pacific North West! My wife, son, and I really missed the weather up here. My wife loves the beaches, I love all of the beautiful landscape and hikes. The 20 degree temperature difference between here and back in Oklahoma is very nice as well.

The other news is I’m going to start posting on here weekly.

To shake things up a bit I’ve done a complete overhaul to my website and I’ve combined my photography website (JoeThePhotographyGuy.com) and my writing/blog site into one true source of total awesomeness.

My first regular series is going to be the Pacific North West photo of the Week. Each week on Monday I will post a favorite image of my new surroundings for you to enjoy.

I’m also planning on the occasional other photo posts, photography tutorials, and other random collections of my thoughts. (I welcome suggestions if there is any specific content you’d like to see.)

This is not just going to be a home for my photography though. This will also be the home for updates in my adventures in writing. I’m still working out what sort of content I will be posting along those lines. I will keep you updated.

I have one more big bit of news that I will share with you next time, so be sure to stay tuned…

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