I refrained from posting about the Permuted Press debacle last month, but suffice it to say that I terminated my contract with them. That freed me from writing the second and third books, which I hated, of a four-book contract, but it also meant that Those of My Kind needed a new home. After some recent querying, it has found just that, with Ominium Gatherum, run by the lovely and talented Kate Jonez. Much appreciation to Kate for taking me onboard, and you’ll be able to snag an ebook or paperback copy as of March 30, 2015. For more info on the book, see the Coming Soon page. You can also visit my Omnium Gatherum author page here.
This month marks my fifth year of involvement with the celebrated (or dreaded) National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, in which we are tasked with writing 50,000 words in thirty days. Now, let’s be honest–50,000 words is barely a novel, and most everything written in only a month is crap. Still, I’ve failed miserably every year; that is, until this year. This year, I’m on track to finish next Sunday (the 16th). How did this happen?
I’ll tell you what I think my secret is this time around. I think it’s that I chose to write completely outside my genre. Normally, I agonize over every word. I edit as I go. I have certain expectations of myself when writing horror. Now? I have zero expectations, because I’ve never written in this genre before, outside of fan fiction many years ago. I’m having fun with the project, which is probably the most important thing I’ve taken away from the experience so far. I’m cranking out anywhere from twelve to twenty pages a day, which translates to 2,600 – 4,300 words a day (I’m also writing it longhand). I have largely fired my inner editor so that I can get the story down and worry about revisions in December.
And because I’m having so much fun, I’m making the book a priority to work on. I realize that I’m more fortunate than many–I’m an independent contractor, so I work from home and set my own hours. That doesn’t mean I have endless hours to do nothing but write, however. I have clients. I have housework. A husband. A novella to promote and a novel to query. But because this project is a priority, I work on it until 9 or 10 at night. And now I’ve built up a word cushion so that if, let’s say, I get sick, I’m still going to finish NaNo on time. And winning for the first time, as silly as it may seem, is for me a big accomplishment.
So talk to me in the comments. Are you doing NaNo? What works for you, or what doesn’t?
Last week, Conduits became a DarkFuse bestseller. Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy/reviewed the book, and please keep spreading the word!
The one thing I get asked the most about the novel is if I, like the characters, have ever worked the graveyard shift at a convenience store. The answer is yes, I did indeed work for a year doing the night shift at a 7-11 in a seedy section of Denver. It is, without a doubt, the worst job I’ve ever had. I could tell you stories. But after a certain amount of time passed, I found myself actually growing nostalgic about it. Not because I actually wanted to go back and do it again, but because, unlike most of my jobs since, it was interesting. The idea occurred to me that if vampires, werewolves, and zombies had walked through that door, it wouldn’t have changed anything. That job would have been equally as crazy.
And so I came up with stories of the OneStop and the poor schmucks who worked there. The OneStop was in a special section of the city that tends to attract magical forces once the sun goes down. Most of the monsters that walk through the door are just minding their business like any other customer. They want Twinkies, nachos, doughnuts, Slim Jims, and Froztees. But every so often some mad power-hungry demon might come in for a quick bite on their way to
destroying the world. The crew at the OneStop need to stop them. It’s part of their job, right up there with mopping the floor, keeping the coffee pots full, and ringing up the customers.
The Kickstarter is being run by my publisher, Permuted Press, who happen to have several really talented film students among their staff. The script will be by Ryne Driscoll and it will be directed by David Walker. I recently had the opportunity to talk to them in person and I’m confident that the project is in good hands. This is all around a great opportunity and I’m happy to be a part of it.
For further information about the Kickstarter and how to donate to it, you can go to the site at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/permutedpictures/the-onestop-apocalypse-shop. I really hope that other people will be as excited about this as I am.
Derek J. Goodman is the author of the Apocalypse Shift series, along with the Z7 series (The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, The Contamination of Sandra Wolfe, and The Siege of Seven City) for Permuted Press. When he’s not writing, he works as a librarian in Wisconsin.