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Finally Feeling It

I haven’t been this excited about writing in a long time.

It’s tough to put my finger on why, as I’ve been working with this same project through most of the summer. I just find myself more motivated to put the time in, and the upside of that is it shows on the page. I’m not going to sit here and claim I’m pumping out Hemingway, but it feels a lot better than how it’s been going before.

Whatever the reason, it’s about freakin’ time. Announcements are pending and deadlines are looming. I don’t like breaking contracts or personal promises. If it’s deadline stress that’s motivating me, then next time around I’ll have to set shorter deadlines or buy my editors a cattle prod.

A huge thanks to those of you who’ve been waiting for the next big Oliveri project.

Tomorrow, things get interesting.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Making the Magic Happen

Avo & Me
Originally uploaded by MikeOliveri.

Friends & Family Day at the karate dojo went well today. Now we’ve got a quiet weekend evening with no real plans, giving me some much-needed time to play catchup and get some writing done.

That’s why I’m out front with an Avo #3 and the MacBook Pro. I’m looking at some sketches from an artist for one project and doing a quick bit of research for another. I’m catching up with a couple Twitter friends and doing some web maintenance. I’m grabbing the day’s pics off the camera and preparing them for upload.

Most important, I’m clearing away all distractions to get some writing done tonight. A good cigar centers me. When it’s finished, I’ll retire to the office, cue up a playlist of writing music, and start hammering on the keyboard.

Ten pages of script are due on the 30th. If I focus, I can get them done tonight.

Now if only I can narrow down the selection between these two possible villains for the book…

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Setbacks

No, I haven’t forgotten about the Muy Mal relaunch. Have I neglected it? Hrm. Kind of hard to argue with that one.

I’ve been working on a novella instead. One that needs to be done pretty quick, or a publisher may start losing patience with me. I was getting up a good head of steam on it, too, and had a self-imposed deadline for today. Well, yesterday, anyway; it’s after midnight as I type this.

Then I did something stupid.

I wiped out the whole freakin’ thing. That’s right, all gone, back to a blank page. A few weeks’ worth of work right into the crapper.

It occurred to me that the story would work a lot better if I took two characters and changed their genders and motivations, which in turn altered some of the events of the story. It didn’t help that I feared the story got off to a weak start as written, so I saw no sense in keeping that, either.

So boom, back to square one.

While this does set things back a bit, I think it will be better for this story in the long run. I’d rather get it right than deliver crap to the publisher. I’d rather you buy the book and think “Wow, that was great!” than say “Christ, what a rip-off!”

And if I could be downright mercenary, I’d rather put my effort into something that pays than a fun Internet experiment (i.e., Muy Mal). I still want to finish Troy Romano’s story in Down Vendetta Road, but it has to take a back seat to this baby for a number of reasons. I hope you’ll understand.

Now the question is do I stay up and hack on the revised novella some more, or should I go to bed and get some rest for the day job? Argh. I’m predicting some late nights come Spring Break next week.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.