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I wrote a post earlier on how I was working a bit more on the sequel LoC, and it got me thinking on my current responsibilities as a writer. Jukepop Serials has given me the great opportunity of uploading three chapters a month, making it immediately available for everyone to read. And they have some wonderful incentives, too! Like I said before, I’ve reached a new point in my career as a writer because I’m also concentrating on the sequel to my first book.

So, it’s time to put behind my past as a Panster (look it up!), and adhere to a daily writing routine. Here’s how my current schedule looks like.

5 PM: Write in Radio Silence for forty minutes. Reread, edit, and if necessary, rewrite.

6 PM: Write in LoC sequel for forty minutes. Reread, edit, and if necessary, rewrite.

7 PM: Alternate between other projects, and write in whichever one I choose for forty minutes. Reread, edit, rinse and repeat.

So, that’s my writing schedule. Not as hardcore as some other writers, perhaps, but I’m beginning a slow crawl to, dare I say it, becoming a professional writer? Now, I don’t mean professional as in a bestseller. But I do want to have the habits of a real author.

I’ll be posting weekly updates on how this is going, but I want to talk a little bit on my first few days of following this routine.

Day 1

5 PM: I literally realized I had to follow my schedule when I was three minutes away from 5 PM. So, I stopped watching shows on my computer, and began writing Chapter 7 of Radio Silence. I managed to finish most of the chapter before I got burnt out, and reached the 40 minute time limit. I reread it, edited it, and considered it a job well done.

6 PM: I went through all of the existing chapters, and added a few things to tie up a few inconsistencies. Also wrote half a chapter in the perspective of both Maheus and Ambrose. Deleted a scene or two from the perspective of a new character I introduced, and planned the next few chapters. I reread what I wrote, edited the entire document, and considered it a job well done.

7 PM: I reopened an old project I started with my sister, and I started deleting and writing a few new scenes. I can’t really divulge much information about it, but let’s just say it’s very different from Radio Silence and the Line of Corruption sequel. It was a breath of fresh air, and I considered it less a ‘chore’, and more a break from the two earlier projects.

In summation… It was a good day.

Day 2

11 AM: Started a little early because the next chapter of Radio Silence had to be done. Completed chapter 7. Reread it. And… rewrote it. The ending was just terrible. I don’t know what I was thinking. Reread what I wrote, and I made a massive factual error. I’m glad my mother managed to spot it, and so I rewrote it again. When I finally finished, I was really proud of what I managed to accomplish. Had my family review it, and after some changes, I uploaded it on Jukepop Serials.

I’ll stop right here. I suddenly realized that such a strict schedule was not for me. I couldn’t really stick to times like these, because my mood varies a lot. But, I did realize that I had to have some order in my writing. So, I’ll continue to set apart some time every day to write for Radio Silence, for the LoC sequel, and for one of my numerous other projects.

It’s very refreshing to go back to a daily writing routine, and I honestly feel a lot more productive about everything. It’s difficult. I mean, I’m two days into it, and I’ve already abandoned one part of the schedule.

I can’t imagine what it’s like for my idols. So. Right now, I’m just wondering how I’ll get through Day 3. And Day 4. And Day 5…

If you don’t hear from me for over a week, at least you’ll know why.

Oh, I’d love it if you took the time to comment, and tell me what you think. Do you follow a schedule? I know I wrote a post about schedules earlier, but I’m curious to know if you tried a similar template/schedule to mine, and how you coped with it. I wanna hear all about it. Thanks.

~Jian

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The above is a screenshot of my ranking, and it was made by my cool mother. I was studying   and my mom suddenly shouted: “You made the top 30!”

I dropped my pencil and rushed over to see if it was true. And it was! Because of the amazing support of my family, their friends, and the friends of their friends, and the people I’ve gotten acquainted with since I started blogging… I made it. Radio Silence is in the Top 30 with 353 votes. To bring perspective into how momentous this is, I was able to get to the Top 30 in roughly four weeks. And before Radio Silence, the fastest anyone was able to get to the Top 30 had been five weeks.

I was – and still am – amazed when this happened. I started pacing from one side of the room to another. I could not contain my excitement. This marks one of the few times where I cannot find the proper words to adequately describe how I felt when I found out.

Despite this, I still have a ways to go. It would be quite possible for me to be dethroned from the 30th position within a day or a week. So, it would still be a great favor to me if you – the reader – would take the time to vote for Radio Silence. You can also find the links to all the chapters here.

Still, I am just as happy as I can possibly be right now. Thank you to everyone that voted for me, and thank you to everyone that helped Radio Silence be the 30th most voted serial in Jukepop Serials, and the second most voted serial in the entire Horror genre.

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Thanks for everything.

-Jian

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The deaths of over a hundred and fifty prisoners in the Northson County Jail due to a fire of unknown causes is not very worrisome for most of the townspeople of Northson, but for Sheriff Gordon Matthews, it was tragic. His younger brother was in that blaze. Drowning his sorrows with alcohol, he is on the verge of committing suicide when his Deputy went on an inexplicable rampage and tried to kill him.

The Sheriff who, just moments before had a death wish, found himself fighting fiercely for his life. Now he also has to figure out what caused his Deputy to suddenly attack him, and what else was out there. He could feel the choking presence of evil and its impending horrors. No clue other than the eerie sounds of music playing on radios that have gone dead.

 

So, I’ve been talking about my story, Radio Silence, for months now. And all this time, I’ve yet to even post the summary. The reason for that being is because I submitted it to Jukepop Serials. It’s a wonderful website that serializes the stories of writers with a good story. So, after months of waiting, it has paid off.

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I don’t know if you can tell, but I am shaking with excitement. I woke up this morning to find that my dream had come true – becoming a published writer – and that I’m going to get paid for it. Now I’m jumping with excitement.

Now, one of the other reasons why I posted about this is because I need all of your votes to keep me in serialization. You can read Radio Silence over here. And if you liked it, I would really appreciate it if you took the time to register an account and vote for my story. That would be amazing.

The benefit of this, however, is that you can read Radio Silence entirely for free. So, if you end up liking the first chapter, you won’t be forced to buy it or anything. You just need to wait for the next chapter to come out.

Finally, I just want to thank my family. Because it literally would not be possible. My family supported me during the time that I was waiting to hear from Jukepop, and I thank them a lot for that.

Next, I want to thank my beta readers. (Yeah, am I reminding you of someone’s Oscar speech? One difference is I don’t have a time limit on my speech. Haha!) The amount of inconsistencies, realistic fighting errors, and terminology that they’ve pointed out in Radio Silence is astounding. It would most likely be unreadable for people that – unlike me – know a thing or two about cars, guns, fighting, etc. So, I owe them a lot of thanks for helping me with Radio Silence and for helping me with my book, the Line of Corruption.

Finally, I want to thank my Followers here on WordPress. Blogging’s been an outlet of mine for awhile now, and it gives me great joy to see that some other writers Like my post. It gives me even greater joy when they deem the stuff I write cool enough that they Follow me.

I definitely enjoy it when they Comment their thoughts on something I wrote about. It’s a lot of fun to discuss things in the comments section, even if our opinions do differ. So, yes. Thank you. I really mean it.

~Jian

Well. Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t written a post since Ideas Within Ideas. There’s a good reason, however. I’ve been working on a story for this website, Jukepop Serials. I’ve probably talked about Jukepop Serials before, but I’ve just been polishing the story. The story is called Radio Silence, and I’ve opted for a completely new story rather than my finished novel.

Right now, I’m working on the cover, but once it’s done, I’m going to immediately send it off to the site’s editors.

So, after that, I’ll be able to write plenty of posts again. Problem is – I need people’s votes for this. I’d really appreciate it if you people would take the time, when it’s uploaded, to register to the site and vote for my story. That’d be pretty great.

What’s the story? Well, I’m going to post the summary after the cover is done. Another thing, this isn’t the idea I was talking about in Ideas within Ideas. A lot of you were most likely disappointed since I got a lot of Tweets and comments about that. (I wouldn’t say two comments and one Tweet is a lot…)

Ignore the stuff in the parentheses. But, this was a story I came up with for NaNoWriMo. As some of you awesome writers know, NaNoWriMo was this big event in November where you wrote an entire book in one month. Needless to say, I failed. But, I did manage to make up a pretty cool story.

So, bear with me, and soon enough you’ll have more posts of me rambling about writing, shows I both love and hate, as well as book reviews. I haven’t been reading a lot since I’ve been working on the story.

But a review will probably be posted on Shogun, or Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose soon enough. I watched the miniseries, Band of Brothers, when I was five, and I really loved it. So, odds are, the book review of the Band of Brothers will probably be posted really soon.

So, thanks for reading. And I really hope you keep an eye out for my post where I give you all the summary, cover, and link to where you can vote for the story.

Thanks.

~J.A. Romano

 

I’m considering submitting my book to this online magazine, Jukepop Serials. It pays you about two cents per word, and you’re allowed to submit a chapter consisting of five thousand words. So, if I submit a chapter with five thousand words each in them, I’ll get roughly a hundred dollars per month up until my book is done.

Which would amount to 2,300 dollars, considering how many words my book has. (Do the math. Yes, I know. I’m evil like that.)

The question is: Should I submit it? I mean. Considering my age, a hundred bucks a month is huge. It’s like if a paper boy, instead of going on his paper route, goes to the Headquarters and writes a five thousand word essay that gets on the first page of the News. That’s pretty great, I have to say.

However, one has to remember that this works by votes, right? I’m confident in the people that I know that they’ll vote for me. (It’s not a request… Just kidding… Yes…)

Still, there’s no rule about not being allowed to submit your book to an agency even after it completes its stint on a magazine. (I make it sound like a prison, don’t I?)

But, everyone would literally be able to read my book. For free. Without even the decency of doing it illegally and risking a fine or the confiscation of their computer. It’s weird how I consider it much more decent for them to go against the law than them reading it legally, isn’t it?

I mean. What if… let’s say five people buy my book and read it and love it. They tell their tech savvy friends about it, and five of their friends look it up online. What? It can be read for free? Oooh, this author is either really cool or didn’t think this through.

I hope they’ll all think I’m pretty cool, though. You have to agree that that presents a bit of a problem, right? Now, I could either submit my book to this magazine, or submit one of my other stories… OR, I don’t submit anything at all to this magazine, and simply submit my book to an agent. I can leave it to the people to decide (the magazine relies on voting) or I could leave it to one person to decide.

Comment if you’ve any thoughts. That’d be pretty great. And… Yeah. My posts have been really short lately, haven’t they? That’s because I spent about fifty minutes yesterday writing something that will surprise all of you when it comes out. I won’t spoil anything, though. It’s a complete surprise. Just look out for a post from me.

Talk to you later, folks.

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Doh! Can’t believe I screwed up the line!

~J.A. Romano