Allan Joyal: Blog

I can't stop yawning.

June 25, 2017
Posted at 3:50 pm

I'm recovering from having a kidney stone and seem to spend more time yawning than ever before. The good news is that I have survived the experience, but it was definitely a different experience.

I did say that my latest Amazon published book would be available soon. A Living Dungeon was published on Thursday. There is no sex, but if you like fantasy tales I believe you'll find it a very enjoyable story.

I do plan on finishing Living next. Hopefully that will be a week or so, but I can't say for sure. This weekend has been about recovery from the kidney stone so I haven't written much.

Where I am.

June 19, 2017
Posted at 8:20 pm

As people noticed I did post 2 chapters last week. I'm trying to get the rest of Living posted, but its been slow going. Writing the last few chapters has been indescribably hard. I know how I want the last few chapters to run, but writing the scenes is going very slowly.

Which isn't a problem, but it does mean that finishing stories goes slowly.

This isn't just happening with Living. Just about every story I've written writes quickly when I'm writing the start and the middle, but as I get close to the end the writing slows. As I've said before. "Endings are hard."

I'll be trying to finish the story soon though.

Meanwhile, I did survive Mexico, although work has gotten a bit crazy. We're trying to fix the build plan for the rest of the year and that's had me in lots of long meetings.

I also wrote a new tale as I said. "A Living Dungeon" is going through a couple of final edits and a cover is being produced. Once that is complete I'll be posting it on Amazon. I'll let everyone know when it becomes available.


May 20, 2017
Posted at 11:27 pm

I do have to apologize for not posting many chapters recently. My company has been ordered to send a bunch of people to a factory in Mexico to fix a problem and I ended up on the list of those who has to go. It's disrupted my writing schedule more than I would have liked. I probably won't be posting more chapters until Memorial Day or later.


A quick blurb and explanation

May 7, 2017
Posted at 7:06 pm

I must once again ask for a thousand pardons from all my loyal and disloyal fans who are waiting to find out what will finally be the end of Mark Parker and his family and friends.

It's not that I intended to suddenly drop the story. I had been trying very hard to get it done. And as I've posted, February and March were reasonably good months writing wise as far as I was concerned.

And then there was April. You know with 7 days left in April I posted about having finished 57K words. I finished the month with over 80K words written. The last few days of the month saw me regularly exceeding 3,000 words a day. Mostly on my newest story idea, which has been growing by leaps and bounds.

Well, May has started unbelievably. The story that I started mid-April is now almost complete and has more than 80K words written. Yes, in less than a month I've almost written a complete book. That has been helped by a 5,000 words per day pace I've been able to maintain since May 1. I find I'm hyper-focused in the new story. Which sadly means that Living hasn't had any chapters added to the file in a couple of weeks. I am going to keep posting as I had a few banked, but until I get the current story finished, I doubt I'll have time to write more.

I'm not sure why my muse is pushing so hard, but I'm not going to look a gift tale in the pages. I'm going to write, write, write.

Hopefully I'll have something about the story for you all soon. I can say its a bit different from my normal fare."

Wandering Muses

April 23, 2017
Posted at 11:30 pm

Well, as I told my friends among the fraternity of Swarm Cycle authors, my muse managed to wander off into the fields of 'WTF' and found an entirely new and unusual idea for a major story. And this is not a quick story. I expect I'll get a 120K word novel out of it.

What is more scary is how hard my muse bit down on this tale. Last weekend was not a good weekend for me in writing. I barely wrote a word, and on April 17, had maybe 32,000 words written so far for April. (When I'm writing regularly I try for 2,000 words per day so I was about 2K words behind my preferred pace.)

As of 10 minutes ago, I had 57,956 words written for April. Yes, I've written more than 25,000 words in a week. All in the new story that I came up with. It seems that it grows 4-5000 words per day since I got inspired.

Sadly, its completely non-erotic, so I really doubt you'll find it here at SOL. I am tempted to post chapter 1 as a teaser, but I'm not sure that it would be proper or right. But that would happen when I was closer to completion.

I do still plan on finishing Living. The break actually has given me a chance to send the chapters that are complete for editing. I'll be replacing the posted chapters with edited versions sometime in the near future. I'm sure that many people are looking forward to that.