UPDATE: Author responded. Everything is cool. This guy is awesome.

Original post follows:

I’ve gone through the list of SPFBO and one of them has a similar title to the Red Whale Project.

By extension, of course, leads to a similar idea.

Great minds think alike.

I’m bummed out. According to the book’s Amazon page, it was published only this year’s May. The author has beaten me with this amazing title by a few weeks. Okay, not weeks, months.

I’ve worked really hard on this book since October 2018, as a promise I’ve made to a friend, with intentions of finally getting it out by February 2019. Time and again I needed to push that deadline farther and farther away.

I’m a little bummed out, to be honest. I’ve contacted the author about this and I do hope he’s okay with me still using the title.

It would’ve been the perfect title for plenty of years though. But, ah well. Let this serve as a reminder that probably I should work a little bit harder to get things done.


For a moment there I believed it was possible to finish the Red Whale WIP.

I almost did it. I’ve spent more time writing it than I ever did. The fact that my day job boss has been away for the entire week looked like some divine sign that I can do it. Like it was destiny.

The story’s growth wasn’t because I had a lot of extra free time, but because of June 15. All for the sake of Mark Lawrence’s SPFBO. I’ve been desperate to participate since Year One but the WIPs have never been there. Especially as it turned out, SPFBO isn’t a guaranteed thing to happen. Every year counts.

The other night the wife gave a suggestion. Do not participate. The Red Whale may have reached awesome progress these past few months, but it’s never reached that level of satisfaction I’ve felt after reading a great book from another author. She pointed out, for certain there will be a series of revisions, get more feedback from beta readers, and polish the manuscript AF. She’s right and I need a little more time to complete the story. At some point I need to stop writing and editing and accept that the Red Whale is done.

But it is not this day.

The mad rush to finish the story within a few days from SPFBO would prove a mistake. There are still a ton of things I want to graft into the story, enriching it. There are chapters where I’m trying really hard to decide if they should stay or go.

If I was going to make a first impression, it better be from my greatest effort.

Of course, fortune favors the bold.


Innards #18: Rising

It’s been exactly one year since my last “Innards” post. I’ve talked a little about the Child then, and, I think I’ll do much less now. The Child is strong, growing up fast, and absolutely adorable.

As for my writing progress, let’s see what we have.

The Red Whale WIP has progressed from 27 to 29 percent. By this time, I have a completed “Part One.” Probably not as polished as I’d want it to be, but clean and shiny enough to be sent for selected readers. Mark Lawrence’s fifth SPFBO is happening this 15th of June, and I’m crossing my fingers that somehow, by some miracle, I make it just in time with a story I am damn proud of.

Red Whale has been scrapped and redone from scratch multiple times. There were chapters and some scenes that have made it to the main story, which helped speed up the writing progress. Writing is quite easy, at least for me. It’s the editing that’s hard.

Also, there is a new project that have blossomed in my head. I don’t know if it’s good, but unlike most of my future WIPs, this one will require a bit of outlining. There’s a lot to worldbuild, but at the same time, I don’t want it to have concepts similar from Red Whale. We’ll see how it goes. A good chunk of the world has already taken shape in my head. Though, I doubt I’ll fully immerse myself into this, until I’ve finished at least four projects. For now, I’m welcoming Project Gold.

As for my reading, which has slowed down to a trickle these past months. I am glad for the opportunity to read advanced copies of Cameron Johnston’s “God of Broken Things” and Elizabeth Bear’s “Red-Stained Wings.” I’ve also downloaded an excerpt of “The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon, and I am so deeply engrossed by it. Bought the book faster than Thanos’ Snap. I’ve purchased Evan Winters’ “Rage of Dragons” along with it, which I’ll be diving into as soon as I can. Right now though, I’m finishing Gareth Hanrahan’s “Gutter Prayer,” and it’s so fucking awesome.

Maybe I’ll write a few things about each of the books.

In any case, I’ll keep writing the second part of the Red Whale WIP.