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[Plotting About] When Riders Crosleigh News

Summer News

Hello all, long time no post.

Welcome to August. Where’d the other seven months go?

Upcoming events!

1. East Providence Arts Festival: The Looff on 8/10/19
2. Necronomicon on 8/23/19 – 8/25/19.
3. Rhode Island Comic Con on 11/1/19 – 11/3/19
4. 7th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo on 12/7/19

Book 2 News

If everything had gone according to plan, book 2 should’ve been being edited by now and done but instead I found out something: I’m not a 1 book a year writer.

For those who manage to write and published 3 of these per year I salute you. There’s a metric crap ton of planning involved in just 1 book but getting 3 pushed out in a year is a lot effort involved. People often say: I didn’t know there was that much work involved.

Real life happens and here I am still working on getting chapters together so book 2 due date is 2020 and we’ll see what happens.

Book 2 won’t be a direct sequel. It will be a stand alone so you don’t need to read book 1.

I am very happy to report that people are buying the physical copies at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, RI so much so they went through their original four of five copies (yes, the same ones in the picture above) and I’ve since dropped off more.

This is a good sign since it takes a lot just to sell 1 book per year in book stores.

Where to find Where Weavers Daire in the New England Area

Stillwater Books, Pawtucket, RI

Wakefield Books, Wakefield, RI

Inkfish Books,Warren, RI

Books on the Square, Providence, RI

Pegasus Book Exchange in West Seattle even has a copy on their shelves.

Where to find Where Weavers Daire everywhere else

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Join my Mailing List!

I’ve updated my mailing list through Mailchimp. There’s currently a direct link in the sidebar.

The plan is to offer free novellas or short stories since Alex White has been doing it.

I didn’t budget myself any money for advertising last year I’ll be jumping on the Book Funnel band wagon soon so I hope to grow my mailing list a bit.

Consignment Requests

If you’re a book store looking to add a sci-fi book, please let me know. I’m open to consignment requests.

Where Weavers Daire is available through Ingram Spark as well: ISBN 978-1-7325680-1-3

 

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February Updates

Welcome to February

Work continues on Where Riders Crosleigh.

I’ve updated my appearance page to include Boskone which is this coming weekend where myself, J. Michael Squatrito and Christopher Paniccia will exhibiting in the dealers room at the Association of Rhode Island Authors table.

Boskone Panel

Boskone is great convention to go to if you’re in the area. It’s more geared towards authors instead of comics and has three days worth of panels to attend.

Boskone Panel

If you can’t make it to WorldCon then Boskone is a great alternative.

R K Bentley and Nat Segaloff

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[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: Finished.

 

Where Weavers Daire Update

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

After 7 years and several revisions, Where Weavers Daire is done and then some! Whoops.

And here’s the ebook cover!

The cover to Where Weavers Daire by R. K. Bentley by Damonza.com
The cover to Where Weavers Daire by. R. K. Bentley

What happens next?

It’s getting edited and should be done in 2 weeks.

What happens after that?

Somewhere between then and now, the paperback cover, the Facebook ad, the bookmarks and the audio cover, all done by Damonza will be approved.

The paperback through either Ingram Spark or Createspace will go into pre-order and the ebooks will be going wide.

The audio book probably through Findaway Voices.

Release date and appearances?

The planned release date is in October just in time for North Scituate Art Festival, Jewelry City Steampunk Festival, Rhode Island Comic Con and Rhode Island Author Expo.

Yes, I have secured a table at RICC and will be there with other ARIA authors.

I’ll be at the 6th Annual RI Author Expo as well.

The other two are up in the air.

Will there be a book signing at Stillwater Books? Probably, I just need to figure out when.

What happens after all this?

From a writing standpoint: I work on something else before Bennett North gives me the evil eye and then obviously work on Book 2 since it sezs Series on the cover.

Having book 2 to be published by World Con in Dublin feels like a lovely deadline.

Having Book 3 to be published by World Con in New Zealand feels like fun.

Having Book 4 to be published by World Con in DC is doable, I think.

I’ve been working in the universe for a while with nothing to show for it because I never actually finished any of the other novels because they started off as NaNoWrimo novels.

They’re salvageable and I have an idea of where they fit in the overall story. I’m pulling a Marvel Cinematic Universe-type of plot and introducing things piece by piece.

Mailing List?

Can be found in the sidebar of this blog!

What about the comic?

While all this goes on, I need to brush off the comic book script I wrote and heavily edit it since after a certain chapter, nothing in the book or comic resemble each other.

Support the book!

In the meantime, support the book! There are always things that are needed.

eBay Auctions!

I am currently selling my comic book collection on eBay to fund the creation of the book.

Donations are also welcome!

Donations go towards creation of a book cover, ebook and paperback formatting, banners, table cloths and other things needed to sell the book.


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[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire, July 2018

The writing continues.

My deadline is now July 31st.

Where Weavers Daire Update

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

eBay Auctions!

I am currently selling my comic book collection on eBay to fund the creation of the book.

Donations are also welcome!

Donations go towards creation of a book cover, ebook and paperback formatting, banners, table cloths and other things needed to sell the book.





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Rhody Writing Group’s Fifth Anniversary

2010 NaNoWrimo TGIO Party happy to be done with the writing!

Rhody Writing Group’s Fifth Anniversary

Writing in a vacuum can be very boring. For most you either need to sit at a desk or library or if you’re like me you have a 3 days worth of movie soundtracks to listen to get you into the mood. The downside to writing in a vacuum is no feedback or moral support feels like you’re building a sand castle at the beach and no one is there to admire it.

I started writing by adapting the Transformers pilot episode onto my dad’s TSR-80 laptop and continued through Junior High and High School writing at the time what was fan fiction Robotech novels.

During college, I met up with Paul Chabot and in a year or two we’re semi-yearly self publishing a black and white comic book called Totems.

In 2004, I found NaNoWrimo and got back into the universe I create in College and updated it so the Robotech trappings were gone.

Rhode Island is small state so traveling to write ins and finding coffee houses that can hold a burgeoning amount of people who’re just going to sit there and tap away on their laptops sounds easier than it should be but it’s not when your favorite place on Fox Point up and closes and you now have to seek another watering hole.

In December of 2010, sitting at the TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) party for NaNoWrimo over at Brewed Awakenings in Johnston,  there were great deal of people sitting around and I asked them if I started a writing group would they be interested in joining and they said yes.

Thankfully, Warwick Public Library had rooms available to reserve and in February (after a mis-step in January with snow in the forecast that never appeared) our motley group got together and reviewed several pieces including the first chapter of Weaver which has since been filed under: Nothing happens in fifteen pages it’s being revised.

It has been a fun five years. I’ve attempted to switch gears from hobby writing to writing professionally and even finished the first draft of Weaver to find I put too much into it.

It’s been a delight to see  other authors hone their craft until they have a voice and knowing when you read their piece it’s going to be interesting.

If you’re writing and haven’t found a writing group I suggest checking Meetup. You’d be surprised to see how many writing groups there are.

A writing group is great resource to have because:

  1. No one at the table is a blood relation to you.
  2. You’ll get free feedback on your work from people who may not even be writing in your genre.

We’ve had people come and go, the core group had clicked and even started meeting once a month to write in Newport.

We’ve even had a few people self publish a book or two, like Matt Keefer, Janet Parkinson and more.

So, when Bennett North sold her first short story to Fantasy and Science Fiction it was happy day since she had submitted to the group.

It was even a more happier day when it appeared in the January/February 2016 Edition of the magazine.

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And here are some of those reviews from Tangent and SFRevu of the issue.

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[Plotting About] Closing out 2015 with writing goals for 2016

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Looking back on the end of 2013 and 2014 I’m in a better place than last year even if I’m still writing Weaver.

The list I made last year was:

1. Finish Weaver Book #1. Query Agents. Work on Book #2. – I’ll get to this in a second.
2. Find a graphic design job – No such luck but I did get a job at Displays2Go.
3. Continue to write – Yep.
4. Read more – I have been.
5. Take more pictures and post’em – Need more time in the day.
6. More gaming with Team Formation – Still need more time in the day altho Rainbow 6 Siege coming out is a welcome breath of fresh air.
7. Hope for a good season of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi – There’s a blog post about the utter shit writing that was this season. If they cancel it next season it’ll go out on a low note from the writing standpoint. More on this later…

Where Weavers Daire Update

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

I may’ve lost 10k from October but the plot is a lot better than what it had been.

The writing and re-writing continues. I’ve also found an easier way to jot things down besides my moleskin: Google Docs. Generally I use M$ Word to write and compile in Scrivener but I’ve been using Google Docs to write down and plan out plot points.

This is a good thing since most of it is still in my head and I’m making a concerted effort to plot instead of discovery or pants my way through.

I mentioned how the first draft of Weaver had an enormous amount of  content that should’ve been in other book and that’s what I’ve been doing when not watching Jessica Jones, The Expanse, working (!) or playing Fallout 4 / Destiny / Rainbow Six Siege.

I’ve been pushing plot threads that were in the first draft to the next book and it’s been helping a lot.

Writing Goals for 2016

  1. Plot out the rest of book 1.
  2. Finish writing Weaver.
  3. Work on Weaver graphic novel / web comic / Patreon.
  4. Get Weaver professionally edited.
  5. Self publish Weaver
  6. Plot out book 2 and 3.
  7. Attend several of the local events like the 4th Annual ARIA Author Expo and RICC and sell it!
  8. Make loads of money minus stealing the underwear.

Yep, short writing goals.

Misc Updates

Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, going to see it again then there will be a review post. My first thoughts: Great looking and well acted unlike the prequels. The new characters and the actors portraying them infused new blood into universe even if the plot hit all the notes from the original trilogy and it’ll be interesting to see how many deleted scenes show up on the DVD. I need to read the novelization as well since it was based on a previous screenplay draft.

The Art Book is worth getting but nowhere as detailed as the Making of Trilogy books.

On another note, Legos and Star Wars. It’s an expensive hobby.

The 3rd Annual Association of Rhode Island Author Expo went off without a hitch. I’m going to ignore the power failure at Lincoln Mall for 30-40mins.

Writing Excuses Cruise 2016 – I’m looking into doing this like Bennett North did this year.

Con Season 2016 consists of Emerald City, Necon and RICC. 3/4 of those I don’t need a hotel or airline tickets for. I’m half tempted on going to Boston Comic Con this year just as a fan to see how it is.

On the job front, I got a job at Displays2Go. I highly recommend their products and they’re local to Rhode Island!

That’s it for now, here’s hoping 2016 is better than 2015.

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[Plotting About] A September writing update on Weaver

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Site News:

Yes, this site and RKB Studios has been a yo-yo as of late hence this post being a day late but hopefully Site 5 has fixed the problem.

Weaver News:

I’ve been posting chapters on Wattpad and plan to continue it until the end.

I feel I may be jettisoning some chapters to get the story back on track.

I’m planning out the last chapters hence the jettisoning because some of it doesn’t feel right.

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

Currently, I’ve taken a break from writing to focus on the Weaver bible and a comic book adaptation.

The bible is coming along well and I’ve got about fifty pages of the comic book adaptation. Fifty pages equals to the end of chapter two.

The general idea being finish the manuscript, get a submission packet together and submit to comic companies.

If they all say no then my plan is to start a Patreon so the artist can be paid and consider what format to publish the comic. B+W instantly comes to mind because color is expensive and I enjoy black and white more than color.

Collected Curios creator, Phillip Jackson, has had some success printing Little Victory through Indy Planet/Little Lulu so that’s one option, the other may be a web comic.

The general idea is not to spend money on books and have them left over in a box like we did with Totems.

The good news is Weaver isn’t an anthropomorphic book with adult overtones masquerading as a funny book so that hurtle doesn’t need to be jumped over.

The hurtle is: how to get something out there and get the people working on it paid.

I’m mostly a web comic reader right now and while the webcomic format saves on printing a physical book, the fact we have nothing to sell at convention is something of a rub.

The good news is, we’re not buying space at conventions to sell something.

NaNoWrimo News:

It’s in a month and I haven’t a clue what I’m writing about.

One of these NaNoWrimos I’ll actually plan it out.

I think I may plan it out the first half of November and write the 50k the second half, maybe…

Other News:

Read Bennett North’s adventure at the Writing Excuses Writer’s Retreat Cruise she went on.

The podcast is one I highly recommend and the cruise sounds fun too!

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