October 2019 Update

I was determined to get this out on the last day of the month, this time! This is just going to be a short one.

Crematoria Online

Working, working, working.

There are two major scenes that I need to add in to Crematoria Online book 2 before I can do my last editing pass. This process has been super slow, and I’m not going as fast as I would like to, but real life and my day job has a habit of getting in the way. But the day job also pays the bills, so it takes precedence until my writing can pay the rent!

This month I put together a new gear generator for Crematoria Online to make sure that all of the gear that Lucas and friends receive is level and rarity appropriate as the series continues on. And I do mean for it to continue on for some time.

I shared the basic underpinnings of this generator over on my blog earlier in the month. If you’re thinking about writing a LitRPG or GameLit novel, and want to get an idea of how you might chart out a power curve, I’d recommend checking it out.

As a result of this gear curve being actually figured out now, I’ll be revisiting Rise of the Crimson Order to ensure that all the items in there fit the curve. I’m also going to revisit that novel and make some big quality of life improvements in the first book, in preparation for the release of book two. I want to give the absolute best reading experience I can as the series continues on.

Speaking of improvements, Rise of the Crimson Order will be getting a new cover soon. Book Two will be getting a cover in matching branding, ready for when it launches.

I was hoping to have another short story out for Halloween this year, but it wasn’t finished in time. It’s still coming though, but I’m not sure when.

Other writing

Next month marks the start of NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month that I participate in almost every year. This year I’ll be participating, but I know I’m not going to hit the 50k goal. My son is going to arrive any day now, so my writing time is going to be diddly squat.

However, I have wanted to put together some non-fiction books for some time. Crematoria Online Book Two will be sixth finished novel, and my eleventh total book. I

’m starting to feel like I know what I’m doing well enough to be able to provide some advice to people who are just starting to take their writing seriously. So I might split my NaNoWriMo focus between the first episode of a serial LitRPG, and those couple of non-fiction projects.

If you want to be my NaNoWriMo Writing Buddy, shoot me a request!

Last year I published a tough love guide on how to prepare yourself for NaNoWriMo. You might want to have a look at that, too.

Published by Matthew J. Barbeler

Matthew J. Barbeler writes dark fiction to die for.

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