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Weekly Word Count #167

Word Count: 130

What story I’m currently working on:

Since I didn’t update the last one, consider this the shortest week ever! The word count should’ve been zero since I spent a ton of time catching up on beta reads, working on content editing jobs, and the rewrite for The Lies We Weave (Musketeer Pirates), BUT I may have scribbled down the opening lines for Forged Futures. Those shifters keep “hounding” me. Still, I’m determined to put down 10k into Hypnotizing Beat by the end of September.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I’m moving forward with The Lies We Weave. It’s got a fancy new name, is getting a total quality rewrite, and then I’ll be weaving in like 8 new scenes. Also, rewriting is a bitch and takes forever. WAY longer than fresh-writing a book. The next thing out on the horizon will be Bustles and Bells sometime later this year, probably closer to Christmas. I know our stories are due October 1st…mine may already be turned in.

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Teaser of the week:

“Mislabeled the sign,” a cocky voice called from the door. “Should read ‘Doggie Daycare_ with the amount of pups packed into this place.” The man_s eyes twinkled with his l

Line of the week:

The house never felt as empty as it did in mid-winter.

Lana thought the loneliness would’ve gripped her by the throat those early summer nights after Kyle died, but those didn’t compare to the brittle ache that had descended with the new year.

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Corsets and Cogs Release!

If you’re looking for your Take to the Skies fix, look no further! One Shot for the Sky, my steampunk short featuring the crew of the Fireswamp is in this anthology! Buy your copy HERE!

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Welcome to the world as it never was…

Enter landscapes awash in steam-powered machinery, Victorian style, and mysterious magic shrouded in the fog of a city night.

Join 25 New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling speculative fiction authors as they dive into alternate universes of tinkers, mad scientists, and space-faring soldiers, as well as leviathans, vampires, and demons—along with the cloaked lords and corseted ladies haunting pages of these alternative histories.

This limited-time anthology features tales of whimsy and wonder rife with gaslamp masquerades, steam-driven dirigibles, clockwork landscapes, gadgets and gears, and more.

Perfect for lovers of Penny Dreadful, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Sherlock Holmes!

 

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Weekly Word Count #139

Word Count: 11,300

What story I’m currently working on:

So, my pace finally slowed, but that’s because I had an event from Friday to Sunday and couldn’t write for 3 days. I hit 44k with the Wanderers story, and I’m hoping to cram in some more today through Sunday to get to 50k by Monday. I’ll be back to chugging away at a faster than average pace, because this story is still flowing out of me just as strong. These characters just CLICK in a perfect way. However, I also finished the Take to the Skies short this week, rounding out at 7k, so, yay! Winning!

 

What I’m editing/marketing:I got my first edits for Of Tinkers and Technomancers in! I am so excited! Soon, we’ll be entering into line edits on both A Reflection of Ice and Of Tinkers and Technomancers, which is all sorts of yay. Still living the waiting life on all of my submissions, and I’ve been refreshing my email like a beast. My one beta finished reading and critiquing The Airship Also Rises, and the other is almost done, so I’ll be editing that soon, and I’ve also got to dive into edits for the Take to the Skies short so I can get it to my editor ASAP.

Teaser of the week:

Wistful notes spoke of loneliness, as solitary as the final birdsong of autumn or the trill of summer_s last cicada before the wintry freeze.

Line of the week:

Cole buzzed with adrenaline, stuck at the top of the coaster and waiting for the descent. Riley’s familiar scent, that dark amber of his aftershave, made his chest ache so hard he could barely breathe.

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Music Monday-Secret of the Master Gearsman

Need some new tunes for the new week? Look no further.

Today Einar Mercier is sharing his musical inspiration for Secret of the Master Gearsman with us!

 

These songs from my Secret of the Master Gearsman playlist were common tunes while I sat at my laptop, envisioning the fantastic Gears & Gunfighters world and the people in it!

1. “Roundtable Rival,” by Lindsay Sterling. In truth, all of her music is amazing to play in the background while writing, but this song fits my steampunk material well. The pace keeps the keys clacking away while the melody fills you with a sense of adventure and opportunity that makes whatever comes next in the novel seem eager to break out onto the page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=jvipPYFebWc

2.  “Jesse James,“ by Clay Walker. Steampunk Westerns combine two of the most common guy-stereotypes, the need to tinker and fix things, and the desire to wear a low-slung gun belt and walk into a saloon with your spurs jangling. This song does a great job capturing that ineffable quality, that glimmer in the hearts of good and ordinary folks to rob a train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlpwKxd2s4

3. “Steampunk Pixie,” by Frenchy and the Punk. This is a great rockabilly-saloon song. The bounce in the beat and the charm of the tune is great for when I’m writing wry humor or sarcastic dialogue strips. It can be easy to get lost in the Western feel or the grit and noir of this book’s ongoing conflict, and this reminds me to have fun with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=ixbKm2JQx2w

4. “Glory and Gore,” by Lorde. This is a bit of a departure from the theme, but half of my world is populated by Vikings and this encapsulates the different worldview and behaviors of the Union’s northern border. The simple, direct savagery of the lyrics speaks to the way my Northmen behave in a beautiful and elegant way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOks2HArHf0

5. “Hungry Eyes,” by Eric Carmen. Not only a timeless classic and a great pace to write to, but it is a perfect representation of when Coline (the main character) encounters Guthvormyr, leader of a mystical race that lives within the Aether. That’s all I can say about it without giving away key plot points, but when you read the novel it will make sense!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oKUTOLSeMM

I never experienced Writer’s Block but instead have what I have termed Writer’s Diffusion, an inability to focus on just one writing project at a time. As such, I am amidst all of the following projects:

Einherjar, the Viking afterlife of a US Soldier, in edit and review for release in 2016.

Everlasting, a Slavic-horror tale, 30% complete.

Ransomed Dreams, a sci-fi pulp/noir adventure, 30% complete.

Seventy-Nine, a tarot-inspired adventure in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland, 20% complete.

Gunfighter: The Midnight Line, a modern action-novel, 20% complete.

 

Where can your readers find you?

My website: www.einarmercier.com

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/einarmercierauthor

My Steampunk Gunfighter Advice Column: www.gearsandgunfighters.com

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Weekly Word Count #33

Getting ready to bunker down for “snowmaggedon” they’re calling it. At least for us East Coasters. Whether or not it actually happens is a coin toss, though I have to admit after all the hysteria I think it’d be rather hilarious to get a small smidge of snow. Either way, I’ll be spending that time writing!

Word Count: 5,891

What story I’m working on: Scrying for Summer, the sequel to Hunting for Spring. While I love Night Awakens, I’m taking a brief hiatus to pound out this sequel, because I’m just jiving with it right now.

What I’m editing/marketing: The Iron Legacy is in the final rounds of editing and the beginning of query writing. As for marketing, still riding the high of Hunting for Spring’s release last week!

Line of the week:

“If you’re grinning like that after catching a glimpse, there’s no way you could handle the whole she-bang, babe,” she sauntered past him, grabbing her pack and heading to the door.

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Weekly Word Count #28

Merry merry! This month is always a whirlwind, but I’m attempting to do my best and still push out my words! I have to make sure there are new stories for you all!

Word Count: 0…yeah, that’s right. You heard me. But trust me, there’s good reason.

What story I’m working on: Well, when I’m done with the editing marketing spree this month has been, I’m back on Night Awakens. However, I’d made some promises to my readers, and so this story needs a temporary halt while I focus on the big stuff right now.

What I’m editing/marketing: An Airship Named Desire will re-release by the end of the year. It’s what I’ve been working diligently on all week. AND, Hunting for Spring marketing is plugging along full steam ahead. I’m so excited for this story.

Line of the week:

“Of course not. I’m leveling an aether bomb’s worth of fun. How do you feel about enemy pursuit? The captain mentioned the words port and fast so he sent me down to help. You point, I grunt, go push button.”

from An Airship Named Desire!

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Meet the Writer- Einar Mercer

One community that’s blossoming with talent is the steampunk one. Whether it be artists, musicians, writers, or any of the other talented creators that make inventions and crafts, this group of individuals has produced unparalleled creativity.

Today welcome Einar Mercer to the blog!

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What’s your favorite quote about writing?

Because so many quotes about writing are from writers, there are hundreds of excellent quotes and it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. At the moment I am inspired by these two:

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” –Graham Greene

When you’re settling down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?

People are fascinating and inspiring and while I know some writers develop a plot and then populate it with characters, almost everything I have ever written has begun with a person. There is a lot of beauty and tragedy in the world but there is something uniquely magnificent about the combination of mannerisms, language, physical features, worldviews, and emotional ranges that compose and person and distinguish them from others. Sometimes when it is a particularly potent combination I will immediately imagine them in another place, or another time, or how they would react to this opportunity or that obstacle- and a story begins.

With all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re attached enough to keep writing about?

Because of the way in which I fall in love with characters, asking which is my favorite is like asking a parent which child they like best- in my estimation there is always an answer, but they feel a little conflicted about it. I have written some colorful characters and some meaningful characters, some that reflect the best and worst parts of myself… it has been rumored that I have even created characters based on people I disliked for the sole purpose of killing them in novels!

My favorite character to date is probably Adelaide “Calamity” Sinclair, a main character in the first trilogy of my Gears & Gunfighters books. She represents the best in womankind to me, independent and practical, beautiful and vibrant, comfortable with her sexuality and dedicated to those she cares for.

If you could choose anywhere to go for a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I grew up on the northern Atlantic coast and have an abiding love for the rocky shores and frigid whitecaps of that region. If I could vacation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and spend my days at Odiorne Point writing followed by nights in the Coat of Arms Pub, that would be about as perfect as I can imagine.

Do you have any project you’re super excited about right now?

I am most excited to continue writing in my Gears & Gunfighters universe as it expands. My fourth book and the start of a new trilogy will be released at the end of July, and my fifth book is underway. I have eight more outlined, with some loose plans to write some novels in the classic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure format and a role-playing game in the same setting. A fan has asked how I would feel about other authors writing short stories in the Gears & Gunfighters setting, so that may be on the horizon as well.

When you’re not writing, are there any shows you keep up with?

I am a big fan of Hell on Wheels and just finished Season 4, while Season 5 premieres on July 18th. It is a bit of an underdog on AMC with Walking Dead and Mad Men in the spotlight, but I am thoroughly addicted and looking forward to the final season.

Do you have any book recommendations to share?

I just picked up “Bull Mountain” by Brian Panowich, a work of Southern Outlaw fiction. Not normally a genre I read, I was impressed at his book launch party by the grit and noir of the first chapter and the breadth of his plot arc (the novel spans four generations of a family from the end of prohibition to modern day).

When people ask me to recommend a book, I invariably recommend “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I consider Oscar Wilde to be one of the finest writers of all time, and genuinely believe he was possessed of a uniquely deep understanding of the human condition.

Now the question I ask everyone–what’s your zodiac sign?

I am a classic Virgo.

Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book that might cause you to put it down?

I would like to preface my reply to this question by saying that completing a novel and sending it to print is a monumental accomplishment and worthy of recognition, and that my pet peeves are simply matters of preference rather than a comment on any author who falls victim to them- nothing can detract from the milestone that is fearlessly putting your story out into the world and giving it to others to do with what they will.

I do not care for fiction in which agenda overruns plot. If a character is anti-government, or focused on putting an end to bullying, or some other socially relevant cause, that is fine and perhaps even integral to the story. When that transitions to a sense that the author is using characters as props to drive their personal agenda to the reader, I lose interest immediately. I believe such objectives belong in the realm of non-fiction where the reader chooses to be informed on the subject, while such dialogues in fiction should be more subtle and collateral to falling in love with characters or plotlines.

Where can readers find you and your books?

My books are all available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Einar-Mercier/e/B00VKW1JLQ)

Links to all of my books and social media presence can be found on my blog as well, at www.gearsandgunfighters.com.

If you happen to be in the Augusta, Georgia area, my friend David Hutchison is stocking my novels on the shelves of the Book Tavern on Broad Street, downtown. As a plug for his business, David owns and operates his bookstore with an incredible selection of new and used titles and proudly supports independent authors for events, one of the rare gems of the central Savannah River valley.

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