NaNoWriMo – Update

NaNoWriMo. The word, to those of us who know what it represents, elicits a broad range of emotions. For some, it strikes fear. For others, it is an opportunity.

I think it’s safe to say I fall in the later category. I like having the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days in front of me. It gets my creative juices flowing.

It also makes me go further than I probably should; I make bigger challenges for myself. For example, I decided to write 70,000 words in November instead of the normal 50,000. That was largely because I knew how much writing I needed to get done. 50,000 words simply would not cover it all.

So, as of today, I am sitting above 45,000 words. That is the pace I need to hit that 70,000 word goal I set for myself. I should be much further along even than that, but I have had a number of zero-word days. Five to be precise. At my current rate of writing, I would already be closing in on 60,000 if I hadn’t taken time off.

But, I do have other responsibilities, so that is just the way it has to be.

Breaking down what I have done thus far is:

  • Finished (and posted) episode 2 of Champ McKay, Texas Space Ranger (to Wattpad);
  • Wrote episode 3 of Champ McKay (as above). Not yet posted. Needs some editing;
  • Began work on 3 different short stories. 80% finished one, 20% finished another and have a solid start on the third;
  • Have written 12 chapters of Mik Murdoch (expect 30ish chapters when finished). That puts the book almost at the half-way point.

Not disappointed with my progress so far. I had hoped to do more writing over the weekend, but plans have this funny way of changing. I’m still maintaining my podcasting work along with my other responsibilities around home too.

How is your NaNoWriMo going?


Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting

I have a confession to make. I LOVE movies. Okay, I get that doesn’t rank up there with anything too profound, but it is true nontheless.

And so, when I was at the Lethbridge Comic Expo and had the chance to meet a filmmaker, I jumped at the chance. The filmmaker was a local person who has been making some really fun independent films. The films are doing well and, I learned, have been at least partially funded by my company. Then I learned he has been doing a webseries called one hit die. Again, really fun stuff.

So, I talked to him and learned a bit more about what he is doing. And it turns out, he is doing a lot. He is writing the screen plays, directing producing and marketing his work. He is also doing all that difficult leg work to find funding for it too. That makes him an all-around threat.

So, I invited Spencer Estabrooks, the him I’ve been talking about, to come on Get Published to talk about screen writing.

Spencer talks about his work, his writing and his efforts to get his fims out to the broader world. He is a fantastic guy and I was delighted to get the chance to talk to him. I know, I’ve picked up a book on screenwriting so I can take a stab at it myself.

Cause, I simply don’t have enough to do already.

And, as always, I would like to invite you to leave me any comments, questions, tips or any other feedback you might have.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting (continued)

Welcome to the show.

02:05 - Promo - DanDanTheArtMan’s Book Reviews

02:36 Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting (continued)

Mike and Spencer discuss:

  • Screen writing, One hit die, sharkasaurus, time pressure, Guilt pressure, NaNoWriMo, Finding a place to Focus, Routine, Screen Play, vaguely specific, Networking, Conventions, Hulk Hogan, grass roots, westerns, web series

sharkasaurus25:01 - Promo - Dunesteef Podcast

25:37 — Closing

Thank you for listening.









Websites mentioned in this episode:

Spencer Estabrooks -

Sharkasaurus -

OneHitDie -

DanDanTheArtMan Book Reviews -

Dunesteef Podcast -


Agent Search: Is Now the Right Time?

I have been considering the idea of an agent search more and more frequently the past couple years. Initially, I kept asking myself what I might have to offer an agent.

In case you are wondering, that was the younger, more pessimistic me (yes, I’m older now and I’m still occassionally pessimistic – on the whole I have a great deal more self-confidence in myself and my writing now)

As I have grown more comfortable in my own writer’s skin, I’ve changed that question from what to how much? As in, “How much time do I realistically have to look for an agent?”

It even goes one step further too and this is where the cold chills often grip me. I’m busy now. If I were to find an agent, would I have time to properly work with him or her (this is where the self-doubt still occasionally surfaces)? Then I remind myself of the old saying which says, “if you want something done (right), give it to a busy person.” I know I’m a busy person and I always seem to hit my deadlines.

So, does that mean now is the right time?

That is usually where I manage to step back from the ledge and not take the leap.

Then, I met Alexander Pierce virtually on Twitter. Alexander has been taking that very leap for a while and only a few weeks ago he was successful in his agent search. I read his post about it and got thinking about agents yet again.

And the question came up…again. Is now the right time?

I look at what 2015 has in store for me and I think the answer could be yes (btw, “could” is one of those hedging words for when you don’t want to commit to something).

I mean, I have a book I co-authored with JR Murdock coming out either late this year or early next. I’m working on the next Mik Murdoch which should be out next year. I’m publishing an anthology and Boyscouts of the Apocalypse. AND I should have at least two short stories coming out.

If I’m not ready now, when will I ever be? Sometimes a little fear is a good thing, but you cannot let it rule you.

All that being said, I will start my agent search this month. I will do that by crafting the best agent query letter I can and gather the list of agents I have been compiling. Then, I will unleash the dogs of war…or at least the dogs of querying.

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