Last Day For Smashwords End-Of-Year Sale

By Jamie Alan Belanger on January 1, 2018 10:00 am · 0 Comments

Smashwords is running an End-of-Year sale starting today. Tons of great books are on sale, including almost everything in our catalog.

Today is the last chance to grab some great freebies for your shiny new e-reader, phone, or tablet, and stock up on reading material for the new year!

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Smashwords End-Of-Year Sale!

By Jamie Alan Belanger on December 26, 2017 8:00 am · 0 Comments

Smashwords is running an End-of-Year sale starting today. Tons of great books are on sale, including almost everything in our catalog. Grab some great freebies for your shiny new e-reader, phone, or tablet, and stock up on reading material for the new year!

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Jamie’s Writing Update for June 2014

By Jamie Alan Belanger on July 1, 2014 10:53 am · 0 Comments

Day Skipper

I’ll admit, I skipped a few days of writing this past month. The first two were understandable, as I was helping my brother and sister-in-law in New Hampshire move. The third day I skipped, however, was just a total lack of motivation. I didn’t even feel bad about it; I just didn’t write. Twice I opened a document and stared at it, then closed the program and did something else.

I’m starting to find it more and more difficult to get my 2,014 words a day. Most days I barely squeak by, writing just about the bare minimum. Still, I haven’t resorted to intentionally bad prose just to hit my word count. There’s no “he was really really really really tired” type of word count finagling. At this point, I’m just trying to finish the first draft of all 9 books in my Chronicles of Palamar series. I’ll clear half a million words written at some point in July, but I really doubt I’ll have the motivation to hit the one million mark.

 

How Much Did I Write?

Fewest words written:  0 (June 12, 17, and 23)
Most words written: 8,483 (June 4th)
Average words per day: 2,384
Total words written in June:    71,528
Total words this year: 477,560

 

What did I write?

In March, I finally started the Chronicles of Palamar, which will be a 9-book fantasy epic set in a fantasy world I’ve been designing since I was in elementary school. This past month I worked on the sixth book, and took a few breaks to knock out some other short stories.

 

Fun With Word Count Statistics

By Jamie Alan Belanger on March 27, 2014 4:00 pm · 0 Comments

While writing my post yesterday about my word count statistics, I ran some other numbers through the ol’ spreadsheet and came up with some other interesting facts. I made these word count statistics by highlighting the actual stories, so if you compare to word counts at places like Smashwords, it won’t match up… I didn’t want to include things like copyright text and author biographies in these counts.

  • As a company, Lost Luggage Studios has published 12 books so far, for a total of 770,677 words… that’s about 4,000 words less than the Bible!
  • The Terran Shift universe now consists of more than half of a million published words… 541,973 to be exact.
  • The Scribings anthology series contains 149,461 words and will be closer to 200,000 when we publish Volume 4 in June.
  • Including Scribings, the Terran Shift anthologies, and How Mal 780, we’ve published 291,772 words of short stories.
  • Our fantasy world, Palamar, currently only has 12,286 published words… but that’s going to change by 2015 for sure. It should almost double when Dappil Goes to Hell comes out in Scribings, Volume 4 in June.

 

Jamie’s Writing Update for February 2014

By Jamie Alan Belanger on March 1, 2014 8:30 am · 0 Comments

Earlier this year, I talked a little about my goal to write 2,014 words a day, every day this year. The quest continues, and I did stick with it for another month. For me, I think the best part is that I can delete notes once I’ve written the stories and scenes. I’m cleaning up so much stuff that has been piling up over the past few years, that I’m finally getting to other projects, and have even started programming again!

 

How Much Did I Write?

Fewest words written:  2,041 (February 6th)
Most words written: 4,703 (February 19th)
Average words per day: 2,861
Total words written in February:    80,115

Another 80,000 words, which brings my total so far this year to just over 185,000 words.

 

What did I write?

Pariah — I got about halfway through the sequel before realizing that I was not actually writing the sequel, but was writing a book that happens between Pariah and its sequel. So then I wrote the sequel too, turning this into a trilogy. I jotted down some notes and now know that there’s at least two more books to write, in addition to the two I wrote this past month.

Dappil fans rejoice! I wrote the first draft of a short story / novella called… Dappil Goes To Hell

I also started to write a short story for the third volume of the Terran Shift Anthology, due out at the end of this year. My first draft of that is quickly becoming a novella. Yesterday it topped 20,000 words, and the story isn’t done yet.