Essential GPS Now Available

By Jamie Alan Belanger on November 30, 2015 8:44 am · 0 Comments

Essential GPS: A Scribings Special Edition

The Greater Portland Scribists writing group first formed in July 2010 and published their first anthology the following June. Since then, they have been publishing an anthology every summer. After the publication of their fifth volume in 2015, they decided it would be fun to look back over the years and choose the best stories from each author. With the help of fans in autumn 2015, they have selected one story each from current and previous members. This collection is a great sampler of work spanning the years that we’ve been working together.

Stories contained in this volume:
  • What Time Is Our Torture Session? by Lee Patterson (from Vol 1)
  • In the Business of Rotting by Cynthia Ravinski (from Vol 1)
  • Secret Under the Sand by Jamie Alan Belanger (from Vol 2: Lost Civilizations)
  • Otherkin by Steven Inman (from Vol 3: Metamorphosis)
  • Breed by Timothy Lynch (from Vol 4: Miscreations)
  • The Joke by Richard Veysey (from Vol 4: Miscreations)
  • Sand Fleas by D.L. Harvey (from Vol 5: Inversions)
  • Wolf and Raven by Shelli-Jo Pelletier (from Vol 5: Inversions)
  • Repurposed by Matthew Stephen D. (from Vol 5: Inversions)
  • Better Alive Than Dead by Robin Hansen (an all-new story exclusive to this volume)

This volume is now available for FREE at Smashwords. It should be at other ebook retailers soon. (Note that it may show up in the Kindle store for 99 cents for a little while until I can force them to price-match Smashwords)

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.

Writing Again

By Jamie Alan Belanger on January 7, 2014 9:30 am · 5 Comments

Every year on New Year’s Day, I make at least a few wild resolutions that even I know I won’t be able to keep. And, usually, by Day Two of the year, I’ve broken at least one of them. It’s gone beyond a tradition into a sort of running joke.

This year, I sat around on New Year’s Eve and really thought about what I wanted to do in 2014. One of the things I realized at this time was that I haven’t really written much in the past few months. Actually, I didn’t really write that much last year. I published a few things, but I didn’t write them in 2013. Third-Person Hero (Scribings, Vol 3) was written in November 2012. Netmare (Terran Shift Anthology Vol 2) was first written in about 2009, based on an idea I had in the mid-90s. The Museum Run (also in Terran Shift Anthology 2) was first written when I was in college, around 2000, and heavily revised in 2010 and 2012. As for new material? I wrote the first draft of one story, for Scribings Volume 4, and that was only about 1,800 words.

So that’s the first thing I wanted to change in my life for 2014. I have been experimenting with my own personal motivation methods. For a long time, I’ve tried to force myself to sit down and write for two hours every morning. The results… well, like I said, I didn’t write much of any new material in 2013. So my first resolution for 2014 was something that I hoped would be simpler than trying to force myself to type for two hours:

Write 2,014 words a day.

Considering the speed I think and type at, I figured this would take roughly 45 minutes. So how’s that been working out for me? On the first day of the new year, I wrote 3,173 words. The second day yielded 3,102. The third day came in at a whopping 12,662 words. In fact, on days 1 through 6 of this year, I wrote the first draft of a 42,000 word novella. And today, I resumed work on Fireteam Zulu 2. I figure that even if I only write 2,014 words a day, I should be able to write a novel a month. I’m hoping to get all these novels floating around inside my head (currently about a dozen of them) into words on my computer, so I can edit and publish them and clear my mind for other projects. Plus I really like writing and publishing, and hope that you enjoy reading the stories I create.

Are you a writer? What’s your plan?

Terran Shift Anthology, Vol 2 is now available!

By Jamie Alan Belanger on December 30, 2013 12:03 pm · 0 Comments

We just published our latest anthology at Smashwords this morning! It should show up in the Kindle store later today and will start appearing at other ebook retailers over the next few weeks (Apple, Sony, etc).

Genre: Science Fiction (Cyberpunk) / Anthology (multiple authors)

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