I wanted to take a day to address a couple really amazing things happening in my life right now. My progress on Wastelander: The Drake Legacy and the continued growth of my blog page (thanks to viewers like you).
First off, a massive thank you to all of you who swing by my blog, like, leave comments, or just simply give it a read. I started this page in June, and in a little more than a month, I’m happy to report almost 300 followers, with more than 100 views a day. I don’t know if in blogging terms that’s a big deal or not, but to me it’s huge. Especially in the span of month and some change. I couldn’t be more appreciative.
An extra big thanks to Akaluv (A.M. Bradley), kernerangelina (Where Dragons Reside), Sheila M. Good (Cow Pasture Chronicles), Grandtrines (Still Another Writer’s Blog), ascreasey (Mind the Dog Writing Blog), and M.L.S.Weech for your consistent reading, words of encouragement, and sharing. You all rock.
I know this list of contributors is incomplete, but I just snagged the top six comment givers (as per my stat page) to keep the list from getting out of control. While I am highlighting these six, every single one of your individual likes and comments help keep me motivated to push out these daily posts. Regardless, if you are writing or reading, the bloggers listed above are some great people to follow.
Now I’m going to point you all toward my upcoming book, Wastelander: The Drake Legacy, which I’ve added to my blog layout with a teaser. There are still a lot of things to do, but the first draft is very close to being finished. If you’ve been following my blog for a while (you’re awesome) you might be thinking, “But Corey, you posted here you were almost done!” I hear you. It’s a classic example of when the story outgrows your outline.
The idea for this book came to me shortly after my son Thor was born. He wasn’t gaining weight quickly enough so my wife and I split the day into two 12-hour shifts to ensure he got food whenever he needed it. She took 6am-6pm and I took 6pm-6am. It was during those quiet early morning hours of December 2015 when Drake came to me. I grabbed a notebook and transcribed a rough outline. Now about seven months later, Drake has taken me into parts of the wasteland I didn’t know existed and done things that flabbergast me as his creator.
I‘m currently talking to artists to create artwork for the cover. Also there is the novella, The Wastelander Survival Guide, that will release with the book. The novella is going to be heavily illustrated so I’m looking for an artist for this as well. Fun times are being had.
That’s the update! Tomorrow we will get back on track with writing tips and other tomfoolery. Until then, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!