So, I had a book launch last week, I'm sure you heard. I tweeted this on Monday night:

That, my friends, is what I consider a successful book launch. Thank you all.

The next Norman Oklahoma tale that will make up part of The Adventures of Norman Oklahoma Volume Two, has been outlined. So far we are looking at 17 Chapters and around 26,000 words.

It's funny. I wrote that above paragraph on Tuesday morning (5/1). At that point I hadn't completed the outline, but I felt confident that I would.

Well, as of yesterday (5/3), I did finish. OK, that's not really funny, but it makes me feel good.

This story marks the first time I planned out and plotted anything, 100%, before I was 75% or more through writing the first draft. Typically, what I've always done, is I have the inkling of an idea, and I just sit down and start writing.

I try and edit as I go, which always slows me down. It's when I'm about 75-80% through when I really start to think about the ending (unless I knew how it ended before it began, which happens). It's at that point that I start truly plotting, which often involves me going back and re-writing a lot of what I had already written.

This time, I wrote the first Chapter, then I plotted out the rest of the story. Not only do I think it will be stronger because of it, I have been asking myself this week why I haven't been doing that for everything else I've written.

The Adventures of Norman Oklahoma Volume One officially ends on the site and Wattpad on 5/15 (though, if you have the book, it's all there, along with a bonus chapter preview of Volume Two).

On 5/15, I will be taking at least 2 weeks off, no more than 4 (I hope), and then I'll start posting what will become Volume Two.

Volume Two will consist of two tales. The 17 Chapters and 26,000 words is the first, and shorter of the two. It's more of a standalone.

The second tale will wrap up some threads started in Volume One. Meaning we will see what those ornery vampires have been up to.

The plan, at this point, is to have Volume Two collected, and in eBook form, before the end of the year.

Should be easy, right?

Wait, why is God laughing?

As of Tuesday morning, I've been listening to Face the Music: A Life Exposed, the autobiography of Paul Stanley, read by the man himself.

I've been a KISS fan since I was a kid. I grew up with KISS. They were Rock-n-Roll Superheroes.

I don't have a lot to say about the book. I mean, if you aren't a fan of the band, there's no reason you would like the book.

But then again, I am a fan of the band, and I hated Gene's book. In fact, I tend to skip most of the Gene songs nowadays. All because of his book.

I'm liking Paul's book so far, however. It's less a "And here's another random girl I slept with" book like Gene's, which is what turned me off of Gene's in the first place.

I'm about 20 chapters in at this point and he's talking about how KISS got together and how they came up with the make up, their first few gigs, their first album, their first tour, and so forth. It's great stuff. Paul is incredibly honest. While he has flattering things to say about the other guys: Gene, Paul, and Ace, he has some very unflattering things to say about them as well. But he's most unflattering when he's talking about himself.

It's good stuff.

It's funny, as a kid, Gene was my favorite. He was the Demon, he spit blood and breathed fire. How cool is that!?

Paul was my least favorite. What did he do? He had a star over one eye. What's that about?

As an adult, getting glimpses into who each of these two people are, my opinion has reversed.

You may not like KISS, that's cool. Most people I know don't, which is odd considering how popular they were at one time. But really, whether you like them or not, the book, so far, is good. It's always interesting, to me, to see how people made it, what they went through, where they were in life before and how they struggled to get to the top.

For example. When KISS made their first album, Paul was 21 years old, and still living at home.

Wow. I guess I did have a lot to say about the book.





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