Challenge: Write 500 Words a Day

Just a quick note here to let y’all know I’m still here.

Plugging away after life threw me a couple curve balls — our Raleigh office closed in April, and they let go pretty much everyone at the office, including me.

So I’ve been job-hunting and networking like a champ since then, which becomes a bit draining after a while. You look at all the jobs, try to narrow them down, and then fill out the online application (some of which can be long and tedious), add a resume and custom cover letter, and hope for the best. Then you start to worry you’re missing the perfect job, so you keep hunting. It becomes a vicious cycle.

But I’ve got some leads, and while I got sidetracked by a job that I (and one of my potential bosses) thought was all but wrapped up in late May, and I’m feeling good about the prospects.

What I haven’t been doing is writing fiction. I tried to keep up with the novel in April after the lay-off, then by May I was knee-deep in job applications and creating some (pretty awesome, if I say so myself) writing samples for potential jobs. But I wasn’t working on my novel.

June 15, 2015 progress

So nice to see this finally move off the 27,000-word mark where it had been stuck for about a month!

I wrote all of 1,800 words on my current novel in May. That’s just 6 pages. In a month. Bleh.

So for my birthday I decided to challenge myself: I will write 500 words a day, minimum, every day.

If this is my dream — to be a full-time fiction writer — then I need to keep on writing, despite what distractions are going on in my world.

The tentative cover to Hunter's Moon!

Tentative cover to Hunter’s Moon

On Saturday, my birthday, I got up early and got back in touch with my characters in Hunter’s Moon, the sequel to my novel Family, Pack.

And I wrote about 600 words. Sunday I wrote about 700 more. And yesterday, even though it was a crazy day, I squeezed in another 600 words (a car chase scene, woo!).

Which leaves me with today. I just wrote about 350 words on this blog post, which could’ve been used on my novel — I could’ve finished up that car chase. What was I thinking?

And so the challenge continues! Wish me luck, and thanks for reading!

Listen to Finders, Inc. today!

Finders, Inc.Here we go. UnWrecked Press has just put out their latest audiobook, the first book in my slightly wacky Finder Team series, Finders, Inc.

I love the job that our narrator Maxwell Zener did with telling the misadventures of Hank Johnson and his large, psychically endowed partner Bim Mayer.

It’s a fun book, with a lot of heart and some surprising twists. If you’re interested in listening to the audiobook for FREE, you need to sign up for the UnWrecked Press newsletter, over at the Catch the Magic page.

The audio version of Finders, Inc., a mystery, is available from Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

Here it is: Finders, Inc.!

Finders, Inc.

Finders, Inc., by Michael Jasper

At last, I can share it with the rest of the world — my newest book, Finders, Inc, a mystery with hints of the paranormal set in the remote mountains of North Carolina. The book is available as both an ebook and a trade paperback. Here’s a synopsis:

Sometimes those who can’t be found just might not be lost…

As the co-founders of Finders, Inc., Hank Johnson and Bim Mayer have spent the past two decades successfully solving mysteries and—almost miraculously, thanks to Bim’s special skills—finding missing people in and around the remote mountain town of Boone, North Carolina.

Until now.

Their most recent case deals with an outbreak of missing elderly people, all of whom used to teach at nearby Appalachian State University. They soon learn that the absent old folks all have something else in common: they’re all connected to a shady character with deep, dark ties to both Bim and Hank.

The events of those chaotic three days in late winter will test the friendship of the two men as they risk their lives to solve this mystery and find a group of people who just might not want to be found.

The first book in an all-new mystery series with hints of the paranormal!

I’m very excited about this book, which I honestly feel is my best book yet. And I can’t wait to write more books in the “Finder Team” series in the coming years.

Read an excerpt here and here.

NOTE: For the first week, you can get the ebook version for just $2.99, almost half off the regular price. In a week, the price goes up to $4.99. So grab a copy now! :) Also, if you’ve read the book already, we’re shooting to get at least 25 reviews at the Amazon page. It’s part of a little experiment we’re doing (here are tips for writing reviews). Thanks for participating! Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

Listen to the opening scene of Finders, Inc.!

FindersInc_Cover_300While you’re waiting for the release of Finders, Inc. on December 9th, 2014, I’ve got a little fun treat for you: the first scene of the novel, in audio format!

Follow this link to hear a streaming version of the scene.

(I moved this clip to the UnWrecked Press website so you don’t have to download the 8 MB file!)

Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Finders, Inc. Cover and Release Date!

Here’s the cover to Finder’s Inc., the first book in The Finder Team series of mysteries, which is due out on December 9th, 2014!

Finders, Inc.

Read more about the book at its Product page at the UnWrecked Press website.

And hey, if you’d like to write a review of the book at Amazon and/or your blog or Facebook, just let me know! I’ll send you an electronic copy.

Half a Decade from the Master Class

From October 3rd to October 17th, 2009, I attended a Fiction Writing Master Class with a dozen other writers. We had hours of classes every day, assignments every night, and we wrote. A lot. I came away with three complete stories, pages of notes, and ideas for at least a dozen novels.

I also learned a ton about publishing, and that led to all of my adventures in indie publishing with UnWrecked Press. Definitely a life-changing experience (and I even had to miss the wedding of two of my friends to attend it, so I knew I had to make the most out of every minute).

Looking a bit smug there, aren't we, Mr. Sunglasses?

Looking a bit smug there, aren’t we, Mr. Sunglasses?

So what have I done since my return from that Master Class workshop in mid-October 2009?

What have I accomplished in the past 5 years?

One thing I did was make ebooks. Lots of ebooks – close to a hundred! I did one short-story-as-ebook a week for the entire year of 2011 (that was kind of ambitious, eh?).

And I learned how to create print-on-demand books.

And I found narrators to make audiobooks out of three of my novels and one short story, which was a fun exercise. I’d love to do more, and maybe even narrate one myself.

Oh, and I started my own publishing company. With its own website and online store. Check out our Catalog!

As for actual WRITING, well… (continue reading if you like minutiae!)

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Some more free books!

freeEveryone likes a free sample, so I’ve added a new tab to this website called, simply enough, FREE BOOKS!

This page has links to your favorite ebook retailer (like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks), and it also has direct links you can use to download the ebooks directly to your computer, tablet, or other gadget-y device.

All of the ebooks are short story ebooks, so they’re a quick read. Also, the first dozen or so books on the page are connected to novels that are also available as ebooks, so grabbing a free short story is a great way to test out whether you’d want to read the novel as well. Here’s hoping you will!

UnWreckedTales_75And speaking of free, I wanted to remind folks that you can also get a cost-challenged (i.e., FREE!) ebook simply by subscribing to the UnWrecked Press newsletter.

These books aren’t going to stay free forever, so now’s a great time to load up your favorite ebook reader with some great stuff, totally and absolutely risk-free, Enjoy!