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My First Novel Now Has an Editor!

Chapter One full of my Editor's Notes and Tracked Changes
Chapter One full of my Editor’s Notes and Tracked Changes

My first novel now has an editor! Her name is Nicole Dieker and you can find her work here: www.nicoledieker.com

My book is a horror/supernatural novel for adults. The main character, Adriana, is a single mother and police sketch artist who one day draws the wrong face. Adriana’s drawing is nothing like what the witness describes. Soon, that same wrong face is all she can draw. Who does this face belong to and why is it haunting her?! You’ll have to wait and read. 🙂

This edit is the first pass where we look at big picture things. Is this scene interesting? Is it easy to understand? Is everyone acting true to their character? Did they leave the house in the underwear they were wearing a moment ago, or did I put some clothes on them and just forget to mention it? (no really, that was one of Nicole’s notes)

Once all of that stuff is taken care of, we move on to line editing and copy editing. But that’s boring textbook stuff, right now it’s still fun story stuff!

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I Finished the First Draft!

The first draft of my first novel.

I just printed out the first draft of my first novel, A Blackthorn Winter, for its first round of revising/rewriting.

The first draft ended up being 50,926 words, 283 pages, which is 3 lbs of manuscript! This feels so much more substantial than a Scrivener file.

My writing corner.

I’ve had this specific idea for a book sitting around for years, but finally took advantage of NaNoWriMo 2017 to actually write it down. It needs a lot of work, a lot of rewriting, but I’m so excited to see where it goes from here.

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Transistor_2017 Promo CD Singles

The very limited edition Transistor_2017 Promo CD Singles.

Fifty-five of The Caulden Road’s biggest fans will be receiving hand-numbered limited edition promo CD singles featuring a new 2017 mix of our 2012 single “Transistor”, along with four previous unreleased tracks.

We’re releasing this as a “thank you” to long-time fans, but also as a celebration of the fifth anniversary of our “Transistor” single, still one of our most popular songs.

Tracklist for the Transistor_2017 Promo CD Singles:

  1. Transistor_2017
  2. Transistor^Dubstep_Remix
  3. Transistor_0001 (Alan and Kaezie’s Home Demo)
  4. Transistor_0002 (Alan and Christian’s Band Demo)
  5. Transistor*Acappella_Version
Hand-numbered in gold ink!

These special versions won’t be available anywhere outside of this Promo CD Single. But the new mix of “Transistor_2017” will be available for a limited time on Spotify and other digital marketplaces.

The original version of “Transistor” can be found on our The Early Singles collection.

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Huge Digital Archiving Project

It begins…

I just started a project to finally organize, condense, and archive 15 years of my digital life all on to one 8TB drive.

This represents tens of thousands of files and projects and photos to go through and tag properly. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do forever and I finally have the time and the desire at the same time, so, let’s go!

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“The Wind” Music Video

Filming on Location

Over the last few days I’ve been working on a music video for “The Wind” from Reflexion with director Nicholas Jenkins and actress Meghan Toenyes.

This is part of my mission to create a music video for every track on Reflexion.

Editing in Premiere

Nicholas and I discussed a few different story ideas for the video, but landed on a visualization of Meghan retreating inside her own head, with the song lyrics written all over her while memories are projected on her.

Doesn’t Meghan look cool here?!

Visually, I think the idea was pulled off almost perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with how this collaboration turned out.

You can watch the music video here: