Good News and Bad News

Not Lu here: Notice the following in the image below. Sipper cup – check. Comfy jammies – check. Warm socks – check. Phone and thumbs for writing book 2 in Common Among Gods – check.

Justan just gave me the good news that he’s written 176,000 words and 28 chapters in book 2 of Common Among Gods. You can imagine my delight that he’s over 40% of the way done… except he probably isn’t.

The little bastard followed up his, “Oh, I’m such a good author. I’ve written 176,000 words in so little time!” with, “But I think there’s a problem. I’m not even to the half way point yet. I don’t see how the book will be less than 600,000 words.”

I promptly gave him a beating and sent him to his room without dinner, in part to nurse his wounds but, mostly to think about disciplining himself and just getting book 2 done.

When he emerged from isolation and humiliation I asked him if he could tell me what he did wrong (that’s our rule for getting out after being sent to your room – no time limit – just come out when you can explain your failure in detail). His response was, “I know it’s too much, but it’s all really good stuff.” Yeah, right. As if any of us believes that!

But being the better person that I am, I decided I’d listen and see if he could explain his problem. It turns out that in ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SIX THOUSAND WORDS (about 75% longer than most books), the neerdowell spawn hasn’t even gotten Sybil out of the university and looking for Just. “Seriously? Isn’t that kind of the promise of book 2?” I asked.

“Well, Null has to do some stuff first. And Jem has to do some stuff with Wilt. And Bell has to do some stuff with Just. And Lu has to do some stuff that messes up the stuff everyone else is trying to do. Plus the Mother and maybe Fate. And I have to find a way to build Magistrate Godahn because he wasn’t really a player in book 1. And I’m not sure what the promise is yet because I don’t know how it ends yet. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

At this point, I gave up and said, “Well, we’ll just have to do what we did with Death’s Merchant. You just write it the way you want, using as many words as it takes, then we’ll send it out to your beta readers, they’ll tell you how bad it sucks, then you’ll strip out what you have to, then add what you have to to make it readable.”

“Sounds like a good plan. Can I come out of my room now?” he responded.

So, with all that said, he’s 43% done if he can keep it to around 400,000 words, 35% done if it’s 500,000 words, and 29% done if it’s 600,000 words. All I can say is it’s a good thing all you epic fantasy readers like big ass books.

Oh, yeah, if you haven’t read Death’s Merchant yet you can get it here. Or here are some free stories that lead into Death’s Merchant.



20% Done With Book Two

Not Lu here: The family went to Hawaii for Thanksgiving and Justan wrote almost every day. Here he is writing while The Mother and The Brothers read. And before you ask, yes, we went to Hawaii and sat around reading…. at least we moved around from couch to chair to deck to patio to hammock to beach and back to the couch.

Now for an update on Book Two in the Common Among Gods series. Justan has 86,000 words in the official draft (and another 21,000 word in a “to be used” pile). The official words are in 15 chapters that are complete or in progress. So officially, he’s about 20% of the way through the first draft assuming he keeps the word count to 400,000 words (the same size as Death’s Merchant). However, he told me last night that he’s worried that it might end up 600k words (something about Sybil not getting enough attention… blah, blah, blah). I gave him a stern reprimand then sent him back to work so let’s hope he can discipline himself and just finish the damn book.


19,000 Words

Not Lu here: Over the past couple of weeks Justan has pounded out another 19,000 words. The total for book two in the Common Among Gods series is now up to about 69,000 words. There are 10 chapters complete or in “official” progress. Justan has about 30,000 more words in some sort of “to be used” status that aren’t in the official count. So, using the official count and the length of book one it appears that book two is about 1/6th of the way done.


Book 2 Progress

Not Lu here: I’ve been stalking Justan’s writing progress since he hasn’t given us a recent update. He’s working on the second book in the Common Among Gods series (it’s the sequel to Death’s Merchant). So far he’s written about 50,000 words and has 9 chapters either complete or in progress. If we compare it to Death’s Merchant, which was about 408,000 words it looks like Justan is about 1/8th of the way finished with book 2. About 30,000 of those words were written in the past two weeks so he’s moving along at a pretty fast clip.

Here he is writing on his phone (note the blankie and sipper cup he keeps around for support).


Death’s Merchant Cover

Hey everybody, I’m excited to finally reveal the book cover for my first book, Death’s Merchant. Special thanks to my designer, Neil Robinson. You can see more of his work at

Death’s Merchant is a book about a war between the gods. They’re fighting over the ascension of a god of Death. Mortals become unwitting pawns it the gods’ war. The book has a dark concept that I’ve written in a light hearted way. If you want to see what I mean, start by reading these introductory short stories to Death’s Merchant.

Fall of the Mother’s Temple

Jem’s Revenge

Wilt’s Justice

Null Started a War

Of course, you can get a copy of the book here or read it on Kindle Unlimited for FREE.