LAUNCH WEEK: Super Secret “inter_linked” PREVIEW

Happy Halloween, everyone! inter_linked launches TOMORROW at 12AM midnight!

But before it’s time to read, I want to share with you a super-secret, mega-amazing, ultra-cool extra-tiny mini sneak peek at the next five chapters!

It’s like a montage… that you can read!


“This is my new partner?” Anny asked, examining her reflection in the switched-off screen, “He looks so… weird. Kinda retro.”


“B-But what if this place really- really is, y’know?

“Well, don’t you worry, Anniekins, I will keep you safe from the ghouls and the ghosties.”

“Never call me that again,” she growled.


“There is no way I’m going to that station!”

“YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT SPACE STATION 8. WELCOME ABOARD THE CONSTELLAR, the computerized voice of Anny’s ship announced as it docked with a loud hiss.

“This is a bad idea,” she complained.


“How is this happening so fast?” Anny shouted as they pelted to the next casino floor.

“I don’t know,” he said before suddenly stopping short, making her collide into his back with a soft ‘oof’, “But now it’s all the way on the other side. He’s not doing them manually any more.”

“They’ll have to shut down the casino at this rate! We have to hurry!”


“Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to welcome you to my beloved daughter’s eighth birthday party!”

Hundreds of white-gloved hands clapped but the android could only mutter under her breath, “That was nine years ago, Dad.”


“He’s activated a kill-switch,” he said, “He’s decoupling the last cars of the train.”

Don’t forget to check out the other games and giveaways from earlier this week and I’ll see you tomorrow!

GO FOR LAUNCH #7: MANY ADVENTURES (…and a cover reveal maybe…)

Hello, friends!

You haven’t heard from me for a while, and I’m sure you’re absolutely dying to find out why. Well, I am happy to share:

I’ve been on an adventure in Chicago!

I saw my brother (cool), saw NSP (way cooler)

Pictured: Approximately 8,000 people screaming about unicorn wizards and dinosaur laser fights

and had… pizza?

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I… don’t… what…?!

There was so much amazing food – most of it topped with nuclear green relish and ‘sport pepper’, whatever that is – the art was wonderful to behold, but the most amazing part was…

THE BEAN
THE BEAN IS ALL

THE BEAN WATCHES

THE BEAN LOOMS

THE BEAN SEES

A L L L L L

Okay, maybe I’m being a bit hyperbolic but look at it, it’s a BEAN.

Literally what else could you want out of life?

Besides an astoundingly huge milkshake with whiskey in it, that is

It was a great trip and was a great time to refresh and recharge and not think about the 50+ e-mails piling up in my Inbox back home.

What it felt like going back into the office on Monday

But as soon as I got back to my home sweet home computer, it was back to work. There were chapters to …edit…? There were Patron-exclusive bonus content to plan, websites to finish, blogs to compose-!

And most importantly, I had art to finish!

Of course, I had a lot of help from my good friend Plaid, who is wonderful and talented and an all around amazing person. When she’s open for commissions again, I highly recommend hitting her up!

Also, another great big shout-out to my first ever Patron, watercolorheart the author and animator of Sparse!

To-Do List: Large Enough to Drown a Small Island
Panic Levels: aaaaAAAAAAA / 12
How Deeply I Miss Chicago Noms Already: DEEP DISH

GO FOR LAUNCH #6: THE START OF SOMETHING NEW

Well. This week has been an interesting one, and not just because I accidentally worked 10 hours Thursday.

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Last weekend, I launched my Discord server for my beta readers and friends – comment or contact for deets! – and put my first three chapters out into the universe.
And now I need to edit them.
Hoo boy.

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So instead, I started writing a musical! And started working on Faehunter again, a manuscript I set aside about a year ago! And started planning my release schedule! And signed up for Patreon to be ready for launch day!

Yeah, that’s right. There’s goodies involved.

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For $1/month, you get a special credit on both my site and the inter_linked one, and you get access to special “byte_size” mini-stories exclusive to Patrons!

For a measly $5 (which is basically how much it costs to breathe here in the city) you get all of the above AND you get to see the updates a full day early. You get a link that goes with your credit, so advertise whatever you like whether it’s your Twitter, SoundCloud, or just adorable pictures of your dog.

For $10, if you’re a seriously stinkin’ rich or something, you get ALL of the above, as well as a handwritten thank you postcard from yours truly, access to your own super-secret Discord lounge, and long-term Patrons get free goodies like stickers and other small objects that can be shipped without murdering me!

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All of these levels come with their own Discord roles so you can flex how awesome you are in front of all the freeloaders- I mean, lovely readers that I genuinely appreciate very much thank you for joining me on this crazy journey.

So stay tuned, friends, there’s a lot more happening before November 1st!

GO FOR LAUNCH #5: OH RIGHT, I’M SUPPOSED TO WRITE THESE THINGS

After a real whirlwind of work and a whole lot of not-looking-at-my-book, I finally have something to write about in this space. Kind of.

Things I Have Done This Past Month-Ish To Avoid Dealing With My Own Self-Imposed Deadlines:

  • Began writing a musical because this is what I do literally every time I see a Broadway show.
    (I just saw Moulin Rouge! and Aaron Tevit is an absolute treasure)
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“Did someone say… REVOLUTION?!”
  • Started a bit of work on a comedy book idea I had about a teenage girl who insists her boyfriend is a vampire and that they’ll live forever together and it’s sooo romantic.
    • He’s a dude named Dave.
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  • Accidentally write two blog posts this week, so you get to hear a whole lot of me!
  • Scrawled some somewhat shameful Game of Thrones fanfiction where I fix Season 8 because if I don’t do it… lots of other people probably would but they aren’t as cool as me.
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Real footage of me explaining what I’ve been writing to my family this coming Thanksgiving

Yesterday I picked up the quill and started editing, even if just a little and started prepping some chapters for beta readers.

I also put together a Discord server for discussions and shenanigans!

We’ve got about two months until November 1st, so stay tuned for more updates and cool stuff. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for even more awesomeness.

Want to get in on the action? Leave a comment below, or email me: novemberomalley (at) gmail (dot) com

Go For Launch #4: (WO)MAN ON FIRE

The Good News: I already got some feedback and ideas from a lovely and talented member of my writing group which is appropriately named with a NYC + “Book” pun that isn’t the sordid “Booklyn”.

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To be fair, the “joke” basically writes itself.

The Bad News: My already shall-we-say’interesting’ job has me editing and formatting a 100+ page document that’s a hugely massive deal for the capital-P Project.

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So for the past week, I have barely had time to breathe, think, decide what to have for lunch, or think about my writing and the next week isn’t looking much saner.

Actually, that’s not true, I’ve been thinking a little about the second series now that the first is all the way written out.

This is what I wrote this week:

“You- you really brought a gun on our date?” he squeaked.
She nodded, “Yes, now hush, or you’ll give away our position.”

dun-Dunn-DUNNN! What does it mean? Stay tuned!

The Good News (but for you this time): At the end of the month, I’m opening up a Discord Server for my beta readers – there’s still time to sign up!

Read the story early, have a say in the story, maybe free stuff if I ever get rich and famous at the same time!

Interested? Leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail at November O’Malley (at) gmail (dot) com!

Word Count: Whatever it was last time I had a moment to write
Work/Life Balance: Teetery AF
Sanity Level: My World’s On Fire, How ‘Bout Yours

Go For Launch #3: LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN

Where did this week go?

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Common answers include “fell down a wormhole”, “lost in the Twilight Zone, and “the entire plot of The Cursed Child happened”

I feel like I fell asleep at my keyboard (again) in the wee hours of Sunday morning, satisfied that I had somehow slogged through another chapter of editing with the promise of energy drinks and dread to meet me in the morning only to awake in the depths of a Thursday I desperately wished was a Friday.

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I don’t remember the last time I looked at inter_linked, only that it was definitely yesterday and also a week ago.

So there isn’t much to talk about this week.

I worked a little on my marketing plan, but I took a mini-vacation from the book.

You know, whether I wanted to or not.

QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT

I am on the hunt for the best, most talented, most won’t-kill-me-in-my-sleep-and-pass-off-my-novel-as-their-own BETA READERS to be a part of the most amazing team of reviewers.

Please comment below or send an e-mail to novemberomalley (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested!

Word Count: 49,463 (this went down in editing, but my hope is that I get to 50k again!)
Number of Times I’ve Shouted “ROBOTS ARE PEOPLE TOO” At Someone This Week: 12+
Meh’ Level: I guess I should write something…probably/10

Go For Launch #2: PREFLIGHT

Hello, friends! It’s week 2, and after staying up to a regrettable hour, I’ve compiled all of the chapters of inter_linked into one Google Doc to get a good look at what’s left to be done.

The things that need to be replaced, the names that need to be changed, the descriptions that need fluffing up, and the metaphors that I accidentally used in virtually every chapter when I had them Scrivenered into separate documents.

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(Hush, it’s a verb)

I also spotted the last missing piece, one scene I have left to write before the plot is typed out and finished in its entirety.
Now just to edit.

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Gulp.

Word Count (as of Wednesday): 52,228
New Projects I Tried To Start This Week Despite Not Technically Finishing This One: 3 (if you count new planner planning – yay August!)
Panic Level: How am I actually going to get all this done/10

Go For Launch #1: WE HAVE TITLE

Hello all!

Just as promised in my last life update post, a new update as I get ready to launch my serialized novel. While I was going to call it “The Road to Release”, I realized that wasn’t space-y enough and none of my characters have cars.

The pair of them are basically me at 16. And now. And they also have a spaceship.


After what felt like endless years of soul-searching and random-name-generating, I think I finally came up with a title:

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I like it because it’s the connection between humans, robots, and the two main characters as they try to make their way across the stars trying not to kill each other.

I’m also messing around with a few concepts for the cover. Keep in mind that these are VERY rough mockups (even rougher than my draft!)

Word Count (as of Wednesday): 51,912
Chapters Left to Wrap Up: Just One!
Sanity Index: Not Quite Sure What I’ve Gotten Myself Into / 10