News – June 2017

I haven’t posted for awhile; things have been hectic, and I have had even less time than usual. Much has occurred since my last post, and since said last post promised the date for the release of the final version of my novel without any follow-up, I feel I should begin with the news that Highway Hypnosis is available in both e-book and paperback formats. Simply visit the Novels page to get your copy.

cover art for Highway Hypnosis, a novel by Michael Vain

Highway Hypnosis – Cover

Second on my list of follow-up news concerns the artwork package for the aforementioned novel. Although I had completed the artwork for the last in the series of illustrations for the novel, and transferred it to the canvas board, I have yet to actually begin applying paint. This painting has been in my head for a year now, and the wait has been difficult for me creatively. The reason for this is the same as that behind the fact that I have yet to add to my second novel in roughly the same amount of time. My environment up to now has been difficult, and Michelle and I have been working hard to find a new residence. This took a turn for the worse when the company I worked for in my ‘real job’ played me along for eight months due to the usual personality conflicts that arise between myself and those intimidated by someone with my work ethic. Long story short, I left to find a better job, albeit one that takes up a great deal of my week, and this, combined with looking for a new place to live, has kept us both extremely busy. The upside is that we are scheduled to move soon, and this will provide enough space for all our creative endeavors, including studio space for our painted furniture, which is showcased on my other site, Reincarnations – Painted Furniture and Other Artistic Creations. Once we are settled in, I will be able to complete the final painting, which will be made available to purchasers of the novel. This may take some time, but I will continue to update the project as it progresses.

Among the many other upcoming projects in the pipeline is the redesign of the site. I have already begun the process for my painted furniture site, as I continue to explore various facets of web design, and will be developing some sort of WordPress theme around the current design, so stay tuned for some major changes. Although things have been busy, I foresee an even busier second half of the year. The results will be well worth the effort, and will do my best to post more often.

In the meantime, keep reading, and stay in the Light.

~Namaste

The Perils of Perfectionism

I have always been something of a perfectionist, even when said perfection is obviously unachievable. This is especially true for my creative ventures, and whenever I discover something new, I have a tendency to go back and apply that new knowledge to old projects as well as new ones. Due to this, and the notes supplied to me by my beta-reader, Highway Hypnosis is currently unavailable in paperback. I have already revised the manuscript of several small but personally annoying errors, and will be re-releasing the novel within a few days. I’ll be sure to post as soon as it is available again.

Tim next time,

~Namaste

First Paperback Release!

My first novel, Highway Hypnosis, has finally been released! It is now available on both Createspace and on Amazon.com.
As many know, this is has been a VERY long road for me. I started this novel over twenty years ago, and have raised two children, received three black belts in different martial arts, got married again, had another baby, and nearly died, all in that timeframe. There were many times where I thought it to be an impossible undertaking, that I did not have the time, skill, or patience necessary to see it through, but somehow, never managed to lose hope, and now I can finally say I am an indie author.
So please, feel free to check out my book, and leave a review!

Proof Review Time

I’ve received what should be the final proof copy of Highway Hypnosis. The cover and print style is more than satisfactory, and barring any pagination or unexpected errors, I should be able to approve the proof once it has been proofread. I have a proofreader, and they will be going through the copy line by line to ensure that the book is of the highest quality I can deliver before release.
After so much time, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel for this project, and feel confident enough to start working on my second novel – a story that involves the point where spirituality, string theory, and quantum mechanics meet – all within a dark suspense framework.
I’ll post the results of the proofreading when it is completed, and the site will be updated accordingly to make the print version available directly through the site.
So, until next time…

~Namaste

It’s Proof Time! (Again)

After finding a number of things in the last version of the manuscript for my novel, I went back to the drawing board — again — to hammer out some editing issues that desperately needed attention. This process required me to go through the manuscript in its entirety several times, until I had what I felt, and still feel, is the best version of the story that I could make. It wasn’t just grammatical issues that I had to contend with; editing is a tedious process, and there were many places where I felt the wording or descriptions were lacking, and I did my best to fix those, without losing the pace of the story. This novel has been a long (too long some would say) hard road for me, and after all that effort, I did not want to put out anything less than what I felt was the best of my ability. This included the cover design, description, and even the author bio. These all required several revisions, and each revision had to be reviewed before I could move forward, and this added several months to the overall project.
This is my first novel. There were bound to be mistakes, and I made them — plenty of them. But, I learned as much as could on every occasion, and have vowed to not repeat them as much as humanly possible. I believe that my further releases will not take anywhere near as long to bring to light as my first. I hope not, because if it does, I won’t live long enough to write more than another book or two.
Yes, it’s been that long.
But, after more rewrites and edits than I can count, a complete revision of the cover (I went from a hand-painted version to a more photographic look), and several edits of the description, which appears on the back cover, I am finally satisfied. That means it’s proof time again, and I’ll be sending off for one within the next few days. I have already reviewed the interior, and am happy with the typesetting, font, and so on, and this proof will be mainly for the quality of the cover image. If it looks good, I’ll finally be releasing it within the next week to ten days. I’ll be updating my blog as soon as this occurs, naturally.
Then, I’ll be able to sit back and relax…not.
Actually, I’ll be able to use all the time I used to spend on this novel, to write and edit my second novel, which has been screaming to be let loose into the world for the last couple of years. I’ve gone so far as completing most of the outline, several character bios, and have written about a hundred pages of the first draft.
Again, I’ll be posting more as the project continues.
But for now, I am finally done writing a story that has taken so many years to see the light of day. With any luck at all, I am only a proof away from publication.
Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.
Until next time,

~Namaste

Revised E-Book Now Available

The revised E-book version of Highway Hypnosis, my first novel length tale of horror, is now available at Smashwords.com. This edition has been thoroughly edited, and is only $4.99 for 177k words worth of scary goodness, so download your copy today.
You know you want to…
The print edition should be available next week. I will post purchasing details as soon as it is finished.

Time Vs. Creativity

I have several creative projects ongoing at the moment, and the real challenge has been to divide my time between editing, painting, design, and website maintenance. I use my downtime at work to edit my novel, and am at the half-way point at page 205. The final illustration painting for the novel, which will be used in a later promotion, has been fully sketched out and is awaiting painting. Meanwhile, I’ve begun working on three new painted furniture projects. These have been primed, and the designs for them are in the process of being transferred to the table surface for painting. Of these 3 separate endeavors, the illustration will be the easiest, as I have to do now is paint it. Editing requires not only reading and re-writing, but formatting the finished result into both e-book and printed formats, and uploading them to their respective sites. Despite all this, I am shooting to complete all of them by the end of August, so stay tuned!

~Namaste

Just When You Think It’s Over

Just when you think it’s over – you find another reason to edit.
I’m currently editing my novel – again – as the review of my digital proof turned up more items that left me unsatisfied. I’m up to chapter 10, and will post more news as I progress. I’d like to be able to announce a final publication date, but I’m engaged in several enterprises at the moment in addition to working full-time, and the human body can only work so hard before it begins to break down. So, in order to maintain both my physical and mental health, I do my best not to overwork myself in any one direction.
Still, I’m hoping to finish my last edit within the next few weeks, and will releasing both the e-book and print editions at that time.
I’ve learned much in the process of creating this first novel, and will be sure to streamline the process for future works. Editing is the most important (and most tedious) part of the writing process, and as I am a perfectionist, will continue that process as many times as necessary to ensure the best possible result. I’ve worked on this novel for a long time, and refuse to release anything that does not meet my standards in terms of format and editing.
In other writing news, I’ve been working on a new novel, which I hope to release by the end of the year, as well as a short story that will be included in a later collection. More details are forthcoming, so be sure to visit often!
Until next time, I hope all my watchers are having a glorious summer.

~Namaste

Book News – June 10

After several false starts, I believe I have managed to complete what I hope will be the final edit for my novel. It was only after receiving the printed proof that I began noticing small but annoying things that needed correction. Most of these were the result of previous edits, such as double periods, the occasional spacing error, and missing words or letters (the result of too many cut and paste operations). The electronic version has already been uploaded, and can be found here. 177k words of scary goodness, people. All that and more for less than a cup of Starbucks coffee.
Buy it.
Seriously.
You know you want to.

As far as the print version goes, I’ll be reviewing the proof, in either electronic or print form, one last time (fingers crossed) before making it available on Amazon. I was very satisfied with the printing and binding quality last time around, and with any luck, will not find any interior printing errors.

I’ve also transferred the final illustration for the novel to a board for painting, and hope to have progress pictures soon. As I have posted earlier, I plan on producing prints of these illustrations, and making them available as part of a giveaway in relation to the release of the print version of Highway Hypnosis.

So, until my next post,
~Namaste

Book News – April 29, 2016

I have ordered a proof for my debut horror novel, “Highway Hypnosis”, and should have a copy by May 9th. Barring any printing errors, I should have it available on both my site and through Amazon by mid-May.
I have also begun the last illustration for the novel, which will be available as an 8 1/2″x 11″ print, along with the previous 4, as a giveaway – details will be forthcoming when they are completed.

In other writing news, I have recently begun my second novel, and have 23k words so far on the first draft. I am hopeful to have it completed by the end of summer. More details as the work progresses.

Hope everyone is having a successful and productive 2016!

~Namaste