One Month Later

Physiology and Philosophy

A month has passed since I finally dropped The ContractThe support has been out of this world! Sales have been quite steady and I can see the interest growing, especially as I reach out to local vendors. Even now, I am happy. As you can imagine, this has given me a boost of inspiration for working on this novel’s sequel (or prequel, since we are being technical) and it is amazing how far I have managed to come in only a few short weeks.

Since I decided to go all in and put The Contract on the independent venue, I had to put The Immortal Perception, which has been in the works since early 2014, on a temporary hiatus to focus solely on publication. I was stuck in a tough spot, anyway, so it wasn’t terribly difficult to put it on the backburner for a little while; after all, I was still writing my one-shots to keep my craft sharp. I have so many one-shots and short stories pertaining to this series in some form or another. Some even managed to be so good that I decided to write them into the story itself. For example, “The Life and Times of Gregory Watson, the Moonstone” was originally a one-shot that I felt was too important to the story not to include, thus it became Chapter 16 in The Contract.

The Immortal Perception is a difficult story to write. I am doing an immense amount of research with this, doing everything that I can to make sure historical accuracies line up as well as resonate with my own lore. I am even going to have to brush up on my old French skills for a single portion to make sure the story remains accurate. Historical fiction is in no way a cakewalk, especially for a story brimming with science and politics… it is sometimes enough to give me a good headache. However, as the most difficult project I have ever taken on, I realize that the rewards of one day publishing it will be amazing.

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There aren’t many sensations in this world quite as satisfying as holding your own book in your hands. Going over old journals, TJ Maxx receipts that I jotted dialog sequences on between rushes at the front desk, and of course the many printed drafts that varied in colors because I would run out of black ink half-way through the printing process, all of these things linked together and finally resulted in creating a beautiful book that I will cherish for the rest of my life – despite how popular it may or may not become. I certainly don’t fancy myself an expert at much of anything, but I do know without a single doubt that I am a writer. I am learning new things every single day that will better my craft, things that will make the second book’s publication smoother and more prepared. This all is a grand learning experience, one that I am enjoying greatly.

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The Contract: The Revelation of the Opal can be found on many online venues now! I’m thrilled to say that it can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million, along with many others. I am also learning that I need to do a better job at promoting my other social media sites, so please follow my daily shenanigans on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr! As always, thank you for taking a look at my blog! It is always a welcome sight to get a new follower and a like! 🙂

M.I.H. McCool

 

 

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