07-11-12

Guest Post Mike Kearby

Today I welcome Mike Kearby, author of The Devouring Kavachi's Rise, to the blog. And he will tell us what his writing day looks like.....

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Quirks of an Implied Author 

It’s 5:30 in the morning.
There is a routine: walk into the office, turn on the desk lamp, power up the Toshiba.
Down the hall, a motor hums. The kitchen beckons. Starbucks coffee streams from Kuerig to insulated mug.

Add Splenda.



Five seconds later, I’m back at my desk.

Follow the routine.

Open in order: Internet Explorer, iTunes, Visual Thesaurus, the Word file for The Devouring.

I click on the soundtrack to Bram Stocker’s Dracula by Wojciech Kilar. I have and will listen to this every session until the novel is completed.
After that I will never listen to it again.

The Word file opens to chapter Thirty-Seven. Six months have passed; I have arrived at the Omega.
Typing begins. Words, written in my head before sleep the previous evening scroll across the laptop screen without indecision. These are not perfect words, far from perfect, but will suffice until editing begins later in the afternoon.

The coffee in the insulated mug sits untouched; its fragrance more important to the writing process than its taste.

Six typed pages later, I lean back. The Sumatra has gone cold; its aroma stale and aged.

Save the file.

The Word file closes.

Close Visual Thesaurus and iTunes.
I open Internet Explorer: check the weather, then e-mail. The world seems brighter outside my office window.
One last edit in the afternoon, then the file goes to Damnation Books.

I Click on the Google search icon.
The search box fills with: Horror Movie Soundtracks.

Hit enter.

Google loads a list.
The third entry reads: Best Horror Movie Soundtracks. I open the site. Halloween is #1. The Omen #6. Tomorrow I’ll start writing the next book in The Devouring series. I’ll have the opening ready before I fall asleep this evening. But, I’ll need a soundtrack. I decide on The Omen. The purchase is made.

It’s 6:25 a.m.

There is one last thing.

It is the same last thing that has happened every day for the past six months. Sort of like Groundhog’s Day: not the day, the movie.

I head to the kitchen for another cup of Sumatra.

This one I’ll drink.
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From Wikipedia: Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in the spring of 2013.

Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created ""The Collaborative Novella Project"" The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work. Kearby began novel writing in 2005 and has completed eight novels, one graphic novel, and written the afterword to the TCU Press 2010 release of western novelist's, Elmer Kelton, ""The Far Away Canyon"".

""Ambush at Mustang Canyon"" was a finalist for the 2008 Spur Awards.

""A Hundred Miles to Water"" was awarded the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Adult Fiction.

“Texas Tales Illustrated” was awarded the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best YA Non-Fiction.

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