Production Schedule Update

The more books that I cover for www.UpstreamReviews.com, the more I realize I still need to have some skin in the eBook game. Despite that fact that I neither read nor enjoy eBooks.

Plenty of other people do, and I need to cater to them. I need their money. I need to make it my money, so that I don’t have to keep taking truck money.

So I’ve got to make some eBooks of the DreadPennies Adventure Hour titles.

In order to keep my sanity, I’ve got to track which projects I’m working on, and more importantly, which projects I’m delaying until the former category is done.

While I format some of the Adventure Hour stories for eBooks, I’ll draw things for each story and share them on Insta, just to boost the signal for them. But the books themselves won’t be illustrated, not at first.

CURRENT PROJECT: Howling Wilderness, a new tale in the Engines of Liberty universe.

PENDING PROJECTS: Once HW is finished, I will get eBook versions going on the following titles:

The Guild of Eldritch Adventurers. I’ll add some extra chapters to this one, mainly by breaking up the existing ones, since it’s 40k words but only six chapters. The flow is important. It will get a newer, better cover.

Fool’s Silver. The chapter flow on this one is fine, the cover art will get better too.

Sheriff Porter. Better cover art. I really want to illustrate this one, but I’ll save that for a crowdfunded limited edition or something.

Homeworld. Improved cover art here, but this one also kind of requires illustrations because it’s a “dossier” kind of story. There are visual aids that go with a lot of the stuff inside it. So it’ll be farther down the line.

Answerable Courage. (Currently unpublished from Adventure Hour.) I’ve really struggled with this story ever since I got deeper into the actual history of the Pilgrims. The truth is better than anything I could make up. That being the case, I’m going to lean hard into the changes I’ve made to the history, and just put in an afterword telling people to read that stuff.

Ridley Scott did it with Gladiator, Scott Westerfeld did it with his Leviathan trilogy, and they both made great stuff. I think the revamped version of this story will probably tie into the Engines universe somehow, because that’s how I roll.

State of the Dread: May 2022

For the final week of April I was on vacation. It was nice to stay up late and sleep in and do more of what I want to. Considering retirement now.

Writing

I wrote 16,000 words in HOWLING WILDERNESS. It’s coming together. It’s a predictable hot mess, but yeah, it’s coming together. Not going to put a deadline on this one. I’m tired of deadlines. I’m tired of not controlling enough in my own life and my own schedule so I’m just going to do as much of it as I can, as quickly as I can, and go from there.

Maybe if I actually sold books once in a while I wouldn’t have to make all my money off of trucking 50+ hours a week. Whatever.

Reading

4 books total, 2 print, 2 audio. I didn’t read as much in April. Spent a lot of time listening to podcasts. I also tried a manga that I’ve heard of and the very first page was the protagonist male plowing some chick who turned out to be a huge demon monster, so yeah, I bailed on that. I’m back into some good stuff this month, including more Tolkien. Why is there so much bad writing out there?

Art

I finished this really cool drawing of me with my Durango as an Autobot. My next project is for a YouTube video.

Audio

Radcracker Podcast posts every week, except for this last week. Didn’t record while I was on vacation. EofL audio podcasts are coming eventually. Don’t know when, don’t care.

Video

Latest video is here, I talk about some Sanderson books. Managed to add 10 more subscribers this month. Thanks you guys.

Fitness

Didn’t exercise and I ate like garbage. I’m going full Nazi on it this month and I’ll report back on Memorial Day. I don’t care, I DO NOT CARE.

Other

GET BACK TO WORK

Trying something new with Radcracker

Instead of doing several small episodes per week, I’ve decided to do one big episode of the main podcast. It’ll drop every Friday. Here’s the first one, and the next one lands tomorrow. They won’t all be 45 mins, but hey, sit down and turn on a game and listen to my opinions.

State of the Dread: April 2022

Writing


Last month I wrote the character roster and some of chapter 1 for HOWLING WILDERNESS, a new Engines tale. This month I will get at least 2 done.

Reading


I read 9 books, for the third month in a row. Would have been more but I’m training a guy at work, so I don’t have as much headphone time. I’m tackling a couple of big ones in April, too.

Audio


Radcracker will go back to 1 episode per week, it’ll just be longer.

Video


Got some new tech to improve the channel. I’ve also got ideas for regular content moving forward. Make sure you’re subscribed! http://www.youtube.com/c/GrahamBradley

Art


I drew a lot more in March, and some of it is getting digitized. One monkey off my back is the new podcast and channel art for my various shows.

Fitness


I started working out at home again. Now that it’s warm I can ride bikes with my kids.

That’s it, get back to work.

State of the Dread: March 2022

Writing

Last month I finished the pre-draft work for HOWLING WILDERNESS, a new Engines tale. This month I will get at least 2 of 8 segments drafted. I started the first chapter and I’m dealing more or less with three perspectives (two protags who will team up, and an antagonist who cheats.)

Reading

I read 9 books, including a re-read of Witchy Winter. I added another book to the best-of-year list, too. I’ve got two more big re-reads on deck for March, too.
Also, screw it, Quixote is a slog. I’m putting it on deck for audio. I committed to reading it in print but I just don’t care. Neither do you. Between that, Witchy Kingdom, and The Two Towers, I’ve got some big reads on deck. I will probably punt on Two Towers until I finish Quixote.

Audio

Sheriff Porter went live on Adventure Hour, and I post about 3 times per week on Radcracker. Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

anchor.fm/dreadpennies

anchor.fm/radcracker

Video


I did a video on YouTube and I’m going to refine my method on that going forward. I really want to make better-quality stuff and that might include scripted reviews of things, which isn’t bad. It just takes longer. I tried a few short reviews and they didn’t accomplish much.


Art


HAVEN’T DRAWN ANYTHING, HAHAHA. I’m working on a cover for Sheriff Porter.

Fitness


DIDN’T WORK OUT, I’M STILL OVERWORKED. GET A JOB GUYS, I NEED HELP. That said, intermittent fasting has me down about three pounds. Ever downward, lol.

Get back to work. Bye.