Spymancer Update [Delay Deuce].

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70,882 words. That’s how far I’ve gotten in revising the 85,000 word novel that was once zero words when I started it on one spring night in early 2016. And the crazy part? There’s a possibility that the final draft might go on longer than the initial 85k I ended with after the first go-around. What I’m really trying to say is that it’s now May 1st, and I did not meet my promise to finish the second draft of Spymancer.

The last I parted ways with my protagonist, James, he had conned his way into a nightclub and started shooting vampires in search of a demon who had done the bad thing. James hated the bad thing this demon did and decided that said demon needs to die. James thinks he might be close to death, too, but alas, it is not meant to be. Or is it? Probably. Can’t really pin that down right now.

However, what I can pin down, and probably should of had sorted already as early as a month ago was that my expectations for finishing this thing before my self-imposed deadline was ridiculous. As stated in an earlier post I made weeks ago, I was at the 45k mark and decided to dump the latter 40,000 words in order to do a complete re-write. That 85k which took 12 months to write, and 4 months of hard copy editing and post-draft outlining was grueling. To think I could pull off a 40k feat in a month was total hubris on my part. I thought it’d be more straight forward than this, but I was an idiot to think that I could pull this off while living on my own and pulling down a 40 hour per week day job on top of that.

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So, here’s what happening: as promised, I’ll post the first chapter of Spymancer on this website within the next week or so (split into two parts). After that, I’m taking the rest of May off. This is mainly because I’m burned out on writing the novel and would like to actually sit down and read or watch thing somebody else made for a change. It’s been a few months, so I’m overdue.

During this time I’m going to look over and re-evaluate the content I’ve been posting on Nocturnal Muse Sessions. Things have been pretty inconsistent around here, and with Austin By Night on the permanent back burner, I want to shift to a posting schedule that’s more manageable. That way you can get a decent stream of posts from me and you’re not left wondering if I got bored running this website and quit or simply died and forgot to let everyone know about it.

By June I’ll be back writing (and finishing) Spymancer, with, hopefully, a new posting schedule to boot! I’m glad you’ve stuck with me so far, and I hope to see that you continue to stick around. Be sure to follow me on twitter and I can’t wait to see how you like the first chapter!

Sincerely,

Philip N.R Hauser

The TL;DR Redditwriters Mixtape is now out in paperback! [Announcement]

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TL;DR A Redditwriters Mixtape is now out in paperback! I just got the news yesterday and wanted to share here. It’s gratifying to know that Catherine and the Wasteland will now be printed and distributed on cool, smooth paper as intended! TL;DR, once just an anthology that was simply an ebook has now transcended from the digital to the physical. All profits got to Doctors Without Borders. Get your copy today! Link provided below.

I Was Featured in an Interview By C. Scott Frank in the Writer Series After Words [Interview]

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C Scott Frank is one of several #redditwriters that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting on twitter. Of course, he’s a writer, but Scott also does interviewing on the side with his blog series After Words. In this interview, I was asked about writing processes, listening to others, and overcoming adversities in this really cool, digital sit fire side chat! Link provided below:

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In Another Episode of “That Was A Good Read” One of My Poetry Videos Was Featured [Podcast]

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In another cool twist, iMorpheus came into my life again by featuring a video I did back in February where I did a poetry review of Altered Carbon (currently on Netflix). He was very kind to give my almost two minute video its chance at fifteen minutes of fame! You can find it towards the end of the podcast on his latest episode of “That Was A Good Read.” but listen to the whole thing! You are in for a literary treat! Link is below:

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In An Episode of “That Was A Good Read” One of My Flash Fictions Was Read [Podcast]

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You may not know iMorphus, but I do. This may be considered old news, but over the past several months some of my work has been featured on his podcast. One in particular incorporated something really cool where they got a voice actress — Amanda Berthot — to read one of my flash fictions. You can hear it in the podcast I’ll be linking below (it’s towards the end). You should also follow their work on twitter where they’re also in the process of releasing a new game on steam! Seriously, if you love horror, check their game out! Also listen to the podcast!

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Catherine and the Wasteland is now in an Anthology! [Announcement]

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(I remember on Thursday saying that I’d have something to post on Friday and it’s Sunday night. Hopefully, I won’t make the same mistake again. Haha!)

What was once an excerpt is now a full blown short story! I posted this teaser last fall after completing it and began shopping this particular piece around to get published. I’m excited to announce that it finally found a home! You can now read the full story of Catherine and the Wasteland here on the #redditwriters anthology TL;DR. Myself and thirty other talented new writers are featured here in this awesome bundle of eclectic short stories spanning several genres!

All proceeds of the anthology will be going to Doctors Without Borders, so it’s more than just your typical books promotion. Special thanks goes to Callum Colback, the editor; C. Scott Frank, for formatting; and Joe Butler, the publisher!

Thanks readers for your clicks, your likes, your comments, and I hope you enjoy this anthology! Amazon link below.

Sincerely,

Philip N.R Hauser

Novel Progress [Update]

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So I’m a little over half way through the second draft of Spymancer (formerly, Magus Noir Overdrive). The reason I haven’t really gotten over the 45,000 word mark is because I’ve made the decision to scrap the latter 40,000 words and just do a complete re-write of the final half. There’s a chance maybe 5-10k can be salvaged towards the end of the book, but that might be easier said than done at this point.

I also did set a May 1st deadline to complete the second draft, but that might need to change. I don’t know how close I’ll be by the end of April, but it might not be done by then.

So…here’s what I’m going to do: Whether this book gets completely edited or not, I’m going to post the first few pages of the first chapter here on Nocturnal Muse Sessions. I’ve been posting about this book of mine in plenty of updates and have only one measly excerpt to show for it. I owe it to you, reader, to show some kind of progress. Secondly, if I’m not able to make it by May 1st, I’m going to announce a new deadline (and hopefully one not 3-6 months later). Thirdly, this website has sort of become a ghost town in terms of content and I plan on announcing when I’ll be posting regular content again.

Obviously, I’ve been devoting a lot of time on this novel of mine, but I know it’s going to be worth it! Thank you for your patience and I’ll have another, more exciting announcement tomorrow, so watch this space!

Sincerely,

Philip N.R Hauser

Nocturnal Muse Sessions [Year 1]

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My website has been alive for 12 months so here’s an amateur edited video of me destroying my own ego!

But seriously, this year has been awesome and there are A TON of people to thank for that!

March 11th, 2017. It’s a date stated purely for my own benefit, because, number one: I suck at remembering specific dates (and yes I did have to look this up); and number two: because that was the day that this website — Nocturnal Muse Sessions — launched. The Youtube channel came five days later. After that it was nothing but poetry videos, flash fiction, story excerpts (short and long form), articles, crime serials, and updates on my current novel. Obviously, there’s been plenty to post on this small web space sporting a URL too long to remember. With my current log of over 50 videos and 50 posts, these past twelve months have felt like a constant state of hyper drive. We’re in can’t stop, won’t stop territory now, baby!

And, of course, there’s more to it than just me throwing my content out there just for the hell of it! There have been plenty of people watching, reading, and sharing along the way.

First a tribute to the online denizens who made my first year stint as an aspiring writer awesome!

Joe Butler: The man behind the #redditwriters hashtag group has brought together the greatest community of talented, supportive, and amazing authors that I’ve seen on twitter. He’s proven to me that the “social” in social media is often severely under rated and found me at a time when my cynicism towards all things twitter, facebook and reddit was at an all time high. He lifted my spirits with his community and gave me a chance by publishing my short story in the first reddit writers anthology: TL;DR. The anthology is due to come out sometime this spring and I’m super excited for it!

Camden M Collins: Editor of TL;DR and the redeemer of my poor choices in sentence structure and grammar. Camden is the reason why my short story doesn’t look it was written by someone who sacrificed proper structure in exchange for originality. After years of being a graduate at university, it was exhilarating to be back in the hot seat again for written critique.

Derek A./iMorpheus: Dude, I don’t know if it was fate or just dumb luck that brought us together, but I think we better just roll with it! This guy has been incredibly kind and supportive! Not only has he had me on for an interview for his podcast That Was a Good Read, but also hosted one of my videos, and had a reading done of one of my flash fictions! Keep an eye on this guy, cuz he’s going places!

Amanda Berthot: For being the awesome voice actress who brought my flash fiction to life in audio form and talking me up on the Cogpod podcast! Also for recommending Lost Girl to me when I finally finish the second draft of my novel!

Daniel Alvarez: For his review of my crime serial and giving me a higher grade than I would’ve given myself! He also does poetry like me, except way more often and you should check him out!

#redditwriters: David Sand, Penfold, Olen Bjorgo, Alexander Hamilton, David Clark, C Scott Frank, Deston J. Munden, Lila Vasudevan, Alex Hareland, Callum Colback, Natalia Delacruz, Vaugh, Bettina Busiello, and anyone else I forgot to mention. Yes, you! Whether it was reading and critiquing my work, sharing cool content with me, sharing my cool content with someone else or just making me laugh! All of you are the reason why I stay on twitter. Don’t stop what you do and keep writing!

And last, but not least, the men and women IRL who made me feel less alone and a kindred spirit among artists!

Owen Egerton: Host of Austin’s One Page Salon and author of his latest novel, Hollow. The guy is also the screen writer for the horror film Blood Fest and is helping keep the spirit of local art and writing alive where I live! He also let me read a page from my current novel one night and it was amazing!

Seth Meeks: Author of How I got Herpes & Other Incurable Stories and master guitarist. He is the guy who asks how my book is coming along and holds my feet to the fire!

Felix Morgan: Writer of Poe-tastic short stories, co-host of Bad Spirit Animals and all around cool chick. Like Owen and Seth, she is one of the several switch board operators that connects me and the rest to the literary soul of my town.

Brandon Seifert: Writer, and creator of Witch Doctor. For being a kindred spirit in the current genre I’ve chosen (urban fantasy) and all around well traveled guy. Your tales of the west coast are inspiring!

There’s probably a thing or three that I’ve missed, and if so leave it here in the comments! To all of you here: thank you for reading, watching, and subscribing. There will be an update on my novel soon and I hope to see you then!

 

Sincerely,

 

Philip N.R Hauser

Cashier Confessions 4 [Hard Drive Archive]

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Me: “So, that’s going to be $120.38.”
Customer: “Woooooow, really?”
Me: “Yep.”
Customer: “Well, here’s $50.”
Me: “Cool, well that just leaves 70, then.”
Customer: “Well, that’s all I have.”
Me: “Do you have credit or debit?”
Customer: “I don’t believe in plastic.”
Me: “Like…cards?”
Customer: “The whole concept really.”
Me: “Uh-huh, well, I would…you know…like some…real money, then.”
Customer: “Yeah, that would be nice.”
Me: “Yeah…”
Customer: “Can I just pay you some other way?”
Me: “Not really. I can suspend the order if you want.”
Customer: “Like…in space?”
Me: “……………………………..Yeeees.”
Customer: “Okay, thank you. Shopping on acid is a lot more difficult than I thought.”
Me: “Um…it’s cool?”
Customer: “Have you ever tried it?”
Me: “……….”
Customer: “I’m leaving now.”
Me: “Yes, thank you.”