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Journal Entry: Thu Jun 13, 2013, 8:40 AM

Just thought I'd share with you guys some updates on the progress of finishing my "SPIKE" novel.
A lot of people have asked me how it's going, when it will be published and stuff. I really appreciate getting asked these things because it shows that people are actually interested in my writings, and that it just such a great feeling :aww:
I've got two news for you guys today though: one bad news and one good news. Let's start with the bad news.
I haven't finished writing SPIKE yet.
And I honestly don't know when it will be finished - which oddly enough brings us to the good news:
I've made a new, major decision in the SPIKE story that I think a lot of you will be happy to hear. As usual I don't want to spoil too much, but there is a part in the story where Spike and Sam are separated from each other for quite a long while. At first I was planning on only writing from Spike's point of view, like, what he's experiencing during this separation period. I figured that since he's the main character, the readers should only get to know what Spike knows, hence Sam would be out of the picture. But I've now made the decision that I've been wanting to make for a really long time now: I'm gonna include Sam's side of the story as well. After all, I don't have just one main character in my story. The plan was actually to have two main characters all along, I've just forgotten to include Sam, it seems, because I had more fun writing about Spike. Still, Sam was always meant to be the second main character who, although he isn't the title-character, is equally important.
Anyhow, I think this decision is going to help me finish writing this novel much faster :)
So that's the good news.
It'll be easier to find the motivation/inspiration to just sit down and write now. I've got many other things to keep myself busy with, like real life commissions and other projects, but at least now I'm more eager to start writing again :D
I'll be working on some more chapters today, that's for sure ;)

Thank you guys so much for the patience! I'm sorry to keep you waiting so long for SPIKE to be finished, but I think it's all gonna be worth it when I'm done :)
Also, when the story is 100% complete, edited and all, I'm going to go for self publishing instead of traditional publishing. Self publishing is way faster, and I feel that I've made you guys wait long enough as it is ^^;
Plus, with self publishing, I can sell and ship the book to you no matter where in the world you live! :D So that's a big plus. I promised you guys I'd let you read it one way or another when it's done, and that's a promise I intend to keep :hug:

Thanks for reading SPIKE so far! Seriously, this novel would just have been scrapped if it wasn't for all the lovely feedback and support I've gotten from you guys. :heart:

so, stay awesome! :#1:
and I'll keep you updated :)

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flowtek Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Love this book, Love Sam, and Love you <3
Malicesu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your novel. I can very much relate to Spike's feelings of himself.
KanzenCM Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS sam is my fav charac on the book! Im dying to read it, so good you´ll be able to send it all part of the world!
InAnOrdinaryWay Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you're going to self publish you might wanna try selling the novel as a PDF download or e-book, it will save you a fortune on printing and shipping costs. plus people are used to reading the chapters on a screen anyway. either way can't wait for it to be published and I'll definitely buy a copy :eager:
Rhyolite-Hornfells Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
eeep!!!!!!! yay!!! thank youuuu! <3 
Themaon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
How can I buy a copy when it comes out? Are you going to put up a post about it?
Oh, I'm so excited... I will buy a copy as soon as it comes out!!!
Jayendor Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
HOORAY!!! Thanks for the update (Although I know I'm a bit late on this by now) but I've literally been waiting for the Spike novel since the beginning and kind of quietly anticipating it's release so the minute you get it all finished for publishing and you're satisfied, TELL US AND I WILL PURCHASE IT. Yours is the only in-the-making novel that's ever interested me so much that I semi-stalk the author's site on a regular basis :P It's such a good story and I believe in you! It will be great and don't stress about making it perfect for your audience, just write what you wanna write and I for one will definitely want to buy it & read it :) good luck with the writing! I know how hard it can be!
Zarrah04 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Just glad it is not dead <3 Make this an epic tale.
SirTrot-Alot Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
when its finished, ill definitely buy a copy if for sell
Toomuchjuice Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i literally squeaked when i saw this update. :D thank you Oomi!
twinkeypop21 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't wait for this to come out!!
Good luck on finishing!!
Ellassmile Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Omg, I can't wait for the book to come out xD I know I'll have to wait for a while, but I'll definately be buying it when it's done :D It's so awesome, and beautifully written, I hardly realised I was reading, it was all so clearly playing out in front of me, like a movie
morrigan52 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
so.. i read a lot. i mean a lot. i have at least two bookshelves in each room of my house. (except the bathroom. i keep magazines in there.) some of those bookshelves are doublestuffed. thats two rows of books per shelf, one in front of the other. i have read all of them. some multiple times. the ones that i own arent even half of how many i have read... and now... i have to say that my favorite novel is one that isnt even published yet? this shall not stand. i want- no, i need this book. please publish this in a way that i can get a copy. (i live in america btw) please. please. O____O
this is my most desperate hour. help me, oomizuao. youre my only hope.
rherhe74 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
Take my monies. I have so much love for this story.
Kencir Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I've been waiting for you to finish for years now, and I'll keep on waiting! You truly have skill and I love how your Novel is unique. Not some cliche' plot, you know? Your characters can be easy to relate to sometimes, too. I felt some relation in Spike's and Sam's friendship with my best friend. When you are finally published, I will happily buy multiple copies and gift my friends your amazing talent. :) Can't wait!
malfunctioninghero Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
YAAAYYYYYY ((I know I'm late in getting this--but all of my DA feed had been backed up cuz of school, and I'm still cleaning it out))!! I hardly EVER am attached to any writtings on DA, but yours I have been waiting awhile for :iconmoesnuggleplz: I am so happy that Sam will be more included cuz I really love his character and the uplifting mood he brings to Spike :iconyuiswayplz: cuz I'm a sap that way~
Lettalia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconohmygoshplz: CAN'T... WAIIT!!! :iconexcitedplz:
Retizent Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconkermityayplz: :iconexcitedlaplz:
lumberjacksnackpack Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to hear that it's coming along! c: And excited to see what more will happen :heart:
SPIKE has brought me and a friend of mine much closer than we used to be, and I can't wait to buy him one when its published like I promised c: Thank you :love:
SheNewBreed Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will certainly buy the book when it comes out. I love the book, and I can't wait to read even more of it.
Atlasavion Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Sounds amazing, I wish you the absolute BEST OF LUCK when it's finished! I remember when I first started writing my story I hit challenges like that such as deciding whether I wanted to write in 1st or 3rd person and whether or not certain characters should be included/ killed off or not. Thankfully, I've worked through those snags and I'm really happy you got through them too!
aiyamey Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
i'll definitely buy it when it's out, thanks for letting me know this
firefoxangel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
i'm still excited to read the finished book ! i think its brilliant that you are working on finishing it still
so that at least at some point i (and others) get to read it !

keep up the good work ! you're amazing
Angel-Moonlight Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can wait to read it :) (I will read it before my syster CrazyLittleWolf shuuuush) xD
CrazyLittleWolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me and my sister are always fighting to know wich one of us will read it first
And still, english isn't our first language! :D
chuckylover911 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to own a copy! I'm excited! Even though you're not done yet. I'm glad I'll be hearing more about Sam in the story!
jroy101 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ill take five!!
death-dog Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I will sure as hell buy it! amgg it's amazing.
siergiejew-sth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013

Honestly, I can't wait when you publish it, I've finished reading it yesterday and now i feel empty inside.
Icewingmoontigress Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I can't wait to buy this. I really wan't to read the rest!
kenna18 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
SvetlanaSantoryuu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I am SO buying it when it's published. Keep going! :D
Dragon21Studios Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thats sounds interesting to read once you get it done and publish, I'll try buy a copy of it when it comes out. I totally love your drawings and it inspires me to keep working on my art and not to give up on it. Keep up with the awesome work now, cheers from Las Vegas, NV, US
Cooro-Crow Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Think hard before you decide to self publish, it usually costs alot of money and might deter some people from purchasing a copy of your novel. Try writing up some query letters and sending them of the agents that would be interested in your genre (make sure to read their pre-reqs) And a query letter is basically the summary from the back of your book (look up guidelines on how to write a proper one). The agent will help get your work to a publisher, b/c publishing agencys don't really do the whole "slush-pile" thing anymore (at least in the USA, I don't know how its like in your country). Good Luck
Squiddy-chan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Woo, that's great! ^-^
It sounds like a great idea, including Sam narration/POV. C:
Hope you find all the inspiration you need!
Panicagelfish Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Artist
I will so buy a copy of the book :3
Randicore Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
I am looking forward to this so much
ChibiAkita Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to read it ~
spark1919 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist
have you ever heard of Jim Butcher?
Well the man is a writer ( and a good one I might say) and I've heard he has put some usefull tips and tricks on the internet for people who want to publish their first book. thinks like how to go about finding good editors and publishers. I have'nt read those posts myself yet but maybe you might find something usefull in it.
otaku25 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been a fan of this book since the beginning. Im sooo excited!
Lizzamil Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fantastic! I'll be sure to buy a copy just as soon as it's out!
Like I always say, anything good is worth waiting for.
mexican-jo-cool Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
keep up the great work! don't burn yourself out :) and take your time with the story ^^ we are more than happy to wait for a masterpiece
LightOrangeFur Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh I cannot tell you how excited I am for that. Good luck with everything, we'll all be waiting patiently for it!
Coji Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I just want to let you know that I am yet another person who will buy your novel probably the moment it comes out.

I was absolutely hooked on the chapter's you've posted here, and the moment I see any talk of it finally being released, I will be elated. :)

Very much looking forward to it, and seeing Sam's side of the story in it as well!
red-mohawk Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Sweet! I'm glad we get to see Sam's side of the story. Take your time so you can put your heart and soul into your work. Don't forget to have those trusted few read your work and lend some help.
5EDUX Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
sorry but I have a very big doubt!
and really ... I live in Mexico ...
so I find it very difficult to read your novel ...
Since I have to get a translator and take word for word ... (as I am doing now xD) to understand his novel ... which I find very interesting ...
Unfortunately ... I just finished reading chapter 1 :B
My question is ... Cres someday you could send the novel in another language? ^^; As Spanish! xD talves onvela not as if I do not like when the band ... if you say you would come to any part ... You could get your Novel to Mexico DF ?
I hope so because I have been able LOVE your work ... Thank you very much .. Greetings, Kisses and hugs :hug:
Dusk-Stitch Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ROFL why is everything I ever get interested in end up costing money in which I don't have XD

Glad to hear about your news, I wish ya the best of luck~!
Resnick Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love to hear it! I will so buy a copy!
Otterbane Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So excited!

Take your time though! It'll definitely be better for the wait! :3

Oh man, if you're able to ship to Australia, dude. I will be SO HAPPY.
LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Don't worry, take as much time as you need to get SPIKE finished! :tighthug:
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