Book, Blog, and Thanks

I wanted to take a day to address a couple really amazing things happening in my life right now.  My progress on Wastelander: The Drake Legacy and the continued growth of my blog page (thanks to viewers like you).

First off, a massive thank you to all of you who swing by my blog, like, leave comments, or just simply give it a read.  I started this page in June, and in a little more than a month, I’m happy to report almost 300 followers, with more than 100 views a day.  I don’t know if in blogging terms that’s a big deal or not, but to me it’s huge.  Especially in the span of month and some change.  I couldn’t be more appreciative.

thanks.jpgAn extra big thanks to Akaluv (A.M. Bradley), kernerangelina (Where Dragons Reside), Sheila M. Good (Cow Pasture Chronicles), Grandtrines (Still Another Writer’s Blog), ascreasey (Mind the Dog Writing Blog), and M.L.S.Weech for your consistent reading, words of encouragement, and sharing.  You all rock.

I know this list of contributors is incomplete, but I just snagged the top six comment givers (as per my stat page) to keep the list from getting out of control.  While I am highlighting these six, every single one of your individual likes and comments help keep me motivated to push out these daily posts.  Regardless, if you are writing or reading, the bloggers listed above are some great people to follow.

Now I’m going to point you all toward my upcoming book, Wastelander: The Drake Legacy, which I’ve added to my blog layout with a teaser.  There are still a lot of things to do, but the first draft is very close to being finished.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while (you’re awesome) you might be thinking, “But Corey, you posted here you were almost done!”  I hear you.  It’s a classic example of when the story outgrows your outline.

Wastelander Layout

The idea for this book came to me shortly after my son Thor was born.  He wasn’t gaining weight quickly enough so my wife and I split the day into two 12-hour shifts to ensure he got food whenever he needed it.  She took 6am-6pm and I took 6pm-6am.  It was during those quiet early morning hours of December 2015 when Drake came to me.  I grabbed a notebook and transcribed a rough outline.  Now about seven months later, Drake has taken me into parts of the wasteland I didn’t know existed and done things that flabbergast me as his creator.

I‘m currently talking to artists to create artwork for the cover.  Also there is the novella, The Wastelander Survival Guide, that will release with the book.  The novella is going to be heavily illustrated so I’m looking for an artist for this as well.  Fun times are being had.

That’s the update!  Tomorrow we will get back on track with writing tips and other tomfoolery.  Until then, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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17 responses

  1. I honestly can’t believe your blog has only been going a month. I’ve not been on WordPress myself for too long (had a blog, but not properly used it/kept it up-to-date since a month or so ago) and yours reads as one of the most professional and well thought out of many that I’ve seen. Your advice and writing is perfect. I think your blog will go much further! I look forward to reading more articles, just don’t forget us when your book goes big time 😉

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    • Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you are finding some use in all of my ramblings. I try to write about what is important to me – the idea other people find it helpful is a huge and welcome bonus.

      I think when the book finally gets out there I’m going to have to do some kind of WordPress special for all of you. You keep me motivated to write and share – and in a world of self-doubt, that’s invaluable.

      Thanks again for reading and for giving me an ego boost today. Happy writing and reading.


  2. It’s been a month? Wow! I am impressed.

    For the cover art and illustrations, you can try the same thing that I did with my contest. Since, you have more followers, you may get more entries and decide with who to work with.

    Oh, hopefully Thor is doing well. By, the way??? How did you come up with the name? I’m curious!

    I will buy your novel and novella when it comes out ^_^

    Oh, and thanks for the shout out. I like reading your blog. It’s entertaining, helpful, and fun.

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    • Thor is doing great. I’ve always loved the name (growing up reading comics with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping). Here in the U.S. it’s not as common of a name as it is in other parts of the world. His middle name is Alexander, so if he hates Thor he can fall back on Alexander or Alex. My last name is Truax (pronounced true – ax) so altogether Thor Alexander Truax is a strong name for a strong little guy.

      As for the competition you are talking about, I’m already deep in the interview process with a couple artists I located through the Deviant Art website. What a great idea though, I will keep it in mind for the future.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting, as always, you rock.

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  3. I also cannot believe it has been a month. You are in my daily routine. I love your thoughts and tips to write. Gotta say, very proud of you. You may be my son -in-law, but I think you are one the strongest, influenencial, kind hearted, wonderful daddy to Thor, and husband for my daughter i could have ever wished and prayed for. Just love you.

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    • It’s crazy, but yeah, a month and some change. I knew I needed to create an “author” page, but didn’t want it to be somewhere to just promote my own work. Writing is more important to me than just as a way to promote my own self-interests.

      Also I needed somewhere to connect with the outside world (stay-at-home dad problems) and this blog has been great. I’m glad I am part of your daily routing and your loving words made me smile. We all miss and love you down here in S.C.


  4. Okay so if you’ve only been on for a month and have the following you do, you need to write a blog sharing how you did it. I’ve read books and articles, did some research, and have been on wordpress for almost 6 months. I’m just starting to get some traffic and it’s nothing like yours. Good Luck with the book by the way. I enjoy your posts as well, you do provide useful information 🙂

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    • I appreciate the motivating words. I was hesitant to post any numbers out of fear of them being embarrassing, or on the other hand, them seeming pretentious. I decided to go for transparency.

      Your suggestion is a good one and I will consider putting together a few posts about what has worked for me and what hasn’t. I always need more content to feed the daily blogroll.

      I really enjoy your blog. It’s well done and your posts are always packed with solid information. I’ve considered linking some of your posts as references for mine.

      Thanks again for the kind words. Best of luck to you and happy reading and writing.


  5. I’m so sorry I missed this! I think I unfollowed you by mistake. Thank you so much for the shout out, and no problem! I love supporting other authors =) It’s so awesome you got over 300 followers in such a short time. Your posts are always so helpful, and I plan to read the ones I missed.

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    • It’s no worries at all. My WordPress is pretty glitchy when it comes to following – sometimes I click follow and it says I did, then the button reverts back. Maybe you are having the same troubles?

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s good to hear from you.

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