“Hole” Update

My first venture into self-publishing was through a free short story called “Hole“. For a long time the story appeared almost exactly as I’d written it. Sure, I’d edited it after first writing it, but beyond that, I didn’t do much to it.

I happened to catch a glimpse of the story recently, and realized that was something that needed to change. So, over the last few days, I prepared a new cover image for it (thanks in part to the contributors at Pixabay) and set to work editing the text itself. I’m a lot happier with the newer versions of both.

Cover by David Lovato

As I mention in the story’s new afterword, I’m considering making a side-by-side comparison of the 2010 version of the story and the 2014 version of it, to show a little bit of my editing process, and the thoughts that go into each change. Maybe it’ll help someone out there with their own editing. This probably won’t come until later; I’m pretty busy working on new, never-before-seen projects.

“Hole” is available for free from just about every ebook retailer, except for Amazon. (They tend to not allow permanently free ebooks.) You’ll find links to “Hole” at various ebook retailers here: https://davidjlovato.wordpress.com/works-2/#hole

What I’ve Been Up To 5/16 Edition

Hey everyone! I haven’t posted here in a while, but I’m busier than ever! Here’s what I’ve been up to:


I’ve been making some minor pre-edit adjustments to the novel I finished in April, which is tentatively titled The Foreland. I think these are pretty much finished, and now I’m going to let the manuscript sit for a few more weeks before I really get down to editing.

I’ve also been proofreading a manuscript by my good friend Seth Thomas. He printed a copy of it for me to write and draw all over, and I’ve been trying to do so every night.


I just finished Mile 81, a novella by Stephen King. You can find my review of it on Goodreads. I’m still debating what to read next, but City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin is pretty high up on my list.


I’ve been taken on as a staff writer for a Nintendo fan website, Nintendocon. Be sure to follow it for the latest news, reviews, and analysis.


Laura, the wonderful artist who did the cover for After the Bite, has been kind enough to draft up a new version. This one has much better title text, is easier to see, and is (hopefully) much better-looking in print (I’ll know for sure as soon as my copies arrive).

The people behind /r/shutupandwrite’s Critiquecast have been kind enough to critique my microfiction piece “The Reaper Runs Faster”. If you don’t know what Critiquecast is, it’s a podcast in which a group of amateur writers critiques other amateur writers, with hilarious and probably not-safe-for-work results. It’s a lot of fun, and you should check the podcast out.

As always, I’m working to try to get short stories and novels published traditionally. I’ll be a lot more specific about this if and when I have anything specific to announce.

That’s the gist of what I’ve been up to. What about you?

Update 1/26

Here’s what I’ve been up to:


I’m working on a fantasy novel I started last summer. It’s progressing very well, I’m over 20,000 words in.

I’ve also started working on a new project based on an old idea. I won’t say much about it yet because I’m not too certain of it, but if I finish this it will probably be very soon and I’ll probably release it for free.

Speaking of writing, I’ve been taking part in Word Wars on the Shut Up and Write subreddit. It’s a lot of fun. More info here: http://www.reddit.com/r/shutupandwrite/


I finished editing Six and Seven a while ago. I’m working on finding a home for it.


I’ve been reading Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin. I’m not normally a fan of poetic prose, but in this book it works very well. It’s written gorgeously.

I’ve also been reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I’m very early in, and so far it seems like things I normally wouldn’t care about. I figure it’s been roughly seven pages (I’m reading an e-book so I’m not sure) of information I’m indifferent to involving one character, now and then sprinkled with very exciting and interesting things about another character. Somehow, all of it has me hooked, even the parts that I would normally find useless or even stop reading because of. Gaiman has a very strong voice, I think that’s holding it together and making even the boring parts worth reading.

For more info on my reading activities, feel free to follow me on Goodreads.