Excerpts from “The Other Half”

I am currently calling my new novel The Other Half. Book titles come very easy to my head, the same with chapter names, but I want something that really fits the storyline and the emotions of the novel, so for once in my life I am actually waiting before officially naming it. Maybe the current title will stay, although I doubt it.

I started writing this novel two weeks ago and I am now at 48 pages. It isn’t the best thing I have ever written, but I hope that it will be by the time I finish it and begin the editing process.

There are parts of the novel that are REALLY rough, such as the second chapter, Embers. Despite the cool chapter name, the content really fails to deliver and I will probably end up rewriting it, except for the last part. Spoiler alert, someone dies. Actually, that’s to be expected since the entire basis of the novel is around mysterious murders and disappearances that are all connected.

I can tell you all that the novel is a dark, urban-fantasy set in middle class suburban USA. The main characters are seniors in high school and there will be a little bit of a twisted romance. Romance, in my opinion, is good in a novel because it shows emotion, but it has to be done right. I’m not a fan of the competing sides for love thing, such as what was displayed in the Twilight saga, so I have made sure that it does not show up in my novel. A little bit of competition is okay, but when you have TEAM EDWARD and TEAM JACOB, or TEAM GALE and TEAM PEETA, we have a problem.

So, to finish off this little writing update and teaser, I will share a few small excerpts from the novel.


She fell to her knees with a thud and wept. It would take her a considerable amount of time to regain her strength and call the police, and when she did the news was quick to spread. Andrew Kayne was dead. – Page 13.


It was already a tense situation, and he didn’t like police to begin with.

“Is it okay if I record this conversation on my phone for accuracy and for the newspaper’s records?” Colton asked.

The detective nodded and sat down at the head of the table. He kept his eyes on Colton as he set up his phone’s audio recording and pressed the red record button. “What can you tell me about your case? Who called it in? What happened?”

“I can’t comment on the specifics of the case at this time,” the detective responded bluntly. “All I can say is that there was a murder and we are doing our best to find out who was responsible.” – Page 20


Writing Update

Have you missed me yet?

I know, I know, I suck. This will be my third post this month, which is really killing the number of page-views I could be getting right now. I have neglected all of you, my dear readers, and for that I am truly sorry.

However, things are getting exciting from my point of view. I broke through. After I finished National Novel Writing Month in November, I hit writer’s block and I wasn’t motivated to write anything other than articles for the newspaper. I tried starting a few blog projects and promised all of you a few new segments, but none of those turned out. So, yeah, I basically lied to you guys. Last week changed all of that.

It was May 9th. It was a sunny day and my dad was working in the back yard, getting things ready for our big summer projects. I decided that I needed a change of scenery and I sat on the back patio with my laptop. I opened Microsoft Word and just started writing. By the time I went back inside because I had to do a few things, I had written two pages of a murder scene. Two pages was the most I had written in about two weeks, so that was very exciting.

Trying to keep on the momentum, I spent much of the 10th outlining and planning. Pretty soon I had planned out the first three chapters of a novel. I took a break for a few days, but by the end of the day on the 13th I had written two chapters. Two terrible chapters, but two chapters nonetheless. I had also started to world build and delve into the family tree of the main character, which proved to me that I was serious about this new project.

Now, here on the 18th, I have written three chapters and about six pages of the fourth. The best that I can describe this new novel is if Stephen King decided to co-direct an episode of Grimm set in Washington but decided a love story would be kind of cool. Of course, my writing isn’t as good as Stephen King’s, but you get the picture. Creatures and murders.

I would love to expand on this, but I have a school board meeting to attend in an hour. I am being honored as one of the top 65 seniors in my school district (which has over 1600 seniors in it) by the board, which is pretty cool. Apparently we get certificates and roses, so this should be fun.

Until next time,

Chase