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In the Endgame Now…

Jarrod’s Journal

This past week, I watched Avengers: Endgame, had a blast at Philly Black Pride, and inched even closer to final edits for The Auctorati. Here’s how everything went.

The Epic to End All Epics

No spoilers here.

Endgame. Oh my God. Epic isn’t even the word. It was masterful. As I’ve read recently, there were some problems, but I noticed none of it while watching. I was all-in and those three hours flew by fast in the theater. I took my ten-year-old nephew, Joey, to go watch it and we joined in the laughter and the cheers in the theater and even shed some tears. I’m such a hard-ass that I only halfway got teary, but Joey was downright bawling by the end.

I don’t think I said it any better than right here:

And I saw it on the Thursday when it first released, so I couldn’t wait to talk about this with others:


The movie definitely inspired me to go for that same level of epicness in my stories.Pangaea is just getting started, my friends. Just hang in there with me.

Philly Black Pride

Philly Black Pride was an experience as well. As I’ve mentioned previously, I am now a board member of the organization that puts on a weekend of events catering to the Black LGBTQ community. This was my first one attending as a board member, so I got a very different side than usual.
I attended a discussion about toxic masculinity, the opening event at our host hotel, Aloft Hotel, with TS Madison, my first-ever Pose-like ball, The List, which was all the way live, and ended it at a block party with friends.

Despite some hiccups, I enjoyed myself and delighted in learning about what went into Philadelphia’s Black gay pride. I have some ideas about how to make it better and I’m looking forward to discussing them with the rest of the board.

Auctorati Update

Regarding my upcoming novella, I’ve improved my manuscript to the point where I was able to delete about 99% of my editor’s sidebar comments. I’ve removed a couple chapters, added some scenes, and I’m happy with where it is right now. I just need to fine-tune a few things and then get into the next phase: proofreading, formatting, and cover art. It’s been so long since I last published that I’m a little bit out of practice, but I’m sure it will all come back to me once I get into it. Aside from that, I’m looking forward to editing a couple other stories I have left to complete and writing the next couple of big ideas.


Thanks so much for giving me your time and reading this. I’m doing my best to push out quality content, and your attention means so much to me. I won’t waste it!

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My Thoughts

Finding My Fire

Jarrod’s Journal
The following section may sound a bit strange...like a stream-of-consciousness piece (albeit edited for readability), but that's because I took a rambling, journal-like approach to
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My Thoughts

I’m Back – Here’s what I’ve Been Up To

Jarrod’s Journal

It’s been a while since I updated my blog. I’ve been quite busy, but to let this site just sit here without updates is bad. I think what hindered me is not having anything to say. However, I soon realized that there’s plenty for me to say if I just focus on what I’ve been up to and what’s going on in my life. That’s why I created the Jarrod’s Journal entries in the first place – so I can be more candid and just do easy updates. So here goes…

The Auctorati & Synapse

First things first – the books. Where are they? They’re on my computer, silly! I’ve been deep in the editing process for some time now with both The Auctorati, a prequel to my fantasy novel, Pangaea, and a new book currently titled Synapse. The reason it’s taken so long for me to release anything has been because I’m going through a slow cyclical cycle of creation. I’ll write, lack faith in what I’m writing, let it rest for a month (or two), get back to it, lack faith, and so on. It’s been a struggle just getting these two to the first draft stage, but I’m happy to say that I’ve finally made it.

The Auctorati is no longer on hold! I’ve completed a draft and just finished receiving commentary and critique from beta readers. Most of it is positive and I’m super excited to get that done this year. I was worried, but now I’m happy and eager to complete it.

Synapse is a different story (no pun intended). I’ve gotten past a first draft and I’m now editing a second, but now I’m blocked. I’m stuck on minor details that aren’t working and I have little clue how to rectify them. Perhaps I’ve let the story sit long enough. I think this week I’ll take another look and see what can be done and finally get this into beta readers’ hands.

Another point that’s a bit bothersome is that both stories are not full-length novels, but novellas. I couldn’t get the word count to where it needed to be and it bugged me. I think this is due to seriously taking the advice from my Pangaea editor to drive the plot forward. But, as I said on Twitter (below), I kind of want to turn the dial back a bit and add higher-level descriptions and language. I just have to make sure to not go overboard.

The good thing about the shorter length is that I didn’t extend it just for the sake of a word count. What you get is the full story, and a fast-paced one at that.

Screenplay

I had the opportunity to enter a competition to create my own TV series and I jumped at the chance. I had a story in my head for a while, and after beginning to write it all down, I really started feeling the inspiration. Unlike my novellas, this story kept me feeling great all the way through. Perhaps because it was a new medium – I’m not sure. I just know that I’m happy with the synopsis I created, and if they pick me for the next round, I’ll be even more excited to share my completed script. I can’t tell you what it’s about just yet, but oddly enough it isn’t fantasy or sci-fi.

 

Personal Life

Personally, I’m in the midst of buying my first house. It’s been a struggle and a long road, but I’m finally close to crossing the finish line. My big goal is to advance my life further and achieve my dreams. This will be one more step.

I thought I was going to get a lot deeper into this section, but decided against it. If you want to know more about what’s going on with me day-to-day, subscribe to my podcast titled Jarrod D. King wherever you listen! You can even listen on the sidebar.

I’ll be back next week with more. I promise!

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