I have just received news that I am clear to sell my book at the Montana Renaissance Festival! It's not quite the type of literature you expect to see at an event like this, but I'll take what I can get. The only question now is how many books can I expect to sell. Hopefully I'll see you … Continue reading Renaissance Festival!
Okay, in-depth editing of Closer Than Family isn't quite underway yet, but it will be soon. I realized that I left a couple of my concerns with a new character unaddressed before I finished, so I'll deal with those prior to tackling the rest of the manuscript. The best thing about writing might be that's not a … Continue reading Editing, Other Projects, and a Preview!
Pretty much as I predicted (okay, I'm a LITTLE behind schedule), I have a complete rough draft of Closer Than Family. All the scenes I wanted are there, in basically the order that makes the most sense, drama is escalated, action is exciting, characters are driving the plot. At least, I hope so. As of right now, the … Continue reading Closer Than Family Rough Draft
Merry Christmas to all and happy holidays if that don't do ya fine. I've got a present for everybody who actually pays attention to these posts: another sneak-peek at Book 2. Without further ado, let's get to it. Remember, these previews are unedited--so give me a little leeway, okay? Okay. There was a tree-line with some … Continue reading Closer Than Family Preview
"I got me a PLAN!" Closer Than Family has been taking longer to write than Tamed Hearts did (although I feel a lot better about this title than I did about Tamed Hearts' original title), partly due to a pause where I spent a while getting Tamed Hearts ready to actually go out the door. As some of you know, … Continue reading In the Immortal Words of Kevin Bacon…
Gatekeeper characters in fiction mark a significant transition for the protagonist and are usually less characters in themselves than a device to illustrate something about the character they confront. They are typically mysterious and evocative, often representing cosmic forces, or the character's own subconscious. Unfortunately, Gatekeepers in real life are much less interesting--and usually much … Continue reading Gatekeepers
Well, I'm still plugging away at Closer Than Family, and I'm sure I'm nowhere near the 30,000-ish words I should have added by now. But the manuscript is around 60,000 words total, and I probably will have it finished by the end of the year. Then comes the editing. If I'm lucky, the editor I worked … Continue reading NaNoWriMo, Complications, and Revenge