Trolls!

How long has it been since my last update? A week? I need to do something about that. Soon – I promise!

Remember those two new chapters I said I had to write? I finished first drafts for both of them and a second draft on the first half of the first. But that’s not why I’m writing this. I’m writing because –

Trolls!

You see, I was working on the first draft of those two chapters, and a nagging notion kept hammering at the back of my thoughts. It’s one I’ve been having for a while because every time I read a reference to lava tubes (which play a critical role in my story) I think, you really need to work them into the early parts of the story more. Which I do. And so –

Trolls!

Chapter 8 used to start with a fine yet somewhat droll account of setting and lead-in to an awesome fight. Now it starts with a troll. A naked, roaring, tree swinging troll with balls the size of boulders. It lives in a lava tube and attacks when Coltrane and his troops ride by. It’s pure awesome.

Credit where credit is due

I believe it was Jon who gave me the nugget of an idea for the troll scene.

And speaking of Jon, his short story Harris is getting published in Cifiscape Vol II. Check out his blog about it here on the Scribblerati website.

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Roller Coaster Weekend

It’s been a crazy few days.

Saturday was awesome. I finished up (mostly) the last of Part 2 and moved on to Part 3, editing the snot out of chapter 24. I cut over 900 words out of that guy.

So I was flying high. I was feeling unstoppable. I was ready to sail through the next several chapters.

And then I hit chapter 25.

Chapter 25, which used to be awesome, is now rendered completely useless by the new material I added in Part 2. As a result, most of Sunday was spent moping and whining.

But today I figured it all out. Chapters 25 and 33 are dead, I need to modify a couple others, and I need to write two new ones. And I’m STOKED!

This is going to be awesome sauce, people. Some things I love are going, but I can’t wait to see the end result.

Wish me luck!

Working hard

Hey there friends! I’ve been a bit quieter than usual lately, mostly because I’ve been working hard on the new material I’m adding. It’s pretty unglamorous. Just a lot of writing and editing and piecing it all into the rest if the story. But I’m almost done – yeah! – and then I will be on another editing run.

So until I have something more exciting to pass along, adieu.

Is it good enough?

Check out this nugget that Mathew Ingram of GigaOM gave in an interview to Digital Book World:

The crucial principle at work (is) …your real competition isn’t the book or news outlet that is better than you; it’s the one that is good enough for a majority of your audience. …Maybe those vampire books by Amanda Hocking or the detective novels from million-selling author John Locke aren’t as good as yours, but for hundreds of thousands of weekend readers they are probably good enough.

I read that and was like, “Hey, that sounds familiar…”

And then I started thinking about all the new material I’ve been adding to this most recent draft of To Kill the Goddess and I said, “I’ve got to quit futzing around and finish this frakking thing!”

Because while To Kill the Goddess may not be perfect, it is good enough, or at least it will be after this draft and some editing love from a professional editor.

Would I like for somebody to have a leather hardbound copy of To Kill the Goddess on their bookshelf right next to War and Peace? Of course. But what I really want is for someone to buy it, and like it, and recommended to someone else. Not because it’s perfect, but because it was a good read.

So on that note, back to #amwriting.

 

First impressions of my brand spankin new Kindle

So I was reading a blog a while back. It was – surprise – related to self publishing and it focused on ebook formatting. One of the things it said, which is completely obvious in retrospect, is that if you are going to be doing that sort of thing the you should have one or more e-readers so that you are familiar with the technology.

Duh, right?

Well I’d never even thought of it before that but it wasn’t long before I was in front of the computer buying a kindle.

And guess who got a new toy in the mail last night?

First impressions:

  • The packaging is super eco-friendly. Everything’s paper recyclable yet still manages to look stylish. I was expecting something landfill ready so that was a nice surprise.
  • It’s super easy to set up. It’s actually on when you get it, with the screen telling you to plug it in. Once you do that it takes you through a quick tour and then through a concise, easy to understand manual. On top of all that, it already knows who you are and is configured to connect to your Amazon account. Your grandma could configure this thing. Seriously.
  • I’m really out of the loop. I used to go to the bookstore a couple of times a month, at least, and I would browse the science fiction/fantasy shelves, looking for new authors and checking them out even if I didn’t buy. But I can’t remember the last time I spent any significant time in the bookstore. (Have I mentioned writing is time-consuming?) So there I was, browsing books on my Kindle, and I hardly recognized anything. It’s so sad, but it’s true.

 

Leave a comment with yours suggestions for good reads if you haven’t already.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

And the results of my February #writegoal are…

I didn’t make it.

poo.

My goal was to get through final edits on chapters 13 through 23. That didn’t happen, but here’s the deal: I actually got more writing and editing done then that.

Those of you who have been following along know that a couple of weeks ago I had an epiphany regarding Cassondra’s character arc. The result? A boatload of changes.

  • Chapter 19 went away. Parts of it were folded into 13.5 and I wrote the rest of 13.5.
  • Chapter 14 experienced some major changes; a lot of rearranging due to events in 13.5.
  • I wrote another completely new chapter, 16.5, which is now on its second draft.
  • I finished final edits for chapter 10, rewritten several weeks back.
  • Also finished final edits on chapters 20 and 21.

I didn’t meet my #writegoal, but it wasn’t for lack of trying!

As for what’s next, I need to catch up. There’s a couple of small changes that need to be made to Chapter 18, and I need to finish final edits on Chapters 22 and 23. After that, it’s on to Part Three. The ripples from the changes to Cassondra’s act should begin to smooth out at that point, but there are other changes coming up. There’s going to be a big rewrite for a particularly nasty and off-putting scene with Kaytlyn. And then there’s the ending. I’ve got some work to do there because, let me tell you, it’s really hard to write a decent ending to a book when the story doesn’t actually end. I suppose all series authors run into that problem at one point or another, but still, this one is particularly vexing. Woe!

So, #writegoal for March: ideally, I’d like to finish the whole thing. Realistically, I would be pretty happy if I could get through the changes with Kaytlyn and then plot out what I want to do with the ending.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

PS What’s the deal with the .5 chapters? It’s easier doing that then renumbering everything every time I reorder stuff. Don’t worry, there won’t be any fractions when I’m done. 🙂