Okay I am not happy with the this blog. This is supposed to be a blog about my experiences working on publishing my Dad’s stories and about his writing. My problem? There isn’t enough story here! I want to start telling tidbits of some of the stories that I am working on. There are a few. Which seems like I am skipping all over the place, but it’s really because I need to figure out how much editing each story needs. First thing I do is look at the manuscript. Does the title grab me? (Which I just learned yesterday is the wrong thing to do) Then I read the first 50 pages. Then I check to see if there were any issues with the story within those pages, if not, then I continue on. Stories like Search for the Unicorn are lucky because they only needed a touch of editing to get them ready for publishing. However, stories like Who Would Destroy the Gods and The Sword of Justice need major structural changes before they would be ready to be published. Sadly, I often don’t know this until after I’ve read the story. Still others like Avantir and The Guardian of the Sword need to be scanned, translated and formatted before they can even be edited. This makes for a lot of different tasks and stories that are in different stages, each being touched on at different times. What I have noticed though, is that some of these stories have synopses. These I will share with you on a monthly basis, along with my reaction to them and then please, let me know what you think!
This is the main character in the story the Crystal Crown which is one of the stories that make up The Tales of Alsban. I’m going to be editing and releasing the stories separately and then I will collect them into a larger volume once I’m done.
Oh dear, it’s been far too long since I’ve updated this blog. I’m so sorry dear readers! But I’m back! I will try to make sure that at the very least, I’m giving you a monthly update.
What I’m currently working on:
The Crystal Crown – it’s a short story in the Tales of Alsban series that introduces a new world that I will be exploring, it’s written in a Lord Dunsay style and I’ll be adding accompanying illustration plates to it.
Chronicles of Avantir – This is a novel, it won’t be out for a while as I first need to convert everything from OCR to English text before I even begin editing it. It is the main novel that the Tales of Alsban is connected to.
The Sword of Justice – It seems like I’ve been working on this novel forever! But it is the novel where I began working out my process. There are no typical processes for what I am doing with this novel, even my editor has had to think outside the box with how to help me. But I’m getting it! At the moment, I am working backwards from a rough manuscript and breaking it down into an outline. I’ve learned from this that my own writing process is that I am largely a discovery writer who sometimes uses a rough outline. Recognizing this doesn’t mean that I hate outlines, what it means is that I encounter resistance within myself that I have to overcome in order to create outlines for stories. In this case and in this process an outline is the only way that I am going to be able to fix the structural issues in this story. Having said that, I’m super excited to be back working on this novel! I miss the characters and want to flesh out more scenes with them. They are a lot of fun and I can’t wait to share their adventures with you!
I just finished writing out the original outline (after a fashion) for The Sword of Justice. I have a better idea of the general drive of the story.
The basic story? A lone battle-worn wizard takes on a former street urchin as an apprentice in his search for pieces of a sword of power.
Now I just need to fine tune the story. What I am seeing in this manuscript is that my dad was rushing to get to the next scene and was brushing over things that should have been described. What does this mean? It means that I now have a bunch of really cool scenes that I need to write in order to bolster the story. It also means that this may not be just one story. But that’s not for me to say yet. I still have to rewrite the outline to it’s shiny new version.
Eep! I really meant to write in here sooner, but at least I can say it was for a good reason that I haven’t. I’ve been working on the outline for the manuscript for The Sword of Justice. Yes, the manuscript has already been written, but it needs to be reworked and that means starting at ground zero and rebuilding. I’m keeping most of the story, but I am going to be smoothing out the pacing and writing out some of the scenes which were glossed over but needed telling. My current worry? That this may mean the book will be unwieldy and that I will have to break it up into smaller books. But that is getting ahead of myself. Right now? I just need to get the outline finished.
I recently bought this cool journal dedicated entirely to story ideas based on my dad’s books. I want to be inspired to write in it so I wanted it to be very cool and a joy to write in. (and it is!) Basically, I have just begun my journey on the rewriting process. Mine is slightly different than most as these are not my characters. One of the things that I am learning is that these characters must become mine. I need to take charge of the story and get it in order because there is no one else to do this. I want to be faithful to what my dad would have wanted. But at the same time, I’m feeling that I want to put some of my own thoughts in here. This is where the balancing act is. There are some aspects of The Sword of Justice that are gentle and subtle but part of me wants to accentuate them and make them more bold. I’m worried that may ruin part of the story though. For example, the fact that I am dealing with a story that has a lot of magic users but frankly, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of magic use. That bothers me….a lot. I want to go more in depth with this society and go into how much magic there is and why. Also, I want a more defined magic system or magic systems. But what if in doing this I break the story? I tell you what happens, I go back to the previous draft and start again. For now, I will listen to the wise words of my editor and just write.
Hey everyone! I’m back again and so are the recommendations from my editor. What did she say? I have a lot of work ahead of me.
So for the foreseeable future, I will be toiling away to whip the manuscript for The Sword of Justice into shape so that it can be the best book that I can make.
As I work through the story, I’ll try to give quick updates to let you know where I am in the story, along with other interesting tidbits that I run into as I go. But I figured that I’d give you all a quick update to let you know what’s going on.
As I am working on formatting manuscripts (basically getting them so they are in English rather than computer OCR gibberish), I’ve come across several scenes in the stories which are triggering memories.
I remember hearing my father tell me some of these stories as bedtime stories when I was young.
I also remember being absolutely terrified as my father told me about the evil werewolves in one of the stories.