So, while I finished the edits for Stonecaller, I came to the realization, that it is not ready for betareaders yet. I have more editing to do. But I am also a strong believer in letting the manuscript rest. So I am going to do this while I work on other writing projects. What other projects you may ask?
The Search for the Unicorns Sorta-Sequel
I have a lame working title for it called Carla and the Elves (mostly because I was sure there was a manuscript with that name on it somewhere that my dad had written). But I have outlined it and will now be working on fleshing it out into a first draft this month. But can it really be called a sequel when it deals with events that happen before the end of The Search for the Unicorns?
I am still chugging away at this project. Picking away at the OCR translation/butchering as I go. This one is a long project but I am still passionate about it because not only was it important to my father, but it was a story that I was told as I grew up, so it’s important to me as well. I’ll be talking more about this as I finish the OCR revisions.
Today would have been my dad’s 76th birthday. The picture above is one of my favourite pictures of my dad. He had created a cardboard army and he set them up so that he could recreate battle scenes. I wanted to reflect on him today, but honestly, I reflect on him everyday as I edit his stories and work on my own.
When we were in lockdown last year, I got really stressed out and I was trying to figure out a way to cope. For some reason, this was my way. Printing off manuscripts and reading them out loud on Twitch, then later on posting the video to Youtube. This is the first story before it had been edited, Talisman of the Winds.
Why did I post this hazy picture of trees in a fog? Because it’s a reflection of what’s been happening with this blog. I’ve been remiss in updating!
But as always, this is due to the fact that I’ve been putting my nose to the grindstone and am working on editing another manuscript! Even better, it’s the pseudo-sequel to Talisman of the Winds! If you’ve been watching my Youtube channel then you may have already heard the story, if not, don’t worry! I’ll be posting them here on the website weekly!
Once I’m done edits I’ll be looking for Beta Readers, so let me know if you are interested in reading a fantasy adventure.
I have lots more things to come so keep checking out the website for updates!
Happy New Year! To kick off the new year, I am going to be doing my own version of Nanowrimo in January that I call Janowrimo! I will be working on a sequel to The Search for the Unicorns and my goal is to get at least a third of the way through the first draft. If you are interested, you can sign up for my newsletter and I will send off a snippet of the first draft to you once I have it completed. Once I finish up Janowrimo I will be launching into editing Stonecaller, the second book of the Talisman Trilogy. Keep watching this site for a cover reveal in the next few months! Talk to you all soon!
Hi everyone! I just figured a quick update was in order.
On Wednesday I just finished reading another manuscript. This one was called the Sword and the Rose. It may be a stand alone novel. But it’s definitely another fantasy novel. I know that most people don’t use Twitch but I will be editing the video and uploading it to YouTube and it will come out after I finish up the Talisman of the Winds video series.
Speaking of Talisman of the Winds, I’m going to be going over the next rounds of edits beginning next week, and then I’ll be releasing it to Beta Readers. I know that some of you have already expressed an interest and I will be getting the manuscript to you as soon as I finish these edits. If you haven’t already reached out to me just let me know and I’ll arrange to get you a copy.
But wait, there’s more! While I was digging around, I found what I believe is the sequel to Talisman of the Winds, at the very least the stories are connected. Then I found another story (although I think it is a short story) that may or may not be connected, which I will likely be reading next so that I can learn more about it. I’ll end up reading both of them, but the first one will be the short story and the second one will be the connected story. Nope I’m not telling you the titles, you’ll find out in a week and a half when I start reading them. 🙂
Hello everyone! I’m posting again! Just to let everyone know I’m still alive and busy.
I got some illustration plates started for The Crystal Crown yesterday. I still have a bunch of illustration plates to draw before I am finished, then I’ll be on to the final round of edits for the book. I hope to have this book ready to go by the end of June.
For those of you who like book readings, I have been popping on to a live streaming service called Twitch and reading manuscripts and marking them up for editing. The first story is Talisman of the Winds, you can find rebroadcasts here. Or, you can find them on YouTube here.
I just finished doing the first round of edits for Talisman of the Winds. This was entirely due to me marking up the manuscript as I was reading the manuscript. As I read it out loud I was able to determine areas that needed to be changed and parts that need to be worked on. I’m now taking a couple of weeks to work on other projects and then I will be working on the final revisions after which, I’ll be looking for beta readers, if you are interested, let me know.
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!