Creating the Story


Even though I’ve dropped out of Nanowrimo this year, I wanted to get some writing done.

Apparently it was only a matter of time before the index cards came out. I’m not sure but they seem comfortable. I put scenes, characters and things that points about on. Things that I can layout in front of myself and make connections with. It’s a neat exercise if nothing else.

Reading Break


I made a rookie mistake and only bought the first book in the series figuring that even though the bookstore didn’t have the second part of the series, it would be a while before I would need the second book.

Besides, I could pick it up cheaply on Amazon right?

Nope! After shipping, the cheapest copy of the second book would cost me $12, I may as well buy it new in store for that cost.

This weekend I resigned myself to another used book hunt through the lower mainland.

As you can see, I found the rest of the series at a lovely place called Renaissance Books in New Westminster. It’s a lovely shop with friendly, helpful staff, who really cater to their customers!

I’m now off to relax and read.

Talk to you later!

Camp NaNoWriMo and Readings

So tomorrow I’m going to beginning Camp NaNoWriMo basically, it’s a summer edition of NaNoWriMo but they also allow for revisions and editing, which is what I’m going to be buckling down and doing for the month of July.

But I’m not going to be spending my entire weekend revising. I want to do some relaxing and reading. I managed to pick up these two books at a second hand store and I’m looking forward to jumping into them.

I’ve heard good things about both authors and I can’t wait to start reading!

Also, once I’m done reading Doomsman I feel that I need to read this novel as a contrast/comparison piece as it has similar themes. Intergalactic thieves and assassins!

My Late April Update

Drumheller 2016
Random picture taken by blogger and added to post to make the post seem more interesting than it actually is.

 

Yes, I realise that it is almost the last day of May. But this is where I am at. There have been computer problems and comic conventions but now I am getting back to editing. I will try to update more regularly, at the very least there will be a June update and it will be waaaaay more interesting than this!

Long Processes

So my main “editing” process at the moment is reading through the story while removing the extra spaces (which Scrivener will only remove some of) and adding hard returns. Yes it’s formatting problems but I’m feeling kind of like an archaeologist who is gently brushing the dirt away from the artifact.
I also feel a bit nostalgic and imagine what was going on in our lives and in the world when this was originally written (it’s signed 1984). That would make my Dad 4 going on 5 years younger than I am now. I think about what it was like for me at his age. What was his mindset at the time he was writing this story.
I think that’s why I really enjoy editing these stories.

Quick Check in…

Gah! I made the rookie mistake of changing the formatting words from “_example_” to bolds and italics! I realised this over halfway through the manuscript. I’m hoping that I can use some sort of undo on them.
#prayingtothedeitiesofscrivener
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As you can tell, I’m continuing to edit the novel, “Who Would Destroy the Gods”. It’s going a lot slower than I would like but this is the first book and I have a lot to learn about formatting and editing a literary book, they are so much more different than comics!

A Little Update…(because if I don’t update, they take away my blogger’s license)

I’m just popping in quick to say hi to everyone! Yes this blog is still going and yes I’m working on updating at least once a week.

Over the past weekend I finally managed to convert Who Would Destroy the Gods from it’s original file format (I’m not sure if it was written in Appleworks or Wordperfect) into Scrivener. I’m also manually fixing the format as when it was created there was no digital formatting and so everything had to be manually input (aka all spaces and hard returns).

As I’m doing this part of the editing, I’m making comments in the margin and correcting minor spelling mistakes. There are also some areas that I’m going to have to completely rewrite in order to maintain the flow. (For my family members who may be aghast at that thought, I will also have an unedited copy tucked away somewhere.) It’s going to be a long haul as I get further and further into the editing.

As always, I’ll keep you updated!

Late and Great Update

In January I was trying to get back into my work schedule after taking almost a month off in December. I was over-rested. I’ve got my production schedule set up for the year but I need to include this blog as part of all that.

I would love to say that I am almost ready to publish Who Would Destroy the Gods, but I’m hip deep in edits and I am going to do some drastic rewrites. Due to the fact that I don’t have a large audience at the moment (which makes sense as my dad only has the one book published at the moment). I’m going to have to rely on an editor instead of beta readers like I’d hoped.

I will be keeping you all up to date on everything, in addition to that I’m going to tweak this website so stay tuned for some neat surprises coming up this year.