Trying to Find My Way

Most people would take that title to mean that I am a lost soul. Perhaps I am.

But more immediately, I am trying to get an idea of the world that The Search for the Unicorns is set in. I wanted to be able to describe a bit more of the world in the book to help the readers.

The first thing I have to do is to see if he created a map of this world or if I need to create my own. I know that he kept everything in the story fairly vague which is nice because it allows the reader to imagine themselves in the story more. However, I want to add a little description. Just a little. I also want to know where the characters are going. Are they in a forest? Are they in the mountains? Where are they?!

A quick search tells me that he didn’t create a map for this world. What does that mean for me? It means that I am going to take tonight to create a vague map of the world. I am not a cartographer and my sense of direct is terrible. Here goes nothing

The Mabinogion and Other Myths and Legends

So one of the things that has struck me while editing my Dad’s stories, specifically the most recent one, is that it seems as though he drew from Welsh, Irish and Anglo Saxon influences.

I wanted to learn a little more about the myths and that’s when I fell upon the Mabinogion. Of course, because I am a woman of little time, I not only bought a copy of the Mabinogion, but I also, have started listening to some podcasts which retell the old legends.

The nice thing about reading old myths and legends is that they are in public domain and therefore can easily be accessed via Project Gutenberg and even on Amazon. Although I really want to eventually have a collection of myths and legends in hard copy to add to my already overflowing bookshelves.

The Lost Worlds of JP Wagner

Tonight I’m reconstructing lost worlds.

It’s just as exciting as it sounds!

For those in the know, this is an old story map of my Dad’s. This isn’t the world that I’m working on this evening, but in years to come I will eventually work with it.

Tonight I’m working on the world of the book that I’m editing, The Search For the Unicorns. That is because my imagination was sparked by a few of the passages from the book and I want to play around with them a bit to see if I can make more out of them.

If anything significant happens, I’ll post it here.

My Word of the Day

Very intricate Jali carved out of single stone at Socalled Sidi Sayyed Mosque, Ahmedabad. This was found online via a Google image search. I tried to attribute it to the original author but was unable to find a non-Pintrest picture.

Friezework – a sculptured, horizontal band which is found in some architecture.

I will not go into a grand history of friezework (even though I really, really want to research it now). But it’s an interesting word for a very decorative feature in architecture. But I will add this, considering that many people took on surnames based on what they did for a living, people with the last name of Friezen, may have created these works of art. Just saying!

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.

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!

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.

Work in Progress


I am feeling like this as I work on editing “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”

It’s always challenging when you are just starting out on a career path. In this case it’s a bit weird for me because I technically have material to work with that I could tease you with, but on the other hand, I haven’t even really read all of the material. Heck, I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.

Maybe that’s my problem right now. I need to figure out which way to jump first. I also need to know what I should tell the Internet about my Dad, after all, that’s what this website is for. But do I want to talk about what my father was interested in? I could do that. I certainly can’t talk about his works in progress, although, I can talk about what I’m editing and for those of you who have signed up to the newsletter, I’ll be sending out special sneak peaks of “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”

One of the other things that I will be working on over the next month will be button designs for Railroad Rising, which subscribers will also get to see first and give me their opinion.

Whew! Time for me to get back to editing! I’ll talk to you all again very soon!