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.
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.
With the new year I have decided to do a quick mission statement post to introduce (or reintroduce) people to this blog.
Who am I?
My name is Beth Wagner, I am a comic creator turned editor and publisher. My father, J.P. Wagner, was a writer. He was a published journalist and his first novel was officially published a few months after he died. But his last words to me were to protect his books. Which I took to mean, publish them.
What is this blog?
Basically, this blog is me rambling. But more specifically, it’s me rambling about writing, editing and things that I think my dad thought were cool. I try to write things in a way that I think he would want things to be written on this blog.
I will also write about my thoughts and feelings as I edit his manuscripts. For example, I would write about what I remember going on in our lives at the time he was writing a specific manuscript. Or, if I find something interesting that I think my dad would have liked.
What this blog is not.
This blog is not an indelible shrine to my dad. It is not a solemn, gloomy place and if it ever gets like that, then it’s time for a holiday.
What are my plans for this blog?
My plans for this blog is to entertain you with interesting stories and my unusual process in editing and publishing my dad’s books as well as to inform you when his books are being published.
Happy New Year!
Looking forward to another year of entertaining you;
I’ve just finished the first read through of the manuscript for the Sword of Justice.
My first impressions?
The concept is solid. A little reworking is necessary, but the general plot itself is solid. This means I can give it the go ahead to continue editing it, and after my faithful beta readers have had a chance to read it, it can be published!
I already have a fantastic idea for a cover and I can’t wait to start working on it.
I’ll give you all more tidbits as I work. Talk to you all very soon!