A Month Later

Yes, It’s been a month since the last time that I’ve posted here. That would be because I was working on other projects. But I’m putting those on hold while I shift back to focussing on writing and editing.
If you scroll back to the last couple of posts, you’ll know that I am currently editing “The Sword of Justice”
I’ll be working on this throughout the months of November and December, if you want more information about this and similar updates, I would recommend signing up for my newsletter.
November is Nanowrimo, which for most people means, time to write novels! I will be taking part, but like everything else, I won’t be doing things the regular way that everyone else is. I’m going to be using Nanowrimo, to help work on scheduling dedicated time in the day for writing and/or editing. That way, I’m hoping that I can just continue after November having that built in that habit. I already do this with comics I now just need to be able to do this reliably with editing and writing.
Now that I’ve done the housecleaning as they say, I feel the need to add something fun to this post, because you guys are here to read…or at least I hope that’s what you are here for….
I’m going to plunk in the passage from “The Sword of Justice” that drew me in and made me decide to work on this novel next:

Tregashin was a large city, as befitted the capital of a nation. It was also a busy place, even dangerous in some areas.   The Inn of Hero’s Desire was close enough to the waterfront to be  a little unsafe, but far enough away that the truly dangerous  people were unlikely to be found there.  On an evening in spring, Dharmen the Wizard found himself  seated alone at a table in that inn, waiting for his supper, his  back to the wall, watching what was happening all around. He was  a youngish man for a Wizard, his brown hair greying slightly at  the temples, a few white hairs in his beard. His nose was small  and slightly upturned, his face broad, and he seemed almost a  comical figure until one looked at his eyes. The eyes were  hazel-coloured, with something in them which said that they had  seen terrible things and felt little fear for mere Men.

  There was a man across the room, a large man who looked like  a labourer on the docks, who was buying ale for everyone, though  he himself consumed little. Dharmen had been watching him and  noticing that as the evening went on he appeared to get drunker  and drunker. He was probably a spy, Dharmen decided, but it was  difficult to say who he would be a spy for. He could find out,  Dharmen was sure, but the risk of drawing unwanted attention to himself made it not worthwhile.  He dropped his left hand casually to the large pouch at his  belt, then brought the hand up again, clutching a thin wrist.

  The wrist was connected on one side to a grubby hand clutching a  small but very sharp knife, and on the other side to a skinny  gangling youth, whose hair would have been blonde had it been  clean. His face was thin his nose prominent, and in his eyes  arrogance warred with fear.

  Dharmen looked at him. “Sit down.”

  He released the wrist, and the boy sat down. As he did so,  the expression on his face became one of fear, for sitting down  was one thing which he had no wish to do.

Dharmen smiled. “Yes,  I am a Wizard. And no, you need have no fear of what I might  change you into. I doubt if I will even turn you over to the  Watch; seeing you safely locked up, with your crime witnessed,  and all would require more time than I can spare.

  “But can I turn you loose?” he continued, as though musing  to himself. “What choice do I make, when even not to choose is a  choice in itself?”  He sighed, “So. I will take you along with me, hire you as  my apprentice and servant. What do you say to that? With me,  while you may not always be comfortable, I will promise that when  I have food, so will you.”

Quandries and Quagmires

What are you looking at?

Aside from the sword, you see before you two manuscripts. From the description of the file, I am assuming that these are the same story. One was written in 1981 and the other in 1982.

What is interesting is the title, The Guardian of the Sword. I am already reading a manuscript called The Sword of Justice and now I have to wonder if they are related. If they are, does this come before or after? Is this even part of the series? The only way to find out is to read it after I finish the other manuscript but I am very curious.

For those of you who are wondering about what the Sword of Justice story is about, the most vague description is that it’s about a wizard and his apprentice who must unite the wizard council to stop a tyrant who is plotting to take over the kingdom. Super vague but don’t worry! I’ll get more detailed once I start cursory edits on it.

Also, I’d like to apologise to my assistant who suggested I triage all of the manuscripts before I work on them. You make a good point, except that I really am enthralled by this series and therefore I feel that I really need to work on this series. Yay goals and directions!

A Personal Update

As I am editing the final proof for the Amazon print copy of The Search for the Unicorns I’m having a moment to reflect on the author, my dad.

Unlike many publishers, I have an emotional attachment to the author and his work because he was my dad, but not only that. As I read over the manuscripts I remember at what stage in his life he was and where I was.

In 1987, I would have been in grade 6 going into grade 7. I also can’t help but think that the main character Carla, had bits of me in there, no matter how small. It is very much a coming of age story and discovering who you are as a person. This is something that I was beginning to explore at that age. So interesting point there.

Which makes me think about his target audience. Was I his target audience? It wouldn’t be that hard to imagine for me as I grew up hearing him tell me stories, sometimes made up sometimes they were from books. Sometimes the lines blurred. I didn’t realise for the longest time that parents simply didn’t just make up stories to tell their kids so that they would fall asleep.

Which brings me to why I’m self-publishing his books. I’m self-publishing all of his novels that I can, mostly for myself and also for his memory. Is it at all about sales? No, it’s about putting out stories that should be out there on shelves and in homes of people. But even if no one buys a single copy of any of these books, as long as I’ve marketed them and have made them as accessible as possible, I’ll have done what I perceive as my job.

Having said that, there are things that I can do that a traditional publisher wouldn’t and couldn’t do. Like a series of pictures based on scenes from the book and like hand leather-bound limited editions of the book. These are the next projects that I will be working on, along with the next manuscript of course.

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The Search For The Unicorns is Live!

I am delighted to announce that The Search For The Unicorns ebook is available everywhere! Now yes, this is the ebook version.

It’s available on Amazon, it’s available on Kobo, basically you name the place, you can buy it there.

If you want to buy an ebook directly from me, email me at: [email protected] and we can make arrangements from there.

If you are wanting a hard copy of the book it will be made available in a little while, why am I not giving an exact time? Because I am waiting on proofs to come back from the printer and other last minute technical stuff before it can be released.

All of the subscribers to my email list have already heard the news, if you want to hear about when the next book is coming out, then subscribe to my newsletter!

The Search For The Unicorns – The search for the books

So a little update on what’s going on. I am currently uploading things and formatting everything.

Technically, the book is available for Kindle, HOWEVER, it has serious formatting issues and I have to fix them, so I will be doing this in the next few days. So if you happen to see anything, please do not buy anything yet. I am learning the ins and outs of uploading files to Amazon, (which is not at all like uploading comics, let me tell you).

For good the news, I just sent away for proofs for the paperback edition of the book, that’s going to take 2 to 3 weeks (barring any issues in customs) to get to me, then I will be reviewing it, likely crying and then making any last minute adjustments.

On a bright note? I am learning what order I have to do this process in and how long everything takes, which is why this book was my practise book. Not to worry, in a year or so I will go back and fix the silly little mistakes I made here as I will have learned more about editing and publishing .

Thanks for listening! I will keep everyone updated as I work on getting everything set to go.

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!

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!

Beta Testing and Wattpad!

For those of you who aren’t subscribed to the newsletter (which is just plain crazy!) you are missing out on being able to get access to the beta release of the first few chapters of Who Would Destroy the Gods!

Starting today there will be a weekly newsletter which includes a link to a special beta-edition of Who Would Destroy the Gods. In addition to this, the next day there will also be a release to Wattpad (I’ll post the links here as I get them). If you want to wait until the final copy is ready, that’s okay too. Keep watching this site to be notified or subscribe to my regular newsletter.

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(This is the beta cover and most certainly not the final one.)