July– No wait– August Update

Soooo I am still working on balance at the moment. Which means things aren’t as frequent as I would like. Blog posting being one of these things. Let me tell you about what I’ve been up to while I haven’t been posting here.

I’ve finished up the first read through of Who Would Destroy the Gods? I’ve marked it up for the first round of edits which I will be working on in Late August early September.

I’m about half way my first read through and edit mark up of a story I’m working on in order to practise my own writing. (This will be available later through an undisclosed pen name) I bring it up because people will need to know that I am working on other projects as well as editing my father’s novels. I have another project that I was able to get ahead on in order to make more room for writing and will be starting another novel this month. (Again, this novel will also be a practise novel and will be released through a pen name)

Also, last week I travelled half way across the country and back again in the space of a long weekend by truck.

For those of you who have signed up to my newsletter (bless you!), I will have a very special surprise for you next month!

(Because I totally thought that I posted this, I’ll add on to the post)

P.S. Just a quick add-on! I’ll be in Calgary this weekend for a writer’s conference and to promote Railroad Rising!

July Update (with many more to follow)


Tonight I had the chance to really get into the reviewing and editing process for Who Would Destroy the Gods?

I’m very curious about how this story plays out given that the main character seems to be Wisakedjak (more commonly known as Whiskey Jack or Grey Jay) but this is a book with many pantheons in it so it will be interesting to see how the story goes. The story so far is that Whiskey Jack has turned his back on becoming a god and is, instead, helping mortals to stay safe during the wars of the gods. While the gods themselves fight amongst themselves for supremacy of the universe.

Once I get further along, I’ll start posting bits and pieces. For now, you can have my sketch of Grey Jay.

That Thing I Never Told You About

Hello! It’s me again!

You may be wondering, Beth, why haven’t you written in here for a month?

Well, friends, I have a confession.

I haven’t been writing in here lately because this month I’ve taken time away from everything else in order to write a first draft of a novel in a month. I was unsure of whether or not I’d be able to stick to my schedule so I didn’t want to say anything until I was finished my 30 day schedule. However, now that I am 2/3 of the way done, I feel comfortable in announcing that I am writing something.

Here’s the thing. I’ve never written a novel before. Not a full length novel anyway, most of my stories have either been short stories or comics. I’ll continue to post my progress as I go. Once the story is ready to go, I’ll be posting it on Wattpad and eliciting feedback so that I know what to work on and where my blindspots are.

Next Month I’ll be working on rewrites for this book and I’ll be reading over “Who Would Destroy the Gods”. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date on both of these projects.

For those of you who want more details on the first draft of my novel and what it’s all about, subscribe to my newsletter!

More Great Ways to Get Railroad Rising!

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Railroad Rising at the Edge Website

Hey everyone! If you’ve been holding off on purchasing Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion because you didn’t have the kindle reader, Both myself and Edge Publishing are proud to present Railroad Rising, now available for Nook!

(There is a button for Kobo, but it is not operational yet, keep watching this site as I will be announcing the Kobo release as soon as it’s available)

This Year’s Book:

This year the book that I will be editing is called “Who Would Destroy the Gods”

I have begun printing out the chapters and hope to have everything printed out by the end of the month.

I’m doing things a little bit differently. I already have a fully written story, now I need to make sure that its foundations are solid which means doing an outline and character sketches. I’ll be looking at the different aspects of the story and making sure that they gel the way they are supposed to.

As I work on the story I’ll first be updating everyone on the newsletter and then giving summary updates on the website. So stay tuned!

Rosetta Man Book and Music Party!

Last night was a rousing time of good music and good people!

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We were enthralled with various jigs. Claire displayed her multiple talents of playing both the recorder and saxophone (although not at the same time, mind you) while I busily clanged away on the triangle.

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The stars of the party!

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Rosetta Man and Railroad Rising, a match made in heaven!

The display table shared space with all sorts of yummy goodies that everyone brought, with Claire’s fantastic nachos providing the perfect main course between music.

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Our host, the lovely Claire McCague and myself, Beth Wagner!

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Thanks for a wonderful time Claire!

Once again, check out Railroad Rising and Rosetta Man available on Amazon!!

Rosetta Man is now also available on Kobo!

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Nanowrimo – The Last Day

It’s the last day of Nanowrimo. My goal for today? To finish up as much research as possible and complete the outline for the story.

I’m not really much of an outline kind of person. Except when I am working on someone else’s idea or else on a very complicated story. This is both. There are a number of different plots going on that I need to identify and outline and characters that I need to flesh out. They are all up in my brain, I just need to get them down on paper now.

I’m a little concerned that I am getting sidetracked by the research. This is why I’m giving myself tonight and tonight only to finish everything up. Write down all of the information that I need tonight and return the books to the libraries tomorrow.

I find that if I try to organise myself  too much that I get to focussed on the methods of organisation and forget to get the work done. Sometimes it’s better just to launch yourself headlong into something just so that it gets done.

The Physics of Magic

One of the key things in any fantastical novel, be it fantasy or science fiction, is the “laws of the land” as it were.

How does the magic work?

How do the machines/gadgets work?

How does physics work?

These are all questions that a writer must ask themselves when creating these stories. These are questions that I was asking myself while working on the novel. Given that this novel is a sequel to Railroad Rising, I am working in my father’s world. A world that, since he didn’t do a lot of outlining, was in his head.

One of the things I really appreciated about Railroad Rising was the detailed description of the machines and gadgets. I want to continue this, but I do not have my father’s background in having been around engines and early modes of transportation. As a result, I’ve been doing research into early steam engines and machines throughout history.

The thing that has interested me the most was not just the machines, but the machines that almost made it, but for one reason or rather, failed. I want to explore this in the novel. What if with some of these machines, the problem was able to be solved with magic? The closer a machine came to working on it’s own, the less magic was needed to propel it? This ideal fascinates me and will be a backdrop to one of the plots in the novel. A marriage of physics and magic and the resulting world.