So, while I finished the edits for Stonecaller, I came to the realization, that it is not ready for betareaders yet. I have more editing to do. But I am also a strong believer in letting the manuscript rest. So I am going to do this while I work on other writing projects. What other projects you may ask?
The Search for the Unicorns Sorta-Sequel
I have a lame working title for it called Carla and the Elves (mostly because I was sure there was a manuscript with that name on it somewhere that my dad had written). But I have outlined it and will now be working on fleshing it out into a first draft this month. But can it really be called a sequel when it deals with events that happen before the end of The Search for the Unicorns?
I am still chugging away at this project. Picking away at the OCR translation/butchering as I go. This one is a long project but I am still passionate about it because not only was it important to my father, but it was a story that I was told as I grew up, so it’s important to me as well. I’ll be talking more about this as I finish the OCR revisions.
Today would have been my dad’s 76th birthday. The picture above is one of my favourite pictures of my dad. He had created a cardboard army and he set them up so that he could recreate battle scenes. I wanted to reflect on him today, but honestly, I reflect on him everyday as I edit his stories and work on my own.
When we were in lockdown last year, I got really stressed out and I was trying to figure out a way to cope. For some reason, this was my way. Printing off manuscripts and reading them out loud on Twitch, then later on posting the video to Youtube. This is the first story before it had been edited, Talisman of the Winds.
Why did I post this hazy picture of trees in a fog? Because it’s a reflection of what’s been happening with this blog. I’ve been remiss in updating!
But as always, this is due to the fact that I’ve been putting my nose to the grindstone and am working on editing another manuscript! Even better, it’s the pseudo-sequel to Talisman of the Winds! If you’ve been watching my Youtube channel then you may have already heard the story, if not, don’t worry! I’ll be posting them here on the website weekly!
Once I’m done edits I’ll be looking for Beta Readers, so let me know if you are interested in reading a fantasy adventure.
I have lots more things to come so keep checking out the website for updates!
Happy New Year! To kick off the new year, I am going to be doing my own version of Nanowrimo in January that I call Janowrimo! I will be working on a sequel to The Search for the Unicorns and my goal is to get at least a third of the way through the first draft. If you are interested, you can sign up for my newsletter and I will send off a snippet of the first draft to you once I have it completed. Once I finish up Janowrimo I will be launching into editing Stonecaller, the second book of the Talisman Trilogy. Keep watching this site for a cover reveal in the next few months! Talk to you all soon!
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.