Avantir is on its last legs. The Hygerians are about to take the barony. Rorick’s father entrusts him with the Sword which must not be named. It is a sword of immense power, which is awaiting its new master. Rorick flees the castle and begins to search for Prince Conel who was hidden in the hills during the unrest. Together they will join forces to save the kingdom!
This is the main character in the story the Crystal Crown which is one of the stories that make up The Tales of Alsban. I’m going to be editing and releasing the stories separately and then I will collect them into a larger volume once I’m done.
“There was something before Lasti, something like a half-human, half-horse, but with the paws of a lion extending from its trunk and with the jaws of a lion open and roaring…”
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.
As I am working on formatting manuscripts (basically getting them so they are in English rather than computer OCR gibberish), I’ve come across several scenes in the stories which are triggering memories.
I remember hearing my father tell me some of these stories as bedtime stories when I was young.
I also remember being absolutely terrified as my father told me about the evil werewolves in one of the stories.
A werewolf of Alsban.
I am in a very lucky position in that I can do manuscript unboxings.
I hope that you enjoy this short video.
It’s the end of January and February is about to begin. What am I doing right now?
At the moment I am about to start unboxing another manuscript. This is a literal unboxing. I’ll show you what I mean in a quick video. The name of this story is called the Chronicles of Avantir I have no idea what it is about (mom, don’t tell me, I’ll find out as I read it).
But wait! Wasn’t I working on The Sword of Justice manuscript before Christmas?
What’s going on?
Well, I am getting the manuscript ready to send to an editor who I am hiring to help me make sure that I am on the right track with my edits.
As I have more updates on this manuscript, I’ll let you know.
It does seem like I am skipping around a lot on projects, but also bear in mind that these have all been written for the most part. Some of them just need more work than others. Also, as I’ve stated in a previous post, my process will be different from a writer. It will be more like an editor for many of the stories with the occasional writing foray into some of my father’s worlds. The work is just beginning.
Most editors follow a similar process. Reading through slush piles, reading the manuscript, marking up the manuscript and then waiting for the author to respond.
My process is much different.
I have the slush pile that are my dad’s manuscripts. Some of the manuscripts are submission-ready and just need some fine tune editing while some manuscripts are nothing more than a few notes scribbled down on a scrap piece of paper.
Before I can even begin to edit the manuscript, I have to convert it into a format that I can edit it with. My father used numerous different word processing methods from writing to typewriter to electric typewriter to computer. With the computer he used numerous different programs including WordPerfect and AppleWorks. I’ve had to hack into these files because they don’t directly load into modern software. They first get loaded into a text editor before they get copied and pasted into my final editing program (in this case, I’m using Scrivener).
Then I need to fix all of the formatting errors that crept in due to incompatible fonts and things that the text editor couldn’t read.
Then I mark up the manuscript and then I need to let it rest for a couple of weeks before I do the revisions. I try to think, not about what I would put into the story, but what would my dad write. What did my dad want to say. I’m not going to lie, I have had some one-sided screaming matches while editing the stories. It’s a process.
My final stage is to get crits and beta readers to go over the manuscript for a final review.
The process is a little more like being an archaeologist than an editor but it’s not your average editing process, that’s for sure.
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!