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Friday, August 30, 2013


Received my copy of "Seer, Tyro, Fiend" in the mail yesterday, and it was just as great a thrill as the others. Hopefully soon all of my published novels will be in both ebook and paperback, and I can hardly wait to order up for my coming library events.

I did resolve some issues I was having over "Where Power Lies." After a bit of research, my doubts about the cataclysm which sets the scene for the future world proved unwarranted. I don't include a lot of facts and science in the narrative, but I had to make sure that what I wrote would be believable. This morning, I checked part of the ending because I feared I had repeated something I used in "The Changeling Kill," but that concern was unfounded, happily. I also had another cover art idea, but I'm not sure if I can execute this one either. I hunted up some images on Google, so maybe I'll give it a shot. Kind of hate to break my cover-designing streak.

Finished the book I am slated to review for Windy City Reviews. I found I couldn't stop reading it yesterday and wound up pushing right on through to the end. This morning, I drafted my review, too, with great enthusiasm. I'll go back to it in a day or two with fresh eyes.

I'm thinking to maybe start on the new Windsong Lake book, working title "The Treasure of Mongan Manor."

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Book Planning

I finished another pass through "Where Power Lies," and I've decided to give it a rest for a few days before taking another one. One thing I will be thinking about, though, is the setup for my future world. A great cataclysm has changed the face of the country, but I fear the one I put in place is not sufficient to have brought about the destruction I envision. At first, I wanted it to be very believable, like something that could really happen, but now I'm thinking that I'll need to trump it up to something more fantastic, yet still believable.

In the meantime, I started doing some research for the next Windsong Lake book, with a current working title of "Treasure of Mongan Manor". The research started with Irish castles, then Irish names, and finally to Irish legends for the name of the central locale, Mongan Manor. Of course, that's not a real place, but I wanted a name that had meaning to Irish folklore. Between the Internet, and a wonderful resource book I bought years ago, "Myths & Legends" by Arthur Cotterell (1989, Marshall Editions Ltd.), I came upon Mongan, son of the sea god, exceedingly generous and able to change his shape. Considering my planned plot, it seemed like a good match. Considering Stefanie Durant's maiden name is Reardon, a variant of the Irish name Riordan, I figured the Irish angle would work well.

On another front, I'm reading a book for Windy City Reviews, so I've got a time frame of 4-6 weeks to consider. Actually, I'm about 20% through it already, so I think I can manage it and squeeze in some writing time, too.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More Paper Editions

Looks like "Dabblers," "Stranger Faces," and "Game Faces" will at last be available in paperback editions very soon. I can hardly wait to start stocking up for my two upcoming library events.

Working on "Where Power Lies" this morning, I realized two long sections of dialog will need to be revised. They both introduce a line of thought as though it were brand new, but that can only happen once. I know I'll still have to go back over the whole book and look for that sort of thing in other places. The only method I know of is to jot down notes in a separate file while I read of the important things that occur. Then I can more easily determine if I've got any duplication.

I've also started reading my first book for Windy City Reviews, and the book in question has passed the first hurdle--it drew me in. More on that when the review comes out. I also abandoned another book I was trying to read. It did not draw me in. Several pages into the book, I still had no idea who the main character was. I couldn't connect. I tried my old trick of turning to the back to see how it ends, but the last pages contained a whole different set of characters not introduced in the early part of the story. Ah, well . . .

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Progress and Updates

Good news! More paperback editions of my books are underway. I hope I'll be ordering bunches of them to take to Glen Ellyn Bookfest in September, and to Author Fest in Joliet in October. I've made some inroads to updating my handouts and brochures for those events, and I've developed my 60-second elevator pitch for Bookfest to promote sales of "Dabblers," which I think will be ready in paper edition so I can hold it, and "Seer, Tyro, Fiend" in my hands when I pitch. 

Polishing work continues on "Where Power Lies," and I'm liking the results. My current pass is to check for voice discrepancies, where narrative and dialog for Dee don't match up. I also started fiddling with cover art and a blurb. More passes are on the horizon before I even get to the spell checking, grammar checking, format checking, and word repetition stuff. 

Having signed up as a volunteer book reviewer for Windy City Reviews, I am eagerly waiting to receive my first book from an author who chose me as a preferred reviewer. I've written reviews of books on Goodreads before, and I always have an issue with what attitude to take. I really want to like the book I'm reviewing and not be too hard-line about format and editing stuff. It seems nit-picky. If it's a good story, reasonably well written, I want the writer to have a chance and not have people dismiss those good qualities just because of technical faults. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Trying to Stay Focused

Taking another pass on "Where Power Lies," but my efforts are less tactical than I had planned. I wanted to go through the entire manuscript to make sure information about the state of things in my imagined future are clear, timely, and not repeated too much. Instead, I keep finding little things to change, tweaks to wording and such, and thinking of details to add in places.

I'm still troubled by a long passage in Chapter 2 in which Dee considers how things have changed in the world in the last twenty years or so, which of course provides the opportunity to describe what she's comparing them to, thus laying out how those changes came to be. I'm thinking that passage is too long and perhaps should be scattered around a bit so it doesn't read like a documentary narrative. Too much like an aside to the audience, taking the reader out of the story. Gotta work on that.

I had some new ideas for cover art and played around with some images here and there. This in addition to updating my various websites with the news about "Seer, Tyro, Fiend." And I made some notes about the next Windsong Lake book and did some research. That project is really starting to pull together with some scenes already "written" in my head.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Transitional Phase

First, I received confirmation yesterday that I will be participating in Bookfest 2013 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I'll be selling my books in the Glen Ellyn Public Library, signing them, handing out promotional materials, and chatting with readers. In light of that, I started updating those materials--websites and a book brochure--to reflect the coming September release of "Seer, Tyro, Fiend." I updated a booklet format to use and I'll have to begin printing. I also need to order books to sell.

I've made it through a polishing pass on "Where Power Lies," which I think is the title for "Resistance." It just seems to be a better one for a lot of reasons I believe I discussed in a prior post. More readings will be required because I think it's a bit long--85,000+ words, and I still need to make sure it flows properly and certain ideas are not restated as I think I may have done. This morning, I rewrote the ending, which I knew I would do after the first draft was complete. Now I like the way it ends because it offers hope for the situation to improve but also leaves the door open for more adventures in a new series. Don't know if I'm going to go there yet. No final decisions on the cover at this time either.

Next up is a third Windsong Lake book, as I've mentioned. I need to do some research on a few things first that will help me construct the mystery at stake. I may get started on this while I give "Where Power Lies" a brief rest.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Updates and Stuff

I completed checking of the revised galley for "Seer, Tyro, Fiend" this morning, so it should be ready to go. My publisher says the ebook should be released in September! Print edition date is December, but advance copies should be available as soon as the POD files are uploaded.

Well, it's official now. I'm a reviewer for Windy City Reviews.This site is where writers help other writers by reviewing their works for free. I volunteered because I know first hand how hard it is to get reviews on a book, and because "Dabblers" was reviewed here. The only requirement is that the author be a Chicago Writers Association member or have some other connection to Chicago, i.e., a Chicago-based publisher. Rules for submission are on the site. Writers looking to submit go through the list of reviewer profiles and choose someone who is interested in the type of book they wish to have reviewed. Then the submission goes to the coordinator who facilitates the process. I'm eagerly awaiting my first reviewer assignment!

Working on the new book, about half way through the first pass at polishing. It has a long way to go. Still thinking about cover art. Is there some other concept other than the one in my head that would be as good or better? Is there any way I could do it myself or should I look for a real artist? Still unsettled on this one.

I've also had some ideas for the third Windsong Lake book which I need to research a bit. They have to do with a puzzle in an old mansion that Stefanie is asked to solve. First, though, I need to know what the puzzle is about and how to execute it. And I already have an opening scene planned in my head.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Oh, the hard work that remains after a first draft is completed! I made some notes before going to bed last night about an important statement that I needed to include somewhere early in the manuscript. In the opening chapter, Deanna discovers the body of a coworker at the office where she works and while the scene screams suicide, Dee doesn't believe it. I realized I needed Dee to explain why she would pursue the issue in the face of opposition. She did not know the murder victim well, and she supports the Senator who's office it happened in. Why would she push it? I came up with a reason, but finding the right place to include it was a bit of a challenge. It boils down to getting the reader behind Dee's quest with the feeling it's what they would do in her shoes.

The other challenge is the progression of the message. The other main character, Reese, is trying to figure out what happened, too, but from a different viewpoint. He is slowly introducing Dee to a different world, a new way of looking at things, and his revelations must proceed in a logical fashion. This becomes hard to manage when the manuscript is cobbled together from an older version with new ideas being added.

But each time I think I need to step back and do some sort of outline or summary, I wind up digging into the story again with the thought that I need to hone the idea more first. Why go through a tedious outline if it's going to change again, or so goes my rationale.

Another thing I'm becoming more aware of is the style. Long ago, when the first incarnation of the book was in the hands of a literary agent, she told me that Dee's narrative did not match the style of her dialog. Her descriptions were too, well, literary. I've seen it happening again in the rewrite, so I'm fixing as I go.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We Have A First Draft!

The first draft of "Resistance" was completed yesterday, and today I've started the editing process. A big section which revealed the true nature of the main conflict needed a lot of work, a complete restructuring. I'm also catching things I missed in the first go around. For example, in the world of the future, people carry a Universal Connection device, or UniCon, for web surfing, phone calls, and all forms of communication and information. I found a place where I used the term "phone." It's a small thing, but I know there are readers out there who notice the small things.

As I go through it, I'm making notes about what happens when, what day of the week, so I can verify references by the characters to past events are correct. I'll also be charting out years of historical events to keep them straight and make sure they don't present anachronisms.

I'm still not entirely happy with the ending, but I'm torn between adding a few paragraphs to tie up loose ends or letting it stand. I don't like loose ends, and cleaning them up would not close the door left open for a sequel. I just feel like the details will seem anticlimactic, which is contrary to having a strong final line.

Another point I'm wrestling with is adding illustrations in the form of two maps. One will be a political map of the United States of the future, and the other will be of the setting of the story. The city is divided into sectors, but the numbering scheme could be confusing without a picture. Since the characters often refer to the sectors, though, it's important to see the layout and know that their movements from sector to sector make sense.

The title may change back to what it was, "Where Power Lies." I'm nearly certain of that. And there's the cover art issue. I'm toying with the idea of asking someone else to do it for me. The image in my head is so clear, but I just don't know if I have the skills to execute it. Then again, there's a lot of work yet to do on the manuscript, and I might just come up with another concept.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Almost There

Maybe five pages to go on "Resistance" before I have a first draft. I've been considering the title some more, and I just might revert to the old one, "Where Power Lies." The working title doesn't have much punch, the more cryptic "ReSys10s" might be too cryptic and neither version gives any real idea of what sort of book it is. "Where Power Lies" has two meanings--about who has power and about how the powerful tell lies. That says a lot about what the book is about. I've pretty much decided to leave the door open for a sequel at some point, which is why I haven't finished those last pages yet.

Then I'll get into editing and refining. The manuscript is going to finish up around 85,000 words, but I already know a few things that will be changed and some passages that will be removed.

Cover art. I have a concept in my head with no clue how to execute it. So what else is new? I will also need a blurb, a synopsis, and all that stuff. All the supporting documents usually seem a daunting task when they're all ahead of me, but I generally find them not so bad once I get into it.

Next up, a third Windsong Lake book.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Great Guns

Full speed ahead! Lots of the old manuscript of "Resistance" has turned out to be usable in the final chapters. At this rate, I might even finish a first draft --- Today! 

I had to stop yesterday afternoon when I realized that I was about to reveal the person running the antagonists' show and it was someone who had never appeared in the book to that point. I consider that to be really rude and unfair. If a character is that important, he or she must at least show up in the early stages. It doesn't have to be in a particularly suspicious role at the time, which makes the big reveal a solid shocker, but the reader must already know of this character. The peak of the action is not the time to stop and introduce an entirely new character. That would be not only unfair to the reader, but it would ruin the pacing as well. I always want the reader to get to the climax, learn the true nature of the enemy, and say, "Why didn't I see that coming?"

Anyway, I had deleted some stuff from the older version of the book which introduced the knowledge of a baddie (notice, I'm not divulging the gender here), but it happened so late in the game, it still seemed weak and slightly underhanded. Instead, I needed someone who had already been mentioned and yet could fulfill the role I needed to fill. Last night, it hit me, but the decision required considerable editing of the old climax scene, plus insertion of another exchange, innocuous, closer to the start. Also, with the other changes, i.e., the time frame, I need to make sure that what is revealed in this climax fits with the revised plot lines. 

Whew! Sometimes it's hard to write about the writing process without revealing too much!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blog Traffic, Reviews, and Progress

Very odd. One of my posts from back in April has been getting page views at a ridiculous level all of a sudden. The statistics feature of Blogspot don't give me any insight into where this is coming from, but I'm not looking the gift horse in the mouth. I only hope that all those hits are generating some real sales.

This morning, I sent in a bio and picture to Windy City Reviews to become a volunteer book reviewer for Chicago area authors. The link above leads to a page describing how to get a book reviewed there and all the particulars. Since I've been trying to do more reading of late, perhaps doing it as a reviewer will be more effective. I read more, other authors get reviews for their works, and each review I post on the site, as well as Goodreads and Amazon, give me a spot of publicity. I had "Dabblers" reviewed on the site, and I figured I could return the favor.

Back to "Resistance." I keep finding little details to tweak which highlight the fact that the story is set in the future. While it's fun to imagine what technological advances we'll make by that time, I don't spend a lot of words on these things in the manuscript. Page after page of description bogs down the pace, and I know of one place where I may have pushed that to the limit already. Dee, my main character, reflects on the changes of the last 50 years in Chapter 2, because the stage must be set and the time frame established for the reader. I might wind up scattering more of the facts when I get to the editing stage.

Big, big scene coming up, and I'm bearing down on the finish line.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

About Plausibility

Made lots of progress on "Resistance" yesterday, and then hit a wall. Problem: Dee has an idea for blowing the lid off several conspiracies at once, but it will put her in danger. What could motivate her to do it? How can she convince others to help her and risk danger themselves? It's like what often happens in a horror movie when the female lead being menaced by an inhuman monster decides to go the one direction that will lead to a dead end and being trapped. Another example comes to mind from Arline Chase's blog about what would motivate a character to run into a burning building. Motivation is key, and it must make sense to the reader who must be able to say, "I would do the same thing in his/her shoes." It must be a plausible reason.

Under the circumstances. I know I have often found myself so caught up in a tale--be it book or movie--that I don't recognize such problems of reasoning until much later. The horror movie thing is always obvious, especially in offerings where the connection to the character is already tenuous. (Horror for horror's sake usually leaves us with mere sketches of characters because the filmmakers would rather spend time and money finding new ways to gross people out instead of developing dialog and characters.) The same thing applies to other mistakes. I may have mentioned something in one of my all-time favorite movies, "Charade": the body of a man in his pajamas is thrown off a train, then the police tell his widow that he brought no luggage aboard the train, only a few toiletry items, passport, datebook, etc. Did he board the train wearing his pajamas? If the pajamas (and robe) were in his little airline bag, what happened to the clothes he wore when he got on the train? Yet for the first several viewings (I really, really like this movie), I didn't notice the problem at all. I was too caught up in what poor Regina was going through and who all those people were and what were they after to worry about it.

So in "Resistance," when Dee presents her perilous ploy to get at the truth, she must have a good reason to put herself on the line and endanger others as well. I've tried to lay some groundwork for her decision along the way, reflecting on the wrongs done to her by those she seeks to bring down, but my main concern now is if that adds up to the right level of motivation.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Last night, after going to bed, I couldn't stop thinking about "Resistance" and finally decided to do the time-line thing this morning just to quiet all the thoughts so I could sleep. Then I sat down this morning and couldn't wait to get back to writing, with no patience for going through what I've already done and charting what happened when. It's getting very close to the big showdown, which is more or less written in the old manuscript, but there's one more scene to do, an event which will push Dee over the edge to take offensive action.

I've read and heard about lots of different methodologies of various writers, from the can't-do-a-thing-without-a-full-outline school to write-what-I-feel-even-out-of-sequence. I tend more towards the latter I suppose because inventing the most dramatic scenes is usually what gets me started on a novel in the first place. Yet I'm an organized person by nature, and I'm also wary of missing details by waiting until I start proofing a full draft before fixing things I know are wrong. Sometimes, like today, I can fight down that tendency. I've realized that in "Resistance" I've lost track of what day of the week it is, an important fact in that the big action has been stated coming up on Saturday. Now all the good guys are scrambling to get into their positions for it because time is so short. But is it? Do I have them in Thursday or Friday at the current point?

I haven't even begun to give serious thought to cover art for this one yet, although I have in the back of my mind one of those oh-so-perfect yet highly-difficult-to-execute images. Perhaps a real artist could do it, though...

Monday, August 12, 2013

All Mapped Out

Over the weekend, I planned the rest of "Resistance" in my head. Really. I know what all the scenes are pretty much--they kind of track with the older version of the manuscript--and how it turns out. Naturally, there will be details to iron out along the way, and then the arduous task of proofing, editing, polishing, proofing, etc., etc. I am debating internally about the title. The thought I had first was calling it "ReSys10s" which phonetically comes out to something close to "Resistance." Would that be clear to potential readers? Is it too clever and cute? It does appear in the novel, of course, but rather late into it. The title of the ms. before the rework was "Where Power Lies." It does fit the work because it's about the secret lines of power that exist as well as how that power structure falsifies things. The only other matter which remains unclear is if there will be a sequel or if this story wraps it up.

I left off writing a third Jack Watson mystery in favor of doing "Resistance" and having something unfinished can nag at me. I've also got some good ideas about the next Windsong Lake book, but I may have mentioned earlier that I have to create an intricate, enigmatic puzzle to be solved before I can write about it. The inspiration for that beckons where the Jack Watson book doesn't seem to lead anywhere yet. I imagine I'll get back to it eventually, but I don't want to commit to it and spend time trying to come up with something when my imagination is freely handing out new stuff for other books.

Undisciplined me...

Friday, August 9, 2013

Always Looking Ahead

"Resistance" is becoming more of a rewrite than I originally thought. I suppose I should have expected a lot of changes since choosing to reset it in the future. Even so, I'm excited by the way it's coming together. Yesterday's writing and some this morning have pushed the story closer to the big scene, the climax, and the pieces are falling into place. I'm still not sure how that scene will play out precisely, even though it will follow much of the mold as the old incarnation. I'm also unsure if I should leave the door open for a sequel or wrap it up in one book. There was a sequel almost completely finished long ago, and it was a pretty good story I think, but it too would have to be refashioned to fit into the new future setting. Ah well, one thing at a time...

And in direct opposition to one-thing-at-a-time, I've been thinking more about the third Windsong Lake book. I had a burst of inspiration to add a sort of treasure hunt aspect to the plot which would mesh well with Stefanie's pattern recognition skills. In order to do that, though, I have to figure out (a) what is the treasure and (b) what kind of puzzle or clues will lead to it. My ideas on that are vague at this point, but the concept gets me very excited. Creating puzzles is even more fun than solving them.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Reading in the Modern Era

Many sources with advice for writers say an author should read other writers in their genre to learn from what gets published. I have often suggested that writers pay particular attention to first novels since those always get the highest scrutiny from publishers. But now we are in a different sort of publishing world, where anyone can publish their work and have it available to the masses. While this is a boon to creative minds who once would have been squelched by the big publishers who judge works based on what they think will sell, it also serves to flood the marketplace with books of questionable quality. I've read a few. Editing can be sloppy to non-existent. Formatting errors abound. And there are entire websites devoted to bad cover art.

I recently purchased an ebook because the book trailer attracted me. On, there were a number of reviews praising it, and no reviewer gave it less than four stars. I won't give the author or the title since this is not a review. One thing I didn't do was check out the sample pages, and if I had, I wouldn't have bought it. Anyway, I began reading, and rather than being immediately entranced as many reviewers claimed to have been, my first reaction was annoyance. I'll get to why in a moment. I put it aside for a few days and then tried again to give it a second chance. I also gave it a third chance, but a fourth may not be in order. Then I began thinking about what could be learned from such a book. I don't claim to be an expert, but I'm addressing my reactions as a reader in the hopes of providing some food for thought for other writers.

First annoying thing: the story drops into the middle of a tense situation of which the reader knows nothing. There are intimations of threats of an otherworldly nature and of some ally who might be of assistance, but none of this is understandable. The subject character has only a first name and little else to help us identify with her. After the brief opening passage, the next chapter begins with a statement that it is now two months earlier. Personally, I hate that. The opening of a book should be strong enough, or the character(s) compelling enough, that one should not have to resort to jumping ahead into the action to tease the reader into becoming invested in the story.

Second annoying thing: the sentences are often too long and combine disparate bits of information. For example, while indicating an uncanny aspect of a newly arrived character, the appearance of that character is described in fair detail, down to what she is wearing. The problem with these jam-packed sentences is that I had to keep rereading them to make sure I understood what the point was, what main forward action they provided. Some provided none at all. Simple rule of English: a sentence is an idea. Sometimes we combine two ideas into one sentence with a conjunction, but each should contain one idea if it were to stand on its own.

Third annoying thing: anachronisms. This term pertains not just to things or events that should not appear in the time frame of the story, like the appearance of a revolver in King Arthur's court. In this case, in the early paragraphs, the character crawls to a new position and then soon after fears for her safety because she is too ill to rise from her bed and flee. Huh? And then she prepares to hold her ground and fight the threat. Double huh?

On my publisher's webpage, Write Words, Inc Authors Guide there are two major rules: (1) Never confuse your reader, and (2) Never made work for your editor. The book under discussion above broke Rule 1 and made me want to give it up. If the manuscript had seen the attentions of an editor, it would have broken Rule 2.

I don't think I'll be able to finish reading this one. Just considering it gives me a headache.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Time Line Time

First, I wanted to make note of the fact that I have updated my blog page, as well as my Google and Wix sites, with additional links for vendors who sell my books. On this page, they are on the left-hand side.

Okay, I've admitted to being a "pantser" when it comes to writing, and I sure don't claim to write from start to finish in a straight line. That doesn't mean I'll put off writing a connecting-type of scene to work on something exciting, but I do frequently go back and rearrange things as I go.

But outlining is not something I do before I start to write. Maybe I should, but I've never been able to do anything even close to writing a real outline. But now, in "Resistance," I have come to the point where I usually wind up about two-thirds of the way through where I have to stop and do a time line. This is just a list of events in chronological order, sometimes annotated with the day or date it happened if that's needed. Starting with what is already written, I might push it forward to cover things I haven't done yet, although usually I don't do that.

Most of my books have at least two plot lines--the people and the puzzle. As my characters try to solve the situation they are in, they also develop as people, learning, growing, and adapting. There's usually a love-story mixed in there, too, because I enjoy that part (the romantic in me). The puzzle part is the "real" plot, a mystery or situation to be solved. These always begin long before my characters become aware of them, and I have to work out the back story at some point: who did what, why, when, and where. This leads to an examination, if surface-level only, of the antagonists' background and motivations. I truly believe even the bad guys need to have a valid reason for their badness, even if the reasoning would not be embraced by anyone else.

I wound up yesterday's writing with a page and a half of notes in "Resistance" about what happens next. I found I wasn't really sure if the murder that opens the book is at the heart of it all or if it is the machinations of the antagonists. I decided that maybe it can be both! I do love a complex plot.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Pacing Quandary

Working on "Resistance" this morning, I'm still in the section where I need to reveal a lot of information. Dee is expanding her horizons, so to speak, learning about a different sort of life that's available to her even as her former life is falling apart. The new life comes with many benefits but new risks.

While all this is interesting and open to creativity, there's a part of my brain warning about the pace slowing down. Laying out these facts behind Dee's opportunity is important groundwork, especially if "Resistance" were to become a series as was originally intended with its first incarnation. Yet the current mystery is somewhat stalled while all this stuff gets out. It's hard to tell exactly what impact it has or will have while writing it in such small pieces from day to day. Perhaps the thing to do is keep at it, lay all the pavement for the next phase of the mainline plot and worry about editing later.

On another front, I have occasionally lapsed into thoughts about another Windsong Lake book, for which I already have some notes about scenes. An idea about the shape of the mystery came to me yesterday, and of course, seeing the story develop in my head always makes me want to start writing. But I know I must have some discipline in my writing. I already put aside Book 3 of the Jack Watson series to do "Resistance." Also, the second Windsong Lake book, "Seer, Tyro, Fiend" isn't even out yet.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Changing the Story

Over the weekend, I had some ideas about "Resistance," and after completing a bunch of errands this morning, I went back through the manuscript to work them in. I'm seeing the exact sort of thing I had hoped for when I reopened this story, that the world of the future continues to evolve and expand and gain detail. It does this without my trying. I keep thinking about the movie "Inception." In that movie, the characters were able to immerse themselves into dreamworlds and construct and reconstruct their settings at will. There are some great scenes of a city folding over on itself, rearing up and changing all around the characters. Sometimes, the evolving of my make-believe world seem to do the same thing inside my head.

My main character, Dee, has a history of living in a fantasy world, making up situations in which she is someone more important, more clever, more just about anything than who she is. Her best friend warns her that she's going to lose her grip on what is real, and when Dee's adventure begins, she starts to wonder if her friend was right. She sees a world far different from what she identifies as "real," but her determination to find the truth about the death of a friend shows her that the real world is not at all what she thinks it is. Her world keeps changing. She keeps changing. She wrestles with which world she wants to keep because the old one has some good things in it. That's one of the main themes of "Resistance."

Oh, man, I love this stuff!

Friday, August 2, 2013

More Progress

Another slow day in the writing department for various reasons, but I did add some pages to "Resistance" and will probably do a few more today. While I've been copy and pasting large sections from the previous incarnation of this novel, I find many of them no longer work and need substantial revision to mesh into the new version. I know of a few upcoming scenes where I might be able to take more of the old stuff. I also realized that the final, epilogue type scene will have to be redone.

Eagerly awaiting publication of "Seer, Tyro, Fiend" since I sent in the corrections for it. I have one, possibly two library events coming up in the fall and would like to have a nice selection to sell there.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Delicate Balance

Not accomplishing much today. Yesterday, I spent a lot of the afternoon and evening enduring a migraine, and today I've been trying to keep eye-strain to a minimum to avoid another one. That being said, I did add some to "Resistance," a passage which requires a very long narrative by one person. I keep looking for ways to break it up with some action by the other characters, but I also don't want it to run on too long or recover much old ground. It's a delicate balance to achieve. This is a pivotal scene though, in which main character Dee learns what's really going on and how her worldview needs to change to fit reality. While this is a crucial and tricky segment, I'm itching to get back to the more fun passages to come where there's more action.