Progress – January 14, 2019

I’ve still been working on the story about Martias and Steigan heading to the Palin Wars which I referenced last Wednesday. I’m trying to slant it so that a reader could pick it up at any point in the story, even before reading Quest for the Three Books, without much in the way of spoilers. So far, so good.

It is a little strange because while I have known Martias’ motivations for quite some time, I hadn’t every really thought about where his head would be at when he and Steigan ran away to the Palin Mountains. We’ve “chatted” about how he felt when he first arrived at the Temple, and even how he felt when he was nominated for the position of Holy Sapere, but I hadn’t really needed to know how he felt along the way on that path. So, this provides me with interesting insights into his character.

I also love his view of Steigan. I’m so use to being in Steigan’s head, where he is always so noble and upstanding. Let’s face it, even when he had no memories, I knew who he was because I knew how he’d act on instinct alone. Admittedly, that might be why I’m having issues working on book 5 (The Missing Thread) because Steigan’s headspace is so messed up that he doesn’t know who he is anymore. That, and the fact that I have no idea about Keteria waking up. I know when I write the correct scene, I’ll know it. It just hasn’t happened yet. Anyway, that aside, it’s fun to see what Martias thinks about and what he withholds. Steigan is cut and dry. He speaks his mind. Marias, he refrains. Again, that’s not something new with Martias — I’ve known he doesn’t always tell Steigan everything, but I see how he is event the trickster character in his own mind. It’s fun.

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Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 2

Until recently, I always thought this story would be told from Moonhunter’s point of view only, much like my Sacred Knight story is only told from Steigan’s point of view.

Then, as I was going back reading chapter 1 a few months ago, I realized that I’d slipped some of Balthier’s point of view in. Not to mention that the dragon had a good chunk of the first part of the beginning of the chapter. I suddenly wanted this to be told from more than Moonhunter’s point of view.

In opening up other view points, I didn’t expect what has happened. I’ve spent a lot of time writing this story from Balthier’s point of view and have really gotten to know him.

Oh, don’t worry. This story is still about Moonhunter (and what he does — hint: the answer is in The Doorway Prince). It’s just interesting to see the development of the story.

Just trust the process.

Okay, I know you want the story — let’s get to it! Don’t forget to share and get your friends reading too. It’ll give you all sorts of fun things to talk about!

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 2 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously – You can still read chapter 1 here.

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 2

by Dawn Blair

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Ideas in weird places

Writers are often asked where they get their ideas.

While I can’t speak for other writers, I know that generally something (anything) sparks a character to start speaking to me. The ones that stick are typically very loud and won’t leave me alone. They tell me their story.

But that’s how the stories get started. Sometimes the more important plot elements of the story come from different places. I never know where I will get inspired.

Here are some examples and a little bit about what they roused:

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Onesong – Chapter 34

This is another one of those rough chapters I mentioned. I’m not sure that all of it fits here in the story, but for now we will pretend that it does. When I’ve had a chance to work on this story, I’ve been trying to figure out more of Cirvel’s back story. I have some very big questions that I need answers to.

And in working on that backstory, I started contemplating the twin story to this one, the one I split off from this one. I have a feeling that it somehow wraps around with Cirvel’s story too.

So many stories, so little time. (grin)

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Onesong – Chapter 33

Okay, I’m going to admit that it was in writing this chapter that I really started to enjoy Cirvel. He’s always been an interesting character, but he becomes so deliciously cunning here that I really started to adore him. He was good fun before, but now… now I really long to tell his story.

This chapter also came about because of working on the audiobook for Quest for the Three Books. I was at the part where Greytas is standing against Steigan at the Induction Ceremony where Steigan becomes Martias’ Sacred Knight and Greytas makes a comment about how the ceremony had become a circus show. The more I thought about it, the more I wondered if this world had circuses. Obviously they must, right? It was said, therefore there must be a circus. So, I wrote a scene to add a circus. It was a completely dislodged scene and I had no idea where it would find a home. Then I started writing the rest of the scene in this chapter and I knew the circus would fit in here.

That’s when Cirvel started showing his true devious colors.

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Onesong – Chapter 9

I’m currently working on the 5th book of the Sacred Knight story, which has been given the tentative title of The Missing Thread. I’m going deeper into the story about the reincarnation of Rivic. So I have that in my head while I’m trying to get caught up on the edits for Onesong, as well as reading it just slightly before you are getting this, and it’s amazing to see the two stories piecing together.

Can I say that they are “piecing together” since on Monday night I ripped book 5 down to the scenes and started rearranging? I don’t even know why I bother trying to write that book in chapters! I ought to just start writing it scene by scene and labeling those as I go along since I always seem to end up tearing it all apart and reconfiguring the story. So how does this happen? Well, I have a character (whisper: his name is Steigan) and won’t stop moving around. I kid you not! I have literally had him in New Lilinar, then to Dubinshire, then to New Lilinar, then to the centaur village, then to Whalston, then to Dubinshire, then to New Lilinar again in one book. When I start to see him all over the place like that, I know that I need to simplify. That’s when scenes get rearranged. It ALWAYS makes for a stronger book. I’ve never been sorry that I’ve told Steigan to stay put for a while. And while that means that The Missing Thread will have a lot of work to be done to straighten out the timeline and get the correct characters in position, it’ll so be worth it.

Fun fact: The scene with Jaxsen in the wardrobe (Manifest the Magic) happened because I told Steigan to stay put. In that book, he was bouncing between Searn’s fief, the Temple, and Lilinar. When I went to straighten out the timeline, I needed him to have more time at the Temple and to do that, I gave him a friend. In the end, Jaxsen helped me more than I realized he would at the time. I remember asking myself why I was writing filler, but in the end, Jaxsen shaped a major portion of the story both on and off the page. He is a major character who doesn’t get full credit for what he’s done.

Now, Steigan doesn’t fall far from his relation, Rivic, who also wanted to bounce around a lot. I had much the same issues going on in Onesong when I first started it. But I’ve run this rodeo enough times with Steigan that Rivic was simple to fix by comparison. There were times though. In fact, part of the scene that you will read this week is actually split off from the first fight with the Necroathelings when they were still inside the dragon pearl with Sontre’. Of course, that whole scene was different and originally the Necroathelings did what they do in this scene. No spoilers! Unfortunately, if I had left that as it was, Rivic would have had no reason to stay with Ellonia’s tribe and would’ve had more motivation to get to Gohaldinest. So, the fight got split into two. And yes, that’s what you have to look forward to reading this time.

Are you ready to begin this new chapter?

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 9 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

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Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 9

This chapter of Onesong was available for one week only and has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the links below to find it or another great story to read. There’s also another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every Wednesday. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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