I’m currently writing this on Sunday though it will post on Monday morning. I’ve spent several hours raking up leaves in the yard and driveway — my second round this year and I swear I have twice as many bags as I did last time. And, of course, the city did their courtesy fall clean up bag gathering last week, so I’ll either be making a separate trip to the dump with the bags, or getting rid of them slowly over several weeks in my garbage can. Ah, the joys of home ownership!
Bellyaching aside, my arms are actually what’s really sore. I’m too tired to write at the moment, so I thought I’d come and set my blog up now so it could be ready to go. Novel idea, right? (grin) Hopefully, doing this much work will spur me into wanting to get back to work on Walk the Path.
I’ve been reconstructing the first few chapters. There was part of it that just kept nagging at me that it was overly complicated and I needed to kick part of it out. Yet doing that makes a big change to the story early on. Oh well. I know I’ll like it much better when I’m done fixing it and the nagging goes away. Until then, I have to smooth out all the places in the story that it upsets. It’s just words, I remind myself often.
Been trying to post this since Tuesday, but the time never felt quite right until now.
Now, if you were been reading between the lines on my Monday blog, you noticed
that I’ve also been working on other stories too. Lately, I’ve been doing this
massive brainstorming on Cirvel’s plans. This has led me to working on the
entire story from Palladium on through to the Sacred Knight series
where I’m currently struggling on book 5.
I remember when I was working on Quest for the Three Books and was getting overwhelmed because it was such a large story. I mean, there were three timelines involved! When I consider Cirvel’s story and how his plans literally run through three series (which right now are a total of nine books – more on this in a moment) and a span of about 5,000 years, I know that I could easily face that same overwhelm. This is an important story. When I add to it that between Cirvel and Moonhunter’s stories, I am building the backbone for a plethora of stories in a connected universe and I know it must be solid. Who wouldn’t hurl under these conditions? But I feel extremely lucky that I worked through those issues of overwhelm when I was at the smaller level, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.
That’s not to say I haven’t had a few anxious moments. There are some things
that when I’m having to make a decision, I feel as if I’m standing on a ledge
looking out into the vast expanse of space.
Then I remind myself that no one’s life is on the line and I mellow out
about it. It’s just a story.
It’s my own desire to get it right, as close to perfectionism as I come,
that drives me. And I know I’m much better if I stay loose and trust the
process. Again, not life or death.
So above I counted nine novels in the full scope of Cirvel’s tale. This
includes Palladium (which hopefully you are reading along with on my
blog right now), Tangled Magic and Walk the Path (the 2 stories
which make up Rivic’s part of the tale), and then the six novels of the Sacred
Knight series (even though only four of them are released right now). I haven’t
included two other stories. One of those is where Martias and Steigan go off to
the Palin Wars when they aren’t supposed to. I’ve been working on that story in
this time too. In fact, I discovered the answer to the story that I thought I
needed, but when I went back to it, I discovered that at some point I had
“finished” the story. Now I’m left wondering if I want to do what came to me in
the last few weeks, if I want to leave it as it is even though the new idea is
so much better, or to figure out how to merge the two ideas which might
overload the story. There is also the possibility that I break off the aspect
of the story which “finished” it and make that another story. It would be so
easy to do. It has left me wondering if Martias has an even bigger part than I
Not bad for a character I initially murdered off in an early draft.
Yes, Martias was supposed to die in Quest for the Three Books.
I am very glad my critique partners screamed at me killing him and told me
to completely lose that draft. Sherri even made me feel very guilty about it. I
remember her telling me that she was going to get “Team Martias” shirts made –
I sometimes wonder if her comment spurred the turn in Martias’ character. He
was never meant to become so evil. He was always supposed to be a helper for
Steigan. The moment he became the Shapeshifter character and dropped the metal
trap door on Steigan down in the catacombs, it surprised the heck out of me.
Trust the process! I even know the exact moment he takes the journal from
Steigan. There are things that only I know about Martias. Most of it has come
out, but there is more. Even as I’m writing these words, I realize that I do
have more locked away in my head, things that I’ve hinted at to myself. I have
chills crawling over my arms. See, I might even have to write more stories with
As a side note, the world lost Sherri earlier this year to cancer. She was
an amazing storyteller and I wish I had craft she did. She always spurred me to
write better. And especially to pay attention to my grammar – I’m trying I swear!
I have often thought about what Sherri would think about Martias now since I
don’t know if she ever read books 2 through 4. Now that she’s gone, I invite
her to my side often to help me through plotting all this. Maybe that’s why I
don’t feel the overwhelm I did. I have promised another reader that Steigan will
get a happy ending (though if you paid attention when Onesong was running on my
blog, you know it didn’t last), but I hope that I can give Martias a happy
ending too in memory of Sherri.
There is one more book that I didn’t include in my list of Cirvel’s stories and it might be an important one. It’s the story where Elliot is the main character. Now Elliot is a different breed. If you read For a Good Time, Call Loki, then you saw Elliot as a (pre)teen. Yeah, I’m being vague on that. His novel starts many years later and involves characters that I believe are Cirvel’s children. What I am missing is the little spark which really pulls this into being a book in the chain of Cirvel’s long-term plans. I feel like I am so close to finding the tie, but I have yet to put the bow on it. You’ll probably hear me screaming with joy the very moment I discover it. (grin)
So yes, if you were paying attention in that last paragraph, you see that in
my “connected universe” I even pull Loki’s and Steigan’s stories together.
Elliot is not the only connection I have either, it’s the only one that has
been published (and I guess doesn’t fully count until I publish Elliot’s book too).
I love these mind games I get to play with myself! Best job in the world. To
me, this is what makes writing so exciting.
And now I’m going to get back to it. So many books to write. So little time.
I am hoping that the maelstrom of drama that my life has been the last three weeks is over and that now I can get down to work again.
While I don’t want to discuss all of the roller coaster I’ve been on, I will say that I nearly made some decisions that would have made my life sheer panic for the short term, but would have given me a new dynamic for the long term. I just wasn’t certain that new dynamic would have been sustainable. So, some agreements were made and I’ll work toward that new dynamic in a way that feels more comfortable and balanced for the long term. It did help me clarify my own personal agendas and what I enjoy doing in terms of support for my writing.
Bad explanation I’m sure, but that’s how it is.
But wait, there’s more!
My oldest son, who is in his 20’s, decided to get his driving permit (though it was nearly a week after he got it before we actually got to go out to start learning — seriously, who waits a several days after getting his permit before jumping excitedly into a car to learn to drive? My son!) He wants an electric car so badly, so we’re trying to make that happen.
It was also show week for him and he was performing in Legally Blonde. That always makes a long week for both of us, and why he had to delay.
I also decided to synchronize my workflow between my computers, so that I don’t have to stop working on something when I’m charging one of my laptops. It’s been a growing problem, so I started testing options so that I could keep working. While my current plan isn’t perfect, at least I managed to finally get Tangled Magic all edited and done.
And while I working on the edits, I got back to dictating, mostly for Palladium. Of course, because I had to move my profile from a laptop which I had to replace because it was so slow and reinstall the software on another laptop. Because I can no longer get the updates for the program and I was encounter minor irritating problems with the software, I had to update to the newest version of the program. At least I didn’t have to retrain, although this is the 3rd version of Dragon which insists on making “Steigan” as “Steve again.” Okay, so I do find some humor when someone shouts my character’s name in the dictation and it comes out as “Steve again!” It’s almost like, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” (Brady Bunch reference)
So between those things, I’ve been whacking back computer gnomes left and right as well as editing up Tangled Magic, but that’s done now. I hope my reader doesn’t find too many issues with it. I don’t know if she’s read any of the Sacred Knight series, so I’m hoping she’s not completely lost. I’d like this story to be a good entry point into my world.
There’s more, but due to time, I’m going to cut it here and let you get to the story.
I’ve now spent over 30 hours editing through Tangled Magic very carefully. It is my hopes to have a release date scheduled soon, but I still have a few more chapters to finish. One more week and I think I’ll be done. At least if my actions from this last weekend don’t bring another maelstrom to my life. Wish I could go into more detail there, but now is not the time.
What I can say is that in editing this book (again, and still finding issues with it), I’m working on my editing procedure. I’m changing things up a bit and it is working very well. It’s good because it will get me back to writing. I was writing so much that I created this big mound of stories, but I had no way to follow it up in order finish the stories. It really has been a mess that I haven’t wanted to look at or deal with. But, with this new process in place (hopefully one I can trust as much as I do my writing process), I can get back to productively writing.
Of course, there is that other thing in my life too. In the long run, it will be a fantastic thing. I just have to trust that the universe will help me get all the pieces in place. Right now, I just have to get though the next eight hours and find out if the figurative storm is going to hit me or die away. Wish me luck.
Just a reminder that these free fiction posts only stay up for a week or so (sometimes longer if I’m busy), but they will come down. If you miss a section of the story, you can get caught up with the “Previously” section of the post. It grows as the story gets longer.
I sometimes wonder if I was meant to write in order to discover the universe. I really feel it strange that so many things I “knew” as a child and teen are now being backed with quantum science.
Not long ago, I had an idea for my Onesong which I liked but almost discarded as, “Nah, that’ll be too far of a stretch for my readers to believe.” However, the idea refused to leave.
Earlier this week, I watched a documentary (Black Wholes) where the scientist involved in presenting his theory actually said what I had been thinking, yet he didn’t expand on it any further. I wonder if he didn’t for the same reason I didn’t.
Yet now as I write and reflect on what his theory, I realize that he didn’t “go down the rabbit hole” with his thoughts either. When he said it, I jumped out of my chair and started screaming, “Yes, the Onesong! Dimensions!” (That’s why I watch my documentaries when I’m alone.) But he didn’t go there to the same thoughts.
Of course, he didn’t because he can’t prove it scientifically. But I can use it in fiction.
In trusting the process, I know that this build is why I haven’t been able to finish up Tangled Magic, Walk the Path, and Dragons of Wellsdeep. I needed this little extra information gained. Trusting the process includes all the extra information that comes in via synchronicity. I was asking for the pieces that would make it all come together and it is.
Now, if only I could answer the one question I really want to know the answer to. That seems to be the one question that drives me to keep seeking and always takes me down the rabbit holes of possibilities and allows me to realize what I “know.”
Alas, I don’t know if I will ever discover that answer. But, if anything will lead the way for me, it is the Onesong.
The next few weeks are going to have some short chapters. We’re getting down to a section that I haven’t written yet. I know what happens a little further on in the story, but I’m missing the bridging transition. I’d like to have that done before I let you wander down the path into the deeper recesses of this story. This is, as I’ve mentioned before, one of the dangers of running stories that I am currently writing. While it’s exciting to have readers with me on the journey, it’s also precarious. I hope you love the thrills! Of course, that’s why we’re on this adventure together, isn’t it? (grin)
This will also allow for some of you who have gotten behind (AHEM! You know who you are!) to get caught up. (laughing)
Since I’ve been spending all summer telling people about the free fiction here, I thought it might be time to also issue a reminder: this is just a first draft, not the final thing. Text will change. Scenes will be added or removed as the story needs. It is not a completed book.
If you have recently started reading the story, welcome. If you have been reading my free fiction for a while, welcome back. Hugs all around! (grin)
Come across the sands to a place where some people want their stories told and others don’t. You never know what you will find at Alexander’s. For Thomis, this storyteller’s days grow short and he merely wants some peace.
Find it on your favorite audio distributor or start your search here. While it is available in several places, I also noticed that it is still working its way to some platforms, so if it’s not on your favorite platform currently, keep watch for it as it should be soon.
Audiobooks can be the perfect option for people who think that they don’t have time to read or who might struggle with reading a book. I find time to listen to audiobooks while I’m taking my daily walk, doing dishes, or while commuting to work. It’s not just for long trips. (grin!) I know many people who tell me they listen to audiobooks while at work — lucky dogs!
This weekend I will be out at the Thousand Springs Festival of Art. I have a few new pieces I’ve done since Twin Falls Art in the Park, as well as new ACEO’s. I also have a few new magnets. I completely sold out of the magnets I had on hand at FanX. I haven’t even had a chance to show off of talk about the magnets I’ve been painting yet.
Since I haven’t shown any painting for a while, here are a couple of the new magnets I have for Thousand Springs.
The picture of this one was taken after I had varnished it. I forgot to do it beforehand. This one is before being varnished:
I also have replenished my supply of blank note cards and they are now individually wrapped. Who wants to fold and bag 300 new cards? Yeah, that’s what I thought.