Filling the Shelves

Been trying to post this since Tuesday, but the time never felt quite right until now.

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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 ever imagined.

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 Martias.

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.

The Stardust story bundle

The Stardust story bundle is the newest addition in my Zibbet shop.

The Stardust story bundle

All of them are essentially stand-alone stories. They don’t have to be read together or in any order, but for those that want to journey with this special orb through the galaxy, this is the trio. It also introduces Moonhunter and Balthier in Mystery of the Stardust Monk.

The “reading order” to follow the orb is:

  • Alexander’s Den
  • Mystery of the Stardust Monk
  • Stardust

This is a good place to start if you want to jump into my books but haven’t known where. This is an introduction to the Wells of the Onesong and the novihomidraks (new humans born of the dragons).

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My Secret Project

Okay, it’s not so secret, except that I keep wanting to tell people about but then I don’t.

I’ve been working on getting Dragons of Wellsdeep finished up. At this point, I still have a little ways to go. I’d really like to have it done for FanX. Not sure if I’m going to make it or not. I keep distracting myself — I work on it, then I want to tell people about it so I write up a social media post or this blog, then I don’t actually hit the post button. I usually end up deleting it all out and chiding myself to get back to the book. Yes, even know I’ve got the war going on in my head telling me that I need to not post such a dorky update and to get back to the real meat and potatoes of the work — getting the book done!

Well, except this time I really do want people to know that I am writing as well as painting. I’m trying to regain my balance. Which is why I’m just hopeful of having Dragons of Wellsdeep done by FanX.

Wish me luck. No, wait! Wish me, “Have fun storming the castle,” instead cause it’ll take a miracle.

Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 26

This comes with a warning. This chapter is exactly as my artist-child gave it to me. Remember, she was ornery when she gave this to me.

It’s not terrible, but it decidedly feels like telling a story rather than showing a story. I love Stargate when they do the episode with Murray who is trying to put together a screenplay for the Wormhole Xtreme show he wants to film. “Hang the lantern” is a common phrase in our house because of that episode. That’s exactly what this chapter feels like — hanging the lantern in order to end the story.

Yes, my artist-child is a brat.

But this is it. This is the last chapter. Next week we will start something else.

Let’s get into the finish!

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Chapter 26

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 25

This is the second to the last chapter. Next week will finish it up.

I know we’re all excited to see how the battle with the Grekish is progressing, so let’s get to it, shall we?

 

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Chapter 25

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 23

I suspect this is the end of the line for this story.

Sorry, folks, but the train stops here. I just don’t have any more for this story at the moment, nor have I felt like working on it. I suspect it’s in a cooling off period. There must be something coming.

On the bright side, this means that a new story will come up next week. I haven’t yet decided what to do. I’m kind of thinking about either Cirvel’s story, but since that hasn’t been finished, I’d hate to run two stories in a row where I didn’t give the reader some sort of conclusion for at least one of them, or Stonecharmer. It would be a good first look at that series. So far, it’s completely unrelated to anything else I’m writing. So far! It would also give me the opportunity to go back and write the outline for it. But, I also know I have people who are waiting anxiously to read about Cirvel. I hear their mischievous laughs in my head all the time. Of course, running one does not mean the other also won’t run at some point. Do you have an opinion?

Whichever way I go, I’m going to have to work up a cover.

On a personal note, I’m really not liking WordPress’ new editor. I hate everything about it. My workflow is so disrupted. I find this layout cumbersome and annoying! I hate the way my blog looks. Yeah, I’m very displeased with WordPress right now. I feel like the Grinch. Isn’t he supposed to go away after Christmas? Thank you for listening.

Okay, let’s get to the story.

P.S. I really HATE the new WordPress editor — on so many levels. The issues below with formatting are WordPress’ doing. I would never break a paragraph in the middle of a sentence — duh!!! I LOATHE this block style editor! I want my normal paragraphs back.

 

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Chapter 23

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 22

Unless I write very fast and miraculously discover how this story is to end, we’re down the last couple of chapters. The world may just have to wait to figure out how this ends (including me). 

Yeah, I know — it would be so cool if I’d focus on one project at a time. Sorry, I just can’t write like that. My artist child is a 2 year old who wants to play with everything at once. And a new story is like a new toy — it gets the attention.

Aw, you know me too well! Yes, I have a new story. 

For some time, I’ve wanted to write the story of when Steigan and Martias ran away to go join the Palin Wars. For Steigan, it was all pretty cut and dry. He got in serious trouble afterwards. I kept telling myself that there was no story there. A series of events do not a story make. 

But on Monday, the story started “downloading” to me from Martias’ point of view. At first, I started thinking that there was no way that I could make it work from Martias. That’s not going to stop my 2-year-old artist child from whining and crying to get her way. So, I figured what the heck could it hurt to at least start writing it down and see how far it went. After the first session, I kept thinking that there was no way I could write it without giving away parts of Quest for the Three Books

Yeah, that’s definitely not making the artist child happy. She’s stomping and demanding that she can do, that she is a big girl and doesn’t need to listen to me. 

So far, she’s been right. 

She’s so giving me a raspberry, big and wet, full of thththtp sounds. 

We’ll see how far she gets. She just can’t tell this story without diving in deeply into Martias’ deep, dark secrets. 

On the other hand, I’m getting to know Martias pretty well. I know how this adventure changes him. I’m also seeing a character arc that I didn’t know was there. 

When I stop to think about my theory to “trust the process,” I realize that I’m probably needing to write this story now so that I can get back to work on The Missing Thread

Yeah, my artist child might be very right about this. So sorry that she doesn’t want to play with Moonhunter and Balthier at the moment. Who knows though. Sometimes she surprises me. Well, let’s get you to the story. 

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 22

by Dawn Blair

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 21

These last two weeks have really been off for me. I keep thinking it’s Sunday, then I realize that it’s really Tuesday and I have to get these blogs out. Surprise!

I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling like this.

So, here we are at the first Free Fiction Wednesday of 2019. Can you believe that in 12 short months is will be the year 2020? Who woulda thought? *grin* My son and I are anxiously awaiting “the awakening,* what we’ve been jokingly calling the fact that any moment everyone is going to realize just how close to 2020 we are. Welcome to our boat. *grin/laugh*

Well, I want to go get some writing done. I’ve spent too much time last night (New Year’s Eve actually) and this morning (Tuesday morning) working on analyzing Excel spreadsheets I’ve been building. I even looked at PowerBI to try to learn to use it to analyze Excel data. Yes, I’m a little crazy and not good enough with numbers (I am better with words and pictures after all) to know what the heck I’m trying to achieve. But, once I get those graphs working like I expect, I’ll know it and I’ll have pretty pictures (aka graphs) to show me what I want to know. But, I’ve spent way too much time on it and my head hurts now. I must escape and find my happy place adventuring with my characters for a while. I’d like to paint some today too.  

Oh, and if you’re wondering what happened to the look of my blog, I had to leave behind my old unsupported theme (which I really liked) because WordPress decided to update their editor and I didn’t have features I needed. I haven’t taken a moment to really look through my theme options and find one that will work. You know, if it’s not one thing, it’s another! I hate always trying to hit a moving target. As I said above, I need to find my happy place. 

So, now that you’ve listened to me rant for a little bit, you can get to reading the next chapter. Have fun. 

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 21

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 21 was available for one week 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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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 20

I’ve finally finished with all the “plug the holes” writing for Tangled Magic and I’m doing my final read through now. Hopefully, it’ll be off to my reader soon. I thought I was going to need to have someone do a continuity read through for me, but I think I’ve had enough time and space from the story now that I think I’ll be all right doing it myself. If I can read the story quickly. So, I’m pushing myself to get that done. That means getting my words done early and fast, then switching to editing. So far, that’s been easy so far this week, but tomorrow (I’m actually writing this on Tuesday night) I go back to work, so we’ll see what happens.

Right now, since it’s Christmas Day, it’s now time for me to go get dinner started. Have I mentioned lately that I love my Instant Pot? Yeah, because of the Instant Pot, it’s going to take me about an hour to cook everything. That means more time to play games with the boys.

Hope you all had a good holiday. Please stay safe with whatever your plans are for the New Year.

 

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Chapter 20

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 19

I’m a little behind right now. There was so much to get done and I haven’t gotten to anything. I barely remembered that I was to post the next chapter. Aren’t you glad I popped my head up from the sand for a moment.  Blame it on Cirvel. He’s got me a distracted. He’s out studying a planet with three moons. *grin* Nothing like a walk out under the stars. Fortunately, I realized that I had a blog to do. I don’t think he’s happy that I fled, but if I’m quick I can get back to him.  Although I have a ton of other things I need to be doing too, like getting to sleep because I’m tired. It’s night on two of the worlds I’ve been on tonight. That’s enough to make any girl tired.  I wonder if it’s now nighttime on the world Moonhunter and Balthier are on. Let’s go find out, shall we? Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 19 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 
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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 19

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 19 was available for one week 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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