Onesong – Chapter 14

October 18, 2017

I nearly forgot to post this! I would have had some unhappy people. (grin) Including myself.

I got so busy yesterday posting on my other site, Legendary Hero Comics, then I saw so much work that needed done on the website too. The real trouble began when I started updating. I broke the WordPress install. Okay, that wasn’t too hard to fix. Then I broke the plugins.

I think it’s time I move away from hosted WordPress installs.

I need something simple, something fun to keep updated. I will be looking into options, but nothing will probably happen until after next week. At least not visibly. I will, of Read the rest of this entry »

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Onesong – Chapter 13

October 11, 2017

I hope you enjoyed having a longer chapter this week because this one is a bit shorter. You just never know how they will turn out.

I say that while laughing at myself. I’ve had to completely tear apart Sacred Knight #5 to do away with the chapters and am writing it scene by scene. Sacred Knight has been the strangest series for me. Every book has to be done differently. The Three Books (Book #1) changed genres repeatedly and the only way I got through it finally was by writing it as a script, then changing it to prose. Manifest the Magic and To Birth a Destiny (Books 2 and 3) had to be written together as one piece and was a combination of script and prose. Prince of the Ruined Land (Book 4) was half scripted when I tore it apart and wrote it as prose. The Missing Thread (Book 5) has been entirely prose, but chapter headings have been completely useless throughout.

Another book I’m working on for my dragons series, has just been one long straight story without any breaks. The 7th Loki novella is working out in the same way.

Yet, while each story has a tendency to be different, I was asked earlier this week if I have a process or a ritual that I go through when I sit down to write. I know people that have rituals to get themselves ready to write. Some people use a different computer than their normal computer. Some writers have a mantra or a prayer that they say.

No, I don’t have a ritual. I’ve always had to be ready to write at a moment’s notice and the method has never mattered to me. Getting the story that’s jabbering at me out of my head is what’s important. I have mentioned a couple time that I dictate some of my work. I’ve been doing that for a long time. I use to use a tape recorder. I hope my mother burned all my old tapes! I’d sit in the closet and record my stories. Yeah, and you all wondered why I wanted to sit in a box and record the audiobook for my stories! (grin) I discovered DragonSpeak when it was at version 3 and have been using it off and on since then. Instead of having to transcribe everything myself, it has made the work so much easier. Not perfect, but what is.

The closest thing to a ritual that I might have is turning on music. Why? Because what I want to write determines what I listen to. Here’s a list of my Internet radio stations and what I write while I listen to them: Read the rest of this entry »


A few thoughts today

October 8, 2017

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I’m currently working on the audio for the third chapter of The Three Books. While I was listening to it, I felt a little overwhelmed at how important this chapter was to the whole story, though it certainly doesn’t seem this way. This chapter, this one chapter which doesn’t seem to have much relevance, becomes so important in the fourth and fifth books.

I really couldn’t have planned it this way.

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Maybe it’s striking me because of where I’m at in the fifth book (tentatively titled The Missing Thread) where Dragzel becomes so important to the story. Yes, if you are reading Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 12

October 4, 2017

This week we have a long chapter before us. I have much to be doing right now, so I’m just going to get on with it.

Enjoy!

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 12 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously in Onesong: As a child, Rivic destroys not only his parents’ village, but also the village of his aunt and uncle, leaving only him and his twin sister, Nyree, alive. Alone, hungry, and wandering through the woods, the twins are found by a beast that swallows Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 11

September 27, 2017

I feel so fortunate to have many good people in my life. I have a variety of friends who support me in different ways and I appreciate them all. I hope I tell them that often enough. Thank you for showing up here and being one of my readers. I’m so glad you want to share my stories with me.

I’m still floating from Salt Lake Comic Con, which was still incredible. I’m trying to get ready for Snake River Comic Con this coming weekend. It’s the first one ever, so I hope it goes well for everyone. It’s really fun to watch how cons grow over time. I’ve been lucky enough to have been doing this for a decade now and have watched several shows grow up. It’s amazing to be part of it.

Besides, like I said the other day, it’s great to be with so many creative minds. I love seeing what people come up with for costumes.

I don’t often mention this on my blog, but I probably should do so more often. If you like my writing page (the top Facebook page mentioned in the sidebar to the right), you will Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 10

September 20, 2017

If you’re at Salt Lake Comic Con this Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday, stop by my table (Artist Alley, Burgundy row, #15) and get your very own signed copy of The Three Books or 1-800-Mischief. If you’ve been enjoying Onesong, you won’t want to miss these. Also, check out all my other awesome titles on my Amazon page.

Meanwhile, I’m hoping to have a release date for Space Ninjas Aren’t Real by next week.

I’ve been told that I was so unfair with where I left last week’s chapter. Aw, was it a cliffhanger? Sorry, not sorry. (grin) Remember when Captain Picard was taken by the Borg and Riker stared him in the eyes and said, “Fire!” Yeah, some of us (me!) had to wait Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

My son has been wanting to ride on the section of trail along the canyon rim that just opened. So, I’m writing this after we’ve done that ride and I’m a bit tired: “Hey, Mom, let’s ride the trail,” he says. “It’ll be fun,” he says. Me: I barely make it back alive. Everything was fine until we passed Evel Knieval’s jump site. Then the trail starts to go down into the canyon. I got about halfway down and realized that there was no way I wasn’t walking out.

Worse, when we did turn around and I walked partway out (and sat on a bench panting heavily for a good 15-20 minutes), I realized that I had a flat tire. A big, old puncture vine had left a goat head in my tire. Fortunately, I had goo in my tire, but it took awhile for it to seal up. I did manage to ride back to the start of the route (6 miles!) on it, however, my poor old bike only liked 2nd and 5th gears. I’d lost all shifting in between.

“It’ll be fun,” he says!

It’s been a good hour and a half since we finished the trail and I’ve gotten home to take a shower, but my heart is still going at 110 beats per minute. And, of course, my watch just told me that it’s time to MOVE! What a sense of humor it has. I can barely type this; that’s all the MOVE anyone is getting out of me right now.

As for the rest of my week, well, I’ve been putting together some ads and testing them, trying things out. I finished Mystery of the Stardust Monk yesterday. It’s a good novella length of nearly 25,000 words, so I’m happy. Been spending a lot of time working on Onesong as well. Plus, I’m nearly finished with the audio tracks for Stardust. I’m nearly all ready for Salt Lake Comic Con next weekend and have Snake River Comic Con in Pocatello the following weekend. Super excited to get out to these shows and share my stories with people there.

Well, I’m tired, so I’m cutting it short here today. Here are the numbers:

 

Fiction words written last week: 7,689 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,263 words

Writing month to date total:  18,023 words

Writing year to date total: 275,106 words

Drawing/painting last week: I didn’t do any painting this week. I was spending my normal painting time to organize my artwork for Salt Lake Comic Con. Doesn’t help that the days are getting shorter too.

Audio: I spent 4 hours editing audio and recording some retakes.

Hope to see you at Salt Lake Comic Con!