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.
Oh, I want to talk about this chapter, but I don’t want to spoil it. This is me anxiously clapping my hands together. Ignore the woman behind the curtain.
I was glad to see that I still was a few chapters ahead, so there’s a bit more to go. I’ve been so busy working on Cirvel’s story (and yes, I really think I needed to be writing it before I really got back to Sacred Knight #5) that I haven’t been working on Dragons of Wellsdeep as much lately. There are just so many stories I want to be writing and I’m so far behind with my reviews of what I’ve written that I feel like I’ll never catch up. Even my new processes I’ve been writing about earlier in the year don’t seem to be giving me an advantage. Okay, so maybe follow-thru on some of these has something to do with it, but when you realize that you have to go back and rewrite a section of story, which also means updating the outline, it has just knocked the wind right out of my sails. It’s easier to just keep writing forward. Then I feel bad because I know I need to go back. Time is so limited and the words must be done. Rearranging words doesn’t get new words written. Yeah, I’m going to have to find balance somewhere.
While I’m figuring it out, why don’t you get to the story?
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Dragons of Wellsdeep
by Dawn Blair
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Several years ago, I went to the park and sat alone in my car. My boys were off visiting their father. I was lonely and couldn’t stay at the quiet house any more. So I sat at the park and watched the clouds drift by. And cried. Okay, I’m going to admit it now, I cried. Hard. Long and hard.
Something encouraged me to open my eyes and look toward the sky. I did, and there was this cloud floating along that looked like this twisted genie lamp. I grabbed my sketchbook and drew it out. Then I did another, and another. I went home and continued drawing these all weekend long. It’s not like I was filling pages, but whenever I felt the mood to let my hands draw some elegant curves.
When I said that I felt like Frankenstein putting together a monster in my progress blog last week, I had just finished cutting, pasting, and mending so many sections of the book that I really did feel like I was operating.
My friends tease me that I need to have a setup like Tony Stark so I can rearrange pieces on virtual monitors hanging in the air. Are we there yet? I really do need them. Please give me those in my lifetime, and the sooner the better. (grin)
Now that I’m at a point of thinking about splitting this book up and trying to uncover logical positions for that, I also have to wonder how far I want to go with the story. Do I quit at the fall of Gohaldinest like I had planned? Do I continue on until Rivic settles in what will become Lilinar? I can’t say that I’ve ever felt there was much conflict in that part of his life, certainly not enough to hold a story, but could I be wrong? He is still a novihomidrak after all — certainly there’s some conflict there. In the end, I’m toying with ideas and wondering how I can make my monster the best that he can be.
This is going to be a short chapter this week. Very short. I’m still piecing Onesong together and haven’t really been working on it the last couple of weeks. My brain has been possessed by my other idea as well as those edits for Prince of the Ruined Land. Yeah, I do want to get that out soon! I’m sure everyone would love to quit hearing me talk about it so they can be reading it.
There might also be some creative procrastination going on with Onesong. Every now and then I have to put a story aside so that I can figure it out. You wanted to come along on this adventure with me, so here you are, rowing in the same boat I am. (grin)
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Let’s get to this chapter, shall we?
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You might recall me saying last week that this was part of a new section that I’d added to the book after I realized that I’d need this scene in order to set up another scene I also needed.
Fleshing a story out can be fabulous fun. It can also be frustrating. I once read that it was easier to get things down than to think things up. I have to agree. When I’m focused on trying to think things up and make sure it’s all logical, that’s when it gets hard. When I focus on getting all these ideas down, then I start to see the connections that need to be made and things become easier.
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by Dawn Blair
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