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 »

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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 9

September 13, 2017

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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If you enjoyed this, treat yourself to The Three Books – Legend 1 of the Sacred Knight series.

Onesong – copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair

Published by Morning Sky Studios
Cover and layout copyright © 2017 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art “Looking Toward Yesterday” copyright © Dawn Blair


Progress – September 4, 2017

September 4, 2017

This is now the third time I’ve tried to write this post. Third time is the charm, right? How about we start off with this:

Happy Labor Day.

Goodbye summer of 2017. Let’s not do that again.

While I’ll be glad for a reprieve from the yard work which I haven’t been diligent about this summer, I’m certainly not ready for the steadily approaching winter either. I’m not much of a fan of ice and snow. Maybe this winter will be a mellow one. Keep the snow in the mountains. Yeah, don’t want to think about that either. Moving on.

Last week wasn’t a very productive writing week. Certainly not as much as I had hoped. Oh well, some weeks are like that. I’m hoping the next four months can be very focused and productive.

By the end of the year, I really hope to have Stardust and The Three Books out in audio, as well as the 6th Loki novella (tentatively titled: Mischief on Wheels), Prince of the Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 6

August 23, 2017

I want to thank those of you who have shared with me about how much you are enjoying the story. Your feedback means a lot to me. When you are sharing your excitement over the story with me, it infects me with your enthusiasm too. Thank you.

I’ve also been getting questions about how this fits into the Sacred Knight story. It seems I have some people who are reluctant to start Sacred Knight until they’ve read all of Onesong. Trust me, you are fine to start reading Sacred Knight. You won’t have any spoilers for Onesong, I promise. Frankly, if you are concerned about spoilers, you probably should stop reading Onesong now and wait for me to finish the Sacred Knight series before reading Onesong. There is a HUGE reveal in Onesong that has gone completely unseen by my Sacred Knight series readers. I know, I’ve asked many of them because I wanted to know if I’d tipped my hand somewhere and unknowingly revealed my secrets.

Oh, don’t let it scare you off. I personally think it will only make the story more dramatic if the reader knows certain things that the main character (Steigan) doesn’t. Which is why I’m putting this story out here every week. Of course, I’m not sure if we’ll get to that part of the book, so the whole point might be moot anyway.

Just so you are aware, Onesong takes place approximately 2,000 years before Sacred Knight. You start to see inklings of how the two stories blend in the fourth Sacred Knight story (Prince of the Ruined Land, which is coming soon as I’ve been told by my first reader that she has finished reading it and that there are no structural problems – yippee! That doesn’t mean I don’t have some things I want to do and clear up that I’ve been thinking about). In the fifth Sacred Knight book which I am currently writing, then the two stories will blend together. Part of my wanting to write Onesong now was so that I could get the event lined out how I need them to be. Same reasons I had to wait until I’d written most of To Birth a Destiny before I released Manifest the Magic, and that I had to write History of a Dead Man before I finished The Three Books; I had to make sure my path matched up with my map. When you’re writing into the dark like I do (that means, writing without an outline or usually even about the next step in the story) sometimes these side adventures help flesh things out. It’s part of the reason why I’m writing extra stories featuring Moonhunter as well as the other Wells of the Onesong stories before I finish up Dragons of Wellsdeep. I want to have as much knowledge about the world my characters live in before I button things down in the novel. It’s a way of setting and testing the ground rules so that my mind can go to work on how to bend them or break them logically. It’s all a mind game and it’s one I play with myself first before releasing it upon the world.

Best job in the world!

Onto Onesong, shall we?

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 6 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

Onesong front cover2 small

Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 6

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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If you enjoyed this, try out The Three Books – Legend 1 of the Sacred Knight series.

Onesong – copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair

Published by Morning Sky Studios
Cover and layout copyright © 2017 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art “Looking Toward Yesterday” copyright © Dawn Blair


Progress – 08/14/17

August 14, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 4,423 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,174 words

Writing month to date total: 9,616 words

Writing year to date total: 236,045 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 35+ square inches

Audio: I spent 3 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: This week doesn’t look too much different than last week, except that I did some painting. It was busy though. I began rearranging my office last week. I really wanted to be able to set my easel up in my office. With my son’s help, we got that accomplished. There’s still a lot of cleanup and organizing that needs to be done, but at least I’m able to get in there to work now.

I also revised my word count spreadsheet to count consecutive weeks of hitting the word count. Yes, it’s hard to write to a certain word count each and every day. Life happens. I Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 3

August 2, 2017

I want to thank everyone who has been reading and enjoying the story, especially those of you that take the time to let me know you’re enjoying it.

Stories are part of our nature as humans. We tell stories about our lives to each other. We let our words teleport us to another time and place. We embellish our memories as we relive them. We even have stories that we ourselves don’t necessarily remember until someone else mentions them to us and we have one of those, “Oh, yeah! That did happen,” moments.

Writers are fortunate enough to live multiple lives because we don’t just have our stories and those of our families, but the tales of our characters as well. There is something very special in getting to share that with others. Thank you for letting me share this story with you.

So, away we go. Enjoy!

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 3 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Onesong

 

Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 3

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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Since Onesong is the prequel to the Sacred Knight series, try out The Three Books – Legend 1 of the Sacred Knight series.

Onesong – copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair

Published by Morning Sky Studios
Cover and layout copyright © 2017 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art “Looking Toward Yesterday” copyright © Dawn Blair