This is now the fifth time I’ve started this blog post. The writing is not coming easily today and emotions are getting in the way.
I wish to send my thoughts to Stan Lee’s family and friends. While I never actually had the chance to meet him, my son ran into him several times at conventions. I would like to think that we would’ve gotten along quite well, both of us being creators and all.
I am thankful that I get to be a creator. Even on days when the writing isn’t going well. I know this too will pass. It, more than likely, is actually a stalling period right before a major idea strikes. Pregnant women often talk about how the baby stops moving right before it’s born, as if the child is conserving energy. Well, that didn’t happen with either of mine that I recall, but I know it happens with ideas. Usually there is a short time where I feel lacking all creativity. Then, suddenly, BANG! The story is out of the gate.
I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through November now. When did that happen?
I’ve been reviewing where I’m at and all I accomplished (or didn’t) this year. It feels strange to not have my next publication date at least in mind — the calendar right now is barren, at least in that aspect. I do know what’s coming, I just don’t know how long it will take to get there; more on that in a moment. Right now, I’m about 10,000 words away from hitting my yearly word goal that I’d wanted to accomplish. I figure I’ll be there by the end of November. There is a part of me that’s tempted to take a month off. Don’t worry, I won’t — I fully plan on breaking the tape and continuing beyond, mostly because I’m curious how far I can go. Last year was too much of a push, so I had backed off some this year and still wanted to make it a challenge. I think that challenge has pretty much become norm for me, but I might want to shift my goals a little next year, so I need to take good stock of what I can do.
Next up on what I plan to publish is Tangled Magic. I’ve been working that over this week and am finally getting to a place where I’m satisfied with it. If you read the whole thing here on my blog, you are in for some wonderful changes. I hope you will be as delighted by the arrangement of scenes (it was getting a bit fragmented there at the end) and new scenes that have been added as I am. I do still have a lot of work to do on Walk the Path, but I hope it comes together just as quickly. Obviously there is also Dragons of Wellsdeep which is getting close to… well, I feel as if I should be three quarters of the way through, but I don’t think I am. But I know the direction I’m heading. I don’t know if I’ve ripped out a scene that will be coming up in the next couple of weeks or not — in trying to structure as I go, I can clearly see that this scene doesn’t fit, at least now where it’s at. I really liked the scene too. But maybe another book. Maybe it’ll be a book where I write the story around the scene just so I can have it (then I’d probably end up tearing the scene out of there too because it wouldn’t fit –writers are weird creatures).
That’s three books I plan on having out next year.
I know, I know. I hear you! There’s no Loki or Sacred Knight in that list. I know already!
The above quote came from my first reader in her email back to me on the book. Oh, she had other questions for me too, one’s that actually tied into another short story she’d read earlier. Suddenly I saw the two stories tied together. And that, quite frankly, opened up my head for working in Cirvel’s story. Yeah, the potential to be part of something bigger — just put that in the hopper. Now, I haven’t tied this story to any of the others, yet, but that’s not saying it won’t happen. If readers keep telling me they want more… *grin* …yeah, I’m up for it.
Unless we’re talking about The Last Ant. Nope, that was a catharsis story and I’m done with it. (She says now, until she decides to go for it or I make her. — Love, Loki) *wink*
I am well underway for working on this story again. I’m glad that I listened to the lessons I forcefully learned during my recent issues with Tangled Magic and Walk the Path and am now applying them to Dragons of Wellsdeep. Next is Stonecharmer and its sequel, Stonebreaker. I really do hope that after this is all said and done, I become a much more capable writer.
Onto the story.
Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 12 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!
Okay, that’s it! The weeks must quit going by so rapidly. Someone needs to put the brakes on this speeding monkey ship!
Speeding monkey ship? That sounds like something Loki would say.
Well, you all are caught up to me and so I need to either work faster or time needs to go a little slower so I can get ahead. Either way.
I’m certain this is the result of having too many stories going at once. I’ll quit my complaining, take responsibility for it, and let you get to the story. Shall we be off?
Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 11 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!
I am often asked which of my books is my favorite.
Unfair question! (grin)
For starters, it’s akin to asking which of your children is your favorite. Secondly, the excitement is always tied up in the books a writer is currently working on, not the ones that are published. Once I’m satisfied with an adventure and its released, I’m moving on to the next one. Now, since I usually write 3-5 different stories at a time, yes, I do have a favorite at that point — it’s always the one being the easiest to write!
However, when pressed for an answer, at this moment in time, my favorite is To Birth a Destiny. Granted, one has to read the first 2 book in the series to get there, but it is the book I love.
A ghost rose in front of me this morning and gave to me a “field of care.”
Yes, this is going to take a little explaining.
It’s apparent to most people who talk to me, follow my blog, or generally interact with me in one way or another that Loki writes the stories through me. I’ve said before that I’m not clever or funny enough to write his stories. I’m glad he chose me to be his author.
And I’ve often said that I trust the process of writing. Again, I’m just not clever enough nor do my plans ever work out as I make them, so there is no way I could have plots come together like they do. I’m always trying to get words down rather than make them up.
With all that out of the way, let me get to what happened yesterday at the convention.
I was talking to a lady about Diane Wynn Jones because she had a Calcifer shirt on. She told me she had ready the book, Howl’s Moving Castle. So we chatted for a bit. (PS come see me today at FanX Salt Lake)
This morning, I was wishing that I’d mentioned Enchanted Glass to her, another book by Jones which was published shortly before her death. It was probably one of the last books she saw. In Enchanted Glass, the main character inherits a “field of care” from his grandfather. Throughout the story he spends time walking around his field and overcoming obstacles. Only once he has full accepted his “field of care” does he come into his full power.
Yes, I confess to this being a short chapter. It’s actually one that I wrote into the story much later — in fact, I think I wrote this scene back when I was working on Mystery of the Stardust Monk because I always meant to go back in and have Balthier call his ship Rhonda at some point. I apparently never did that because I just checked and it’s not in there. Dang — this is why I have to always make notes, then make sure I don’t lose those notes.
Three years from now, I’ll probably come across a note that says, “Call the ship Rhonda,” and I’ll have no bloody idea what I was going on about. (grin)
I do know this was where I conceived of the scenes alternating in point of view from Moonhunter (who was supposed to be the sole point of view charaters, like Steigan in Sacred Knight) to Balthier. He has become such a fascinating character to me and I’m really excited to see what this holds for Balthier later on in the book.
Right now though, it’s getting to be time for me to be merging in pieces I’ve written and getting part of the story wrangled around so I can share it here. So, short chapter here, but there will be more rolling at you.
I probably should have written this during the morning when I was all pumped up and ecstatic. I’m starting to feel that this is a Sunday routine for me where I start the day all excited and by the time I sit down to write this, I’m depressed as can be. Yes, honest moment there.
And yes, I often have to pick myself back up to write this blog.
There’s a big fly in my office and I wish it would die. I want it to get trapped in a spiderweb and become dinner for another species I don’t particularly like. Yeah, it’s that kind of depression day.
Maybe it’s the episode of Star Trek: TNG that I had on a little while ago. Maybe it’s just a cycle that I go through. Maybe I feel that I’m not as productive on Sundays as I wish I were and I imagine myself being during the rest of the week. Maybe it’s the story I’m writing that now has me emotionally tapped. Maybe I intuitively feel that I’m not doing something right in my life and this is when it tries to surface. Maybe I need more time off to recharge. Maybe I see all that needs to get done that I haven’t gotten to. Maybe I feel like this is a record of what I got done while I let other things in my life go by the wayside knowing I should be tackling these tasks too.