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Yesterday I finished the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM one month ahead of my original schedule.

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Here’s the first draft of the blurb. (Which will need considerable work.)

The lightning strike that should have killed him stole all of Gaian’s memories. He can barely remember his own name. And he has no idea what destiny awaits him. The only thing he knows, the only thing he holds onto is the belief that his purpose is to protect others. That, and the certainty that leaving his solitary existence in the forest would cause immeasurable harm to others.

Everyone else believes Gaian died in that lightning strike. But they know what he’s forgotten: that as a son of the Goddess Herself, there’s a chance he could Become a god—the Sky God.

A new prophecy brings Margan, the son born after Gaian’s “death” over the mountains to find his father’s grave. Where he meets Rose, the girl with a gift for dreams who was rescued by a strange man in the forest.

Kaleran, whose world was shattered the day he saw his father struck by lightning, would do anything to get away from his Uncle Cordan.

Cordan, Gaian’s half-brother seized the opportunity to gain power from the worship of the new god, but would rather wield the power without the inconvenience of an actual Sky God.

As the weather becomes increasingly wild and time runs out, can Margan, Rose, and Kaleran help Gaian to remember who he is and what he can be before Cordan’s schemes cause catastrophe?

Now, apart from honing that blurb, I leave the manuscript alone for a month and cleanse my mental palate as it were by working on something else. In this case, that will be the rewrite of MAGE STORM. Then in September I can come back for the revisions and hopefully get it to my critique partners in October.

Oh, and I’ll have to start figuring out a cover for MAGE STORM. I’m determined not to have any lightning this time, despite the title.

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Last post, I was in the middle of Chapter 50 of the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Now . . . well, it’s complicated. I was starting Chapter 56 of what I now think will be 57 chapters. But, I stalled.

That’s usually a sign that something’s gone wrong. So I paused. Did a little house cleaning. (It’s too hot right now to do much yard work.) Played a computer game. Read. And about bedtime last night it came to me.

I just had too many characters around for that moment. It needs to be a more . . . emotional moment crowning the climax. It needs to be limited to a few characters or it all gets too diffuse.

And the reason I had too many characters present was because I’d brought in the cavalry during the fight-scene part of the climax. And that was a problem, too. Because, once the cavalry arrived, everything got too easy for my character who is supposed to be holding off the enemy while the others complete their goal. It truncated the fight scene too early.

So. I now need to go back and do a little more work on Chapter 52 (The Last Defense), remove the cavalry (they can show up later), and make that fight more desperate–and a little longer.

The intervening chapters won’t be affected because they’re what’s going on while that other character is holding off the antagonist’s forces. So then I can go back to Chapter 56 and have the emotional payoff that is needed at the top of the climax. Then Chapter 57 is the denouement and . . . “The End”.

It’s just going to take a little bit longer, but I still expect to finish by the end of July.

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Last post I was just starting Chapter 47 of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Now, I’m in the middle of Chapter 50, but some of those chapters have multiplied on me and it now looks like 56 chapters to the end. So I’m still just as many chapters from writing “The End” as I was. But a couple of those chapters will be short because I split them up to allow for more than one POV character to get their say–or, more accurately, to allow the reader to know what they’re thinking and feeling, but not saying out loud.

I’ve just about got everyone in place for the climax, which looks like being three of those chapters. This chapter and one more short one and then things are going to start moving fast.

Then, of course, there’s still the denouement.

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Home Stretch

I’m closing in on being able to type “The End” on the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Last post, I was on Chapter 44. I’m just starting Chapter 47 of, I think, 52 chapters, though one of those may still fracture into two. Two of the chapters I recently finished have done that.

Including Chapter 47. And when I say I’ve just started it, I have precisely one sentence written. And this is going to be one of those scenes that takes a little more time and thought because it’s going to be the place where two characters who’ve been kind of dancing around each other and their feelings, finally have to come to terms. Those scenes can be trickier than fight scenes, which are hard enough.

But, you know, it’s not really a story without the payoff. So I have to, if possible, nail it. Though, of course, it still is a first draft. There’s room for revisions. But that’s a lot easier if I at least get the bones of the scene right.

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Last post I was on Chapter 43 of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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I am currently on Chapter 44. So, as I said in my last post, this bit has slowed me down a little. In fact, I’m reminding myself–or trying to–that this part doesn’t have to be good, doesn’t have to be my best writing–yet. It’s a first draft. I’m reminding myself of Shannon Hale’s great quote on the subject of first drafts about shoveling sand into a box in order to be able to build castles later.

However, looking ahead, I believe there are only about six chapters left after this one. And I have all of them in my rolling outline. One or two of those could split for various reasons, like a change of POV character. Still, that’s two to three more weeks at recent speed and way ahead of my projected schedule.

And that’s very good news for how the rest of the schedule for this book could go. If I can complete it by the end of July–or thereabouts. Then August becomes the month of rest for this manuscript. (I’ll likely be starting a rewrite of MAGE STORM during that time.) Then September for the revisions. And out to my beta readers in October–which is a very good goal to try for because November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and some of my beta readers probably wouldn’t be available. And December is . . . well, December. Everybody’s busy. That would leave November/December for final revisions and the polishing edit. It might even be possible that this would be published in December, but January becomes a very good bet.

After the sometimes tooth-pulling experience of getting the first draft of BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING done,

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this one has been really fun. And fast.

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The Pace Continues

Last post, I had started Chapter 41 of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Now I’ve started Chapter 43.

Chapter 41 was a lot of fun. And Chapter 42 had a lot of emotion. Now, Chapter 43 has slowed me down a little. It’s a change of POV and location. And another case of a planned chapter that split into two because I decided I needed both POVs.

It’s also . . . well, some chapters I just have to write my way into. This looks like being one of those. It’s also a bit of a break after the emotional ride of the last two chapters–a chance to catch the breath before things start getting more serious. In more ways than one. Because the climax is only a handful of chapters away, now–assuming no more chapters end up being more than one chapter, like this one did.

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Let’s see, last post I had started Chapter 39 in BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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I have now started Chapter 41, which is still well ahead of schedule. (The goal was two chapters a week and I post twice a week. So, really, I’d be on schedule if I’d only written one chapter in that time frame.)

I’ve actually written a little more than that. Chapter 40 ended up being split when I realized the scene I’d just written more properly belonged a little later in the narrative. So, I cut and pasted and moved it to a new chapter to a new Chapter 46, where it sits by itself until I get to that chapter.

But the real fun is the chapter I’m writing now. The POV character is Mariel, who was an important character in BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING and is more of a side character in the sequel.

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She is one of the more patient and mild-mannered characters–normally. But she’s just hit the end of her tether and is about to unleash her–considerable–wrath over a wide swath of people she doesn’t think have come up to snuff in the current situation. People who mostly aren’t used to be talked to that way.

This is going to be fun!

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