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So, I seem to have mostly gotten over my New Years’ cold. And I’ve started to get back to work on MAGE STORM.

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I’ve also gotten some feedback on the early chapters that gives me some good ideas about what I need to do to make it even better. That’s energizing in its own way. It’s the new ideas that make this writing thing fun and, since MAGE STORM isn’t new, that may have been responsible for some of my lack of enthusiasm. An infusion of new ideas may be exactly what I needed.

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2019 Writing Goals

First Goal: Complete the rewrite of MAGE STORM and publish it.

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In this case, I’m going to state a backup goal, in case I continue to have trouble just moving this along. Write the first draft of MEADOWSWEET.

Second Goal: Begin work on the second book, tentatively titled ROGUE MAGE. (But see above backup goal.)

Third Goal: Housekeeping-type things:

  • Do some work on this website and on my Facebook Author Page to make them more appealing and more professional.
  • Establish some kind of regular promotions.

Fourth Goal: Continue learning and improving:

  • Continue reading and learning about other aspects of the craft, chiefly marketing/promotion and better launch strategies for new books.

And, finally, the back-burner list. Things I am not, at this moment, ready to write, but need that final inspiration or two that pulls them out of the pile and makes them irresistible.

  • One or more sequels to DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The main characters have completed their character arcs, but more needs to be done–probably by other characters–to save their corner of the world.
  • Fairy tale retellings, including Meadowsweet.
  • My much-neglected weird Oz story.
  • Prequels to the DUAL MAGICS series, Dual Magics 1-3 Boxed Settelling how the world got into that state: how the Fasallon came to be rulers in Caere and all along the coast and why they try so hard to maintain that position, why the Dardani have such a fear of magic, how the Fasallon and Valson came to be separated, and more.
  • The final book in the CHIMERIA series.ChimeriaBox
  • And that Arthurian-legend, secret-history idea I’ve been playing with off and on.
  • I’m sure others will raise their heads as I go along. In my experience, there’s nothing like writing one idea to cause others to spring up along my path like bunny rabbits.

Happy New Year

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Getting Traction

I’m finally moving forward into new territory on MAGE STORM.

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Well, newish. This is a rewrite and some of what I’m adding is basically just lifted from earlier versions. This is, essentially, a first draft, so as long as it fits the new framework, I can just slide in what was already written for the previous version and then revise it as necessary. Of course, there are entirely new chapters, too. And I read through the parts I just copy in. Sometimes, I revise a bit as I go. Sometimes I put in notes of things that will need to be changed or that I question. But basically, the framework, the structure is going up. That’s the main thing with a first draft.

And I’m about to have two weeks off to work on it. That’ll help.

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Well, almost. The first thing in getting back into the rewrite/first draft of MAGE STORM is to reread what I already have written.

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I’m almost done with that. And then it will be time to start adding to this draft. Of course, in the read-through I’ve found a few things that need to be fixed or clarified. But that’s okay. It’s essentially a first draft, so I just make a note and pass on, for now.

I was very pleased to find that the brand new chapter I was having so much difficulty with last August was actually much better than I thought it would be. Somehow, when something is just harder to write–who knows why?–I expect it to be terrible. And that isn’t always the case.

I still don’t expect to make a lot of progress in the next week or so. But I will make progress.

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Last year at about this time I was just coming to the end of the first draft of BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING.

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I didn’t finish the first draft until after Christmas and then I spent the next month (while the first manuscript cooled so I could look at it more critically) starting the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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That worked out pretty well. Revisions, critiques, and more revisions were finished on the first book by May and it was published by the end of that month. The first draft of the second was finished in July and now it’s available for pre-order and will be published on January 2nd. (At the limited-time pre-order price of only 99 cents until January 5th. And, by the way, the first book is also only 99 cents until then.)

But, it turns out, finishing up before Christmas just isn’t working out as well, especially when I’m trying to start not just a new book, but a new series. Too many distractions this time of year.

But I’m not going to let that stop me. I’m going to get at least some work done on MAGE STORM in the next couple of weeks. Maybe just not as much as I’d hoped.

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Yes. I finally finished that chapter of MAGE STORM that has been dogging me for so long.

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And now I can turn my attention back to the final revisions and the polishing edit for BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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I expect to have this one up for pre-order possibly sometime in November. I’ll know better after I really assess the revisions. Most are minor, but there are one or two that will need deeper thought–and maybe more work. And publish it either the last week in December or the first week in January.

That timing isn’t random. First, a new book just won’t get a lot of attention between Thanksgiving and Christmas. People are busy with other things. But at least some readers will probably get gift cards or new e-readers for Christmas. Also, I’ll have those two weeks off, so I can spend more time than I’m usually able to managing the new release.

And, as soon as the polishing edit is done, it’ll be back to work on MAGE STORM. Hopefully, with a better idea of why I was feeling so stuck before, so I can make better progress. After all, it’s a rewrite. I know how the story goes.

That is, unless one of those characters who didn’t have a point of view before but do now was trying to pull me off in a different direction and that’s why I was so stuck. Hmm. Pesky characters.

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I’m a day late in posting. (I try for Wednesdays and Sundays.) But that’s because yesterday I was actually writing that chapter in MAGE STORM that’s had me stuck for so long.

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It’s not quite finished, but it’s very close. I expect to have it done soon–by the end of the weekend at the latest–and then I can set it aside for a while and turn back to the final revisions on BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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(Huh! Just now noticed that I’ve got ‘storm’ in both titles.)

I don’t really know–yet–what’s held me up on this chapter. Usually when I face this much resistance it’s because something in the back of my brain knows there’s something wrong, that I’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out by the time I’m ready to come back to it.

At least I know I’ll be more productive on the revisions to BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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