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Um . . . kinda, sorta.

I haven’t actually started on any novel, but I have been writing out a bit of the backstory for Daughter of the Secret Mage. It’s mostly stuff that will likely never make it into the novel, but that I need to know so I can get to the starting point.

Also trying to think out at least some of the major plot points. Not an outline. I’m a discovery writer. More of a couple of sign posts so I don’t go wandering off too far into the weeds.

Maybe, maybe something will break loose, soon. Sure hope so.

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Map

So, I decided I needed to re-read DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING.

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(Is it bad that I enjoyed it?) And make a map before I could move forward with thinking about a sequel.

 

Children of Power Map

This map isn’t perfect. And you can see I haven’t gotten around to putting the names on it. But it is as good as it’s going to get for now, because anything more would just be fooling around with the map instead of trying to write anything.

We’ll see if this breaks the log jam.

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I’ve been thinking about that different take on the Cinderella story that might just fit into the same world as DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING.

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I might just be getting ready to take a stab at writing it, because, at this point, that’s the only way the rest of the ideas are going to flow.

But, I’ve realized I’m going to have to do a map. I didn’t have one for DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING, but I’m going to need one now. And, before I can make a map, I need to reread DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING so I can remember where everything is supposed to be. And how many days by coach it was supposed to take to get from one to the other.

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I’ve been doing some thinking about that Cinderella story potentially set in the same world as DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING. I think it might be titled DAUGHTER OF THE SECRET MAGE or something similar, if it works.

If it works, this will become a series centered around saving the world–or this corner of it–but not around the same cast of characters. The main characters of DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING would be only side characters, perhaps mentors, in this book. And so on for, perhaps, three or four books.

Also, I think I may need to reread DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING before I actually start anything.

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But thinking is all I’m doing right now. I have several things to figure out if I hope to make this work. Also, there is just too much real life stuff going on. I thought March would have to be better than February that way. Sometimes, when you hope for something like that, the universe laughs evilly and sets out to prove you wrong.

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I’ve started writing the prologue to WILD MAGE, the sequel to MAGE STORM.

Mage Storm

I’m not sure yet if this is actually going to resuscitate my enthusiasm for MAGE STORM, but at least it’s writing.

I’m pretty sure what I’ve written so far is going to turn out to be more like an extended outline that I’m going to have to flesh out more, because right now it’s just back story. And if that’s really needed, then at least some of it is going to have to be SHOWN, not TOLD.

But, like I said, at least it’s writing. Maybe it’ll get me out of this writer’s block. Or else, I’ll have to try writing something else entirely. There are other stories waiting in the wings. One of them just has to start scratching at the back of my brain for attention. None of them have done that yet.

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. . . try sideways. Thinking about WILD MAGE (formerly ROGUE MAGE), the second book in the series, just might get me started writing again. Not yet, but–hopefully–soon. It has shown me that MAGE STORM has to end in a different place than I’d originally thought. So that’s something.

Mage Storm

In other news, Sadie has vanquished the monster in the walls.

Sadie goes after the monster in the walls

Now I just have to finish patching the wall. I’ve got some left-over bead board paneling put up there so this won’t happen again. There’s almost certainly some left over molding out in the garage to finish the top as well. All I need to do is cut down the bead board to fit and tack it up.

Unfortunately, it seems I don’t have the tools I need anymore. A coping saw just isn’t cutting it (pun intended). Well, I’ll just have to improvise. Or go get a better tool. One or the other.

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I’m working through the revisions on BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Usually, I more or less go through the manuscript in order, picking off revisions as I come to them. Unless, of course, a revision requires a little more thought. Then I might skip over it the first time and come back to it in a later pass.

This time, though, I find myself skipping around, working on whatever revision seems to appeal at the moment. It’s interesting, but I found myself reading through a sequence yesterday, just to make sure I hadn’t messed it up with a bit of cut and paste surgery I’d performed. I’ll have to read the whole thing through again, of course, when I finish the revisions and before I hand it off to my critique partners.

One of the side effects of this, however, is that I’ve knocked off most of the easy ones and now find myself wrestling with one of the revisions which requires generating more emotional response for one of the characters.

Those are sometimes the most difficult revisions. This one, I’ve decided, can’t be dealt with in a single revision. This is something this character has been avoiding dealing with for a long time. And it’s going to take several scenes, over the course of the whole book to build the pressure on this character and then release it–right at the climax.

This is going to be so much better.

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