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


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.


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.


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,


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.


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.


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.


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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First, I’m still on schedule with the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.


Last Wednesday, I had started Chapter 36. Yesterday, I started Chapter 39. So, that’s actually a bit ahead of schedule. And, better yet, I’m starting to be able to visualize all the chapters that will get me from there to the climax.

That said, I didn’t get much more than a paragraph written yesterday because . . . distractions. And not necessarily the ones you might expect of a holiday week.

The first distraction was pain. See, my dog is now 14 and 1/2.

Digital Camera

(That’s not a current picture of Micah. He’s got a lot more grey on his face, now.) He doesn’t like going up and down the steps from the house to the patio and from the patio to the ground. The steps from the patio to the ground have a very low rise and are . . . is wider the right term here? Anyway:

Steps up to Patio

(This picture was taken before I’d done the spring cleanup.) Well, to get to the point: Monday night I was at the top of the steps trying to encourage Micah to climb up. He had, as he often does, stopped half-way. This was at about 10 o’clock at night, by the way. You can’t really see it in this photo unless you know what you’re looking for, but the patio has sunk a little–about an inch or so–just behind the top step. So, I started to go down to encourage Micah but, because I was concentrating on the dog instead of where I put my feet, I caught my foot on that little lip. And ended up at the bottom of the steps, landing hard on my left shoulder (the bad one that I hurt years ago). And I seem to have hit every single brick step on the way down. So, yesterday morning I was not exactly comfortable and not concentrating as well as I might. (I’m much better today, though I’m still not going to raise my left arm over my head very often.)

I decided to spend a little time preparing for tomorrow’s #ThemeThursday, which will be reluctant heroes. I was looking for an image to use in a twitter post for THE BARD’S GIFT. I found one. In fact, the image was so perfect I ended up making a new cover.


And using the image from the old cover for the promo.

TBG Reluctant Hero

But, hey, for a change I’m all ready for #ThemeThursday. And still on schedule with the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM. So, win-win.



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Posting a little late today. All I can say is I’ve been on vacation for the last week and a half. I’m still at the stage where days don’t feel very different from each other. That’ll change as I hit my summer rhythm.

Last post, I had started chapter 36 of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.


Yesterday, I finished chapter 37, and 72,000 words, so things are maybe just a little ahead of schedule–which is a good thing. I don’t discount the possibility of snags ahead that might slow me down at some point.

I’ve now got my characters to the point where they have sufficient clues to understand what it is that they have to do. I’ve got most of them in a position to do it. But, some of them have their own reasons for wanting to find another way and that’s likely to slow them down a little.

And the opposition is going to be putting out all their efforts to stop them as soon as they figure out where they are. So, things should be pretty interesting for a while.

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I’ve already posted that my goal is to finish the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM by the end of the first week in September.


That’s fine. But, you know, when you set a goal like that it’s really easy to think you have plenty of time and then suddenly discover that you . . . don’t. At least not anymore. At least, it often works that way for me.

So, it’s useful to break that big goal down into smaller ones that are more easily tracked.

As of last week at this time, I had eleven weeks to meet that goal, give or take a day or two. And I was on chapter 33. The first book in this series, BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNINGhad 51 chapters.


So, at a guess, say that there are roughly 20 more chapters to go in this one. That means I have to complete two chapters a week. (Actually 1.8 chapters, but that’s awkward to measure.)

It’s early days yet, of course. But by that measure I should be finishing Chapter 35–which I actually did last night. And I’ve got a decent start on Chapter 36. So, at least for now, everything looks to be on track.

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What is now BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM started life very differently.


Several years ago . . . . Let’s see, a little digging shows that I started the first version of the story in 2008. Ten years ago. It was, if I remember correctly, the third novel I wrote. It was very different than it is now.

That first version was titled Dreamer’s Rose–and Rose was the main character. The same Rose (well, mostly the same) who makes her first appearance in the final book of the Become series. That novel was finished, revised/rewritten a couple of times–and tabled. It just didn’t work–or not in a way that I wanted it to.

It took me awhile to figure out that Rose just wasn’t the most interesting character–Gaian was. (Though his name was different in that first version.) And more time to fully develop Gaian’s character and background–which also changed beyond all recognition from that first version. In fact, about the only things that haven’t changed are the map,


and Gaian’s parentage and . . . more or less what happens in the end–rather less than more in some ways.

I wasn’t idle during that time, of course. But this story never really went away. It was always somewhere on a back burner waiting to be ready. I always did picture Gaian as Hercules-like in some ways, but it was when I realized that there were parts of Hercules’s story that could really be built into this one, in an upside down kind of way, that it really started coming together.

love this story the way it’s turning out now.


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Oops. Forgot to post yesterday. All I can say is that it didn’t feel like Wednesday. The last week of school is always a little nuts and yesterday was no exception.

But, as of about noon today, school is out for the summer! Two and a half months. Time to buckle down and really get some work done on BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.


I’m on chapter 33 and about 62,000 words. The goal is to finish this first draft before school starts up again in September.

However, it’s already been a crazy week. I strongly suspect a nap may happen first.

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