Wednesday, 23 April 2014

"T" is for Time

Any story has some involvement with timeframes. Most of them, outside of the epics, are quite small. I have a few of those. Dark One's Mistress takes just over a fortnight, whereas the whole storylines of Golden Dawn and Dark One's Bride conclude in a week.

Then there's the middle ground, which I find is the popular timeframe across the genres. I certainly have more here:  Crimson Night, Anubis' Handmaiden, Witch of Morthin, Dragon ... they all take about a year, give or take a few months. Aelfah goes for a little longer. This is, strangely enough, also the area where I struggle. I'm not sure why. Small gaps and big gaps work, but the medium ones ... they take some fiddling to right. I wonder why.

And, of course, I have the other end of the spectrum. Starting with The Rogue King Saga and taking in the timeline of the Godless Series, it's a whopping 54 years. That's not factoring in the backstory, worldbuilding or even novellas. If I did, that'd make the whole thing several thousand years long.

In the past, I kept the timelines straight in my head or laid out in a simple format using Excel. But as I get more stories, I find myself relying more and more on those external sources to keep them straight, especially my epic. And Excel grew too messy when going backwards or weaving other storylines into, so I've moved on to a program dedicated to timeframes.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

"S" is for Introducing...

Name: Shirain
Story: The Rogue King
Status: High Priestess

The first agonist pitied against my poor Main Character, Koral, as well as the catalyst.
Whilst all my other baddies grew worse with every major rewrite, Shirain pretty much stayed as she is now; a fanatical and outright crazy lady (I could go on, but let's not go down that slippery slope).
Even though she's introduced quite early on in the story, I like to think her actions left a lingering presence on my other character's lives. ^_^

I think, if I ever had the courage to load such a prop-heavy scene again, the only thing I would change is her hair seeing as I've now got access to one such model that would have her closer to how I see her.

Monday, 21 April 2014

"R" is for The Rogue King Release

Who loves ya, ya big lizardman?
That's right, I do!
Yes, that's right. All my troubles means it's out a little early! So today is the official release of The Rogue King. After seventeen years of writing, editing and redoing it all, it has been released into the world!
I'm totally fan-girling over here.
Can you fan-girl over your own book? I hope so!

The blogtour, hosted by Juniper Grove Book Solutions, will begin on the 28th. And there'll be prizes. So many prizes! Signed paperbacks, limited edition bookmarks and more!

The full blogtour list is here.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

"Q" is for Quietly Cracking Up Over Here

Seriously, I am. Going through 200+ emails once-twice a week whilst sitting in someone else's house is all but killing me. That's no way to read stuff. Trying to drag about logs that are heavier than my eight year old may just finish me off. Although, if this wind keeps up, I may keep my internet for a short while longer.

It really does settle nicely with all the disasters that have happened in getting any of my books out. We had power cuts last year when I got contracts, then my fiancĂ©'s car broke down, taking the editing payment with it and, later, my car went out in sympathy, stalling a few other details... we trucked on through all of that. Now to have this... some times you just have to laugh.

So! In order to ensure it was out ... I released The Rogue King on Amazon site several days before I wanted to, for the sole reason I could not guarantee I'll be on the web then. I've been ever so thankful for the schedule feature.

Friday, 18 April 2014

"P" is for Paranormal...


Golden Dawn is out!

Which of course means I'm giving away one eBook.
But first, what it's all about and ...

Family and blood.

After 1100 years, these simple words mean everything to Herald. His life has been ruled by keeping his siblings safe, keeping them from becoming prey whilst feeding on the weaker. His failures have been many and measured by those he has lost. People like his twin brother.

There has always been an enemy to push back or defeat.

Just who the enemy is comes into question when Herald meets the dangerous, angelic creature he is to guard. Wondering where his true loyalties lie is a dangerous thought. No matter whether he chooses family over the heart, it will mean death.

Only the right choice will ensure the life taken is not his.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

"O" is for Outlines

I seem to be doing a lot of outlining lately. I didn't used to, but it has become an enormous help when juggling stories. At the moment, I'm a little nervous that Aelfah will morph itself into a duology, but I plan to type the whole story first and worry about that later.
When my internet died three weeks ago, I sort of wandered aimlessly for a while. Then my muse kicked into overdrive and I began tearing Aelfah apart. I've since put it aside to finalise the outline for Dark One's Bride, but not before adding 8,000 new words to the Aelfah tale. In fact, I also seem to be jumping from one to the other.

For now Aelfah is going through some major changes, much like I did when I rewrote Dragon. A lot of the alterations are minor ones: how my Heroine's family interacted, what they both do for a crust. She's left the university setting, going straight into the workforce. On the flip-side, his job didn't change, just twisted slightly.
The bigger changes relate to how the two Main Characters meet and wind up together. It makes their relationship slower, probably more plausible if I'm honest, but it also means the big reveal takes longer. I've a feeling I'm going to need to sprinkle a few hints here and there.
The biggest change is uplifting the whole story to my homeland. Well ... the south island, anyway. Yeah, I have a story based in New Zealand (the first half, anyway). I guess it had to happen eventually. At least Aelfah fits quite nicely amongst the ferns and the tuis.

So while I'm hippity-hopping between worlds, I leave you with the couple from Aelfah.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"N" is for Names

More specifically, the names in my books. One of my stories doesn't even name where they are. Another one just names the cities. And my epic? Well, just look at this...

For The Rogue King Saga there are a lot of names. I've even named places that, to my knowledge, don't actually appear in the book. And, if they do, they never actually went there.

You've got your two continents: Cynati and Zan. Four islands: Tepol, Jepol, Japek and Loudan. Seas: Kravin Sea, Uncharted Sea and Tymordian Sea. Let's not forget the two main lakes: Teron and Mystic.
You've got your three kingdoms: Mora, Maxia, and Predonia. Then there are the cities: Prewa, Catsckin, Wolka, Contra, Biry, Cyahai, Maxia City, Port Eag, Rapton, Predonia City, Ssstrad and, finally, Mezan.
And the other landmarks: Nomad Camp, Rogue Rise, Meeting Hill, Kamorn Ania (Death Forest), Eternal Storm, Mount Taruthinthe, Flower Canyon, Tooth of Defora.

That's a lot of places. Thank goodness I'm planning on doing two series and a few novellas there.

Now the Dark One’s Trilogy is an interesting beast. I'm not sure what I was on when I decided the names, but I like 'em. The kingdoms themselves do not have names. Purely because I haven't thought of one I like.

In one kingdom you have Everdark, Endlight, Neardim, Darkwood and Port Dank. At its centre is Mount Winding and from there you can see the mighty Murkwater River as well as the Pillars of Endlight. It was meant to sound gloomy.
Whereas their rival kingdom is ruled by the Ebony Court at Ne’ermore with the closest city to their enemy being Q'oth (and I chuckle to myself every time I write that).

Of my Works in Progress ... sometimes they sprout names when I need them, other times, the idea comes fully formed with names attached. Sometimes these get wipes and reattached.

The Mirror Witch Duology has a few still clinging to the plot. Morthin and Awthern have always been what I've called the kingdoms as is The Isles have always been known as The Isles, whereas Pannis, Angur and Fid are a few of the villages sprinkled along the path.

Dragon is set entirely in the kingdom of Kalon. Most of the names mentioned are dragon related, such as Mountain Hall, Great Tree and Hroff Cavern. But the humans have Byron’s Peak and imaginatively named the high mountain range the Dragon’s Spine.

Now Aelfah is set in our time and in my home country, New Zealand, and stays in that town for its time on Earth. But the tale also goes to outer space where we deal in planets with called Kicttik and Falorcan, as well as blackmarket spacecrafts like the infamous Spectre City. Of course, like the kingdoms of the Dark One's Trilogy, I've not settled on a name for the Aelfahian homeworld.

If you're wondering how I keep all these names together... I've several files scattered about the place in various folders. Not very orderly, but I'm keeping them it together, so it must be working.