Saturday, 16 May 2015

Good news... for once

Otherwise known as "what's been happening over here".

Well, there are always the multiple things that have nothing to do with writing. Notably, there've been some flooding and junk around here, and I've spent the first time in a long time 100% alone in the house. Oh! And it's my daughter's birthday tomorrow... Or rather today seeing that it's pretty close to 1am...

The repurposing of The Rogue King has claimed it's second victim. I'd already axed one chapter before I began the reading, but having reached chapter 29, I found that it didn't mesh with the flow of the story. It worked in the novella, but in the story... Well... Mostly, it slowed things down.
So I have my second cut.
Yeah, I could've rewritten it, but there's no guarantee that the new chapter would work any better than the old one. So it's better if it goes. It's all good, though. I mean that's why I'm reading, to see if things clunk.

On another note: After weeks of staring at the screen and cursing my inability to put the scene I saw into coherent sentences, I finally finished a chapter for Dark One's Bride. And I'm making headway into the next chapter.
I think I may have a sort of weird love/hate thing going on with ballroom scenes, too. Maybe it's the dancing. There's three such scenes in this series so far, one in Dark One's Mistress and there'll be two in its sequel.
At least the last in the trilogy isn't likely to have one. I really can't see the Ebony Court letting that happen. Although, you never know with those people...

So in short, I'm feeling super productive! Go me!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Mapping... uh... maps...

I feels like an age since I've posted here. Or done anything productive, really. Writing anything has become a bit of a struggle. It's not that I don't know where things are going or what would happen, in fact I do, it's just... finding the desire to flesh those ideas out. New or old. Little excites me.

But I long to finish what I have started. It was to that end in which I sat down and spent some time doing what I've never done for the lands nestled within the Dark One's Trilogy. A map. Low and behold, as I work a few sparks flit by. Not enough to power on, but if I fan them, perhaps one might catch...

The map in question is rough and little more than a carrot with which to bait my poor muse, but it's a start.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Catching My Tail

Whoo, what a wicked ride the past month has been. School holidays, people getting colds all over the place and the diagnosis for the cause of my pain has been given a treatment that amounts to basically "take these and wait it out". It could be worse. But I do find myself more drained than usual and it's left me dragging not only on the last bit I needed to finish this experimental addition to The Rogue King, but everything else...

But, today, I ticked one thing off the list. The very chapter that needed just a hundred or so words to conclude is finally done. The scenes are all filled in and the final placement for the chapters from A Game of Cat and Horse are now done.
Not everything has made it. I scrapped the last of Jarend's pov from the end as it added little and sort of spoiled the flow.

So it's roughly 22,000 words heftier than the current novel. That gives me a swanky 87,000 although I doubt it'll be the final number (it's never the final number) as I've still got the deciding factor...

Read the story through and see if the flow fits.

I've not been reading much, so it should be interesting to see how long it takes me. At least I'm at an advantage in that I can start at chapter sixteen...

Wish me luck.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

And the tail chasing continues...

So I'm back from hospital. A little dizzy, a little sick. And, according to my partner, mostly out of my gourd the whole way home. The procedure was fine and they basically said nothing's there. That's nice and all, but that doesn't explain why I'm in even more pain than I was before. I swear, sometimes I'm better off if I don't go near doctors.

The being said, I've made an effort to press on with my current obsession in seeing how A Game of Cat and Horse looks if I insert its chapters into The Rogue King.

No. It basically didn't require much in the way brainpower.

As I predicted, a large chunk of the story (some 20,000 or so words) was added to the initial plot. That's about two-thirds of AGoCaH's story and TRK, a novel teetering between 65 and 66k, is pushed just a little bit closer to a beefier book. Not sure how I feel about that.

What I didn't expect was where those chapters wound up.

Part of me should have. The Rogue King covers about twenty-six years, give or take some months, and AGoCaH travels along that vein ... and even a little bit after. That image over there is a comparison of TRK with and without the other bits. See how all that red and purple explode right in the middle? That's the beginning of A Game of Cat and Horse.


So far, it looks doable. It's not all 100% "here you go, editor" complete (yesh, don't even get me started on how I'd manage to get that phase done). I've got to read it through, see if things still fit and adjust those that don't. Just looking at it, the last couple of chapters before the epilogue may not survive such a read.
And there's a few additional chapters that would be required to smooth things out. I might even rewrite a particular scene in another's pov. Who knows?

So it comes to a different question: What to do about the version already out there? Obviously nothing right now as this might not work out. It'd be easy enough to upload a new version of the ebook with all the necessary whatsits. The paperback* might be harder. If I do go through with this, I'll certainly have to look into that...

I guess I'll just have to wait and see, won't I?

* I guess, on the upside, those signed paperbacks I gave away last year would become limited editions.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Chasing One's Tail

Tomorrow, I head into the hospital to hopefully find out the cause behind this pain that I've had for about several months now. The last time I had this procedure, I woke up in the middle of it screaming that it hurt. So I'm a little nervous.
Naturally, I'm handling this in a very grownup manner: by thinking about everything other than what I should be.

Like what I'm actually going to do with A Game of Cat and Horse.

I'd also have one less
cover to have made
For those not in the know, this is a story I plan to publish after The Rogue King Saga. It's meant to be a companion novella/novel (depending on how long it gets) that circles around two characters who weave in and out of said saga: Laccindy and Jarend.

Meant to be.

It's kind of complicated.

It started off as a background story, a sort of midquel to the first book, then it morphed into a story that arched over the whole saga and now ... well ... sufficed to say that, if I published it before the saga was over, you'd know how a few key points in the whole story went down.

But sometimes, I wonder if ... maybe ... it would be better to slip this story into the saga instead. I can handle two extra povs. Hell, the Godless Series I plan to have follow is going to have at least twice that many povs. It'll need them.
Half of me feels like doing so would be adding filler. The other half knows I'm likely to run the risk of reiterating parts of the saga in another's pov just so this story makes sense (I've already done that with one chapter).

And there's the fact that half of the story happens within the bounds of The Rogue King. There are several conversations had with Veng, multiple situations that never appear in The Rogue King. It wouldn't be hard to merge those points. And it would likely bump up the reading age, not that I mind.

Do I really want to attempt a republish new edition? Just to insert their povs? Would a reader meeting Laccindy in the first pov switch via her first scene in AGoCaH react the same way to it if it were in The Rogue King? What about Jarend and her's romance (both the sweet and the steamy)? My biggest fear there is them overshadowing the lighter romance factor already in story. This is about the Rogue King, after all.

I guess the only way to know would be to write and find out...

Saturday, 14 March 2015

It's official: I'm cracked...

It can be the only explanation between how this tweet:

Had me winding up with this beauty not even a week later...

First Chapter on Wattpad

Yes, a story with, at most, 4000 words to it's name already has a cover. If that isn't classic arse-about-face, I don't know what is.

It is the most basic and symbolistic cover I've ever had linked to one of my stories. And, to be frank, it wasn't at all what I was originally looking for. I love having scenes of the world and its people on the front and my cover choices reflect that. But I knew this one couldn't be like that. To be honest, I think what I was looking in the beginning would've given the ending away.
Then there was this one. It pulled at me. It's just ... the right feel. And the longer I left it sitting on the artist's site, the more it pulled. So I cracked. I am cracked. Cracked little me.

And you know what? I'm not the slightest bit sorry.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Taking a Dark Turn

Seriously, 2015 what you're doing to me isn't good enough? You got to go after our poor border collie and let him get pancreatitis. Well, jokes on you. We caught it in time, he's better and we know how to manage it. So, thppt!
Anyway, in light of the past months, I'm being self-indulgent with my writing, bouncing between ... about three novels at the moment.

Quite the far cry from DOM,
Miss Weaver
The main focus is Dark One's Bride, which has recently grown a few chapters and is looking at having another rewritten. I honestly can't believe I'm thinking of scrapping the almost fully-written scene I already have for a ballroom scene. I'm going to have to write up another dance number, I can't write dances to save me. I really need to swot up on my moves so I can ... well ... move on.
I'm also pretty close to finalising the wedding attire. Clara's anyway. Dresses aren't my strong suit, but if there's one thing Clara loves, it's a well-made dress.

All that is followed closely by The Shadow Prince, because my muse decided it needs a few more chapters before tackling the third in that series. I'm still not certain if I should move the last 8k to the third novel or not. If it stays as is, then the second book will be the biggest of the four.

But even with everything, it's my newest WiP, Through Smoke and Fire, that has stunned me the most. I guess, considering the subject, I shouldn't be surprised the magnanimous father is becoming almost villainous in his actions as his son. I just wish he would settle on what role he wants to take so I can move on to more than the first chapter (which I have on Wattpad). Not that I'm looking forward to meshing the parts I have with an actual storyline. It's a little on the disturbing side and I'm wondering if the ending I was writing towards will suit it by the time I get there.
Ah, outlining, how I've missed your tangledness. At least it's owning its title, I suppose.

How have you all been? Has 2015 hit you for a six yet? Know of some crowded ballroom videos I can ogle?