Monday, 22 June 2015

Songs Will Be The Death Of Me

So, whilst I wait for my newest beta readers to get back to me on The Rogue King, I'm turning to other works, not The Shadow Prince, although there are chapters that could be worked on there. Dark One's Bride has gotten a piece of my time, about a thousand or so words worth. Progress.

My major focus for the past three days has been on a new story, In Pain and Blood. It's been stewing in my head ever since Through Smoke and Fire popped up, largely because it's set in the same world, just a different kingdom and with different Main Characters. In fact, they're looking to have only the world and its rules in common...

See, Through Smoke and Fire has a rebellious slave getting deeper and deeper in trouble after being sold to his new mistress.
Whereas In Pain and Blood is about a cocky spellster who becomes collateral damage after winning the right to join the king's army.


Neither story influences the other.

So back to my current obsession...
Naturally, I found myself bouncing around trying to find a cover that matched what I could find, because that's how I like to work. And you know what? I wound up on scrolling through Shutterstock to make my own cover, the actual one I plan to pair with the story... Actually manipulating images and not just putting text on a finished image.

It was a lot more fun than I thought it'd be.

The colour of the top two words still bugs me and is likely to get tweaked to hell and back, but I digress...
After the cover, I skipped straight to what's looking to be chapters fourteen and fifteen or thereabouts and kicked off In Pain and Blood with what basically amounts to around eight thousand words of erotica... all whilst repeatedly listening to...


Yup... Now I've urge to go write two guys getting it on every time I hear this.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Mulling Over One Chapter...

I've finally read through all The Rogue King with the additional chapters from A Game of Cat and Horse and, after removing a few chapters, reordering another chapter because I'm a dunce and put the other two in the wrong place, changing the PoV on one, adding another to even out the timeline and tweaking one of the original chapters to remove the now unneeded summary of a character...

*gasp*

All in all, I'm pretty confident the merge will work. Well, except for one or two chapters.

The main one in question is Chapter 46 and, as I reached that piece, it left me with a little "Do I need this here?" niggling in the back of my mind. Basically, it imparts knowledge about the state of a certain person as they learn about said state. But that knowledge is taken in via a third party, whereas the next chapter has, in my mind, a little more of an oomph as it's the same knowledge being taken in from the PoV of a character that has stronger stake in it.
Now I like several things about the chapter and it gives a certain insight into how other characters see the MC. But that can be readily dragged into the next book if needed that much.

There's another chapter, #52, that's not as problematic, but, what with everything surrounding it, may be superfluous. I've had all of it--the places, the characters and their timelines--in my head for so long that everything is already one and, even if I wind up removing both chapters, it's still roughly 20,000 extra words.

I guess it's time to go hunting for a second opinion...