Busy With The Sequels

Happy Friday Everybody!

So this week I’ve been working away on my new book, which will be the third and last installment of the Non-Vampire trilogy. Yeah, it’s been a long time coming, but at least it is coming.

Last week I had a character throw me off track, and I’m still overcoming that. The idea was supposed to be that two of the characters go out of town, come back home, things progress as they were until maybe 50 pages later(approximately), then a supporting character does something that changes things. It gave me time to set up everything. It gave me time to build up support, to continue the tension, to make it all make sense. Instead that character took the opportunity of the other characters being out of town to just jump ahead fifty pages, totally throwing my well-planned series of events off track.

I talk to people around me like this, like my characters are real people with their own minds and their own ideas. They are. I know it sounds crazy, but I don’t just create these characters and mold them whenever I feel like it. Yes, I create them, but that’s where it stops. It’s like giving birth to a child in that you created them, you can influence them, but in the end they have their own minds and will do things you don’t always approve of.

No, we don’t have children, but I helped with a bunch of nieces and nephews, as did my wife, and I know a thing or two about kids and how much you can really make them into what you want them to be. In short, it ain’t happenin. Some are going to take on your values as they grow, and some will not. You have to be okay with that as a parent or aunt or whatever your relation to them is. It’s the same with my characters. I can give birth to them, try to instill the proper values in them, try to explain to them what the best way to live and be happy is, and some are still going to do things I don’t want them to. And that’s okay. It’s interesting.

Sometimes it’s hard to deal with when I’m writing, but still…

I’m making progress, so that’s good. I haven’t quite figured out how to get from where I’m at to where I want the story to go, but I’ll see what happens as the story moves along. Then, of course, I have to go back and punch up the character dialog to make it more consistent with the way each character spoke and their personalities from the first two books. Character consistency can be a pain in sequels.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to come up with an idea for the cover of Freedom’s Fate’s second book. I have a title (which I don’t think I’ve shared yet, and I don’t intend to for a while), but no cover idea. I just need a basic thought to give the artist to get him started. I’ll come up with something soon, though. Hopefully.

Anyway, back to the writing. Enjoy the weekend!

It’s A New Year

Hi everyone!

Sorry no post last week. I got busy and distracted. Okay, I also got lazy. There, I admitted it. I’ll try not to do it again.

So it’s a new year and for a lot of people that means New Year’s Resolutions.

Don’t those words sound ominous?

Is it just me that thinks those words are ominous?

I really do think those words are ominous.

Why am I still talking about how ominous I think those words sound?

I have to stop using the word ominous!

So… I’m back. Sorry about that. Anyway, I don’t really make those ominous resolutions. It just doesn’t work for me. Let’s face it, most people don’t follow through anyway. But I do sometimes think of things I’d like to improve upon in the new year. I’m not making a resolution, just… planning to try better or make changes in some areas.

So I’m planning on writing a lot more. Way more. Faster, less complex, less troublesome stories. Let’s face it, Freedom’s Fate beat me around and called me bad names for way too long. I don’t want to go through that. Yes, I had to get that story out of me, it was burning in there. That doesn’t mean I want another story that takes me that long and is so structured ahead of time. My usual writing style is to have a basic idea ahead of time and sit with the keyboard letting it flow as it comes. Freedom’s Fate was not that. I love the book, loved writing it, love the characters. I just want to writing something different now.

Don’t worry, book two for Freedom’s Fate is all ready to go. I’ll probably do a quick review of it again in a couple of months, after I’ve had some time away, but I think it’s pretty much all set.

I’m planning to read more this year. Not that I didn’t read much last year, but I just have a lot in my TBR pile that I definitely need to get to. And that doesn’t even include new things that I come across to add to it. I actually have a TBR mountain now, I guess.

I also have to spend some time soon finding a better way to market my books. I have tried a lot of different things in the past, but I don’t think any of them are as effective as I had hoped. I’m still thinking on this one. People can’t read my books if they don’t know they exist, right?

So anyway, there is a lot to do in my new work in progress and so little time in the day. Better go.

ominous

Doh!

Have a great weekend!

ominous

Go away you villainous word!

Freedom’s Fate Now Available!

Hello all!

Freedom’s Fate is now available on Kindle!

I’m also doing a free giveaway right now, so if you get there soon you’ll be able to download it for nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s just a little thank you to everyone for being patient and waiting for this one, which has taken so long to come out.

I’m also doing a giveaway for a paperback on Goodreads soon, so keep an eye out for that. It might be my last giveaway there, since they are changing their system around early next year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Stay safe!