This post has been removed. The full length novel, Time Snatch, will be available as an e-book this Winter.
It’s been about a month since my last post, and I wanted to stop in, touch base, and get everybody up to speed on what’s going on. Before I do, I want to give a real quick shout-out to all the Mother’s out there. Seeing as how Mom’s account for 98% of my readership. In no particular order, I’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to:
Sonya – mi madre
Sharyl- mi step madre = I dont know Spanish.
Laurie – mi madre in law someday-o
My wonderful Grandmothers.
Any anyone else I am sure I’m forgetting. Thanks to all of you for squirting out a baby in one fashion or another, I wouldn’t be who I am today if you hadn’t.
Ok, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk writing. In my last post I apologized profusely for not updating my blog with stories, and you all forgave me. Cause you are good people like that.
I’m going to post a short story by the end of today for ya’ll to read, but just to let you know I haven’t been sitting idly by the last month I wanted to give you the inside scoop on the book.
When I started this project, I intended on writing one book. It soon became clear there are too many story lines, and tooooooo much awesomeness for one book. So I split the book into two parts. This was an interesting process because I had already written about 40 pages with the stories intermingled. Going through with a fine toothed comb, I separated the stories into their respective books.
Well, low and behold, in the process of writing the new revisions, I realized there is still too much content for two books. This was simultaneously exciting and depressing. For now I had enough story line for three books, but then I had to go back and re-edit what I had already done.
So, in the span of two weeks, I went from having 40 pages complete in my one book project, to having 15 pages complete in Book 1 of a Trilogy. I’ve never made forward progress while moving backwards. What an odd experience, to say the least.
Here we are, then. Three books in the making. The series title is “Gods and Children”
Book 1 is The Birth of God’s
Book 2 is The Life of God’s
Book 3 is… can you guess it? Of course you can… The Death of God
There’s a beautiful amount of symmetry there, don’t know what I didn’t think of that from the beginning. Probably cause the idea of writing a trilogy is daunting, like cutting the heads off a hydra, only to have another emerge before the blood has time to dry on your sword, or pen in this case.
Bloody pen, hehe.
Despite all the ups and downs. All the two hops forward, one hop back type progress. I’ve reached a legitimate benchmark today.
25,000 words. aka 100 pages.
Actually it’s 25,352 words, but who’s counting.
That means Birth of God is a little over 30% done.
Life of God has 8,000 words, and only 20 pages done…which isn’t so fantastic… but hey, that’s progress for sure.
I’ve been churning out about 1,500 words per day, hoping I can finish the entire series by the new year. I think that is a fairly obtainable goal, though with rewrites, revisions, edits, who knows.
Which brings me to a question I have, does anybody out there know a good editor, or multiple editors? It’s hard to get feedback from family and loved ones. They tend to focus on how good it is, rather than how bad it is. I need somebody who can focus on the bad, so I can make it great.
Also, if anybody knows a skilled artist, I’m going to be looking for somebody to do the cover art for the book in the next couple months.
Um… so yeah, that’s all I have for now. I’ll post the first three or four chapters soon so you all can get an idea of what I’m doing over here.
Thanks for the patience, thanks for spreading the word, and thanks for reading.
It’s been a couple months since my last story post, and for this I am quite sorry. I failed my New Years Resolution, but only a little. I’ve been writing, a lot, recently. Seeking a new sort of challenge, I have turned my attention away from the Short Story format I find so convenient and comforting towards a Novel.
I’m drawn to Short Stories because of their immediacy. You get the whole story right away. You arent bogged down by tons of details, character development is rarely the central theme, and the stories are very much plot driven. Novels, on the other hand, require a lot of patience, as I’m finding. You are, in essence, creating an entirely new world. This is something that I find quite challenging, and since I’ve never taken on a story over 5,000 words before, I thought now was as good a time as any to try it out.
So, that’s my excuse. I have the first 30 pages, or 9000 words, of the story actually written down. Yet, I have another 11,000 words worth of outline written down. Outlining is something I haven’t done before in writing a story. Typically I sit down, and write by the seat of my pants. I enjoy letting the story develop in front of me, and lead me where it may. The story I am writing does not lend itself to that sort of writing however. There is a very complicated time line, which has literally been keeping me up at nights, and very complicated character interactions that requires a fair amount of foresight. The outlining has been useful though. It has allowed me to meet the characters, so to speak, and see exactly where the story is headed. I have the scenes set out for roughly 35-40 chapters, though in the course of writing, I am finding that number will likely grow closer to 50 chapters.
The working title for the book is “The Birth of God”, and the one sentence summary for those interested is:
“With the power of the Gods, one man holds the fate of the Universe.”
My plan is to post the first 5 chapters here to my blog to whet your appetites, but I would like to wait to do so until I am closer to completed the book. I think that would be kinder to any persons who actually become interested in the story and where it leads, rather than giving them a little and then making them wait excessively long. Once the story is actually completed, it will be offered for a limited time as a free e-book.
I’m really excited about this new project, and hope to have the book completed and ready for your eyes enjoyment by August of this year. Hopefully this will make up for the lack of short stories I promised!