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July Camp NaNoWriMo is DONE

Good day, all!

Book 2 of the Greenshore series is written. Oh, it is rough and only at about 28,000 (of the projected 35,000) words; but it is also accompanied by a few short stories written for background development. All in all, I've hammered out over the 35k word goal this month and am pretty happy with the outcome.

Book 1 is in the hands of three folks whom I REALLY look forward to their feedback (the good, the bad, and the ugly). At the end of the day, I just hope they enjoyed the ride.

It's August now and the high heat of Summer is in full bloom. It's a little easer for me to huddle indoors these afternoons to play around with other writing tasks and expand on my Greenshore universe. That's the thing about this project: its still FUN to write. Speaking of which, I've begun to compile the various notebooks and electronic media into a single (offline) source.

Now that Greenshore has become a fleshed-out entity to me, I don't want to spend a lot of time fol…
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The Value of Time

It might be the sensation of crossing Summer's Zenith and seeing more of the warm days behind me than ahead, or it might be the 'to do plans' of the Summer become more crossed off than not, or the fact that Camp NaNoWriMo is in day 17; but I have been VERY aware of lost time as of late.

It's not a bad feeling. More of a 'did I do enough' melancholy and slight frustration meshed with the bliss of success.

I did kill off a couple of days this week trying to draw a map. Digitally. Never again (yah, right!)

I think that's what is really giving me the slow burn that I'm feeling.

Even writing on this blog feels like I'm not doing my job as a writer (to complete the current work). However; creeping out of my writer's hole is important to do... from time to time.

Anyway, eight chapters left to finish AND the intro hook stuff to hammer out (I leave chapter 1 or the preface for last. It's outlined, but never written out). I've had to re-write and …

Running of the...

I've hit the part of the book where the writing has taken off on it's own.

My subconscious must have been exposed to the plot and planning of this book enough to allow the characters to scamper off in the right directions. It's a lot of fun drilling deeper into the hints and teases of the first book. I've crossed the 17000 word count mark this week, but the words I've typed have been GOOD words. Very minimalistic sentences that expand the plot and / or characters. I've got the right supernatural elements doing the things they would do and the humans dealing as they should as well.

So far.

There's always this subtle fear that one or more of these non-existent beings will completely exit the reservation...

However, with that comes a deeper understanding of each character, not to mention expanding the world (and the potential for new plot lines for later books).

Ah, writing.

Keep the coffee warm and a notebook nearby!

-Dave

Speaking of the In-between

Only knocked out 3000 words this week...

But it was one of those 'top 10 best writing weeks' kind of week. A plot-a-licious plot-y plot-plot-plot kind of week.

Last month, I wrote a short story that links the antagonists of Greenshores' Book I to Book II. This past week detailed the First Act arc in a second short story, allowing me to plum the depths of the antagonists even further than the general plotting allowed. Sure, I've got the characters detailed out and all of that. I've got Act I all mapped out in a chapter-by-chapter checklist. However, to do the 'walk a mile in their shoes' thing via a short story brings new expanses to the character (as well as some nifty plot devices that will further strengthen Book II and the act's overall arc.

I should elaborate on something. At the heart of Book II is a straight-forward murder mystery. This is a new genre for me.

Sort of.

I grew up on Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christy. My rainy Sundays usually had a …

Things Happening in the In-between

Good day, all!

Soooooo, I'm working on this second book in the Greenshore Series. Being an RPG gamer who enjoys sagas over one-shots, I'm used to the tandem thinking that goes into a personal development arc within a larger story arc. Unlike RPGs, there is no threat of player characters going rogue and taking off with the plot (or worse, leaving the game story arc behind and deciding to make the game something else).

However, it's ALL on the writer. When an RPG saga is 'working' and the player characters are into it, a wonderful synergy occurs that breathes life into the story and the meta-elements of the team. Unique ideas, unexpected sub-plots, each character with its own voice, and the rest of the laundry list of traits each player brings to the table. I have a deeply rooted fear that my characters either (1) all sound the same, or (2) are simple caricatures of the personality I am attempting to convey. The best fix for this fear this is Time: a scene with a cou…

Schools out!

The summer vacation season is in bloom! Kids everywhere!

Good thing I like to write at 5 a.m. Mmmmmmm coffee.

I'm hamming away on Book II of the series. It's coming together nicely. We've had a murder and our good hero has entrenched himself deeply into the local wizard politics. 6000+ words this week!

Such a weird juxtaposition when most of my day involves Pokemon cards, Legos, and bike rides.

This might be the year my family enters the world of RPGs.

Yah, this blurb was short and sweet, but I've got to get back to the shores of Lake Superior!

-Dave

About ducks, rows, and the business of writing...

I think I need an agent.

The past week has been one of organization and planning. The Gencon events unlocked on Sunday, allowing me to FINALLY get into those games and writing seminars!

I've spent an hour or so each day doing deep research on various agents and editors to approach with my work.

This blog was set up, along with a bit of personal 'house cleaning' to organize my workspace and calendar.

I put together a list of readers for my book drafts.

With the white noise and sense of business responsibilities looming all around, I rifled through my writing and managed to really get those notes in order.

I suppose I should get into the meat of those notes and get that writing done!

Yep. I need an agent. Can't fill the shelves if you spend all week building the store!

-Dave