Progress – September 17, 2018

This, I feel, has been a good writing week. It’s had an excellent pace to it.

Earlier this week, I gave an introduction into Stonecharmer.

Since then, I have finished the story! Or at least the first book of the story. I still have my ‘rabbit hole’ editing to do on it, but I want to get a ways into the next book before I do that. I’ve know since about halfway through that there would be another book, Stonebreaker. I have now started that book. I’m less than a 1,000 words in so far, but it won’t be long since the story is rolling along.

Plus, the night before I knew I was going to finish Stonecharmer, I felt that there was to be a third book. I know the title, but I don’t yet know if it’s an official title or just a working title, so I’m not going to post it now. Maybe as I get further along. Maybe as soon as I know I have enough material for a third book. I’m really not sure. At this point, I have only minimal story in front of me that I know about. I had really liked the idea of this duo of stories, something along the lines of Tangled Magic and Walk the Path where there are only two parts.

We’ll see what happens there.

I have also finished recording For Sale, Call Loki. I’m not sure if I want to move onto For A Good Time, Call Loki or take a break from recording the series for a bit. Chances are good though, that I will decide just to carry on while I still have a lot of the voices in my head.

As for editing the audio, I’m currently working on Chapter 5. There are 9 chapters total, so I really expect to be sending this for distribution in late September or early October.

Dragons of Wellsdeep threw me for a little bit of a curve this week. I had slight difficulties merging in a couple parts that I’ve written, but I think I’ve got that handled now.

Also started reviewing what I’ve done for the seventh novella in The Loki Adventures. I should never read this while I’m in public. I have too much of a tendency to laugh out loud. That’s exactly what I was doing at Barnes & Noble. Yeah, people look at you strangely as you just start to cackle.

Sacred Knight #5 The Missing Thread,  you ask? Yeah, I haven’t worked on it lately. I’m chalking this up to needing to know more about Cirvel’s story. His I have also been working on this week. It’s hard to get into his head sometimes.

I was driving home Sunday afternoon from being in town and I had a major breakthrough in Cirvel’s story. I asked Adrian, as we were talking, if he “felt the story go ‘Poof!'” He just laughed. To me though, it really did feel like a miniature explosion contained within a bubble that expanded around it. That moment added so many dimensions to the story as a whole. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. I love it when I have an idea and I know what needs to happen in the story, but I don’t understand how point A and point B connect, and then suddenly there is that explosion and a bridge appears. I’m waiting for that with The Missing Thread. I’m glad to have it with Cirvel’s story. There’s still so much that needs to fall into place.

I also finished the “rabbit hole” edit for Tangled Magic and shaped up the beginning of Walk the Path. There is still a chapter to come for the ending of Tangled Magic, but I don’t know what it is yet. I’m waiting for that “poof!” there too. I’ve had a couple ideas and one I think is solid and needs to be chased to see if it works, but the process is telling me not to start it yet. I figure I have about 20,000-25,000 words to add to Walk the Path as well to get the size of the books equal. That’s good because I felt like I had rushed quite a bit and it’s not nearly as solid as the beginning of the story.

I also did some work on the next page for Weblinks. All weekend long I had an urge to draw, but I couldn’t find the pen for my tablet. I searched everywhere. Then when I found my pen, I had a fleeting thought that the urge would leave me now that I had the tool I wanted and it scared me. I did go to drawing, if nothing else but to push beyond the fear. You know, it’s an easy excuse to say that you want to do something but you can’t because you don’t have what you need. But what illusions disappear when you no longer have that excuse? I had to go beyond. And I kind of amazed myself — the drawing I did for the panel turned out not too bad. Not perfect. But it’s one more panel than I that morning.

I wish my brain would get over itself. (grin)

Okay, let’s look at the numbers.

Fiction words written last week:  5,138 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  2,651 words.

Daily word goal reached for 37 days. Weekly word goal reached for 8 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  17,045 words

Writing year to date total: 234,285 words

Drawing/painting last week: No painting this week, but I draw – yippee!

Audio: I spent 5.5 hours recording and editing audio.