Evening all, I’ve just realised I haven’t posted for a few days and the simple reason for that is there’s little to tell.
I’ve done a little work today, getting a few pages red-penned for Earth, After Liberation. I also spent some time making notes for mine the universe that Project Apollo is set in. Owen and I are going to talk tomorrow evening about it. This will be the first time we’ve had a discussion about it in well over two months, so needless to say we’ve got to get back on track a fair bit.
Chrystalyn and I have been chatting throughout the day about The Residents and have made some good progress I think.
I’d like to have gotten some more done today but I’m still feeling a little disillusioned with Earth, After Liberation despite seeing some good stuff in those early pages. I’ll be working on the red-penning for the near future and see how that goes before putting the notes into action.
We also had my Nan over so I was working sporadically through conversations.
That’s all really. I’ve got to get myself back on track a little and hopefully get back into a routine.
This week has been a loss when it comes to writing. Partly because I was a little demoralised when I realised that Earth, After Liberation wasn’t going how I wanted it to go and also work has knocked me out this week. I mean it has really wiped the life outta me. I consider myself a hard worker and my job is demanding on my energy but this week has been really busy. My day job is as a car cleaner at a second hand car sales and a big part of my job is valeting knew stock and in the last three days I think I’ve valeted five cars, six in you include the one I started this evening. As well as that one I’ve got another one to do as well. The aim is to get them done by the weekend.
Obviously being busy means I’ve had to up my work rate to get the job done and this is what’s wiped me out this week. With writing things will be a bit more of a slower pace as I’m proof reading Earth, After Liberation. I have a very clear picture in my head of what I need to do to fix the story now and I’m kinda itching to get stuck into it again, and this is why I’m writing this post, because I haven’t got stuck into it tonight like I was planning too. I got home and am just feeling very tired and my focus is not all that. So I’ve faffed about on social media and watched some Futurama.
Yesterday I was talking about how I wasn’t happy with how my WIP (Earth, After Liberation) was going and one of the things I was talking about doing was cutting the story short. At the moment we have a big escape in the story and this would make a really good place to end the novel. It’s a very natural place to bring it to an end, and what I’ve written after that can go towards the next book in the series.
That’s what I’ve decided to do, cut that part of the story and focus on tidying up all of the writing before that. I think it’ll be about 10,000 words cut off this one, which’ll take it down to about 35,000 words (25,000 short of my original target) and I’m planning to add a few pieces to the story. Even before I wrote yesterday’s post i’d decided to change a major part of the protagonists life and I don’t think the story is edgy enough. I’d like to add a little more depth to the characters as well. Thinking back to what I’ve written already it’s very sparse in places. It needs some realism as well I think.
This will have repercussions for the second book, which I wrote for NaNo last year, but I’ll cross that bridge later. I don’t think this will mean too many changes in book two, well except that book two will become book three.
I’ll be starting the red-pen read through tomorrow.
I didn’t read any where near enough last year. I can think of a half a dozen books that I really wanted to read but just didn’t get around to (Wool, Pandemic, Feed, The Man in the High Castle, Soul Asylum and The Earthsea Quartet). Those are just the ones off the top of my head. Lets add in some shorter pieces by Dan Abnett (set in his Gaunt’s Ghosts series) and J.C. Hutchins novella series, The 33.
Then I’ve got novels by Justin R. Macumber, Terry Mixon, Paul E. Cooley, Armand Rosamillia, Mimi Black and Christopher Stocking. (Dan Abnett also has a full length Gaunt’s Ghosts novel out this year too, yes I’m excited!).
I’d also like to read the second Lincoln Rhyme book, The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver and the first Harry Potter book read early on this year as well.
I’d really like to get start on the fourth Dark Tower book as I finished the third recently, but as it’s taking me a while to get through this series by Stephen King I’m a little reluctant to make a start on Wizard and Glass while I’ve got so many other books that I’m itching to read. That said, if I get through enough by the mid-point of the year then I may dive into it. I was thinking about giving it a go as an audiobook but these Dark Tower books seem so complex I’m not sure I’ll absorb them as much as I would do if I read them. I am a big fan of audiobooks, but I do miss the odd thing while listening (interruptions while at work) and also, I’ve read the previous three books and I think it’ll feel weird not reading the other four.
These are all books I’ve already got, either on my bookshelf or on my Kindle app or my iBooks app.
I will be listening to a lot of audiobooks this year as well. I’ve got eight or nine in my Audible library already.
I’ve set a Goodreads target of 60 books this year. With the audiobooks, comic books and the shorter pieces I’m planning on reading I think I’ll manage that. If I’m well ahead of target early on I may increase it but I’ll see how I’m doing.
Despite over a thousand words of Earth, After Liberation on Sunday I’m really not happy with how its going. I’m trying to figure out whether I should stop the story about 10,000 words ago when there’s a big change in the lives of the protagonists. This is where the story changes a little as well, and this is where I’m having the problems. I can’t seem to get the tone right or how to get to the end of the story smoothly, at the moment it’s feeling very clunky.
I’ve not done any work on it for the last couple of days, partially because I’ve been a little unwell and partially because I’ve wanted to think over where I want to take the story. I’ve made one decision about one of the storylines but I’m really not sure what I want to do with the rest of the story. I’ve got an arc I’d like to follow but it’s not feeling right at the moment. I was thinking about cutting back to the point I mentioned earlier where I’d scrap maybe the last 8-10,000 words, okay not scrap but take them out of this story.
I’m not going to do it yet though. I’m going to print off what I’ve written so far and look through it and see if I can get myself back on track. This’ll also let me work out where I need to make the tweaks or the other story change I’ve already decided to make.
I’m hoping that reading through what I’ve got will help me find out how to connect where I am now and where I want the story to end.
I’ve managed 2652 words today on Project Apollo and Earth, After Liberation. I really enjoyed doing the sample that Owen asked for from Project Apollo as it was something different than I’m used to writing. It has also served to do a little world building and character history, and even if it doesn’t make the cut then it’s helped in those respects.
I was also very happy with what I managed to do with Earth, After Liberation too.
That is me done for the day now though. I’m going to watch the second half of the Arsenal Vs Manchester City game and then watch Futurama series six.
Have a good evening everyone :)
Here’s just a quick little post to start the day. I’m aiming to have a good days work today. Arsenal kick-off at about 4pm so I’m going to try and see how much I can get done between now and then.
I’m going to be working on both Earth, After Liberation and Project Apollo. I’m not starting the 1st draft of the Apollo re-write but I’ve had an idea floating around my head for a few weeks now and Owen likes the idea, but would like to see how it’s executed. So I had a play around with it last night and will do some more on it today and then get it sent out to him.
I’m hoping that doing this sample for Owen helps with Earth, After Liberation because I feel like I’m loosing a little momentum with it a bit and I’m wondering if its because I’ve been working on this, and it’s sequel, for about five months now. Maybe I’m a little board with it.
But anyway, I’m off to start working and I’ll check back in later with an update of how much I’ve done :)
I remember when Saturday nights meant I was off out clubbing till the early hours of Sunday morning. Not so much now, although I am planning on having a few nights out during the year I don’t expect to be stepping into many nightclubs. Pubs, thats more likely. Tonight though, I’m watching Pacific Rim and I’ll be watching Cloud Atlas later on. I’m working on a couple of writing bits too. Nothing from Earth, After Liberation tonight though. A couple little bits that Owen wants to see for Project Apollo.
I’ve already dropped behind my 1000 words a day target, but it gets back to being realistic; I work full time, we’ve had a busy end of the week (a good end of the week, but busy), so I have to weigh up whether I want to get a few hours where I’m not as heavy on the writing so my mind can breath a little or do I want to go hammer and tongs and try to thrash out some words tonight? I decided on the having a breather part. I’m planning on getting an early start tomorrow so hopefully I’ll get a good start to the day and have a productive day.
I tried to do the same last week but life got in the way. So tomorrow I’ll hopefully be up and writing by 8, 8:30am and hopefully by about 4pm I’ll have caught up to where I should be for the month (I’m about 3000 words behind).
I’ve read all three of these books, and I can’t wait to hold them all in my hands :)
Originally posted on Raven's Retreat:
Those of you who have been with us for a while will know that every year we like to rip out Valentine’s Day’s heart with our anti-Valentine’s trilogies. When we wrote Gunning Down Romance, it was going to be a stand-alone book. But then we discovered a macabre love of butchering this romantic day and decided to write a trilogy of trilogies. So many people asked if it was in print that this year we haven’t written a new one, but have instead combined the three trilogies into one print book, with a bonus story featuring the only returning character, Trey. Trey was a returning character by accident. When we wrote Still Life in Bad Romance, it was going to feature a character called The Artist. But after we’d finished it, we realised The Artist was Trey. He’d sneaked in without us noticing. And we haven’t been able to get…
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Originally posted on Calasade:
Just finished a new cover for the superb twin-sisters writing duo Cat Lynx Raven. On February 14th, 2015, they will be releasing the print copy of Romance is Dead, a trilogy collection of delightfully terrifying Horror tales all centered around the idea that Romance is for, well, not suckers but killers. How cool-twisted is that?
I only hope the cover does the stories inside justice. Click the following thumbnail to see the cover close-up.
Don’t give your lover roses, give them nightmares.
Ten disturbing stories about the dangers of falling in love. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like giving your lover a heart for Valentine’s. Especially when it’s ripped from their body before they’ve drawn their last breath.
“I’d made a terrible mistake. I should have killed him in the shower.”
Gone are the expensive chocolates in fancy packaging, the wilting roses from the petrol station forecourt and the…
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