Updates on Hollow Vengeance

I’ve been quiet about my sequel for awhile and I’d like to update you fine folks on my progress. I’ve rip-tear-and-repaired the plot, re-conceptualized the character arcs, and I’m now in the process of solidifying the timeline. Since the launch of my first book, Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy, I’ve learned a lot about what makes a story run smoothly and how to keep my readers on their toes. I’m really eager to bring you a novel even better than the first!

In other news, I will soon be launching my YouTube channel to serve up some more literary goodies with a more interactive medium. More news on that later.

Finally, I’ll be attending a Beltain Fair at the Montreal West Curling Club at which I’ll have a table. If you’re in the area and fancy snagging one of my paperbacks, swing on by! Also, check out some of the other local authors and activities. I for one am seriously in the mood to celebrate after a long, cold winter.

Catch you later guys and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Sacrificing Plot for Political Correctness

You know how you’ve always heard the advice that you should keep writing to the end of the manuscript before you even think of editing? Before you delete anything? It’s lovely advice when it works. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t. Writing the sequel to The Broken Prophecy has turned out to be just such an instance.

I stopped writing A Hollow Vengeance halfway through because I just wasn’t feeling it. After some exploration and the advice of my marvellous, patient, and very astute peers, I realized that it wasn’t working because I started writing it from a place of guilt. That’s right. I felt guilty for having focused so much on Damon in the first book. I worried that I hadn’t done enough for Phoenix.

The first draft of Blood of Midnight featured Phoenix as a character who was introduced halfway through the book and ended up just being the main character’s love interest. Thank the Gods that I didn’t stop there and instead took my time to learn more about character development, plot, cliché, and the frustrating lack of good female protagonists in fantasy and fiction in general. I committed to having a fully fleshed out character who could stand on her own, who was three-dimensional, had a personality, goals, hopes, fears, and is just generally not a sock puppet or a cardboard cut-out of a person. Continue reading “Sacrificing Plot for Political Correctness”

NaNoWriMo 2014

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BAM!

Yes it’s been another great November for me. I finished my 50k wordcount on the 26th and was able to take a couple days off besides. I took a break from writing for the rest of November and now I’m working at finishing the novel.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, I strongly suggest you take a look. It’s a blast.

As for Blood of Midnight, I’m going to wait until I’ve finished my NaNo novel to decide what’s to be done about Hollow Vengeance. It’s possible that I’ll publish the NaNo novel first. Hollow Vengeance needs a major rip-tear-and-repair job before I can enjoy it enough to write it in full. I mean, if the author hates it, the reader can’t help but hate it. I would much rather push back the release date than put out something that is crap.

In other news, I’ve signed up for Jill Jepson’s Review and Renew Writing Challenge 2015. I found it so helpful last year that I decided to do it again. It starts in January, so if you’re interested, you still have a chance. It’s free.

Thanks for stopping by y’all.

Shifting Gears – NaNoWriMo 2014

I’ve been struggling with Blood of Midnight: Hollow Vengeance. It’s been going slower and slower until there have been days where I haven’t been writing at all, too intimidated by the prospect of slogging through another chapter. When I began writing the sequel to The Broken Prophecy I very much wanted to focus on the female lead who got less attention than her male counterpart in the first book. It annoys me that there are far fewer female protagonists than male, and even fewer female protagonists of colour. Very often, the only female characters of note end up being the male lead’s love interest and nothing else. I did not want that to be the fate of Phoenix.

But there’s a difference between what you should write and what you want to write. I found myself not wanting to write Phoenix but feeling like I owed it to feminists and women of colour. I rarely ever get inside this character’s head. Is it because she’s female? Is it because she’s not white? I don’t know.

The feedback I’ve had so far from people who have read the chapters from Phoenix’s point of view has been universally positive. They like her. She’s a badass. She doesn’t take shit from anybody. She’s complex. She sometimes makes the wrong decisions and has to deal with it … So what’s my problem with her? Continue reading “Shifting Gears – NaNoWriMo 2014”

Hollow Vengeance – Update

Just a quick note to let y’all know that Chapter 6 of Blood of Midnight: A Hollow Vengeance is finished. That leaves me with seventeen more to go. Not bad!

I’m enjoying having a look over my notes and plans for what I want to happen in each chapter and happily flouting it if I don’t like it. This has not been my habit in the past. I tend to like to make plans and stick to them but I’ve been much more liberal with my writing lately. Yay! It’s less taxing this way.

Chapter Four Update

Hurrah! Chapter 4 of Blood of Midnight: A Hollow Vengeance is completed! Time for me to start penning that short story for y’all.

Also, I’d like to share with you a cake I baked for the two year anniversary celebration of Bonavista Writers’ Circle. If you’re a writer yourself, chances are, you recognize the joke: the most useless feedback you can ever get.

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Hehehehe. Until next time guys, stay awesome.

 

Some Happy News

Jamie Wyman’s Kickstarter for Unveiled is funded! Thanks so much to everyone who supported her either financially or by boosting the signal. Now we get to read the sequel to Wild Card!

In other news, chapter 4 of Blood of Midnight: A Hollow Vengeance is completed. I’m moving right along with the novel as scheduled. If I keep up this pace, it may even be done before winter. Wouldn’t that be great? Yaaay!

Stay awesome y’all!