Thursday, February 15, 2018

An overview

I set aside 'Eye' until my friend gets back to me with her ideas.

I haven't touched Flames for awhile. I'm still stuck on how I want to introduce the clue without making it too obvious. So I've been running different scenarios through my head but none of them feel right. The story's just been sitting there, waiting for me to get it down. I've been thinking just to not drop a hint here and just let the talk flow how it wants, then drop a hint somewhere else.

That's probably what I'll do.

MVII is still in chapt. 2. They're going to look at the research. I have to decide what's in the research and how much to reveal right now. Paul has an almost photographic memory so I'll have him look it over completely, and have Jaci just skim through it or better yet have Paul give her highlights.  

Dragon stories. I've been looking over all my dragon stories to see which one I want to do next. Another Fallborn or a standalone set in today's society. Two of the standalones have two or more chapters done as does one of the Fallborn.  One of the standalones is about a hidden dragon society within our own while the other is about a lone dragon surviving hidden in our society. There's a bit of magic to them, though there's also some science  or   alchemy involved.  The Fallborn one is In the Dragon's Claws.

Claws has magic as well.  Dragon magic. Dragons had once been common, but they had warred and only a few had survived. Those few had retreated to their shrines and most slept, but a few remained awake and had human Servants. Two slaves escaped at one such shrine and became that Dragon's Servants.

I'm not sure which I want to do next for my dragon fix.

I know that as soon as I finish Flames I want to start one of my Alliance novels. Well, I should say finish one of them since I started two of them already. I have a blog with info on the Alliance. If you're interested in reading a bit about it, you can get your info there.

https://theregentalliance.blogspot.com

I've been reading Fan fiction again. Yes, I started that back up and added another fandom: Avengers/ironman. I also expanded the pairing in NCIS to include others with Tony. I read slash as well as Gen since some of the case stories include such, though my favorite is the father/son of Gibbs and Tony.  Anyway I've been reading fan fiction again. This time I hope I don't get as obsessed with it as I was before.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Nattering

Ran off a copy on disk of 'Eye' so a friend could go through it.

I glanced through it, but I need someone to read it to make sure it's fluid. Everything is in my head but I sometimes forget to put it on paper as it were. Or I repeat something. Hence someone to read to ensure fluency.

Didn't move very far in Flames. Still interviewing the suspects. The Hougtons. I got through the other two's interviews no problems but I'm not sure how I want to do these two's. I need to add a clue here but I don't want it to be too obvious. Sometimes it's hard to skirt that line and I just drop the clue in. This time I want a little more suspense before the reveal.

I don't claim to be any expert on transsexuals. I've made he/she how I want he/she to be.

MVII is coming along as well. I opened it up and looked at it the other day.  I'm in Chapt. 2 on it. The mystery the victim was researching is being unveiled. Though most of it is still mired in time. Jaci is hooked, intrigued by the strange silence of the land and that silence leads to a very dangerous confrontation at the end.

 I've been looking through my old writing magazines. I don't have too many of them as I only had two years of subscription to Writer's Digest and snagged a few from the writing groups.  So I decided to renew a subscription. I need to get file boxes to put the zines in so I can store them better. They're just shoved in my bookcase right now.

And Pens.  I got pens everywhere. Well, everywhere around my desk. I got them stuck in a drawer, in a coffee mug, and three laying on top of the desk. When I look for one I can't find one so I got them where I can see them. I used one to write a story idea down. #3 million and 6 maybe  :)

I've been cleaning out the desk a bit. so that's why I got the pens handy. They were all shoved willy nilly in the desk so now they're where I can get to them easier.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fallborn first draft done

I'm done with the first draft of  'Eye'.

It's a little over 38,000 words. 

So the first of the Fallborn series is done.  The series are standalone dragon stories set in different worlds/time frames. I use some of the same terminology and they all have dragons and a female human as the protagonists. And they are all PG13, well mostly. But none have sex in them.

Soooo that means I'm back to working on Flames. I opened it back up this morning and re-read the last bit to catch myself up to where I stopped. They were questioning the suspects.

The daughter--she was bullied by her father

The grandson--he was also bullied and seemed extra resentful

The owners of the resort--They employed Rafferty but didn't like him

And the rest of the staff just barely tolerated him

He was a rascally old man but in no way endearing. He was kind to the guests, but hard on his family and co-workers.

As I said the killer/arsonist has a twist. He/she is a transsexual. 

Gotta keep you guessing. :)

I love twists in my books.

Still haven't read my ole "romance" that I found. As I've said I'm a bit afraid to since I remember thinking it was good back when I wrote it in my teen years. But Tastes change and so does style.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

In days of yore

I was trying to straighten up my hand-written stories in the milk crate when I came across one of my short story romances that I wrote when I was a kid. Well, a teenager.

I had read one of Mom's romance books, a regency. And of course I thought I could do better. (Have I mentioned I dislike regency romances before? I don't think I have. But it was the only book I hadn't read in the house)

Anyway, I decided to write a alien romance set on Earth, but in a somewhat different world than our own.  I had twenty sheets of typewriter paper so I sat down at the typewriter and began typing. Thirteen pages later I was done. I just sat down and let the words flow. I remember thinking it was a cool story.

A woman goes camping in the Arizona desert and a injured winged man comes to her campsite. She helps him, then he leaves. Bad men attack her and he comes to her rescue.

I haven't re-read it yet. I'm a bit afraid to.

The stories I wrote back then that I had read, I threw away because they were b*a*d. I thought I had thrown them all away, but here this one is.

Perhaps I should put it in the page section and let you all decide what I should do with it. Or maybe I should just throw it away without reading it. Tempting though that is, I feel like I should keep at least one of the samples of my early writing. 

I'm so conflicted about this story. It was my first and only 'romance'. 

What should I do with it?

Click on comments below and please tell me what you think.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Changing titles

Inkitt has a contest for publishing a book.

I think I'll send Tail in to it.

I'm also thinking about exchanging the names of two books: Under the dragon's tail and Through the dragon's eye. Paranormal/ psychic stuff is more through the third eye  than being under a dragon's tail. So maybe I'll change Tail to Eye.


 

Eye has Elemental magic.. Mages control the magic. They become Adapts when they entice a familiar to them. Familiars are created in leyline nodes but how is unclear to humans. A Voice, a head priestess of the Goddess temples, is asked to clear an old temple where a murder happened. She finds a dragon familiar
 
 
Tail has mental powers. Telekinesis, telepathy, etc. That's the 'magic' involved in that story. A royal messenger carrying a fabled jewel is attacked, but her companion escapes with the jewel. However, the companion too is attacked later and the jewel saves her life by connecting her to the last remaining dragon.
 
Dragon familiar sits on her shoulder with a tail wrapped around her neck so under the tail would be appropriate. And psychic--third eye use. So I think I will change the Titles around.
 
So 'Eye' is almost done and I'll put it in the Inkitt contest.
 
 
 


 
 



 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Reconfigured

I cleaned this weekend and one of the things I did was reconfigure my writing area.

I still need to get a few things to straighten it up like a few magazine file boxes.

I also need to go through the desk itself and get rid of things that I don't need or use anymore. When I moved I just brought everything in the desk too.

The photos on the wall are of signings. My first one, the last one and my table set-up. I also have a picture of some woods. It reminds me of my favorite Robert Frost poem:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep

The lamps are there because it's dark in that corner, the whole room actually. A folding chair for visitors and a padded chair for me.

So this is my reconfigured writing area.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

confabulation of Dragons

Tail is almost done.

I decided on this cover for it.

It's the first of the Fallborn series. My group of dragon stories.

I have four of these started. Tail, Eye, Claws, and Wings. They are set in different worlds and even a few have 'magic'.

Tail has mental powers. Telekinesis, telepathy, etc. That's the 'magic' involved in that story. A royal messenger carrying a fabled jewel is attacked, but her companion escapes with the jewel. However, the companion too is attacked later and the jewel saves her life by connecting her to the last remaining dragon.

Claws has magic. Dragon magic. Dragons had once been common, but they had warred and only a few had survived. Those few had retreated to their shrines and most slept, but a few remained awake and had human Servants. Two slaves escaped at one such shrine and became that Dragon's Servants.

Eye has magic as well. Mages control the magic. They become Adapts when they entice a familiar to them. Familiars are created in leyline nodes but how is unclear to humans. A Voice, a head priestess of the Goddess temples, is asked to clear an old temple where a murder happened. She finds a dragon familiar.

Wings has shifter magic. Dragons have been hunted to exstinction and the only proof they existed at all is a set of wings mounted above an old throne in an ancient castle.

And that's the four stories.

Now I need to do a blurb for Tail.

Blurbs, Blurbs. Always got to do a blurb. They're hard to do. You want to hook the reader, but you don't want to reveal too much of the story.

I also have modern day dragon stories. There are three of them. I don't have titles for them yet. I just have a few scenes done for each. I'll summarize them in another entry.