Monday, November 20, 2017

Just a bit of Organizing

My reference cabinet is organized now.

All the books I use for my writing is in this cabinet as well as a few of my writing magazines. Dictionaries and books of names, old handbooks are all here.

On top is my collection of fall and Halloween solar dancers to get me in the mood for murder. :)

Also on top is a mug full of pens and bookmarks I collected from other authors and around town. Never know when you'll need a pen or a bookmark for research.

My desk is still messy as is the two boxes next to it. They have my raw notes and business papers. That's next on my list to organize.



Still working on Mortal Voice. There seems to be two hospital scenes in my head so I'm going with the flow. Seems the one WBI agent wants to confront Paul in the hospital about his past and why he's working with Jaci.  Also the sheriff returns their SUV after their night at the hospital. So two scenes at the hospital.

Next up the scene at the caught killer's place.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

More words

Coming along on Mortal Voice.

Up to 12,095 words.

One killer caught, the other getting out on bail. Both Cannibals, though only our two main characters know that. Maybe they know each other, maybe they met at Cannibals Anonymous. :)

The one used a wood chipper to get rid of the bodies while the other buried what remained on a dump site, not caring about any other forensic countermeasures than plausible denial.  Two cannibals in one town yet only five missing women. Where are they getting their other victims?  And you know there has to be others. 

I don't know if I'll make it to 50,000 words on Mortal. I only have five more scenes in my head, one of which is the ending. After the scene I'm writing now comes the hospital scene. Next scene is at the caught killer's place and they're looking at a wood chipper while CSU takes a swab and it shows positive for blood. Then Jaci is talking to the second cannibal or should I say he's talking to her about minding her own business which she says she is. Another scene is with one of the victim's father talking to them about investing in their company. And the last scene is cannibal being led away in handcuffs and he tells Jaci that it ain't over.

That's all I have in my head right now. 

I've already written the scene where Jaci says she's the author of my Elemental Voice series. Maybe that will stir things up. As I've said before Elemental is the dream and Mortal is the reality. Elemental is how I'd like the world to be with vampires and psychics real and accepted and Mortal is how it is now.

I'm at the scene where Keth, the exile, meets the Queen in Tail. They are both headed toward the pass and the confrontation with the Rennon Army.  It's going to be love at first sight. But they are both pragmatic and don't say anything until later.  Beka's meeting with the man behind everything is getting closer as well. There's gonna be a surprise during that confrontation.

Flames is not being worked on right now. I want to get Mortal Voice done. It's like a compulsion to work on it. Maybe I needed a break from Nick and Sara. Once Tail and Mortal are done, I'll go back to Flames. I had planned to finish the four books I still have in those two series before I turn 50. So I got a little over a year which I don't think I'll make but Flames is coming out next year.  One way or another!

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Words,Words

My sort of NaNo bit is coming along.

1774 words so far today which makes it up to 7,010 words on Mortal Voice and 31,776 on Tail. I want to get them both done NOW!  The problem with writing is writing. :)

I wish I could just take it from my brain and zap it on the page. It's all there in my brain but finding the words sometimes just makes me frustrated.

I already got a cover and title for the next book in the Mortal Voice series. I just saw this public domain picture and it screamed next book. So I did a cover.

I used my line 'read the earth like a medium hears the dead' in Mortal Voice. She's explaining her gift and the agent doesn't believe her so she tells him that.

Mortal Voice is a little different from the Elemental Voice series. Mortal is set in our world without vampires and the law enforcement is skeptical about psychics. She and her partner own a company called Necro-Covery that helps find missing persons--and dead bodies--instead of being a FBI consultant.  Her 'gift' is a little different as well. You could say Elemental is the dream and Mortal is the reality. I might even have Jaci write my Elemental series in Mortal. :)

I need to write a blurb for Mortal as well. Something to entice the readers to buy. Hmm.

Monday, November 6, 2017

a piece of gossip

I'm sort of doing the NaNo bit.

I'm trying to write at least 1000 words or more a day to finish one of my three books that I'm messing with right now.

Deadly Flames, Mortal Voice, or Under the Dragon's Tail.

I've been working more on Mortal Voice right now since I keep getting little scenes in my head about it every day. Besides I need a break from Flames as I got stuck. Tail is getting a bit of work as well. Both Tail and Mortal are coming along nicely. With Flames I'm not sure how much bitchiness I want with Santino before I kick her to the curb in this book.  As I've said she gets her comeuppance in Wind/Air. 

Silver is poisonous to my vampires. They have allergic reactions to it much like humans do to their allergens. A touch causes a rash, a stab with a silver knife causes them to seize up, and a silver bullet can kill them. The killer in Wind/Air uses silver chains, silver knives, and silver bullets, torturing the vampires before killing them.  I'm not sure I want to go all the way with Santino or just to the beginning of the torture before she is rescued. Decisions, decisions.

Toby's book and my short story are with Sharon. However, she broke her leg and is in the hospital so I don't know if or when they will get done. So you' all will just have to wait. When I talked with her she said she was doing fine but was going to have a long recovery. I hope she stays in good health otherwise..

 Also when I finish the other stories you might have to wait then too. Can't tell what's what right now.

I got another day off from work. My schedule was just not working for me what with on-line college, work, and writing. So I chatted with the new boss at work and changed my workdays a bit. I was just not able to work on everything without another day.

 Hopefully, everything will work out.

College isn't going smoothly. I can't seem to get the hang of APA style. I just don't understand some of it at all and the rest just barely. Maybe it's been too long since I've been to school.  I'm calling my academic/Finance advisor.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Changes

As you can see I changed some things on the blog.

I like these images so I may stay with them for a while. I got the eye from dreamstime and it's copyrighted by Andrea Kodydkova. So I'll make sure I put that there before I set it for sure.

The pic for my book link is supposed to be the back of the main female character in Mortal Voice.  She has longer hair than Sara and eyes the color of grass. They both have similar dressing styles as they don't go for fancy things, but Jaci likes summer dresses and  large Tees over leggings with knee-high boots while Sara prefers jeans and tees more. That doesn't mean Jaci doesn't wear them occasionally, but she rather wear the dresses.

Jaci is pronounced like Jackie. I know someone with this name and liked  the spelling.

I've been messing with Canva again and made another cover for Mortal Voice.

This is about an earth voice who works with an ex-detective, and two anthropologist in a company called Necro-Covery.

She finds the bodies and the anthropologists help identify and dig them up. The ex-detective is now a PI and they use his license for the searching part.

I just love this cover.

The picture was in public domain so free.

I've been working on Mortal and got 2296 words so far. I wanted to get the two scenes in my head out before I forgot them. My memory can be a sieve some times.





I've also did two more of the Fallborn series covers.

The story with magic and dragons is going to be called Through the Dragon's Eye. She's the Voice at the Temple of the Goddess(Mother Nature) and gets called to a ruin in the woods near town. It had once been a temple and a murder occurred there.  The dragon beneath was awakened and takes a shine to her.

The other cover is for Beneath the Dragon's Wings.  I only had a picture of a woman standing beneath wings hanging on the wall. More will come no doubt.

All the Fallborn are going to be PG13--No sex.

I think maybe I'll change the eye to a crime scene picture that I saw. That way it goes with my title. I'm scared of using those dreamstime images that aren't public domain..




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

a Dash of Nattering

Well, got my first assignment for college done and back. B-. Not bad for something I wasn't sure I was doing right! :)

So on to second assignment this week.

As to the covers, I like both so it's hard for me to choose which  one to do for Tail.  Right now I'm leaning towards the one with the eye. The skin is bearded dragon skin and the eye I found on a free site. The eye looks similar to another I saw, the size and a slight difference in color is the only difference I see in the two so I downloaded the free one.

I also changed the dragon skin motif on the other cover to bearded dragon skin. So here's the new design:

Much better I think.

I've had a thought about Mortal Voice. What if I make it a magic world with Adepts. She is something different, a Voice. Magic comes from people's/ living thing's energy. Lifeforce./Elemental energy is something different than what they're used to. Adepts use 5th element spirit and there's more of them. Only a few have the other elements and most don't survive to adulthood and those that do are de-spirted by their 'lack' of gift.  .

Or maybe I'll make this a Fallborn and make Mortal Voice a modern tale with her partnered with a detective. Yeah, maybe.

I got to think on it. And I got two covers for it too, though one has a less chance since the clothes are modern for the Fallborn/ but maybe I'll save the one cover for another story.  :)

At least I hope I can use the image I downloaded from Dreamtime. I don't know. I'll ask Sharon when I'm closer to finishing that book.

I worked a bit on Tail today. I plan to finish it and/or Flames by April. Tail is coming along fine and nearing the confrontations of both the Rennon and Eldanian Armies and Beka and the evil man.  I have put subtle hints in, maybe too subtle. But I don't want to give away the ending too soon or it will be anticlimactic.

I'm also have another of the Fallborn series started; In the Dragon's Claw.

I like these covers, but I also like the other covers I have for them but these are the ones that show they are a series. So I may go for them.


I have a few more Ideas for Fallborn. Most of them are PG13 or close enough.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

another bit of prattle

I have two covers for Under the Dragon's Tail. Which do you think is best?

Please leave a comment. I really want to know which you think is the best.


 
I did both on Canva. com. I like both.
 
Fallborn is the "category" all my dragon books are going to be under. All dragons' are Fallborn. Eggs laid spring, hatch fall. All my dragons are going to be hermaphrodites, but present as males. Some of the stories will have regular relationships and some asexual. Tail is asexual. Asexual does not mean  without intimacy. Hugs and touches, even kisses, can be asexual but still convey love and intimacy.
 
Anyway enough of deep thoughts. :) 
 
I'm working on both Tail and Flames. I want to get at least one of them done before April. Tail is farther along than Flames of course. 

Tail BLURB: Dark days have shrouded the Kingdoms, but rumors of the Dragon' s Gem have resurfaced and given hope to those who still fight. Are they just rumors or is it the time of prophecy?

I wrote this during the first days of writing the first few chapters. Now I'm 30, 000 words into it and I still think this is good. :)  

Short and sweet. I'll come up with more by the time I'm finished I'm sure.

This story idea was actually from when I was a teen. I had a dream and wrote a brief, real brief narrative of what I remembered of the dream and I turned it into the prophecy:

 The dragon's gem will be lost for a hundred and one years and will be brought forth by a girl rich in humble origins, causing the dragon to awake. An evil man will seek to steal the gem and an army will gather at the Pass named for the horse general while the king of kings joins with the warrior queen. Blood will flow and evil will seem to have the upper hand until the girl is brought before the evil man. At her word the dragon will smote all the evil before her with cleansing fire.

I'll have to clean it up a bit but I'm leaving this as the prophecy.  My friend Travis and I wrote years ago together to see if we could get a book done doing writing together. He finished his, and eventually published it, though he was not satisfied with it. But I only got to 20,000 words.

 Now it's 30,000 and I got a bit to go yet, but I'm determined to finish this book. I finished four books in the Voice Series and I know I can finish this one since I have finished these. 

All it takes is time.