Sunday, September 20, 2015

A brief update

Well, ORACon was fun. As you can see we had quite a few attendees. We had talks on how to write a novel in two weeks and about revision hell. We had a lot of author tables including mine. I only signed one book , but I had a new set up for my table. I thought it looked nice.

 I had a pitch session with an agent about my dragon book. I got an invitation to send a query and 3 chapters. But as you know I'm not finish with it. I rewrote the first part and I'm working on the last third of the story.  I want to send the query but know I should wait. The agent said I should think of a better name than Messenger but I plan to refer to this book by that name even if I give it another title for publication.

Do you have any ideas for names?

Main character is a seventeen year old girl who stumbles into a rebellion when she becomes the Heart of the last dragon. I Think of it as Joan of Arc with people having mental powers and a dragon thrown in.  There's even a 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.”

What do you think?

I still haven't touched Fire, the Florida story or the short stories. I've been concentrating on the Dragon story.

I've written 4100 words since the beginning of the month on the dragon story. That makes it a little over 29000 words so far.  I have two different endings--one gen and one 'romantic' in mind. I'm a pantser so I guess I'll see which one ends up working.

Here's a glimpse of the dragon that the bad guys got:.

The dragon seemed to be a mixture of feline and reptile. A broad large-eyed head, oddly reminiscent of a cat’s, rose upon a long and flexible neck. The wings, vast seeming as they were when in flight, were neatly folded along the muscular back while a thick flexible tail was curled around the cruel-looking talons of the forefeet and hid the rear talons of one rear claw. . 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September Update

ORA Con is on September 19th here in Springfield, MO. It is a writing conference that Ozark's Romance Authors puts on every year. You don't have to write Romance to attend as ORA is full of authors who write all genre. Many of our authors will be at the conference with a table or at the signing at the Library Center on Friday afternoon.

I plan to be at the conference on Saturday with a table since I work Friday afternoon during that signing.  I only have a few books, but if you have one of my books already and come...I'll gladly sign.   :)

You can find more info about it on ORA's web site.

Well, I had two days off from work last week which meant I had three days in a row. The one day I went with my Aunt to visit my parents, one was used to get misc. things done, and the other was for writing.

Fire, the Florida story, and the short stories weren't touched, but I did rewrite the new story. I decided to call it Messenger for right now.

I hadn't liked the way it had been going which is one of the reasons I stopped writing on it. It had about seven chapters before the rewrite and now I'm on number nine.  It still has that middle ages society structure but it does also have psychic powers so it's a bit different. There is only one dragon left and dragons had moved to that stage to where people knew they existed but most of what they know about dragons are considered myths.

There are also reptilian creatures besides the dragon...

Daggits were, according to her father, an unholy mix between a horse and a large dragon. Their basic body structure was like that of a horse, but it was a reptile, not a mammal, and some were even winged. The one they rode however was not, nor was it the normal grey-green, but a brown-green. Her mistress said it was called Warchild, and had been trained as a warsteed; but why would a Messenger need a fighting steed?
Is Daggits too much of a BSG reference? One of the ORA members said that's what she thought of the second she saw the name, though it's obviously not a dog.  What else would I call them--Dragits? :)
Oops...How do you change back to normal settings? Well I guess I'm not going to do this in the middle of the next post. :)