Monday, December 28, 2015

End of month status report

Well, I think I'm done editing Fire--at least for right now. :)

Got a few more days to work on the Deadly bibles. Still only have the basics down.

Jano starts Friday and the Mega-Write In is Saturday at the Creamery.

I'm all ready to start on Deadly Sands and Deadly Flames. I even have covers for each. Sands' was in last week's post.

What did you think of the blurbs?

Sara's officially an FBI consultant after Earth Reader as well as Nick's fiancĂ©--though they are 'married' by vampire standards. All mates share blood. The asking to share is the proposal and the sharing is the 'wedding', Vampires do the courtship after the 'wedding' and before the formal bonding. Mates can still 'break-up' but the male vampire can not take another mate and generally doesn't live long afterwards--well not long in vampire terms anyway. :)

I wrote a few words for Under the Dragon's Tail. I've changed the direction it was going when I first wrote it.  I still do not know which direction I want to go--platonic or romantic--with the relationship between the dragon and Beka.  I am waffling!

 I'm so a panster. :)

When I first started Tail I planned for the dragon to be a small familiar and sit on her shoulder with his tail wrapped around her neck and shoulders. I still have that picture in my mind. I also thought of the people being under his rule.  Hense Under the Dragon's Tail---no sexual thoughts about the title crossed my mind until my aunt's mind went there.

Now it won't leave. :)

But I still like the title.

Here's close to what I original pictured when I thought of my dragon story:

My dragon is more catlike and her clothing is different but I could so see this scene in my book.

Real life's been kicking my butt. Money seems to be slipping through my fingers recently; I need to get on the ball. I got a budget worked out--now all I need is the money!  :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Just another 'manic' monday

Still going through Fire. One can never seem to do enough editing.  :)

My one beta reader has finished the last three chapts so I should see her tomorrow and get the final scoop from her. The other two have still not gotten in touch with me. I guess I'll just have to precede without their input. Once I get the money it's off to an editor/proof reader.

I'm still working on the deadly bibles and blurbs. This is what I got so far.

Deadly Sands
Police consultant Sara Phillips takes her FBI boyfriend up on his offer of a joint vacation. They take it to get to know each other but a dead body interferes with their quality time and turns it into a search for a killer who buries his victims alive. Will they find him before their time runs out?

Deadly Flames
FBI consultant Sara Phillips and her FBI agent boyfriend needed a break from their busy life so they took a long weekend at a Maine resort. They arrive to a crime scene and their time away turns into a search for a serial arsonist who taunts the local police. Will they find him before he sets them ablaze?

What do you think?

The beta reader I mentioned above said she loves my dragon story--slightly different voice but could tell I wrote it. She said she can't wait 'til I finish it.

DRAGON 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?

That's what I put on Wattpad.

I changed the name of the dragon story as I commented on my last entry to Under the Dragon's Tail. My aunt says I should rethink that name since it could have a different meaning than what I want. I told her it's suppose to have multiple meanings--just not the one she probably thought! :)

The title may stay or I may change it to Under the Dragon's Wing. It's one of those two, but I like Tail better.

Jano's coming up fast. I'm ready to get started on Sands and Flames. I did a cover on Canva.

What do you think?
I also did one for Flames but I'll wait on that one. I like  the triangles in this as the symbols for the elements are such in my Voice series. A little continuity. :)
I still do not have cable/TV so I've been messing around with my stories and reading fanfiction. I miss it yet I don't at the same time. As long as I have access to internet I'm fine. :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mid-month status

Still high off of finishing Fire Walker!  :)

I added 280 words through my third go through. So I updated the word progress indicator.

My one beta reader is to give me my next batch tomorrow and I'll give her the last fourth of the book--Actually the last 3 chapts. The other two have still not gotten in touch with me. Once my beta reader is done and I've straightened the book, I'm going to see about editing.

I've decided the bad guy's name in Sands but still haven't picked one for Flames. The name doesn't have anything to do with Earth really but I like it and it's a friend's last name. I told the friend I'm using his last name for the bad guy so he would be prepared. :)

Still working on the deadly bibles--Sands has a bit more in it than Flames at the moment but then Sands is started while Flames just has a scene done.  The Seminole Indians live in Florida but I don't know whether I want to add them to my story even in passing.

The beta I mentioned above also read my dragon story. She said she'd tell me what she thinks of it as well. So I might do a bit of work on it this week.

Jano's coming up fast. Can't wait to start on Sands and Flames properly. I plan to finish at least Sands and get it out on Kindle before August or September.  Flames needs to be at least started so it can be out on Kindle by next year.

I want Water to be finished by December 2016 and out before May 2017.

Beginnings is still on the back burner but I plan to sneak in bits and pieces of the dragon story this coming year. It's going to be my writer's block story. If I get stuck on Water I plan to work on the dragon story until I unstick. :)

Aether is still in the beginning stage. All I have is that she is a shaman and this is the first case after she becomes one. It is of course an unusual murder.

I have titles for other stories--Earthbound, landlocked, Water bound, water locked. But I don't know if they should be before or after she becomes a shaman. I just had these ready incase I wanted to write more stories.  Right now all I have written in my to-do list is Earth Reader(done), Fire Walker(written), Water Ferrier(started), Wind whisper(First scene done), Aether, Deadly Sands(started), Deadly Waters, and Deadly Flames.

The Deadly series is to be Kindle only until the third book is done then do a hardcover omnibus. I only planned three books for that Series. The Elemental Voice Series--five books--are to be both hardcover and Kindle. 

These characters grabbed a hold of me and their plot bunnies only tell me a little at a time. Good thing I'm a pantser anyway or I'd never have gotten this far. :)


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Brief update

As I posted last week, my book's first draft is done!

I've went through it twice so far. The first time I added 200 words, the second about 300 so about 500 words have been added and I updated the word progresses accordingly.

The 10 months that it took me to write Fire was writing the first chapter then goofing off for a few months then six months of working only on Fire. During that goofing off time I added other stories to my computer including the dragon story, Beginnings, and chapters from hand-written stories I had done years ago. So technically it was only 7 months that it took to write Fire. Even with the rewrite of the dragon story mixed in that 7 month window.

When I get writer's block on one story I go to another one and work on it 'til the block is lifted. When it comes to my stories I hate being idle. 'Idle hands are the devil's playground'  :)

My one beta reader returned the 2nd fourth of Fire. Just minor corrections. She said it was good so far. The other two beta readers still haven't gotten back with me.

I worked a little on Sands to shape up what little I already have so it's ready to go for Jano.

I'm still working on both deadly bibles--sands and flames--with names. I have a few for Sands but not for Flames. I still don't have the 'bad guy' name for either.

 You got any ideas? The name must mean 'fiery' or 'flame' for Flames and for Sands it must have something to do with the earth/land.

What do you think of this as a burb for Sands?

Police consultant Sara Phillips takes her FBI boyfriend up on his offer of a joint vacation. They take it to get to know each other but a dead body interferes with their quality time and turns it into a search for a serial killer who buries his victims alive. Will they find him before their time runs out?

Beginnings and the dragon story are still on the back burner.

Jano is almost here. We have a Mega write-in on the 2nd of January at the Creamery. It begins at 10am and goes 'til 4pm. I'll be there, of course.

I will of course be working on Sands and Flames for Jano. I'm hoping to get at least Sands finished and Flames at least partially done.

Water is next for the Elemental Voice series. I plan to have it done by December 2016.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Book is done!

The first draft of Fire is done!

Twenty Chapters. 169 pages. 45,000 words. I'm sure those will change with the editing process.

It took me a little over 16 months to write Earth. I did Fire in about 10--which is not counting the upcoming editing or the second revision I did with Earth.   I think I'm getting better. :)

My one beta reader is working on the second fourth of the book. I should hear from her by Friday. The other two have not gotten back to me.

 I worked on the deadly bibles a little this week. I put a few names in Sands as I was waiting on my laundry. Got to do something to pass the time. :)

I'm still looking for names though so if you have one comment below. I might use it.

I put the first two chapt of Fire on Wattpad to try it out. I got 3 reads, but no comments. So I don't know if the readers liked it or not. Check it out for yourself.

I updated the word progress bars again.

The dragon story and Beginnings are still on the back burner.

Sands and Flame are next on the agenda.

Jano will give me a good start on them.