The third and final book in the trilogy about the black witch Dana, is published.
And let me tell you, that this story was a real struggle to tell.
Not only was it the last book in the series, so I knew it was goodbye, and really, saying goodbye to your characters are always hard, especially when you've been writing them for more than a year. I mean, they almost become like friends. Annoying asshole-y friends who spent a good part of their life making you miserable, but friends none the less.
But it was also the third book, with a lot of lose threads having to come together. Lovers, enemies, things that had to come full circle.
Couple that with difficult character arcs, and a story that took me a place I hadn't counted on, and you have me spending more than one night grumbling to my friends about how this book was stupid.
But, looking at the finished story, the overall story arc and the bitter sweet feeling of saying goodbye, I'm glad that I spent that extra month on it.
Here's a link for those that might be interested - LINK
Now, though, it's time for nano and the first draft of the second book in the Tamora Andrews series.
But, tonight it's all about relaxing and celebrating, and I'm going to go totally wild (it is Halloween after all). Totally wild right now, for me at least, means watching a movie and probably fall asleep early.
I know, I'm living the wild life ;)
A spooky night to you all.
Yes, It is that time again.
The blurb and cover for the third and final Dana Carlton Novella is here.
This was a hard book to write because... well I'm not going to reveal it here because that would be unfair and cheating, but lets just say that my characters never have it easy, Dana even less than most.
So without more talk and blabbering about how awesome I am...
The cover, the blurb, and because I'm in such a nice person, a tiny snippet, you know, just to set the mood.
Along with her lover, Erik and her familiar Nathaniel, Dana is hiding far away from anyone who wants to kill her.
But when an unknown enemy threatens all of the witches, she has to come out of hiding to show the world who she really is.
Unfortunately, the road to darkness and despair is paved with good intentions, and sometimes love will truly set us on the path of destruction.
I stood in the middle of a forest, trying not to gag at the stench of overcooked meat. A perfect circle contained nothing but the ashes of burned trees and the remnants of the house and the people who had been inside. The ground was black and each step made little puffs of black ash rise into the air. I turned and walked through what had once been the home of a werewolf family and stopped in front of the black coven who had caused all this trouble.
The book goes live October 31.
The worst has happened.
No, nobody died.
I'm talking something much worse. Much, much worse.
My computer stopped working.
Well, technically it is still working, as long as I don't try to run Scrivener, or expect it to actually let me log onto it more than 40% of the time. Oh, and I should expect it to freeze quite often too.
Being without a computer, being cut off from all my writing (which of course all is stored on multiple backups so nothing is lost) is hell.
I lasted exactly two days, then I ran out and got a new one.
It isn't the best computer out there. It isn't the fastest, nor does it have the best screen, but it is mine and it runs all my programs without a hitch.
After spending some hours installing stuff, changing settings and all the other things needed to make a computer feel like home, I am back and ready to write again.
It is now two days since the first draft of Witches at War should have been finished.... and it is not.
But I promise, there's a lot of good reasons for it (you can kind of feel that I'm going to try to explain myself with half assed excuses, can't you? but I promise, there is actually a good reason, or mostly ).
First there's the fact that it's the third book in a series, and the last. This means that I have to make sure that not only does the story line hold up, but characters, actions and every single little thread has to come together to form a satisfying ending.
On top of that, there's the fact that I just couldn't get the story to feel right. No matter what I wrote it felt off, and took me in directions that just didn't feel right for my characters or the story I was telling.
This of course is where my trusted beta readers and writerly friends, with whom I often throw ideas back and forth, come in. Because in the end I gave up trying to make this work by myself and asked for help. Luckily, often it just helps to talk ideas through, and after a few hours of talking to a few friends, I was back on track. Of course, I wasted way to much time trying to figure everything out on my own, so even after a very productive weekend, I still need at least some 5000 words before the story is done.
Which brings me to the last part. This third story is longer. A lot longer than I originally planned. But there's just so much story to tell this time and I didn't want to rush it.
But fear not.
It is getting done, and then it'll be rushed to my beta readers, then go through all the edits before being published.
Which reminds me I need a cover... better go talk to my dear cover artist about that *grins*
Until next time.
I have a lot of things to keep track of when it comes to my writing. Deadlines, social media, and lots of other stuff (that I will talk about in another post) and I try to track it all in a calendar.
Now, through all these years I have tried a lot of different calendars, right now I'm using outlook online, but not one of the calendars I have tried completely fills the need that i have.
What I really want is an old school paper planner. You know, one of those leather bound ones, where you can insert extra pages for notes and stuff. Except I need it in digital form because I constantly move around on stuff and I usually runs out of space to write all the stuff I try to keep track of.
Someone mentioned a bullet journal and while I like the idea behind it, I quickly realised that I need to be able to plan months ahead and a bullet journal just isn't useful for that. Also, with me moving stuff around, I spent way to much time rewriting stuff.
And really, all that time should be spend writing instead.
So this is what i need.
1 - it need to work as a calendar with the ability to plot on tasks.
2 - It should be able to give me a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly overview of my tasks.
3 - it should also be able to let me write notes.
4 - these notes should be able to be written daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
I mean really? is that to much to ask?
What I really wish I had, is a calendar designed for writers. Do I know anyone tech savy that could make one of those? I mean, there got to be more writers out there desperate to get a thing like that.
So, what calendars do all of you use to track everything writing related ?
Have you ever heard about writers block?
It's the wall, the black hole, the white noise on the old TV.
And for the last month I have been stuck with it.
I got a novella to finish (as some of you might now) and for the last month I've spend way to much time staring at my screen, not being able to write anything useful.
It has been horrible.
Now, everyone has their own idea about "curing" writers block and there are so many "solutions" flowing out there.
The list is long and I've tried them all (though I'm not really sure how the brewing coffee should help, since I do that all the time) and nothing worked.
So with the deadline for the first draft getting near, and with Nano right around the corner, something had to happen.
Bring in the new desk.
Since I moved I haven't had a desk. My apartment is small and I didn't want to use up space for a desk when I have a perfectly fine dinner table being used for nothing every night. And I mean, five years ago, I could write everywhere.
But yesterday I said fuck it, and hauled my old desk into the room.
The room is crowded, overfilled and I had to move one of my bookcases out of the room to make space (which means my other bookcases are now overcrowded too) but OMG this is so awesome.
To have a space dedicated to my computer, my notebooks and all my other writer stuff (like empty mugs, scraps of paper and of course, my writing buddy Sir Bob Winterbottom) was clearly what I needed to break this writers blog.
Last night I wrote almost 2000 words.
Today I hope to do the same.
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