Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Weekly writing challenge

Doing a bit of a weekly writing challenge with a dear friend of mine. The best part is it's only a paragraph so it doesn't take much time, yet you must convey a complete thought based on a single word. Last weeks subject was 'Aging'.

Here's what I wrote.

 Aging: I’m a scientist. I understand the gravity of my situation. I comprehend what my demise entails. I know the agony I will endure. And I know it will last for centuries, possibly across millennia. Even now, I witness the rest of the universe evolving about me; decades in a single heartbeat. I am torn by these thoughts. I am ravaged by sorrow knowing that generations of my offspring will die before I finish a single long sigh; before a tear touches my cheek. In fact, before my death, my world may vanish as my star becomes a red giant and swallows my planet; my birthplace. I wonder if this has already happened and whether the screams I hear at night are the echoes of its passing. I don’t know, but it’s something I endure each time my eyelids drift shut. I am weary of this knowledge. Yet, through another set of eyes, my death will last an eternity, though that’s not how I see it. From where I stand, my moments are no longer than yours. In fact, our clocks ticks at the same rate and my years burden me just as they burden you, though from a different perspective. The difference is you move far slower than I do so your death occurs in the blink of an eye whereas my death may come when the universe finally collapses upon itself. That would validate my findings and be a proper ending for me. That would be the ultimate culmination of my life's work while providing me the title of my final thesis. I only hope my transmission reaches listening ears as I look beyond the event horizon into the coming darkness.

 And another one:

Space: Clickity-clack go the wheels as the train jostles us in unison; swaying our crowded bodies like wind through a field of wheat. I know this feeling. I do this every day, yet today I’ve ridden three stops past my normal station. I do this not because I’m forgetful or preoccupied, but rather on a whim; on a hope. At moments I believe this a dream, though I have pinched myself painfully to ensure it is not. Rather, I do this for you, though I don’t know you’re name. Unlike my normal boring commute, you’ve intoxicated me. Whether it’s the sweet smell hair or the dry scent of your perfume, you’ve aroused me in a way I’m barely been able to control. Maybe it’s simply the sexy snicker on your face as you sheepishly look up at me as we’re pressed closer together. Whatever it is, I’m yours. All you have to do is but ask and I’d walk to the ends of the earth to see your simple smile, to taste your tantalizing lips. Yet, right here and right now, I await the next changing of tracks so the oscillation eliminates a little more of the space between us.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My life as an editor

First of all, I hate it. Editing is mundane and tedious. It grates on my nerves like sand in my shorts. But like all things as an author, it's a necessity. It just doesn't mean I have to like it. On that note, I'm continuing with Mage of Chaos, book 1 of #ShadowGodsSeries. However, I'm kind of doing 2 edits in one. First, I'm doing corrections off feedback from a proofreader. Second, about forty pages back, I'm doing a indepth read-thru for smoothness and making some minor changes on flow. So far, this seems to be working out well and hopefully when I'm done it won't need further edits. At least that's the goal.

That's it for now, though check out my books on Amazon.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Per the Norm

During my last post I stated I'd finished the first edit of Warrior of Chaos, book 3 of my #ShadowGodsSeries. In reality, this was a lie. My first edit is a full edit with massive changes, but also includes an additional read-thru with some tweaks in parts. Last week, I completed this second pass-thru and have now printed it off for review. Then I immediately moved onto formatting books 4 and 5 of the series, Brothers of Chaos and Times of Chaos. During those few hours, I reviewed the content of the books and began to remember the full story that I wrote so long ago. With that down, I'm back to doing the second edit of book 1, Mage of Chaos.

On another note, I started to think about my two unfinished books, Opal (of the Stone Vengeance Series) and Child of Need, a stand alone novel based on the occult. Maybe someday, I'll be able to come back to them.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Done for Now

Because of some lingering thoughts concerning the final three chapters of Warrior of Chaos, book 3 of #ShadowGodsSeries, I did some more editing and cleanup. From just reviewing a few paragraphs in my memory, I knew it wasn't right and endeavored to correct these misgivings. Now I'm done with the book. I can set it aside and go back to book 1, Mage of Chaos, and edit that for a third time. Granted, I'm already 61 pages into the edit already, but there is a lot of work still to go.

In many ways, a book is never really finished, but rather exists in several versions. At least that's the lie I tell myself as I'm publishing it. LOL

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Two Weeks

After a two week break in editing, I've binged edited 26 pages in the last 2 days. For the most part, it was refreshing, though there is a chapter I need to read through once again to make sure it flows correctly. The good part about what I've accomplished is that I'm nearing the end of the book and getting to the one revelation that the reader needs to understand in order to put one of the character's motivations into perspective.

In addition to this, I was forced to remove a couple paragraphs in a previous chapter concerning one of the characters due to perspective, but (luckily) I was able to add the content back in a bit later. I've been able to clarify some of my initial thoughts on the workings of magic within the world. I've also hinted at the abilities of one of the minor characters which now starts to show itself, becoming a much larger part of the story in the following books. So far, I like the changes I've made as I near one of the funnest chapters in the book; a scene in which two strong headed people meet for the first time. For me, the interaction is iconic and really delves into one of the character's personality.

For the most part, I like writing strong, no-nonsense women. In this #ShadowGodsSeries, that woman is Chalas. Yet, for the first few books, her sturdiness has only been hinted at. Starting at the end of book three, Warrior of Chaos, Chalas really starts to display the reason why she's survived this long and why she's so well respected. Like most stories of this genre, the series portray a man's society, but as the story progresses she assumes her nature role as leader which isn't (and shouldn't be) a shock to anyone.

With only 35 pages to go, my work on it is nearly complete. In some ways, I find it hard to believe I cover so much of the real story within those pages, but that's kind of the point. For a nine book series, each book needs to end with a revelation, a turning point, a victory, or a crisis. In some of the books its driven by a battle, but in Warrior of Chaos it concerns insight into a specific character. That insight also sets up what happens in the next book in the most subtle way.