A Novel and ChiSeries

Blog No. 312

giphyI have officially started to write the Invasion Novel. Right from the first chapter I had some issues. I hope it’s just a bit of beginning a new book shakes, because I would hate to think I’m going to spend the next, however many thousands of words, second guessing every decision I make. I think I’ve solved the issue for now, but that’s based on my concept being a successful one. I have some interesting half chapters that are very different from the rest of the book that are designed to give me some fun interludes and to fill in some gaps in the complicated history. In order to get that history in without resorting to a lot of flashbacks or info dumps, I had to start the story a little earlier than I expected. That means the opening line (the one that was the basis for the whole story) has to be the opening to a later chapter. Continue reading “A Novel and ChiSeries”

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The Neon Heart

Blog No. 311

ipac1cvGood news everyone! The first draft of The Neon Heart is done. It’s the second book in my Novella series, but it’s pushing the outer boundaries at 43 000 words. Considering The Thinking Machine was 25 500, that’s a big jump. There is still a mountain of work to do with editing. I tend to be a hatchet-man when it comes to second and third drafts, so I’m going to allow myself to go a bit wild. I’m not overly concerned about the big word count differences. The story dictated the length, and I did want to make Neon Heart bigger. I do plan on getting it under the 40 000 mark, though. I’m not comfortable with such a large disparity, especially if the next one ends up being shorter again. (I have some ideas for novella number three, but I’m not going to start it until the first draft of the novel is done). Continue reading “The Neon Heart”

Writing and Events (and more writing)

Blog No. 310

img_20181029_135309779A bunch of my last posts have been all about The Neon Heart, the second book in my Novella Series. With most of my events done for the year, it’s what I’ve been spending my time on most. I am so close to finishing the first draft that I can taste it (though the word count just keeps growing). I’m eager to get it done so I can spend as much time as possible in the editing stage, and so I can finally start my next novel. I do have a potential ChiSeries reading in Peterborough on Nov 15th, but it hasn’t been finalized yet, so I’m not counting on it happening. Other than that, I’ve been pouring a bunch of time and energy into the last ChiSeries Windsor of the year. It’s the big fundraiser and Christian and I are going all out with trophies and everything. I’m hoping we can draw in more people than normal, especially since the whole concept relies on having participants. Continue reading “Writing and Events (and more writing)”

BookFest 2018 (and FAHF)

Blog No. 309

bookfest 2018 002Last weekend was BookFest 2018. While I didn’t have time to be on the committee this year, they were nice enough to invite me to be a host for one of the panels. It’s not a glamorous job, but it can be an important one. Mostly you are just there to give pertinent information and pull the plug if they go over time. Since they are sometimes back to back, they had me clear the room too. Once the panel was over, I hung around and tried to help out where I could (but other than move some boxes, I mostly just got in the way). It’s a very stressful and exciting time for the organizers. For me, it was interesting and fun. I think I lucked out and got the best panel too. Everyone involved in the festival is welcoming and excited about the event. They mostly want people to come and enjoy it and take part in everything. Even with just my small part, I was invited to everything. Continue reading “BookFest 2018 (and FAHF)”

Not Finished Yet

Blog No. 308

sourceI was hoping to be able to say that I was finished the first draft of The Neon Heart by this post, but as you can guess, I’m not quite there yet. I’ve been getting some really good writing in with a couple of regular meetings with Christian each week, but with a load of other things on my plate (surprise, surprise) and some bad habits from another summer of slacking, I haven’t quite gotten there yet. One of the reasons is that the story is getting a bit longer than anticipated. Not by much, but when I started, I was planning on somewhere between thirty and thirty-five thousand words. the first draft is going to be more than that, but that’s a good thing. The story is dictating the length and the extra word count gives me more room to cut in the edits. It does mean that I’m not finished, though. I would have liked to be finished by now. Continue reading “Not Finished Yet”

Tri-City Super Con

Blog No. 307

img_20181006_110023119I can’t remember if I’ve been to Kitchener before. I know I’ve driven past it on the 401, I think I’ve driven through it before, and I know I have definitely been to Guelph. Last weekend was my first time spending any time in Kitchener. Usually, when I’m in another city for an event, there isn’t much time to do anything other than sit at the table (and occasionally check out other vendors) and grab a bite to eat before crashing at the hotel. Getting to do other things in the city is almost always a no go. There just isn’t enough time and often not enough money after paying for the table cost, hotel, gas, and food. There were a bunch of things happening in Kitchener, like the famous Oktoberfest, and while I didn’t get a chance to attend those festivities, I certainly felt the impact. Sadly, it was negative in nature.

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ChiSeries Six (Third of 2018)

Blog No. 306

42568138_10214183054183089_7439736676479401984_nLast week, when I was cocky and full of energy leading up to the ChiSeries Reading, I said I would wait a week to do a proper rundown of it since the event is on Wednesday nights and this blog goes up on Thursday. Now it’s been nearly a week and I’m tired and time moves so quickly in autumn (when I’m getting back on the productivity train). It feels like the reading was a year ago, and now I have to go over all the photos and try to piece together the evening. I think I can do it, it has only been a week. This may end up being a bit of a shorter post, though. Since last week was the longest post I’ve had in probably a year, it will certainly be shorter than that. Continue reading “ChiSeries Six (Third of 2018)”