Posts Tagged ‘Urban Fantasy’

Tomorrow, I go to the city and begin the cat sitting. I get to be the one who, lets them in and and out (ad nauseum), and gives them their meds (yes, they are on pills for health and sanity – not sure if it’s my sister’s or the cats sanity, but I digress), and feeds them.

This time around, there will be more pill giving then usual, as the one cat is getting older and needs some medical aid to keep her healthy and comfortable. This might present me with a bit of a problem, because she is the less handlable of the two. She is also the one who stays aloof for the first few days, until she realizes her mother isn’t coming right back and she better suck up to me a little, to make sure I continue to feed her.

I’m hoping there are no real issues – if there are, I’ll have to figure out devious ways around them.

I’ll be there for two weeks, basically. During this time, I’m getting my new tattoo, meeting my Beta-reader and her husband for the first time in the flesh, after years of on-line interaction, and I have a vape meet to attend. I’m going to busy – and every other moment will – I hope – be  filled with work on writing. Edits to the second novel ‘ Bindings & Spines’ and finishing the fourth novel ‘Corrupted Souls’ so I can get to work on the fifth novel.

I have a feeling I’m going to come home from this needing a vacation.

So the content edits of ‘Tomorrow Wendell’ are essentially done -  one chapter left. This means the hard work of, making sure that the story flows, that the plot doesn’t have holes, and the imagery is strong, is over. That is one of the hardest parts of the publishing process, for me the author, over and done with.

As of this morning, I am now working the closing chapters of the fourth novel, ‘Corrupted Souls’. I’m not sure just how many chapters remain–my Muse keeps that sort of knowledge to herself — but I don’t believe there are any more scenes I don’t know about. I’m guessing five chapter remain to be written, some of which already have scenes recorded in them. As this is the final push, five chapters won’t take long to do.

In a couple days, I go to the city for one of the semi annual ‘ pamper my sister’s cats’ events. She goes on vacation and I make sure her cats continue to get the same level of adoration they are used to. The good news about this is that, for me, it is a writing retreat. I tend to get a lot of work done during these times, as I have nothing else to do, and no distraction (save for getting up every fifteen minutes to let a cat out, or in, or both at the same time).

Knowing I have this time to write approaching is exciting because of the current state of my projects. With the end of edits on ‘Tomorrow Wendell’, I can begin working the necessary edits on the second in the White Dragon Black series ‘Bindings & Spines’. As well, as soon as I get down the remaining chapters in the fourth novel, I can begin on the fifth, which – due to my Muse’s interest in my doing so – is hammering away at my subconscious.

A dramatic, dynamic shift in my work is about to occur… and yet – it is simply more of the same of what I have already been doing.

That’s why writers are such strange creatures – we get excited about doing the exact same thing as we just were, but call it a brand new name.

I had a section in chapter 25 of ‘Tomorrow Wendell’, that my editor wanted to see not as ‘they talked’ but the actual dialogue. Seems she really likes the interplay I manage to create between the two character in question–can’t take that as anything but praise.

She also wanted to give the bit under this section more suspense and tension.

I got the chapter back a number of days ago and had worked out all the rest of the edits but kept getting stuck on these two points. I would edit other chapters, get in the mind set, and go back to 25 rearing to go- only to stop dead and shake my head.

This morning, on a whim, I decided to tackle it another way. Instead of treating it as editing, I went at it as my morning writing session. I still have to finish up the new chapter 28 and have plenty of work to do on ‘Corrupted Souls’ but chapter 25 had really started to bother me- a chain around my neck.

It worked. Using my writing time to approach the problem, instead of my editing time, gave me the freedom to step away from the rest of the chapter and just write a scene.

I’ll have to remember this trick, for I am certain, this will not be the last time I run into a scene, in one of my books, that needs to be rewritten.

My editor over at Xchyler Publishing, has finished going through the entirety of ‘Tomorrow Wendell’ and although there was nothing ‘wrong’, we have finally come to a ‘problem’.

Yesterday, she brought up the fact that the 28th chapter (there being only 29) was too similar to an earlier one. The creatures attacking were different, but their mode of entry for attack, and how it played out,  was too reminiscent of a previous chapter.

Big Problem.

What did my editor ask, with a sort of apology for doing so . . . ‘Can you rewrite it, and make it completely different?’

GAH!

At first, my mind screamed – No! How! But! – then I stopped the tidal-pool of my thoughts. Could I?

A small perverse part of my brain chimed in then – It certainty would be a challenge, old boy.

Writers are masochists, you see.

I explained to my editor, that the first hurdle would be finding another existing mythological creature, that was associated with the taking of souls. Not as easy as you might think. It had to be something that was a group, not a singular entity. It had to be something I could actually work with, and it had to be different in physiological structure, so as to not take the same route of attack.

GAH!

It wasn’t like I hadn’t done this research the first time around.

But – I could see the point my editor was making, and that perverse part of my brain was giddy with delight.

So, it began. The search.

Eventually I found something – something very different. Something I might just be able to take to my Muse and ask, ‘Can you work with this?’

Now, I’m a seat of the pants writer. My plot flows organically, I can force it. So it was important that my Muse liked what I presented, or I would get not a single word down.

I took a long hot bath, and hoped for images to start coming to my mind – thanks to my Muse. They did. I was having a problem with using the suggested mode of entry, which was becoming a stumbling block, until my Muse suggested we turn the suggestion on it’s head – rather literally. Once that obstacle was removed, the possibilities flowed easier.

So this morning, I rewrote the end of the 27th chapter, which was where the attacking creatures were first introduced. It went well, I think I can make 28 happen. I wait now, for feed back on 27, to know if I should move forward.

Luckily, we are ahead of schedule – or so I am told. Until I hear back, I guess I’ll edit the chapters up to 28 that await my input. . . because we writers, you see, are masochists.

 

At some point yesterday, I realized I had stopped writing in the novel and was writing the end of the novel.

I had finished a good session and closed one of the last missing scenes down by half. I thought I should run through what remained,  just to see where I really was plot wise. It turned out, that once I’d wrapped up the scene I was working on, that scene lead directly into the climax.

Finishing this scene, lead to Jonathan Alvey coming to understand a final piece of the puzzle, from there everything changes and it all works to the final scene. A lot of the ending is written or has detailed notes, so although-yes, many words are left still to be released from my finger tips. I am closing this up.

In part, a large part, I know this is noting more than a change in outlook. I am not all that closer, word count wise, to having this novel finished. However, in my mind I am playing a different game – no more writing the story, come what may, but wrapping it up.

A simple change of perspective can make all the difference. It is feeling less laboured, the desire to keep writing, to keep getting back to it, is increased with this revelation. It may be the very edge I need to get this one done before I find myself working on number five.