Princess of Shadows: I’ve seen snails move faster than this…

In about 10 days I have only made it to about 32,000 words, a pathetic pace. Eleven hour days at work, spring cleaning (when you have a house that was built the year Truman whupped Dewey, house cleaning takes on a whole other dimension), dinners with friends, and a host of other mundane things have conspired to deny me writing time.  I’ve remarked in other forums that to be a successful writer, it sometimes seems that you need to have no life.  It doesn’t help that we’re a one-computer household and my daughter insists on spending significant screen-time watching anime and playing the Sims.  I try hard not to be a demanding father, but sometimes you just have to say that three straight hours of Japanese cartoons is too much by anybody’s standard.

The real  solution, though, may be my own laptop.  Such are my dreams.

In the interim, I am probably going to have to get creative about finding writing time, maybe even (shudder) composing stuff long-hand.  However you cut it, I need to increase my output.

The novel itself continues to be scattered scenes, but I have closed a few, small gaps, and I am getting a better handle on some of the characters.

One problem is that I laid this story down for about nine months to work on other projects, several of which are now or have previously been on Kindle (I’ve unpublished a couple of stories that were not selling), and now I am still trying to re-kindle (no pun intended) the energy to write Shadows.  That should be a lesson for all writers– if the energy is flowing, use it.  Unfortunately I diverted mine to other stories and now it seems I am paying a price.

But no one said writing was easy.  Later.

Princess of Shadows Progress report (gotta come up with a better title….)

Now at 29,000 words, which is deceptive, because I’ve taken out almost as much text as I’ve written over the last three days.  Many of my first 26,000 words are obsolete– the concept has evolved since my first start, so I have had to remove several scenes and re-write others.  I am making progress, though, and it looks like I am so far holding steady at about 600 words a day (net).  That would make reaching a hundred thousand words about a 5 month proposition, give or take. I’ve taken longer to create a draft, so I’m feeling pretty good about that.

I won’t be discussing details of the plot or the action of Shadows here, in order to avoid spoilers, and because so often I write something and then have to go back and change it.  At some point in the future I will probably upload a version of Princess of Secrets with an except from Princess of Shadows.  This will probably happen when I have a chance to carve out some time to take a pass over the stories to correct those pesky typos my reviewers have mentioned.  Like most indies, I am not a professional copy-editor, and even after five or six edits, people are still finding problems.  Sigh.

I’m getting a small but steady daily number of additional sales on both novels since my last free promotion.  Thanks to everyone who has bought the novels.  If you enjoyed them, please leave a review!  Conversely, if you see a problem or have a question, please leave a comment here.  Any help is appreciated.

My Amazon author’s page–

http://www.amazon.com/Douglas-Daniel/e/B005UEWLCQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Progress to report

I have made some small progress on Princess of Shadows, pushing it over 27,000 words, but that’s after days of puttering around with the existing text, tweaking and snipping.  It has been hard to get back to the serious daily word output I need to get this book really rolling, and I am not sure why.  It’s as if spending all that time on other projects drained my energy; or it could be I am scared that i can handle writing this particular story, which dives much deeper into everyday Val life, and in which not a lot blows up.

The 5 day promotion for The Peach Orchard is ending tonight, and while it was gratifying to get 270 or so downloads, I will just have to see if that translates into sales.  Since my last promotion for Princess of Wonders, I am seeing a (very) modest uptick in sales, helped, no doubt, by the two great reviews it received.

Princess of Shadows- 4/3/2012

Since a number of people have encouraged me to resume my work on the third novel of my Divine Lotus series (i.e. threatened to hurt me severely if I didn’t get back to work), I’ve decided to blog my progress on the draft.  This helped me enormously with my Civil War novella, The Peach Orchard, so I decided to make a periodic blog (probably not every day, though) a part of my writing process this time around.

For anyone just picking up this post cold, my sci-fi novels Princess of Wonders and Princess of Secrets are available on Amazon Kindle–

http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Wonders-Divine-Series-ebook/dp/B0064TU79A

http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Secrets-Divine-Series-ebook/dp/B0072QPS84

Here’s a link to my author page–

http://www.amazon.com/Douglas-Daniel/e/B005UEWLCQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I will not put in a synopsis of the story thus far, unless there is overwhelming demand.  The book descriptions on each of the pages and the Kindle Look Inside preview function should give people an idea of what the stories are about.  I may find it difficult, though to talk about writing the novel without discussing the plot.

At this point, Princess of Shadows exists as about 26,000 words in vastly disjointed scenes.  I have the overall arch of the book in my head, and many specific incidents, but I was held up for a long time by not being able to figure out how Kathy, the protagonist, makes her initial escape from the bad guys, but I finally had (or was given) what seems like a plausible idea I can work with.  I have also written the very end of the story, which I sometimes do.  My initial task is to start getting some serious numbers of words down and start linking things together.  I think the finished draft will be somewhere in the 125,000 word range, but that is just a guess at this point.

Feedback, thoughts, words of encouragment or warning are all welcome.  My process for writing my stories has always been intensely private before.  It will be interesting for me to see what doing it public is like.

And BTW, The Peach Orchard is going to be free on Kindle, April 4th through 8th–

http://www.amazon.com/The-Peach-Orchard-ebook/dp/B007P70REK

A new novella (and restarting my blog)

I have finished a novella about the Battle of Shiloh in the Civil War, which is now available on Amazon Kindle–

http://www.amazon.com/The-Peach-Orchard-ebook/dp/B007P70REK

I wrote it in about 38 days, with daily posts on the Amazon Kindle author’s boards. It was mostly a project to get me past my fear of writing Civil War fiction, and I think it worked (its not necessarily a great story, but that’s another issue).

The daily posts were a great help in finishing the story, along with the responses and help I got from other authors, so I thought I would perhaps start blogging my other writing, particularly the third book of the Divine Lotus series, which is about 25% written at this point.  Anyway, it can’t hurt.