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–

Here’s a link to my author page–

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–

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–

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.

Well, here I am….

Staring at this blank box, wondering if anyone would care about anything I write.  Considering I want to have people read my fiction, it’s, admittedly, an odd way to feel about things.  No doubt this is the consequence of decades of the universe grinding my face into the fact that it does not revolve around me.  If there is a life-lesson I have learned, and learned thoroughly, it’s that one.

Besides, if I am going to spend time writing, shouldn’t it be creating more fiction to publish for people to buy?  That’s one reason why I have resisted blogging for so long.  But I am currently in a bit of a slump, anyway, so I figured, what the heck.  It’s this or waste time playing Halo or WoW.

So here begins my probably obscure career as a blogger.  Everybody on the Amazon boards have been saying that, in addition to all the social media self-promotion, you need a blog. So I’ve got a blog.  I will try to post occasionally and try to find interesting things to say, but I don’t want anyone to pass out holding their breath.  Most of whatever I have to say, I’m pretty sure I put into my fiction, but I will give this a try.

Oh, here are my links (haven’t found if there’s a permanent place to put them)–

Princess of Wonders (novel)

The Corn Husk Doll (fantasy novella)

The Deep Run (alternate history novella)

Diggers (fantasy short story)

Recessional (sci-fi short story of the near future)

God bless, stay dry, take care of each other.

Pray and Write

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