Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Updates

Second draft of Blademage Adept has been with the editor for almost two weeks.
I took about a weeklong unplanned break, due to brain-fry.
But I'm back!
Today saw the bulk of a PowerPoint presentation created. The presentation details the steps from start to finish, the back and forth between Paul Beeley and myself, during the crafting of the new book cover. The presentation is with Paul now for his input and approval, and later to be used at a cover reveal event, details TBA.
Journeyman Warsmith continues its quest to become an Audible title, the first fifteen minutes are incredible. We expected nothing less of Jamie du pont MacKenzie.
Apprentice Swordceror as a print title is probably going to happen soon. Coordinating with my Createspace consultant on a nightly basis.
I'll be teaching a class on self publishing next month at the local community college, the details of that will be posted soon.
Free consulting hours are back on at the BellyBuster Tuesdays from ten until noon, except the third Tuesday, when I attend the IWG Literary Luncheon.
Blog posts will pick back up, getting ready for all the new stuff!

It's good to be back.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Rescheduling

A few days away from the completion of the first draft of Blademage Adept. Wading through the process of cover design with Create-Imaginations, which is always a treat. Trying something new, documenting the process in PowerPoint form to have as a visual aid at the cover reveal event, which I still have to schedule. Preparing the final print-version edits to upload to CreateSpace and Kindle for Apprentice. Expecting the first 15 minutes of Journeyman's audio any day now, excited and apprehensive about the word-proofing process that will require.
Even positive stress can adversely affect the best of us. I've been told I'm getting a little grouchy.
Due to this, and other schedule constraints, I'm suspending my free consulting hours (Usually Tuesdays from 10am until Noon at the sandwich shop) until late April. Between now and then, if you had planned on taking advantage of those hours, you can e-mail me and we can schedule some one-on-one time, also free of charge, for when I'm sane again.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Rest Well, Good Sir

I had held off on writing this until the right words came. They're finally here, and I feel I can write nothing else.

We've lost a lot of people the last few months. Newer friends that we'd adopted into the family, people that attended our church, and lifelong friends that we'd gotten further out of touch than we liked. I'd like to talk about one of the latter, but first, the tie-in that makes this discussion overly relevant for fellow authors, and fans alike.

Readers pick up on an author's heightened emotion, be it a passage about an activity they love, an organization they despise, or a character based on someone they know. When you're connected deeply to a subject, your soul flows onto the pages. For better or worse, the reader can feel a connection that goes beyond the work they hold in their hands, and it enhances the experience. Those of you that have read Apprentice Swordceror may or may not have picked up on that feeling when Kevon and his friends were traveling through the sleepy little town of Elburg, early on in the novel.

Elbert Luhr, the inspiration for the Mayor of Elburg, passed on in mid-January of this year. We had not seen him in longer than we liked, and were unable to attend services due to illness, but his passing shook our family at least as deeply as any other in recent memory.

I was only the son-in-law of a former employee of Elbert's, but always felt like family. The section of the book where the characters passed through Elburg was written shortly after he lent us his truck so that we could save one of my best friends from his lunatic ex-girlfriend's drug dealers (true story, btw). We tried not to ask much of Elbert, but I don't believe he ever said 'no'. It didn't matter if it was buying raffle tickets for our daughters' fundraisers, or letting us store our stuff at his place while we moved. He even bought the first two books in the series, and said he 'enjoyed them, even though he didn't really understand them'.

In addition to the Mayor's character, and the town of Elburg's name, there are a few additional references in the series. The mountain range that runs between Laston and the Dwarven Hold is the 'Lhurridge Range', a play on his last name. The tallest mountain, that Elburg rests at the foot of, 'Mt. Elenna', is a nod to his late wife, Ellen, who our second daughter is also named after. The massive garden in back of the town is a translation of the beautiful landscaping that was always immaculate at his house, and the small farming plot that he worked well into his eighties. The carvings that he sold the merchant Rhulcan were a cradle and toy chest he turned out in his garage workshop for the births of each of our daughters. And the stone carving in the center of the garden, which he called 'The Lady of the Mountain', yet another reference to his wife, Ellen.

I do not know where the future will take the Mayor of Elburg, but I do know that Elbert is on the mountain, with his lady.

Rest well, Good Sir.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just... Wri(te)Mo(re)

Consulting. Family gatherings. Construction projects. Reconnecting with neglected friends. School functions. Doctor appointments. Hunting season.

Hasn't really left a lot of time for... sitting down on the job.

November is a tradition for some writers. They call it NaNoWriMo, short for 'National Novel Writing Month'. The goal is to crank out fifty thousand words in November. No small task. I've never done it. Any month. However...

I met with my friend and client, James Eicher, last Wednesday, and we attended  a screening of 'Bravo!' at the Meridian Library. My friend, editor, and favorite documentary filmmaker, Ken Rodgers, was in attendance. He, like so many others of you, inquired about book three of 'The Blademage Saga'.

I'll tell you what I told him.

Until the end of this month, I'm firming up the outline, ensuring that the rest of the book will make sense, and have a satisfying conclusion, while still building suspense for the rest of the series. The cover art is already paid for. The work should begin on that in early December at the latest. Anyone that wants some of my time in November had better call ahead. I'm going to be hunched over the computer, growing a far less impressive beard than the illustrious Mr. Martin, finishing the last third of the novel.

I'd like to have it available for pre-order when I send it back to Ken for the second round of edits, hopefully before Christmas.

And while I don't have anything newer to share than what I have already posted, here is the link to the section I leaked a while back. Diane Rice at the Ada Community Library has two other scenes involving Rhysabeth-Dane, She has my permission to post either or both of them either here, or anywhere on her library site. Bug her until she does.

Thanks for your patience. Your understanding. Your impatience and frustration. Your name-calling and praise. It's all fuel and focus driving me closer to being the writer you deserve.