So this is my first attempt at an author’s website, so I’ll ask you all to be patient with me.
I have finished the alpha (hopefully, beta) versions of Consequences and have sent them to beta readers to have a look over. I am hoping to send one of them to the editor (the wonderful Jeanne) by the end of the month (I can see Jeanne’s face now!).
Now that I am in waiting mode, I have returned to Dark Reign, the sequel to Dark Dimensions. I have a page exclusively for Dark Reign and will pop some information in it there.
I do hope to have Consequences out soon for all to read. In the meantime, please keep the word going about Dark Dimensions and, just as importantly, KCEditions, my publisher.
I am so excited with this release. It’ll be available as e-book or paperback.
So, other news, I’m down to the last 8k in Dark Reign (sequel to Dark Dimensions), however, I think it will go over the projected 100k I set as target. I don’t mind, though, as long as I do justice to the story.
We have set the release date for Legacy of Risks back a week so that it corresponds with Allen’s birthday of 22 Feb 2022. Heart of Deception will still be out on 9 August 2021.
For one of the few times, I am resenting writing this. Only because it’s stopping me from writing Dark Reign. Which is 12000-odd words from completion. Although I have a narky suspicion it may go over.
So, Easter is here. What are we doing? Watching Captain America, of course! And it looks like there’s some alcohol coming out. Now, I was going to do another transcription for work, but if Stu’s getting out the red – ohoh, it’s muskat – that’s not going to happen tonight! Might be early to sleep and get up early to get started!
But in the meantime, if I can, I’ll get some of Dark Reign done.
I must say, I need to apologise to Simon. I bought 3 chockie bunnies (only because we don’t have the money to buy Bilbies from Whistlers) and didn’t realise they were boys and girls. I bought 2 girls and a boy. Stu has snagged the boy which means Simon gets a girl. Is that saying something?
Not only that, for the street yearly Easter Egg hunt, we had to look high and low in Woolies and then Stu found I’d walked straight past them! How embarrassing!
Hehe Stu’s just come over to see what I’m writing and first words out of his mouth? “How’d you know it was muskat?” Well, hello, shape of bottle and bouquet of contents, baby!
Of course everything’s exciting! Dark Dimensions is out in less than 30 days, Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I have finally hit 58 000 words in Dark Reign.
I am so excited to be finally on the downhill straight with this book. And it’s not the book’s fault. I just spent a lot of years writing it from the wrong point of view. Since choosing the correct point of view, it’s being going like a bull at a gate.
I don’t normally give lot of tips out, but here’s a big one.
If you’re naming a character, be careful with the name, no matter how big a character is going to be.
In Dark Dimensions, one of Troy’s antagonists (whom I’d only decided to have in for a couple of scenes but then went on further) is called Fernid. Troy, like me, doesn’t really care for that name, so he shorted it to “Fer”.
Now, the tip comes in here. Fer got his name because I had a point where I had to call him something, so I just came up with Fernid. As I said, he’s now gone further into the stories and may even have a more important role in the next book.
So before you just choose any name because it might only last a couple of scenes, double think it. I mean, Fernid does sound like the character, but now he’s decided to tell me that even Fernid was short for Fernidan. I suspect his father didn’t know his full name but I’m not sure how Fer knew his full name. Well, that’s maybe a whole other tip!
Legacy of Risks – Consequences Book 2 – 14 February 2022. I know, corny. Valentine’s day. I’m getting chocolate and roses that day – even if I have to buy them myself!
So, those are my updates.
Dark Reign is currently sitting at almost 50k which is absolutely awesome considering I only started this rewrite in – I think, February – and I also started the transcribing job then, too.
On a more personal note, had a teleconference with a specialist on Monday – first one ever and since she’s all the way down in Fiona Stanley and the WA govt aren’t working with Jeni out of SJOG Subiaco, now, then I have to go with Marina. She’s happy to continue teleconferencing and I’m happy to do that – far better than taking an all-day trip (if the boys are working) on public transport – a bus and 2 trains and a bus, then a bus, 2 trains and a bus to get home.
As I could have mentioned to my doc earlier, there is no management plan for Alf because if we start playing with him, it could lead to him metastasising and we do not want him to do that. I’ve got an unconfirmed one in the thigh that is not causing any issues, so we do not want issues to happen up near the spine. Now it’s a matter of getting into the habit of walking after transcribing on a daily basis – even if it’s on the treadmill.
We’ve finally got rain! It’s relieved a lot of pressure from our farmers, but it’s also brought flash flooding in Northam – which was amazing!
My weekend this weekend is going to be rather busy – tomorrow I will be out quite a bit of the day, going for the fortnightly butt nugget run for the street, then heading down to Mandurah to catch up with friends for lunch at Jetty’s. Then it’s back for dinner and a neighbour’s birthday party. I know she wanted Pandora charms but I’m thinking of something a little more interesting.
Then on Sunday, we’re meeting up with Cameron who’s taken on the challenge of creating all my maps for various things. He’s already done Albermarle, for the Consequences series and we’re going on from there.
Enough of that, though. Dark Reign is progressing along nicely. This version is definitely working a lot better than the others were. Of course, I’ve done my usual and had a number of dreams but they would only work as a fan fic so I’m not even look at those for the moment.
Dark Dimensions will be released on 18 April, so we’re getting closer day by day! 😀
I have not forgotten Delta Recoveries, nor the horror story I began in Nanowrimo in 2020 – that’s something I do want to finish. Sam’s journey will be an interesting one – from skeptic to believer and something like Karl Kolchak of The Nightstalker fame.
Sorry this is late, this week has gone sooooooooo fast it’s not funny!
So, I’ve got a few things to mention today, first of all, release dates:
Dark Dimensions: 18 April 2021 – at both amazon.com and amazon.com.au
Heart of Deception: 8 August 2021 – also at amazon.com and amazon.com.au (not available to link, yet).
So, things are on the go!
For something entirely different, we have rejuvenated our writing group in Midland, Perth, Western Australia. Called Grow Write, anyone is welcome to join and we meet every second Thursday at 10.30am at Midland Library. Our next meeting is 13 March. Feel free to come along, if you can!
So, after the above news, I’m not sure there’s much else to say! Other than, enjoy your week and what you’re doing. I will have a better post next week, I’m sure!
So, this week was a mix of very hot weather and mild weather. At least we weren’t like Texas last weekend! Such an unusual winter storm for them!
But I digress. For writing:
Dark Reign is plugging along – the issues I had before seem to be sorting themselves out with the new rewrite – which I’m happy about, even if I lost a really good scene. Them’s the breaks.
The country of Albermarle now has a map, courtesy of Cameron Yandell. He’s still working on it but every time I see it I’m amazed that my vision was clear enough for Cam to see it.
Spaces after full stops
Now, this is a subject for contention. I have gotten myself used to one space after a full stop and it took me a while. However, I have since found out that in Law in Australia, it is 2 spaces after a full stop. So, I apologise now if some sentences have 2 spaces preceding them or 1 space. Isn’t English interesting?
After the Consequences trilogy and Dark Reign is finished, I’m heading in one of 2 directions – I may go down the path of a prequel to Dark Dimensions called Dark Beginnings, or I may actually branch off into the Delta story – which follows an exploration company based in Perth transition into a salvage company.
So those are my plans and I intend to stick with them.
So, this week we’ve had a few changes. With last week’s lockdown, Stu’s trip to the mines has been put off until Sunday. Not sure what time yet. Also, he’s been offered a bus driving job on Christmas island. Now, this requires him to relocate to Christmas Island – it’s not a fifo job – but if I go with him, we’d have to rent a house and I’d have to pay my own way and nor will the cats be allowed with us. Oh, and the internet and mobile service is a bit dodgy.
So, at the moment we’ve decided that if the mines don’t work out for him and they accept him for the Christmas Island job, then he’ll move up there and I’ll visit him. It won’t be as often as he visited me in Bunbury, but I’ll more than likely stay a bit longer than he did on each visit.
To top it all off, our weather has cooled down – it’s almost trackydacks weather! Such a nice change and started with rain which was really welcomed! We even had to turn the booster on for the hot water!
On Dark Reign, I had feedback back from a very old friend (known them for years – they’re younger than me! type of old!) who has help with giving some direction for the book. I like the idea and it was one I was toying with, so it’s now just been reinforced.
And the Consequences series is getting a map! A whole map of my tiny country realm. No, I’m not posting the map here – you’ll just have to wait until Heart of Deception comes out!
And I think that’s all the changes I have to share – oh, I have been working with transcribing and it’s brilliant! Should have kept an eye on this type of work years ago! Didn’t even give it a thought!