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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.

Off Days

So I always wonder with this – what if I don’t have anything to write? Anything to say?

Someone said to me, just write about anything. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m just going to write about anything.

Something I can say is that the brain still works. I’ve been writing a little background for a story that hit me last Sunday night. It’s a spooky one so it might get it’s own little world. Not sure yet as I have a heap of writing already on the go and a heap of characters who are knocking on my doorstep ’cause I promised them I’d write their stories. <sigh> I wonder if all writers feel like they’re at the beck and call of their characters …

And of course, I put my foot down last weekend and said I wanted vegies and herbs while the rain is here and what hasn’t happened since we put them in? It hasn’t rained! Oh, I think we had a drizzle on Wednesday but that was about it. Hmm. How to make it rain? I’ll have to work on that.

Conversations between characters

One of the most interesting and frustrating parts of writing a story is when your characters get into a conversation and that discussion goes down a path you hadn’t intended.

Now, I am what I think most people refer to as a plantser. I plan as well as write from the seat of my pants. This means that when I start a new story I have a beginning and an end. It’s what is in between that isn’t often planned. This is where conversations between characters can take a twist or even find a new plot in a story. It can also be used to bring to fore a problem a writer hadn’t seen before – basically, I call it my subconscious writing on its own.

Some scenes do this. even. A lot of the scenes in Dark Dimensions weren’t planned. There were some that were planned, but a great many weren’t. I’d like to think they enhanced the overall story and enriched the characters. Same with Consequences. A great deal of that came from just sitting and writing. Although I do remember having a conversation with the main character from the second Consequences book and he turned and said to me “shut up, you’ve just shot me”. I said “what?” but nothing more was forecoming. I did eventually shoot him, too. But I was nice about it. I promise.

Editing

Okay, editing of Consequences 1 is complete and I have sent it to my editor. Now comes the waiting game! I’m going to immerse myself in Dark Reign while waiting – that’s my best choice.

For those who don’t like waiting for anything, get doing something, as long as it’s useful and keeps you busy, the time will fly and you’ll be totally surprised when the time is over. At least, that’s the theory. Still waiting for it.

On a completely different subject, I signed a copy of Dark Dimensions for my dentist today. The first question he asked? “Are you working on the sequel?” I was happy to confirm that for him. I also told him that Consequences was close to going to the editor and his response? “Let me know when it comes out.”

I think I have a fan!

Dark Reign continues

Well, now that the dreaded lurgy has almost past, I’ve started writing all those pesky connecting scenes and rewriting scenes that fit but just need tweaking or rewriting. After all, five restarts means that some of the scenes are not going to suit straight away.

This is part of the hard part of writing. When I’m writing what I want to write, it’s usually because it’s all there in my head and I have to get it down as quickly as possible. Which means I skip connectors and things like that. I’d love to have a ghost writer to write all those parts for me but that wouldn’t be growing me as a writer, nor would it be improving my writing skills. So there’s really nothing for it but to go back in and write all of those connecting scenes and explanation scenes.

Which can be boring. Yet in a way it helps with the pace of the book because it gives people a moment or two to recover from emotional issues that the book produces and bolsters them for the next emotional output from the next catastrophe to hit Troy and his people.

Hmm, better stop writing here before I give too much away!

Lurgy

We’re finally getting over the dreaded lurgy that’s laid the house low for the last week and a half. I haven’t felt that sick for a long, long time. In the words of an old doctor of mine? I felt like a truck had hit me, which meant being in Western Australia, it had to be a road train, of course!

But after a week at home ill, I had 2 days at work and am getting better every day. Of course, being a caring person, I shared with my flatmates so the whole house is not the best. The cats think it’s great ’cause we’ve had the fire roaring every day and I slept on the couch for the entire time I was off work. Furbabies kept me warm – along with the fire!

And the battle is done

Now comes the fun part of all those linking scenes and making sure everything reads smoothly.

I will say, I was surprised with how long it took to actually set up the final battle. And I was humming and harring over saving the protagonist but decided against it. I’d already saved one protagonist. I needed one to remain a “baddie” for want of a better word.

The funny thing is – this protagonist has set up a storyline all of his own. I now know if I’m stuck for something in November this year, I can always explore his story. It’s a murky and dark one and works well as “… there, but for the grace of god, ….” If you believe in that sort of thing.

And this protagonist was a little hard to write, but I’m not going to give any spoilers away. I’ve already shocked one person with my first book (old friend, old story), I can’t wait to see how he reacts to this little twist!

Detailed Battle

I will say, I haven’t done this for a few years and this year I find it daunting. Maybe ’cause 90% of the book hasn’t any actual battles in it?

Whatever the reason, I’m going to get through this today and this battle will take place. It may be a deadly battle or it may not. It’s entirely up to the 2 main combatants. We’ll see what they want to do.

Even reading the lead in scenes last night didn’t help! I woke up in the small hours of the morning dreaming about something entirely different and never went back to the battle!