news, news, news!

Dark Reign is definitely on its way!

And I have completed the first draft of The Dark Road.

Now, The Dark Road was supposed to be about something entirely different but went through a slew of metamorphoses over the last year or so to become the story it finally did.

I think it works well, though and I’ve had some good feedback about it.

I’ll start editing it at the end of next week. *rubbing hands together*

Did the world speed up

Wow, time certainly flies when you’re busy!

So, we’ve got an update! Dark Reign will be released soon, don’t have a release date but as soon as I do, I will let you know!

This made me really excited!

All books are getting a facelift soon, so they’ll be brand new again!

Now I just have to figure out how to end The Dark Road. <sigh> It’s at 85,000 words and still going, but that’s okay.

We’re Free!

Of masks – except for some circumstances, but no longer at shops! Yay!

So, a quick update on current works.

Dark Reign (Clans in Conflict Book 2) is with the publisher.

Dangerous Heart (Consequences Book 3) is with the publisher.

The Dark Road (Clans in Conflict Book 3) is 3/4 done – having said that, it may lose almost 3,000 words in the first part which may make a novella for inbetween these two.

Dark Beginnings (prequel to Dark Dimensions – Clans in Conflict Book 4) is on the back burner at the moment.

Paranormal work is on hold until The Dark Road is finished, same with my Warrior Wizard book and my pandemic/dinosaur book.

So, as you can see, there is a lot being worked on. I am still enjoying every minute of writing but I am now in those “filler/connector” scenes of The Dark Road so I am having to push myself to get those done.

Also, we were having a bit of an Indian summer, but now the cold weather has returned. Still sunny, but fresh or cool. Which means lots more walking can be done! 😀

Smoky city

If I didn’t know better, I’d say we were experiencing summer all over again, but no, it’s hazard reduction burns! And they’re important, even if they interfere with me walking outside. Just as well I have the dreadmill. I’m using that until the burns have ceased.

Which is quite funny. I think we’re having another year of what they call an”Indian summer”. We had a cool period last week, then from Wednesday onwards, the warmth has come back and I think we’re culminating with 31C on Sunday. Of course, they’re also predicting rain on Monday.

Speaking of Monday, for those not in Australia and New Zealand, 25 April is always a day we put aside to remember those soldiers of the first world war who attacked a site in Turkey on the British Govt’s ill-conceived idea. I would expect our elite officers tried to tell the Brits that the campaign would be a disaster, but the Brits still went ahead with it. They didn’t care, it was Aussies and New Zealanders that would bear the brunt of the onslaught.

In 1915, at Gallipoli Peninsula, something like 25,000 Australian troops and over 2780 New Zealanders were casualties, of which over 8,000 Australians and 2779 New Zealanders died of wounds or disease or were killed.

Each year both countries pay respects to those soldiers who died so that our lives continued. When safe, there is often a presentation at what is now known as ANZAC Cove.

ANZAC Day starts with a dawn memorial service at all of our War Memorials. I have been to the Dawn Service in Kings Park and completely moved by that ceremony. I have also been to a ceremony at the Guildford memorial as part of the Swan Communications Brigade. After the Dawn Service in Kings Park, there is a parade of all service men and women. It used to be led by a group known as the “diggers”. These were survivors of Gallipoli. Now, it is led by their families in their honour. After that are survivors of other battles and other wars.

25 April is always known as ANZAC Day and we are all reminded that this Monday again, is ANZAC day. I hope, one day, to attend the memorial at ANZAC Cove, but it will be a while. I am unsure if it will be on this year, given that RSLWA has decided to cancel the Dawn Service.

I am saddened by the fact that it took many years and much lobbying by the survivors of the Vietnam war to be recognised as war heroes. They now take their place in the parade.

I’m sure I won’t be the only one who is sad that due to COVID-19 restrictions the RSLWA has decided that the ANZAC Day Dawn Service will not take place this year. RSLWA, however, is encouraging the public to hold driveway Dawn Services in conjunction with a few of Perth’s radio stations.

I salute those who can attend the parade and all those who have risked their lives for our safety.

Time Flies

Wow! Time flies when you don’t keep a close eye on it.

Things have been happening so quick it’s not been funny. I finished one project only to take on another -well, not yet, anyway.

There is a new edition of Dark Dimensions and the Consequences series coming out and Dark Reign is having its final go over, now. Hopefully that will be out soon.

Before we go any farther, though, if you want to see what’s coming out at Corvus Quill in the next month or so, visit the website:

Corvus Quill Press

I am still working on the book following Dark Reign. It’s called The Dark Road and it will be as intense as Dark Reign.

Dangerous Heart is with the publisher now, waiting for the new edition before it’s release so that they all look similar.

I am working on a book launch in my local area but that is a while off, yet, so stay tuned for that.

Otherwise, here are the links for what I have published so far:

Clans in Conflict

Dark Dimensions

Amazon Australia

Amazon

Consequences

Heart of Deception

Amazon Australia

Amazon

Legacy of Risks

Amazon Australia

Amazon

Late

So, this post is a bit late. I always lose track of time in the third week due to Stu being down from the mines. But we have so much fun, it’s refreshing.

So, I have been working hard on The Dark Road. Dark Reign is with the editor again for a final check over. Mainly commas. One day I’ll figure them out!

There are now three books out. I’m waiting on a release date for Dangerous Heart, which is the third in the Consequences series. Depending on what you all want, there may be a fourth book.

I was discussing what path to take with one of the subplots in The Dark Road and had it suggested to go with it and ‘if it doesn’t close up in this book, then write another book’. Five books? Thank you!

I have not given up on any of my other works – they are all on hold while I have momentum with The Dark Road. I am also working with another friend on a book for them. This one is still going.

I am also trying to put my foot down and do some more art. Now that the weather is cooler I should be able to take the cats out to their cage and get them used to it. And I can finally go on long walks after work, too!

But that’s it for today! Happy Reading!

Clans in Conflict

Dark Dimensions

Amazon Australia

Amazon

Consequences

Heart of Deception

Amazon Australia

Amazon

Legacy of Risks

Amazon Australia

Amazon

Home stuff and writer’s block

Have you ever typed around a stubborn cat or dog? I’m doing that right now. She just not in the right position for me and I’m going to have to move her!

That’s better. Okay. Writer’s block.

I’ve had people ask me if I ever get a writer’s block. I sometimes counter it with a question – what is writer’s block? Well, there’s a very good webinar hosted by the Australian Writers Centre that has a small snippet of writer’s block in it. But I’m going to tell you what I know about writer’s block.

Writer’s block can have different reasons. Real life might be getting in the way – especially if it’s a traumatic experience, such as – no, I’m not going to name any event because everyone deals with trauma differently.

But writer’s block can also be with the scene itself. Sometimes the scene itself is traumatic or sometimes it’s either in the wrong place or shouldn’t even be in the book. Let’s look at those separately.

So, take the scene itself as being traumatic. A typical one like that is either heartache or abuse. There are others, but I’ll let you work out which of those work better. I’m not going to go into them. The main thing is to look at the scene itself and ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Does it belong where you’re putting it?
  2. Does it move the story along?
  3. Does it grow the characters?
  4. Does it provide the basis for the next action?

If you can answer any of those questions with “Yes”, then the scene can stay. If you can’t, then put it in a separate file. It might be in the wrong book.

The next things to ask yourself are:

  1. Is it the type of scene you like writing?
  2. Is it a traumatic scene?
  3. Is it a hard scene?

If you say “Yes” to any of those, then it’s a matter of just taking the scene word by word.

Although if you’re like me, a dialogue or action writer, writing those connecting scenes, the ones that build up toward either the dialogue or the action, can be a challenge. That’s where writing word by word comes in. It may take you a few days to write those types of scenes.

There are ways of getting past writer’s block.

One of them is to have more than one work in progress. This allows you to concentrate on one while your mind is percolating on the other work.

Another is to watch or read similar scenes to see how other writers tackle them. One scene I was writing had to do with terrorism, so I found some movies to watch. Also, I can’t remember which of Alistair McLean’s books it is, but there is a wonderful scene that describes a team of commandos involved in a bus crash and Mr McLean describes how they act during that scene in such detail that I actually utilised their actions in a head-on car crash I was in way back in the 90s. Stopped me losing an arm.

Of course, there are other ways to work through it, walking fast is another way. When I was working full time, I’d walk to the bus stop as a colleague was giving me a lift to work and while I waited for him, I went over scenes in my mind. I tried dictating them to my phone but couldn’t quite get that down pat. But you get the idea.

I choose to believe I don’t get writer’s block very much – in fact, I have so many scenes jumbling around in my head that I’ll just choose another one to write if I can’t write the one I’m working on.

I do recognise that people have it and I admit to not writing for 20 years, so hang in there if that’s what’s happened to you. Your writing will come back, better and stronger than it was before!

Now I have another cat to deal with! Night all!

Moving along

So, I’ve been working hard this week, mainly with transcription stuff, however, I will admit to achieving 21k words in The Dark Road.

I have stalled some of my other work while concentrating on The Dark Road but I haven’t forgotten the others.

Transcription work has been really busy the last few days, even down to doing an interview or two on the weekend. Serve me right!

Although we did get out of the house one day last week and went up to the Lego Store. What a disappointment. But it did get out for the day!

There’s not a lot going on at the moment, just working and writing.

It’s available!

Finally! Legacy of Risks is available to buy!

Amazon

Amazon Australia

This book follows on directly from Heart of Deception. It is the second in the Consequences Series and brings to fruition a number of actions that were started in the first book.

If you’ve yet to read the first book, you can find it here:

Amazon

Amazon Australia

For followers, there is a third book that will be launched later this year. I am toying with the idea of a fourth, but it depends on what you guys want. If I do a fourth book, it will be something like 20 years in the future. It’s up to you all – I’m happy to keep writing about the Kingdom of Albermarle.