One of the things I’ve been asked about is where my ideas come from. Another is what is my genre.
So, I usually answer the second one first, saying that my chosen genre is science fiction – space opera style, but not necessarily.
Then I explain. A lot of my ideas come from my dreams. Sometimes my dreams take me to places I haven’t been before. Sometimes they’re quite detailed, sometimes not.
Some of them are adaptable to stories and those I definitely write down. Mind you, some of them I start to write down and realise they really are ridiculous and I wipe the file out.
But this means that my genre is now all genres depending on my dream. Usually there is a lot of action, like take the one last night – although, if you have arachnaphobia, maybe not. There were spiders in there and they were unusual. There were two species – one a vivid lime green and black and the other vivid lemon yellow and black. Not very big but you could certainly notice them.
That was only one dream, though. The one after that was about a road trip – but it wasn’t about the trip, it was about the overnight stay and how complicated and complex it can be to have about 10 people staying in different apartment-type accommodation in a motel by a lake. Oh, and did I mention it was a learning trip, where you had to attend lectures? I’m sure I’d rather the spiders in real life – in fact, I swear I saw one of them at the motel. I swear I saw one of the green and blacks in the souvenir shop of the motel …
On with other news. I have finally finished Dark Reign, the sequel to Dark Dimensions. I am giving myself until the end of April before I look at the draft and begin editing it.
Dark Reign has been a project I have worked on for 5 years, starting it, restarting it, stopping it, then restarting it again until a friend looked at what I had and helped me realise I was writing from the wrong Point of View. Once I realised that, I had it finished in 2 months in amongst work. Now I will take my time in editing.
After all, Heart of Deception is out on 9 August 2021 and Legacy of Risks is out on 22 February 2022 and, yes, that is deliberate!
I am still not sure which my next work will be but I spent last night altering one of my older pieces so that it is first person from 2 characters’ points of view. Needs a vast tidy-up because it does intensify the storyline but that was the idea.
But I’ve still got other ones to work on, so there might be a swap on the cards.
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.