Two things: First, I sometimes get an idea or a scene in my mind and really hold onto it until I need to sit down and write it out. This was the case with a half dozen little beginnings of stories that I
might will write assuming I live long enough eventually. Second, I get my best ideas as I’m lying in bed, just about to drift off to sleep. I used to forget them when I fell asleep, but something about being older has allowed me to hold onto them.
The other night I had one such idea and several days later I sat down and wrote the first two pages of what might be a Blood Trade sequel. I don’t think I’ll write anything else on it for a while because I don’t really have a story; I just had a scene. Also, Blood Trade is one of my least popular books. I really feel like I need to focus on books that people want to read– top of the list being the next Robot Wife book.
It did feel really good to write this little bit though– surprising, since I writing the first book was such a wringing experience.
I just finished chapter 8 of Astrid Maxxim and her Undersea Dome, and that means I’m almost halfway done. I’m only working on it intermittently, as I also write The Young Sorceress. It’s amazing how much easier Astrid is to write for me right now. As I’ve said before, I have ideas for about 20 Astrid Maxxim books and plan to write at least two or three a year for a while.
On a related note, I’m almost keeping up with my New Years Resolution to write 3 pages a day. I’m only about 26 pages behind. Oh well, maybe I can catch up this summer.
I just finished chapter 8 of The Young Sorceress. My enjoyment of this project has waxed and waned, but it is high right now as I get to some of the more exciting parts of the plot. Originally plotted to be 17 chapters, I’ve combined a few things as I write (something I always do) and right now it’s looking like 14 chapters which will make it the same length as The Dark and Forbidding Land.
A note: My son, who is the world’s biggest Senta and the Steel Dragon fan, having read each book (including the unpublished book 5) six times, tells me The Dark and Forbidding Land is his favorite.
I think when I finish Book 4, I’m going to go back and read 1, 2, and 3 before editing it.
I am currently nearing the end of chapter six of Astrid Maxxim 2. I am working on it and The Young Sorceress, which means, when I get stuck in Sorceress, I write for a while in Astrid. Astrid is easy to write and I imagine I will finish it first of the two. There will be 20 chapters in all, so I’m just shy of 1/3 way done of the first draft.
Still on chapter 8 of The Young Sorceress. This is a particularly tough part of the book, as a few plot lines start to come together. Look for another update next month. I’m working alternately on this and Astrid Maxxim 2, but I’m going to have to give this one my all, or I can’t get it done.
I got the following message on the blog, but I can’t seem to find it now. “Is either the Young Sorceress or The Two Dragons part of the Senta and the Steel Dragon series, perhaps?”
Yes. The Young Sorceress is part 4 and The Two Dragons is part 5 (the conclusion) of Senta and the Steel Dragon.
Chapter 7 of The Young Sorceress is now done and it’s on to chapter 8. I expect 15-16 chapters total. I’ll keep you up to date. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking of the blurb for the book back. It might go along something like this.
The young sorceress Senta Bly can get into all kinds of trouble. Imagine the trouble when there are four of her, one extremely secretive and cunning, one giddily happy, one paranoid and frightened, and one apparently intent on murdering her boyfriend Graham and the new girl he’s been seen around town with. Which if any, is the real Senta?
I am currently in the middle of chapter seven of The Young Sorceress. I think I have been working on this book longer than anything I’ve ever done beside Princess of Amathar (which was in the works for years and years). I am determined to finish it as soon as possible. It won’t be before the end of the year, but hopefully before summer.
The book is ostensibly about Senta Bly, the fifteen year old sorceress, though it follows several other characters– some of them new– through adventures in Senta’s fantasy world. The story is in fact less important for Senta than the others– Isaak Wissinger, a writer who was hinted at in previous books, Kieran Baxter, who was a minor character in book one and hasn’t been seen again until now, and of course our usual band of suspects: Yuah Korlann, Iolanthe Dechantagne, Saba Colbshallow, and Bessemer the Steel Dragon.
This book will be about the same lenght as the Dark and Forbidding Land, in other words about two thirds the length of The Voyage of the Minotaur and The Drache Girl. I’ll let you know when I reach the next milestone– say when I finish chapter ten.
I’m on the final edit of Astrid Maxxim and by the time you read this, I might very well have it completely done and ready for publishing. Keep an eye out for it. The other afternoon at work, I got so tired of the paperwork I had to do, that I started writing and came up with a draft of page one of the next Astrid Maxxim book. Book 2 will be Astrid Maxxim and her Deep Sea Dome or maybe her Undersea Dome, you get the idea.
I just finished the revision of Astrid Maxxim and will start the editing process tomorrow. This usually doesn’t take too long, especially with such a short book. You should expect to see it out in less than two weeks. I’ll keep you informed. I’ve also got to start thinking about a summary or blurb as I like to call it.
Late last night, I finished the first draft of Astrid Maxxim. It was about as close to the original outline as any book I’ve ever written. It was plotted at 30,000 words and came out at 30,284. As always, things change when I start to rewrite, but I’m setting it aside for a bit before revising. Now back to Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 4: The Young Sorceress.