I’m Back!!

Hey everyone!

I know I’ve been away for a while. I’m not used to having a blog and I’ve been really busy lately. Working full time doesn’t leave a lot of room for much else, and most of the rest of the time is spent writing. I am trying to launch a writing career here. šŸ™‚

My manuscript,Ā The Curse of Rune, has been sent off again. And this time, I think I stand a better chance. One of my co-workers has a son who works for a publisher in New York. She’s going to send to him – I’ve sent it to her already. Sometimes, it really is all about who you know.

Work onĀ Icestorm: The Fire Witch is coming along steadily. Sometimes I have bursts of inspiration and sometimes I’m just stuck. Lately, it’s been quite a few bursts of inspiration, which I am really thankful for. My goal is to have an end onĀ The Fire Witch manuscript by my birthday (late January), so I can spend my time next year editing. I want to have another completed manuscript in my profile in case my co-worker’s son wants to see more from me.

If you are the type of person who prays, please pray that he does!

My short stories have been relegated to those moments when I have extra time. Which essentially means they’ve been put on the back burner. I kind of like them, but I’m not as excited about them as I am about the book. And, as I said, I would like to have another completed manuscript in my portfolio.

In the future (i.e. don’t look for these anytime soon): The second and third (final) books of theĀ IcestormĀ series. In the second book, Blake’s late husband (whose grave he visits at the beginning of the first book) comes back as the evil Dustcloud. I haven’t decided what will happen in book 3 yet.

I will try to post something weekly, but that may not always happen.

The Old Village Lanterne

One of my favorite songs rightĀ now is Village Lanterne by Blackmore’s Night. It’s a beautiful song about the paths we take in life and the destiny that is our own. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

“Some choose to fall behind / Some choose to lead / Some choose a golden path / Laden with greed / But it’s the noble heart / That makes you strong / And in that heart, I’m with you all along.”

I believe these to be the most powerful lyrics of the song. The choices we make are ours alone and each choice sets us on a different path. What path will you choose?

I choose to follow my dream, and this song will be right there with me to serve as inspiration.

 

**All rights to the song lyrics belong to Blackmore’s Night.

Short Story #1 is Finished

Well, I’ve put the end on it anyway. Now, it’s time to edit and revise before submitting to a magazine.

Short Story #1, which is also the first of the Wildflower Club Mysteries, has a lot going on in it. TitledĀ Calling Home, the thief steals projectors because he thinks they are communication devices. Everest and Levi, two of the main characters, will move from friends to lovers. And, of course, there’s the ever-popular Scarevention – a convention meant to bring together ghosts and humans. And this year, it’s also where the robberies take place. There are a few things I set up in this story that are not delivered on – I did that on purpose and those things will be delivered on as I continue the series.

Tomorrow, I’m going to look through my ideas and see what I want to do for Short Story #2. Have a great week!

Update – What’s Going On

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Been very, very busy.

I started working on the first short story in a series that I plan to do. The series, right now, is titled Wildflower Club Mysteries.Ā I named it so because the main characters – the mystery solvers – all live on a cul-de-sac called Wildflower Place in the fictional town of Shooting Star. This is reminiscent of where I used to live in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. In fact, I used the satellite view of the area (from Mapquest) to help with describing the houses and their position on the cul-de-sac.

The first short story is tentatively titledĀ Calling Home and was inspired by a project I did for a computer graphics class. The project was to find an artist we liked and use their artwork as inspiration for our own artwork created in Photoshop with found images. The result was Scarevention and included a report on the event. The Scarevention is where, in this first story, the robberies take place.

I am also still working onĀ Icestorm: The Fire Witch. This is coming along fairly well – I’m into chapter four. I work on these every other day. Today I worked onĀ Calling Home, so tomorrow, it’sĀ time to work onĀ Icestorm: The Fire Witch.

A Wonderful Trick!

That series of short stories I said I was going to start? It’s happening this week! I discovered a trick that has been helping me write more each day. It was mentioned in AWAI’s Accelerated Copywriting Program, which I am attempting to complete, but it works for writing in general.

The trick is to time yourself. I set the timer for 30 minutes – and during that time, I do nothing but write. No distractions – just writing. It really works! I get more written in one day than I ever have before. And now that I know this, I don’t feel uncomfortable starting a second writing project.

Another “What’s Next?”

One of the things I read in Writer’s Digest (which I subscribe to) is that it’s a good idea to write short to break out. I mentioned before that I’m working on a manuscript right now that I intend to be a novel (see my “What’s Next?” post).

What I’d also like to do eventually…at some point when I figure out how to better balance my life, work, and writing schedule…is to start a series of short stories. The inspiration for these stories came from my all-time favorite cartoon, Scooby-Doo. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be neat if, instead of people in monster costumes, there would be monsters in people costumes.”

That’s where I’m going with this – I just have to start writing now. It will be a challenge to do this – work on more than one piece at a time – but I think I can do it. Like I said, it’s mostly just a matter of finding the right balance.

What’s Next?

Right now, I’m working on a manuscript that’s going to be my first novel – and it’s also supposed to be Book 1 of 3. It is a fantasy series focusing on a species of snowflake men (I’ve named them sparklings). The first book – which I am currently working on – involves a fire witch and a gem called an orange diamond that will give her power over the entire world as my characters know it. And, of course, there is also a strong theme of romance.

There isn’t much more to tell about this series right now, as I’ve only just started. I didn’t make an outline because I knew if I did, it would end up way too short. So I’m just running with it. I will say this, though – I already have an idea for Book 2.

The Curse of Rune

The Curse of Rune is my first completed manuscript since I decided to become a writer. Right now, it’s also my only completed manuscript and I’m quite proud of it. It’s not long – just barely long enough to be considered for publication as an e-book.

So what is the book about? It starts with something that (unfortunately) many LGBT youth can identify with: unloving parents who decide to kick out their son over his sexuality. This is something I feared myself when I came out, although it was absolutely baseless – my parents were (and are) very supportive. Others, like themain character, aren’t so lucky.

Instead of simply kicking him out of the house (which would’ve been more than enough), they send him to an island – an island on which he doesn’t belong. Other beings like fairies, half-blood gingerbread men, and strawberry women do. As if it’s not difficult enough to be the only human on the island, he falls in love with his roommate.

And then there’s the curse. One that has been dormant for some time, but wakes up as soon as the human steps foot on the island.

It’s completed, but not published yet. I will be looking for an agent and hope to find one before the end of the year.