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    My Query Was Totally Off

    So I finally made enough posts in the Absolute Write forum to be able to post my work for critique. It was recommended to me when I asked the question on Reddit, and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the feedback.  Case in point: I’ve been unintentionally sending out misogynist queries. I was focusing too much of the internal conflict instead of the external, which is that Caden’s the only boy in a mess of girls. He’s doing a traditionally female-oriented job when he wants (and is better suited for) a more masculine job. It’s like forcing Hulk Hogan to do ballet. Wait a minute… that actually happened. But…

  • The Last of my Query Letters

    I sent the last of my query letters for Defender today. A little less than a year after I first finished the thing. Total queries sent: 89. Total bites: 1 Man, I don’t know how you don’t curl up into a ball weeping in this business. Between Black Hole Son, Merm-8, and this, I’ve sent hundreds of query letters and had very minimal response. Not even people who were intrigued with the idea and wanted to see the writing style. Just whoop, reject, not even the 250 words were enough to put the foot in the door. I guess it’s not my third novel. My third novel, I get permission…

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    Too Many Things To Work On

    There’s something about all the stuff coming down the line lately that’s starting to paralyze me with fear, at least according to my writing.  Merm-8 is supposed to be published on 9/5 (mark your calendars), but there’s still a lot to do. I’ve gotten through content edits three times.  But now I’ve got to go through grammar edits.  And the problem is the grammar edits haven’t been marked, because they want me to go through the whole text and make sure it’s all right.  Which sounds like a bad idea to me.  I wrote the story to the best of my ability regarding grammar rules.  How would I notice something…

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    Final Edits, Cover Art, and a Third Draft Finished

    Urge to kill… fading… fading… fadi-RISING!  …fading… Today I finished the third draft of Merm-8 Defender (damn, I keep mistaking it for that), which means pretty much the content is set.  There’s one sequence of events that still bothers me, maybe because it’s so morphable.  I keep thinking it can morph into something better.  It used to be another scene but it slowly changed into something different to accommodate characters.  But it still fits the template.  But at some point, you just have to give up.  It’s the novel as a whole that people will remember, not one scene in the back. This looks a little like a ten-year-old boy’s…

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    Defender Draft 3 has started. I’m working with 94,000 words and it’d be nice to whittle that down to under 90K, but I won’t weep if it doesn’t. What disappoints me is my reading. I used to love reading, but now it feels like I’m reading just to get the books done. Just to diminish the “to-read” list on Goodreads or claim that I’ve read “a classic”. But through the list, I just haven’t found anything that reminds me of why it’s so good to read. The last one I remember is Eleanor & Park, and before that Looking for Alaska. And there are days when I feel like, huh,…

  • Second Draft of Defender (White Mage Story) is Done

    Last night I finally finished the second draft of Defender, macros and all.  96,000 words.  Quite the monkey off my back.  All I can say is that the line-edits and typo and minor style errors really start to take their toll on the creative psyche. But it’s so great to be able to take an extend-o break from the world of magic academy for a while.  All I need to do now is convert it into an eBook so my wife (and other peer reviewers) can read it. Also, I can move on to my dwarf story, other short stories, and maybe pick up Gun vs. Sword again. Good times,…

  • Finished Draft 2 of Defender

    Last night I finished Draft 2 of my new novel, which is currently titled “Defender #1: Return of the Harkers”.  I guess I’m not truly done, because there’s a few ideas I need to sprinkle back in — things I think of during the revision process that I have to go back and change, but I don’t want to stop my revising inertia.  Also I need to do my macros and spell-check.  That’s intensive.  But the legwork is done.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for peer revisions.  So have a creepy picture to celebrate.

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    Second Draft of Defender Started

    After the exhausting revision 1.5, and a few crappy short stories in-between, I have now started working on the second draft of Defender as of yesterday.  This will be the revision with doors open, that I intend for people to see.  Instead of the words “I GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO WRITE BADLY” at the top of the draft, I now have “KILL YOUR DARLINGS” in bright red.  Still trying to grasp what that means, but every little bit helps.

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    Finished 1.5 Revisions on Defender

    So a week ago I finished the 1.5 revisions for Defender (White Mage Story).  It felt like it took a long time, longer than most 1.5 revisions take.  I’m not sure why.  I did change jobs during it, so that was about 2 weeks of nothing.  Maybe I had an unusual amount of notes this time around.  This story cribs a lot from Harry Potter, in that it’s more about the fancy milieu, and less about the character’s problem/goals.  I have to shove in a lot of A) world-building B) characterization C) clues to the overarching mystery in a short amount of time. So that means, as I wrote, I…

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    Defender is Available to Read!

    Happy day!  Callooh Callay!  You can now read Defender, my one claim to fame as a recipient of the “Writers of the Future” 2010 Honorable Mention award at Aurora Wolf for the low-low price of free.   It even comes with this snazzy cover graphic that shows you what the characters look like.  Which is good, because I was wondering…