The Process

The Process

Tweet We’re through 13 chapters of the next book in the Vitalis Chronicles Trilogy: Tomb of the Relequim. This puts us near half-way, which is exciting. Jenna, my editor, is kicking my butt all over and we’re making good progress as we press through. I can’t express how huge it is to have good editorial help. My first book required a lot more work, which [I hope] means that I’ve grown immensely over the process of writing two books and editing one. By no means can I take much credit either. In learning languages, I’ve discovered the best way is to plow ahead and just talk talk talk. I studied French for 7 years before I moved to France, but I didn’t really speak it until I’d been there for 3 months. I knew a lot about it,...

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Tomb of the Relequim

Tomb of the Relequim

Tweet The second installment of the Vitalis Chronicels trilogy is coming. In fact, it’s currently being read by my select reading group. Who is this elite circle of wonder-people, you might be asking? They’re people who loved White Shores but weren’t afraid to give me harsh criticism on its first draft. People that helped make it better. Helped make me better. And now they’re making my second book better. This is just a teaser cover for the Kindle version. Marjolein is working on the real cover as we speak, and it’s going to be epic. And just to increase the level of tease, I’m going to include a part of chapter 13 in this post. Give me some grace, it’s the first draft after all. And it’s subject to change (though...

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Europe and Writing

Europe and Writing

Tweet So I’m on vacation, a much needed one as it turns out. I’ve been in Africa for 9 months, and while I’m learning a ton and enjoying my experience – it was really time for a break. As it turns out I’ve ended up in Europe for a few weeks. I’m basically following the trail of free beds and sleeping on friends’ couches/spare futons/floors. So far it’s been amazing. I haven’t gotten much sleep, but I’m enjoying every minute. The goal in all this was to finish my second book: The Tomb of the Relequim. I’m about half-way through it, but it’s posing some problems because I’ve had some serious levels of depth added to it over the past couple of months. The other issue is that I’m...

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Writing – With Vigor

Tweet So I’ve managed to wrangle some time off in the last few days, and it’s been fantastic. The biggest benefactor would be the second book of the trilogy (name yet unreleased). Granted there have been numerous requests that I release at least a preview of White Shores. The thing is that I want to wait until it’s ready. I’ve let a number of people read the book so far, and while it was a genuinely rewarding experience I’ve gotten past the need for affirmation and am stuck on my desire for quality. The good news is that I’ve fleshed out a quality network of pre-readers, editors, and proofreaders. The bad news is you’re probably not it. Either way I’m working hard at it. I want you to get the best, highest quality...

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Reviewing My Grammar

Reviewing My Grammar

Tweet Yesterday I was given a book by a friend on grammar. The usual response to such a gift is often either “do I look that boring?” or  “is this a clue?” Strangely enough I sat down almost immediately and started reading. I’ve been dying for some literature on grammar; which puts me back in the upper echelons of weird. I’ve been trying to find Elements of Style to read since it’s hailed as one of the seminal works on writing. But seeing how it’s still not available on Kindle I’ve had to order the paperback from Amazon.   In the meantime I read my friend’s book, the Craft of Writing by O.M. Thompson. The main thing I took from it was the need for shorter sentences. At least in my own writing I...

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Book 2

Tweet I’m finally getting back to writing the second book in the Vitalis Chronicles and for the most part like what I see. I’d written 8 chapters when I stopped to go back and edit White Shores and out of them I’d say 6 or 7 are keepers. The hard part right now is getting back on the horse. More accurately: getting back in the groove of writing a book that I’ve let sit for so long. Especially since I stopped at a difficult spot. I did that with White Shores too. I stopped at a really difficult part when my buddy Mike invited me out for the evening and never regained my momentum. At least not for a long while. I’m afraid I’ve done that to myself again. Balancing all of the characters evenly has become more of a challenge and...

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