Novels

Work continues on Witch Warden

Well, it’s Friday right now. I’m about to take my shower before heading off to work. Did a good three thousand words last night on my current work in progress, Witch Warden: The Ux-Blood Trilogy, Book III. Straightened out some small issues from the previous night’s work, then pushed on with new material. I have a general idea of where I want to go as I get into the chapter’s end. Just a matter now of throwing words out, then fixing them to mean what I want to say. (Of course, later my editor, Erin Wilcox, will suggest the words I actually meant to use so that I say what I actually meant to say. She’s tricky good that way.)

I should finish off chapter two this weekend, if not tonight. Then things get interesting. I know how I want the story to end. I know the things I want to include in the middle, to deepen the threat and develop Maels and his relationships with everyone involved. In my previous two books, chapter three has been where I introduce the main protagonist. It will be the same here- at some point Maels will run face-to-face with Copperfox, the female Kerrid trying to put the final pieces of the Raptori Wipe back together. Their conflict will center on Meneu’s activities, as she’s been assembling as detailed a history of the plague as she can, as a gift to her lifemate, Maels. Plus, she has the lattice she and Maels took from Cave Three in the first chapter, and Copperfox kinda wants that back. So, lots of material to put into place. Still not sure of the order of it all, but I think I’m taking it at just the right pace.

But, first order of business is to get out those final four or five thousand words of chapter two. Get this first draft down, then see where some fiddling is necessary. Some days the writing can be a chore. Tonight, I think I’ll blow through my goal of three thousand words in no time. It’s fun to destroy an overworld!

Witch Warden Update

Well, I am about 7500 words into Witch Warden, the third book in my Ux-Blood trilogy. This first chapter is actually going very well. I am hitting all the points I wanted to make going along. I am particularly pleased about the potential for conflict I am incorporating into this first draft. I usually worry about emotional entanglements later, when I can better see the big picture. But right now, in the dialogue I am adding the importance of what’s not being said as well as what’s spoken out loud. I think it will set up the remaining chapters pretty well.

I plan to work on the cover soon. Just to throw ideas out. I need to work on the cover for A Child of Byne, my Ux-Blood novella due out in March, probably. Two covers! Yeesh! But at least they’ll have the same fonts and generally the same theme. The cover for the novella will be easier- providing I don’t have to do a back cover! Right now it’s only slated for ebook, particularly Kindle.

Anyway, I may include excerpts as this blog deepens. If anyone peeks in, they might find it interesting to see bits of a work in progress. I need to sit down and hit this regularly, though. So I may give myself days to do so. I am thinking Tuesdays and Fridays. And since today is Tuesday, there’s that done!

Beginning a new novel tonight…

It’s February 1st! Though I should have been working on it for a month now already, tonight at work I plan to begin the third novel in my Ux-Blood trilogy, Witch Warden. I’ve sketched out the story in my mind. Time to put it down in outline form, then write out the first thousand words or so. I would like to keep a schedule of abouot 3000 words a day, but I know that’s probably unrealistic. Still, I should have a finished first draft by the end of April. Three months is plenty of time, if I have a good roadmap. Because the plot for this one looks like it’ll be somewhat involved, an outline will be a good idea.

I’ll post soon to let you know how things are going. With my twelve hour shifts on the weekend, I feel pretty good come Monday I should be well on my way. I have two other big projects going on as well, and will have to devote time to them, too. Then there’s StarCraft- hard to stop playing for a couple of hours when the typing gets tiresome. But overall, I feel pretty good about getting into this one. Come October, when it’s out for sale, I can look back on these past three years with some amazement that I got them all done finally, and tell myself not to embark on another trilogy for a few years! I do have a pair of series planned, but I want to get out a few stand-alone novels beforehand, and maybe publish a couple of short story collections. I have enough of them now to make for a good collection or two, I think, though they all pretty much need some tweaking. But that’s for down the road.

Tonight, it’s all about Witch Warden.