I’ll add an author report every month or so – mostly whenever the spirit strikes – to give you some sense of how things are going or what I’m reading/thinking. You’ll be able to find them under the “blog” section of the menu.
New Page of Definitions
Let me draw your attention to the new page I’ve just posted called “A Compendium of Useful Words”. ?As I add words to the story that may be new to you, I’ll do my best to add them to this list. ?Like all ongoing projects, the page has begun with only a few words.? And even though each only appears once (so far) in Book One, you never know when they will show up again.
Be warned though – one or two may tug at your heart when they appear in the story.
More Than One Book?
I was asked if there was more than one book in this series.
The answer to that is there’s more than one series.
The ideas just keep piling up and I’ve got notes upon notes. So yes, there’s more than one book in this series. And yes, my plan is to continue sharing them here with you. I’m having way too much fun to stop.
First Draft Done
I ran into several issues as I was began editing the first draft. Things didn’t flow and the story really didn’t work as well as I wanted. ?It was like tasting a new recipe and realizing “Dunno” left out the salt. (You know “Dunno”.? Dunno lives in every household… Who put the peanut butter in the jam? Dunno.? Who left their socks in the middle of the living room?? Dunno.)
So if you wonder why the regular emails stopped for a week or so, that’s why. The story was torn apart and I am putting it back together again.
And that’s the first problem I’ve run into as I’ve been writing and sharing those first draft scenes with you.? Some of the scenes you’ve already read may have been drastically changed. In other words, things are already shifting around. This will sort itself out when I get far enough ahead of you but at the beginning, I’m grateful for your patience.
How Many Drafts?
Generally, I’m looking at three drafts to publish the book. A first draft to get the ideas down. A second draft to fix the execution. Then a third and final draft after my editor has taken a whack at it.
The website is filling up with these blog updates and publishing Book 1. This means I’ll be able to redesign it a bit to make it more attractive. (And we both know it needs it.)
The first step in this process was to review a few basics. For example, in both the website and the email series, I’ve bolded some of the introductory sentences to make it easier to follow the story in long text form and to give your eye a marker as you work your way down the page.
I’ve also added more images to the individual online posts.
The Email Series
I bolded those as well to make it easier to read the long text. I appreciate reading online may not be the most convenient or easy process with these long text strings.
Thanks for your comments and emails – I appreciate the encouragement. 🙂