Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working

Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working!

Yup not having a good day today!

Everything i trying to assemble will not fit, every piece of 3d software I used is broken ( I refuse to install windows just because some dick thinks it is the only OS that counts!) And I have no idea’s what I’m doing to my books!

Do I have writers block?
Hell no, it doesn’t exist!

I have commissioned out the next two covers to the artist but I still have lost all plots according to my book and I can’t work on my 3d printer extruder design and the needed software function on OS X are broken!

grrrrr

Finding things in books.

I had a discussion with Lois Elsden of http://loiselden.com about buying old books and finding things left in them.

While on a trip I popped into a national trust book shop and picked up a photoshopping book. Inside I found a clear pouch filled with some seaside shots printed on Epson paper. The quality of the prints are amazing and I wonder who the photographer was and why they were placed there.

Meeting authors (Ian Rogers)

Had to pleasure of meeting another self publisher today at a craft fair. Ian Rogers writes the book series Captain Pegg Legg http://ianrogers.org.uk unlike most of us, he has chosen to publish paper back and is yet to explore the world of publishing at any great length.

It was nice to meet and talk about how we plan our books and what issues we have suffered when it come to the world of ebooks (discovered another bug in the kindle version today 😦 )

And I hope you fellow readers and authors can help spread word of his books.

How do I go about writing a series?

I meet up with Lois of http://loiselden.com and started sharing experiences about writing. One of the things that came up was “How do you go about writing a series?”

The Diaries of James Purcell (Book #0 – The End, is coming soon) and is planned for nine book over three trilogies but, how do I find the inspiration to write the series? The analogy I used was “A series is like a tree growing. As you start writing, the story grows on its own and will split and grow branches.

This has left me with a minor issue with the series I have started writing the first of a side series called “Valkyries – The Lady Death.” The Valkyries series follows the female main characters as they o about there lives outside of the main series. so far the first few of the series previously held the title of Æther tempest (a trilogy) but the title never felt right.

The current plans for the Valkyrie series is a follows.

v#1 – The Lady Death
v#2 – Captain Lee
v#3 – The Elf Captain
v#4 – McClays Tempest.

The Lady death while starting as a NaNoWriMo project starts in T.D.J.P – BOOK #0 – The End and will parallel the main James Purcell cycle while the other 3 fit between the two trilogies that make up the James Purcell cycle.

But, I’ve wondered off subject here. The ideas for these books started as chapters and paragraphs in the main stories but as questions started to rise, notes and background fluff started to be generated. These “Fluff” text soon start to take on their own life and demand attention. It is this point that the branches grow to their own branches and eventually enough notes exist that you have another book.

(I really hope that helps)

She also asked me the following: When writing a sequel how do you avoid reproducing chunks of the previous books in the fear the readers will have question about because they didn’t read the first?

There are many ways to answer this.

1, The Prologue. I once read that a prologue is not often read because it usually doesn’t contain much that adds to the story. To me, this feels like the ideal place to recap the previous book.
2, Flash backs. Characters will always drift of and remember or day dream about previous events.
3, Hints and subtle clues. If you want to avoid the recaps and memories then another option is to just drop hints to the past events. assuming that the reader doesn’t expect everything to be reproduced then (I hope) that these hints will be enough to make readers thing, “Oh I’ve missed a book here and ned to read the previous one.”

I apologise if this is hard to understand but I do tend to confuse explanations at times but, the other reason is that I have “Man Flu” (ROFL) and feel drained from not much sleep.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask them.

B.T.W once I have finished the ebook I will move on to P.O.D publishing via amazons createspace so expect a writeup of that soon.

See you in port next time Airship Captains and Words Scribes!

On to the subject of graphical content.

With the first stage (writing) now done and the editing phase now in hand, I find my thoughts turning towards the last phase, the phase that will make or brake a book, The Cover.

I’m no artist, I have neither the patience or the talent for it and find myself looking forwards to commission it out. the initial prices are starting to make me feel sick. My current design looks like a leather bound book, but I don’t feel that it looks professional. One of my readers posted a suggestion for cover art but with current pricing, the cover will cost well over £300!
Book 1 is around the 29K mark and I just cant see the point in footing a bill that big for something that will be free.

I looked into buying royalties free stock vectors and while its cheaper, the bill for a DIY job is still in the £200 mark.

I just don’t know what to do.

2013 – A Year in review.

I started this year with 30,000 words written for a book and a deadline for a writing story competition and finished it by:

  • Finishing the first draft of that book up to 50K Words
  • Writing a second during NaNoCamp @ 40K Words
  • Wrote a third for NaNoWriMo and having it up to 53K Words
  • Book four = 15K Words 
  • Two side books contain notes and basic planning.
  • Two shorts entered into the short story competition and unsuccessful,
  • Three more shorts written,
  • One short for the 2014 written but may pull out this year.
  • And one more for a Forum communal writing project that doesn’t seam to be getting worked on.

On top of that what else?

I went to London to celebrate the Chinese new year.

Been to Scotland to visit Edinburgh Castle.

Became an uncle.

Learned how to sail a van and drive on an ice slope!

But one thing I didn’t do was to go on a Holiday. It’s quite amazing how stress relieving, getting away for a while is. 

I seeing in the new year feeling rotten but before I go I will say.

All your budding artist and writers make sure you get your hands on a copy of Writers and artist year book 2014 if you intend to get anything published in the new year.