About Amy’s Courage

The second book of my series already has a title. Unfortunately, it has little else.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve written the book. But it’s a first draft and like all first drafts, it’s ugly. Really ugly.

I’ve been struggling with the editing. Really struggling. I kept opening up the draft, shuddering with horror and basically closing it again. I thought about settling and just doing a mediocre job but I hated doing that.

Then I read D. Emery’s excellent post Good News and Bad News, and I felt so validated. D. Emery writes about being stuck writing his second book, Darkness Revealed. He puts eloquently into words exactly what I feel.

Darkness Revealed is much more obvious about the philosophy aspects, and that takes a lot of thinking to get right. I need to craft philosophical ways of thinking and explaining the situation behind the Darkening, and they need to be logically sound.

And I don’t have the mental capacity (and barely the time) to do that right now.

…I realize that’s a disappointment for the people eager to read the sequel, but as I said with my retrospective post, quality is first, quantity will come with time.”

He could go ahead and write a mediocre book but his integrity won’t let him and I admire that in him. In fact, that’s what I want for my book too.

D. Emery’s post gives me hope. I hope that, like he wrote, ‘quality first, quantity will come with time’. For a beginning writer like myself, hope is a wonderful thing.

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Glossary of Terms

I’ve added a page under the Extras tab. It’s a glossary of terms. I’ve also included it in my book but I thought it made sense to post it.

My book, such as it is, happens to use five Races I’ve made up and the names might be odd to the reader, therefore the good, old Glossary. I’m also going to add it to my book. Again, clarity is the goal.

Check it out here or just go to the Extras tab!

Plot wars

I’m in the middle of a plot issue.

It’s the second book in a series. I have a hero I love and a heroine that deserves and challenges him. I have an idea of what I want the story to do. I know what their wounds and strengths are…but I’m fighting with the events that actually happen in said story.

I wrote the book last year. I really did. I wrote the entire thing from beginning to end. Let me tell you, it was not smooth sailing. I fought with the plot from the very beginning and only got through it by sticking to it and sheer will. I finally finished the book this summer…only to discover I didn’t like it. Worse, I couldn’t let it go that way. I thought it didn’t focus on the hero and heroine. It was simply blah.

So, I sat down and wrote another plot. I think this one focuses more on the two main characters and gives them more time to interact with each other. I hope it shows them in their best possible light. I hope it also challenges them into becoming better people and makes them face their wounds.

But, of course the only way to find out if it will do all that is to write it out. And there are no guarantees.

It was pretty gutting to realize I had done all that writing for nothing. Until I thought: wait a minute. I write for me. I write because I love to do it and not to get published or to be famous or to make money…well, maybe a little. Hee hee! No. Really, the point (I do have one, I promise) is that I love to write and this is another opportunity to do just that.

Even if the plot and I go to war again.

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(credit: 123rf.com)

 

Olivia’s Choice is out!

It’s finally in print! I’m really excited. It’s also free for 90 days on amazon.com. Just click on the picture and follow the link.

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Olivia’s Choice

I’m so excited because it looks like Olivia’s Choice will finally see the light of day! I have the cover ready and I’m just waiting to see it published in Amazon. Once it’s ready, I’ll put up a link!

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Extras

Since I didn’t get published when I had announced, I thought I should do something for the blog readers. I can’t publish an excerpt from one of the books, but I thought I could do a little something else.

In the extras tab, I’ve grouped a few quotes, sayings and funny bits from the books. Hope you enjoy them!

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Hi everyone! Just started the blog and I’m thrilled. It’s in pretty rough shape but I can start adding information about my upcoming books and that thrills me to bits.

I finished Olivia’s Choice early May.  I’m trying to get it to see the light of day. I thought I’d get it out there in September or October…but life happens. I’m still trying but I need to be patient. As soon as I know, I’ll post it.

Currently, I’m working on Klias’ story, the second book in the series called Amy’s Courage. I’m about a third of the way in. I also have a pretty good idea of where the series will go after this. I think the third book will be about Prince Haar of the norns. After that, we’ll see where we are.

One last bit. Please be patient with this very, very rough blog. I’m learning as I go. If you have any tips or words of encouragement, please send them my way!