Writing Report for July

As I try to get back into blogging, I’ve decided that on the last Monday of every month, I’ll talk about where I am in my writing, any new insights, and news about forthcoming publications. So, here’s you’re “Writing Report” for the month of July!

Calculated Magic

My novella, Calculated Magic, is set to hit email inboxes this Thursday, August 1st. Taking place after the events of Secret Burdens, it follows Bruin as he faces a new life in exile. There’s magic, a sea voyage, and the introduction of a new character that will have some importance in Book #4. Here’s the blurb:

Bruin, exiled to Arvent, starts life over as a simple charm-seller. That is, until he learns of Emmerich’s plan to meet Precene in a historic summit of kings.

In this game of secrets and alliances, the one wildcard is Galeen. The small coastal kingdom is dying under the stranglehold of Tier. The actions of the Crown Prince Gentius could be the difference between peace and war. Bruin decides to go to Gentius and offer his services in the hope of preventing disaster. However, only smugglers can pass through Tier’s blockade. He buys passage on one such ship for himself and his newly acquired apprentice.

During the voyage, Bruin discovers the ship carries precious cargo stolen from Lorst. It’s destined for persons unknown—a person that might be Gentius. Caught out in the ocean with nowhere to go, Bruin must choose between what is convenient for his mission and what is right.

If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, do so now! This novella will only be free during the month of August.

Camp NaNoWriMo

The wonderful thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is that it offers more flexibility than traditional NaNoWriMo. Traditional NaNo occurs in the month of November and is pretty much writing while on nightmare mode: a 50k word novel in a month that ends in one of the biggest American holidays. Camp NaNo, on the other hand, is more of a free for all. Participants do not have to start with a clean slate and can choose their own goals. Goals don’t have to be word counts. They can be hours, pages, or words.

I chose hours. My project? Construct the series bible I should have made when I published Clara back in 2013. I already had part of it created but I planned on using Camp to buckle down.

And then the universe laughed and laughed and laughed…

Yeah, I’m not hitting my Camp NaNo goal. I gave up last week. But the worldbuilding aspect of the series bible is finished. I’m just slowly working my way through the character sheets. Given that these characters are already fairly alive in my mind, making these sheets isn’t as urgent as finally pinning down how the Mother and Child religion works.

Stories of Lorst #4

It was my hope to have Stories of Lorst #4 out this year. However, the story is very complicated. There are a lot of characters coming together. There’s a main plot and a whole lot of subplots. There’s also terror that I’ve created a monster I cannot even hope to control. George R.R. Martin I am not.

I have used the index card method to help me work out some of these plots. According to the formula, if each scene averages 2k words, then fifty cards will make a 100k novel. Friends, there are a lot more than 50 cards. And I already know that I’ll write scenes that I haven’t created cards for.

There’s also the distinct possibility I’ll go off the rails and write something completely different from my cards. I am a pantser at heart.

Anyway, I have half of a manuscript already written. Hopefully, the full first draft will be done by the end of September (don’t laugh, universe). If things keep going like they are, the novel may be out late next year.

Cons and Conferences

Not exactly a writing update but something to keep in mind: I will be at the Fayetteville Comic Con October 19 to 20. It will be the last book selling event I’ll be doing this year, so come out to see me if you’re in the area.

I am also attending the Writer Unboxed Unconference in Salem from November 4 to 8. This isn’t really a you-get-to-meet-me event because it’s just for writers who have registered. However, keep an eye on my Instagram on those dates because I’m sure I’ll be documenting the shenanigans. And it really wouldn’t surprise me if I drink a little too much at some point.

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