There is so much happening in the world. A lot of NOT good things and a lot of VERY GOOD push-back! I’m in Victoria, Australia. I’m trying to live my life. What else can I do? I’m a writer of science fiction, tucked away in a rural setting, past my best years (to put it politely) and like everyone else, I crave normalcy and a return of freedom. That’s why I’m back in my writing and why I blog about that. Apart from the catch-up necessity in my career, it’s a reprieve from the war that is going on around us all – don’t mistake it, it really is war.
So forgive me if I talk once a week about what’s happening in my writing-life as though nothing is going on in the world. I am watching, witnessing, supporting where I can, reposting on Gab when taking a breather from working on my next book, and discussing the mayhem and madness locally. Compared to many it’s not much, for sure, and compared to the brave, my efforts are weak, yes. But my heart is in it and I care very much about what is going on, just as we all do.
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Things are looking good, folks. I’ve had a chance now to go over my working files and notes, I can see my way clear to continue on with the 3rd book in the Khekarian series and I’m already making good progress. The tangles I had left myself have already been dealt with and it now just boils down to bum-in-chair-fingers-on-keyboard dedication. I’m on it!
Loving how this book is shaping up. The story is solid and pleasing (the humor catches me out as always, when I work with a character they really take over. That little monster Va’el rather steals the show in this one, I thoroughly enjoy working with him).
Sweeping out lots of commas, a good thing. 😀 LOVING the story, I actually think the second book The King’s Sacrifice is better than the first book The Khekarian Threat – I suspect that is because the second is fresher to me than the first (I lived and breathed The Khekarian Threat for decades and it pretty well grew up as I did. Yeah it took that long).
The Khekarian series has been my passion for a long time and it’s good to get back into it after a lengthy break. I’ve completed reading my first book through – and I’m very pleased with it, it’s great to be able to see my work as a reader does rather than as the author (time away does that for you). We writers typically get up close and personal with our characters and frequently see our work through that lens, meaning we see what we know and not necessarily what a reader sees at all when they enter into that world and meet our characters for the first time.
For the most part, The Khekarian Threat is good and strong and I very much like the humor throughout. Great sex too (gotta say it, it’s true)! However I also saw a few (not many) weak points where a bit of clarity was needed or more info given. There was one glaring typo I corrected and in one scene a very important adjustment made on a singular slip up in continuity. Ouch on that one!
When my publishing house went down (roughly when I did three years ago), I lost access to my account and the sales at Amazon – I couldn’t access my published books, I couldn’t edit, change the price, or even order my own copies at cost.
It added an extra weight to my own personal crunch and the whole became too much, at that time, to deal with.
Now here I am, up and running again, refreshed and eager, and I discovered to my surprise that my publishing house had not collapsed into nothing, but had morphed into something else and although my account was useless, it was still there to transfer across into the new format.
Voila! This has been done, and hey presto, just like that I have access to my own works again. Both books are live on Amazon and always were. I can fully access them again. I don’t need to start over, I don’t need to have the whole series finished before I venture out again – I can start up where I left off and NOT keep anyone waiting extra long for Book 3.
I’m currently reading through everything I’ve got so far to know what I have and what threads I need in hand to carry into the rest of Book 3 and the rest of the series. Liking it so far with very little tweaked in correction.
I don’t like the manipulation employed by Facebook and Twitter. I don’t like their not-so-secret war on conservative views. I don’t like censorship and I don’t like being treated as a Russian Bot.
Facebook gives you so little control over your own page that you cannot even close it down. They have to do it for you. While I wait, I will unplug this blog from Facebook and will no longer go there. My place on Twitter will be shut in the next couple of days, I’m getting this notice out there first for the few who might want to follow me over to Gab, an uncensored site that does NOT use its customers as a product for sale.
Happy New Year to All – A new beginning – Some very good things happened for me in 2017, but some very bad things did as well – For a time I withdrew from everything important to me to recuperate and to find my way, a process still in progress (hence so few posts last year) I am getting there and building again my energy for life and living and – yes – writing as well.
My beloved husband is well and we are enjoying his well-earned retirement after too many years apart due to his working interstate, all behind us now. It’s great to have him around the house.
So expect a bit more from me this year and, heck, there might even be that book (The Bastard Line) so long overdue, published before the end of it!!!
Yes, I am still here – I owe you guys an update on my progress with The Bastard Line, book three in the Khekarian series – My humble apologies for having been away so long, many things have happened in my life, but for now I will report solely on the manuscript you have been waiting for.
The slash-and-burn process is over and out of the way (thank goodness). No more chopping and changing, no more starting over or chopping things in half or reshaping the book. All the major pieces are in place and so is the flow, the character development is great, the story holds together very well and – best of all – I LIKE IT.
Finishing touches are going in place and needed polishing is being done (albeit heavily in some places). Yet to come is the stand-back-and-see-what-it-looks-like-to-a-reader, the read-through. My Beta-reader has been standing by for ages and is eager to get into it. He won’t have to wait long… and neither will you.