If there is ever any doubt if it’s worth it to review, let this dispel it. I’ve been fighting writer’s block for months, but this shattered it. I’ve actually got three new stories started, two are only a few paragraphs, but one, a new SUVI story, is already about 11K words and growing.
If you’ve enjoyed an author’s work, review it. That means as much to them as a great story does to you. 🙂
Last post I gave you a hint at the current project I’m working on. There’s a bit more to it, as you might have guessed.The story revolves around a woman who dares to rise up and fight back, but there’s always more than one battle to fight. The battle within is always the hardest.
“Even when you crawl out of the darkness, a piece of it comes with you. Even when you defeat the darkness within, it too will rise up again, for that battle will never end. To survive that fight you not only need strength and courage, you need allies.”
We’re putting the final touches on the manuscript now. Trying not to rush this one, I want to get it right. I’ll keep you in the loop as we progress.
Yes I was lost, lost in thought. I know, we all go there from time to time, but the older I get the harder it is to find my way back. So, as I recall, I promised you a sneak peek at the next book ing the Forgotten Worlds series (the SUVI series). Okay, here we go:
“The two armored combatants faced off again as the taller surged back to his feet. They circled each other, watching for an opening. Suddenly he feinted with his left then attacked from the right, but his smaller opponent had read the move. She ducked low and felled him with a leg sweep.
He landed hard on his back and groaned as he unstrapped his helmet then slowly stood up. She’d backed off and was signaling him to come at her again. The man tossed aside his helmet and began to unfasten the armor as he turned his back and walked away. “Hey, come on, we’re not done.”
“I’m done,” he grumbled as he pulled off the armor then left without even glancing back at her.
Sheila Singh, Chief of Security, sighed, watching with mixed emotions while her lover left without another word. “Yes, I guess you are at that.” She was reaching to remove her helmet when the ship suddenly lurched and spun, sending her flying.”
Okay, that’ll give you a hint of what’s coming up. Remember, the series starts with SUVI:
Okay, we’ve spent a few weeks on cliffhangers, now I want to have a go at writer’s block. No, don’t try to deny it, it’s real and we all get it once in a while. Sometimes it gets bad, sometimes scary, “Will I ever write again? Come on, characters, talk to me, what’s with the silent treatment?”
So, what do you do about it?
Me? I have several tactics I use, but here’s my favorite, a three fold battle plan to get the juices going again. One, I play Skyrim and World of Warcraft a lot. Two, I keep note books handy for when those errand strokes of brilliance occur, make notes, write snippets, even a paragraph or two, and read some of my older notes. Three, I re-read my favorite books that I’ve written. Why? It tells me I can do it and do it well, it helps me find my voice again, and it stimulates my imagination.
So, that works for me. Every block is usually followed with a successful novel that just rolled off the keyboard with ease. Most notable recently is SUVI, my most successful novel so far. SUVI appeared after a three month block that nearly drove me mad. Here’s where to find her:
Life has kept me away from the computer a lot lately, but what can you do? Okay, we were discussing chiffhangers last time. I’m still getting feedback on that one, and the overwhelming majority of readers agree they hate them.
I agree, for I believe that when I publish a book I enter into a contract with the reader. My part of the deal is to tell a full story. Yes, there can be a few hints of further adventures to come, but I will always finish the story I’m telling you, the book will bring every major issue to a satisfactory conclusion.
So, on that note, for those of you who have yet to read it, I offer up SUVI. Book one of three. (So far, book four is well under way.) Check out SUVI, I promise you a full and enjyable story. Here’s where to find it:
For the past few weeks I’ve been conducting a loose poll about how readers and writers feel about cliffhangers. I did it in a way that allowed folks to express an opinion, not just say yes or no. The results were interesting, to say the least.
The overwhelming majority of folks who checked in (over 76) aren’t impressed with cliffhangers at the end of a book, TV show, or Movie. Most say it’s a cheat, many refuse to follow along and abandon the series, or wait until it’s been completed then binge on it. They are okay with, and even enjoy, a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, but not at the end of a book. Many were quite passionate about how much they hate them.
Some people seemed to be okay with them, or at least don’t seem to mind them so much. There were even a few who were quite passionate about how much they love cliffhangers. Nine, actually. I checked, they’re all writers.
They say cliffhangers increase sales, the results here would seem to deny that statement.
As for me, I’ve never liked them, they irritate me. If you’re telling me a story, finish it, dang it. I’m okay, and so are a lot of readers, with leaving a few hints of things to come, but finish the main thread of the book.
So, there it is, the people have spoken. Cliffhangers won’t be appearing in any of my books. Yes, there may be more for the characters to do in future stories, but each book will come to a satisfactory conclusion…. and that concludes this post. tee hee
I’d seriously like your opinion on cliffhangers. Now, I have no problem with a long story arc that continues over several books, TV episodes, or movie series, but I have to say, this trend of ending every book , episode, or movie with a cliffhanger really rubs my fur the wrong way.
As you know, when I write a series there is a long story arc, but each book in the series ends with a resolution to the current problem for the main characters. Yes, they know there will be more to face, but for the moment all is well, the reader can catch a breather before heading into the next adventure.
The Children of the Goddess series is a prime example of what I’m saying. That one begins here:
Well, it finally happened, my publisher caught me at a weak moment and talked me into being interviewed on The Writer’s Block, a feature of the Lesfic Reading Group. Find it on Facebook here: Lesfic Reading Group
Yes, that’s the look on my face when I realized what I’d done. sigh (Tee hee) This will be a live interview from 11:00 to 1:00 Saturday February 2nd/2019. I believe that’s Central time. Anyway, follow that link to check out the time.
So, if you’ve ever wondered about the reclusive Prudence MacLeod, come join the fun, ask me anything, learn far more than you really wanted to, find out what I’m up to next, and more.
Yep, went to the city on Friday instead of hiding out. My lady had a medical appointment, so off we went. It was spooky as hell. I drove along normally busy streets, but there was no traffic. Bemused, I remarked upon it.
“Look at the parking lots.” That observation from Lady K showed me where everyone was. I swear, there wasn’t an empty parking spot in the entire city. However, that didn’t last. By two o’clock there was utter gridlock everywhere. I swear, if I was a student again I’d be working up a thesis on this phenomenon.
So, for the next week we’ll be hiding out and recouping from that exhausting trip. I’ll be working on the next book in the Forgotten Worlds Series. I’m really enjoying these stories, and actually wondering who or what these characters will bump into next. If you haven’t yet read ECHO, here’s where to find her:
Today I’ll give you a bit of background about how SUVI came to be. I’ve had the idea of Forgotten Worlds in mind for years, The Elvish Chronicles were my first foray into that idea. In that series the humans have managed to survive and thrive, but have fallen back into a Medieval world which they share with other species. You can find that series and more here: All the good stuff!
In SUVI, I took a different approach. Here the humans weren’t able to survive the harsh realities of an alien planet with any success. The planet’s indigenous species have driven the humans underground and also mutated several of them. In this reality, the last of the humans are saved by the great ship that brought them to the planet, or are they? Find out here:
This was one of those books that demanded to be written. I awakened in the middle of the night with a voice in my head. The first two chapters were written before I was allowed to sleep. I love it when a story grabs me like that.
I’ll sign off for now and get my butt back to work. I have another Children of the Wild story to complete.