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Writing Process Results

Hi Folks,

We’ve talked about my writing process for a number of weeks now. How about a few peeks into what that process has produced. First I finished the final episode of the Corelian Guard Series. Keep an eye out for Empire’s Fall, the sequel to Empire’s advance.

Next, I completed the sequel to Immortal Tigress.

And yesterday I finished the first draft of the sequel to Lady Blue.

Here’s a peek inside.

Tasha awakened slowly, fear gnawing at her very soul. She was no longer alone in the cold damp basement. The small hairs on the back of her neck were standing up and a shiver crawled slowly up her spine. “Relax woman,” sighed a soft feminine voice. “I’m not going to hurt you.” The speaker was a small girl not much older than Tasha. She had blue spirals painted on her face and arms.
“Who are you? What do you want?”
“I’m called Lady Blue. My name is Kara. Your name is Tasha and you’re in deep shit. I’m here to bring you an option you might not have thought of. Hungry?”
“What do you mean options? Wait, what? Yes, I’m starving. Have you got anything to eat?”
“Sure, try this.” She tossed Tasha a couple of military ration bars then fished a bottle of water out of her backpack. She passed it over.
Tasha forgot everything in her hunger. She devoured the bars then guzzled the water. A moment later she became aware of the small girl watching her. “These are military rations, where did you get them?”

“I took them off a soldier who tried to rape me. Feeling better now?”

And that’s a wrap for this week. Now for the ROW80 check-in.

Again I seem to be well ahead of schedule. I have ROW80 to thank for keeping me on track. Even in the times when I set my goals lower, I still have that need to get something written for the check-in. Thank you one and all for keeping me honest.
So, this past week I managed to drive the word count on my WIP over 60,000 words and to bring the story to its proper ending. I am so thrilled.

Until next time, may your days be filled with sunny skies and smiling faces. 

Bright Blessings

On With the Story

Hi Folks,

It’s a cold windy day here, perfect for story telling. So far we’ve talked about creating the characters and getting into the bad guy’s head. Today let’s talk about getting the story moving. There are any number of ways to do that. I suggest you try a few to see what works best for you.

I talked about some of the characters in Hell Comes Home. Let’s return to that story. Here’s how I got it going.

As a child I used to sit under the kitchen table and listen to my dad and his buddies tell stories. I got to know all their stories and could tell when somebody changed a few things to make a story better.

To get Hell Comes Home rolling I sat back in my chair, closed my eyes, and imagined listening to Dad’s buddy Willard tell him the story. “Now, Hugh, you remember when Gary Rivers went nuts and killed all them folks. Well, his niece Melanie, she was a wild one…”

It didn’t take long before I was typing like crazy. That’s how it works for me, not a lot of plotting and planning, just storytelling as I learned it over sixty years ago.

Give it a try on a short story, see if it’ll work for you.


Okay, checking in again. Seems like I’m not as regular at this as I should be. Anyway, the target for the past week was 2500 words. Success. That puts the current WIP at just over 27,000 words. 

So, on that note, the target for next week will be to push the total over 30,000.

Here’s hoping all you folks have had a stellar summer and are now looking forward to Halloween hi-jinks. 

Bright Blessings to you, one and all