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Release Schedule Update

ma8-coverI am excited to announce that Pin:  Book 8 in the Metatron’s Army Series will be released December 1, 2018. 

The trailer is available for viewing.

I will be shortening the release cycle for the remainder of the books in the series.

A wonderful and unexpected outcome of the transition from Middlegame to Endgame.

Though there is a lot of work yet to be done to complete the series, I already have my eyes on new exciting projects.

S tay tuned…

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Bringing a Story to Life: Time to Pay the Piper

clipart-scotland-8Well, I’ve gone as far as I can and now I have to decide which of the two paths to “dark moment” resolution I’m going to take.

It really will have to be one or the other.

At least I’m prepared.

I spent a better part of the afternoon sorting through folders and better organizing my files.

I have a feeling that I’m going to use the stuff I wrote originally, last summer.

It provides more insight into the character relationships than the actions that drove them.

In going this route it better serves the story in its original form.

It doesn’t affect the ending or the endgame novels.

The Madness.  It took a lot of preparation to get to this point.

  • I reread books 8 and 9
  • I reorganized my files
  • I reorganized my play lists
  • I used up my get out of jail free cards (distractions)

I also took care of some of the slivers in my life; issues I’d let go because I was so focused on what I was doing with the MA series.

I pushed back on people who’d been taking advantage of the fact I was otherwise distracted. 

The Method.  I basically have to open several files simultaneously and go back and forth, knitting together the progression that leads the way.

The only way out is through.

A bit of encouragement.  I heard from my beta reader, who is nearing the end of Pin: Book 8 in the series.  They said they didn’t want to stop reading to go eat dinner and as soon as they’re finished, they are going back to the story.

The dishes can wait, apparently.

That was cool.

Bringing a Story to Life: Getting Too Far Ahead

turtoise-clipart-tortoise-and-the-hare-3.jpgWrapping up post production work for Pin: Book 8 in the Metatron’s Army Series.  It feels great to be so far ahead of release deadlines.

except…

Untying a Knot.  The books that comprise the Middle Game of the series are tied so closely to each other, I decided last summer to keep them all in one document that I would break apart into individual pieces later.

Which I did.

Trouble is, in some cases, I had difficulty remembering which scenes ended up in which books.

As I circled back around to Book 8, I realized pieces I needed to know about were in books 9, 10, 11, and maybe even 12.

Worse, I’d written scenes I planned to insert in the future then filed them in a way I thought was logical – only to find it wasn’t.

Double the Work.  To address the problem and keep it organized, I ended up having to read Pin and the other books simultaneously.

The Tale of Two Endings.  Because of good intentions gone bad, I ended up having two versions of the climax resolution.

And I like both of them!!!

Have Faith In the Process.  I suppose it serves me right for getting so far ahead.

I forgot that I did it right the first time. 

I need to trust myself more.

I’ve only been living with the Middle Game for the past 15 months straight. 

Leave It Alone Already!  I always like to reread the novel immediately prior to designing the book cover, slides for the book trailer, and writing the back of book description.  Unfortunately, it’s difficult for me to be “just the reader.”  I tweaked a couple of paragraphs then realized – my beta reader has the copy!

It’s not nice to send edits to a beta reader so I had some fun with that.

Pin will be available for purchase December 15, 2018.

The book trailer will be available November 15.

Now:  Back to Bind: Book 9.

Due March 15, 2019

 

Bringing a Story to Life: Pacing Production

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So, I woke up at 5:30 this morning from a weird dream about attending a Ford Supply Chain event at Disney World.

I actually did attend one though it wasn’t at Disney. 

After the dream dissipated the very first thought that popped into my mind was the realization that I have a major plot flaw in Pin, Book 8 of the Metatron’s Army Series.

It’s not only a flaw to the book, it’s a major flaw to the series.

I lay there and considered how I might change the scene in order to fix the flaw, realized I couldn’t.

While a good part of the story has been developed since the summer of 2016, the major components and four central characters are part of the original story developed beginning in the winter of 1984. 

The scene has been a vivid image in my mind for decades.  It was one of the parts of the story that appeared as a mini movie first.  I “watched” it play on my mental screen and incorporated it into the story.

A great deal of the story developed this way.  Like with the NDE, I never questioned what I was seeing or worried “how can this be?” for things not easily explained.  I simply wrote it down.

I now see simply accepting as is has an inherent vulnerability in it.  It’s one thing to see it on the Celestial Plane.  It’s another to translate it on this one.

A bit of explanation is needed. 

So, no changing the scene.  I had to work with what I had.  After ten minutes I realized my Rehearsal tool wasn’t going to cut it.  I decided to let it go and work on it later.  The moment I decided to do that the solution popped into my head.

So here I am on my second cup of coffee about to repair the flaw.  Fortunately, it won’t take much.

A few lines of dialogue between a couple of the characters during a critical scene will take care of it.

The updated copy will be sent to the beta reader shortly after.

This is why I try to get the manuscript into post production as soon as I’m able.  In leaving myself enough time, I don’t have to panic.

Pin will be out December 2018.

Bringing a Story to Life: Rehearsing

An Empty Theatre StageI just handed Pin: Book 8 in the Metatron’s Army Series off to the beta reader.

It will be available December 15, 2018

Being so far ahead in the series enables me to work on a number of administrative details associated with being a writer.

Such as releasing videos on the paranormal aspect of how Metatron’s Army came to be and how it got its name on my Youtube Channel.

It also allows me to participate in something I call Rehearsals.

The practice grew out of the hours spent reviewing various scenes before bed.

This entire series has been like writing in reverse.  I saw the story first, with characters and scenes appearing and playing out like a movie.  The story evolved as I paid close attention to who they were and what was taking place.

One day while listening to music and playing endless Free Cell, a twist turned a sometimes-tedious activity into a wonderful writer’s tool.

Playing Free Cell while listening to music draws my mind to a meditative state which helps fuel the creativity necessary for writing, including nonfiction writing.

I was working on a scene that involved several characters.  This can be a challenge because every time you have to switch the point of view, you risk pulling the reader out of the story.  When the tempo of the song changed I found myself naturally viewing the same scene through the eyes of a different character.  This eventually evolved to the practice of telling the same scene or passage from the viewpoint of different characters.

This has been so successful it not only helped me clean up the scenes, it allowed other plot twists to surface.

It also gave me great insight into the other characters, to learn more about them.  Since some of these were secondary or tertiary characters, I wouldn’t have necessarily been able to connect to them as deeply otherwise.

As a story teller, I consistently saw the value of “hearing” the other characters’ points of view.

This often presents itself through “listening” to dialogue between the various characters in any scene.

The perspective gained from the practice has led to several alternative scenes and though the overall plot did not change, it did allow me to explore the characters in ways I hadn’t considered.  This allowed me to illustrate their ability to grow through the story and with the help of the other characters, who often see them differently depending on their relationship to them.

Adversary, ally, lover, friend, subordinate.

The more often I spent time on Rehearsal the more opportunities I saw to develop the plot and the characters.  As I followed up on these by adding scenes, I found myself growing more confident and a lot happier with my story and with who the characters were becoming.

Especially, Christine.

From that confidence, came an unconscious act.  I wrote from the character as and after they’d grown.  Since I write character driven stories, I was thrilled to see how it strengthened not only the characters, but the story itself.

It also gave me courage to write actions appropriate to a character who had grown, matured, developed self-confidence.  This was particularly fun when it came to

  • Her authority over others
  • Her interactions with other authority figures
  • Her actions as a lover who has more self-confidence

It was also fun to write the other characters’ reactions to her new behavior.

They could no longer pay lip service to the authority bestowed on her.

This allowed me to take various characters in directions I hadn’t planned.

I have really enjoyed Rehearsal and have created play lists I use just for this activity.

These playlists tend to be instrumental though I do have a few with vocals.  Typically, songs with vocals drive my motivation in a different direction, acting more to just get me in the mood to write.

The best part about Rehearsal is I can do it anywhere.

  • In bed before sleep
  • Outside while observing nature
  • While rereading a reread of a reread of a reread of one of my favorite authors

Any activity where my mind does not have to be totally engaged.

In other words, do not do while driving or operating heavy machinery.

The biggest challenge is exiting Rehearsal Mode and entering Writer Mode.

And on that note – it’s time to get to Promotion:  Book 9 which will be released March 15, 2019.