Reading before typing: writing Redemption

Yesterday was a huge and happy milestone for me.  I finished the first draft of Redemption, a Dragon Core Bite Size Pieces story that is definitely a full-length novel, at over 88K words!

I will happily price it as a Bite Size Pieces as that is the commitment I made to my readers.

At this point I will set the story aside for several days and while I’m already onto the next project I will be working on tasks related to its release.

Book cover, back of book description. Excerpt, landing page, etc

I’ll get back to the story in a week or two and refine and edit and pass it along to my beta reader. Then more refine and edit and then release.

As I’ve written previously, this story really took on a life of its own and while that is significant as it provides insight into yet another methodology I employ, it’s unique in another way.

Writer or Reader?  At some point past the 45K mark I realized I wasn’t writing the book so much as reading it.

I kind of disconnected from the fingers going across the keyboard and was reading the words in my mind before they appeared on the screen.  It’s almost like writing from a trance state.  Weird.  And, not typical.

I can count on one hand the number of times this phenomenon has occurred with a book I’m writing.

I have, however, read interviews with authors who have said the Muse was using their hands to get the story down.

I once saw a fiction movie about a writer in which he says that sometimes the story chooses the writer.  I imagine the stories in which I become reader while writing are a version of this concept.

I find it interesting that I have particularly enjoyed the books in which I was simultaneously reader and writer.  

Though I like all my work.

They don’t have a common theme between them that would suggest a certain type of story will induce this state.  

The Paranormal in Action?  I’ve written and spoken about how the Silva Method developed by Jose Silva has been one of the best investments I’ve made, how it continues to pay back on the money, time, and energy spent.  Something I read in Jose’s autobiography may explain this interesting phenomenon to a degree.

Jose developed the method over a period of years and it was initially done with the idea of helping his kids do better in school.  As such, he worked with one of his daughters who was, I believe, junior high age at the time.  

The method was raw at this point.

He talked about how a breakthrough came when his daughter began answering questions he hadn’t yet asked.  She was somehow reading his mind.  It was the beginning of what would entail years of trial and error and continuous refinement but what I got out of it was that the mind was able to anticipate and respond accordingly.  In my Event Horizon app presentation Captain’s Log Part VI: The Fourth Dimension, I talk about how I came to see that the information I got in exercises was a foreshadowing in some cases of what was to come.  When I circle this back to Jose’s experience with his daughter (which was far from isolated as graduates know), I see a possible explanation for the reading of something in my mind before I think or type it.

My theory is that when this happens my mind has attenuated to a certain part of the alpha frequency which is the daydream frequency and a place from which we can create and pulls the information before the tactile response of my physical body has engaged.

I see the words in my mind before I see them on the screen. I’m not thinking them, I’m reading them.

There are subtle nuances in the way it plays out from book to book when this has been the case.  In one of the Metatron’s Army novels, it felt as if I was suddenly remembering something rather than read/writing it for the first time.  That feeling stayed with me for three sequential books though I did not have the sense of reading before typing the way I did in the first of the three, just felt as if I was remembering something somehow familiar.

I am very pleased with how Redemption has turned out and find myself thinking, “Wow, I never would have thought to do that,” which further fuels the paranormal fire.  

As someone whose life is continuously interwoven with such wondrous experiences, I’ve come to appreciate them.

I anticipate Redemption will be ready for release mid-November, 2020.

Stay tuned.

51K And Counting

Happy to say that Redemption, a Dragon Coreshorter” story is at 53K plus and counting.  And counting.  And…

So much for shorter.  This book is writing itself.

I am always amazed by the fact no matter how many stories I write there’s always a new way, a new angle. 

Something new to learn.

Redemption started as a maybe, turned into a this would work, and evolved into a runaway horse.  Fortunately, I managed to lasso the beast and get things under control.  

I think.

Maybe.  Months back and in response to the global chaos I decided to do shorter stories that were filed under the various sci-fi series I have going.  I quickly kicked out three “shorter” Bite Size Pieces that fit within two of the three series.  

All that was left was to do something for the Dragon Core series.

I was surprised by how difficult it was to come up with a story I was happy with for this series which is itself evolving into more than I imagined when I initially conceived it.

I think it’s because for the depth of passion I include I felt doing something short would “short change” author and reader both.

This Would Work.  As I worked on BeaconRainmakerKarma, and Mirror, I mentally chewed on an idea for the Dragon Core series.  

But it felt lukewarm.

Runaway Horse.  Determined I put fingers to keyboard and forged ahead figuring after I got past the initial “oh my god this is going to take forever” I always feel when starting a new novel, it would smooth out.

Little did I know.

This smoothing out process took far longer than I’m used to.

More than once I worried I was forcing it – never good.

I continued to push through.

What choice did I have?  Quit?  After talking about the story for weeks if not months?  Um – no.

suddenly, like the sun bursting through the clouds, the thing took off.  

Twenty thousand words turned into thirty turned into …

Lasso to the Rescue!  Worried I’d lost the thread of intention if not the story, I took time to go back and read what I had from the beginning.

I’d started the book with a significant event in mind but wasn’t sure where in the story the event would take place.  I worried I’d backed myself into a corner and would have to rip out sections to fix it.

To my relief I ‘d written the book in such a way I could decide later on.

I’d written everything so it could go in either direction.

Rather than just moving on ahead, however, I took time to do research.

  • Podcast of Templar Battle Tactics**
  • Article on sleeping habits of horses

Redemption continues to evolve, dragging me along for the ride.

But I’m holding on.

This Dragon Core story which is a full-length novel that will – as promised – be put under the Bite Size Pieces umbrella will be available for purchase Autumn 2020.

I will work on a landing page in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

**To listen to the podcast by JStephen Roberts click here.

Full steam ahead

So, sitting here working to develop the characters for the upcoming Redemption, one of two Dragon Core short stories I will be releasing. It’s proving a bit of a unique challenge. I have two plots, either one of which could fit Redemption.

This happened with Beacon and Rainmaker.

Though the characters in the stories are not interchangeable I’m having a hard time working on more than the fundamentals because I have both plot lines going through my head.

I have a feeling I’m going to end up writing both stories simultaneously.

Over and over in recent years I’ve found the path to story development – my career development – taking some unique and interesting twists.

Often I’ll have an idea for a book or a series years before I start to work on it.

The idea for Dragon Core came while I was still finishing Metatron’s Army and though I began researching for Cauldron of the Gods while working on Adjudication, it was several months before I started the series.

The idea for Ghost Games came as I was about to go for a walk along the Embarcadero in San Diego. As I was making my way down the stairwell of the high-rise we were living in, an image flashed in front of me. I stopped on the stairwell to study the image and though I was unable to glean much outside a location and a generic nature of the image, I understood enough about it to know that at some point it would be a novel.

At that point I thought it would be a one off. By the time I set to work on Mirror, I knew I had a series.

Metatron’s Army was a project that spanned decades. As I hadn’t intended to publish the story working out the details once the decision was made took time and also had to brew in the background.

I was still publishing nonfiction works regarding EMF Sensitivity.

I also have an app I’ve been working on and will be releasing late summer/early fall 2020.

I’ve been testing it and so far so great. I’m very happy with it.

I will be releasing videos in the coming weeks to provide details.

The plot for the app like my novels evolved over time.

26 years to be exact.

I’m excited about all the projects in the queue and look forward to sharing details in the near future.

Stay tuned.

Up Next: Redemption

So – happy to report I’m finally done with the final draft of Mirror, a Ghost Games Case File.

It is now in the hands of the beta reader.

I anticipate a Late August/Early September 2020 release date.

A landing page will be up within the next couple of weeks.

Though I’m also working on an app I’m hoping to release Late Summer/ Early Fall 2020, I managed to figure out the next story, to work on Redemption, a Dragon Core Short Story.

This will be a Bite Size Pieces offering.

Though not part of the original series, like Shadow of the Gods, Redemption will further immerse readers in the world of Dragon Core, providing insight into a different shadow species.

Readers of the series will find plenty of familiar characters alongside new ones.

I anticipate a Late Summer Early Fall 2020 release for this Dragon Core installment.

Stay Tuned!

Mirror – Final Draft!

Thrilled to announce that I completed the final draft of Mirror, a full-length Ghost Games Case File.

And none too soon. I’ve gotten to the point where I cleaned the ice maker, the coffee maker, the internal dryer lint filter…

This novel is on track for a late summer/early fall 2020 release.

There are other projects including an app in the queue.

I’m happy to be able to move on to new writing projects, including two Bite Size Pieces vying for mental attention.

As is the laundry. Grrrrrrr

Stau tuned!

I will have a landing page for Mirror up in the near future.

Clearing the block

So, after a two week break I’m back at Mirror, a full-length Ghost Games Case File.

My breaks aren’t generally real breaks since I spend a most of the time thinking about plots and characters.  However, I did spend an entire week just reading for pleasure.

I also organized my entire house from top to bottom including cupboards, closets, and cleaning the garage.  

Thank god the donate station is open again!

When one week turned into two and I still didn’t feel the muse, I began to do a little mental movie watching.

This is the process where I will run scenes in my head like a movie so I can swap characters, change up dialogue, action, etc.  I generally do this as I wind down for sleep though I may do it while playing round after round of Free Cell since it’s so mindless.

Usually, this is all it takes to get the creative juices flowing again.  However, when I was a day past the two week mark and still didn’t have a good feel for what to work on I decided to take a second look.

I also wrote way too many emails – for which I apologized to the recipients.  Obviously, I was stalling so I didn’t have to face what might be causing the problem.

As I did manage to get a few book ideas going over the previous evenings I decided to do a bit more mental movie watching – with the intent of coming up with a project to work on. Long story short, of the four books I have in the queue, I decided to do…I didn’t know!

After all that work I STILL didn’t know!

The four choices are 2 Dragon Core books, a Ghost Games story, and a Metatron’s Army story.

Since I couldn’t figure out which one to tackle and as Mirror was already in first draft complete mode, I decided to work on that.  It was at that point I realized what the problem was.  On some unconscious level I needed to finish that one and get it out before I could free myself to work on anything else.

It would have been nice to tell myself but hey, better late than never.

It’s unusual for me to get locked into one story at a time.  I like to work on multiple stories simultaneously because it’s how my writing mind works which makes it soothing.  That this happened let me know I unconsciously send messages to myself and it’s worth noting the change in pattern.

So next time I don’t worry about a delay in getting back to it, though I DO have a cleaner more organized house for it.

So, I’m working to have Mirror available late fall/early summer 2020.  

I have a couple of Bite Size Pieces stories in the queue along with additional full-length novels across all the series.

Stay tuned!

Shadow of the Gods & More

So, just finished the first draft of Mirror, a full-length Ghost Games Case File.

Release summer, 2020.

Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core series, will be available July 4th.

Currently available for pre-order.

Whereas Cauldron laid the foundation for the series Shadow takes readers inside the world of the shifters themselves, through relationships and the unfolding of events that circle back to the first book and go back even further, allowing readers to see what it’s like to be a shape shifter living on Earth in the 21st century.

As I developed the main character, raven shifter Cayden V ale, I considered 

  • how would an individual who was part animal interact on a friendship level? 
  • how would they express intimacy?

Toward the beginning of the story we get a glimpse into how he might defend himself.  Further in we learn how he interacts as a friend and then a lover.  Later we learn more about defense.  

I gave a lot of consideration to how he would behave, what he would do to express feelings or otherwise demonstrate emotion.

He’s Shadow.  

  • What does that mean and how does that fit into the government/order/society of shape shifters?
  • How does his being Shadow affect his relationship with those around him both human and shifter?

I enjoyed this book because it allowed me to explore the complex world of shape shifters through the filter of simplicity offered by Mica Gilotti who is just graduating high school as the story begins.

Mica relays information to the audience not just about having one as a lover but having them as friends or colleagues.

My next project is Messenger of the Gods, third in the Dragon Core series.

For more information about Shadow, see the video on the book’s landing page.

Rainmaker update

Rainmaker, the second case file in the Ghost Games Series is now available for download, with one exception. The kindle version is still processing.

It should be ready any time.

I will post an update on the kindle version when I have it. In the meantime, the other versions are all available for download.

Including the no-cost option.

I am currently working on Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core Series, which will be available for relese in the coming weeks.

Stay Tuned!

Karma available for download!

I am pleased to announce that Karma, first of the Metatron’s Army Chronicles stories is available for download.

As I have written, there is a free download available. However, the kindle edition will be 99 cents.

I hope you enjoy Karma, a story that ties into the Metatron’s Army Universe.

I am working on Deja Vu, another short story that will be tied to the Ghost Games Series.

I will be releasing Shadow of the Gods in the coming months.

Stay tuned!

Mistakes Are In the Eye of the Beholder

So I’m in “final” edit with Cauldron of the Gods, first in the Dragon Core series which will be released at the end of this month.  As the past few weeks have been – to say the least – chaotic – I elected to go to a café to work.  

I needed to get out of my head.

I was chatting it up with a new employee – a lovely person – the kind who just makes you smile – and realized the good fortune in coming here.  Not only did I get to try a new dish, I got a reminder that mistakes are part of life.

Especially, grammatical mistakes.

To put it in context, I need to explain that throughout the years – perhaps centuries – the rules of grammar have changed.

Nowhere is this truer than in the publishing world.

I was explaining that I’ve been struggling with this particular manuscript – for whatever reason – with various aspects of grammar.

Having a teen who is learning “school grammar” doesn’t help because when I help with homework I have to remind myself the rules are different.

I explained that the rules of grammar are fluid – a concept difficult to explain to someone whose grades are dependent on a textbook rule that may or may not apply in life outside the classroom.

Not to mention there are an entirely different set of rules for writing doctoral dissertations. To the degree you have to buy a book just to learn them!

She shared a story with me about time working for an advertising firm in Boston.  Her boss, apparently unaware of the reality of fluid rules, called her out for writing “had had” in a sentence.

She told me she explained that it was a legitimate use of grammar.

It is. 

 I went on to share that I once worked for a woman who went ballistic because I did a typo on a presentation slide intended for automotive suppliers, writing India instead of Indiana.

Perhaps I was prognosticating a more global supply chain that has since come to pass?

She berated me for the mistake, taking great pains to tell me how I’d humiliated her.

Funny, I never heard about it from the sales rep or the customers.

I actually approached the sales rep to apologize.  He looked at me in confusion then said, “Oh, that.  Don’t worry about it.  No one noticed.”

I wouldn’t say no one.

But as I pointed out to the lady waiting on me this afternoon – it says more about them than us.

And it reminded me not to hold my shoulders up over my ears as I edit. Life, like grammar, is fluid.

In other words, Go With the Flow!