Inspiration continues to elude me when it comes to blog posts. So today’s a bit of a mish-mash.
I was drawing a complete blank for a blog post for this week. Then, on Saturday I realized that no matter how cold the weather, it was March 1st, and my February PerNoReMo was complete. Kate Johnston may recall one of my December or January comments where I said I wanted to keep moving forward with Death Out of Time, even when I got stuck, because I didn’t want to switch to Summer at the Crossroads and use it as a crutch.
But I can only bang my head against a desk so many times. After making no real progress in December or January, I gave myself permission to work on Summer’s rebuild. I already had the new ideas sketched out and started a new Scrivener file.
So far, very little has come over from the original file, just a few setting descriptions and part of the original opening scene for Kat’s world. And that’s likely it. This truly is a rebuild. Although only 9,015 words into the process, I don’t recognize the stories. Catherine faces what I thought would take place in a sequel. Elements of that now-defunct sequel also now flow through Kat’s and Kathryn’s stories, tightening the weave between them. One of the “potted plants” is now a supporting character and has surprised the hell out of me. Others, once supporting, have ended up on the cutting room floor. It’s fascinating to watch these new stories take shape. Will readers enjoy them? That remains to be seen.
But without further ado, here’s a sketch from the rebuild. Previously, I gave some clips from Kat Donnelly’s adventures in her world. Here’s one from Kathryn Donnellan’s universe. It’s an initial draft of the opening for her story and, of course, subject to change.
Have you ever thought you were good at something and then encountered others who left you in their dust? If we’re honest, we should all be answering, “Yes.” After all, we don’t become experts at something overnight. There’s always a learning curve. Even if we’ve now mastered something, others were there before us.
It’s hard to be motivated when waking up to a scene like I did last Thursday:
First things first—we have a winner for a free copy of Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the World from the publisher, Forest Avenue Press. Excluding me and Laura Stanfill, 20 people commented on the post by the deadline. Comments were assigned a number from 1 to 20 in order of their posting from earliest (1) to last (20). Follow up comments were not included in the count. Using Random.org, I generated a random number between 1 and 20, and 13 came up. Continue reading
Where did January go? A month into 2014, and I feel like I’m already behind. Honestly, though, I can’t complain about the day job being busy. That’s good. We don’t want to be faced with too little work in that particular arena. Continue reading
To thank everyone who has contributed comments to my recent book review of A Simplified Map of the Real World, editor and publisher Laura Stanfill will give away a free copy of the book to a random commenter on the original post.
If you haven’t already commented and would like to be entered for the giveaway, please leave a comment (as short or long as you’d like) on the original post by 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 7 February 2014. I’ll then select a random number based on the final number of distinct commenters (excluding myself and Laura, of course) and announce the winner in my post of 11 February 2014. Those of you who have already commented are already entered.