This past week began with snarling and grousing about the continuing saga of writing, or rather, revising my book. "The Singing Stones of Rendor" plot line is completed, but my editor has said a few of my characters need some added punch. So I punched them.
They aren't happy, but I am. I feel better now. I even created a new character to get my main character in trouble. The scene was inspired by two books from Mary Stewart's Authurian Saga, "The Crystal Cave," and "The Hollow Hills." (I highly recommend these two books, as well as the other books in the series.)
My problem now is to complete the revision. I'm only on chapter six of 30 chapters. So, how hard can this be? Well, they're putting up a lot of resistance. We've literally gotten down in the dirt and fought over some of these new scenes. I'm winning, so far. I have a conniving mind, but they have youth on their side. We'll see who wins later.
I called a time out to attend an Oquirrh Writers function tonight. Tristi Pinkston presented information about blogging. That's a subject I've resisted for some time, but I was surrounded by a bunch of alluring women who persuaded me to get started. (I was the only testosterone laden person in a room of 15 females. It was overwhelming.) Tristi is one fun and funny lady. She was the Master of Ceremonies at the LDStorymakers Conference this year. It just so happens I also attended her lecture about blogging. She convinced me I needed a blog then, but I still had a lot of internal resistance. Today I finally succumbed.
Another task assumed this week has been to do some brainstorming and critiquing on a book in Diann Thornley Read's new military SciFi series. (I'll not spoil it by revealing titles here. Visit her blog or website for the announcement.) The first book is expected to be released by Tor Books in February 2014. I've stolen my Kindle Fire back from my wife to download and read her "Sergey Chronicles" series. How did I miss these books? I love military SciFi. How great is it to be involved with an author of this caliber? Well, "exciting" doesn't even come close to defining the event.
Well I've rubbed elbows with some great people this week, both virtually and actually. Including the characters in my book. What fun!!