Author’s Log: Running To Catch Up (#ROW80, #amwriting)

Whew! What a week!

So I’m back on track again. I finish a rough draft of THIRTEEN WITCHES, clocking in at a little over 30K words. I still need to fold in Michael’s back story here and there to give it that extra layer of conflict, but all in all I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out.

This coming I start the first Act of my new fantasy novel THE DRAGON’S HEART. It will, I hope, be epic on multiple levels.

This week, I watched a great documentarty on storytelling in TV called Showrunners. There wasn’t as much Joss Whedon in it as I would have liked, but he does make a really great point about the difference between “moments” and “moves”, and how he’ll take a great moment over a big move any day. I’m summarizing here, but basically he pointed out that moments are geared toward making your audience resonate with your characters, where moves like “Gasp! It was his evil twin all along!” give us nothing in the Feels department on their own.

With an eye toward gearing my heroes more toward having something in common with my readers that they can easily connect to (and therefore getting invested in), I’ve been reading Libbie Hawker’s Take Off Your Pants, a book about a different way to outline your story based on character arc rather than plot events.

In my spare moments I’ve been trolling The Internets for costume ideas for my local Comic Con in Tamba Bay this summer. I think I’ve pretty much decided on going Browncoat on Friday and Sunday, and then for the Big Day (Saturday) I’m going to cosplay as Constantine, because I love the show and it seems like a pretty comfortable idea to manage to Florida heat and crowd. Also, I have most of the pieces already, so YAY!

There’s going to be some great guests this year: Carrie Fisher, Iain Glenn, Freema Agyeman (where my Dr. Who fans at?), and, yes, Matt Ryan, who plays Constantine on TV. SO EXCITED.


1. Draft 30K on DRAGON’S HEART. That equates to 9-10K words/week for the next three weeks.

2. Re-release THE LADY TENNANT (Waking Muse #1) for wide distribution. This includes new cover art and updated formatting. I may even be able to add some platforms, like Google Play.

3. Start Planning my launch for BLOOD & STEAM #1, which is due out for release at the end of June. I want to start getting things lined up now, which includes my Amazon Pre-Order and polishing up my cover art.


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