editing time!

I was so ambitious when I planned for the third Wolf Point prequel to be released May 1.  Quite honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking, because I had planned to write the rough draft during April’s Camp Nanowrimo.  Like when I wrote The Madman, the rough draft was not in fact completed by the end of camp.  With a new deadline of June 1st, I raced to try to finish the rough draft.

Did I mention that the June 1 deadline was my publication date?

Obviously, I missed that deadline as well.  Just last night, I managed to finish the first draft.  Editing is an easier process than writing, so hopefully I can make my new deadline of July 1.  (I will most definitely be pushing back my deadline for the fourth and final Wolf Point novel, Warriors – as of right now it’s August 1, but yeah, I’m planning to write the rough draft during July’s Camp, so August 1 is NOT HAPPENING).

What took so long for this draft?

Unlike the other two prequels, I didn’t have as much freedom in the timeline.

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I had both a historical timeline, and I was working through the years of recent history to where the Wolf Point books begin.  This covers approximately 100 years.  I had to account for all those years somehow, as well as deal with what might have been going on politically and socially in that time.  I knew I wanted to include the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888 (not to be confused with the 1888 Blizzard that hit the East Coast), and I also had to research what was going on with several of the Native American tribes in that region during those years, which was… a lot.  Famine, being forced onto reservations, etc.  It’s amazing how much research I have to do for what amounts to a paragraph.  Or I try to write something simple, like someone cooking over a fire, only to discover after doing research that the particular tribe I am writing about cooked over hot stones, not fires.

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And then there were the family trees.  I have pretty much determined that it’s impossible to make a cohesive family tree for the Five Families.  The characters kept having babies and I kept forgetting to write them down.  I found myself with two characters named Charles, three named Sarah, and one whose name was both Ainsley and Kieran.

But the good news is that the end is in sight!  My goal is to have The Seer published before summer reading madness hits at my library, and get busy with writing Warriors (so far there’s just a rather vague outline and some scenes written when I had planned the series to be 6 books and the 4th book was from Misty’s POV and titled Fighters).

a week of writing and revising

As April winds to an end, I find myself in the midst of two things: finishing up my story for Camp Nanowrimo, and preparing Scavengers for release later this week!

Currently I’m at around 18,500 words in “The Madman,” which will be a second Wolf Point prequel novella.  I only need to write about 500 words a day to get to my goal of 20K by the April 30th deadline.  Along the way some interesting things have happened.  I had planned for this installment to be all about Fallon Loupe going mad.  I wasn’t sure what part Geo would have in it… and it’s been a much bigger part than I expected!

I took this week off so I can edit and prepare Scavengers.  After finishing the first draft last month I needed to take some time away from it before really editing.  Now I have the whole week… here we go!

forgot to mention…

beast cover 2The Beast – a Wolf Point prequel novella – is out!

You can find it at Amazon for 99 cents, and free at Barnes & Noble.  Over at Smashwords you can download it in any file type for free.

The Beast is the origin story of Geo, the oldest known werewolf.  This is the first of a series of prequel novellas.

As Nanowrimo rapidly approaches, I’m torn about what I want to write.  I’d love to finish Scavengers before November 1st (highly unlikely), but I’m considering just using November to write/finish a number of projects.  Finish Scavengers, and start work on the next prequel novella, since I have about 30,000 words left to go before finishing Scavengers and the novella would be between 20-30,000 words.  That equals 50,000 words…

On the other hand, I could write a fourth book in the Wolf Point series, which I want to be from Misty’s point of view.

Or, I could write Wayward Ghosts, which is already a few chapters long, so kind of cheating.  Seems like unless I write Wolf Point #4, I’m going to be a Nano cheater this year. Decisions, decisions.

a big sigh of relief!

I finally did it.  I finally completed the first draft of Dreamwalkers!!

It’s a pretty big accomplishment for me.  Not only is it the first novel I’ve completed outside of Nanowrimo since Hitchhikers (3 years ago!) but it is also the first sequel I’ve ever completed.  You’ll find the Dreamwalkers page now under Novels instead of Works-in-Progress.

Let the editing commence!

And also the writing of The Beast of Gevaudan!  This story is going to be a bloodbath.  Seriously – a body count of over 100.  I’m excited!

I find that spring is a time of year when I get a lot of projects finished.  Aside from my Nanowrimo novels, most of my other novels were completed in the spring.  Do any of you find that there is a particular time of year that is most productive for you?

to camp or not to camp?

The time of Camp Nanowrimo is upon us again.  I wasn’t planning on attending, but then again, my 2014 goal of writing 500 words a day hasn’t exactly panned out, and of course now that I’m nearing completion on Dreamwalkers, my mind is having slutty new ideas.  Such as a Wolf Point prequel novella called The Beast of Gevaudan, which would be the story of Geo, oldest living werewolf and alpha of the enemy pack (I can’t remember if I mention him in Hitchhikers, but he is definitely discussed in Dreamwalkers).

So of course I’ve been spending more time lately gathering information on Gevaudan and Soissons and other areas in France that were beset by wolf attacks thought to be werewolves, instead of finishing Dreamwalkers.  But I’m so close!  It’s just hard.  Really hard.  I have the final sentence of the book in my head, it’s just a matter of getting there.  Seriously, I feel like there are only a couple of scenes between me and that ending.

And yet, slutty new idea.

Perhaps if I decide to do camp, I will crank out the end of Dreamwalkers in the next 4 days?  And since The Beast of Gevaudan would be a prequel novella, I wouldn’t have to go full-force for a 50,000 word goal.  I’d try for only 20-30,000 words, and that would give me time to edit Dreamwalkers?

Hmmm…