Some write. Some smithe words. Me, I just scribble down random letters and hope they don't scare the paper.
(I did a little editing again -- not too much -- just to see how things go...)
I guess it is...
Should I plan a fourth book, with the first one not even finished then? Frankly, I do not know. Then again, I retitled the second book, and now I have a spare cover and leftover bits...
The good news first. Kind's Kiss has received a proper ending. I just couldn't stand the cliffhanger myself, so by adding and moving stuff it now can stand on its own.
The attentive reader may have noticed a change in the titles reserved for the 2nd and 3rd book... When bringing the first book to a conclusion I simply ended up with too much material. Part of that moved into book 2, and part of book moved into book 3, and... now I'm in trouble 😁
The bad news then. Well, if you hated the first book, you're going to dislike the thought of me planning yet another entry. In fact, I hate myself for even considering it...
My four (current) working titles:
Being mostly a retrofitting pantser, I sometimes wonder if those characters already exist somewhere out there in the universe, and that the random firing of my synapses register their actions, with me just being a passive observer.
To take that analogy one step further, if I don't like what they do, or their actions do not match my narrative, I tune to a different station / reality, and continue from there.
If I'm actually rewriting their history... damn, must they hate me by now!
Regardless, may I introduce you to my two new, best friends:
After browsing these two bricks, I suddenly feel bad for editors...
Oh, and I'd love to see a 'two volume' version of the Mirriam-Webster, IN A LARGER FONT. The people who can afford this book typically have poor eyesight, so why make those letters that small and the paper that thin?!?
A bonus chapter from book 1, as we're approaching Christmas.
Originally, this was titled 'More Alone Than Others' and it was written for a Christmas writing competition, but somehow it ended up being Gwen's story.
Some minor spoilers - do not read if you're looking experience book 1 to the fullest!
Update: removed. I Warned ya...
I'm so far beyond schedule that it ain't funny anymore...
- currently spending the big bucks on an editor (nothing but the best for the reader)
- reshuffling some chapters
- reconsidering the titles and covers for books 2 and 3 (may have to add some stuff)
As compensation I'll give you the naked truth, above as well as below... I have a little snack for you, but first a warning:
This is a bit of a spoiler for the romanticists amongst us, so you might want to skip it!
(And I'll delete it later, this is only a temporary peace offering 😅)
Still wanna' read? Here's your bonus chapter.
Thinks are not going as smoothly as I would like. Real Life Interference (TM) has distracted me somewhat lately...
Once those affairs are out of the way I can fully re-focus on Kind's Kiss and the editor's feedback.
Dear Beta Readers - hang in tight! I promised you that hard-copy, and I'll keep my promise! (No matter how long it will take 😅)
I took the liberty to work on chapter one of the third book, which features 'the Bronco'.
Here's McKinnon's Bronco, before and after... (Yeah, I know these are different years / models, but it's the thought that counts.)
I got some early feedback from the editor and beta readers, and it showed me I'm not done yet. Which doesn't surprise me, sadly enough.
So, I'm returning to book one to clean up some dialogue, and apply the lessons learned to Kind's Kiss. It's also going to be my last edit until the editor has seen all of it. And told me my writing ***** 😅
That probably means I have to work on Daughter of the Beast as well. Darn. Just when I thought I was making progress...
Book 2, Daughter of the Beast is complete (again?) though not 'dusted and done', I'll have to give it one more edit, I guess...
(Yeah, I know. I claimed to have completed it before, and I did, but then I decided to make some changes, so it wasn't complete. Hmpf. But now it is, precluding any edits or further rewrites, obviously 😅)
I've incorporated the feedback from my Alpha readers, and moved some scenes around. Some ended up in book 3, including the 'scythe' scene.
I'm posting the draft version on Neovel and Wattpad. It's around 100k, pretty much the same size as book 1, Kind's Kiss.
Will be continued!
I rewrote the first three chapters of Daughter of the Beast and moved some other bits around. I'm considering changing the cover as well, just a bit, as it no longer entirely matches.
The current candidate looks like this:
My Beta readers convinced me to change the title to Daughter of the Beast. And as you know, Beta readers are always right.
I've adjusted the links to the drafts below. You can still read the same story, it's only the title that changed 😁