Lingering Shadows of Troubled Dreams
Change Up-date

    Okay, so in the several weeks since my last Un-update, I haven’t exactly carried out the plan to work my way towards editing and readying my next book.  What can I say beyond sometimes I get distracted, very, extremely, horrifyingly distracted.  I did write near 600 kilobytes of yet another somewhat directionless and massive free-writing effort, (For layman that’s about half of one of my normal sized novels) otherwise known as 87,000 words.  It is in similar veins as Wandering Steps across a Starry Sky in that it was never designed to have a purpose beyond entertainment.  But rather than being focused on creating a complete image of a select group of characters this new potential book is mostly focused on world building.  As is often the case with my efforts that story has been pushed off to the side and will likely in some year down the road get a serious revisit and will be added to my catalog one day.

      However that partial story is not why I am suddenly back ‘on record’, breaking the pattern for my silences by saying something well ahead of my normal months between Un-updates.  After I set aside that other story I stepped back into my archives and shockingly enough finished something else, achieving as I so rarely do a completed rough draft.  And perhaps even more shocking to those who have listened to me rant on and off for some years, I finished something I’ve been promising for quite sometime.  The book that will formerly be known as the Sixth Strike, has achieved that much venerated status of being shifted into my ‘Completed’ folder.  I say ‘former’ because after two read throughs and something of a struggle to restart that stalled project, I feel strongly that a change of identity is needed.

     As was mentioned in some of my earliest posts the Sixth Line of Defense was a near complete re-write of an older story.  The book I published at the start of my ‘un’-professional writing career contained ‘most’ of that original story leaving out about 1/4 of that original dialogue dangling.  Originally when I rewrote the story into its’ new embodiment and planned for its’ second coming, the next book was supposed to be an action packed continuation.  One that really piled it on while introducing an expanded world and some other things that would be spoilers if I listed them here, hence I entitled that concept as the Sixth Strike.  However it proved itself to be a very hard seed to sprout, much less grow beyond two dozen pages.  Amusingly enough I had five false starts before my little mutant of a novel really started to grow, which laughably enough makes this recent effort number 6.  If I was a little more crazy, I’d call it kismet, but will leave the declarations of it’s true nature to the historians to decide.

     Of those many false starts, including one that was lost in a great tragedy of a computer that was only ‘mostly dead’ several years ago.  Though that particular version, and it’s great potential, was lost, the story I had been writing stuck with me.  It and its’ four siblings were a heavy influence on me, I won’t lie about that.  Often enough when I start a story there is some singular idea, concept, or scene that I find far too entertaining not to shoot for.  And this was the case for all the scattered false-start pieces, now discarded, for what was supposed to be the next in the Forgotten Children Series.  All of those potential books had some element, some way of expanding that world that I liked very much, so in the ironically apt 6th attempt I combined those various elements.  The book that came of that effort is deeply pleasing, at least to me, and one that definitively plays out the wish to expand upon the first novel, however the results of those efforts are not an action packed romp across the colonies.

    So, in essence, calling the new book The Sixth Strike would be false advertising, the book itself needs a new name, one more in line with the true nature of what those pages contain.  At this time the title that rings the most true is The Sixth Movement, a title which for me calls up mental images of grand orchestrative efforts, complete with violins.  Which suits my whims quite well since this book has now in fact to come to be the soft notes in between the moments of greatest drama.  I had considered seriously The Sixth Revolution, since the less mature among us would have less opportunity to equate that title to something that vaguely rhymes with GM.  However a Revolution much less a Sixth one sounds far better, and much more fitting as what might potentially, in the far off future, be the fourth book of this series.  The title The Sixth Strike has since been pushed back to being third in the line of succession.  Where the title will in fact meet with the idea, since the second book sets it up rather nicely for that part of the expanding story.

    As well as changing the title of that now much closer book, the completion of the rough draft puts me into a position where I feel my better option would be to move ahead with the editing and publishing of the series I have often lamented as being an only child.  That other still unnamed book that would have been my next novel, is far better off being given a stay of sentence, since it will take more work to see finished nice and proper for publishing.  While the cover art for The Sixth Movement will likely not be any less troubling a task to fulfill, what’s beyond that page is a much quicker and easier fix in terms of editing.  (Not to mention it’ll finally give me good reason to give up a repeated lament.)  So at this time my next (little) big thing will be the continuation of the Forgotten Children Series.  But this won’t likely begin until I’ve had some face time with the real and actual inheritor of the name The Sixth Strike, since the beginning of that next book was half the motivation for the finishing of its’ sibling.  Once I’ve gotten at least some of that out of my system, it shouldn’t be too much longer before I find the kick in the pants necessary to make me get to work.

Epic, truly, completely Epic.

Epic, truly, completely Epic.

Assassinations in the shower are on the rise.

Assassinations in the shower are on the rise.

Let there be light, and funny pictures of cats.

Let there be light, and funny pictures of cats.

rabidwerewolfie:

This is what I imagine fire kittens look like.

Colors: Check
Stripes: Check
Super Fuzzy: Check
Adorable: Check
Perturbed expression because it is both cold and wet: Double Check
Conclusion: I hearby declare this a Fire Kitten, we be warned to tread lightly and feed often.

rabidwerewolfie:

This is what I imagine fire kittens look like.

Colors: Check

Stripes: Check

Super Fuzzy: Check

Adorable: Check

Perturbed expression because it is both cold and wet: Double Check

Conclusion: I hearby declare this a Fire Kitten, we be warned to tread lightly and feed often.

I’ll take two.

I’ll take two.

Cats, ruling humanity since 2166 BCE.

Cats, ruling humanity since 2166 BCE.

Revenge is a dish best served cold and fuzzy.

Revenge is a dish best served cold and fuzzy.

Melody, and her new job ambitions. :P

Melody, and her new job ambitions. :P

And a hush falls across the land..

I can not and will not ever claim to be an active user of tumblr, I only with the greatest of rarities indulge in meme’s of any kind on my personal blog, and the directions of that class of distraction as time has gone along has failed to tickle my sense of humor, which is why my other blog went away.  But I do try to put at least some effort to keep my reader’s appraised of what I am up to, at least a few months at a time.  And as of my last un-update, not very much of extra-circular activities has changed.

   I am still writing with regularity and very rare has been the day when my word processor has not been open into the background of whatever else I might be doing.  However, I have not yet finished a hoped for third book but have made several promising starts as well as progress along several fronts during this most recent silence.  Whether these more or less ‘New’ stories will one day find themselves published is a matter for speculators of philosophy and religion to contemplate, because for now I have no interest in ‘sticking to my guns’ and forcing progress.  This has as much to do with the reason why I have not yet finished book 2 of the Forgotten Children series even though it would take less than a day or two to see it in the done, but unedited, category.  It is something that will certainly see more than enough ‘face-time’ with me this year to be finished and published in due course.  But for now a back burner is hardly the worse place for it, sooner or later, the urge will strike me to read through what is there, and then work through to the end of the beginning.

     As for those things I’ve touched, lingered upon, worked on, or otherwise have contemplated for some span of weeks in between my last un-update and this one.  There have been several stories with the potential to one day soon become future novels and even one or two that might become future series, depending on how things grow between now and that uncontemplated future.  There have been several efforts to work on things for my ‘other’, oft-rumored, writing career, which has in truth lingered in obscurity and inactivity for now longer than a year. But it will likely be much longer still for anything on that yet unnamed, and much more difficult, front.  For now I have been enjoying my hiatus far, far, far too much to worry over the times when one story has been set aside in order to work on another that might turn out to be equally as deserving of a little attention. 

     However, seeing as it is now approaching six months since my last two publications hit the proverbial shelves on the same day, it is getting close to a somewhat made up ‘witching hour’ when I should really begin to think of making a slightly more productive use of my time.  In other words, I’ve begun contemplating, calculated, and judging how long it has been since something new has been put ‘out there’.  While I have not nor by any means planned a schedule or contemplated a certain release date, I did want to get my next book out early on the year.  With three months and a random day now past, ‘early’ might well have flown past long since on the highway of life, pot holes not included.  I have yet to make up my mind on the matter, but for me ‘thinking’ is often a precursor to ‘doing’ as my story hopping might indicate.

    With one book near completion and still simmering on the back burner and one having waited most of a year to be fixed, finished, and pushed out into the world.  The as of yet unnamed book, and series, has been mentioned before, and it is probably high time my steam-punk-esque story get it’s day in the sun.  Which might well prompt me in future days to dig back into the book’s already started sequel, and just one of the ships I have past in this long silent night.  Other than a first few chapters, which were written many years ago and therefore in serious need of sweeping alterations, my truest and biggest sticking point will be a cover for this as of yet unnamed book.  Outside of the cover-art for the Sixth Line of Defense, it promises to be my biggest challenge.  I had and have considered hiring an artist to make out a theme appropriate work of art, an image in my head that would have covered at least the first two books.  While one artist rebuffed my inquiry, the other quoted a price that while likely worth it, would have been more money than I’ve made selling all my books in the past two years.  Suffice it to say, my unskilled attempts will have to do.  It is a task I might be able to pull off with some measure of success, but won’t be by any means the grandiose thing I’ve contemplated for it, something it and all my other books will have in common now.

    Some day I will be recognized as the literary genius I truly am (April Fool’s!) and there will be money enough to recover all my books as I would have wanted them to be.  For now however I, and they, can make do with my often troubled efforts to clad them in decent imagery.  So for the two of you I know about who actually read my posts for such notifications, be wary for sooner or later I’ll have a new book out and about in the ether, no doubt to be greeted with lackluster sales.  There are certain to be notices, down the road, when I get off my lily white buttocks and do the work ahead of me that will warn when that process towards publication is begun, closed to finished, and all the way done, not that anyone really pays me any attention about such things.

    For now take heart in the fact that I am not dead, nor has my bizarre little hobby hasn’t driven me into madness.  Outside of those two things happening in the next few weeks, I’ll get back into the nitty and the gritty and get something else to add to my slowly filling ‘shelf’ on the e-readers the world over.

rabidwerewolfie:

writingbox:

10 signs you are a grammar nerd…

All but number 7

Same with the number 7, also only partially so on number 10, save that I claim ‘Poetic License’ in self defense.

rabidwerewolfie:

writingbox:

10 signs you are a grammar nerd…

All but number 7

Same with the number 7, also only partially so on number 10, save that I claim ‘Poetic License’ in self defense.

The Signs as Cats :D

astrologyexplained:

astrologyexplained:

Aries

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Taurus

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Gemini

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Cancer

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Leo

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Virgo

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Libra

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Scorpio

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Sagittarius

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Capricorn

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Aquarius

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Pisces

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Not so sure about some of them, but if they are even half as accurate as Aquarius, well.. no other words need be said.

The truth has never been stated more clearly.

The truth has never been stated more clearly.

When burns get shiny

When burns get shiny

99% of the argument.

99% of the argument.