Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Another non-day.

This isn't a habit, this is spending the day editing the 2005 "Beasts and Angels" because a New York editor wanted to see three chapters. Not just any NY editor, but a friend of Miss Snarks.

I spent the day doing that and then sent it off, expecting the usual rejection letter but no. She really likes it. She wants it re-written to a more linear plot but Hell she said "You're a great writer and I want to see more."

Of course I'll re-write it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Jam tomorrow.

I was working today and was treated so badly there that I had no impetus to write, so the wordcount on the book is NIL.

I do, however, have a bite from an agent for Beasts and Angels, the third book I wrote, and she wants three chapters. I'll be spending the next day or two editing that to perfection, so expect no wordcount for the rest of the week, really.


Monday, January 29, 2007

Slow day

Not much done today, only 1000 words and no chapter finished.
Tomorrow will be too busy to write much as well.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

No Progress today

Nothing on the book today. I pretty much took the day off, and only wrote a few pieces of micro fiction. It didn't help that today was the C0munch (a local get-together) and I have a copy of an old game I used to love.

Next Sunday is likely to be the same with the Imbolc Gathering, where 60-odd people (and some normal ones) come to the house to celebrate the first day of spring.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pancakes and Cheese

It was a bit of a slog today. A full and busy house meant that today's chapter took me until about 5:00, but I got it down in the end. I shall (no promises though) take tomorrow off and catch up on some flashes I have outstanding.

Winston wakes with Walter in his bedroom
Jasfoup wants tea - investigates the stone
Sarah Ferber talks to her son
Meinwen talks to Jasfoup
Harold wakes too early - has pains
Ragon Takes James
Tom lies in his pit, despondent
Sarah discovers that James is missing
The Imps John returns to working on the Malefic Mallorium. Wrack dresses Lu for the day
Jarvis Wakes up and sees death. - Washes and runs home
Ada goes up to the Manor to tale Lu out
DI White / Police new case in Ealing? Peters has had no sleep

Friday, January 26, 2007

Soul-less People

I did quite well today, for all it took me much longer than usual to produce a chapter. The story progresses like a runaway steamroller. 3500

No lie...

Pulled from Susan Hill

Top ten books we lie about reading

1. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien... HAVE READ MANY TIMES
2. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy.. HAVE READ
3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte .. HAVE READ
4. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray .. I'M LESBIAN, SO NO.
5. 1984 – George Orwell.. HAVE READ
6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J.K Rowling .. HAVE READ
7. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens .. HAVE READ MANY TIMES
8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte .. HAVE READ.
9. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown.. ON MY 'TO READ' PILE BUT HAVE NOT READ
10. Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank.. HAVE NOT READ.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Medium Anxiety

I've slowed down a bit today.

Although I know where the story is going, in that I do have a broad outline and endings for three of the four converging threads, I have actually come to the end of my detailed plotting.

You see, the way I write is by noting down everything that should happen in a chapter and writing that. For example:

Chapter 10
Transformation (Road of Trials)4.2 Winston talks to Julia
Peters collects the handbag and shoes. Chats up Jo Barker.
Physical Separation1Ruby dies
Gillian has lamb for dinner.
Jarvis chats up HotnSassy19 (Ealing)
DI White records his notes. His PC is remote accessed.
Ragon misses his wife
Jasfoup talks to Backdoor Harry.
The TV station runs the murder story.

This method works well and keeps me writing to a decent wordage each day (4K or so)

Now I'm down to:

Chapter 13
The Imps
The Cabal
DI White / Police

Now I don't use all the characters in every chapter, only a few of them to keep each of their stories moving, but without the detailed plot devices my writing has to slow down while I plot the minutiae. I know the broad plots but if the next major scene isn't till midnight, I have to know if the folks are doing anything important to the story between 9:00 pm and then, even if it's just bathing the baby.

Still 3200 words today, so it's not all bad.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dormant Wolf

Not such a good day today. I got the wordage out but it didn't feel satisfying, if you know what I mean. Nothing really happened in the story but a little bit of backfill.

Still, there's a murder to look forward to tomorrow. Poor Tom. First his mum dies, then an interview by the police and now this.

Onward and upward.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Fallen Angel

04-01-07 desk 001

Kate asked for photos of our desks, and I've only just learned how to insert an image, so here it is. Under the monitor shelf are boxes where I keep collage materials for those oh-my-dog-I-need-a-card-for-Annie's-birthday moments. The room is generally dark, so the keyboard lights up. I have my cigs, tea, water and hairbrush (webcam, you know, top left). Above the monitor is another shelf full of reference books and the printer/scanner.

I did well today. Not only did I get another complete chapter done, I also worked out the origin of one character and the end of the line for another character (i.e. his last scene in the book, some 70K words away).

Winston seems to be developing nicely.

I also wrote five flashes and a sonnet that I'm rather pleased with.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Little Lu

A decent amount of writing today, though I must keep track of my characters more. Harold and Jasfoup are hogging the limelight. It was nice to see Gillian the vampire spending some quality time with her son, though.

4200 today plus a few flashes for different sites and a couple of hours spent on the Bookguzzlers competition

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Story time

Devious tells a story to the ghost-children, though the older one is disparaging of it.

I did rather well today; 4200 words. This was mainly because everyone else in the house didn't go to bed until 5:00 and were thus sound asleep all morning (except for the 9-year old, who kept turning the speaker up on Kat's PC until warned with ejection.)

I ended up fairly satisfied, but am uncertain if the number of threads in the story is excessive. We'll see when I finish; I could always remove one or more in the edit.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Fairy Stories.

A good day today; I managed to get most of my writing done before everybody got up, getting down another complete chapter. Winston now has to face the fact that he can see ghosts; Tom finds a fairy (though it's actually a pixie) but learns not to keep it in an airtight jar, and Devious discovers that the ghosts of children can be remarkably persuasive.

Friday, January 19, 2007

If I only had a heart...

Okay, I went back and added in 250 words of Chapter one to introduce Felicia. I had her working late, so no need for interaction with the other characters. The welded sculpture (Steel Demons) in her art gallery makes me think if might provide something for the story.

Then wrote / edited the next chapter. Slightly shorter at 3100 words. DI White does not like murders on his patch, but he dislikes the police intranet more.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Blood on the Grass

Managed 3K words today but made a big error in using Felicia without introducing her first. Darn! That means that I'll have to add something to an earlier chapter to introduce the notion of a werewolf lover to Gillian.

There is a lot going on in this novel. I think I would have got lost without the Write It Now program. It was £20 well spent, I think, though it does have a couple of failings (translating '"' to'?' and not being able to paste pictures into the notes section. Other than that (and a couple of redundant features like the difficulty of setting up a timeline) it's excellent. I don't have any affiliation to the company, nor do I get any sort of kickback or commission for advertising it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Echoes of Other Planes

I worked all morning and part of the afternoon on the new novel, adding 3750 words, though to be fair about 2K of that was a re-write from a section of "By Any Other Name"(now on the scrap pile). I'm still at the stage where the plot is still fluid and I get "Yes!" moments where a piece of the puzzle slips into place. Today, for instance, I found that Winston still had the ability (though it's not revealed yet) to see the dead id they haven't passed over to the other planes (and no, I'm not talking British Airways here, though that would answer a few questions).

I could see Winston's scene cinematically today. That's a good sign, though this is one novel that will never make it to celluloid.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Slow, slow, quick quick slow...

A bit of a day off today. I only wrote 1100 words of the novel, but I did spend some time doing research and plotting. I've extended the use of Elves as Faery Nephilim and outlined a background to the Elf-Faery war, where Ragon worked both sides to make a huge profit before his double-dealing backfired and destroyed most of his race. Ever wondered how a dragon can sustain flight without magic to keep him aloft? Welcome to large splash patterns of dragon meat.

General stuff, as ever, on my livejournal.

Monday, January 15, 2007


A little better today, despite the mayhem in the house. 1000 words orso of chapter three. Mostly fluff, I have to admit, especially the bit about Harold wanting cream cakes. Perhaps that's because I'm on a diet.

I did introduce one od the antagonists, though, an elf by the name of Feriel. Note the 'el' on the end of his name which marks him as one of the elohim - angels- Yes, elves are faery nephilim, suffering a shortage of population after the faery-elvish wars.

Winston has started hearing voices. Something to do with that bottle he found, perhaps?

Devious the imp ate a whole gateaux. Pig.

Oh, and one of my Harold and Jasfoup stories was a winner in a competition here.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Slow Day.

We were out much of the day today, and the rest was taken with me being ill. On the book front, I only managed 500 words with the introduction of Winston and his sister Julia. There are so many threads in this tale that it will be immensely satisfying to bring them together at the end, though Winston, in spite of his earlier stories, will not be a vessel for the loa Papa Legba. He will still be able to channel the dead to the Crossroads, though.

7,500 / 100,000

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Only a few words today (250) since every second Saturday is Fencing workshop day. Six hours of grueling hard word wielding a 16th century (replica) rapier, a 19th century saber and finally a cutlass.

I love the cutlass. It's an in-close-down-and-dirty weapon where it's as valid to smash your opponent's nose with the pommel as slice through his (or her) neck and ram the point up through the roof of their mouth.

So...That's why I have swordfights in my novels.

The problem with Blogger is that, unlike LiveJournal, you can't (or at least I can't) reply to comments.

Jenny mentioned that she liked the use of ongoing characters in books and stories. I must confess that I do it as shorthand. If I want to write a short story, I either use an existing character or else set up a new character in the same mythical town (Brimmington, North London, present day). It saves me time thinking up new characters or locations, and brings the village a little more life.

Liz Fenwick thought that opening with a swordfight was a good idea. Let's hope so.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Gradual Motion

A good day today, despite the number of people that were in the study this afternoon. I wrote 1.5K this morning / afternoon and another 600 words this evening (when everybody had gone out), to make chapter two.

Actually it's chapter one. I swapped the order around so that I could start the book with a sword fight. Harold won, but only because his blade wasn't as shiny as Jasfoup's.

6,760 / 100,000

Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Decent Start.

Off at last with chapter one of "The Chill of the Road" at 3K though to be fair, this isn't a terribly exciting chapter, so it may well get shuffled to chapter 3 or 4 and a more interesting bit for chapter one - an introduction of characters for a stat - perhaps Jasfoup bargaining for a soul. I'll have a think about it in the morning.

3,605 / 100,000

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Harold and Jasfoup 4: A New Hope

Lots of bits of writing today and I started work disassembling 'By Any Other Name' to add in the new plot and characters.

I wrote a 680 word possible ending, and a 500 word prologue to the replacement book 'Chill of the Road' Winston (remember him from 'Vodoun Tales'?) will probably be in it as will H&J and crew and Meinwen (from 'Screaming Yellow). I've decided that the tale 'Traces of Desire' was an uber-reality; Meinwen will noy be a shag bunny for Harold and a play toy for Gillian.

Expect the word count to jump as I add in sections already written.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Girding My Loins.

So the race is off to a great start except for me. That's understandable, and am I worried? No.

I've written a few words in 2007; two 5K stories and a plastic shopping bag full of drabbles but that doesn't really count. What does count is The Book.

Since my short "The Chill of the Road" got rejected by Iris Press today (the fools) I shall be using it as the basis for the book. All I have to do is sprinkle in another 5K, add a plot, throw in the Usual Suspects (Harold Jasfoup, Gillian et al, stir in the ingredients of 'By Any Other Name' that didn't really go anywhere and Bob's your uncle. Or mine actually, or was until he died.

I finished 'Traces of Desire' today at 4.3K. A little raunchy for a mainstream novel but it will be submitted to Best Women's Erotica.

I have another couple of erotic pieces to tidy up (and add in 1000 words in one case) and then send them off too. Then I have a teensy flash to write (700 words) and a vampire erotica (Gillian again, naturally) and then I can start on the book with a fresh slate.

I know I can write upwards of 2K a day when I get going, so I'm confidant about catching up, even after starting a week or so late.

That's the plan, anyway.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A novel in 90 days.

That's not so bad. I wrote, edited and submitted a 70K novel for Nanowrimo all before the end of the month. Having recently taken on the challenge to write a new book (that I haven't even plotted yet) last week, this community dovetails rather neatly, except that I'll be on 1200 words per day to his my 100K target.

I've written five books up until now (three are being hawked, two need editing) and halfway through a sixth. I'll leave that one for now and start on the seventh instead.

Plotting begins tomorrow.

Buggere Alle Thiss
I've gone back to my original book. It has 25K on it already, which will need a serious edit to include the new plotline in 'The Chill of the Road.'

I'll make it in a one-off format and re-introduce the characters as I go along. Harold, Jasfoup, Meinwen et al. The bad guys can be the elves.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Still Thinking.

A minimal, pathetic 350 words today, but I'm still thinking about the plotline.
I got so far as to boot up the Write it Now software (well worth the £20 it cost) and start mocking up a structure. I find that two or three days setting up a good structure for a story assists a hundredfold when I come to writing it Gone are the days when I could 'wing it' and begin writing without knowing where I was going (A Gathering of Gods). I used to use Writer's Dreamkit (Beasts and Angels, Mourning Light) but this program is so much better, even if there are a few tweaks I'd like on it (being able to add pictures for one).

So. Currently sitting at 5K/100K still, but optimistic.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


What is it about targets that makes me want to best them? I ignore competitions for a lot of the time and then I notice that the deadline is approaching and I drop what I'm doing and write for it.

I've just finished a story for an anthology that had a deadline of next week. I've had this call for months and did nothing about it but when the deadline looms, suddenly I want to write for it. I work best under a deadline, I think.

At least with this story - a modern day feed-the-damsel-to-the-dragon myth - I have the potential to expand it into a full novel. The potential is certainly there. I was only 5K but there's enough meat in it to expand in a dozen directions. After watching Torchwood, I may use Abaddon again, like I did in book 2 of H&J.or was it book three?

So with that as the basis of the novel, I declare myself to be 5% completed:


The Book Race.

I still haven't started it yet, though I have every confidence of catching up. I'm writing a short story - The Chill of the Road - at present (only 5K) but may end up expanding that into a full blown H&J. I've also been doing some research into a morality tale or sorts *Demonic morals, obviously* and may use that as well. The two should dovetail neatly with the selling of babies to the devil. Harold and Jasfoup (see my website) will love it.

Current total 0/100,000

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Start of a Race

I've joined Kate Harrison in her race to write a new 100K novel. I have no idea what I'm writing yet, but I'll have to shelve H&J 4 for the time being. All I know is that it will be set in the magic-rich town of Brimmington in the north London suburbs.