Of Half-told Stories and Glaring Mistakes

While Mist still holds the majority of my attention, I’ve also been trying to come up with a more gripping blurb for What Lies Within. I failed, but it made me realize that WLW starts in the middle of the story rather than at the beginning. It should have started with Ash learning of the house’s imminent demolition and his decision to go there before it’s too late, not with him already there.

Not really sure what to do with that. A rewrite would turn it into a completely different, though deeper, story, but I’m not sure it’s worth doing. I might just write Ash Manor of as my “training wheels” series. At least I got a lot of time to decide. I’m not touching anything else until the first draft of Mist is done.

On a happier note, the “forced” NaNo break on  No Such Thing allowed me to realize that there’s a massive consistency error right on the first page.

The main character is lost deep inside a cave and carries that world’s version of a gaslamp. The lamp has been out of fuel for hours, yet, when he drops it, he sees the shards scatter. A little later, he also sees a path branch off from the main path.

I guess, distance really helps.

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Loving Draft2Digital Right Now

Because I never learn from my mistakes, I didn’t make a copy when I decided to rework What Lies Within. I initially meant to release the new version months ago but stuff happened and I didn’t get it done. Realising that I’d rather finish Lost Among Shadows first, I cursed myself because now I no longer had the original file and thus couldn’t stick previews in the first two until I finished WLW.

But because I also never do the work I’m supposed to do. I gave in and made a new cover for A Crack in Time. When I went to stick that on D2D I found my salvation: Document on file (Download?). So, I’ve got options again. Yay, me!

A Crack in Time new cover and blurb:

copy-of-copy-of-lotst-among-shadows1When Mark finds himself stranded in a world of darkness, he wants to go home no matter the coast. Turns out that banding together with a giant slug to outsmart the sentient mist acting as a gatekeeper, may not be the best idea he’s ever had.

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Well, I Screwed That Up

I played around with Canva and made a new cover for No Such Thing. But when I went to upload it to Amazon, I noticed that the page number was suspiciously low.

Turns out I published the wrong file, which unfortunately is also the only version I kept. I guess, at least, it’s the version after the massive rewrite and not the original. Still, this kind of sucks Now, I get to re-revise the thing before taking it wide next month.

Because the only thing I really lost is some more in depth description and potential tie-in for future stories, I’ve decided against unpublishing. That and I’m not a big seller anyway.

On the positive side, I’m making decent progress on Lost Among Shadows. It’s a pleasant mix of passages that need massive rewrites and those that only need minor fixes. So, I’ll get stuck for ages on one page than breeze through the next ten.

The Laws of Time Don’t Apply in Morson

I’ve no idea how I managed to miss this for so  long, but Lost Among Shadow has a massive time inconsistency right at the beginning. Chapter I takes place in the early evening of one day. Then Chapter II takes place late morning that same day and is followed by III that night. IV happens the day after, but V takes place in the evening of the first day again…

Fortunately, this is easy enough to fix by moving them around, but it’s astonishing  how completely I missed this when reading through it. And that was with a month’s break from the story.Had  I gone right into revision, I probably wouldn’t have caught it at all and that’s a sobering thought.

I had another of these inconsistencies further into the story, but that one, I caught early on.

Camp NaNo Update

A few days ago, I managed to delete a good 8k words while copying my daily progress into the main document. Of course, I didn’t notice until after I’d already “updated” all my backups. On the bright side, it was the very beginning before the story decided my outline doesn’t matter.So, at least, it’ll be easier to recreate than it could have been. Still frustrating, though.

I’m not going to give up on A Fool’s Errand, but I’m not going to push it at 2k+ a day anymore, either. I just don’t have the heart for that. Since I never raised my NaNo goal past the initial 30k I’d set myself (in case I wanted to revise Ash Manor instead), I’m good on that end.

What Not to Do While Revising

On Monday, I had the marvelous idea to start another run of Baldur’s Gate, because one of these days I’ll actually finish the entire saga. I’ve finished Bg I + II plenty of times but never TOB. Unfortunately, despite (or maybe because of) being ancient, Baldur’s Gate is still far more entertaining than revision. So I’ve revised a grant total of two pages since then. Just flattened the Bandit Camp with Fireballs, though…

I’m playing a BWP install from 2014. As such, I@ve no idea what mods I got install. I could check, but where’s the fun in that? I know I got Finch, who stole my kill in Beregost and SCS. Oh, and an item randomizer, because no Ring of Wizadry!

To think I hated this game  the first time I played it, and now I break it out at least once a year. Don’t judge! I need to take revenge on Tarnesh and that ogre for all the times they slaughtered me back then.

I do need to stop being lazy, though, and get back to work, or my January release might just turn into a January 2017 release. Not really, but… I’d just found my stride with revising, too.

I’m painfully slow when it comes to revising, too. If I put my mind to it, I can write 10k a day, but I tank at about three pages when it comes to revising. I’ve got about another 19 pages to go before I get to spellcheck. Very little chance of me making the 25th as I’d hoped and I’ve got only myself to blame.

At least Beyond the Wall isn’t anywhere near as big a mess as What Lies Within was . So far it’s only required some fleshing out and no major rewrites.

 

Goodbye Pre-Order Privileges

Yup, I screwed up. I failed to realize that Textbook Creator literally meant textbooks and not books containing only text. I used it on Winged Tales which made it Print Replica with no details other than the filesize, because there’s no print edition.  Go me!

So, I canceled the pre-order and lost my privileges for a year. I’m not bothering support with this, because it’s my mistake, and I should suffer the consequences.  Besides, i only used pre-order to keep myself from slacking off anyway. I’m nowhere near big enough to actually get pre-orders. Maybe in a year I’ll be.

On the bright side, though, this means that Winged Tales is now available for purchase here.

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From a young dragon’s first flight, brought on by a desperate need to escape a slobbering beast, to a woman’s flight from her former team, Winged Tales is a collection of short stories that touch on the subject of flying either literally or figuratively. Not all is as it seems, and sometimes you have to look closer to find the wings.

 

 

 

And it will be free from Nov 27th to Dec 1st.