Day 8 of 10 Writing FayTown Calling

Yesterday was a two part day.

The first part was actual writing. I worked on two sections and added about 1,500 words. I still have several of these sections as Needs Work but that’s because I haven’t had a chance to go back over them and make sure I’m happy with them.

The second part was last night, and involved no writing. Not a best practice by any means, but I worked out several issues that had been staring me in the face, including adding a major moment to a story arc that will be huge, a big enough deal that I’m going to need to go back and foreshadow it.  It also made me consider how many words I’m willing to go over 125,000. On the one hand, it felt like I didn’t get anything done because I, literally, added know words. On the other, I had no idea what was going to happen at this point in the story. Now that is resolved and it’s just a matter of putting it on paper. Admittedly, that’s the hard part, but I haven’t learned how to do it any other way yet.

I’m coming in on the homestretch of these ten days. I have today and tomorrow to finish up. Do I think I’m going to finish on time.

Probably not.

Whether I do or not, I will have knocked out a ton during these past few days, enough for me to have a date in mind for when I want to release the book. I’m not quite ready to release an official date, but it moves us that much closer.

Day 7 of 10 Writing FayTown Calling

Woah, sorry I’m late with this. I was up til seven and then slept late. Very late. Later than I have in a long time. Let’s all just agree not to ask…

Anyway, it went well last night. I finished two sections, including one that I created on the fly. A lot of people compare outlining to pantsing, well that’s how I write when it comes down to it. I outline, I know what is happening, and then something comes along and just shoves its nose in everything. It’s a good scene though, and it gave me ideas for more.

So, that’s my update for today. I lost some time and am probably going to lose some time tonight, so I’m going to write right now as much as possible.

The Book of Life Trailer

I’m writing, I really am.

But during my break I saw this and had to share it. Guillermo Del Toro is a friggin’ genius, and in addition to making comic book movies, his own TV series, and all his other projects, he’s apparently making an animated film. I had no idea, but it looks fantastic.

My Review of Skin Game

I have to admit, I’ve been a bit worried about the Dresden Files. It started with Turn Coat, which was one of my least favorite in the series. I don’t know what it was, it just never scratched that itch I have for the Dresden Files. Then there was Changes, which was good, but the whole point of that book was to be purposely out of sync with the tropes, tone, and style of the rest of the series (hence the name, Changes). Ghost Story was a mix of really bad and really good. I thought Corpsetaker was an odd villain to revisit, but she/he/it really just seemed to serve as a backdrop for Harry’s out of body experience and flashbacks, where the story really shined. Cold Nights was good, but it had a few problems for me, I could take it or leave it.

So, yeah, I’ve been a bit worried…

Not anymore.

Skin Game is fantastic, easily one of my favorite in the series. Maybe it’s because the Denarians (always one of my favorite villains) play such a big role, or because it leans so heavily on my favorite supporting characters (Murphy, Michael, Butters), I don’t know, but it works. Unlike any of the other stories, Harry finds himself surrounded by, and even aiding, the villains he has fought so hard against in the past. In any of the other books, he would be investigating the very events he’s involved with. I won’t go into too much detail, just to say that it gives a perspective we’ve never seen before, and provides some character interaction that is really, really well done.

As usual, the Denarians are sociopaths of the best possible flavor. Nicodemus is equal parts suave and lethal, but we get a more intimate look at him. The other Denarians, utilized as monster fodder in the other books, don’t don’t play as big a role (I’m thinking back to Small Favor when they all fought it out with Kincaid, one of my favorite scenes in the series), but that’s because it focuses deeper on those that do show up. Part of the reasoning too is because there are a number of other, non-Denarian villians, each unique and interesting in their own way. Goodman Gray in particular went a surprising direction, but all the rest have interesting and unique parts in the story.

As far as allies go, you can’t really do better than Murphy or Michael and they both get some fantastic moments. This isn’t really a story for them to show their dangerous side, Michael especially, but they do things for Harry on an emotional level that I think will bring him back from the turmoil he’s been experiencing since Changes.

And actually, that’s one of the things that I enjoyed so much about Skin Game.

You can watch throughout the series as Harry has his ups and downs. The period between Blood Rights and White Night, leading into Small Favor, is pretty rough on him. He’s fighting Lasciel, his hand’s all messed up, people around him are getting into trouble or getting hurt, and until Small Favor things don’t really move in a more positive direction. The last few books, Changes, Ghost Story, Cold Days, have been downers, with Harry struggling with what all this is meaning for him. Finally, in Skin Game, we get a bit of a break, with things looking a bit more up. Sure, they’re still plenty of danger and Consequences, but I’m very interested in seeing where things go, not just with his situation, but with the relationships he’s nurtured and given new life in this story.

I’ll leave it with this.

Hades, man, Hades.

This isn’t a spoiler, he’s mentioned in the freaking jacket cover, so it’s safe to assume he shows up. I was really interested in how Butcher was going to portray him, partly because I’ve been working on my pantheons for my world (I won’t be introducing Virgil to Hades anytime soon, so this doesn’t matter as much, but he does meet a few other gods briefly in FayTown Calling) and been thinking about how I would portray Hades. I know how I’m going to portray the rest of the Greek gods in my world, they gambled on Rome and lost, but I’ve also been keeping Hades (and coincidentally Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, hint, hint) separate from that.

Anyway, Hades is probably my favorite portrayal yet of ancient beings in his stories, better than even Odin, Kringle, or the Erlking. It’s subtle, and short, but very well done. I wouldn’t be surprised it he continues to show up, but at the same time is was done so well that if we never see him again that would be fine too.

Now, I’ve been completely ignoring my writing to do this, so I’m going to go take care of that. Happy reading.

 

 

 

Day 6 of 10 Writing FayTown Calling

Well…

I got the new Dresden Files book, Skin Game…

So…didn’t really get much writing done. I took a cursory glance at the section I’d completed in day 5, it held up better than I expected. Other than that, I just read. It’s been good, so good that I ignored my writing, didn’t even write my progress report.

Right now it’s 10:30 in the morning on Thursday. I’ll be reading a bit more, there’s no denying it, but I will be doubling up on writing this afternoon and tonight, catching up on what I was supposed to do yesterday and moving things along.