Writing FayTown Calling 6/15/14

Better today than last night. This afternoon I worked on the section that’s been troubling me, adding 1,250 words to the story.

Not a lot more than that. Usually, I have something to add about storytelling or writing…but, nope.

Anyway, this week is going to be a bit dicey as far as time goes. That’s not really any different than usual, it’s what held up last week, so I’m declaring a plan. Get up early and spend time making new words with a goal of a thousand before I leave for work. At night, do the same thing, or, edit. There is a lot of polish I need to start adding to the story now that things have passed by, so it’s time for that second coat of paint.

That’s the plan. See ya’ll tomorrow.

Day 11 of Writing FayTown Calling

Yep, keeping with the same number.

(In case there’s any doubt, this is day 11 of the record, not day 11 since start. I’ve been writing this for like a year and a half.)

Got home at about 8:30, gave my son his bath, spent a little time with him, and read him a color of his own. Then it was off to beddy-bye (we’re normally much better about that but I had class so this was a late night).

I worked on half a section, knocking out a conversation between Virgil and the villain, and started on the action scene that makes up the rest of the section. It’s moving along. This was a scene from the very first draft that I had a lot of fun with so to be able to polish it up and flesh it out with more detail has been a good time. No idea how many words, it said it was only 107 but apparently Scrivener counts what is taken out as well as what you add.

That’s my night. Not a lot, but every little bit adds up.

Day 9 of 10 Writing FayTown Calling

It’s seven in the morning and I’m pretty sure I’m done writing for now. I got a few hours of sleep, fully intending to actually go to bed, then woke up and stayed that way. This turned out to be a mixed blessing as I then wrote 4,200 words that I am very, very happy with.

The afternoon netted be over 2,000 giving me a total of around 6,500 words for day nine. That bleeds into Sunday (day 10) so I don’t really know how to count it, but whatever, I’m calling that day nine.

Currently, the story is at 112, 391 words. If you’re scratching your head at that total, that’s because of a lot of cannibalization of previous words. Those don’t get counted in my word count for the day, but obviously do for the total. Because so much is getting recycled, and so much getting cut because it no longer fits with what I have written, I have a wonky word count.

So, where am I on the total story?

A lot of what I’ve done over the past few days needs review before I can say I’m happy, but the right ideas are on paper. All they need is some polish. I am happy with over half the story, but still haven’t been able to make it to the climax where things Get Real (which also needs heavy surgery to see what can and can’t be kept, and new words to go along with what I’ve written).  This will prove difficult over the next few weeks. I will write intermittently today, but won’t be able to marathon it like I’ve been doing. I go back to work tomorrow (and have class after that) and will be coming back to a week and a half of emails and a very busy workload. Balancing that with writing will be challenging.

I do, however, plan on continuing this log past the day 10 mark. I know I’m not going to get done everything I wanted, but I’ve accomplished a lot. Not as much as some people can (I don’t know how people can write a whole book in a month, ten days, etc.) but enough for me to say this has been a success.

My last update will be this evening with today’s writing. Beyond that, we will see how long it takes.

FayTown Calling

A reader emailed me over the weekend asking about the next novel (If you heard a high pitched sound, it was me squealing like a schoolgirl). I’ve been looking for an excuse to do this, so I am going to go ahead an announce Virgil’s next story.

Book 2 will be title FayTown Calling. This is the blurb:

In Sorcerer Rising, Virgil McDane chased the Arcus, found its end, even lived to tell the tale. Now he has returned home to build his life anew, a Sorcerer in skill as well as name.

But his world is a dangerous one and it has not let him go yet. He has ventured across the world, seen arcane civilizations and supernatural entities, but Mare City itself will prove an even greater challenge. In a world filled with monsters and magic, his home is no exception, and by far its most mysterious aspect is FayTown. A neighborhood filled with Fay and other magical creatures. Forgotten by their homeland, its very streets and buildings transformed by their own natural magic, it is both an amazing and dangerous facet of the city.

When someone close to Virgil McDane is murdered, he is drawn into this strange place. Now, with new allies, and hunted by Witch and Wizard alike, he must find this murderer and uncover the mystery behind the crime.

I am really excited about this. FayTown has been one of my favorite places to make. Imagine a Chinatown or Little Italy, only inhabited with people from across myth and legend. The Fay are the predominant people, but creatures and peoples of all non-human species make their home there. Goblins, ogres, and trolls also live there. Lycanthropes gravitate to a place that won’t persecute them for their disease, fallen gods and demons come to rest here. It is an eclectic environment, and has given me the best playground to fill with all kinds of spectacular things.

FayTown Calling will have much more of an urban fantasy feel to it since it never leaves the city (though, if you think that confines them to just that local…well, think again). It continues Sorcerer Rising’s tradition of action, adventure, and a plethora of arcane, magical, and mystical creatures and monsters.

Even more than that, you will get to see a deeper look at the Guild and the Coven (I’ll talk about the Coven at some other time, they’re one of my favorite things about Virgil’s world but I don’t want to spoil that). You’ll continue to see the aspects of Virgil’s world, his magic, and a good bit of the characters I introduced in Sorcerer Rising.

I’ve always envisioned Virgil’s story as a series, so this is just the next step, one more chapter in the story, so be ready. I have two more outlined and ideas for five or six beyond that.

And am always thinking of more.

FayTown Calling will come out mid-May of this year. I have a lot of work still to do, but I’m shooting to be done, at latest, the end of March (more like the end of February though). I have commissioned a cover (which hasn’t begun yet) and I’ll reveal that when it is ready. All I need to really control this process are beta readers, which brings me to my next point…

Who wants to help out?

Two of the three people who did the beta reading for Sorcerer Rising have had major life things come up that is going to limit their ability to get back to me. Plus, I’d really like to have people who aren’t related or married to me to vet my work.

I will post about that with more details later, but if anyone would be interested in reading a rough copy of FayTown Calling (once I’ve got everything where I want it), feel free to reach out to me. I’ve never done anything like this, but it’ll probably be a PDF or mobi file that will be up to you to side load into your reader. I’m looking for two or three, but I’d be willing to go up to ten. I’ll probably include a few questions but it wouldn’t be too in depth (unless you want to provide in depth analysis). And, of course, I am looking for an honest evaluation of the story, good or bad.

To everyone who has read, left reviews, emailed me, bought the book, glanced at it, clicked it on Amazon, thought about it, or given me any form of attention or interest, thank you.