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Hygienic Ninja and my publishing schedule

It’s usually when I start posting specific dates for things to happen that suddenly life decides to prevent whatever I have predicted or scheduled from ever happening.  For kicks, you know, because when things happen just as planned – it’s boring.  Ask any storyteller worth their salt – they’ll tell you.  You want to put your audience asleep?  Have everything be swell.  This ties into my belief that God can be compared to an author and if your life is getting too easy and boring – be prepared for a little ‘conflict’ or ‘plot twist’ hiding in waiting around the next corner.

/tangent

I have a tentative publishing schedule planned for the next three months!

How Ninja Brush Their Teeth will be released sometime in December.  For the reason posted above I wont give an exact date, but the date is in my head and I’m working really hard to get there.  I have a couple more revision passes to go, some plot thingies to add and then re-familiarizing myself with the whole HTML formatting hocus-pocus that I admittedly totally forgot how to do since the last time!  Gosh, it’s only been since August, too.  Oh well, I’m hoping it’ll be like riding a bike…

In January I’ll be going into heavy revision of Why Ninja Dress Like Pirates, my part 2 of the Ninja series.  Depending on how that goes and when my beta readers get back to me, I’m hoping to release that towards the tail end of January.

And for my third installment of the Ninja series that I’ve tentatively named, Ninja Verses  Soccer Mom Super Villian, will hopefully be done, revised and up for sale late February or March.

During all of this, I’ll be working on a historical fantasy based on late 1800’s Seattle which I’m really looking forward to for the change of pace.  No, it’s not Steampunk, but more Wizard of Oz-ish/Odyssey kind of thing.   Not sure when that will be done though, I’m hoping before summer.

Anyway, that’s about it on writing updates!

Cheers!

~R

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Wrestling with Revision and Submitting to Submission

Since putting the finishing touches into my short story: The Girl and the Guitar – revising of  Pandora Mech is back on the front-burner again.

I’m way behind!  I was hoping to be done with it by now and uploading it for all the world to read, but it’s far from ready for anyone to read – let alone Beta readers.  I’m now in the middle section of my book and reading chapters I forgot I had written.  Some of what I read left me pleasantly suprised, other stuff makes me wonder when I left and decided to allow a chimpanzee to sit down and bang on my keyboard for a few paragraphs.

There’s also these two romantic sub-plots that I started at the beginning of the book, forget about in the middle and then try to tack on a resolution in the end.   Which is odd, and makes me wonder what I was thinking at the beginning.  Did I just assume that because I have a mixed gender cast of characters, there’s a hidden rule of story telling which automatically requires them to hook up at the end?  Or does it really improve the plot?  Hmm.  So, I have that to figure out.

This is probably really boring to read about, right?  It is.  Revision, at least at this point is not very exciting.  Just work.  And not the glamorous kind – more like the scrubbing pots and going after the bathtub ring kind.

Anyway, moving on!

I decided to send my short story/novelette (The Girl and the Guitar) to an e-publisher to see what would happen.  After all, e-publishers could potentially help with the one thing that was holding me back from publishing it myself, which is the cost.  We just don’t have the money for a professional editor or cover artist at this time.  If (and I mean BIG “if”) I got picked up by an e-publishing house, they would do all of that for me.  There most likely wouldn’t be an advance, but I would get a royalty of the net earnings.  Still, nothing to write home about but it would be a respectable start and it could help build a fan base for if and when I decide to self-publish.

Anyway, I’m not to hopeful about it at this point.  There really wasn’t that many e-publishers that would take a story of my genre and word count – one of the other few being a small e-pub arm of a  Big-Six-New-York publisher I really admire but who will go unnamed –  who I decided not to submit to for various reasons.  Most notably is their notoriously slow submission times.  They state pretty clearly that any story sent to them could potentially be on submission for a year, you may never hear back from them about it and they would prefer you not submit to anyone else during that time.  Because if they actually do decide to take you on and you had since moved on and found another publisher and passed on them, they would remember who you were – FOREVER.

Yeah, as much as I love this publishing house and would love to see my story published under that name, I decided to pass and save us both the trouble.  Why would I wait around  and sit on a story for a year, knowing how slim my chances are with them anyway?

Maybe some other time.

So, my plan is to hopefully hear back from the e-pub I sent my novelette to, and hopefully hear back from them in a few months.  Depending on their feedback, I’ll send it out again to another one and if those pass on it, I’ll  go ahead and publish it myself and let it loose upon the world.  Probably to only be read by friends and family, but at least somebody will be reading it.  And that’s why we write the darn things isn’t it?  So they can be read?   😛

Cheers!

R

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Untangling the plot, encountering ghosts, and a little bit of heart and soul.

Revision of my novel has been going slower than I’d care to admit.  I was hoping to be done with the first pass by the middle of May which happens to be today and I’m only about  35% of the way through the first revision.

A couple of things are slowing me down – mostly having to re-write the chapters that I had written from the POV of a character I deleted and strengthening the scenes of some minor characters I’m bringing more to the front of the story.

So far, my plot is holding strong and I’m not encountering any holes or dead ends, but I’m just having to untangle a few sub-plots here and there due to the character changes and deletions.

Along the way through the revision, I’m trying to fill out my characters a bit, give them more substance, and of course,  a little bit of heart and soul.

Yes, I just linked to a 1987 T’Pau song.

Deal with it.

I’m still looking for a cover artist and have been glancing around Deviant art.  Unfortunately, most of the artists that really turn me on are already big time concept artists for video games and blockbuster summer movies and knowing their commission rates makes me faint a little.  My husband is talking to a guy who knows a guy that was an artist for Magic the Gathering cards.  We should be in discussion with him soon to find out if he’s interested in the project and find out if we can even afford him.

Also, I’ve been looking into some professional editing and pricing that too and that’s turning out to be a whole other faint-worthy topic.

We can’t afford any of it right now so I’ve been praying to God and looking for jobs to do on the side.  You need a babysitter on the weekend?  Hit me up!  😉

It looks like I got a few Beta readers lined up for me when I finish and I’m excited about that too.  But, I could always use more!  So, if I know you in real life and you  like to read military sci-fi, have a critical eye and are not afraid to tell me when something sucks and doesn’t work – hit me up for that, too!

Cheers!

R.

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Revision is a Mother B! Or so I have been told.

I’ve been warned about revision.  Warned that it’s where the real work begins, warned about the years spent perfecting every word, sentence and cautioned about the plot holes and tangles and dead ends.

Woe! Woe to you who are about to embark on revision!  Dark days are ahead of you, clouds and shadows that are dim and dark and super dark and dim.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

It’s not that bad, guys.  Chill out.

And I’m doing some heavy lifting on my first revision pass.  I got two characters I’m having to combine into one, I’ve got another character which started out to be only a minor character getting a full makeover, a name change and his own character arc.  Two other characters are needing name changes and did the whole Find ____ & Replace with ____ and now when I read ahead I find myself confused, wondering who these people are!  And through it all battling the ever-present waves of self-doubt and pity that plague every writer that has ever touched a pen.

It’s not the end of the world.  It’s just plain, old-fashioned hard work and determination.

But just in case you go off thinking I’m some bastion of self-discipline and I somehow got it all together, just look at this well-worn couch sitting right next to me.  I call it my floppin’ couch where I fall on it in the most dramatic fashion and throw my head back and bemoan how hard it is to be a writer.  

But my floppin’ couch has an egg timer and I only get five minutes to wring my hands before I have to get up and get on with it.

And besides, it doesn’t take that long to realize that nobody really cares about the writing process anyway.  It’s a lonely hobby!  And if I’m fortunate enough to be able to convince some poor soul to invest forty hours of their time and energy to even read what I managed to write – I’ll consider it a success.

R.

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