#NaNoWriMo2017

This post, like most if not all of my NaNo post consists of unedited or reviewed words. Simply the flow of words that came out. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

An excerpt from “Markaz” wherein we find evil.

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“Ground them, please.” Akim said.
Ceira turned back to Bek who was smiling at Akim’s words. He was already trying to pull power from her. She took the breath, calmed and release the power slowly to him. She found it better to keep her eyes closed while Bek worked. It helped her focus on her task of giving him the power. The grind of the earth being pulled against earth reached her ears and the muffled screams of the now enclosed thugs did not distract her. She continued to give Bek the power he needed, increasing it as she imagined the improvised earthen room coming down and meeting resistances from the men inside. And then the screams and pop like sounds as the roof came to the ground. The sound reminded her of stepping through goopy mud. Finally the silences which sent a thrill through her, a soft sigh escaping her lips. She knew that Bek would continue until the men were well beneath the ground so the animals wouldn’t smell the bodies and dig them up. Not that there would be bodies. It would be bones and goo. Bek just didn’t push the people into the ground, he pressed the ground up at the same time. Like a hardened earthen vise. And then Bek stopped pulling power and she waited calmly until the reserve in her emptied before opening eyes.
She looked at Akim.
“Do you want us to ground the rest?” She asked.

NaNoWriMo Day 4 2017

A little unedited excerpt from this year’s NaNoWriMo Novel – MarkazDay 4 Words

The loud laughter of middle-aged men erupted throughout the bar. Isott looked over to the disturbance, shaking her head. Daniel tapped her on the arm, gesturing to her to look again. What she saw was impossible. One of the two men was pointing at a drink, concentrating on a glass that had the drink flowing straight up into the air. He then carefully brought his arm down and the fluid went into the glass. They both laughed and his partner yelled, “Higher”. The other man focused his attention on the glass and the liquid rose out of the glass higher than before. He then gestured to an empty glass and moved the liquid to it, splashing as it fell into the glass. They slapped each other on the back. The tavern was silent by now watching the two. They didn’t notice the silence or attention. The one moving the liquid said something to the other, who nodded his head. The strange focusing of the two men returned and the liquid at the table went into the air. The one gestured to an empty glass at a table near them were some merchants were watching and dropped the beer into one of their glasses. Sloshing most of it onto the table. The woman picked it up the drink and toasted them, laughing.

Isott’s looked back to the two men, they were concentrating harder now. Beads of sweat forming on their foreheads. The men noticed everyone watching them now and the one seemed to be focusing on all the tables at once. They both seemed to glow? And then all the drinks on almost every table rose into the air, higher and higher, almost touching the ceiling.

“I am the greatest,” bellowed the man standing holding both hands high in the air. He was in ecstasy from something and then all the drinks in the air fell soaking the patrons, producing screams and complaints. Isott watched as the man arms still high in the air grew brighter and then collapsed like a sack of corn to floor unmoving. His companion now stood looking at his own hands. He too seemed to glow. He cried out, “I can’t get rid of it!” Looked down at his chest, “No” and exploded.

The West Woods…

The West Woods Cover Reveal - Suzy Vadori Aug 8 2017

Suzy Vadori’s follow up novel to The Fountain is not what I expected. This prequel explains why Courtney, the antagonist in the first novel, is a clever mean girl with her own agenda.  You can read this as a stand alone novel, but I highly recommend reading “The Fountain” first. Both books are rich YA novels that deliver on their promises. The reader will not be disappointed and eagerly awaiting the next novel.

The West Woods is a mystery adventure where we follow our young protagonist who discovers a fountain that grants wishes. Even the most careful wisher can’t anticipate everything that will happen, including…oh wait…that would spoil…

I can tell you that the word “Bagel” made me laugh out loud. Not really a spoiler. This books is a great read for all YA readers. Now if the author would only hurry up and write the next one…

Be Well dcd

PS – heads up NaNoWriMo posts incoming all through November.

The Proper Care and Feeding of the Writers in Your Life – Volume 1

This is too great not to share. Genius. It is doubtful that I will ever write this well. Please enjoy, I did. Be Well

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Once upon a time, in a land where the summer sun can kill your soul, on the patio of a restaurant bar where the libations eased the slow heat-death, a discussion took place betwixt a certain writer and a certain beloved person in the writer’s life. The conversation was initially mundane, with rambling whatnots about who would sleep with George Clooney if given the chance and whether or not a proper queso recipe should include diced onion. Then, in a rather alarming development, the dialogue became a wee bit accusatory, and non-sexual passions were enflamed. Nonetheless, some intriguing considerations arose, and I would be remiss in my responsibilities as a writer if I didn’t share this conversation with you.

(Note: Forthwith, the “writer” shall be known as “Hexom”, a character in one of my books, a simple ploy that should give the illusion that someone else has an issue, even…

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Prep

Yup, I prep for NaNoWriMo. I am not a pantser. I can write a couple thousand words off the top of my head. But after that I am lost. I need a plan, a cunning plan.

So what am I planning for this year’s NaNoWriMo? I am glad you asked. Today at this moment, the book will be an origin story about the first magic users that survive and how they grow into the College of Greater Magic.

On the good news side I sent out my magic system notes to get some feedback. This will help the book.

Other decisions that I have made about this work:

  1. Work on better description, I suck at description. Suck is an understatement.
  2. It will be an ensemble story of some sort. Most likely an adventure.
  3. People will die, I have a hard time letting characters die or be killed. Time I grew up as an author.
  4. There will be a wise-ass dad joking character.
  5. There will be bad people.
  6. I will have an outline and plan.
  7. This book will fit into a Fantasy Series.
  8. I will update the blog. (Stop laughing)

This afternoon, I will start working on characters and their story arcs. There may even be a second blog. Two blogs in one day! INSANITY.

Cover Reveal…drum roll please!

I met Suzy Vadori at the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Retreat two years ago. Over the weekend several discussions about writing with her and others occurred including an extended discuss on relationships and romances in YA. She also took the time to explain her method of plotting stories. She described herself as a quilter. Which made a lot of sense to me. I learned to enjoy YA lit raising my three boys. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl,  you know the list. So I bought her book and read it. Gave it to my sister, she loved it. Wonderful story, well written, with one of the evilest antagonists ever! I kid you not!

What drew in me in the most was the weaving of the plot elements. Seamless and intriguing. I generally only read series and when I found out there was no sequel nagging began.

Book Two in the series, The West Woods is coming out soon, not soon enough for some us, but at least she’s not writing at a G.R.R. Martin pace. Here is  a short blurb and the cover of the new book – quite a mystery.

Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.
Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.
As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for.  If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.

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About the Authorsuzy vadoriSuzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.

Author Links: WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

I was not compensated for this: good people, good authors need all the help they can get. A big thanks to: The gang at Evil Alter Ego Press for signing Suzy and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me part of the cover reveal. Nagging works.

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As always, be well

dcdear

PS – be ready for the onslaught of When Words Collide Posts.

 

Two Years an Author – What’s it Been Like?

I met Suzy at a Writer’s Retreat. Wonderful discussion on her method of writing. So interesting that I bought the book, and was totally hooked. Book Two in the series is coming out this month! Her reflections on being a author are well worth the read.

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This week marks two years ago that I sold the manuscript for The Fountain to Evil Alter Ego Press, finding myself in the ranks of Author overnight. How time has flown! As I’m preparing for the launch of Book 2 in The Fountain Series, (THE WEST WOODS), people keep asking me, “How’s it going?” So, I thought I’d share with you all how it’s going, and what it’s been like.

It’s going GREAT! I love being an author.

Here’s some stuff I’ve learned…

Writing a book is just the beginning. Becoming a writer is much like starting your own business – no rest for the wicked. There’s writing, there’s editing, then… there’s sales, marketing, promotion, events, media, and more writing. Phew! Luckily, I like it all. No complaints.

So many people are writing a book! It never ceases to amaze me how many people I meetareworking on writing their ownbook…

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The Great Ponoka Write-In!

On July 8th 2017 the ‘We Will Publish’ (WWP) writers and editors group trekked to Ponoka for a mini-write in. By all accounts it was a huge success. Why Ponoka? One of our members, @stammcanada ‏ hasn’t been able to attend in person for several months and the second reason – ROAD TRIP!

Big shout out to our drivers, Lou and Courtney for hauling the team out. And thanks to the Tim Horton’s for letting us hog the single outlet in the restaurant. What we didn’t know is that it was the favorite table for the Local RCMP. (OOPS)

At the start we shared our goals for the day:

  • Melissa – Version two of her story for an RPG game that she has a affinity with.(they asked her write a short story for them so they must have an affinity for her too!) https://kesselya.wordpress.com/
  • @sharlene_engel ‏is doing a re-write of Book One of her Epic Fantasy series.  She is liking her main character more now. This makes us all happy.
  • Courtney is working on her novel(revising scenes), whose idea I have to keep secret because it is that amazing of an idea. She has dialed in the style she wants to write in and has most of work scenes on Index Cards ready to write.
  • @LouWSytsma is editing a short story for submission to Writer’s of the future.
  • Moreena wrote chapters for her online serial story  and work for her Epic Fantasy, Book 2.
  • and @dcdeartweets is cleaning up his first draft of the The Poorly Title “Einstein Fallacy” to send to Melissa and Sharelene for a substantive edit pass.
  • Why yes we are a collection of Sci-Fi and Fantasy writers and editors. The editors are Sharlene and Moreena, but we critique each other’s work as best we can.

You may ask why a write-in? Writing by its nature is a solitary pursuit. This allows for us to socialize as writers and to write. This group keeps one another motivated and checks in on each others progress. Where possible we read each submission twice, once as a reader and once for our critique. We also post links, to writing tips, contests, meme’s and events that will help us as writers. We use a free app called “Slack” for this. Slack permits private groups like ours, but let’s us have all the features. We can also post files for critiquing.

Our current format is write for 20-25 minutes, check in and repeat. This worked well until Doug and Melissa decided to discuss the flammability of space suits across the table. They may have gotten dirty looks from everyone who was in the ‘flow’ at the time.

Some 4 hours later the Edmonton portion of team headed back. How did we do?

Better than expected. Every single one of us got work done and may have enjoyed the process. Will we do it again? You bet – this fall.

Be Well…

 

 

Fog


Outside sounded wrong. There was a lack of noise. No crunch of tires on the last snow of the year. The fog was just there. It didn’t roll in. I woke up and it was staring me in the face. A shapeless mass that peered into my soul finding the horrors of my life. I shuddered and closed my eyes ending the stare.

I opened them again looking for others. Dog walkers remained unseen, in fact, stayed indoors? Not enough foot traffic either. Looking at the empty swing I wondered if our silent unseen saint would ride to our aid, again.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Winner? Or “Now I have to edit this dam thing…”

A slap dash overview of my last month of writing – grammar optional.

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50,195 words in 29 days. The novel isn’t finished, perhaps, I wrote too much outline. It is looking like the novel will finish around 75,000 words.
What novel you ask? Why, Einstein’s Fallacy, thanks for asking. A high school physics teacher becomes the protector of a genius high school student who has discovered a mistake with Einstein’s work. An idea that is dangerous, in many ways. They travel to CERN the centre of Quantum physics where they meet Dr.Stephen Hawking. He introduces them to Dr.Tomas Cardona who will aid them in the development of this revolutionary idea and Leon Trask, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.

Ben, the student wants to get to space. To, as he puts it, “Get off this damm rock and all it’s petty people.”

Lisa’s long term relationship over she wistfully wonders if she chose the right career path.  And gets a chance to be her dream, a researcher.

Dr.Brenda Sawyer, Lisa’s mentor at University and connection to CERN.

Tomas, realizes that what he has believed, researched, his life’s work is mis-guided and wants to regain a purpose.

Leon Trask, wise and wants to make money, more importantly make power his companion.

Katherine and Jason Hock – two to of the richest people in the world see the threat Ben’s ideas hold and want to control it. Ruthless would be a kind word for their tactics.

Three wise men who see the danger posed by the discovery who enlist the aid of Graywater and the Hock’s to manage the chaos they see coming.

Graywater – a private security contractor with no national boundaries. Protectors yes, mercenaries, certainly.?)

Be Well – dcd