Another Poor Month…

…of blogging. 

Otherwise, I’m up to chapter 15 in editing. Progress has been somewhat halted now I have to work, but I’m motivated enough to still continue. (The writing group has already helped a bunch in this regard. *waves at fellow members*)

Looking back over older chapters is sometimes nice. Occasionally, I’ll find a sentence and think, either positively or negatively, “I wrote that?”   

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Updates and Work

Progress has come to a crawling halt because I now have a job. How exciting.I work as a Customer Service Assistant for half a day and the other half recovering and promising myself I’ll “do some writing tomorrow.”

On the upside the Writer Group over at Fantasy Faction, (if it comes together), might motivate me to get back in gear. Until then, however, I’m off for a nap.

Updates

I am aware that updates have been lacking on this blog, but I fear that there isn’t much to say. After a bumpy start with a chapter that needed to be doubled in length and then subsequently prised in twain, momentum has slowly increased. World-building was lacking in the crucial first few chapters and I have done my best to strengthen this issue. It’s quite clear that I much prefer writing about the characters than the world they inhabit.

The God of Slaves

Wings he had and wings they took; stripped of all memory and power. “Forever shall you wander the wasteland,” they said, “and seed your sedition amongst honest man.”

But death bore down upon its own swift wings and stone by stone, their empire crumbled.

– From the fall of the Talsakkan Empire

Questionnaire Tag Thing

I wasn’t going to do this, but as Mr. Romano was mean  nice
enough to tag me and I haven’t posted in a while, I’ll give it a shot.

Otherwise, I’m still going over the first draft and adding a lot of world-building stuff.

1. What’s the name of your current WIP?

King of Sparrows.

2. Ready to do a cover reveal?

You’re joking, right?

3. How many words are you into it? 

Finished, at around 90k, but it’s grown since then and I’m not sure by how much.

4. Goal word count by the end of the week?

I don’t do weekly goal counts.

5. Goal word count for the entire manuscript?

Around 100k. It’s the sweet spot.

6. What genre does your WIP fall within?

I have absolutely no idea. I’m not sure it’s even fantasy, strictly speaking. It’s definitely Steampunk, but I think it leans more towards the Science Fiction side of it, as opposed to the fantastical.

7. When would you like to publish this project?

Before I die, that’d be sweet.

8. Go to page five of your manuscript and pick a random sentence to share with us!

I don’t have a page 5 since I split my main file into individual chapters. I went to chapter 5 instead and pulled out this piece that really says more about the story than anything else I can find.

Dakka rifled through the coins, spreading them out over the counter. “It’s not that simple,” he said, “and you know it, you know damn well what it’s like in the Slums. Living like a sinner because life is short, but repenting like a saint…”

“…because death is forever,” Carver finished the mantra.

9. Will this WIP turn into a series?

No. It is and always will be stand alone. But I’m not finished with the City.

10. What has been the hardest challenge in working on this WIP?

Writing it.

11. What has been your favourite part of working on this WIP?

Having written it.

12. Any special treat planned for when you finish the final draft of your WIP?

Maybe, but that’s so far, far away.

I don’t have anyone to tag, so feel free to do it if you want.

Chapter 1

Now that I’ve finished writing King of Sparrows, I’ve moved onto the second stage: completing the second draft. This is the process by which I comb over my writing and tweak the language, add description and various other-much needed changes. I’m not looking at the grammar and spelling too much at this stage (unless the errors are glaring), for that will come in the third draft.

I have uploaded the first chapter, which you can find on the page King of Sparrows to the right hand side. Though I’m not completely happy with it as of yet, I wanted to give those that read/follow my blog a chance to actually see what I write – for good, or for worse.