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[Plotting About] Welcome to 2015

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A day into 2015 and I’m making progress on plotting out Chapter 5 and the novel overall.
The realization of exactly how much I squeezed into the first draft has finally dawned on me that if I wish to keep me things in, I’ll be sprinkling plots/characters from the first draft across several books and so focusing the first book on Spencer, Melinda and the antagonist.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count going into 2015 is:

It hasn’t moved much since last time due to holidays and my going down the rabbit hole on the universe backstory.
The goal right now is to have the second draft done by ECCC. Send it back through the writing group and query agents.
As for ECCC, I dunno if I’ll be cosplaying this year or not.
One of my Christmas presents was a scarf knitted by my mom, and not just any scarf: this scarf ->
So, I’m a pair of pants, shirt, vest, coat, hat, tardis key, sonic screwdriver away from cosplaying #4.
BBC America has a nice post on Cosplaying as 4 that covers the particulars.
During the holidays, we retreated to Woodstock, VT and when I wasn’t sledding with my brother and his wife:
I managed to get some reading done and visited Woodstock’s bookstore, the Yankee Bookshop. I enjoyed: Lock In, Lexicon and A Talent for War. Afterworlds is only partly started. I’ve found bouncing from author style to style is often an interesting speed bump. My social feeds will probably be showing more Goodreads posts.
I kickstarted Harry Connolly’s The Great Way and it’s been getting good reviews so I’ve got a trilogy to read through soon.
Going into 2015, there are some shout outs to blogs belonging to friends and family:
1. Backyard Roots – a gardening blog created by my sister-in-law and brother. Make sure to like their FB page.
2. Hold me Don’t Hold Me – baby momma blog.
3. Bennett North – NaNoWrimo Word War buddy, fellow aspiring writer and Writing Group member.
4. Hey Ashers – Book reviews done by fellow New England NaNoWrimo and Writing Group member.
5. Chopping Potatoes – baby momma blog handling things like post partum depression and fellow New England aspiring writer.
And lastly, my 2015 Resolutions:
1. Plot faster.
2. Write better.
3. Finish what I write and get it edited.
4. Query Agents.
5. Read more.
6. Post more photos.
7. Find a junior graphic design job.
8. Blog more.
9. Find time for PS4 gaming with friends.
10. Install new WP theme for the blog…

[Plotting About] The end of 2014…


Looking back on the end of 2013 and I’m in a better place even if I’m in the same place I was last year.
The list I made last year was:
1. Finish Weaver Book #1. Query Agents. Work on Book #2. – Completed 1 of 3 – Found out first draft was too much but I finished it, all 147k words of it. I’ve got 3-4 books squished into 1.
2. Find a graphic design job – Interned at Regimen Boxing Enterprises and created posters for the August fight that went up all over Providence.
3. Finish a short story and submit it to either magazine or writer’s workshop. – I’m crossing this off the list until Weaver Revision 2 is done.
4. Continue to write – Yep.
5. Read more – I have been.
6. Take more pictures and post’em – Need more time in the day.
7. More gaming with Team Formation – Still need more time in the day.
8. Hope for good new season of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi – It was a good season even if the season finale felt off.
On the Weaver front – Chapter 4 has been re-edited.
The scenes from chapter 5 is being pushed to the last third of the book. This means a new chapter 5. And it means sending our heroes off in to the unknown.
In the meantime, I’ve been backfilling history. If this sounds vaguely familiar it’s because the Weaver ‘Verse is a giant, sprawling, epic, space opera and I never typed it all out in some semblance of chronological form. And when I did, I never finished it or adapted it properly. Instead it’s been spread out over several moleskin notebooks and my brain.
So the rest of 2014 is going to spent filling in background, plotting out the rest of the book(s) and getting some of the comic script pages written.
The first draft chapters have been put into a folder and will be dusted off when needed.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

[Plotting About] Weaver and NaNoWrimo

Rhode Island Comic Con is over.
Rhode Island Author Expo is over.
Now it’s time for NaNoWriMo.
And less said about Destiny and Advance Warfare the better.
Since when did November become so busy?
This will be my tenth year for NaNoWriMo.
Week 2 has arrived and things are progressing.
On most Novembers I’d be at 40k by now having well learned that it’s all about the word count and not the story. In the past reaching 50k by the 15th was normal.
Instead, I’m taking it slow with the second draft of Weaver and addressing several things that the first draft didn’t.
Questions like:
What is this story about?
Why are they there?
What are the characters’ arc?
What’s the purpose of all this?
What’s the elevator pitch?
And making sure it stays a tiny story with big characters instead of a big story with small characters.
Best example: Kung Fu Panda has tiny story but big characters while Kung Fu Panda 2 had big story and small characters.
This blog post over at Heather Webb’s site covers what I haven’t but should’ve been doing.
Chapter Three was completed pre-NaNo.
The end of Chapter Four is going to be re-written.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire Chapters 1-3 and misc links

So with one day to go until NaNoWrimo, I’ve massaged Weaver back into some semblance of sense, all 10k words of sense.
Chapters 1-3 read better than before. Simpler while keeping some of the mystique and makes a good sampler for a graphic novel.
I’m glad I didn’t push myself to re-edit the first draft to try and get the novel printed for this weekend. My heart just wasn’t in it and the plot was all over the place.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

The Rhode Island Comic Con is this weekend. I’ll be there selling my old comic book collection. I may even bring a short box of Totems.
The plan is to dress as Jayne Cobb one day and Mal Reynolds the other day.
Some interesting writing links:
Manuscript Wishlist
25 Ways to Plot/Prep your story.
How to write a character arc in a series.
How to find your character’s breaking point.
Writing Excuses 2015 Cruise…yep, on a boat.
How to travel by cargo ship.
A la carte freighter travel.
Freighter Cruises.
Providence Ghost Tour
Photos I took during the Providence Ghost Tour

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: Plotting it out.

Welcome to October.
One month to go until NaNoWrimo and I’m not coordinating this year.
This will be my tenth year of being NaNoWrimo participant.
Besides the Weaver ‘verse, I’ve got two maybe three different themed ‘verses that have come from doing NaNoWrimo.
A zombie urban fantasy ‘verse that could be spun off into space and a space invader ‘verse that needs a crap ton of space research involved.
The writing group’s fourth year anniversary arrives this year.
Bennett North has been writing some good posts about preparing for the annual event.
It should be noted, the posts are good anyone writing a novel because it’s best to plan things out before you jump in.
Discovery writing or pantsing your way through a novel isn’t the best in my humble opinion.
The writing group had several great suggestions to fix Weaver.
I’ve not taken the editing chainsaw to the first draft and instead I’m re-planning it.
Not a page one re-write, thankfully, I’m just a revising what happens after page thirty. Keeping the setting, narrowing down the characters and the plot.
It’s moments like this why I’m happy the writing group exists.
I’ve been pantsing my way through Weaver since the beginning and even though I did beat sheet it all out, the overall plot turned out to be too much too fast.
So the new marching orders is to make sure it reads right before going off and writing another chapter.
This doesn’t change the plan to turn Weaver into a graphic novel and judging from the reactions of the writing group they liked the character sketches.
I don’t know what I’m doing for NaNoWrimo this year. The plan is to re-plot Weaver.
Take it slow and steady and not take another four years to finish the second draft.
I think setting a deadline of March 2015, just in time for Emerald City Comic Con is a good plan.

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: First draft is done.

First draft of Where Weavers Daire is done.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Yep, that’s 27,685K over what I wanted.
But that’s what the editing chainsaw and writing group is there for.
I’m happy with the way it turned out even if it was three weeks late.
My original plans to get it edited and printed via Createspace by November in time for Rhode Island Comic Con have been put on hold.
The stigmata of poorly edited self published books is strong. It’s best to find and fix all the errors first then either send out query letters or self publish.
Bennett North has great post on Outlining your Novel since NaNoWrimo is a month and half away.
A post on Destiny will be forth coming…

[Plotting About] August 2014 / Week 1 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 31

Welcome to August.
Welcome to the one year anniversary of me going freelance.
Welcome to the end of Chapter Thirty, the last chapter I had written in 2013 before figuring out: Well, shit, I guess I’ll go back and re-write the first third so it makes sense.
It gets squishy from here even if I’ve written the last chapter already.
Okay so I lie a little bit about squishy part.
I foresee passing the 120k ceiling for this first draft. Revisions will probably bring that down to a normal level.
And I’m submitting it in it’s entirely to the writing group in a week.
No pressure.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

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[Plotting About] July 2014 / Week 2 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 22

This list pretty much covers what’s been happening recently.
To give everyone an update on everything: I’ve been writing a science fiction/space opera manuscript for close to four years and I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary of doing it full time while freelancing on the side as a graphic designer.
At the end of last year I figured out I needed to go back and re-write the first third.
Now, we’re at the second third which is already written.
I’ve been turning the train so to speak to straightening things out and at the end of one chapter Melinda disappears for a good three chapters.
Someone else takes the stage and before I got any deeper the alarm bells went off.
Three chapters wasn’t deep, they were already written so I just dragged them off into a folder in Scrivener.
I edited Melinda back in for the next three chapters and then she disappears which makes a ton more sense now because now everyone has something to fight for and she gets closer to what’s going on.
My daily walks have been helping plot things out. Besides burning through Writing Excuses, Self Publishing, Nerdist Writer’s Panel, Sword and Laser , Aisha Tyler and Children of Tendu podcasts it gives me time to think things through. The guys at Writing Excuses brought this ritual up this morning.
No word count due to shuffling chapters. I’ve been adding finished chapters one at a time into Scrivener so if the K count drops by 10-20k it’s because three chapters like those I mentioned above got pulled.
78k-ish is the count right now.
In non-novel news…
Last month, the Writing Group switched over to critiquing manuscripts. Bennett North did the honors and on Saturday we’ll see how that turned out. I think this is natural turning point for the group. A lot of us are working on long form work and I think we’ll have enough to last us until the holidays.
Weaver will be done in time for September’s meet up.
SDCC is next week and I’m not going. I’m 50% happy, 50% unhappy and %100 trilled I won’t be footing the bill for that week long trip to Nerd Prom.
Boston Con is the second week of August and I’m tempted on treating myself since my birthday is right around the corner.

[Plotting About] June 2014 / Week 2 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 20

I spent most of yesterday plotting out the next twenty chapters of Weaver. Half of those twenty are already written and just need to be adjusted accordingly.
We’ve entered the middle third of the book that was already written before I went back to fix the first third.
I’m feeling good about the middle third.
I dropped enough foreshadowing in the first third to cover the middle.
The final third is a little squishy and needs the most help.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

My deadline is July 4th.
Camp NaNoWrimo begins in July.
My hope is to get Weaver done and work on the spin-off that the writing group liked.
It would appear neither myself or Bennett North got into the Amtrak’s Residency. Glad to see I’m good company.
Association of Rhode Island Authors is having a Meet and Greet at Warwick Public Library on August 9th.

[Plotting About] June 2014 / Week 1 / #writing #Weaver / Chapter 17

Chapter 17.
I haven’t said that in a while.
Last week was good to me. First, I figured out how to fix Chapter 5.
Chapter 5 was supposed to be revealed throughout the book but I figured out how to use it as a chapter instead. It introduced Melinda’s supporting cast better than what I had done in Chapter 6.
So all the chapters got bumped up one then I hit the call to action for Melinda and then hit the old section of chapters I had written previously.
So all in all a good week.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Now begins the task of writing the next chapter to bring all the characters together for the introduction of the big bad.
Once that chapter is done it’s back to the already written chapters.
In non-novel news:
Myself and Bennett North went to the book launch party for Rhode Island local author Heather Rigney for her book: Waking the Merrow.
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I had met her at The Elephant Room a few months back when I was slogging through the re-writes of Weaver.
The place was packed.
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For a self published book, Heather did everything right.
The cover looks good, edited and the price for the dead tree version is a perfect price and not bloated like some other soft cover books I’ve seen.
I highly recommend it.
And go see Edge of Tomorrow.
It’s a fun movie and not just a excuse to go and enjoy the air conditioned theater like The Lone Ranger was last year.