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[Plotting About] April 2014 / Week 3 / #writing #Weaver / Chapter 9

Don't kid yourself, each first draft is utter horseshite.
Ain’t dat da truth.

I’m happy to say Chapter 9 is finished.
Chapter 9 is where the narrative splits and sends Melinda in one direction and Spence in the other for a few chapters.
I split them up originally back at Chapter 1 but felt that was a bad idea and kept them together until Chapter 8.
The end of Chapter 9 had been longer originally and gone into Chapter 10 but I decided to go with less is more.
It shuffles everyone into position for what I’ve already written.
Chapter 10 becomes between the new Act One and the old Act Two. If all goes well, Chapter 11 (which is 5 pages over my 15pg cut off for chapters) will start Spence’s journey back to meet up with Melinda and company.
Hope to make some headway into Chapter 10 tomorrow.
That brings the  Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

On a television note: Orphan Black! New Season! Yay!

[Plotting About] April 2014 / Week 2 / Weaver / Chapter 8

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The writing advice goes like this: Drop the manuscript in the drawer and come back to it in a month to see what needs to be changed.
Of course it would help if the manuscript was finished.
I came back from Emerald City Comic Con having not touched Weaver for a week except to read it on the plane and decided to listen to my gut and cut Chapters 9-13.
And change the last page of Chapter 8.
Why change it?
It was 4 chapters of building up already established characters with a slow built to revealing a villian that sorta worked even if Melinda was part of it all.
Chapter 8 is the “we’re all screwed time to run or run and fight” chapter and I essentially took the easy way out and let everyone escape unscathed.
Some of the scenes are savable. There’s a call to action scene for Melinda that’s a must.
That brings the  Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

In non-novel news: I have been enjoying the meetings of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. It’s more networking than writing group which makes it enjoyable since many of the people are published.
In freelance graphic designer news: RKB Studios is looking for clients.
If you think your website needs a facelift via WordPress then please let me know.

[Plotting About] March 2014 / Week 3 / Weaver / Chapter 11

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(h/t to Jen Basile for posting the icon)
My unofficial deadline for Weaver was yesterday.
But as you can see from the count o’meter we’re getting close to the 1/3 mark.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Chapter 11 and onward is good news since the chapters are already written.
Chapter 12 is getting a slight re-write but otherwise it’ll be subtle tweaks from here on in.
Went to a meeting of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. Was nice to do some networking.
Anyone listening to my social feeds next week will see an uptick in pictures and posts from Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle and a lovely four legged golden named Clover.
The East Coast getting one more snow storm before I leave feels like Nelson Muntz laughing. Damn you, Smarch weather.
I decided to cosplay as Jayne Cobb this year. It’s easier than Mal Reynolds since there is less to ship. 🙂
Thankfully the Jayne pistol made by QE Props fits into my Mal holster.
One of the essential items was finished up by my mom:
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At this rate I may need to wear it to the airport…

[Plotting About] March 2014 / Week 1 / Weaver / Chapter 8

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Welcome to March.
My deadline of getting Weaver done before going to Emerald City Comic-Con is approaching and so is Camp NaNoWrimo.
The good news is Chapter 8 is the link chapter between my new act one and the chapters I’ve already written. And oddly enough Act One will end around page 100ish.
The word count thus far:
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

I’m feeling good about where things are going.
I’ve gotten a few questions about what I’m working on so this will act as an informal FAQ.
For the last few years I’ve been writing in the same universe for NaNoWrimo. A mix of magic, tech, multi-generational houses made up of Immortals and mortals all taking place in a semi-walled off parts of the universe.
Three years back, I decided to write an Avengers Assemble-type of story as a starting off point. Avengers Assemble is short hand for plot consisting of a gathering of heroes to go off and fight the baddie. It takes it’s name from Marvel Comics The Avengers tagline of “Avengers Assemble!”.
The elevator pitch would be it’s Game of Thrones crossed with Firefly/Star Wars (without the prequel suck) about generations of families of Mages, Warriors and humans trying to eek out an existence on a desert planet that isn’t exactly.
I’ve roughed out a trilogy that could spin into an ongoing saga of our plucky heroes journeying out into the universe that will sooner or later reach Earth and beyond.
Check out my 2012’s blog hop post for more details.
Lastly, in cosplay news: I’m going to be cosplaying as Jayne for Emerald City Comic Con. Pictures forthcoming.

[Plotting About] February 2014 / Week 3 / Weaver / Chapter 4+5

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Wait.
How are we still on Chapter 4?
Suffice to say Chapter One and Two were pretty much locked with some minor editing.
Chapters Three and Four have been revised after feedback from the peeps in the writing group/alpha readers.
So now it’s on to Chapter 5. This chapter or the next will be the one to link up with what I’ve already written.
The word count thus far:
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

In other news, I mentioned a bit back I went through Writer’s Digest University Class Agent One-on-One: Your First Ten Pages Boot Camp.
It was a relatively straight forward class. An included video had recommendations for following how to create a better first ten pages.
I sent in the first ten pages of Weaver and get some feedback from an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC.
The feedback wasn’t a line by line edit but two general overviews of the good and bad. Including suggestions. The Q&A with the agents took place on Writer’s Digest Blackboard Message board and included a one year membership to an Agent finding service.
Overall, I thought it was worth it. The Blackboard linking was a little off due to having to drill down to find the link but that’s me being nitpicking of the user interface.
The feedback was good in the case of Weaver. A few points were made that the alpha group had pointed out and I forgot to change.
Would I recommend the class?
If you looking for feedback from an agent then yes.
If you’re looking for a line by line edit then no.
I came out of with a nice ego boost, the agent would like to see the first fifty pages and a synopsis once the manuscript is completed.
I know full well a request for a partial or full manuscript is just a request. It’s just nice to hear after the work I’ve put into it someone besides the alpha readers said they enjoyed it.

[Plotting About] January 2014 / Week 4 / Weaver / Chapter 5+6

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The end of January is upon us and I decided to enter a Writer’s Digest University Boot Camp to crit the first ten pages of Weaver.
This meant going back to the first ten pages and chainsaw editing two pages worth of unneeded words. It doesn’t hurt the story just gets rid of unnecessary world building that can shuffled elsewhere.
Overall the editing for the first couple of chapters hasn’t been sunshine and rainbows. I’ve been discovery writing my antagonists and just goes to show how much I need to plan the next novel. This pantsing vs. planning has been an ongoing problem and is not breaking news by any stretch.
It just means Chapter 5+6 have been rewritten several times already to set up the rest of the novel and that’s a good thing.
I completely understand why it takes people years to finish their first novel. This is year three for Weaver.
I really am going to try my hand at short stories after this. Honest.
Amazon Breakout Novel Contest begins Feb 2 and ends March 2.
Great post from my word war/treadmill buddy, Bennett North in response to Chuck Windig’s post about when and when not to self publish. I agree with them both since my writing started out horrendous and thanks to feedback has gotten just a wee bit better.
Great guest post from Kameron Hurley about persistance followed by a follow up post of Harry Connolly on the subject.
Word metrics for January!
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Less than two months away from Emerald City Convention! Time to track down pieces parts for a Jayne Cobb costume!

[Plotting About] January 2014 / Week 3 / Weaver / Chapter 4

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The first update for 2014 and Tobias Buckell is 15 posts ahead with his daily updates.
So, for my 2014 resolution: Weekly posts. Month / Week / WIP Name / Chapter Number.
Back during NaNoWrimo I figured out the problem with my work in progress: One of my protagonists, Melinda, got off too easy in the first chapter after meeting my second protagonist, Spence.
And, instead of bouncing off each other and getting themselves into more trouble with the unnamed antagonist, there were dozen chapters until they met up again.
Oh, by the way, I was at 111k by the time I figured this out with no end in sight.
So, I did the smart thing and plotted out the novel from scratch using what I already had and making sure Melinda got into more trouble by the end of chapter one.
I dumped several chapters of empire building and we come to the current metric or three quarters of the way through chapter four:
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Thankfully not a page one re-write more like rejiggering Act One and Scrivener drag and drop folders for moving chapters has been a god send.
The weekly write ins at local coffee shops with Myself, Bennett North and a few others has been helping.
Elephant Room in Pawtuxet Village being one of my favorites due to soft music, good tea and ample room to settle in.
And judging from this Projo Article looks like more business are going to be moving in including a Fellini’s Pizza.
In non-writing news, VCVC Cupcakes asked me to look at their website and re-design it. Like the Air Ventures RI website before it, I’m happy with the way it came out.
If any local business are interested in giving their websites a fresh coat of paint check out my studio site at RKB Studios for more information.
Lastly in Convention News: Emerald City 2014 is two months away. Three day tickets have been sold out on the website so check the local shops for tickets.

[Plotting About] The end of 2013…

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Besides the review of the Doctor Who Christmas episode and a possible review of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key comic saga that I just finished devouring this will probably be my last post for 2013.
No metrics for this month.
I’ve been shoring up the backstory of the Weaver verse in order to get chapters right in the work in progress. And shoring up the backstory means writing it down and not writing willy nilly. The pantser in me is taking a back seat so the planner can drive and it’s all for the better.
It doesn’t feel like I’ve gotten things done but in the end I can look back and find things with ease instead of digging myself deeper into hole.
I’ll be moving the synopsis stuff over to Scrivener just so I’ll have easier access to it then I do now.
As for 2014, nothing much is planned except for Emerald City Comic Con and cosplaying as Jayne Cobb of Canton. The hat being made by my mom. 🙂
Attending San Diego Comic Con is on hold for the foreseeable future. As much as I enjoy it, it’s a major cash drain every year. Emerald City isn’t due to having family willing to put up with me in the Seattle area.
My plans for 2014 consist of:
1. Finish Weaver Book #1. Query Agents. Work on Book #2.
2. Find a graphic design job.
3. Finish a short story and submit it to either magazine or writer’s workshop.
4. Continue to write.
6. Read more.
7. Take more pictures and post’em.
8. More gaming with Team Formation.
9. Hope for good new season of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi.

[Plotting About] December and beyond…

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So with NaNoWrimo over, it’s time to shift back to the work in progress.
A great deal of people have said to put your Wrimo in the drawer and edit in January. I agree with that advice.
After thirty days of staring at it, you need some time away from it to see how much of it you really need. This time away helped sort out a few plot problems in the work in progress.
I’ve gone back and re-planned the novel via a beat sheet. The biggest thing I changed was the pacing.
This means putting one of the protagonists, Melinda, into danger sooner than planned. It works without changing much of what I’ve written. It explains things better than the scenes I had already written.
While some of the universe building may have been pushed to the side I think a lot of it can be shuffled around. At least three to five chapters are being put off until book 2 so that frees up at least between 9-18k.
I think I’ll continue to plan out the rest of the novel while working on one or two short stories for Clarion, Viable Paradise workshops. So for now the K count bar for the work in progress isn’t going to show up for a while.
Once I’ve made progress on the short stories I’ll post an update.
Also, Providence Phoenix did an interview during one of our NaNoWrimo write ins.

[#nanowrimo] 1 week to go and October Metrics…

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One week to go until NaNoWrimo starts or as some authors like to call it: Welcome to what I do all the time.
Here’s some links for the Rhode Island Wrimos:
Facebook.
Twitter.
Google +
LJ Community
NaNoWrimo Bulletin Board.
The good news is we have several places confirmed and I don’t foresee having a Write In overload like we did 2 years ago.
Weaver Novel Update:
Almost. There.
Three to four chapters to go. The plan was to be done by now but no such luck.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

The 130k word count ceiling is temporary.
I think I’ll try my hand at a short story. I’m going to follow Lindsay’s lead and send to Clarion Workshop (just in time for SDCC) or Viable Paradise.
Rhody Writing Group Update:
With NaNoWrimo closing in we finished our last meet up for 2013 and had a good time. We’ll be entering our third year in 2014 and I’m happy to see the group is gaining members.