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[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire, May 2018


 
Welcome to Spring.
What’s this?
A blog post?
Why, yes it is.
Why the silence?
I’ve been working on Weaver as you can see below.

Where Weavers Daire Update

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

And I’ve got an editor lined up and I have a deadline of July 31st to finish it.
Back to the salt mines.

[Plotting About] Closing out 2015 with writing goals for 2016

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Looking back on the end of 2013 and 2014 I’m in a better place than last year even if I’m still writing Weaver.
The list I made last year was:
1. Finish Weaver Book #1. Query Agents. Work on Book #2. – I’ll get to this in a second.
2. Find a graphic design job – No such luck but I did get a job at Displays2Go.
3. Continue to write – Yep.
4. Read more – I have been.
5. Take more pictures and post’em – Need more time in the day.
6. More gaming with Team Formation – Still need more time in the day altho Rainbow 6 Siege coming out is a welcome breath of fresh air.
7. Hope for a good season of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi – There’s a blog post about the utter shit writing that was this season. If they cancel it next season it’ll go out on a low note from the writing standpoint. More on this later…

Where Weavers Daire Update

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

I may’ve lost 10k from October but the plot is a lot better than what it had been.
The writing and re-writing continues. I’ve also found an easier way to jot things down besides my moleskin: Google Docs. Generally I use M$ Word to write and compile in Scrivener but I’ve been using Google Docs to write down and plan out plot points.
This is a good thing since most of it is still in my head and I’m making a concerted effort to plot instead of discovery or pants my way through.
I mentioned how the first draft of Weaver had an enormous amount of  content that should’ve been in other book and that’s what I’ve been doing when not watching Jessica Jones, The Expanse, working (!) or playing Fallout 4 / Destiny / Rainbow Six Siege.
I’ve been pushing plot threads that were in the first draft to the next book and it’s been helping a lot.

Writing Goals for 2016

  1. Plot out the rest of book 1.
  2. Finish writing Weaver.
  3. Work on Weaver graphic novel / web comic / Patreon.
  4. Get Weaver professionally edited.
  5. Self publish Weaver
  6. Plot out book 2 and 3.
  7. Attend several of the local events like the 4th Annual ARIA Author Expo and RICC and sell it!
  8. Make loads of money minus stealing the underwear.

Yep, short writing goals.

Misc Updates

Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, going to see it again then there will be a review post. My first thoughts: Great looking and well acted unlike the prequels. The new characters and the actors portraying them infused new blood into universe even if the plot hit all the notes from the original trilogy and it’ll be interesting to see how many deleted scenes show up on the DVD. I need to read the novelization as well since it was based on a previous screenplay draft.
The Art Book is worth getting but nowhere as detailed as the Making of Trilogy books.
On another note, Legos and Star Wars. It’s an expensive hobby.
The 3rd Annual Association of Rhode Island Author Expo went off without a hitch. I’m going to ignore the power failure at Lincoln Mall for 30-40mins.
Writing Excuses Cruise 2016 – I’m looking into doing this like Bennett North did this year.
Con Season 2016 consists of Emerald City, Necon and RICC. 3/4 of those I don’t need a hotel or airline tickets for. I’m half tempted on going to Boston Comic Con this year just as a fan to see how it is.
On the job front, I got a job at Displays2Go. I highly recommend their products and they’re local to Rhode Island!
That’s it for now, here’s hoping 2016 is better than 2015.

[Plotting About] A September writing update on Weaver

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Site News:

Yes, this site and RKB Studios has been a yo-yo as of late hence this post being a day late but hopefully Site 5 has fixed the problem.

Weaver News:

I’ve been posting chapters on Wattpad and plan to continue it until the end.
I feel I may be jettisoning some chapters to get the story back on track.
I’m planning out the last chapters hence the jettisoning because some of it doesn’t feel right.

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

Currently, I’ve taken a break from writing to focus on the Weaver bible and a comic book adaptation.
The bible is coming along well and I’ve got about fifty pages of the comic book adaptation. Fifty pages equals to the end of chapter two.
The general idea being finish the manuscript, get a submission packet together and submit to comic companies.
If they all say no then my plan is to start a Patreon so the artist can be paid and consider what format to publish the comic. B+W instantly comes to mind because color is expensive and I enjoy black and white more than color.
Collected Curios creator, Phillip Jackson, has had some success printing Little Victory through Indy Planet/Little Lulu so that’s one option, the other may be a web comic.
The general idea is not to spend money on books and have them left over in a box like we did with Totems.
The good news is Weaver isn’t an anthropomorphic book with adult overtones masquerading as a funny book so that hurtle doesn’t need to be jumped over.
The hurtle is: how to get something out there and get the people working on it paid.
I’m mostly a web comic reader right now and while the webcomic format saves on printing a physical book, the fact we have nothing to sell at convention is something of a rub.
The good news is, we’re not buying space at conventions to sell something.

NaNoWrimo News:

It’s in a month and I haven’t a clue what I’m writing about.
One of these NaNoWrimos I’ll actually plan it out.
I think I may plan it out the first half of November and write the 50k the second half, maybe…

Other News:

Read Bennett North’s adventure at the Writing Excuses Writer’s Retreat Cruise she went on.
The podcast is one I highly recommend and the cruise sounds fun too!

[Plotting About] Writing Where Weavers Daire / March 2015 / Chapter 12

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Four years ago…

On February 26th, 2011, myself and two other members of the recently formed Rhody Writing Group drove through the freshly snow covered streets of Providence to a two day Genre Writing Workshop at Hotel Providence.
The LJ Post regarding the event just goes to show how long my blog posts used to be.
Somewhere between the 26th and 27th I put the ass in the seat and started writing what would become Where Weavers Daire.
I remember it because I brought a half finished first chapter with me. It was full of universe building but slow on the action. Thankfully, I kept it and looking back on it now, I’ll resurrect it as a prologue on Wattpad.
I’ve decided to put up the first five chapters of Weaver up on Wattpad.

Suggested reading

Bennett North suggested Rachel Bach’s 2k to 10k novelette.
The title refers to the author’s journey to get more words out of her day.
Most writers will tell you 2k – 3k words a day is a good bar to reach.
So, upping that to 10k a word falls under writing better and faster. This is always a good thing.
She brings up a great deal of advice about pre-plotting/synopsis/beat sheet that I’ve found has helped a great deal.
The act of writing down a sentence or more of a possible scene(s) is big step forward towards a building a chapter.
Another piece of advice I’ve gotten from the various podcasts or books is never delete what you’ve written, it may come in handy later.
In Scrivener, it allows you to drag and drop chapter folders from the main manuscript to a folder that you can label Old Revisions and just drop chapters in there you don’t need.
This act saves you from going back through old documents and finding somewhere in the depths of a 600+ page first draft that one scene you’re looking for.
To give you an idea of how I’m write, I’ve been creating a Word Document for chapters and with a general idea of the chapter I write it out until the chapter is done or I hit page 15.
This has it’s pros and cons obviously. I can easily write myself into a corner or move the action away from the two protagonists without missing a beat.
The pre-plotting keeps this from happening since you know, well, you hopefully know, where the novel is going.
I’ve been reusing scenes from the first revision here and there even if I’ve been replacing character names it’s nice to be able to re-use the already written scenes without having to do a complete re-write.

Weaver Writing

The time change or the weather changing, call it whatever you want, but it feels like I’m writing more recently.
And to that end the title of the manuscript will be changing.
I’ve been working with an artist on a proof of concept of a graphic novel adaptation of the novel. Rebranding an idea before it’s taken a bow isn’t as that bad.
It’s bad when you’ve got three to four issues only to find out that a certain big name comic company has come out with a book of the same name.
An ongoing series has always been the plan and I think we’ve settled on a name that works and invokes the Indiana Jones-type of serialized adventure.
Titles whether they be for books, comics, movies or television has always been stickler for me.
I want to be imaginative and original without becoming a one word book or a book with a tongue twisting title.
If I manage to expand the series I’ve been sketching out other series names too. It can’t hurt to have a few alternatives.
If you follow me on twitter then you’ve seen me play around with fonts from local lettering company Blambot.
I haven’t posted a word count in a month and as you can see from my Excel Sheet, I haven’t been keeping track. This is something I want to start keeping track of from now on.
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My deadline of a day before ECCC still stands.
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The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

Close to the 50k count and I’m feeling good about where the story is going with limiting it to just the main characters.

[Plotting About] Feb 2015 / Week 2 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 8

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Finding time to write can be a very hard thing to nail down. Whether it’s writing this blog post to a manuscript, time management is something many people scoff at until they find out how much time they’re actually wasting.
How do you waste time you ask? Sleep past 8 AM and by the time you drag yourself out of bed, shower, have breakfast and sit down at the computer by maybe 930 if you’re lucky and you wonder where the time went.
I’ve found once you get into a rhythm it’s generally hard to break.
I’ve been listening to the Rocking Self Publishing Podcast along with the Self publishing Podcast and several authors have the same rhythm: Get up, gym, breakfast and write.
The amount of time varied from writer to writer but the point was made: find the time even if it is just for an hour.
Now, for those you who have children or jobs, it sounds laughable. Until you start waking up at 4 or 5 am and plug away on your manuscript.
This rhythm is doable so long as you’re willing.
For most of last year, my rhythm was this: Set 3 alarms to get up by 6 AM, walk 6 miles while listening to podcasts, shower, breakfast and write by 9 AM, lunch, write, dinner and edit what I just wrote.
My rhythm has changed a bit due to work, I’m up by 6 AM, shower, breakfast and try writing by 7 after catching up on emails and out the door for work in a few hours and come home.
Now, all that may not work for you, that’s perfectly fine.
But, if you want to become a published writer and turn this “hobby” of yours into a career you will find your rhythm and make the time.
New England News
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If you’re in a different part of the country you know New England has been getting a weekly blizzard since the end of January. What does this mean? It means two lane roads with parking on either side go down to one.
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This makes driving down roads like Thayer St like a Death Star Trench Run and let’s not forget the sidewalks haven’t been shoveled because there’s nowhere else to put it and people are walking with traffic.
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Yeh. It’s been real fun. I’m waiting for the summer days where we’ll be complaining about the triple digits heat and humidity.
So long as the snow holds off, South Attleboro Collectables Show (which hasn’t been seen since November ’14) will be on Feb 22nd. Myself and Matt G will be there selling our fine comic book wares.
Weaver update:
I’m up to Chapter 8 and I have a handle on things. My deadline is still the end of March before Emerald City Comic Con.
Originally, the title of the ongoing series was going to be A Wandering Weaver’s Tale but looking at my sketched out plans for a sequel I’ve changed it to something else that fits the location.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count going into 2015 is:

[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 ->
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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:
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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…

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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] Welcome to December

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Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.
Let’s start with this short film entitled “Wanderers”. If you love sci-fi movies or space exploration watch it.
It’s the overall theme of exploring is what I’m aiming for with the Weaver ‘Verse and some of those visuals of the ships are pitch perfect.
What is happening with Weaver?
Well, NaNoWriMo is over, I did about 7k words but I wrote a whole chapter that’s usable, we’ll call this Chapter 5 for now.
Chapter 3 has been edited to merge scenes together and to end on a perfect note. Now it’s onward to Chapter 4 that needs to be re-written to get to Chapter 5.
Chapter 4 is going to be the call to action for both Spence and Melinda. For the most part it’s there, scenes needs to be shuffled around and such.
I’m happy with what I’ve gotten done so far and glad I didn’t push myself to write more. I am going to try and pick up the pace a bit, my deadline is a week before Emerald City Comic Con in March 2015.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

In other news, my sister-in-law, Kellie has started a Backyard Roots Blog. If you enjoy picking your own vegetables from your own garden then this blog is for you.

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

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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.

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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.