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Writing Update #18

Well, first things first: [TT] has an official working title now! So from here on out I’ll be referring to it as [SOPAB]. And no, I’m not going to explain what it stands for 😉 I whittled my list of 16 possible titles down to six, after which I asked some people to choose which ones would entice them in a bookstore, and gave them a quick rundown of the major themes of the story. There was no clear favourite, but their feedback helped me choose the one I’ve gone with.

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Editing Update #12

I finished editing [OSAA] a few days before November hit in 2017. I had been working on draft 2.5, incorporating my beta readers’ feedback and my own comments. Draft 3 was the draft I meant to send in during Angry Robot’s Open Door period. Then November came, I had finished my last edit and I sent it in.

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Review: Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart

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Eight Skilled Gentlemen is the third and last instalment of the Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox written by Barry Hughart.

Plot:

When people in high places start dying inexplicably, Master Li and Number Ten Ox are on the case. But what kind of case involves mysterious cages, a puppeteer, a serial killer, the Celestial Master, demons and eight skilled gentlemen?

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Review: Echoes of the Great Song by David Gemmell

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Plot:

In a world inhabited by the Avatars, blue-haired men and women who live like they are gods, and the races they’ve enslaved, all is not well. After a huge natural disaster, much of the world is now covered in ice and the longevity crystals of the Avatars are slowly dying. Their powers sources almost spent, their status as gods is threatened. They are losing their grip on the tribes and the Vagars – who are secretly planning a rebellion – and an even greater enemy is due to arrive. The Almecs. The crystal-joined warriors. The butchers of thousands, all to feed their Crystal Queen. The days of the Avatars are over. Continue reading

No one is able to enjoy such a feast than the one who throws a party in his own mind

This quote about writing from Selma Lagerlöf, illustrates how I experience writing.

I’ve just started to write again – after a long time of getting distracted by Bones, Dollhouse, Gokusen and a new dorama I discovered yesterday: Bloody Monday – and it feels good. I can finally let my imagination flow again, and even though the same flow won’t always apply when jotting down the words, I realize I’ve missed it. Continue reading