Looooong (yes, really, that long) ago I started writing a kind of mystery fantasy story. It’s basically finished and written now, apart from the observing eye of an editing person – still need to ask someone to take that plunge.
There is always something that needs to be changed or edited or improved. Even deleted. It’s good to have friends who are willing to do that. Someone who dares to point at something and says, “Gods, you did something majorly stupid there! Fix it!”
My little problem here is that there is something I need to fix in the story. There’s something I thought I’d bolt on to it later but as I was getting the toolkit out to do the bolting, I noticed this was the wrong spot for it.
This means I have to alter something in the story and I really don’t know where to do that.
The good thing is that all of you out there don’t know about this story so I can take my time fixing the thing. After that I will find someone to do the plunging (I guess that’s a plunger, right? 😉 ) and see if there is something basically not broken in the story.
A while ago I had to go back to the start of Naked Crow 7, as there were things that didn’t work out in the story. For that I discarded a lot of words and started writing again. Now I have to go back to chapter 2 and rip out some other bits and pieces.
Naked Crow book 1
Originally I was set on having a certain character appear in the book. On the rewrite this character left in chapter 11 and he refuses to come back.
This means I have to resolve the situation. That in turn means I’m going to remove the entire person from the story. He was a good help for Sheila after an accident (not something Sheila was in) but since he decided to move on before the story’s done, I need to give said person his freedom and come up with another way to get this all done.
On behalf of the entire crew of the Mighty Oaks I apologise for this problem, as it means the book will take even longer to be completed. It will be better for it though.
Since publishing The Unsworth Manor Nudes, I’ve been thinking about more historical fiction stories. This because the Unsworth Manor Nudes was very entertaining and rewarding to write.
Since this afternoon, after a little on-line chat with my writing fellow Ted Bun (twitter link), the idea for a follow-up story to the book has been born. It will not cover the same era, which for now is all I want to tell about it.
Hindeburg going up in flames. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Since about a week I also found another interesting way into a story, which will take place on the other side of the Atlantic. Yes, you pinpointed it: the United States. Also about this project I’m not going to say more at this point. There’s just the plan, the idea and a few links to information on-line. This one really needs a lot of research. For now that’s all I have on it, and if things don’t work out, the entire project will go up in dust like the Hindenburg. Oh, wait, that went up in flames. I don’t want to take it that far.
Don’t fear, though. At this moment it looks as if both stories will come to life. It will take a while because there’s this annoying little thing called job I have to deal with on a nearly daily basis (some of you will recognise that).
I’ll leave it at this. I hope you all are having a great Sunday, mother’s day and sunny day!
Over at MeWe someone asked when Naked Crow 7 would come out. I had to disappoint him.
The kind person in question responded to my cheerful outburst that I had added over 900 words to the story that day, which sounds like a lot. Considering that an average Naked Crow story consists of around 70,000 words, 900 words isn’t much, but it adds a nice amount, certainly.
There was a problem with this story. With all my best intentions I started writing, adding some sub-stories to it. After some 25,000 words I discovered that the start of one of the sub-lines in the story wasn’t touched any more. It had nothing to add to the story, so I had to go back and rip that out. Which meant there was a hole in the story that I had to fill up. In order to do so I had to rip out more bits and pieces.
In the end 18,000 words remained, setting me back quite a bit. Yes, I slaughtered some 7,000 words. And they need to be added in order to get the story up to where it was before I started the massacre. But the book will be better for it!
So what’s the surprise?
No, it’s not Naked Crow 8 yet, sorry. 😉
Instead I’m working on two more stories. One is a science fiction-ish book about Henry and Hannah who get thrown into a strange situation. I already know what the cover of this book will look like, which is remarkable. Usually I know this by the time I reach the last chapter.
Yes, the new sci-fi has to do with a nude beach…
The other book is about Emma Nelson who starts off as a cook in a university kitchen. Her life undergoes an odd change when something happens. I have the ‘something’ written but I feel I have to change that. A lot. Plenty of options have already come up for that. This story is an urban fantasy, which means that fantasy and real world will mix.
Hmm, in that light, the book about Henry and Hannah will be an urban science fiction. Gosh… I had to look that up and it turns out that more people came up with that. Have a look at goodreads. Of course those aren’t naturist urban science fiction books! 😀
Well, I hope you like this update on what I’m doing at the moment. I’ll try and keep in touch a bit more frequently.
Coming week I’ll be off for a while, on a short trip to the Canary Islands, for some sunshine and relaxing. My work situation is somewhat unstable at the moment so I need to get away from it all. It will also help me figure out a few story-related things, I’m convinced.
Writing versus love. This is where Queen and I don’t go in the same direction. Their crazy little thing’s called love, mine’s called writing.
In a galaxy far, far away I started writing Naked Crow 7. I knew what it would be about, figured out some of the extra story-lines and set off towards the distant planet of Arrakis, because the spice must flow. Anyone familiar with the Dune-books by Frank Herbert knows what I am talking about.
Unfortunately, by the time I got to chapter 11 I began having some doubts. Was this spice or just some cheap cinnamon knock-off?
After writing some more, it became more and more clear to me that the basic idea of Naked Crow 7 was good, but that something was off. It was as if C3P0 and R2D2 had travelled to the Dune world and were fighting Sand Worms, instead of the Fremen of Arrakis handling that job (as depicted here to your and my right).
Come in chapter 12 of Naked Crow 7. The feeling of “nope” had taken on the size of an actual Sand Worm by now, so I decided to trace back through the story, locate which wormhole (no, not a Sand Worm Hole!) had opened and from where that was leaking oddities and inconsistencies. As I went back further I got other ideas for the story. Better ideas. Ideas that… well… more or less made is clear that everything I’d written before the third paragraph in the first chapter was still okay…
So this is where the other bits of text ended.
In the bucket.
91 pages of writing gone poof.
But not to worry: they will be replaced by 91 (and more) pages that do work.
Sometimes it happens that a bit of text is scrapped. Sometimes it’s a big bit. Like this. But I would rather rewrite the whole shebang than present you with an inferior story that’s not even consistent everywhere.
♦ Of course there’s Mirror Earth 3. That book is making things difficult for me but that’s okay. For me anyway. I’m sorry you have to wait for it for so long. At the moment I have 210 pages written so there is some progress.
♦ Then there’s Naked Crow 7. That one gave me a headache for quite a while. I knew a few basic things that I wanted to have in that story but tying it all together into something comprehensible and interesting was an entirely different thing. It’s slowly coming off the ground now, though, which is a good thing.
♦ And then there’s a surprising, strange thing. I started writing a new science fiction. I had no plan to make that naturist based but somehow it morphed into that. It’s fascinating to see that happen, let me tell you. The strangeness doesn’t end there: as I had the initial idea for the story I started writing it on my phone. A day later I found out that the book “50 shades of grey” was written on a phone as well so I took up the challenge. I am writing this entire story on my phone. So far I’m 11 chapters in and it looks promising! This story is entirely different from the Mirror Earth books or from Nude in Space. It’s something that might happen in the present. Something peculiar is that I already have a fair idea what the cover of the book will look like, which is quite new for me. Usually I start worrying about that when a story’s mostly finished. Oh – before you think it’s about UFOs… close but no cigar. Yet. And this image won’t be the cover. 😉
I really hope I can get at least two of those books ready and published for you all in 2018.
Let’s see what comes out of those good intentions. I wish all of you a great new year with lots of nude opportunities!
Exactly that. Last month I participated in “Nanowrimo” (NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth). A mad race against yourself to write a novel in a month. I love challenges like that. Note that I didn’t write a naturist novel, my alter ego (ehem) writes more mainstream fantasy and science fiction.
In doing so (I almost wrote 300 pages) I lost track of where I was going in the chapter I was writing for Mirror Earth 3. Sarah (you’ll need to know Mirror Earth and Mirror Earth 2 to know who Sarah is) was going to do something. When I got back to the scene after November I stared at the words and my mind went ‘all righty then… what were you going to do here?’
This means that I still dislike my mind because I have no answer for it.
The scene was well over one page already but no matter how long I looked at it, read it, thought about it… nothing popped up. Well bugger, as they say in England. I trashed the scene, read back to where things were still making sense and sat down to compose a completely new twist to the chapter.
It’s not the first time.
I’ve had this happen before because I’ve done Nanowrimo more than once. That doesn’t mean I’m getting used to it. Each time I promise myself to be more careful and to take better notes on where I’m going with a scene, and each time I fall into the same pit.
You’d think I’d have learnt after 7 years, right? Well, wrong. Next time though. I’m sure. I think. 😀
The good thing about happenings like this is that the new scene usually is better than the one that I discarded. So far it looks like it. I threw out 400 words and I have regenerated 300 fresh ones yesterday. Words that make someone freak out (in chapter 31) over…. oh, wait, I shouldn’t divulge that.
I’ll get back to Mirror Earth 3 today. And to Naked Crow 7, another story I lost touch with, but that hasn’t grown large yet. I can pick that up again after browsing the last few chapters. I just need to figure out who got shot there, and how many people. (Yes, there is some actual shooting of people happening in Naked Crow 7. Trust me. I’ve made / will make it happen.)
Finished your book this afternoon. Enjoyable read. I found it quite interesting being an historical novel based on your research and facts. I think what I enjoyed most though was the evolution of the “proper English Aristocratic ideals” meld with their developing naturism. I think one excerpt said it all…“Nancy’s knees trembled as she took the first few steps but then steeled herself. If she was going to do this it would be in proper style. She was British…”. I loved the whole British/Naturists aspect. Was really fun.
I’m always proud to know that people appreciate my work.
As some of you know I’m working on the third book of Mirror Earth. As usual I don’t have the foggiest idea what will happen once I’ve determined the main story line.
I never know the details of what I’m going to do. I’ve tried making good and thorough plans for stories and those always go belly up unless they fall flat on their face.
So I was writing this and that and here and there, and then it was time to go to work. Got dressed, into the car and off I went. Along the way I was thinking about what I’d just done and I had this odd idea which I’m not going to tell you or you won’t need to read the book and then I’ve written it for nothing so forget that.
Anyway, at work I took a few moments to Google what I had thought up and blimey, buster, it fit the story perfectly!
It’s like clockwork clicking together its cogs and sounding the bell at the right time. I was totally stunned about that. Sometimes I have to twist some detail’s arm a bit to cooperate but this just worked.
It has to do with this thing on the right. That’s all I’m going to tell you about it. If you know what this is then I congratulate you on knowing things. Well done indeed.
I’ll now continue working on Mirror Earth 3, for which I don’t have a proper title yet. That’s okay though. It’s not a proper book yet either. It will come.
First of all: a great, big thank you to everyone who appreciates the books I’ve written so far. I wouldn’t be able to write them without you. Believe me that your reading enthusiasm helps me in writing more books and hopefully better ones.
Coffee & thoughts
Here’s a little update on what’s going on in the writing arena.
My faithful editor has taken it upon himself to go over Naked Crow 6. He’s working on it so I can see where I messed up. Being the good man that he is he’s not laughing too hard at the mistakes.
Unfortunately I haven’t gotten any inspiration (read: good subject) to put into a possible Naked Crow 7. It can still happen but I make no predictions.
I’ve started writing Mirror Earth book 3. It took me a while to find the good points to put in there and I think I found them so I started on that.
I’m slowly making progress with the historical naturist fiction story I started long ago. It’s not an easy one to write; it requires research and thought. I hope it will pay off though.
That’s what’s going here at the writing desk of this author.
Please bear and bare with me for the next book to arrive. In a few weeks I’ll write something about the new Naked Crow book that’s being scrutinised at the moment. Things like the title, and perhaps even the cover image.