You may think by now that I’m doing nothing at all. No new book has come out in ages. What the hell is that Walker guy doing?
Well, that Walker guy is writing. And I’m writing a lot. That’s the terror of having a vivid imagination and too many stories to fit in one day or week.
The sequel to The Unsworth Manor Nudes is progressing nicely. Each chapter is checked almost while I’m writing it (not really but as soon as one’s done I send it off to my fellow author Ted Bun of Rags and Riches fame). As soon as that’s all done the book will be nearly ready to be published – but that’s not where we are yet.
The seventh Naked Crow book is coming along well. I’ve finally reached the point where things come together. This has taken much longer than I had hoped, but when you get your non-existent knickers in a writing knot, you will have to undo all the knotting and rewrite. After cutting things back to almost 1000 words I’m proud to say that the story now is over 63.000 words (around 180 pages) so things look well in that respect.
The urban science fiction I mentioned a few posts ago (in the far past LOL!) is also growing. That’s over 53.000 words (150 pages) by now. Remember, I’m writing that on my phone, just for the challenge.
Yes. I have moved all the paperback books from CreateSpace to Amazon’s printing service. CreateSpace is going to disappear so this had to happen. That too took up a lot of time because a few covers presented problems and once you have to mess with that it’s fun all the way from the start.
And so far the news for this post. I hope that I’ve reached the end of Naked Crow 7 by the next post but I doubt that. There’s still too much that needs to be written down, loose ends to be tied up, editing to be done and all that fun. But it’s coming. Before Christmas. I think. 🙂
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!
As you see, it’s not even numbered 1, as I had no idea that the book would become so popular that more of them would follow. Book 6 is currently in editing and we’re making good progress.
The strange thing is that these first 6 books came out of my head easily. Since a while I’ve been thinking about another book in the series. Bad for the followers of the blonde Shaman: so far nothing has come up.
This doesn’t mean the series will come to an end here. I just need a good idea to put into a follow-up book. As long as that isn’t there, the book won’t happen. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s worth the wait to get a worthy next book in a good series, even if that means it takes a while before it comes out.
For now I’m working on Mirror Earth 3 and that will have some surprising stuff for everyone, I’m quite sure of that. We’ll meet Roger and Elisabeth again, and Professor Holger. There’s some travel involved so far (for the people on one of the Earths, not for me yet alas!) and discovery upon discovery will be unveiled.
I had a good ‘talk’ with fellow writer Will Forest, on Twitter known as NudeScribe, and that talk gave me a lot of great input to incorporate into this new story. Again this proves that a person never writes a book alone. The help, input, feedback and even moral support of others are very important.
Yes. I’ve mentioned this before. The story’s written; I’m currently reworking it. This story was difficult to write. It took a while and also a lot of research. I can only hope it paid off. Let me at least share something of it with you.
This is what you can expect to see once the book’s published. As I’m still reworking it, that means it won’t be soon. I know, this is teasing. Deal with it. 😉
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.
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.