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.
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. 🙂
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!
It’s also here, even though I have no garden to speak of. 1 surviving, real plant, 1 deceased one I still have to return to nature, and an artificial one make up my wealth of indoor garden.
Still I celebrate Naked Gardening Day. By writing in the nude.
All through the year I cultivate the words and sentences that make the ingredients of my garden. I treasure the soil of my mind in which these words and sentences will take root.
On Naked Gardening Day I am paying extra attention to them. I look at them and see what will grow from them. These are the stems, the flowers, that will turn into paragraphs, chapters, stories, and finally into books.
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.
I can’t believe it almost took me a year to get this book done. Mirror Earth 3 is finally becoming a reality.
So what was the delay?
Numerous things, as usual in modern life. A new job, problems with my Dad and his health (he’s 94 and his mind is slipping away rapidly), to mention just a few. Also keeping the story line intact, and keeping all the characters, places and facts from the previous books in place took up a lot of time. Not to mention the corners I wrote myself into and had to find a way out of (through imagination and rewriting complete chapters…)
But now it’s done, edited and I’m working on creating the actual files that become books. Making the e-book is the least effort so that will be done and available quite soon, perhaps even at the end of the week. Let’s hope so, because I know many of you are waiting for that one. And truth be told: so am I!
So now it’s about time that I divulge the proper title of the book and show you the cover that I designed for it. Oh – the cover. That was quite the trip also. Can you believe how difficult it can be to find good images for a cover? By which I mean images that aren’t only good-looking but that you can actually get permission for to use? Remember, not everything that is out on the internet is yours for the grab-and-use. There are things like copyright to remember.
Mirror Earth Network.
There you have it. That’s the title of the third Mirror Earth book. And here is the cover:
I’m proud of it. It shows so much of the story. At this point I already want to thank Will Forest for his help in making this book better through his edits and tips, Andy Golub for allowing me to use one of his bodypaint images on the cover, and Maurice “Mo” Smith for the same.
And thank you, everyone out there waiting, for your patience. Rushing a project like this is never going to make anything better.
I’ll do what I can to (at least) get the e-books out soonest. Paperbacks always require a little more work…
♦ 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!
I have this habit of not sending Christmas cards to people.
Instead I pick a charity and donate money to it. Each year I select a different charity. This year it was the Dutch foundation for rheumatism research. I know people with that disease and it’s bad. Painful. I admire people who keep up their good spirits despite being in pain (almost) every day.
This is why I signed up for a 21 km / 13 mile walk along the coast, combined with a fund raiser. This is going to happen on January 27th 2018. No matter the weather.
For that I have also decided that for each of my books that people buy between January 1st and January 27th, I will donate €1 of the royalties to that cause.
No, this will not be a nude walk
I can imagine that people might think this but in January over here it’s not nice and warm. It’s also not legal to walk along the beach in the nude. Two good reasons to wear clothes, trust me.
Not everything a naturist does can or will be done in a naturist fashion but believe me that it’s done with a naturist heart. And one that cares for other people. People with illnesses and disabilities. That’s why I will do this long walk.
I understand that not everyone is able to donate money for something like that (even more silly: the website only accepts donations through Dutch banks, which is a bit odd). However, if you like to read, please buy one or more of my books in the period of January 1 – 27 and you will be supporting my cause.
If you are in the Netherlands and you want to sponsor me, please visit the action page I set up for this.