Wednesdays seem to come around quickly these days. I’m actually writing this post with time to spare which lately hasn’t been the case. I figure I must be overdo for some kind of update, especially for those of you anxious for Emergence to be done. The good news is I finished the first round of editing and will now go through and fix all the plot holes, inconsistencies, bad story arcs, and whatever other problems I spied during my red penning. Once that’s finished, I’ll send the ms off to a few Alpha readers for general gleanings. Another round or two of editing and it will make its way to the Betas. Now, as it happens, I may have an opening or two for Betas on this project. If you’ve already read First of Her Kind and would like to Beta read Emergence, drop me a line via comments or e-mail. But I’ll warn you right up front, I have high standards for my Betas. I expect them to be 100% honest and downright brutal — in a caring sort of way, of course. I have a thick skin, access to a chocolate pool, and don’t much care for sugar-coating. I want to put out the best book possible. That means pain. If you can slap me every time I slip into adjective hell, use weasel words, get passive, start telling instead of showing, aren’t making sense, have wussy characters, need to kill a darling, or any of the other 100s of nit-picky things that drive readers and writers bonkers, then you may just fit the bill.
In the meantime, I’ve added to my word count on both The First House and Crossing Paths. Though in the case of the latter, I need to do some noodling over plot issues before I can comfortably continue.
I made a list of drawings I intend to include with The First House when it’s released. The plan is to start releasing it toward the end of this year as a serial. At this point I don’t know how many episodes there will be, but I do know I have more Quinn and Grady stories brewing so there will be other volumes next year.
Other than that, I’m waiting on the release of two anthologies I’m included in, and just generally planning all sorts of creative mischief and mayhem.
Now, on to the important part of Wednesday. Today is 07-17-13. In its honor, I give you 17 sentences from Crossing Paths. This is from a scene I have written that may or may not make the final cuts. As of this point, it’s sitting in a file appropriately named Scenes because I’m not that far into the story yet. But I’m not a linear writer and often have disjointed snippets laying around, waiting for inclusion. In this particular bit, Ethan has gotten some information on his past and is seeking answers from a priest. Unfortunately, he’s only recently met the priest and it wasn’t under the best of circumstances.
The priest fumbled the candlesticks in his hands, and one hit the floor with a musical clatter. Ethan retrieved it for him and met the icy disapproval with half a smile.
“Sorry about that.”
The priest snatched the candlestick back as though he thought Ethan might change his mind and keep it. Or maybe clock him across the skull with it. “I had hoped we wouldn’t see each other again.”
Ethan frowned. “That’s not very priestly of you. Whatever happened to all that love thy neighbor crap?”
“I was thinking more along the lines of deliver me from evil.” He wet his lips and visibly composed himself. “What can I do for you?”
“Drive a stake through my heart?”
The priest’s eyes widened.
Ethan put his hands up, palms out. “Just kidding.”
Ethan. *sigh* He can be such an ass but I really do like him. Now, if I can just figure out one or two things . . . well, I think Crossing Paths is going to be pretty dang good. Quite different than most everything else I’ve ever written.
Now, go forth and spread the WIPpeteer love. Don’t forget, you can find us on Twitter slinging around the #WIPpeteer hash tag. And if you missed Monday’s post, I’ve jumped onto ReGi McClain’s awesome Mirth & Music Monday bandwagon because everyone needs a little something for their start to the work week. #MirthMusicMonday