Day 30 – The End of Month One

A month has passed and it is time to evaluate my site/blog and see what I’m doing, what I should be doing, and what I want to be doing. I have been rather lazy this past week with a dreaded lurgy, and I worked through the weekend (though made time to have my Writers’ Group meeting!), so not a lot has been done, but I’ve been thinking about it all.

I don’t have any more news yet as to a release date for unvamped and until that happens, I don’t have much more pre-promotional stuff I can be doing. So, I can tick that off in terms of doing what I should be doing.

I’ve started uploading some stories, but not had any time to write more at the moment – deadline for work is almost done so free time will be my own soon! – so I’m bordering on actually getting done what I would like to be getting done. Next month, I’d really like to be able to write a few new ones and enter some competitions. I think, too, I may submit my two children’s books to publishers and see if there’s any interest there.

We shall not discuss Camp Nano for this month – suffice to say planning will be completed through May and Camp Nano will be done in June! If only I could counts the words I’ve written for work and study! *woe*

I haven’t been blogging quite as much as I’d planned given my work load this month. But I do think, given I haven’t had much of interest to say when I have blogged, that’s not such a bad thing 🙂

I have been very slow in putting up more of my Tips & Tricks, but I will get back to that in the next week as I have found a (somewhat) solution to my formatting issue – we’ll see how successful that is when I’ve posted them up!

Having discovered my lack of daily blogging – and losing track of what day I’m up to – I have decided now to change my menu format going forward. From now on, I will be grouping posts by months (Month 2, Month 3, etc – possibly by Month name too, I shall see how I feel when I need to set it up) and just naming them whatever I think matches best. I feel like I need to go back and do that for this past month, but have decided its much too much work for now – maybe when work calms down and this dreaded lurgy goes away.

Lunch over now, back to work time.

x iz

“It was a dark and stormy night”: on openers

Some great advice 🙂

Andi Marquette

Howdy, peeps!

So a couple of folks expressed interest in how to write an effective opener for a novel.

To which I say, “good luck.”

Heh.

And then I supply links LIKE THIS, which have the alleged “100 best first lines from novels”, posted by the American Book Review site. I must say, Iain M. Banks’ line from The Crow Road is a grabber: “It was the day my grandmother exploded.”

Hit that link at Amazon and you’ll be able to read the first few pages to determine what that’s about.

At any rate, what makes a great opening line? Well, I’d say that’s a topic up for debate, depending on a reader’s taste. But overall, let’s try to dissect what makes a great first line in terms of writing craft. Here are five things to think about.

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Day 22 – Some new stories

My regular blogging is falling by the wayside a little, but at least I’m getting something up on the site most days. Today, I have posted up some new stories today. Well, two short pieces and two excerpts from larger works that I have been working on for a while.

The short story, Release, is something I wrote for a school assignment in 2004 and is a bit of an experiment in Second Person Point of View writing. You can read it here.

The excerpts are the first 2,000 words or so of a couple of novel-length stories I have been working on since 2006. They are both part of the same trilogy The Chronicles of Uraethan. The other short piece is the assignment I wrote at school that gave me the inspiration for Vampyre Necormancer, the first in the trilogy. You can read this short piece here. The Prologue for Vampyre Necromancer can be found here, and the first part of the second story in the trilogy, Necromancer Scion, can be found here. Depending on how you read, there are potential spoilers in the beginning on Necromancer Scion, you have been warned 🙂

I am planning to post up a few more stories and excerpts in the coming days, so keep an eye out in the Writing section of the menu to your left.

Camp Nano is not really going at all at the moment, work is too busy. But, I am doing a fair bit of story planning in readiness for June 2015 Camp Nano. I plan to have all my ‘on-the-go’ stories plotted to perfection before June so I have no excuses to write – everything will be pre-planned and I will have at least 5 stories to choose from, so writer’s block will not be an option 🙂

Hope you’re all travelling well,

x iz

Day 19 – Where have the last four days gone?

While I have been posting something this week, I have neglected my little diary sort of thing.

This week has been busy at work and I’ve still been fighting off this bug, which seems to combining with hayfever to cause all sorts of havoc. But still, plodding along.

I have managed to post up one lot of Tips & Tricks and one short story so far, now I just have to work out how to format things properly and I can start adding some more of both – I really wish there were more formatting options (does anyone know if there are somewhere).

Work will still be busy this coming week, as deadlines are approaching,but I will try to get something up once a day.

Needless to say, Camp NaNo is not going all that well, but I’m still plotting Unvamped 2* here and there, so there is still writing work being done. I will have to push a bit harder through next Camp Nano – July 2015 – and try to make up for it. I think my focus at the moment needs to be Unvamped 2* since all my thoughts and ideas are surrounding that, it seems silly to press a story when another one is bombarding my brain. But, I did have a great idea for something to do with Soul Wars* the other day, so obviously Unvamped 2* isn’t entirely taking over inside my head, which is nice to know given I’m trying to get into short stories now too. There are still 11 days left of Camp Nano though, so I haven’t given up hope I will reach 25,000 words. It just might not be the story I had intended to write. I only have just over 2,000 words per day to finish on time, so that’s manageable.

I suppose I will get onto that as soon as I’ve eaten! Am starving!

iz

Thank you

On Friday, I passed the 100 cross-platform followers mark. So, I would like to thank everyone who has followed/liked me, and given me pride in what I’m doing – it’s because of you all that I have the motivation to keep myself going on these Social Media platforms despite not really knowing what I’m doing 🙂

Please stay tuned for more short stories, some more Tips & Tricks, and maybe some excerpts in the weeks to follow.

Also, stay tuned for a scheduled release date for unvamped!

Thanks again to everyone! Please share my pages with your friends 🙂

x iz

Day 15 – excitement abounds

I got my first weekly page update from my Facebook author page today, and while numbers may be considered low to some, I’m pretty impressed with how I’ve done. I have jumped 2,600% on new likes with 27 new ones. I’m up 397.6% on my weely total reach with 418. And, I’m up 184.2% on people engaged with 54. More and more people are following my Twitter page each day (or two lol) as well, so I really feel like I’m progressing with my social media presence.

My website views are reasonably steady too, so that’s quite good.

This week’s task is to get into posting some Tips & Tricks on writing – things I’ve learned over the years through university or private study and that have helped me. I don’t use it all, of course, but that’s not to say its not valuable advice for someone. I was going to try putting up new ones each day, but I think I will see how I go but hope to start with every two or three days.

Over and out for today.

x iz