Day 12 – where Soul Wars* seems to have taken a temporary backseat and Unvamped 2* is on a veritable rampage

It is really hard to do course assignments when the writing bug has hit…

That is in no way to say that I have done any actual writing today, but I’m in the mood and inspired and its all my brain can think about. I have been doing some more research on Druids for Unvamped 2* – starting with the very important Druids: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Cunliffe – and am more convinced than ever that there is no real historical basis for the kinds of druids I thought there were (based on Merlin/Arthurian mythology) or that I need for my story. My only dilemma now is that I’m not sure whether I should concoct a bastardised version of Druidry that sits similar to what I believed Druids to be, or to come up with a “new” branch of magic. I feel that maybe a bastardised version of Druidry might be the best way to go, but I don’t want it to seem to unrealistic if there are readers who know more about Druids than I can teach myself. I just have to hope that I can weave a story exciting and in-depth enough that my readers can suspend their disbelief long enough to get through it! 🙂

I have been busy plotting as well, and that is going well. Although, as the plot arc table nears completion, it gets scarier because then I have no excuses not to keep writing the story. But, we shall come to that hurdle when we come to it.

I have also been looking further into buying the font from the Unvamped cover, and have found a couple of places from which to buy it, but will need the tech-savvy husband or brother-in-law to check I’m not buying from somewhere dodgy. On the plus-side, only have to buy one because I found the other one on a free font site 🙂

While I’m on a roll, I should get back to plotting – plus need to leave for dinner at the in-laws soon!

x iz

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Day 9 – an ode to reference books

Not a lot of writing done since my last post, I was unfortunately busy working – dang living requiring money. I have started reading Laini Taylor’s Dreams of Gods and Monsters, reading more Heart and Brain (Heart is just awesome and all The Awkward Yeti’s comics are relatable!) and been thinking about reference books a lot.

I love reference books, even if they’re not specifically helpful to my current topic – stuff is just interesting, that’s just how it is. I have books on:

  • Medieval Castles – complete with floor plans, floor plans are very important
  • the craft of writing (just so many!) – you can never stop learning to better yourself!
  • poisons – makes my husband very nervous, but it’s great for killing characters off in creative ways!
  • religions – from all over the world, throughout history!
  • witchcraft/wicca/druidry – because why not?
  • baby names – dictionaries plus apps, for when inspiration needs a jolt!
  • all my school and university subjects – history (modern and ancient, and especially medieval) features prominantly.
  • and so many others, I just can’t keep track.

I have reference books to thank for realising my dream of becoming a published author – it was while reading Steven Harper’s Writing the Paranormal Novel that I came up with the idea for Unvamped. Harper suggests to think outside the box when it comes to plotting, think of something that’s different. And, I suddenly thought “What if, instead of human turns vampire and off we go…what if, vampire turns human and off we go?!” I was pretty certain it was a novel idea (pardon the pun) – not to say it had never been done before, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t mainstream. And, thus Unvamped was born. Actually…that gives me an idea for the middle of Unvamped 2*! This seems to be a pattern with me of late – I come up with a good starting idea, find the ending, but the middle remains murky for much too long!

Either way! Must go and make notes before I forget my potentially genius idea!

x iz

*working title