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Hey, I’m Revising Here!

I always feel bad when I’ve let too much time pass between blog posts.  Trust me, I have plenty of excuses.  Unfortunately, I was raised on a diet of “stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about” and “I don’t want to hear your excuses.”  So even on a blog, where you can’t see my face, I just can’t bring myself to make up lies give excuses.

What have I been doing besides blogging, you ask?

  • Working — Yep, I still have a day job and it takes up at least 40 hours a week.  I’m currently leading a department reorganization, so it’s been busy (Of course, busy is a multifunctional word that can mean doing anything besides what you’re supposed to be doing).
  • Reading —  I read in spurts.  In the last week or so I finished reading The Warded Man by Peter Brett.  This is a great fantasy novel–best one I’ve read this year.  It is one of those books I wish I had written.  I also read The Great Santini by Pat Conroy.  If you grew up a military brat like me, this book will probably bring back some memories.
  • Watching — I’m watching Babylon Berlin on Netflix.  The show is set in post WW I Germany and features the different factions from the Russian revolution fighting it out in the back alleys of Berlin. (I must admit I got lost on YouTube a few times as well, but I’m trying to pretend like that didn’t happen.)
  • Writing — Besides my standard critique group meetings (two in recent weeks), I’m working on the final revision of my latest novel.  I would tell you the title if I had one, so instead, I’ll give you a little snippet:

The sword hung on the rough-hewn wall. It was a rare blade, a hand-and-a-half sword sheathed in black leather. The sword had been famous once—some stories said the blade was cursed, while others insisted its power saved the Norwood. Many seasons had passed since the last curious neighbor had stopped by for a look. Now it collected dust instead of eager eyes.

Edmond was the exception. The sword fascinated Edmond. He longed to pull it down from the wall and expose the blade, but his father had decreed the weapon remain untouched.  

I will be doing some fast and furious revision in the next few weeks to get this thing ready for the editor next month.  I’ll be announcing the title in the near future, and hopefully, reveal the book cover by the end of August.

So now when someone asks me what I’ve been doing, I have a good answer:

Hey, I’m revising here!

Oh yeah, I also spent some time sitting on the back porch and staring at my yard (What can I say? I’m easily entertained).  Here’s my favorite hibiscus bush:

Hibiscus

 

 

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Tour This!

Check out the next stop on my blog tour promoting the Kingdom of Haven series.  It’s posted at Ramblings of a Book Nerd.

I finished the book file for The Eastern Factor the other day, and am finishing the paperback book cover design today.  Correction, my friend Don is designing the paperback cover today.  I’m just being a pain to him with my “Can you….” questions.

Luckily, he can and I really like the cover design.

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Reality is finally setting in that book three is on the way.  Book ARC anyone?

 

 

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Rolling Along

Day two of my book blog tour is at Mello & June.  It’s a cool website with nice graphics and lots of energy.  Check out the promo.

Today I’m working on putting my book files together in preparation for the January 30th release of The Eastern Factor.

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The process of writing a book is much more complicated than I thought so many years ago when I first started out.  Writing, revision, editing, book covers, book files, marketing. . . the list goes on.

I’ve heard it compared to giving birth.  While I have children, luckily I don’t know the pain of childbirth (besides my wife squeezing my hand hard enough to stop the blood flow).  I thought this wasn’t a great example, but maybe it really is.

Just like I can’t understand the pain of childbirth, a person who hasn’t written a book can’t grasp the work involved.  They see the finished product, and whether it’s a pretty or ugly baby, it’s still a baby.  They say silly things like, “Wow, that came out of you?” Luckily most people have enough tact to refrain from commenting upon how ugly your baby is (Not so much your book though, huh).

Now that I’ve had an epiphany on the baby/book analogy, I think I’ll go tell my wife that I totally understand what she went through in childbirth.  Any bets on what her response will be?  I’m pretty sure I know, but that’s half the fun.

I’m betting on an eye roll.  After living with me for thirty years, she’s become somewhat immune to my foolish ways.

 

 

 

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Guest Post: What is Freddie Silva’s, Author of Kingdom of Haven Series, Mercenary Name? (@SagesBlogTours)

This is the first day of my blog tour to promote The Kingdom of Haven series.  Today I did a guest post on Rabid Reads where I determine what my mercenary name would be.  Also, you can find The Order of the Wolf free on Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-order-of-the-wolf-1 and don’t forget The Eastern Factor will be released on January 30th.

Source: Guest Post: What is Freddie Silva’s, Author of Kingdom of Haven Series, Mercenary Name? (@SagesBlogTours)

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Writing Ideas

Where do your writing ideas come from?  For a long time I didn’t really have an answer for that question.  Where did they come from?  Imagination, yeah of course, but what was the spark that brought the idea to life?

Many of my stories, especially my short stories, have come from writing prompts.  I’ve belonged to a few writers groups over the years, and several of them utilized writing prompts to help get the writing juices flowing.  It has worked for my short story ideas, and at least one of my novels started that way too.

One of my problems is figuring out what to blog about.  Writing prompts don’t cut it as blogging topics.  So where do bloggers find their material?

Recently, I was looking for a way to get unbiased news.  I went online and checked media bias websites AllSides and Media Bias/Fact Check and put together a list of media outlets that were considered least biased.  I put together my list on feedly and that’s where I get my daily news now.  It has actually cut down my stress from reading the news, because for some reason I’m not getting pissed off anymore.  Who knew there was so much biased opinion floating around on the internet.

A huge side benefit to this plan is that my news feed is giving me all kinds of great ideas for blog (and Facebook) posts.  Who knew that the news could actually be informative, enjoyable, and useful?

 

 

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