Last Friday, I touched on the changes that were beginning to manifest in the third draft of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.
As one of two leading protagonists in the novel, I knew that Jaed’s characterization was paramount to both a well-balanced story, and an enjoyable read. Achieving that has been easier said than done.
Continue reading Creativity Sessions: Finding a Character’s Heart
Man, I have loved creating my third draft so far. It’s like watching the final pieces of a puzzle fit into place. The further along I get, the more amped up I am to share The Warden of Everfeld: Memento with you all!
Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Digging into the Third Draft
Last month, I provided a spotlight bio of my protagonist, Aston. So this week, I wanted to do the same for my other protagonist, Jaed. Continue reading Warden of Everfeld Character Spotlight: Jaed
4,000 words written Thursday night. That’s about my only accomplishment this week, but I’ll take it. To put that in perspective, I wrote 6,800 words (exactly, strangely enough) for the entire week. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Impatience begets Churning Out Words
Back in December, I wrote about my haphazard process for finding a cover designer for WoEM, and how it ended up working out. Well, the design process did not play out in the way I hoped… Continue reading How to Find A (New) Cover Designer (because the first one fell through)
The first week in May went pretty well. Although I did not achieve my goal of 122k, I still reached 121,000 words with 8,000 written this past week.
I also got over what felt like a pretty big hump in my story. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Over A Hump of Some Kind
Writing has gone considerably better this week. Even after altering and re-altering the background of one of my main characters and changing their scenes to fit those (re)-alterations, I managed to write 6,541 words this week for a total word count of 31,388. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Progressive Improvement
I can’t believe November is over in 12 hours. It’s been a long month. I think I’ll have some real lessons to take away once I’ve verified my final word count tonight, but I’ll discuss those in a later post.
After five days of travel for Thanksgiving weekend, my word count sits at 46,628. Continue reading NaNo Update: The End is Nigh!
Long-faced child of war-
Soft hazel eyes search the trees
Knowing not for what.
Author’s Note: Aston is the other protagonist (along with Jaed) for my novel, “Aston and Jaed”. Aston looks much like an ethnic Felding; fair skin, hazel eyes, light brown hair, and a tall, lean build. A young man of 19, Aston grew up in the shadow of the Second Clan War, in which his father was killed when Aston was only twelve. Aston has a strong sense of duty for his family, but he also cares for Jaed deeply. He must reconcile his past in order to become the honorable man he wants to be.
Gold-flecked emeralds –
Bright stars under night’s blackness,
Her wild, loving gaze.
Author’s note: Jaed is one of the two protagonists in my story, a young woman who cares deeply for the few people close to her. Eyes are the first thing I notice about a person. A striking pair of eyes can freeze me — think Olivia Wilde. In the earliest notes for this story, when I had nothing more than an image of two young lovers trying to find themselves, the first details I developed were the dazzling color of Jaed’s eyes: bright emerald-green with flecks of yellow-gold. Green, hazel, and brown eyes and blonde-brown hair are common among Feldings. Jaed’s night-black hair is not, nor her bronze-tinted skin tone. Aston has light brown hair and hazel eyes. It’s remarkable how many cultural/ethnic details you can develop just from designing two characters.