Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Misha Gericke Guest Post

Today we have a guest post by Misha Gericke (which I am SO SORRY I put up so late today). Take it away Misha . . .

When Laura asked me to write about my plotting method for NaNoWriMo, I nearly burst out laughing. See it’s a bit ironic, because I always pants through my first draft.

And the reason why I pants through my first draft? Because The Vanished Knight was impossible to plot. As in… I tried multiple times, even on computer software, and no matter what I do, everything ends up looking like a mess when it really isn’t.

So I stopped plotting my rough drafts. After I did, I realized it actually makes a lot of sense to me. I draft by hand (which is a blog post all on its own), so if I veer off from the pre-planned plot, I’m going to have a heck of a time to get back to the story. Besides, I prefer my roughs to be about exploration and discovery. Not following some plan that might not live up to my imaginings after all.

In a sense, I guess I’m saying that I’m drafting to look for a plan. There’s no plan for a plan. There’s only finding it. So I mess up and get stuck and fix it and get plot bunnies and random new characters and figure how everything actually works together.

The only thing I must know while drafting is the climax. What’s the shock/horror/result of the whole thing? If I know that, I have something to write towards. Without it, I’d end up chasing my tail.

And then…

And then when I know how everything thing works together, I create a plan. Ooh… I’m hearing some brakes screeching in pantser minds. And quite a few “Oh-no-she-didn’t!”s. But yeah, it’s true. I open my writing program (Scrivener) and put down the scenes I know I want to write. This is far from cemented in my mind, though.

See the plan is for the rewrite (yes, I rewrite every single draft I ever create), and I’m still learning a ton from my story as I’m doing it. So often, I’ll rework the whole plan as I go in order to shift the focus in a way that improves the story. Which means that as far as planning goes, there’s really not much of a plan. Same rule as for the rough draft applies, though. I always need to know where the story’s headed. I don’t need details (although a bit more detail helps), but not necessarily step by step.

Yeah… I’m thinking I’ve convinced a few people I’m nuts, but hey, it’s a system, it works for me and I’m sticking to it.

How do you plan? Do you ever plan?

Thanks for letting me visit, Laura!


Since the death of her parents, Callan Blair has been shunted from one foster family to another, her dangerous secret forcing the move each time. Her latest foster family quickly ships her off to an exclusive boarding school in the Cumbrian countryside. While her foster-brother James makes it his mission to get Callan expelled, a nearby ancient castle holds the secret doorway to another land...

When Callan is forced through the doorway, she finds herself in the magical continent of Tardith, where she’s shocked to learn her schoolmates Gawain and Darrion are respected soldiers in service to the king of Nordaine, one of Tardith's realms. More than that, the two are potential heirs to the Black Knight—Nordaine's crown prince.

But when the Black Knight fails to return from a mysterious trip, the realm teeters on the brink of war. Darrion and Gawain set out to find him, while Callan discovers there is more to her family history than she thought. The elves are claiming she is their princess.

Now with Darrion growing ever more antagonistic and her friendship with Gawain blossoming, Callan must decide whether to stay in Nordaine—where her secret grows ever more threatening—or go to the elves and uncover the truth about her family before war sets the realms afire.

M. Gerrick (AKA Misha Gericke) has basically created stories since before she could write. Many of those stories grew up with her and can be seen in her current projects.
She lives close to Cape Town, with a view over False Bay and Table Mountain.

If you’d like to contact her, feel free to mail her at warofsixcrowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Circle her on Google Plus or follow her on Twitter. If you'd like to see her writer-side (beware, it's pretty insane), please feel free to check out her blogYou can also add The Vanished Knight on Goodreads.


And I have another vlog up below.

And welcome to my newest follower: shahwharton0472.

Friday, October 25, 2013

NaNoPrep and Game Spotlight: Terraria

I will be guest-posting on The Unpublished Writer's Guide to Survival on Monday, and on Tuesday we'll have a guest post from Misha Gericke, just in time for NaNoWriMo with her writing advice. So tune in! :)

Are you doing NaNo this year?

Edit: This is my 100th blog post! Party!

Welcome to my newest followers: Sanderella's and Nissa Annakindt.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

No Vlog? What am I Doing with My Life?

I do not have a vlog today! Between my basement flooding and attending the editing of my book trailer (should be done soon!), I couldn't find the time. I'll be back with one on Friday!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cover Reveal!

I'm not doing a huge blogfest for my cover, but I am excited to share it with you. Look at how beautiful it is!

The book is up on Smashwords for pre-order, where it's on Black Friday special for $.99 until the day after release.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Vlog: Twitter Rant

I am now doing vlogs instead of blogs, and here's my first one!

And don't forget to kick in to my Kickstarter project. Anyone who does so before the end of the 11th gets extra copies of the ebooks!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Which Book Should I NaNo?

That's right, NaNoWriMo is coming again. We have about one month to prepare for its madness. I have two book ideas in mind, and I'm trying to decide which to run with. So for today's Friday Fantasy Scene, I have a two-for-one. Side by side comparison of a (possible) scene from each story.

First, a note to the rules lawyers who hold sacred the guidelines for NaNo: I will not be counting these words toward the goal of 50k. I know you aren't supposed to write something for a book then continue it for NaNo, and of that I am guilty. But writing one scene can really help solidify a story idea for me, and I usually do so in the middle of plotting to firm it up. So yes, I'm technically going to be a smidge of a rebel.

Scene from Mage Assassin:

Steven set his hands on the glass that was still hanging to the car door, then opened his will to all that was scattered around. "Go back to your places," he whispered, and with a tinkling all the shards swept out of the car and off of the pavement, then rearranged themselves together in a very plain mosaic. He used a bit of will to pin them in the air, then said, "Grow hot, and meld back into one piece."

As the glass began to warp together, someone behind Steven said, "Turn around, hands in fists and tongue stuck out."

Steven froze, the bottom of his stomach dropping away, the glass going cold under his hands while still rippled and opaque. Crap. Crap, crap, crap. He put on his best innocent and pathetic face, closed his hands and put them over his head, and turned.

The man before him was muscled, tan, and wore a well-trimmed goatee. He was also pointing the end of a club toward him threateningly. A club?

"What the fuck?" the man said, lowering his weapon. "Here I thought they were paying me the big bucks to go after hardened criminals, not little teenagers who preform magic acts of charity. You are Stiofan Draper, right?"

"What? How'd you know--" Steven cut himself off, wincing. Stupid.

"Fuck." The man scratched his bristled chin, then shrugged. "Well, you should probably come with me, till I get this figured out."

Voice cracking, Steven asked, "With you?" He cleared his throat. "Why should I go with you? You just said you were going to kill me."

"No. I said I was paid to kill you, not that I was going to. I won't, by the way. Unless you start lighting old ladies on fire or something. Besides, even if you could get away from me right now, it'd still be a piece of cake to track you down again. And I wouldn't give warning first, next time. So if I do decide to kill you, you'd just be saving me a little time. You're definitely going to come with me."

Steven's shoulders slumped. "Got it."

"So get up, then. Come on."

Scene from From Unbreakable Eggs:

Bending over the river to drink, her reflection showed a very roughed-up girl. She splashed some water on her face instead, scrubbing with her palms at the grit and muck that had built up there. Vigil, all forty pounds of dragon, bounded up and leaned his head toward the water. He jumped back as if he'd seen a snake.

"What?" he said, then edged up to the water again.

She went ahead drinking, but raised her brows at Vigil.

He looked at her reflection, then up at her, her reflection again, and finally his own. He backed away. "Are . . . are you not my mother?"

Raina bit her lip. "I didn't lay your egg, no. But I've raised you--"

"We aren't even the same thing!"

"Species. No, we aren't. I'm sort of young to have children, anyway. I lived with my parents until--" She cut off as her eyes threatened to start crying.

Vigil stared at her a minuted before walking forward and laying his nose on her leg. "We are both without parents."

"We're orphans," she said, wrapping her arms around him and letting the tears come. She had a twinge of guilt for lying to him, but her anger at the rebel dragons fought the guilt, saying, With a mother like that, he may as well be an orphan.

Which one do you guys prefer?

My Kickstarter for The Complete Guide to Being Evil wasn't working, I've lowered the goal and will re-post it on Monday (the 7th). Thanks to all who spread the word or pledged. Please check it out again soon!

Also, my next post will be a vlog. That's right, I'm going video. I'll be embedding the vlogs here on my normal schedule.