UnElfish Quest now out with Beta Readers

We recently finished an extensive period of editing on UnElfish Quest. Having fixed some continuity errors, spelling inconsistencies, and clarified some sections, we felt it was time to let a few copies of the manuscript enter the wild. With that in mind, we contacted a few friends who have been begging to get their hands on copies of this book, and asked if they would read through with a critical eye.

We have already had the first of the critiques back, and are looking forward to getting the others over the coming days.

A Rose By Any Other Name

‘A Rose By Any Other Name’ is finally completed.

  • This is the first book in the ‘Case Files: Seattle’ series that has actually reached completion.
  • After a long period of re-writing, editing, and plot re-structuring, Sandi has reached the end of her latest draft.
  • A small number of people have copies of the draft for comments.
  • We’re looking forward to getting their feedback.

NaNoWriMo News

Another NaNoWriMo has come and gone, and the month of November passed in a frenzy of writing and missed word count targets. Yet somehow I still managed to surpass the 50,000 word goal in 29 of the 30 days allowed for the task. Now, there are a number of things that stopped me from making the daily goal of 1,666.66 words on a regular basis, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from attaining the final goal.

You might think that 50,000 in 30 days is a lot to write in a very short period of time, and you’d be right. However, a lot of people fail in the task because they get disillusioned by failure to attain the daily goals. I rather suspect that this is partly because they don’t keep the overall goal in mind, and that was definitely my downfall the first year I tried to complete NaNoWriMo.

Last year I just kept writting, and hoped for the best. At the end of each day I wasn’t concerned with how many words I’d written, or how far short/over the overall total word goal for that day. This certainly made things a lot easier for me in terms of keeping the stress and expectations lower. In the end I actually managed to get to my final word count, but really wasn’t comfortable with the directions the plot took at the end of the project. Because of this the book was never finished, and felt very disjointed. Some events happened without being part of a logical progression, or happened in entirely the wrong places.

This year I cheated a little by making a completely fresh start on the book, and working in the materials I liked from last year without copying anything. One file became my ideas file, the other the book itself. I’m very definitely a seat-of-the-pants writer, and start with a basic premiss for the book, and then let the characters drive the direction it takes. This can be problematic when characters do something completely unexpected, like |spoiler removed|. This becomes even worse when it happens at a point in the story when you actually had an idea where the plot was going, and the characters don’t agree with you.

That’s the joy of writing the way I do, because it makes the book flow a little more naturally. This is also where the ideas file really shines. You won’t use every idea, and you might have to modify more than a few ideas as you work them in, but they might just save your plot. Rather than remove any ideas from the file, I simply mark them as used, discarded, no longer relevant, or of potential use later. But more importantly I have enough material to potentially finish the book this year, as long as I can find a suitable ending, as well as some additional materials that might make a start for next years book.

So here’s to a successful 2011, and looking forward to next year’s NaNoWriMo.

About “A Rose By Any Other Name”

Five years ago Rose was bitten, and that, for most, would be the end of the story. For Rose, this wasn’t the case. That one bite started a search for the man who bit her… Why? Because the night of that bite was the night that Rose joined the ranks of the vampires.  As if the life of a hacker wasn’t difficult enough, Rose’s search embroils her in the politics of the vampires, lupines and wizards of the world. Not only is she destined to learn more about what she has become, but she is also going to learn more than she could dare imagine.


About “Case Files : Seattle”

Seattle Police Department doesn’t have a team that investigates paranormal events and activities. Neither does the Covert Supernatural Task Specialists (CoSTS) team officially exist, but that doesn’t stop them from hitting back at the things that go bump in the night.

Rose Thorn is far from your average hacker. Highly educated, and gifted (or cursed), with supernatural abilities she searches for the truth behind her past.

Follow the stories of Seattle’s supernatural task force and the supernatural community of the city that you thought you knew.

About “CoSTS Of Living”

A mysterious locked-room, double homicide, brings Richard Parsons in on his latest case for the CSTS team of the Seattle PD. It soon becomes obvious that there is something sinister about the cause of death, and quite probably supernatural. When a lack of evidence fails to reveal the identity of the killer, things take a surprising turn, and Parsons soon finds out that even his lupine heritage and abilities might not be enough to solve this crime.