Mary Magdalene

I’d like to share with you how the character of Mary Magdalene developed in Bradley Schuster and the Holy Grail. This inside look at the writing process is only available to my blog family and not the public at large, so don’t tell.

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Writing Today!

Hooray. The double-editing is done. The prep work to start another novel is done enough. Not quite finished, but I couldn’t wait any longer.

I finished Chapter 1 of Novel #6 (not even a working title yet) today.

With your encouragement, it is first person with a female protagonist narrator. Lis, by popular acclaim.

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So what’s been happening . . .

Avalon South Carolina_1800HIGHIn case you missed in during all the news about who’s fighting who and who’s suing who, Avalon, S.C. was released on August 6th. Available for immediate download from Amazon to your device. And I know–you’ve already read it while I was posting chapters. But reading it like a regular book is a whole different experience. So in case you haven’t done so already, here is the link to buy.

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An Interview by Thalia (the Muse of Comedy)

Yeah, I know. I haven’t posted in a while. Finally, Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, got fed up with it all and started bugging me about it. Thalia is not really my personal muse–Screechia would be a lot more accurate. But she’ll do for the moment. So I will share our conversation in interview format. It went pretty much this way, except with a lot more profanity (Thalia has gotten a bit of a potty mouth from watching all the stand-up comedians currently in vogue). Continue reading

What I’ve Been Thinking

I haven’t written since I’ve been on this trip. Yes, a real live vacation from writing. But I’ve been THINKING about writing. Can’t just turn that off.

And no, I haven’t decided to write a book about sirens. Or a man who goes to the Greek Isles and encounter sirens for himself. Or falls in love with a siren. A siren who lived off the coast of Scotland in the days of King Arthur but retired and moved to sunnier lands.

Or even a book about roaches.

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Rewriting Legend

There is a genre of fiction, Alternative History, “consisting of stories that are set in worlds in which one or more historical events unfolds differently than it did in the real world” (according to Wikipedia). Harry Turtledove is perhaps the most prolific practitioner of the genre. I’m currently rereading his 4-volume WorldWar series, in which an alien invasion comes right in the middle of World War II.

In comparison, what I write might be called “Alternative Fiction.” Take a well-known fictional saga, and have it unfold differently than it did in the original. But there are a number of problems with that.

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Working Ahead

Back in the dark ages, when I was working for a living and didn’t have all of you faithful blog readers eagerly waiting for the next chapter, I had a different method of editing. After finishing the first draft I would sit on it for a few days, then read the whole work in a couple of days–the infamous “critical read.” That part hasn’t changed. But then I would put my nose to the grindstone and work nonstop on the first edit until it was done. Consume all of my writing time, so I wasn’t working on anything new or feeding that part of my brain that wants to create.

Can’t say I was particularly fond of the process, but it was what I did.

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