The as-yet unnamed Deuces Wild book three is officially past the halfway mark at 41983 / 80000 words.
Of course this is assuming 80k words as the final count.
BUT! It’s a milestone and I’m just a bit pleased with myself. Lots of things are going on In Real Life™ that have battered my brain and heart to pieces, and yet somehow, I’m managing to write.
I think that’s good.
And, don’t forget, book one, Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, is on sale through Smashwords for 75% off through July!
It is amazing to me, still, how I can have a nebulous idea for a novel’s story arc and really know very little about what is happening other than some few scenes which start me off or stick in my head although I cannot connect them directly to the action.
But I start writing, and it falls into place. Although, yes, at times I am stalled. Something’s not right. Some call this writer’s block. I call it a snag. I need to backtrack, I need to let the story rest while the whatever-is-wrong or whatever-is-missing simmers in my back brain until it resolves itself.
This book, the as-of-yet-unnamed third book of the Deuces Wild series, has been unusually secretive in revealing its mysteries to me. But the big connecting piece of the puzzle dropped into my lap two days ago, and I’m astonished and gleeful and ready to go forward!
I can now say the overall tapestry of the book is set, I just need to weave it into being.
I can’t guarantee a detail or twenty might not cause me to pause a bit, trying to figure out how to tuck wayward threads into the fabric of the story, but if I can keep going, I will have the rough draft done hopefully before autumn!
I went into Sims 3 and created the house that Slap and Tristan are staying in on the planet Zenos at the beginning of Deuces Wild #3 (as yet unnamed). I can tell you the exact location of the kitchen, great room – dining room at the front, living room at the back, bathrooms, stairs to the roof, bedrooms, Tristan’s study, etc.
I have the floor plan of their next ship. I wonder if I should build it in Sims 3 as well. Hmm, I’ll think about it.
That’s not at all obsessive or anything, is it?
Aside: I’m on chapter three, and finally making headway! And with that – it’s a perfect time to start the series. Book one, Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, is half-price right now.
For a few more days, you can find the ebook version of Sword’s Edge on sale for half price.
And to celebrate that I’m working on the third book of the Deuces Wild series (and to try to force me to actually keep going), I’m offering Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck at half price as well.
If you haven’t read either series yet, here’s your chance to save a couple of bucks and have something fun to read.
Happy Labor Day (for those in the US), and have a great weekend!
I was watching Babylon 5, season 2, “The Long Dark,” and in the beginning was a crazed man who freaked out. And I leaned forward and exclaimed, “Murdock?” (I’m sure I used to know he had been in the show, but I cannot Brain and remember things so I forgot what I used to know, which is a bummer, but sometimes exciting because I get relearn fun things all over again, but I digress…)
Anyway, yes it was Dwight Schultz, and a I thought, “Hm, now there’s an interesting actor I’ve never thought of using in any stories.” Of course my brain did its usual thing, and BAM! a new character emerged and settled himself into a story line with full history.
Perhaps he is the one missing piece that has kept me from continuing with the one book I’m way behind in writing.
We’ll see. But I’m happy to meet this new character; I think he’s going to be fun to write.
Now for the hard work – polishing that baby until it shines and checking for continuity errors, typos, and awaiting the verdict from My Physicist™.
Within a few months (tentative deadline is autumn equinox) I hope the book will be out.
If you’ve not yet read The Sword’s Edge Chronicles, now is a great time to start, not only because you’ll have books one and two plus the prequel to plow through before book three is out, but right now, the first book of the series, Sword’s Edge, is on for $0.99!
(How’s that for a run-on sentence? 😀 )
Very soon – very, very soon! Most likely by Christmas.
A life-destroying secret haunts one man, while another breaks his life oath to join murderous outlaws, and an entire people are threatened with upheaval by the rediscovery of ancient technology.
“This is an excellent book indeed. The characters are soundly crafted, and I soon found myself pulling for the protagonists and roundly cursing the villains. The society is complex and intriguing; the action scenes are detailed and well described. I look forward to reading the rest of this fine series.”
– P.M. Griffin
“Children of the Enaisi has a beautiful high concept with a mysterious past of lost technology and ancient secrets. A fresh new take on Rangers that fans of classic pulp fantasy will love.”
– Jon Del Arroz
Children of the Enaisi
In order to know what’s going to happen in DW3, I have to know what the bad guys are up to. So here comes the process of getting into the bad guys’ heads. I always despise this part of the process; I feel icky afterwards, like I need a shower.
Does anyone else have a problem with getting inside the minds of their bad guys and having to think like they do?
I am actively working on three books at the moment. The third book in each of my two series, Deuces Wild and Sword’s Edge Chronicles, and also Unlikely Prophet, the prequel to Sword’s Edge, which takes place approximately one thousand years prior.
To peek at progress, you may visit my WIP page.
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