short stories

The Short and Long of It

Writing the shorts for TAK has been incredibly useful. I’ve been able to pick up my writing while on my lunch breaks at work and due to the fact that I had previously written some shorts about The Doctor and Kokoro I’m able to better explain their relationship in the body of TAK. I am writing the chapter where Brexton and Aldric return to the clinic where The Doctor and Kokoro work for the first time in years. It gave me an idea for a separate short I’ll write later about how Brexton and Aldric have used the clinic in the past and their relationship to The Doctor and Kokoro then. It’s quite exciting really, so I’m looking forward to it.

I haven’t written any shorts for a while and before I got to this part in the chapter I was struggling with what I wanted to happen. I have a brief map written out on how I want the story to go, but sometimes when you get right to the point it’s hard to make those words flow and have those scenes woven so nicely together.

I re-read TAK from the beginning and allowed myself to make true edits as I went through. The last time I went through it I was purely reading it; not making any edits even though some jumped out at me. It’s quite empowering to be able to make those changes and this tablet makes that all the more possible.

Sometimes when I’m writing I get really excited for the end and I want to rush right to it. I haven’t done that yet, and I’m really proud of myself. I’m the kind of writer where I find it difficult to bounce back and forth between parts of the story. I like to go from start to finish. This is where the beauty of editing comes in, though, because I can reread those parts that perhaps I wrote too quickly and I can refresh them and sort them out.

It’s almost the weekend! I’m closer to finishing my office at home now. We’re off to purchase our sofa bed at Ikea this weekend. I’m also getting a new cellphone and getting my hair cut. My workplace has determined that we need to have our photos on the site. Since all the work I do is virtual and behind the scenes, it’s quite nice for users to be able to put a face to the name.

But alas, my lunch has ended and I must return to my desk.

Stay engaged in the now, my friends.interesting

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Title 1

I can’t think of a great title for this post today and that’s okay.

I was just talking with my co-worker about writing and books and things. He’s got some really awesome insights. It started me thinking on my own book which I am sadly ignoring.

I miss writing. I am hoping to get myself a new tablet in the next little bit to keep up. I want something light with a built in keyboard. I have a tablet now but the keyboard is external and bulky. It suits it’s purpose but it makes it hard to write on.

There is so much I want to say, to write about. I have worlds to develop and systems to figure out. I mentioned before that I was mapping out the end of TAK. It’s an amazing feeling to have an idea of what I want to end it on. I used to think that you had to write a book in succession: beginning, middle, end. That you could’t write the end without knowing what happens in the middle. That may be true, but I now see that if I have an ending I can work on making the middle adapt. That was my problem with TAK. I was starting to lose sight of the middle because I didn’t know the end.

I hope that you are all as excited as I am and that the short stories I’ve been able to post are keeping you satiated for a bit. I will write another one soon. I think I will write about Edessa and her journey from her home and how she came to join the mercenary band. There are also stories of Edessa and Brexton. How they met, how their relationship developed and how it crumbled.

Look forward to it!

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New Beginnings

On the 24th of August a whole bunch of new beginnings are happening in my family.

My eldest son is getting ready for kindergarten this September and to help him adjust he’ll be starting at the before/after care place that is right beside the school on the 24th. He is a pretty shy boy when he is in a crowd of people he doesn’t know, so I wanted to make sure he was going to be able to take his time to adjust to the new surroundings. They will walk him to and from school so he won’t get lost or be too scared. The freedom progresses as he gets older but it’s great for now.

As well, I’ll be starting a new job. I had some interviews last week and I was offered a very nice 2 year contract at a higher wage than what I am at right now. The benefits seem pretty good and even if it doesn’t get extended for some reason past the 2 years my husband will be done his College course by then and hopefully working.

This is awesome because it allows me to relax a little bit and not be so paranoid about how we’re going to pay for things while he’s in school. It will also (hopefully) give me more time to work on TAK and get that out to the readers who are anxiously waiting. Well, maybe it’s only one reader but that reader is still important!

I haven’t had much time to write any more shorts for TAK but that is something I’d like to do too. I was thinking of writing one about Brexton and Aldric when they were growing up in the camp. I have another character I’d like to write about too but it might spoil some things for the main story so I might just write it but not release it until the book is finished.

I caught up on rereading where I had left off and the ideas are flowing! It’s just a matter of getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully it all works out the way I’d like it to!

Think good thoughts for me, okay? 🙂

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Voting Closes May 5th!

I added links on the sidebar of my page and I’m going to post (again! I know, I should just shut up) to see if people are willing to spend some time voting on my stories.

These are completely voter based and either my stories are actually pretty crappy, or no one is reading them.

I know we are all busy people, especially my writer friends. But if you could take the time to place your vote I would appreciate it. Please vote for either or both, whichever strikes your fancy.

You can do so here:

http://www.inkitt.com/stories/12258 and http://www.inkitt.com/stories/12247

I would really appreciate any feedback too. You have the option to write reviews when you vote so if my stories need work, please tell me! 😀 I can’t get better if I don’t know what isn’t working.

Thanks for your time! I’ll probably post this ALL OVER AGAIN in a few days.

Don’t hurt me 😛

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Shorts!

And I don’t mean the kind you wear.

I’m having so much fun writing the shorts that use characters from my next novel TAK that I haven’t touched the main story at all!

I’m actually quite okay with this though. Writing these shorts is helping me flesh out my main characters more. It’s allowing me to get their ages for certain events down better (ugh. Maaaaaath). It’s also allowing me to get a better feel for why some characters are the way they are.

All the shorts I’ve released so far are in their raw form. I’ve just done some basic spelling and grammar reviews on them so if I do decide to publish them into their own book (who am I kidding? Of course I will!) The final products may change a bit.

My first 3 shorts involved The Charlatan and Kokoro who are the medical support to my protagonists in the main story line of TAK. The latest one gives more background to the dysfunctional family life for one of my female leads.

I’ve already got another one cooking in my head that will involve 2 main male characters. It’ll be called “Project: Ghost”. Keep an eye out!

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