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NVDT #57 – Hangin’   1 comment

Phil’s Blog Post

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Falling In Love with My Own Writing #OpenBook Blog Hop   Leave a comment

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They’re just figments, but they’re mine. And I love the places they take me.   Leave a comment

Richard Dee’s blog post

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Characters Shine   6 comments

Tell us what you love the most about your work(s) in progress.

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Plural

I always have more than one work in progress. At the moment, I think I have three — okay, four. The second book in the What If Wasn’t series is a completed draft just awaiting editing. You could call that my primary Work in Progress at the moment. The third book in that series has already been started because it wants to be written. The next book in Transformation Project series is also just getting underway. Both have about 20,000 words written.

So, What Do I Love MOST About Them?

I love characters that talk to me and both series are character rich. In Red Kryptonite Curve, I built Peter up as a rich kid with problems that were bound to affect the people around him. In “Dancing the Centerline” — well, doesn’t that title tell you something about the character’s evolution? At heart, Peter’s a nice kid, but I’m going to put him through hell because he earns it and I think the readers will enjoy the ride. I love his conflict. Peter wants to do better and I keep throwing obstacles in his way. How will he overcome them? Will he overcome them? Or will he fail? I mean, why wouldn’t he? Being a nice kid doesn’t solve his foundational problems. He needs to grow beyond that. What I think I love most is that Peter is conflicted and will not have an easy time of growing up. He gets to be both the hero and the villain of the story because he is his own worst enemy. So how is it going to turn out? Well, you have to read the books to find out. The third book is called “Pocket Full of Rocks”. Yeah, there’s a hint in there. But I always leave the reader and Peter with hope for the future.

In Transformation Project, there’s an ensemble cast to draw from, which may be what I love most about writing this series. I’m not stuck in one head all the time. Shane has been primary in every book so far. He can get a little dark to write because he’s a depressive with PTSD. Some of those issues were confronted in Winter’s Reckoning, but there’s deep trauma that won’t be resolved immediately, plus I left him with some severe injuries to heal from, so other characters are going to step into the spotlight for this next book. Shane will be around, but Cai and Alex will get to shine a bit and, since “A Death in Jericho” involves a murder mystery, who better than an attorney to tackle the project?

I’ve also got a very tertiary WIP in trying to write a romantic thriller again. Yeah — glutton for punishment. I like that I’m three-quarters of the way through blocking the scenes and the characters are still talking to me. Usually, when I try to write a romance, I get to a place where the characters decide to go to sleep. We haven’t reached that point yet. YAY!

Posted September 14, 2020 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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My Boat Is So Small   Leave a comment

This is the only song I know in Inupiat, thanks to Harley Shields, This song has a significant place in a couple of the Transformation Project books.

Motivation   12 comments

Even if you knew you would never sell another book, would you keep writing?

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I’m a Capitalist

I work hard to sell books and I think they’re worth every dime my readers pay to access them. Writers have as much right to make money from their creative works as painters, singers, carpenters, and — well, name a creative product. Tattoo artist? Hair dresser? Film maker? Landscaper? I could go on and on.

I know t might get an argument from some of my more anarcho-capitalist friends who believe you don’t own an idea. No, you don’t own an idea, but you certainly should own the product of an idea and book is a the product of combining a whole lot of ideas. If you want to be entertained by it, pay me. And if I discover someone violating my copyright, yes, I’m going to object. The idea that creative people should produce something just to give it away for free is ridiculous.

But What’s My Motivation?

I started writing when I was 12. I can’t really say why. A teacher made me write a short story in 5th grade. I hated the process of creating to a formula, but it opened a tap deep in my soul that I’ve never been able to shut off.

I wrote fiction for decades just for my own amazement. It’s only been since 2014 that I’ve been selling books. So clearly, I’m not motivated by the money. Indie author is not a pro-ball career — though my latest novel paid for itself in less than a month — which feels good.

I Guess We Know My Answer

Yes, I would continue writing even if I knew I wouldn’t sell anymore books because I write to entertain myself as much as to entertain others. I’d try to find a way to give them away if that was what I had to do because I enjoy the feat of sharing what I write … but I also think I deserve to be paid for providing people with entertainment.

Posted September 7, 2020 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Because He Lives   Leave a comment

NVDT #55 – Is the Caper Dead?   Leave a comment

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Writing the Ridiculous #OpenBook Blog Hop   Leave a comment

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What of the Heroes Journey?   Leave a comment

Richard Dee’s Blog Post

Posted September 1, 2020 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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