Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Yes twice…Sorry… I didn’t know comments were turned off. That’s fixed now. Really… this time I think they’re enabled. Did somebody change this day to Monday?
Happy hump day. It’s almost April Fools’ Day, but I’m not foolin’ around. I’m hard at work getting Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road ready to publish. Even though I don’t commit to a specific publication date, I aim for having each Journey available by the first Wednesday of the month. If real life will leave me a lone I will hit that target. If life keeps cutting me off at the pass… Let’s just say that I’m glad I never promised an exact date.
You may have heard me say that converting an epic fantasy into a serial format is not a simple matter of picking a stopping point and divvying it up. A novel of 700-900 pages needs to move along at a good pace. Details that are useful to the plot and storytelling don’t necessarily “move the plot forward,” so they are omitted. However, in a serial of 40-100 pages, the pace doesn’t have to be so break-neck. Development of characters other than the protagonist is not such a luxury — rather, it is welcome.
This weekend I found myself doing precisely that with Journey 4, The Old Road. An “event” was originally mentioned as a tool, a reason to let Osabide share some herbal lore and remind us that she is a healer. I saw that I needed to back up and create a chapter from the “event” that was mentioned. Though I knew the serial installment needed the chapter, my mind saw it as not moving the plot forward. That made it difficult to visualize the scene. However, once I got rolling, I was happy to have the chance to add that chapter. You will see what I mean, when Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road arrives. Look for the chapter named “Dig.”
Are you wondering why I used the image of that old wagon at the top of the page. You’ll find it in the new book cover. I made the wolf picture for one of the interior images. Each chapter begins with a black and white image.
Meanwhile here are all the monthly novelettes of Dead of Winter. Until next time, stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!
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Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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