This is what Duke sounds like:
Tales of Allazar: Black, Gold, and Sage, is the story of the assassins with a changed hearts, fighting for what matters most.
Black – the Black Forest, a forbidding land where every plant and animal can kill – the place that stands between a cruel life and freedom.
Gold – the House of Praina, the former home of the Josi, Fenta, and Monty Toren – full magic humans raised to be assassins, a fate no child should face.
Sage – Sage Allecoure, the Toren’s only hope to navigate through the dangers of the Forest and the Hunters on their heels to safety. Will she be up to the task?
The Coursers – The dead do not want to stay dead in Allazar. To make sure that this condition isn’t permanent, they infuse their magiera into an object that will lead them out of the Ether and back into the world of the living.
Daughter of the Flood – I stumbled into the world of the Coursers when Carmo Tobin hired me to go out in a raging storm to ste- I mean “retrieve”- a family dagger from her home and found her mother Cameron floating facedown in her basement.
A few fights with spitting lizards, an encounter with a ghost and tying up Trent followed… how do I get out of this?
Being the daughter of a seamstress, I love fleshing out and dressing my characters. It’s the closest thing I have to playing with dolls.
This week, I sharing the simplest of my characters to dress, Dr. Amani “Manny” Phallo, The Director of the Center of Sanguine and Sentient Flora and Fauna Studies, AKA The Nursery.
He has been in three piece suits since the first time I wrote him. Impeccably dressed and groomed (the only difference between Campus and Field dress is the absence of a jacket and then rolling up his sleeves), he takes as much time and concentration in his appearance as he does in his work. This gives Micah ample opportunity to tease him.
Oh, and his physical appearance is based on Bryan Cranston.
Hello All, Chrishaun here!
I spent the last few weeks in December reading the goals that several writers posted for 2016. I posted mine a while ago on FaceBook and I’ll open with that:
That was a lot and I knew that, but that was in December of 2015 and I was full of hope and vin and vinegar. Now that we are in January of 2016 and I am older and wiser, let me you know what has happened so far:
Good News: Better books will be published (yay!)
Bad News: Fewer books will be published, giving me less revenue overall (boo!)
Good News: It’s starting to feel more like a cohesive universe (nice!)
Bad News: I will have to take out writing and revision time to plot more (…not so much)
Good News: I’m concentrating on the things that are important and on my plan, not on things that while are good, are not writing, not my calling, and will not help me achieve my goals. (more time to do the work)
Bad News: I enjoy teaching and will miss not being to do it as much as I would like. But that is one of the sacrifices I make for my new business and my calling. (ego bruised, but it heals quickly)
All in all, the year (so far) has gone well and there have been troubles but the plan is still intact and I am moving forward.
And as long as I don’t stop. I will be just fine.
May you Remain Evergreen!
I’m still pushing to the end on The Forgotten Woman and as I get closer to the end of my first novel in more than a decade, I am amazed at how much of a perfectionist I have become.
Constantly writing and rewriting inline when I should just let it go and keep pushing to the end.
I could say that I am only trying to make sure that the book is going to be the best it’s going to be, but the truth is that I am trying to procrastinate through work. Doing the work, but doing things like “in depth research”, spending 30 minutes trying to find the perfect word, trying to find that ship schematic to “block out the scene”.
All the things (even this blog post) that I use to keep me from finishing the word count, the scene, the book. So I can go past the deadline and try to convince myself to give up because “I can’t even keep the deadline”.
The cure to this is:
— knowing that this part is about throwing it all on the page. It doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t have to be coherrent, it doesn’t have to have good grammar, good spelling or any of that. At this stage, it just has to be a finished story.
— knowing that at this point, it’s about finishing. You’ve heard it before; you can edit a sucky manuscript, but you can’t edit one that doesn’t exist.
— coming to terms with the fact that this book will suck. Hard. And despite my best effort to craft it well in revisions, Lisa finely-tuned editing skills, and my vision for Allazar (honed by questions posed by Tracy as she does the art) there will still be a gap between what I want it to be and what is will be. In time, it will be as I envisioned, but now it’ll be what it will be.
Now I have a few more scenes to finish… until next time, May the Bright Light always shine on your Path!
There’s so much going on this week and I wanted to take a few minutes to let y’all know what’s going on in Allazar and in the Hinterlands (this place we call home in the Texas Hill Country).
The Forgotten Woman Series
I’m about 9000 words out from finishing the raw manuscript for Book 1. This has been a trial and an achievement, considering that the storyline was a tribble that gave birth to so many stories and plot lines that I had the vapors catching up and containing all of them. But I was able to distill all the ideas down to a single storyline that I want to finish and send to Lisa Tomecek-Bias, Warlord and Able Editor. Once Lisa has her hands on it, she will rend it asunder and send it’s still-warm carcass back to me to bring back to life. She’s really good like that.
The next step is revising the short that inspired the series, a little ditty called ‘Griefeater’, and outline and write the beats for the next book in the series, ‘All We Have are Shadows’. I think that this one will go faster because I have a clear storyline and not shooing tribbles off my screen. I have a better system for writing my beats so the I so I can finish a novel (about 55-65,000 words) ready for Lisa in about 5 weeks.
That means I can have as many as 3 more books done by the time The Forgotten Woman is released, even though it’ll probably be 2 and finishing a third. That’s exciting.
For those that follow me on Google+, be on the lookout for another add from me as I combine all the folks from my other G+ accounts to a single Allazar account.
Meanwhile in the Hinterlands…
There’s soooo much happening on the home front. My youngest daughter (the one that graduated) is leaving the nest and going to Virginia to live with her sister and go to school. I will be without children for the first time 24 years. I’m going to miss her and missing her makes me miss my oldest as well and I’m kind of a mess right now… just a little bit.
I am leaving the church home that I love (but almost an hour away) and going to a church that’s closer to home. This rips my heart because I am going to miss them, but I feel a need to serve those I see at the grocery store…
I’m also thinking about starting a brief (15 minute or less) vlog/walking podcast to keep you guys up to date and introduce you to Allazar.
Thanks for your support and well wishes and I will talk to you all soon.
Until then, May you remain evergreen!!