Just realised that it’s been such a long time since the last entry. In my own defence I’ve been busy with all sorts for the last few months, but now I’m getting back on track and will be keeping this site much more up to date.
Done a bit of work on the Luck is a Leprechaun book but also resurrected the Unwelcome Visitors book that I started early last year. I’m not entirely sure which one will be finished first but the intention is to finish them both., so away we go.
Coming along steadily, I topped 31k words today, so that’s a nice feeling – it’s progressing. Marc and Lucy are off on their own little adventure, SC is having some success in her nefarious deeds, so she’s feeling happy and we’re just at the point where Lofty and Mannie are thinking about making some progress of their own.
Luck in a Pickle is of course just a working title at the moment, I’m still thinking about changing it to something else when we get towards the end, but I remember what a struggle it was to come up with a title for the first in this series.
Never Again, the prequel to Electra is going to be a free give away from Amazon for five days starting 11th September, so people can download the electronic version for nothing. Feel free.
Well, Marc and Lucy are off on their big journey – or at least the first of their big journeys. I rather think they’ll have to take at least one more before they’ve finished. I do think that this might be a tad more adventurous than they anticipated. But I also think I’ll need to re-write the build up to it. It feels a bit clunky at the moment. It seems to have elements of Lord of the Rings or something similar lurking about in there.
Camber and Longfellow have had an altercation that ended with L being found in a somewhat unlikely position. Another area that I think will need to be re-visited and tidied up a bit.
But at least I’m cracking on with the story now. Currently over 24k, and I’ve managed about 1500 words each of the last three days, which is encouraging.
Looking good, a quarter of the way through, just passed twenty thousand words this evening, when you can get into the habit of writing every day the words just seem to flow. Definitely good advice to make a point of putting some words out on a regular basis. All of the pro writers seem to give that one piece of advice above all others.
I’m not entirely sure that things are going the way I expected them to, this is definitely a darker story than the first Marc Thyme book. Both from the point of view of the good guys and the bad ones. I’ll probably ask MPD to read the story so far, and see what she says about the change in tone.
All of the old characters have been introduced in the story so far and I’ve got plans for at least two or three more as things progress. One will be a goodie and at least one won’t, in fact I can see lots of bad guys in the next section. It remains to be seen just how bad the baddies can be.
Had a lazy few days when I hardly managed a few hundred words, but topped 1800 today so I’m feeling a bit pleased with myself. It helps not having any real-life tasks to see to for once. I’ve no idea how people with full-time jobs could manage to complete a full novel, although quite a few seem to do it.
The story is moving along now. Third person point of view does give you a lot more freedom than first person, but you then have to make sure you don’t stick with one aspect of the story and exclude all others.
I’ve just written an interrogation scene that feels a bit intense so I’m not sure if I’ll keep it in. These stories are supposed to be reasonably light and this scene is anything but that. I’ll have a think about it and see how I feel when I’ve re-read it a few times.
Picked up a nifty little progress bar thingie that now shows on the right side of the page. I’m quite pleased with it. I also managed to get small sized links in the side panel to the three books I’ve completed so far. They look much better than the large ones I had before.
I’m now advertising on Amazon in the US, not had a huge amount of success yet, but with the adverts, and the re-designed cover of Luck is a Leprechaun, maybe we’ll start to get noticed a bit more.
Now got over 10k words and the story is coming together reasonably well. I have my usual target of about 80k words and if I can keep the daily total in the region of 1,000 to 1,500 per day I should be there or thereabouts sometime in September.
There’s already been more action in this story than in the equivalent parts of ‘Luck is a Leprechaun.’ We had a nice little car chase, and Beagalltach has already made an appearance, plus the police sergeant from book one has been in this one, with no more success it has to be said.
The old couple in the library are also still there. I think I’m going to have to do something with them at some point.
It’s inevitable that some or all of the main characters are going to have to visit Lemmie’s realm at some point, but I’m not too sure yet how that will work.
The Cold Tale will now take a back burner for a while, I’ve started to work on the sequel to Luck is a Leprechaun. The working title is Luck in a Pickle, but that will probably change as things move on.
This will be written in the third person, I’m happier to read works in third person narrative, and while the first book went better than I might have expected, there are some restrictions on how much of the story you can tell when you are basically just following the main character around.
Adverse and his nefarious twin sister will be front and centre for this one i think, CL will be something of a background character but still involved.
I’ve been ‘advised’ that I need to give more explanation of some of the things that were left unsaid in the first book – why Marc? who are the old couple in the library? and what are they up to? So I’ll give them all more of an explanatory work-out this time round.
Luck is a Leprechaun has now been published. The cover features a portrait of Lemmie looking as grumpy as ever. I think I’ve got all of the worst typos and errors editted out and the story is complete but with enough outstanding issues to leave it very open for a sequel.
Bucephalus the daemon took a slightly larger role than I expected, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – nor is he for that matter. And a bit unexpectedly, Adverse Camber was pretty much a background character until the last part.
Reviewers mentioned a couple of characters that I just included for local colour, ‘the couple in the library’. I think they’re going to become both regulars and more central in any future books.
I’m hoping to do a little advertising for this book and see if I can drum up some more sales, I think this warrants it.
In the meantime, here are some links:
Kindle Version – UK Store
Paperback Version – UK Store
Kindle Version – US Store
Paperback Version – US Store
The final draft has now been completed and read, with comments. I’ve incorporated all of the comments and corrections that I can. Mrs D was invaluable, as always in this process.
It seems the scene in the Jobcentre is simply (and technically) wrong in how those places work, but as the scene covers some things I wanted to include and is otherwise not referred to again, I decided to stick with it.
I’ve now sent a copy of the book off for a completely independent read, by a gentleman in the US who kindly offered to do that, so now I’m just waiting for the results of that to come back. Depending on what he says I should hopefully be able to publish fairly soon after that.
I’ve changed the title of the piece to be ‘Luck is a Leprechaun.’ It still isn’t quite what I wanted, but as I don’t actually know what that would be it’s looking likely that we have a final title.
While I’m waiting for Luck is a Leprechaun to be finalised I’ve actually started on a new work, set in the 19th Century and featuring a Detective Inspector in a smallish cotton town. It’s intended to be a science-fiction tale working on the theme of how would the Victorians deal with an alien invasion (on a small scale). the working title is ‘Unwelcome Visitors.’
Well (almost) all of the writing has been done. I’m editing and correcting at the moment, which should take a few days and the ending just needs rounding off neatly.
The major issue at the moment is the title. Loose Louche simply won’t do so I’m actively considering alternatives. This is actually turning out to be more difficult than writing the actual book; the story just tells itself and all I usually have to do is write it down. The title has to be worked out and worked up. I’m reluctant to have something which is too bland, it needs to show that we’re following an adventure in a somewhat surreal world. I’m quite sure I can work out a sub-title easily enough once the main title is sorted.
Then I have to arrange a cover illustration, probably using some of the character illustrations that were shown in the last blog post. I have an idea of what I want to do, I’m just not sure I can pull it off graphically.
Finally, I have to think seriously about marketing. There’s no point in going to all this trouble if nobody can find the book to read it, so I can see some serious learning curves up ahead.