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[NEWS] Where to find my awesome space opera book

Where to find Where Weavers Daire

This sticky post lists where to find the eBook or paperback copy of my space opera novel Where Weavers Daire.

Available in eBook or paperback through Amazon.

Weaver is available everywhere

It’s also available at these fine bookstores:

Rhode Island:

Stillwater Books (either in store or through their website)

Wakefield Books

Inkfish Books

Books on the Square

Seattle

Pegasus Book Exchange

If you’re a book store looking to add my book, please let me know. I’m open to consignment requests.

Where Weavers Daire is available through Ingram Spark as well: ISBN 978-1-7325680-1-3

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[Plotting About] June’s Weaver update

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Welcome to June. Now someone turn on the damn heat, please.

For the last half of May, I took a break from writing Weaver the manuscript to work on Weaver the graphic novel.

Since I can’t draw my way out of a wet paperback I’d reached out to a artist about a year ago to see if he’d be interested in drawing a graphic novel.

A year and one revision later, I’m still working on the manuscript and we took one look at Oni Comics opening up to new submissions and said: sure, why not.

This was a good thing to do because it made me write out a synopsis, character sheets and an overview that I hadn’t done yet. Pre-prep saves you time and effort in the long run. It may feel like a time sink but it’s better to have everything written down now then pulling your hair out later.

It also makes you realize how many characters you have on your hands and makes you rethink plot points.

A good example was one chapter I wrote and have since relegated to the revised folder started off introducing new characters that almost felt like the jumping off point for a new book.

If you watch television this is that episode where they introduce these new characters when the established characters visit this location for one episode and introduce you to characters you’ve never seen before and if the audience likes them you see a new show with them by next season. A spin-off show like Angel and every version of Law & Order/CSI/NCIS.

That being said, that chapter has been relegated to a new novel folder by itself. Sure the main characters are part of the chapter but they weren’t the focus.

The second draft isn’t like my first. It has the same first three chapters but after that it gets tighter. It has a lot less characters involved and my hope is that is slows things down enough to explain things without confusing the readers.

My new deadline is now 8/1/2015.

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:

My reviews of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max will posted soon.

The TL;DR version goes like this: Max and it’s two hour long soundtrack was better.

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[Plotting About] Weaver and NaNoWrimo

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Rhode Island Comic Con is over.

Rhode Island Author Expo is over.

Now it’s time for NaNoWriMo.

And less said about Destiny and Advance Warfare the better.

Since when did November become so busy?

This will be my tenth year for NaNoWriMo.

Week 2 has arrived and things are progressing.

On most Novembers I’d be at 40k by now having well learned that it’s all about the word count and not the story. In the past reaching 50k by the 15th was normal.

Instead, I’m taking it slow with the second draft of Weaver and addressing several things that the first draft didn’t.

Questions like:

What is this story about?

Why are they there?

What are the characters’ arc?

What’s the purpose of all this?

What’s the elevator pitch?

And making sure it stays a tiny story with big characters instead of a big story with small characters.

Best example: Kung Fu Panda has tiny story but big characters while Kung Fu Panda 2 had big story and small characters.

This blog post over at Heather Webb’s site covers what I haven’t but should’ve been doing.

Chapter Three was completed pre-NaNo.

The end of Chapter Four is going to be re-written.

That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

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[Plotting About] March 2014 / Week 3 / Weaver / Chapter 11

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(h/t to Jen Basile for posting the icon)

My unofficial deadline for Weaver was yesterday.

But as you can see from the count o’meter we’re getting close to the 1/3 mark.

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Chapter 11 and onward is good news since the chapters are already written.

Chapter 12 is getting a slight re-write but otherwise it’ll be subtle tweaks from here on in.

Went to a meeting of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. Was nice to do some networking.

Anyone listening to my social feeds next week will see an uptick in pictures and posts from Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle and a lovely four legged golden named Clover.

The East Coast getting one more snow storm before I leave feels like Nelson Muntz laughing. Damn you, Smarch weather.

I decided to cosplay as Jayne Cobb this year. It’s easier than Mal Reynolds since there is less to ship. 🙂

Thankfully the Jayne pistol made by QE Props fits into my Mal holster.

One of the essential items was finished up by my mom:

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At this rate I may need to wear it to the airport…

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[Plotting About] February 2014 / Week 3 / Weaver / Chapter 4+5

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Wait.

How are we still on Chapter 4?

Suffice to say Chapter One and Two were pretty much locked with some minor editing.

Chapters Three and Four have been revised after feedback from the peeps in the writing group/alpha readers.

So now it’s on to Chapter 5. This chapter or the next will be the one to link up with what I’ve already written.

The word count thus far:

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

In other news, I mentioned a bit back I went through Writer’s Digest University Class Agent One-on-One: Your First Ten Pages Boot Camp.

It was a relatively straight forward class. An included video had recommendations for following how to create a better first ten pages.

I sent in the first ten pages of Weaver and get some feedback from an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC.

The feedback wasn’t a line by line edit but two general overviews of the good and bad. Including suggestions. The Q&A with the agents took place on Writer’s Digest Blackboard Message board and included a one year membership to an Agent finding service.

Overall, I thought it was worth it. The Blackboard linking was a little off due to having to drill down to find the link but that’s me being nitpicking of the user interface.

The feedback was good in the case of Weaver. A few points were made that the alpha group had pointed out and I forgot to change.

Would I recommend the class?

If you looking for feedback from an agent then yes.

If you’re looking for a line by line edit then no.

I came out of with a nice ego boost, the agent would like to see the first fifty pages and a synopsis once the manuscript is completed.

I know full well a request for a partial or full manuscript is just a request. It’s just nice to hear after the work I’ve put into it someone besides the alpha readers said they enjoyed it.

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[Plotting About] January 2014 / Week 4 / Weaver / Chapter 5+6

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The end of January is upon us and I decided to enter a Writer’s Digest University Boot Camp to crit the first ten pages of Weaver.

This meant going back to the first ten pages and chainsaw editing two pages worth of unneeded words. It doesn’t hurt the story just gets rid of unnecessary world building that can shuffled elsewhere.

Overall the editing for the first couple of chapters hasn’t been sunshine and rainbows. I’ve been discovery writing my antagonists and just goes to show how much I need to plan the next novel. This pantsing vs. planning has been an ongoing problem and is not breaking news by any stretch.

It just means Chapter 5+6 have been rewritten several times already to set up the rest of the novel and that’s a good thing.

I completely understand why it takes people years to finish their first novel. This is year three for Weaver.

I really am going to try my hand at short stories after this. Honest.

Amazon Breakout Novel Contest begins Feb 2 and ends March 2.

Great post from my word war/treadmill buddy, Bennett North in response to Chuck Windig’s post about when and when not to self publish. I agree with them both since my writing started out horrendous and thanks to feedback has gotten just a wee bit better.

Great guest post from Kameron Hurley about persistance followed by a follow up post of Harry Connolly on the subject.

Word metrics for January!

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Less than two months away from Emerald City Convention! Time to track down pieces parts for a Jayne Cobb costume!

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[#nanowrimo] 1 week to go and October Metrics…

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One week to go until NaNoWrimo starts or as some authors like to call it: Welcome to what I do all the time.

Here’s some links for the Rhode Island Wrimos:

Facebook.
Twitter.
Google +
LJ Community
NaNoWrimo Bulletin Board.

The good news is we have several places confirmed and I don’t foresee having a Write In overload like we did 2 years ago.

Weaver Novel Update:

Almost. There.

Three to four chapters to go. The plan was to be done by now but no such luck.

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

The 130k word count ceiling is temporary.

I think I’ll try my hand at a short story. I’m going to follow Lindsay’s lead and send to Clarion Workshop (just in time for SDCC) or Viable Paradise.

Rhody Writing Group Update:

With NaNoWrimo closing in we finished our last meet up for 2013 and had a good time. We’ll be entering our third year in 2014 and I’m happy to see the group is gaining members.

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[Plotting About] June Metrics…

So we’re one month away from SDCC and my 20th High School Reunion!

And I think I’m on course to finish around July 1st.

Things have been going well.

My new hours at work are helping a bit more since I’m now working eight hour fives days a week instead of ten hour four days a week. One day less off but one hour home sooner and one hour later into work.

The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Have been finishing chapters and putting them into Scrivener to see how it looks.

Plan is for now to finish it. Get it edited. Query agents and see what happens and/or self publish.

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