Tuesday, December 02, 2014

"That is, I heard a good deal about a Ring, and a Dark Lord, and something about the end of the world."

 Wherein Jack is spending the month in Middle Earth.

 I am once again working on the daunting plot hole that has taken over the third Haphazard book. It stares up at me with its one black eye and taunts me every time I open the document. Have you ever been called a failure by your own book? I'm not sure if it wishes to give me a slap of humility or just sit and laugh at me because it is my creation and takes too much after its creator. We might go to Author and Book consoling to get past this...rift in our relationship. 

 Meanwhile, highest on my list at this moment is editing Finding the Magic. Remember that? My entry for the Five Enchanted Roses Contest? It has slipped into the back files and spent November forgotten. I actually had a moment of pure panic when I saw it, fearing I had missed the deadline. My dear books suffer so much during NaNo.

 All of my writing has felt jumbled lately. I know what I need to do and work on - The Haphazard series and The Loyalty Trilogy - but something seems to be blocking me. A lot of it has to do with Brothers-in-Arms and the fact I now have four books published. When I published A Test of Loyalty it hit me that my marketing skills have little skill at all behind them. I really have no idea what I'm doing and I want to get a better grasp on that before my next book is ready for print.
 But that brings me back to Brothers-in-Arms. I have sent it out to beta readers and some have already replied back with positive reviews. I have high hopes for this book, in spite of the pain it took to write it. (Which also means there is part of me that wishes to hide it in a document and never look at it again so I don't have to go back through that pain with editing. Aw, the joys of being an Author.) There is a lot I'm trying to work out right now and sometimes all of it is overwhelming. Probably one reason I've been drinking so much tea lately.

 While I do that I am, as I mentioned a little in my last post, trying to get more reading done. Not only does reading help with my own writing, but I like to keep up on the newest Independent published books coming out. One reason is there are some really fabulous ones, and another...I like to help out fellow self published Authors by reading and reviewing their books. 

 But in the midst of that is my Middle Earth mention at the beginning of this post.

 As I said, I am re-reading The Hobbit before the movie comes out. (Last Middle Earth movie, last chance to read the book before it. One of those sobering thoughts.) But last night I was hit with the inspiration that if I'm going to read the book I might as well go all out and watch the movies before hand as well. Sadly, I don't have much time for movies so I'm splitting them up, all five, and watching an hour a night, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring and ending with The Desolation of Smaug. (Extended editions of course.) I feel like I have been thrown head first back into Middle Earth and I'm enjoying every second of it. There is one problem with this plan though, Tolkien's books always make me so hungry, and the movies aren't much better. I usually want a nice grilled fish with some potatoes, or hot bread right from the oven while I'm reading and watching. Dried fruit just doesn't cut it.

 The of course there is Christmas coming up, so with all that December is turning out to be a busy month. (I have this small, high hope of completing the third Blade book during this time, but that small sense of sanity I have locked in a jar in the back corner of my mind laughs at me and tells me to take time to enjoy the season.)

 I always enjoy the Christmas season though, so sanity can go and play with the dust bunnies.

 I could enjoy the season more if the weather would just stay cold. It goes up and down which means we can't always keep a fire going. There is nothing better than visiting Middle Earth in front of a roaring fire with Christmas music playing the background.

 I'm having a lot of trouble accepting the fact this is the last year I can prepare for a new Lord of the Rings movie. Now I wish to go and start a fire and make some tea - warmish weather or not - just so I can make the most of the next fifteen days.

 I had something else I meant to mention and now I have remembered it. My Kindred Spirit is having a Read Along for her first book, King's Warrior. It is fitting to go along with my Middle Earth month with its dragons and adventures and mysterious brooding character...She has only just started, so for any who wish to join in there is still time. Not only is she talking about background information on writing the book but you would get the chance to read her wonderful book along with other readers. Very worth it. This book is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. All that said, you should take a peek in on all of it HERE!!

 As for me. I need to leave you all. Editing is tugging at my jacket and books are luring me in with food and adventure - and swords. Lots and lots of swords. (One reason Tolkien was such an amazing Author, he gets the importance of swords in a story. He even does back-stories for them. What more could you ask for?)

 But seriously, that is all. I have things to do and a fire to see if I can sneak in and start without someone scolding me that it is 40 degrees outside. (Sometimes, it is hard to make others in your household understand the connection between fires and Middle Earth, and your sudden desire to bake. And the munchie attacks.)

 Quote is from The Fellowship of the Ring. You should know scene and character, if not, go and watch the movie. Now.
 Also expect a lot of these types of quotes this month.




  1. I do backstories for my swords ... well, many of them. Need to find a backstory for Thirit and why Rosamond had it ... Sword backstories are fun.

    Anyways, looks like you're busy. (As am I doing... book release stuff. I'm raising my game slightly for book three, but it's mild compared to what I'm planning for WPFP during next fall hopefully. It may be sooner if I can get the book finished faster)

    I'm not sure what to think about this being the last Middle Earth movie. It's just so SAD!!!!

    So, yeah. Are you going to send me back the corrected document, or do I need to fix it? Because I'm eager to write my next chapter.

  2. Ohhhh… waiting for betas is always SO HARD… I'm sure they'll come back with awesome feedback, Jack! Love reading your update. :)

  3. Wow, the last Middle Earth movie. I'm going to have a tearful session if I don't watch out. I'm currently reading The Lays of Beleriand (Middle Earth history), but I might just want to reread the Hobbit for old times' sake.

    Good luck with the fire, and with editing, of course.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out!

    Ah, Middle Earth. I love it so much! And now your post has me going, "YAY! ONE MORE HOBBIT MOVIE!!!" while at the same time going, "SOB! Only one more movie!!!"

    Such mixed emotions.

    Good luck with your editing and the Five Enchanted Roses contest!

  5. There's rumors that Jackson wants to make more Middle Earth movies...
    I know, sad it will end.
    You need some marketing tips, snag the IWSG book!

  6. Yay! The Haphazardly Crew is back!

    I can't wait for the Hobbit movie! I did try to reread the Hobbit before the first movie came out. But I kind of just skimmed it until I got to my favorite part, which happens to be the part with Gollum and the riddle battle. And then I stopped. . . But I do need to at least finish the LOTR trilogy.

    Love the quote by the way.

    It seems like it's too early for Christmas. Even though it's actually been a long year. It just doesn't feel like Christmas yet. I think things just happen to suddenly in life. They come like a door in the face, and I'm left reeling in its wake wondering what just hit me. I'm very slow warm up to some things. Maybe that sounds weird. Who in the world needs to have a "warm-up" for Christmas? I just need a little mental preparation I guess. I'm still in college mode. "Finals. Almost there. Keep going!"

  7. Hahaha... I'm laughing because where I live 40 is FREEZING! 60 is normal, 80 is torture, 40 is freezing.
    Anyway, I hope that you can get everything sorted out with your writing and editing and marketing and all that jazz. It sounds like quite an overwhelming load. Don't be afraid to step back and take a break if you need one. Your readers will understand (and if they don't, I'll make them. xD) (And just by the way, I read "Probably the reason I've been drinking so much tea lately" as "Probably the reason I've been drinking so much lately." I read it like that twice. Yeah, time for me to go to bed... and to stop doodling Captain Haddock in the margins of my schoolbooks.)
    I'm not giving up on more Middle Earth movies (there is still the Silmarillion!) until Peter Jackson dies. lol.
    Were you old enough to go and see the original trilogy in theaters when it came out?


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