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One step closer.
Dawn's Sacrifice has graduated from developmental edits to copy edits. I sent it out on Monday and should have it back in couple weeks. I think we are on target for a march release. Now, I have to find other work to do while I wait. No thumb twiddling. I say that as though I don't have a to-do list a mile long. I have SPF courses to finish, Newletter Ninja to read, Fiction Formula...I am determined to learn and succeed. I have a steampunk fantasy in progress, Skyborn, that's up on the docket. In the writing of it, I realized that it is actually book two in the timeline, so as soon as I wrap up draft one, I'm going to set it aside and write Ironblood. Any one here like steampunk? I think it has the coolest aesthetic.
For those wondering, Panya is settling in and growing like a weed. He still seems small, but he's catching up to Koneko fast. She still doesn't love him, but mostly tolerates him, except in the morning before breakfast, she's too hangry first thing in the morning and yells at him until I feed them. 0.0" He lost a baby tooth yesterday. I probably wouldn't even have noticed, but he spit it out at me. I was worried he'd broken it for a minute until I remembered cats lose their milk teeth too. XD
Dawn's Sacrifice is close!!!
My kitten, Panya, I mean. Isn't he adorable?
My cat, Koneko, is NOT pleased by this intruder to her space. She alternates between ignoring him or yelling at him for existing. It's not his fault someone dumped him in the middle of winter where I work. At least that's what we figure. He was too clean to have gone far through the boonies around here, no chip, no missing notices. Sad that someone does this to them, but it actually is how I've gotten a good percentage of my pets over the years. Koneko herself showed up on our property and was never claimed. I'm happy to love them. She's getting used to the idea.
It's only been a week since Panya came home. He's settled right in much to her dismay and Arashi, my dog's confusion, she thought she had a new chase toy but he loves her and rubrubpurrpurrs all over her, and she's totally confused by him. LMAO Her face every time. Spark, my other dog, has been pretty laid back about it as long as he gets his share of the loves.
I have learned that my house is NOT kitten proof. I didn't realize how mature Koneko is these days, she's 11 already. Panya is a very busy little boy and gets up and into everything he can and thinks my sketch board is his personal slide/ramp. (it's really really not.) -.-" We're working on that one.
For those still wondering, Panya is Japanese (anime nerd here) for baker. Because he runs around squishsquishing with his paws. On a similar strain, Koneko=kitten, Arashi Harou=stormy blessings, if I've got all my translations right. I didn't know I was keeping Spark when I named him or I probably would have done a bit better. (He's from Arashi's first and only litter.)
...I think this is already the longest post I've ever written and not a word about books yet. haha. ^.^' What can I say? I love my fur babies.
On the bookside. Dawn's Sacrifice is on my editor's deck for the second round. (Nerves.) Clockwork Dragons steampunk fantasy anthology is out! I got my copies yesterday. I know I keep saying it, but it suits my astethic, isn't it pretty? There's a peek at my artside project underneath it. I'm carving on a big cedar chest I came across at the thrift store.
Book Cover Reveal!
It's here! The cover for Dawn's Sacrifice is ready and waiting for the final draft to be the best that it can be. Watch for upcoming release dates. ;)
And now the reveal!
The culmination of a decade, the full trilogy is here. (almost.) Excuse me while I coo over my book babies, the first of many.
Have you read the first two yet? Get them here while you wait for Dawn's Sacrifice.
Clockwork Dragons is out! I love how much it matches Nightvision though it was done by a different cover artist. Makes me want to do my whole cover aesthetic purple with a circle. ;)
Fantasy Steampunk, what's not to love? Get it while it's hot!
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2019 Successes as an Author
We are approaching the turn of the year. An established author on Twitter, Cat Rambo, reminded us in the writing community to be proud of our achievements and that there are people scouting for books published this year for their lists and awards. It isn't bragging to record our achievements, and we damn well should, because we earned it through dedication and hard work; because that's what writing a book takes.
So, my list of published stories this year is short. I've got two to my name in 2019 'Midnight Sands', book two in the Nightvision trilogy came out back in February.
A prince without an elemental partner. A princess with untamed power. Their world is dying. In this second exhilarating book of shapeshifters and magic, Dante and Nakai search for the key to stopping Prince Kobrona as the taint of his death magic spreads, infecting the wild magic of the Mother. Dante faces new doubts. Nakai discovers new fears. Torn apart, they fight to survive in a labyrinth of tunnels filled with danger and betrayal. Vital knowledge lies at their fingertips, if only they can reach it, but time is running out. The hour of Communion draws near. If you adore Amelia Atwater-Rhodes or Mercedes Lackey, then read Midnight Sands NOW!
And, 'Dusk Sorrow's" came out as a preview, prequel of Nightvision. You can read it by signing up for my email list. If you like fantasy and shapeshifters and battle royals, this series is for you.
That's it for out and new, doesn't seem like much from here but...I actually have fifteen new short stories to my name, two of which are aimed to be published early next year, and at least one still out to the jurors. Plus, the third and final book of the Nightvision trilogy, Dawn's Sacrifice, is in the final stages, and I've about wrapped up the first draft of a fat steampunk fantasy, Skyborn, so I anticipate this list to be longer next year. Here's to writing and working for my dreams for another year! One word, one sentence at a time.
Blessings and Kindness to all,
Care H. Knyght
It Could Have Gone Either Way...
...my day I mean, I woke up this morning teetering and not really in the mood for being on the move.
Sometimes, usually, it's the little things that make the difference. Today, it was the return of a blog review for Twilight Shadows. I didn't want to look, I was too tired to deal with a negative blow. After some coffee, I sucked it up and read the review, 4stars YAY! and that one thing turned my day from tired and dreary, to tired and hopeful. (It's Friday, I'm more than a little done with the work week and still have tomorrow to go.)) But, I was reminded that I can do this. One word, one sentence, paragraph, chapter, book at a time. Writing is a long game. 99.999999 percent of the time, it is not an overnight success. Take the small wins and celebrate them. This works for whatever you do in life. Celebrate and share the positives. I've been struggling, NaNoWriMo is hard, making solid sequels is hard, but I am persevering; because, I love books, and I want to write books that other people love, ecape and empowerment through the trials life throws at us. Today, a small review changed my mood. I will work towards a positive tomorrow. Check out the day changing review here!
If you like steampunk, or haven't tried it yet, check out my new story in the Clockwork Dragons Anthology! Isn't the cover beautiful? I love it. Probably because it matches my usual aesthetic of black and purple, even though I had no input. Kinda looks like it would fit in next the Nightvision books right? This is my third of four accepted anthologies. To see the others I have stories in go here.
Are You Ready...
To write a book in a month? Fifty Thousand words here I come. Given a win this Nov. my steampunk/fantasy wip, Skyborn, with be over 100k for the first draft. I expect that will be heavily trimmed down during revisions as sentence structure gets tightened up, but edits will tell when the time comes. I won my first NaNoWriMo by writing almost entirely on my phone, here, there, and everywhere, when I had time. Which, unless you are one of the speed demons out there, 50k in a month a takes significant time investment. (There are some who spill their counts out in the first day or week. Ouch and how?) But I tend to be the plod along to the standard daily count of 1667 until the last few days when I hit my deadline pressure point a dump out a couple 5k days and call it won a day or two early; though the story is often not complete yet. This year, I am going to try adding dictation to my routine and see how it goes. I also have a specific writing channel on pandora that I listen too when I'm writing. It's kind of pirate metal, weird but has a beat, and I absolutely only listen to it if am I writing. Video game music is a great soundtrack option too-If you are like me and can't stand silence anyway. I always have something going given the choice.
So for those of you who are braving the challenge, welcome! I won't say it's easy, but it is doable! Prepare your snacks. Stretch your fingers. Here are some link you might find helpful, we all have our own systems of churning out the words.
The official site! www.nanowrimo.org You'll find partners, sprint, gauntlets, and all sorts of word games to bring the challenge along.
Writing Game fun! Get your word count and progress in the story game here.
https://4thewords.com/home It is a paying game, but past Nanowrimos have been open and free for the month and if you win the official nano, there's been discount codes for the site.
Free and simple, if unfinished, is Fighter's Block, it's timer system keeps the fingers moving. http://cerey.github.io/fighters-block
For writing progress breakdown beside the official site, try Pacemaker
There's a NaNoWriMo facebook group, which usually has sprints running all month
Same for Twitter. Probably tumblr too, though I've not run into it.
Track all of your new characters and their imporant details with my Writing Workbook series!
You can find some fun prompts here: https://www.chknyght.com/fav-writing-tools.html
Whatever you do, don't stop, don't edit. don't fall into the research pit. It can all be made pretty and sensical after the fact, in like February. Just make notes as you go. I like to insert them like ((this in parenthesis)) so I can find them later with the search function.
It is an international month of writing madness! If you join the challenge, good luck!
If you're not writing, cheer us on! If you know one of us in person, check up, make sure we are eating, and aren't beating our head on our keyboards, or totally lost in the worlds we are creating. It happens. ;P
National Novel Writing Month
Or NaNoWriMo as we call it, # it, sob it into our keyboard, scream enthusiastically into the night of Nov1, sob it into our keyboards about a week and a half in. Ok maybe a little dramatic, maybe, but we are writers, what else do you expect from us?
You know, besides the cliché introverted, coffee-guzzling, cat-snuggling, drowning in the research wondering why we aren't getting any work done writer's life.
NaNoWriMo if you have heard of it, starts Nov 1, the goal being writing fifty thousand words by the end of the month. We all approach it our own way, classic, rogue, overkill, planner, panster, plantser. However we pull it off, the idea is to spew out the first rough draft of your book. Once, it exists, it can all be made pretty later, draft two-infinity. Nano is purely for getting it out there. There are actually other months, April and June I believe, that have similar challenges called Camp NanoWrimo.
This will be my fifth NaNo, I am semi-rebelling by working on an already in-progress project, Skyborn a steampunk tale I worked on previous Nano, but I am intending to add another full 50k to it, so it still counts. ;)
There's time to prepare and jump in! Have a book you've been dreaming about?
In other news, Nightvision Dawn's Sacrifice is off to endure its first editing round. Getting it edited is nerve-wracking, but my developmental editor, Michelle Dunbar, will help me make it the best it can be, and it's nice to have other eyes on it to point out the weak spots that I'm blind to.
Inktober is upon us, and I say that with nearly the gravity bestowed on NaNoWriMo, (a thing for next month if you haven't heard of it.)
Inktober is not my brainchild, but it is amazing for brain sparks. It is a prompt list generated by the artist Jake Parker who started the idea of spending the month flexing our art muscles by drawing daily in ink. This month, they've added the idea for writers to join in by writing 50+ words for the prompts. It's a creative exercise to help us break out of ruts or back into the creative stream if we need a jumpstart. It can be scrabbles and drabbles or masterpieces with hours of work poured into them. If you live on s.media, especially IG, and follow any artists, chances are really good your going to be seeing a lot of inkwork, if you haven't already as I'm writing this two days into the month already.
I haven't officially started either version of Inktober, though I usually try my hand at drawing all month. I'm still scrambling to hold to deadlines for Nightvision. It's happening, but not at the pace I need it to be. This blog post is already longer than what I've written on Nightvision yet today; though, it is my plan for the rest of my day. I do have a few ideas sketched out, mostly illustrations for Nightvision to keep my brain on the right track, so hopefully I'll get some proper ink on my fingers.
If you are curious, inspired and want to join in; here is the official prompt list, though there are several unofficial lists, or rogue players in general. The idea is to create, whatever form that takes.
Some of my sketch plans to be inked. Everything starts as scribbles. ;) It doesn't have to be perfect or pretty in the first drafts, some of these have already be refined since I snapped these pics. There's a couple of peeks into Dawn's Sacrifice here. Princess Nakai, Prince Dante, King Marius, King Marius's Elemental, Lemurta, Queen Jeziah.
What is LRPG?
So, with the power of the digital age the world of fiction evolves constantly as writers create books as fast as the readers can consume them. That's how we get niche genres, smaller corners that specialize in favorite subjects and tropes for readers to eat like potato chips, one is never enough. I'm pretty sure I have very small grasp on the concept, but I am learning.
One newer niche for me, is LRPGs or Literature Role-Playing Games. Think, Dragons and Dragons for table top, or Mass Effect and Dragon Age for videos. LRPGs take styles of the games and roll them into a book. In my experience, the connecting factor is the level-up style systems, and item gathering. As in playing a video game, there is often a HUD sort of thing described and a dungeon master or game AI that directs your world. How you get there and what kind of world it is varies according to the author's imagination as RPGs can be fantasy, scifi or an amazing conglomeration of both.
I've played more video game rpgs than read as of yet; however, two that have stood out to me is Clerical Error by D. R. Perry and Goblin King by R. R. Virdi. I like both of them, but I think between the two Clerical Error is my favorite because I relate the mc more. The Mc of Goblin King reminded me a lot of Rurouni Kenshin (an older anime that I grew up on.) If you are unfamiliar with RPGs in general, Clerical Error is light enough on the jargon that it won't scramble a noobs brain and is a light fun read. Goblin King is a large world akin to Elder Scrolls and has the book size to match, so if you like exploring the grand depths of the worlds, this one is for you.
Hope this find you well and enjoying the oncoming fall, (I could do with a little less rain myself, but at least it's not snow.)
Care H. Knyght
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