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Pixar in a Box

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sorry, this week’s craft post is delayed until tomorrow. Got sick and really couldn’t focus, but I am feeling better and should get the post up tomorrow. In exchange for the post, here is something I just found out. Pixar is offering free lessons on storytelling. Pixar offers free online lessons in Storytelling. That’s the article on it. Because there is no link to Khan’s website, here’s a link right to the course. It is absolutely free. Just sign up and you can start. The Art of Storytelling | Pixar in a Box. What are you waiting for?  Go check it out.

No Craft Post

Posted: March 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sorry, there will be no craft post this week. I set out to write it, and I realize the topic of treaties and alliances was not a post at all. There just wasn’t much there. So, there is no post this week. Next week will start our next sub-series. Still not sure if we are going to focus on magic/technology or something else. Check back on Monday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up.

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. I am posting this one a little later than I planned. Thank you, Dentist. My tooth is bugging the hell out of me right now after getting it filled. Damn novocaine, why did you have to wear off? Anyway, this will be a short one. I think. Let’s dive right in.

Seven Days of… NOTHING! (Insert Readers Gasps Here!) I know right. Who would have guessed that when I said last week I was taking off a few days after completing the Second Draft of Seeing Through the Veil, it would turn out to be the whole week? I certainly didn’t…

Yep, that book is burning to be finished. I had so much fun writing and I am excited to start. However, I am not doing that for at least two more days. I need a break. Let the veil work its way out of my mind and prepare for the new world and magic systems and story. I would like to start by the end of the week, but I may take the whole week. Depends on how I am feeling.

Okay, I did. Oh well. In the long view it’s good I did take the week off. I got my mind free of writing Natalie and Kiana’s voices. I can look forward to writing Emily and Taryn’s voices and the ten other POV characters in the first book. Thankfully, it’s third person instead of first. I need something different at this point. Don’t get me wrong, I love first person POV. However, with so many POV Characters, it’s just easier to do it in the third person. Hopefully, I will get some writing done tonight. All depends on how long this tooth nags me before finally giving into the Ibuprofen.

With no writing completed this week, I think I am going to lay out my goals for the coming weeks. Well, Book 1 of Forbidden Realm is what I am going to write now. With this book, I am going to give myself a soft deadline to complete draft one. Right now, I am aiming for beginning of June, to mid-June. Which means I can extend the deadline twice. I will determine my overall deadline by next week. So look for that in next week’s wrap-up.

I mentioned last week, I am thinking of working on Long Live again. “But Tim, you said you were focusing on developing your Multiverse and then the Gathering series.” I did. However, plans change. I will cover the multiverse in a little bit. For Long Live, I looked over the first part of my outline for Long Live and really need to work on it. One of the problems is the main villain isn’t reveal until the last third of the book. While I do have times where it is revealed what he is doing during the first two-thirds. I am just not sure how well that will work. What I am thinking of doing is looking the villain’s plan and the character. Then bring in my cast of four and figure out their stories and try to interweave the villain’s plan and movements throughout the early book and then have his/her reveal be more like WTF!

I also need to work out the magic systems at play. I know of two, but there could be more. Also, I need to figure out if there are future tails I may want to tell in this world. I have an idea for a series about the discovery of the New World and the formation of America in a fantasy/sci-fi setting. Let’s be honest, it will be fantasy. This world could be perfect to do it. I even drew up a map of this world with a land mass in the south that has no borders, or known inhabitants. Right now, it doesn’t officially exist. However, time will tell. So Long Live is back on the table to develop, here and there. It’s more of a test to see how the development goes and go from there.

The Multiverse is a huge and complex entity. Especially when I add in gods. Which brings me to the Multiverse. I have some interesting ideas for it, but I am come to realize to develop the god’s side of the multiverse, I may actually need to develop a whole different series/multiverse. WHAT! Did I just blow your mind? I know, I felt it. To be honest, I think I even blew a small piece of my own mind, by saying that. Let me explain.

A year ago from this past November, I started a book called the Fall of the God King. It was about two gods at war who took human form to fight. It was supposed to be a prequel kind of, to a larger series of Gods at war over territory. When I originally thought was a series, maybe it’s own multiverse… I just blew your mind again, but not in the way of WOW! That’s Amazing. It’s probably more like, WHAT THE F@*#?! I am confused. Since I started pondering the idea of adding gods at the Multiverse Level, I thought it would be cool to have some multiple dimensions that are unlike anything else. I have planes of existence in my worlds, but Dimensions are more in line with science, sorta.

That’s all I can say about it, without giving away some of my cooler ideas. It’s bugging me right now that I can’t tell you more. Anyway, the point I was getting at is, if I develop this series into other series as a “separate” multiverse, and then when the time comes. Bam! The mirror shattered and you realize that both multiverses are actually one. To do this, I have to treat it like the stuff I already worked on, doesn’t exist. Let things that contradict the happen, you know if I come up with something really cool that would violate the laws of the other multiverse.

I am going ahead like this is something different and see what happens. I think it will be something unique. Beyond that, that’s all I got this week. Check back Friday for Penultimate post in our Sub-Series Military and Law Enforcement. As always, Monday, come back to see how the writing of Pyre is going and if it was an easy transition or a rough one.

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Oh, by the way, did anyone notice that more than two goals for the year are crossed off on my Writing Goals for 2017? Check the box to the left….

YES! I surpassed 1.5 million words in completing my second draft. When I get Pyre done, I will be able to add 250,000 words to my total, which is currently at…1,511,868. With 250,000 added to that, I will be at 1,761,868. That’s assuming I hit my 250k word count goal for Pyre (Book one of Forbidden Realm). If I map out Long Live and get that book written this year, I may be able to break 2 million words. Now, that isn’t an official goal, yet!

No Craft Post, Thanks Tooth!

Posted: February 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

No craft post this week. Gotta finish my draft, which is going well, but today I am hit with bad tooth pain. Hopefully tomorrow I will be fine to get back to writing. I will post last, week’s and this week’s post as soon as I finish the draft.

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No Craft Post

Posted: February 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sorry for the late posting, but there will be no Craft Post this week. I am in the thick of trying to meet my deadline for Draft 2 for Seeing Through the Veil. I will make it up once the draft is finished. signature2017

Military and Their Purpose

Posted: February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. Hope everyone is having a great writing week? I am. For anyone new, we are currently in a cosssal series on worldbuilding. If you would like to get caught up one all the posts, you can find all the Sub-series under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. For the last few week’s we have been working our way through a Sub-series on Military and Law Enforcement. Today, we move into the focus on the Military. Let’s dive right in.

What is the purpose of the Military? Before you answer, let me just acknowledge that my question is a very load one. Depending on your beliefs (not just religious) this could be very different. Concersavites have a very pro military and may say that they protect us from our enemies. Librals may see the Military as killers who do the bidding of billionare corporations to ensure they stay rich by paying millions of dollars to ensure a leader who will go to war with other nations for their resources. 

Just because you’re a conserative or liberal doesn’t mean you feel this way about the Miliary. To be clear, I am talking Military in general not our (America’s) Military. The sole purpose of the Military is to protect it’s home nation. How that is done, depends on the people or person in charge of the military. One nation could be more defensive while another could be offensive. Two examples of this:

Offensive: Iraq War, America invades Iraq to stop the nation from developing/destroy their WMD’s. We’re not going into the whole if they had or didn’t have arguements. We went into stop these weapons from being used against the people of Irqe and at some point us. 

Defensive: World War 2. We were netural in the War in Europe, then we were attacked by the Japense, who became allies of Germany and Italy. We defended ourselves by removing the threat of the Japanese who were dominating the Pacific Ocean. Once it as only Nation of Japan islands left, we went on the offensive when we dropped the A Bomb. The main focus, is we didn’t enter the war until attacked. 

These are just big idea examples of the style, but there are so many ways these strategies or ideals of how the Military protects their nation. A nation of Defensive ideals could still haev Special Ops, that enter other countries to disable ot capture enemies living there. 

Is that the only way the Military protects their kingdom? Depends on if you have Law Enforcement or not. One nation in your world could use the Military to enforce laws, or just capital building of their leaders. It’s really up to you on how the Military is used. The prime reason nations have Militaries, is to protect their nations from outside threats. 

I have constantly used nation or kingdom as who a Military protects, but what about some rich noble who raises up an army, because he feel’s that the new King should have made him a Lord and didn’t. Militaries don’t just defend nations, they fight for people who are paying them. Which, brings us to Warfare, but before we go there, next week we will be talking about Ranks, which you can adapt for your Law Enforcement.

That’s all for this week. Check back on Monday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up. I Hope everyone has a good rest of the week. 

Craft Post Delayed

Posted: January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sorry no Craft post today, due to the stupidity of technology which is was written on. I’ll do my best to post it tomorrow.

Two Day Post

Posted: January 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sorry for the delay in this week’s Craft Post. It has been a very long and fast week. Tomorrow I will post my Weekly Writing Wrap-up and this past week’s craft post.

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Writing Goals for 2017

Posted: January 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the first post of 2017 coming to you special on New Years Day. I was going to post this tomorrow since Monday’s are when I normally post my Weekly Wrap-up, but since this post is taking that posts place this week, I figured why not just post it on New Years Day instead. This post is going to be my goals for 2017, well the goals I have now. Before I get ahead of myself, let me be very clear this is not a New Years Resolution post. I hate New Years Resolutions. If you want to know why, Why Writing New Year Resolutions are a Waste of My Time and Yours is a post I wrote back in December of 2014. No reason to re-write the same post over and over again.

If you read last weeks 2016 Year in Review and Goals for 2016 then you know that I like to post my goals in bullets. In the actual goals post, I then went into further details on my goals. It worked well last year, so I think I will continue with it. (Note: I will be posting these goals under my writing goals on the left, unlike last year.)

  • New Writing Schedule
  • Finish Draft 2 of Seeing Through the Veil
  • Finish Draft 1 of Pyre (Book 1 of Forbidden Realm)
  • Develop my Multiverse
  • Develop The Gathering Series
  • Get feedback from Seeing Through the Veil
  • Writing Journal
  • Break 1,500,000 Words Written (Optional)

That may not seem like many goals, especially since forming a new writing schedule can be done in a day or more likely a few hours. These are just the goals I have right now. More goals may pop up as the year goes by. At that time I will update this, but I don’t want to overload myself with too many goals and not be able to achieve them. With that said, let’s go more depth of these goals, starting from the top.

New Writing Schedule/Finish Draft 2.1 of Seeing Through the Veil

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Several years ago I came up with the Writing Schedule picture to the left. It was my way to help get myself to write daily and developing my other series while editing my work.  I never really actually used it. That schedule was based on if I didn’t have to go to work. At the time I was looking for work and new if I started to use it and got a job I would have to change again. I didn’t want to do that, especially since at that time I could have found a new job at any time.

Last year I started using my calendar on my iMac since I could just plug my work hours in when I got them and schedule around them. It worked for a while, but since one of my jobs was stationary and the other were random it didn’t go over that well. Even when I only had one job and while it was not locked hours or days, I did get my schedule at least two weeks out. That helped, but it didn’t work well finding a specific time daily to write.

Now that I have locked hours that don’t change, it is the best time now to come up with a new writing schedule. In my last Writing Wrap-up before the year in review, I realize I am unable to develop, edit and write. I did hardly editing done on Seeing Through the Veil while NaNoWriMo was going on. So, that is my priority right now and then return to Pyre (Book 1 of Forbidden Realm). I may try to work in a time to write Pyre, but until I am at least 75% done with editing of Seeing Through the Veil, I will be focusing on editing and Developing.

Draft 1 of Pyre 

Kind of covered this already, but with just a chapter or two from finishing the second section of the book when I wrapped NaNoWriMo, I have yet to touch the book since. Mostly, due to work schedule changing, and the need to work on Seeing Through the Veil. Pyre is going to be a very long book, I already know that. My target word count is 250,000 words. That doesn’t mean I am going to write until I hit that word count or go over it. I base that on the scene list and it is a very long scene list. I would love for the book to be shorter, but it is supposed to be an epic, so I am okay if it is that long or longer. I wouldn’t want it to be much, but editing will cut it down. Once I am done with editing Seeing Through the Veil, I will be focusing all my writing time on Pyre. Depending on when I pick it back up, I will set a six months time to get it written. Hopefully, that will be by the end of January, but who knows at the moment.

Developing the Multiverse

 While I am editing Seeing through the Veil, I will be spending my developing time on finally hammering out my Multiverse and the story I will be ultimately telling. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head that I need to figure out. The most important of this development is figuring out how all the series I have at different stages of development fit the story, if they do. I may come up with new ideas for new stories to fit in. After working on this multiverse here and there over the years, I am happy to finally have a solid direction that I know I can follow and build upon and get the picture clear in my mind. This development may be a year long development, but if that is what is needed then that is what I need to do.  Which leads me to…

Developing the Gathering

The Gathering was going to be the next series I was going to revamp, and while I came up with a few new directions for the series, I got blocked my the ideas for the Multiverse being more prominent than ideas for the Gathering. So, this series takes the back seat to my Multiverse development. I may not even get to this series at all this year if my Multiverse development takes the whole year. I hope it doesn’t as I do want to develop an actual series that will be written this year. If I don’t get to develop this series this year it will be the next one I develop next year. Well, if it works out. By then another series may jump up and down in my head. Until that happens the Gathering is next on the list to be developed.

Get feedback from Seeing Through the Veil

Once I get done with the editing of Seeing Through the Veil, the next step is feedback. I know already after this round of editing there is nothing I can make it better without feedback. My plan is to get a few readers to get feedback. Also, I want to send it to an editor to get professional feedback on. I have heard pros and cons about paying for a critique. The way I look at it is as seeing what I am doing well and what I am not. Then see what I can improve that I did okay and remove what I am doing bad and put it in a way that works with my strengths. I am not sure when I will be able to do the editor portion since it is pricey to do.

Writing Journal

I have had a writing journal for years that I rarely lose. Mostly, because I have so many other journals I use for specific projects. Also, a lot of the thoughts I would put in that journal I post on this blog in my weekly wrap-up. However, there are things I can’t write due to spoilers or ideas that I may or may not use. I think I am going to make it a priority to write in it once a month on what I am working on each month and new directions. Even if I am going to repeat some of the thoughts here on this blog I am okay.

It has bugged me for years that I don’t write in it more. So that will change. Not sure what I am going to write in it half the time, but I am usually good at figuring that out. If I end up writing in it more than once a month, that will be great. If it I stick just to once a month I am fine with that. I know that the more I write in it the more I will figure out the purpose it will serve me.

Break 1,500,000 Words

I have already written over One Million words. My last checking, I am at 1,300,000 some odd words. However, that is not taking in where my Editing for Seeing Through the Veil is up to and the words I have written for Pyre. So, it maybe closer to 1,400,000 words. At some point, I will update it and see how close I am to 1,500,000 words. If I am closer than I think, I may push this goal up. However, there is a reason why it is optional. I would like to reach it, but it is one of those goals if I get to it, that is awesome. It is more of a bonus goal instead of an actual goal.

That’s all for my goals for 2017, so far. What are your writing goals for the New Year? No Writing Wrap-up tomorrow, but here will be one next week. There will be a new Craft post on Friday. I still have no idea what it will be on, but I have some ideas.

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2016 Year in Review

Posted: December 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the last Weekly Writing Wrap-up. Well, it is a wrap-up but for the year instead of the week. 2016 was a very interesting year, and a very good year for writing. Even though I wasn’t always writing. Last year at this time, I was in the middle of writing the first draft of Seeing Through the Veil. I was starting to develop Forbidden Realm again for the first time in a while. Not like in the past where I would work on it for a few weeks (at most) make some progress and then get stuck and stop. Before I get too far, let me break this up into what I am going to cover in this post. That way I am not just going on and talking about everything and randomly.

Obviously, I need to talk about Seeing Through the Veil, Forbidden Realm, The Cluster, Development of Projects, and 2016 goals that I set for myself back in January (Read 2016 Goals post here).

I must start with Seeing Through the Veil. It just the right place to start. The fact it is the first full novel I have written since Marks of Eilira book 2, draft 1 a few years ago. It was goo to finish that book this year, especially since I had burnt myself out on Marks of Eilira for nearly eight years. It wasn’t just that, but it was nice to return to my first novel I ever wrote and had abandoned it due to many reasons, the foremost reason, I couldn’t get the story to work. Not a problem now.

The first draft isn’t the only thing I accomplished with this book. Draft 2 was started and then stopped and draft 2.1 was started, which I am about half away through. Hopefully, I will get to finish that draft around the same time I finished the first draft. (I hope not. I don’t want to be working on it for another month.) I have a better feeling for the book and the series. I look forward to getting it into the hands of others to get feedback and see what they have to say.

Since I will cover writing Pyre Book 1 of Forbidden Realm Trilogy, which is also covered under development, I’ll just move to development. Especially, since the rest of this other than my goals is development focused. The best part of this year is I got to flow of how I want to move forward on developing other projects and series. I don’t keep quiet about my desire to link all of my worlds together in a larger than life series. It has been something I have been working on for nearly as long as I have been working on Marks of Eilira. (Actually, Marks existed at least three years maybe four. Three seems right). Figuring out how I am going to develop these series or in what it is more likely is revamp is important. However, just because I develop a series doesn’t mean I am going to publish things in that order. More on that in a bit.

Since I am talking about my Multiverse or the Cluster I am currently calling it, has made great progress. While it was slow and in spurt’s, the progress is important. Part of never doing things like this before means mistakes or directions to be taken that I am not going in any longer or will, just a twist on the original idea. While I have pieces of what this story is going to be, I still really don’t know. That is why I recently decided to focus on developing this instead of another series. (The series I was going to develop before I made this decision was The Gathering). As important as this story is to be played out in the background of stories and not know what it is, has become unacceptable to me.

To give you a reason, when I started working on the Cluster, from my old Narthex ideas. I planned all stories I have in the works to be included. That was 21 different series of different lengths. After some reworking, I now have 18 series, not to mention the final wrap-up serie(s). Yes, you read that right. It could be a series or Series as more than one. I don’t know how all these stories fit into the larger story. I believe that they have a role either a large one or a small one. Thus far, I have been able to figure out how each one I have developed so far role. However, I can’t wait until I get to develop all 18. I would rather know which worlds will be part of the overall larger story and which stories I just want to tell that exist in the multiverse but won’t play a part. I am excited to figure this out. Especially, since I am considering an important part of what I have already figured out already.

That brings me to Forbidden Realm, my longest project in development. August 2000 is when I started working on it. It was a very different story back then. A rip off of DBZ and GT (Mostly the Evil Shenron Saga. I still find it funny that my main villain back then has found its away into the story again. This series has to be the most complicated story. I won’t go into why, but when I explain it to people I have to use visuals to make sure they get what I am saying. Regardless of that, I love what I have come up with in this year. Especially since I wanted this story to be tight as I could. Originally it was going to be two trilogies because I could not fit the story into three books. Still not sure how I did it, but when problems like that come up and my mind seems to work on them in the background until a solution has been found.

I think the most fun was revamping and really diving into the magic systems of this world. There are so many of them that it really was a lot of work to make them unique but keep to the original idea for each. I was able to do that and make them work. While I will say this, the magic systems aren’t that revolutionary, they do fit what I wanted them to be. This series was supposed to be a Manga/Anime when I started. I wanted them to be in line with that. If that doesn’t give you a direction of what the magic systems are supposed to be like, well two of the systems then the DBZ/GT ripoff should be the other clue.

With the development of this series was fun, writing it is just as fun if not more. It maybe something to do with finally writing this story after sixteen years of work on it. The other part I know is that one of my magic systems that has a large role in the story, mostly because it is one of the three that is introduced in the first book and very similar to another one that is sort of introduced in book 1. This magic system while I figured out how it works and trained to learn, what someone who is still in the early stages of the learning would be able to do with it was a mystery to me. Now that am writing it, I have to face that problem. I have and I got a lot of new ideas and thoughts how to keep it different from the other magic system that is like it. Continuing to write this book is what I look most going into 2017.

Speaking of 2017, I guess I should look back at my goals for 2016 and see how I did. You know, since this is a year in a review post. You may have noticed on the left side of this page a box that says Yearly Writing Goals.  I noticed that they were the ones for 2015. For some reason, I never posted 2016’s in there. Oh well. I will fix that for 2017. In case you didn’t go to my goals post for 2016 at the start of this post, here is the link again. 2016 Writing Goals. In that post, I go into more detail of each goal. If you want the details, go check the post, but here are the bullets of my goals.

  • Finish first draft of Seeing Through the Veil
  • Read
  • Write more words per day
  • Edit writing
  • More content for writing blog
  • Twitter
  • Develop 3-4 of my other writing projects
  • Write 2-3 Novels
  • More content for my Review Blog
  • Write and shoot some short films.

The first goal was completed. I didn’t read much, but I did listen to many audiobooks this year so I am going to count it as reading. However, I do need to get back into actual reading again. The write more words per day I got, well when I wrote. Still trying to get that writing everyday thing down again. However, with several schedule changes caused that as well not having another story to write after I finished Seeing Through the Veil.

I am editing now, so I am doing that, so another check. More content for this blog, I will say a yes and no. While I have done well with posting Weekly Writing Wrap-ups and the Craft Posts, I haven’t really done all that much else. Well, other than the random extra posts like preparing for NaNoWriMo. I am not sure how much more I can do on this blog at the moment so most likely I won’t be adding that to next years goals. So that is a partial check. Twitter, damn, I suck at that. Other than posting these posts. Does developing one series and partial development of one (The Gathering) and spurt’s on another series, count? Okay maybe not the 3-4 but I did develop so that is another partial check.

2-3 Novels. HA! That goal was quite ambitious of me. Probably didn’t think it would take me nearly 11 months to revamp Forbidden Realm. Review blog. Ha! HA! HA! HA! HA! I haven’t touched that all year. Not sure if I am going to keep that one. As for write and shoot short films didn’t even come close. Oh well.

I did accomplish some goals this year and not others. It is clear to me that I accomplished the goals I wanted to complete and worked on the areas that were important to me. Overall, I am happy with my progress this year. I look forward to 2017 to see how that will be and develop. Maybe I will finally have something completed and ready to publish by the end of the year.

That’s all, check back next week for my Goals for 2017 and my yearly rant on why New Year’s Resolutions are stupid.

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