I had to push the word count upwards, since I passed 90,000 words with quite a bit of story left to tell! I’m adding an extra chapter, #19, and that will be the end. I hope…
I’ve thought of an idea for a new book, which I’m not quite ready to talk about. But I will say it is a historical fantasy subject. I have a bit of research to do before I make up my mind, and of course I have to be able to think of a title. For some reason that part is pretty important to me. I always make up the title before I start writing!

Down to the last three chapters, and this is the build-up to the finish.  Only I’m having doubts now, that my exciting action chapter is exciting enough.  It seemed so, when I was writng the chapter synopsis, like five months ago.  But now I am not so sure.  So I have to sit down and reevaluate the arc of the story, and maybe add in another battle…

I hate it when this happens.

Not  helped by the fact I’ve had the flu all week, and haven’t been able to do much of anything other than try to keep warm through some truly horrible weather.  Now in New Zealand, at least the part I live in, there is no such thing as central heating, so staying warm isn’t as trivial as it sounds.

At least it isn’t going to snow today…

ist2_2831963-punch-cardThe progress bar for Summermoon Fire continues to inch over, and I finished chapter fourteen last night.  Unfortunately I didn’t get quite to the end of the allotted amount of story, so I might have to add a chapter to the end.  I’m aiming for 90-95k words.  My present publisher, Mushroom Ebooks, is evaluating the first book in this series, Wintermoon Ice, right now, but I don’t know if they will pick it up or not.

So the end is in sight, and I am really not sure where I am going after that.  Part of me says I have finished (or mostly finished) six books in the last four years, and maybe I should be taking a break?  I’d like to go back to school for awhile, and study a foreign language, or possibly update my job skills.  I have a minor in computer science, from the days when you input programs by punch cards.  I’d have to do practically a whole new degree to get up to speed on that, but it would be challenging.


I could start a new book, perhaps in a different genre.  I’m not tired of fantasy, exactly, but sometimes I think it’s too easy to get caught in the same old storyline ruts.  I’m wondering about doing a sweeping historical fiction, a la Leon Uris, about some heretofore unvisited portion of human events.  Doing the research would be a lot of fun.


I also like the idea of writing geographical fiction, where the setting becomes the main character and people come and go across the landscape.  I don’t know if anyone has ever done such a book, and if they haven’t, I can guess why.  Most people would probably want to read a satisfying story arc about other people, not a mountain or river.  But still, I find the idea appealing, maybe because I have a degree in geography.

I’d have to publish either of the other two books under a different name, so as not to confuse the people who associate Suzanne Francis (which isn’t my real name, BTW) with fantasy.

Decisions, decisions…

Otago Harbor

I got some good writing done this weekend, despite the nice weather.  I also went for a bike ride along a path by the Otago Harbor, which was very pretty, but full of other cyclists, most of whom seemed to be under age 8.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it is awesome for little kids to be out getting exercise, but as a beginning bike rider myself, it is pretty scary having to dodge erratically weaving tots on bikes.  But it was a good learning experience for me.  Today I plan to take my bike on a longer ride, down on the Taieri plain, and it should be quiet.  I hope…

I am now about halfway through with Chapter 13 of Summermoon Fire.  I’m pretty happy with the story so far, but very few others have seen my efforts so it is difficult to know if I am proceeding on the right track.  I prefer to finish books before allowing them to be critiqued, mostly because of my habit of working backwards in some respects.  I like to salt the details of plot twists after I finish the main story, and that makes it difficult for anyone who looks at the book halfway to get a firm grip on the plot.

But already I’m thinking…

What comes next?

More on that in my next entry!

Dan Quayle

The title isn’t really true.  I just wanted to paraphrase one of my all time favorite political doofuses (uh doofi?) Dan Quayle.

Some good progress today on Summermoon Fire after a horrible week of struggling over two or three sentences. I wonder sometimes if it is better to give up, or keep on pushing myself. On the one hand it is a waste of time to sit at the computer hour after hour, waiting for inspiration, and mostly just scanning the headlines on Google news. But on the other hand, if I hadn’t sat down today, then I wouldn’t have been visited by Chloe, my lovely muse.

The main thing is I managed to finish the sticky chapter, and now I get to move into fresh territory.

I’ve been stuck for a couple of days with Summermoon Fire, on a knotty problem of time travel (don’t you just hate those?) and the identification of a certain child.  I’d thought I would be able to use paternity testing, but it turns out it wasn’t at all reliable in the 1950’s.  In fact, only with modern DNA analysis methods did paternity testing become a sure bet.  In the 50’s accuracy was estimated at 30%.  I found out most of this on Wikipedia, which continues to be my first source for arcane but useful bits of information.

But now I have another way round my difficulties, I hope.  You will be able to tell by whether or not the word counter moves!

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Here in sunny Dunedin, we have Thanksgiving on the Sunday before or after the American holiday, because no one gets the day off, and there is no football to watch.  No turkey either.  I baulk at spending $60 for a ten pound bird, which is what they cost here.  We had a couple of roast chickens instead, not quite as nice, but much, much more affordable.  Also baked sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping, green beans with bacon, a whole pan full of sausage and bread stuffing, regular potatoes and a green salad.  There were eleven of us sitting down to dinner, and not a lot left over at the end.  Except for dirty dishes of course.  🙂

I love Thanksgiving though.  It is definitely my favorite occasion of the year!  All the fun of a family get together, without the hassle of trying to find presents for everyone.

Just finished chapter 2 of Summermoon Fire, and will start Ch 3 tomorrow once my son goes off to school.  I am looking forward to a little peace and quiet after having a house full of people today.

I know it’s hard to tell, but my word counter has moved! Yesterday I was laying about, feeling awful from a runny nose/sore throat/cold thingy, when inspiration struck…

I figured out where to go with Summermoon Fire, and I managed to synopsize eighteen chapters before the end of the day.

Gotta love it!

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The last book of Song of the Arkafina will be out November 17th, all being well with Fictionwise.  This has taken a long time to happen, and I am pleased.  I am not sure which direction I am heading in at the moment.  I have recently started on Summermoon Fire, but haven’t gotten to the point where I felt I could update the progress bar.  I am still in the planning/synopses stage basically, and I am having trouble bringing the two parts of the story in line with each other.  It deals with the same characters, Suvi in the past and Tessa in the present.  Both will face new danger and heartache.  But whereas Tessa’s story will span just a few months, Suvi’s story covers many years.  Kind of difficult to integrate.

I am working on a couple of ideas though.  🙂

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Almost exactly three months to the day I started writing, the first draft of Wintermoon Ice is done! Yaya!  I had actually planned to make it a little longer, but I when I finished a certain paragraph, all of a sudden it felt complete. I kept trying to add things after that point, and it just didn’t work.

Now I have to put it away for a couple of weeks, until I can look at it with a little bit of objectivity.  In the meantime, school holidays approach, meaning the house will be noisy and crowded.  Probably not the best time to start the sequel, Summermoon Fire.  But maybe I can write a short story or two…

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