I used to run a few times a week – not crazy running, just, you know, normal guy huffing and puffing along. The most I’ve ever run was about 20k at a stretch, and that only once every couple of years just to build up to it. A normal run for me is between 8 and 12km. The great thing about running is that my mind gets so completely bored and my body so desperate for relief that I end up coming up with story ideas. Almost all of Traitor’s Blade was written in my head long before I put pen to paper, all while jogging around the park, laughing at my own jokes and crying at the sad scenes as I thought them up. Sure, people looked at me funny, but so what? I got a book out of it.
Archives for June 2018
Back at home base for the summer months until my next European book tour in September. Usually Vancouver is remarkably lovely in June, but this time around it’s been a bit rainy.
Some interesting facts about Vancouver:
- Vancouver is the third largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York. Okay, so you probably knew that already.
- But I’ll bet you didn’t know that our Stanley Park is a massive 1001 acre urban oasis 10% larger than New York’s Central Park. Suck it, New York.
- Vancouver has the mildest climate in Canada. Although, it receives on average, 1,589mm of rain per year. It’s also probably the place where people complain about the climate the most.
Oh, and it’s highly likely we’re infested by vampires. And elves. Vampire elves?
Soulbinder is the fourth book in the Spellslinger series.
Story Journals are where I talk about the writing of the books I’m working on. I update these with the latest content at the top, so start from the bottom if this is new to you.
August 15th, 2018 – Soulbinder is Done!
Kellen’s fourth adventure is complete! This was one heck of a hard book to write. Trying to balance light and darkness in a novel has never been quite this challenging. Kellen’s not the same innocent teen he was in the first books, but I needed him to discover that even when he thinks he’s ready to abandon his principles, that annoying Argosi training (and the influence of a certain squirrel cat), keep haunting him and pushing him to find the right path.
August 10th, 2018 – The Proof
The proofing stage is only supposed to be about minor tweaks to formatting, fixing the occasional spelling error, and maybe – maybe – changing a line or two. Guess I should’ve warned the poor proofreader that I was going to yet again change entire chapters . . . One day I’m going to get in real trouble for this.
July 24, 2018 – The Copyedit
The copyedit is only supposed to be about fixing sentences and maybe the occasional paragraph. So I guess I should have warned my excellent copyeditor that I’d be adding entire chapters . . .
July 15, 2018 – Rewriting Act 4
The last act of a book for me is all about connecting the climactic events of the plot to both the emotional journey of the main character and the underlying themes of the novel – making them come out in surprising ways. One of my favourite moments here is with Butelios, a character who was never supposed to be all that important but who kept coming back and finding his way onto the page. I think it’s because I once met someone just like him on the train to Luxembourg; an unexpected friend at just the right time.
June 13, 2018 – Rewriting Act 3
Kellen’s about to discover that even after losing that which is most precious to you, there’s always another shoe left to drop…
June 3, 2018 – Rewriting Act 2
Two years on the road with a snarky Argosi gambler and a homicidal squirrel cat has seriously challenged Kellen’s ability to get along with others…