Keeping Score Pt. 1

First book: Orchids Ablaze

In the first installment of the Lodge of the Wolf series, I tried some things outside of what I think of as a “standard” format. The poem/prophecies were one and the chapter heading quotes were another. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then grab a copy of the book! Go ahead, I don’t mind waiting…. ….

Welcome back! The idea was to have the different prophecies highlight the action and add depth to the story, even if their relevance wasn’t obvious up front. I’m planning to carry the poem/prophecy segments forward into the new book. I’m still on the fence with regard to the chapter quotes. I’ll have to see who “talks to me” when I get into the actual writing.

Enter Book #2

For those of you keeping score at home, I have several possible book titles wandering around in my story notes. I’ll wait until the story gels more to pick a working title and ultimately the final. I have a pretty good idea of where the plot is headed and the initial structure put together. I’m somewhere around 98% complete with the first new “poetry installment” for the second book. This time it’s a legend from the early days of the Tuarsahzi meant to deepen the background of my favorite desert dwellers. After revision #5 or so, it’s about 1200 words and it’s time to move on.

You’ll see more posts (and polls) as I dig into the story!


Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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