Keeping Score Pt. 2

Book 2 Revisited

The second book is moving along. I missed a few regular writing sessions from not feeling well and from attending a convention one weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed the convention and talked with interesting people excited about books. It was inspiring and a little frightening. There are a lot of talented people putting their books (and other works) on display. Making the rounds with an eye toward a table of my own in the future fired up some new ideas. I’ve got some work to do to be ready for a convention.

Time to get back to the hammering out Book #2!

Back to the Forge

I revised the “origin” myth for the Tuarsahzi to smooth out a few rough edges and tighten up the cadence. The “story poem” that I need to setup the epic villain took about 1400 words, but that was largely inevitable given it is a complete story unto itself. A few updates to an earlier short background piece gave me one chapter nearly complete. Another earlier piece on a Tuarsahzi king will be an appendix to the main story. I plan to make it available on the site as well.

As is, the second book breaks down into 23 chapters including the two epic poem sections. That will change as I get into the meat of the project, of course, but it’s a benchmark. Each chapter has the scenes outlined now, with the epic poems complete (but open to revision).

Unlike the first book , the plan is to incorporate different scenes into individual chapters. For Orchids Ablaze, I intended each chapter to stand as a scene with the chapter headers indicating the passage of time between them. I may end up with that structure on the 2nd book, but I want to challenge myself a bit. I look forward to discovering more about the characters, especially the new characters on both sides.


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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