Friday, 23 August 2013

The Division Report: August 23, 2013

Oh dear, I've really fallen off the wagon with my updates. I haven't done a new blog entry in over a fortnight. Things have been crazy personally here at my desk, but I shall try to make amends for it now...

Everyday I'm Editing: While it's taken a while to light the fire under my tuckas, I've finally started to the re-writes for Scarlet Siege. It's been a slow go, so far; only 6% complete, but I'm hoping with my hired editor's recommendations, things will go smoothly. However, I must confess, I've been thinking about The Prairie Fire Within, as well, and am contemplating doing some re-writing on it too. This is the problem when you have four books in the pile: you don't know which to work on first. Hopefully, my head will clear soon, and I can focus my attention on one particular project. Oh wait...

The Write Stuff: Normally after I've finished writing a first draft, I try to distance myself from the craft for a few weeks, so I can clear my head. Alas, that doesn't appear to be the case this month. While I should be taking a break post-Prairie Fire Within, my muse has struck me again with a special assignment, and personal request from someone. For those who follow me on Facebook, earlier this month it was announced that I have entered into a new personal relationship. As a token of my love for her, I have called upon C.D. Melley once again to pen an exclusive short story. Here's the kicker, while I usually have a month to write my stories, this time around I've given myself a stricter deadline: two weeks. I am currently on Day 3 of the project, and the present, I have written 2,000 words for it. My completion goal is September 4th. The work is currently untitled, but since it's being written for only one person, I don't think a title is that crucial, is it?

Reading is Fun-damental: Needless to say with my new relationship, real life, and this special project, my reading has fallen by the wayside again. I do have two books currently on the go on my Kobo. The first is a tale about a homeless guy living on the streets of London, England, entitled Getting Lucky by Craig Anderson. It's been an alright read so far, but it hasn't really captured me as of yet. But, I'm the type of guy where if I starts reading something, I'll stick with it until the end. It takes a lot for me to abandon a book I'm reading.

The other on my reading shelf is the second book by my good friend, Christa Simpson. Twist and Turn is the latest installment of  her "Twisted" trilogy, and I named the book as this year's "birthday read." I'm curious to see what lies ahead for Edwin and Abigail... and I'm hoping to get started on it in the next couple of weeks. (Please don't hate me, Christa?)

That's all that has been going on the past few weeks. But, before I go, I have a proposition for the loyal readers to this blog. Recently, my dear friend, Danielle Taylor, overcame her stage fright, and posted on her Facebook Author/Fan Page a short video of her fielding questions from her fans. That got me to thinking, and I'm throwing this out to you, my fans: What would you say to me doing the same, and posting a vlog for my next entry. If you're interested, here's how I suggest we do it...

If you have any questions about my writing, or my works-in-progress: whether it be about my Gary Celdom series, C.D. Melley questions, or anything else about my writing, please leave a message on my Facebook Author/Fan Page; which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasJMcLeodAuthor, or if you don't have Facebook, leave your questions on Gary's special Twitter account: @TorontoPhoenix. I'll take your submissions for the next week if you're interested, and the five best ones will be answered by yours truly on this special vlog edition of The Division Report; which I promise will be posted during the Labour Day Weekend here in North America.

Thank you everyone for sticking by me, and you'll not only hear from me, but see me next week.

Friday, 2 August 2013

The Division Report: August 2, 2013

Greetings, everyone. My apologies for not posting an entry last week. Things had gotten quite busy between real-life commitments and "C.D.'s" drive to finish his novel. Speaking of which...

The Write Stuff: July is over, C.D. How did you make out?

It was a nail biter to get The Prairie Fire Within completed by midnight this past Wednesday. However, I was able to finish the first draft at 2 in the morning on the 31st. The final word count was 50,155 words. Now, I'm going to take a few days off to enjoy the long weekend before I start editing.

Way to go, C.D. I hope you can relax this weekend and start with a fresh editing mind come Tuesday.

Reading is Fun-damental: Surprisingly enough, I've gotten back into the habit of firing up the Kobo and reading. Recently, I was gifted a copy of Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson. The book is the first of a trilogy involving a pair of high school kids who are a part of a secret order preparing for an upcoming war at the end of the year. During the day they're normal humans, but at night, they morph into these Dark creatures who possess paranormal powers.

I'll admit, this is the first paranormal book I've read in recent memory, but I have to admit I enjoyed it. The pacing was good; however, the chapter set-up was different than what I was accustomed to; each telling the story from either of the two main Dark characters. But, despite that, the pacing was excellent. If paranormal tales, with a bit of a love story twist, is your thing, I suggest picking it up. Rating: 4/5

Every Day I'm Editing: Well, it's taken weeks on end, but I was finally able to arrange a meeting with my M.I.A. editor to discuss my first novel Scarlet Siege. While the version she received was an earlier version (I had made a round of edits since I previously saw her), her recommendations were that I need to make a few more revisions. Characters need to be tweaked a little, and there needs to be more action added to break up the long dialogue stretches. I'm hoping to get started with those revisions next week. As for when it will be re-released, that's up in the air. In the meantime, she has since received the revised version of Barbadian Backlash, so hopefully she won't be as brutal with it as she was with "Siege".

That's all for now from my desk. The next time you'll hear from me I will be a year older, as my birthday is slated for this coming Sunday. Alas, I don't have a gift to give everyone like I did last year. But, if you are thinking of bequeathing anything to me for the occasion, just one tip: gift cards for Tim Hortons and DavidsTea will earn you brownie points. See you next week.