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Thursday, February 28, 2013

112,559 words shy of the mark

Treb 
Not sure how I did it, but I finished writing on my book the very last day of the month after my personal NaNo. I am very excited and feel that the books ending is good. Now starts the rigorous process of editing it and refining it into something that I would feel is alright to show to an editor.

As you should know from reading my blog....you do read it I hope.....this project started out with such a simple notion.
Master Koda Select Publishing  held a contest for short fiction. They required a short story to be less than 10k words to be considered for the contest. I have never been good at that short of a fiction, but I decided to give it a try. I reached 10k words and realized the story hadn't even started. I spent about a week trying to manipulate the story, trimming it down to fit into the 10k words. It just wasn't going to happen. Once I admitted defeat on that I gave up on the contest, but not the story. It intrigued me and I have learned one thing about myself, if a story keeps my interest in telling, it deserves to be told. The next step should be obvious, I decided to continue writing it. To encourage myself I began a personal goal, to achieve the 50k words in a month that is standard for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or sometimes just NaNo. Beginning in January I started writing each day so that I could reach this goal. To make it more important in my mind, I started blogging my numbers so that I would have to own up to falling behind, or cheer when I got ahead.

After two months of writing, with one week off for vacation, I finished the novels first run. The story took turns and changes I never thought of at first. To those who do not write you may not understand this, but when writing a fictional story you will start with a notion of how the story will go and often that path gets skewed in wonderful ways that adds so much to the story that you find yourself getting lost in your own words. Its like it has a life of its own and you are just the fingers being used by the story to make sure it gets told. I had characters that I intended on being just guest shots turn into main characters. My villain and hero changed places entirely, and I was even able to throw in a real life friend into the story as a special character that I know she and all readers will fall in love with.

I was worried that forcing myself to write each day would drag the story down and leave it will pointless filler than I would end up extracting in the long run. Boy was I wrong. I sat down each day and found more to write that was pertinent to the story. Sometimes I had no idea what I was going to write that day and I found a little character developing moment to add in that was so much fun that I wanted to add more and more. Or, I did have a thought of what I wanted to add but it would be a small, yet important part. To make it stand out better and continue writing I would write around it to give the moment more reality and character. I finished without the idea that any part was frivolous and would be easily extracted in editing. This excites me to no end.


The bubble wand that inspired the story 
So, after all this time, my little 10k word submission ended at 122,559 words, just 112,559 words over the limit. I am so glad that I did not just log this away as a failure and not write. It has been a joy and the next step will be that much more fun to take care of. Editing is hard work, and sometimes terribly boring, but when you are done each day you really leave with the feeling of making your work just that much better. I am not sure if this book is even worth reading, or that I will have something worthy of publication, but I certainly had a lot of fun writing it and the characters will be with me forever.



Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ---------13,434 words

Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.)

Day 15: 1,461 words
Day 16: 4,058 words
Day 17: 3,242 words
Day 18: 3,203 words
Day 19: 2,824 words
Day 20: 2,719 words
Day 21: 2,081 words
Week 3------ 19,588 words ( 47,536 total)

Day 22: 1,466 words
Day 23: 0 (book signing)
Day 24: 2,394 words
Day 25: 2,083 words
Day 26: Lazy
Day 27: 3,318 words
Day 28: 1,030 words
Week4-----    10,291 words ( 57,827 total)
Day 29 2,692 words
Day 30: 900 words
Day 31: 2,070 words
End  63,489 words
 (Book total at this point: 76,477 words)

Month 2
Day 1: 1,218 words
Day 2: 3,740 words
Day 3: 3,115 words
Day 4: 1,279 words
Day 5: 2,367 words
Day 6: 1,491 words
Day 7: 2,571 words
Week 1.2----- 15,781 words ( 93,789 book total.)

Day 8: 1,381 words
Day 9-15 Vacation: 0 words
Day 16: 2,651 words
Day 17: 2,146 words
Day 18: 1,805 words
Day 19: 2,193 words
Day 20: 1,384 words
Week total-- 11,560 words ( 103,967 book total)

Week 4:
Day 21: 1,218 words
Day 22: 2,009 words
Day 23: 1,614 words
Day 24: 2,615 words
Day 25: 2,003 words
Day 26: 2,851 words
Day 27: 2,149 words
Week Total----- 14,459 words (118,224 total)


Final Day: 4,335 words

Grand Total: 122,559 words 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Embroidery

Stepping away from my recent update posts I decided to post something completely different. 

Been stitching a lot lately. It all started when I finally got around to finishing my Dragon piece a couple weeks back. I am also involved in a round robin sampler with my EGA interest group. ( a round robin sampler for those uniformed: We all got a long piece of linen and put that in a plain paper bag with our name on a card inside the bag. On that card we put colors and styles we either like or do not want. Then we pass the bag around the room, each month it changes to a new hand. Each month we all stitch onto whoevers sampler we got. In time, once the bags have been passed around to everyone, we get them back and see what they look like. During the passing, we don't tell each other what we are doing and don't show it to anyone. Now you are informed....if that made any sense.) I thought I might share what I have been doing with you. 

You should recognize the dragon I am talking about, I have posted about its construction for some time. This is the final product that should go to the framers. Notice that the piece is sort of wrinkled, that is because it has been rolled up since I finished it to keep it clean and safe. When it goes to the framers they will straighten it out through the stretching and lacing to frame it. 


Keeping in the same thought of finishing my pieces I found a little music instrument ornament I started some time back and never finished, so I finished it. 





Then I had an idea. I decided to stitch on some pieces that I might use to give away as prizes in contests to help promote the book. What better to promote a novel about stitching than with some embroidery. So, I stitched these two Chinese symbols and will have them framed for a future give away. (Yes, I am aware that my characters are Japanese, not Chinese, but aren't these pretty.)




To keep my fingers limber, and my ADHD mind focused, I stitch while I am in class at church on Wednesday evenings. I found a nice little free pattern online and have played around with it. 


Stitch in Peace.
                                                                                                     

                                                                                            

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Update week 3 of month 2. Music


Well, week 3 is done. With the void numbers from vacation, I got a little confused. So, I decided it was time for an update and that I will simply post what I have so far. I am getting close to the end and it is hard to  write some days. But, I will write every day. 


For this update post I will talk about music. I know that I have mentioned this before, but music is one of the most important elements of my books. Often I find the most vivid inspiration from music. A song, an instrumental, a symphony, any form of music can help tell a story. Sometimes it can be the story itself. I think of movies and how that a great epic would be half as impressive without the music. I went to see Les Miserables and though I have heard the music a hundred times, seen the plan several times, and know the story well. Yet, when the finale came, the music brought out in me a joyful sorrow that was deep. For this book I have relied on several different sources of music. For the beginning I listened to some Irish dance music that made me think of a simple fairy tale, for that was my original intentions. Then I broadened the story and began to listen to The Darkside of Chant. After some time I started to write to the soundtrack for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Of course, several other pieces always come and go as I listen and write, Copland's Appalachian Spring  always seems to come up as I write as I love that piece of music. 
Vita Brevis, Ars Longa 

While I ride in the car for long trips, such as the one I was on earlier this month, I will listen to the music and just sit and imagine. Nothing more. But, oh the wonders I have crafted in my mind to the music. Love scenes, epic battles, sorrow filled tragedies, music has a way of inspiration that I feel nothing truly compares to. Often when I finish with a book, each main character has a theme song that I wrote to. A piece of music that each time I listen to it I can see them in it. Not a story per se, but their personality, their emotions, their growth. 

Sometimes I wonder...what would be my theme song. What would remind people of me. Consider that yourself. What piece of music tells your story? 

Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ---------13,434 words

Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.)

Day 15: 1,461 words
Day 16: 4,058 words
Day 17: 3,242 words
Day 18: 3,203 words
Day 19: 2,824 words
Day 20: 2,719 words
Day 21: 2,081 words


Week 3------ 19,588 words ( 47,536 total)
Day 22: 1,466 words
Day 23: 0 (book signing)
Day 24: 2,394 words
Day 25: 2,083 words
Day 26: Lazy
Day 27: 3,318 words
Day 28: 1,030 words
Week4-----    10,291 words ( 57,827 total)


Day 29 2,692 words
Day 30: 900 words
Day 31: 2,070 words
End  63,489 words
 (Book total at this point: 76,477 words)

Month 2
Day 1: 1,218 words
Day 2: 3,740 words
Day 3: 3,115 words
Day 4: 1,279 words
Day 5: 2,367 words
Day 6: 1,491 words
Day 7: 2,571 words
Week 1.2----- 15,781 words ( 93,789 book total.)


Day 8: 1,381 words
Day 9-15 Vacation: 0 words
Day 16: 2,651 words
Day 17: 2,146 words
Day 18: 1,805 words
Day 19: 2,193 words
Day 20: 1,384 words 
Week 3------- 11,560 words 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Update week 2 month 2: Nothing

Okay, so I made a mistake. I went on a vacation and left my book at home. I know that is horrible, but it happens. I thought I had it saved with me so that I could write while on vacation, but I got here and did not have it. So.....no numbers update this week.

Though, I am getting to a climactic part of the story and a little time to think and collect myself before writing it might do me some good. At least that is the excuse I am telling myself to make it seem less of an issue.

I am on my way home soon and will get back to it as soon as I can. Promise.

On another note: One of my favorite Facebook games is closing by the end of this month. It was announced a few days back and I am sad. It's Clash: Rise of Heroes. You should know of that from my Bark stories considering I wrote the character and storyline based on the Clash game. The game creators/developers have come to the conclusion that the game isn't making enough money and are bringing it to a swift close. Does this mean the end of Bark? Not sure. I still want to write his story and one of the creators has given me the right to publish it via Kindle as long as I make the ebooks permanently free. So, Bark may survive this cancellation. I am sad mostly because Clash was a very good game, not just another farmville knockoff that clutters Facebook. It had real strategy, smart ideas, and a fresh look at a classic genre. But, smart, fresh, and classic are not words associated with many FB games and I guess the public just didn't see in it what I saw. Fortunately there is a glimmer of hope, the developers are considering a future reincarnation of the game in some way that is not FB related. But, for now, as of Feb 28th, the game will close up shop.

Goodbye Clash, thanks for the memories.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Dream Project Blog-hop

Hey everyone, this is my blog post for the Dream Project blog hop. If you have not been keeping up with these great blog posts, go back to the beginning and start with day one here 

I was lucky enough to be part of this on day 11, which happens to be today. For this blog hop post, I am going to be answering all the questions with my book The Crystal Needle, in mind. If you have not read the book......well....you need to. Either way, this should give you some insight on what I think of the book and how I would like to see it become something more. Please enjoy.

Here are the questions with my answers in blue. Check often, I have linked names and titles to websites to help you learn more about the answers. Plus, where the music questions are concerned, the links jump you to youtube videos so that you can hear the music that is in my answer.

You have the opportunity to hire anybody as your cover artist. Who would you hire? Greg Hildebrant. The twin brothers of Greg and Tim Hildebrant became synonymous with fantasy and sci-fi in the twentieth century. Their work is by far some of the most recognizable pieces of artwork produced for genre work like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons and many many others. Unfortunately we lost Tim a few years back, but Greg is still at it. To even have a sketch done for my book by him would be something that I would treasure forever. 


Who would you co-write your next novel with? Why genre? Why? William Shatner. Sci-ci. The 'why' has several reasons. First I have always wanted to publish a Star Trek novel. If Bill Shatner put his name on it, it would be published. Second, I love his series that began with The Ashes of Eden in the Star Trek fiction realm. I never fully respected him as an author until I read that series and saw the kind of character development I want to see in a good Star Trek novel. 




Your publisher wants to do an audiobook version of your novel and they're not sparing any expense. Who do you think can narrate your masterpiece? Ann Margret. The book begins with the idea that it is being told by Elsabethe. For that reason I would want the story to be told through a kind sound female voice. Ann Margret, to me, has the right voice for the role. 

They're really going all out! Your novel is getting a full soundtrack. Who should compose it?
Nobuo Uematsu/Salena Gomez. Uematsu is one of the best symphonic composers today, in my humble opinion, and I believe he could bring out the feel of the book with an edge. The book is also set with a love story that hearkens to a Disney-ish setting and I think that Salena Gomez's style of music would appeal to a large part of the audience.


 If your novel uses a lot of songs, list your compilation here. 


1: Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland 
2: Dream by Miley Cyrus (One particular scene was written with this music in mind.)
3: Requiem (The Fifth) by Trans Siberian Orchestra (good battle scene music.)
4: Naturally by Salena Gomez (This was kind of the theme song for Allison.)

Congratulations! Your novel is being turned into a major motion picture. As the creator of the original work, you get to pick the director. For a live action version, I would have to pick Peter Jackson, as I know he will follow the story well. But, I feel that this book would do well as a cartoon under the direction of Hayao Miyazaki


The director has some ideas on who to cast, but you get to cast one character. What role/character is it and who portrays them? Meryl Streep would play Adel. If you have not read the book, Adel is the adversary. She is a strong, willful, power hungry woman who believes herself to be worthy of dominion over all mankind. She has an air of confidence about her that is always present. Between a few of Meryl Streeps characters, and the understanding that as an actress she is able to assume just about any character, I know she would make the part come alive. 


You've been hired to write a novel based on a preexisting character or franchise from another medium. Which character or franchise is it? Star Trek. I have already written a small series of books in this universe and would give just about anything to have them published. (Yeah, I know, my fanboy is showing.)

It's the anniversary of your favorite literary character's debut. You've been hired (yay, work!) to write an anniversary novel. Who is the literary character? Okay, fanboy showing up again. Guinan. If you don't know who that is, watch Star Trek The Next Generation and look for the multiple cameo's of Whoopi Goldberg. I grew up loving that character and believing she could have an awesome story. So, if I got to put my pen to paper for that, I would gladly do so. 

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Well, that is all of the questions and answers. Feel free to comment to let me know what you think. This is certainly not the end of the hop, it continues tomorrow with http://www.crimsonflowerreview.com/ So, go on by and see what they have to say about the questions. Keep our dream alive, read often. 

Dan

Friday, February 8, 2013

Update week 1 and artwork.

Hello all. It is the end of week 1 of my February extension on my NaNo. I added quite a bit so far and moved the story along. I found myself hesitating to write a certain scene. I could not explain why but it felt the same as when I have writers block. Yet, I knew what I wanted to write and how. Then it hit me, the scene is a pivotal scene in the book where one of the heroes is captured by the bad guy. It is a frightening scene for the person who is captured and, frankly, I was reluctant to write it. But, I got through my reluctance and got it over with. The story now stands on the precipice of the final battle and I am going to have to put a lot of thought and time into making it live up to my expectations.

For todays post, I am going to step aside from talking about this book but some general philosophy. I wanted to show you some art. A friend of mine is a fan of a hunky model's fan page. The model is Colin Wayne who was very nice to talk to over the PM about this and was genuinely appreciative when I gave him the drawing. I am not the type to drool after a male model, but I do like finding images of them to draw into characters. I really had no outlet for a drawing of him, I have enough pics of my characters at this time. But, without practice the art gets rusty.  So, I found a pic of his on his page and used it to draw him as a cat.

The philosophy behind this is that we must always practice our arts. Be they musical, visual art, written, dance, etc. As authors, we can get into the mindset that we must only write what we intend to publish some day. You might argue that you write a journal or blog and that is different, but it is not practice at your art. I write all the time, even when I never intend to publish the work. I have a whole series of Star Trek novels that I know full well will be a movement of God to get published because of how difficult it is to break into that industry, but I still write them. I have stories like the Bark and Ashinaga stories I write with the understanding that at most they will be posted on here for  free. I did not create them to impress readers, if I had they would probably be better. I wrote them to keep my fingers and mind writing.

The same goes for my drawing. I have always drawn for the fun of it. I have never intended to become an artist of visual works with the idea of selling it for money. The only reason I make sure the copywrite is known and I try to keep track of the viewers is I do not want the art take and used in ways that would offend me.

This is a double of the drawing and Colin Wayne .
For the drawing of this model, Colin Wayne, I pushed myself to adopt more of his face into the character. Often my big cat men have a similar face and that is on purpose. The regular big cat is Asahina Miyagi from another story-line and so those pics have a similar face, its the same person. But, for this piece that was not the case. If you want, check out the models facebook page, Colin Wayne is a formerly wounded soldier, veteran, father, husband, athlete and a great looking guy.

Here is a full pic of the drawing. Note the lack of a tattoo on his upper arm.,
 he still has it  it's just covered in a lot of fur. 



I gave him the rights to the picture. If you want to use it you are going to have to speak with him. http://www.facebook.com/colinwayneofficial

As for the word count totals:

Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ------------------------------------ 13,434 words
Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------------------------------------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.)
Day 15: 1,461 words
Day 16: 4,058 words
Day 17: 3,242 words
Day 18: 3,203 words
Day 19: 2,824 words
Day 20: 2,719 words
Day 21: 2,081 words
Week 3------------------------------------ 19,588 words ( 47,536 total)
Day 22: 1,466 words
Day 23: 0 (book signing)
Day 24: 2,394 words
Day 25: 2,083 words
Day 26: Lazy
Day 27: 3,318 words
Day 28: 1,030 words
Week4--------------------------------------- 10,291 words ( 57,827 total)
Day 29 2,692 words
Day 30: 900 words
Day 31: 2,070 words
End---------------------------------------- 63,489 words  (Book total at this point: 76,477 words)
Month 2
Day 1: 1,218 words
Day 2: 3,740 words
Day 3: 3,115 words
Day 4: 1,279 words
Day 5: 2,367 words
Day 6: 1,491 words
Day 7: 2,571 words




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Update of NaNo and request

Hello all. As I said before, I am continuing my daily word count so that I can show you my progress. The truth is, I need to show you as a guilt mechanism on my head to make me sit and write every day. If you are not an author, and perhaps if you are, you may not understand why authors would need a guilt trip to write. It has been that way for centuries, not all authors are avid, sit-a-day writers that relish putting words to paper (or computer, table, stone, etc.) In fact, some of the most famous writers in history have used guilt style methods to get them to write. Victor Hugo used to go into his writing office, undress to his skin, pass his clothes out to his servants with instructions to not given them back until he had written a certain amount. My advice to writers is this; do not let yourself feel less of an author because you have to guilt yourself into putting words into your story. If someone who is recognized as a legendary author like Victor Hugo had to do it, then I see nothing wrong with it. Besides, once I sit down and start writing, I realize just how much I love it. For reasons beyond my comprehension, when an author steps away from actual writing, something in his/her brain starts to explain why they shouldn't write. Don't listen to that voice, and if you do, guilt is always available in many ways.

For this post I want to ask a favor of everyone who reads this. Help. My sales have fallen off into a pit. I sold one and had one borrowed in January, and so far the total is 0 for February as we close in on the end of the first week of this month. I need some external help. I have been posting rather sexy pics of some of my characters in celebration of Valentines. Along with the pic is a little advertisement for the book including a link. I know it's a little shameless, but no advertising company has ever been blamed for humility and high levels of discretion. These pics have been posted on my FB page for the book, if you don't follow that yet, then by all means do so, click the link here .....I'll give you a moment......anyone heard any good jokes lately......done? Okay, we can continue.

Why I decided to use sexy pics as advertising is simple, my book has an overtone of love. I will hesitate to call it a romance novel because I don't feel it rightly fights into that genre. And, to be honest, I don't want it to. But, with Valentines come up and a lot of gifts being bought, I am suggesting that a book be made into a gift. How you can help is to share the pics from the page and invite people to get the book, share the pics themselves, and/or join the FB page. Besides, it might be a fun way to celebrate Valentines on your own page.

Oh, and please don't just copy/paste or share them from here. The ones on my FB page already have the advertisement written into them. If you don't want to share the pics, you may share the book if you would be so kind. HERE is the link to that.


And, since you are all such nice, wonderful, kind, beautiful,.....punctual (Hey I am not that good at the whole buttering up thing.) people, I am going to throw in a work in progress pic that will be posted in the next few days.  (Did I mention the shameless part of this?)

Okay, that's enough. He's part dog, he does enough drooling on his own. 

As for my update, here are the totals so far: 

Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2:    585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ------------------------------------ 13,434 words
Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------------------------------------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.)
Day 15: 1,461 words
Day 16: 4,058 words
Day 17: 3,242 words
Day 18: 3,203 words
Day 19: 2,824 words
Day 20: 2,719 words
Day 21: 2,081 words
Week 3------------------------------------ 19,588 words ( 47,536 total)
Day 22: 1,466 words
     Day 23: 0 (book signing)
Day 24: 2,394 words
Day 25: 2,083 words 
Day 26:             Lazy
Day 27: 3,318 words
Day 28: 1,030 words
Week 4--------------------------------------- 10,291 words ( 57,827 total)
Day 29 2,692 words
Day 30:   900 words
Day 31: 2,070 words
End of first month---------------------------------------- 63,489 words  (Book total so far: 76,477 words)
Month 2
Day 1: 1,218 words
Day 2: 3,740 words
Day 3: 3,115 words
Day 4: 1,279 words
Day 5: 2,367 words




Friday, February 1, 2013

Update: 63k and going.

Well, as you should have noticed by now it's no longer January. My personal NaNoWriMo is over and I am happy to say that I succeeded and more. The final total came up to 63,489 words added to my book for the month of January. The book currently stands at 76,477 total words. I didn't think I was going to make it, but with persistence and forcing myself to focus each night, I was able to get there.

Word count should not be the inspiration of writing, it should be the product only. That is not to say that someone who writes 100k word novels is a bad writer or someone who writes short stories is a genius. I am saying that content matters. What this month helped me find is content. Since I was trying to get a larger number of words I found myself sitting down some days and thinking 'what am I going to add tonight?'. That question led to some interesting and fun extra meat to the story. Instead of just adding verbiage, I added character development and deeper descriptions. When I go back through it I might edit out some of it that does tend to get lengthy, but I feel that will be very little of that 63k of words. Do I think that this book is a great tome of fantasy and fiction? I am not privileged to say, for I feel that reader should decide that. Personally, I think the story is good but I never feel what I write is great. That is the soul of the artist, we love what we create while we are doing it, but when its done we question it and hate it worse than a snobby critic. Some of the worst things said about paintings, books, movies, plays, etc. were said by the very artist to created them.
The only picture so far drawn about my WIP

Am I done? No. This book is on the verge of the finale. But, there is still much to write to get there. I am going to sit down every day and write. I intend to guilt myself into this by keeping that running total running and posting it on my blog regularly. Keep your eyes open and see what I accomplish. I will also continue writing up extra parts to the post about the story so that you can learn more about what I am writing on.

This post is not exception. I will add a little about the book. Namely....the title.

I believe the name of this book will be:
             The Dragonwand of Gallenor.

I don't know how many of you who are reading this are writers or just readers, but you must respect the fact that one of the most difficult parts of the process is naming. Characters, places, things, but hardest of all, the book. Oh, you can start with a title in mind but it is likely to not really fit the book by the time you are halfway through. So, the question is, how do you decide? For me, and it might be different for each person, I want to get enough of the story done to know it. Once I get to a point that I get a sense of the carrying idea, I began to think of a title. In the case of The Crystal Needle, I knew about halfway through what I wanted to title it, but at first I had nothing. The Stitching Witches was my first idea and I decided that wasn't good enough. So, I eventually realized that whereas some of the characters were Stitching Witches, the one thing that everyone was focused on at least one time or another in the story was The Crystal Needle, thus I found my title. For my current WIP (work in progress) the guiding objective of all of the characters, good and bad, is finding the legendary Dragonwand to use it for either good or evil. I did consider just naming it Dragonwand, but I wanted more so I added the location the book is set in. That said, it is possible that it will go through another change in my heart to a new title, and if a miracle occurs and this book goes to a publisher, they might have an even better idea to help market it. For the title is one of the best marketing tools used. Consider this, would you have been as interested in a book called "Short people who used magic jewelry to save a fantasy world."? I believe you might step back and say ,"was that author drunk or something?" Or would you read a book called "The Lord of the Rings." Sounds spiffier doesn't it? I hope I have enlightened you to process involved in finding a book title. Considering what I have said, if you aren't an author, think about how much more difficult it would be to choose a cover that works? But, that's another post.


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