New project(s)

Just as I published my previous manuscript I’ve already had another in the works.  I wouldn’t be surprised if that one ends up being at least 200K words.  For now I’m still trying to get into the swing of posting here on a regular basis.

Still, it’s a nice feeling that all that work has come to fruition with a novel for sale on amazon (I just checked to see if my novel is also available in the UK and Canada.  Yes it is.  🙂

Now, about my teaser earlier in this blog.  The next story will be a novelization of the Great Siege of Malta (and I’m not talking about World War II).  This took place in the spring and summer of 1565 and is considered the last great land battle of the Crusades.  The first part is already at my alpha reader and I expect her to hemorrhage all over it.  At the same time it’s probably not as bad as I think.  The more I write (and that includes fanfic) the better my vomit version (first draft) becomes.  I wonder if it should be one monster novel.  Right now I’m planning on a duology (and there’s a convenient break in the middle of the action so it would work).

Taking about fanfic, I just saw something on the local news (I only watch the local news because they really can’t swing to the extremes on either side) the VP mentioned about the creation of a new branch of the military.  I’m mentioning this because my fanfic is sci-fi while my originals are historical (go figure!)

Thing is, I need to go back to Malta for one last thing (the things we do for research), but I also need to start thinking of the following story.  That one is about a Bishop and Duke in central Italy.  That means I’ll need to travel to Italy in the near future.  Yeah, I know it’s a hard life, but someone has to do it!

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Warning!

Now that I’ve got your attention, I wanted you to know that if you’re writing a story that has a real person in it, and you’re as true to history as you can get, it is the hardest thing you will ever do.  You have to research everyone involved to make sure that you have the person in the right place at the right time, or you will have to scrap the scene (which really isn’t fun at all).

What I mean is that writing anything that’s historical in nature and trying to remain true is the hardest thing you will ever do.  I only hope that in the end I will do justice to the men and women I’m writing about.

update and changes…

Okay, I suspect you’re wondering who in the world is this that I’ve received a blog entry from?  Well, you chose to follow me as Brenda Sackville.  Sadly enough, that was a nom d’plum, or a pseudonym.  I’ve decided to go with my actual name, which is what you see.

I’ve still been working on my manuscript and querying.  *sigh*

I’m finished!

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Yes, I’m finished with my rough draft.  Isn’t that nice?  Or actually, isn’t that a piece of crap?  My sister calls it her vomit version (which isn’t that far from the truth.)celebration

Now that it’s finished, I’ve put it off to the side and it will remain like that until March.  I want to give it a rest until I actually look at it once again to see just how bad it really is.

Right now the word count is a little over 92K words.  No telling how much bigger it’ll get once I start doing the grand re-write.

Pitching!

Yes, I’ve reached the point of having to begin creating a pitch for my novel.  My critique group has homework, and that’s to create a 1 sentence, 1 paragraph, and 2 paragraph pitches.  You never know when you’re going to need something like that.

People always state that the one sentence pitch is the hardest.  I guess I’m not normal in for me that was the easiest thing to put down.  It also makes me wonder if my overall story is too convoluted for its own good?

I know I haven’t posted anything about my story here, it’s because I’m still working on it.  At least I’m almost half finished with it being close to 40K words.