Monthly Archives: April 2013

Forsaken Dreamscape: progress and what’s changing

I’ve let the blog slip this month, but I haven’t had much to report. I set aside the month of April for Camp NaNo, during which my goal was to rewrite the first few chapters of Forsaken Dreamscape. I’m pleased to announce that I have reached my goal of 30,000 words and have pretty much gotten myself where I want to be chapter-wise!

It’s going well. I can feel the characters growing so much more this time, and the story is carrying itself a bit better in the beginning. I think this is going to work out. 🙂

It didn’t occur to me until yesterday that what I am doing with these rewrites is what I have done with every fairytale I’ve ever twisted. I take a story that’s already there and I note the elements I want to keep, and then I rework everything so that I can keep the important stuff but yet it flows in a different way. Simple, right? Eh…

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I wanted to make notes about a few things that have to be different this time around. If you haven’t read Nevermor, Forsaken Dreamscape, or if you want to be surprised, you might want to skip over it.

For those who are curious, here are a few things that are changing:

  • One of the most obvious things, I think, is that there is no crocodile anymore. Those scenes will be rewritten and fully re-imagined when the time comes.
  • Wren no longer has the fire breath, though I will still include the same idea and purpose for the demon kiss, just without that element.
  • The fairy character, Anasia Angeldust is no more. I always hated that part and reallly wanted to get rid of her. Now I have. Yay.
  • The Rifter character has been presented in a different way that I think everyone will find more agreeable and realistic to the storyline.
  • The circumstances for the corruption of the world have been adjusted in order to line up with the Nevermor storyline.

I think this covers some of the major differences within the first few chapters, at least.  These rewrites will, I believe, show how much I’ve grown as a writer since I first wrote them 10+ years ago, and will allow this story to truly become something of its own. For those who only liked the beginning and no longer enjoyed it after it got darker, well, you’re out of luck. :/

I, on the other hand, am very excited for myself and for the story. 🙂

I’m getting closer to completing what I’d like to call my ‘first draft’. (Chapter 1-5)  What was once 23,000 words has grown to 30k. Still, I’m a long way from having it ready. Many of these words are scattered around, but I had to cut into what I had, and in ways that was harder than starting from scratch.

On another note, sales for Nevermor have been, well, better than most self-published writers probably get, but still a long way from being great. Still, I’m thankful for what I’ve gotten and the bit of attention I’ve managed to get. Most of my readers have come from Wattpad (That’s only my guess) but others who have come across the book randomly seem to really love it. I’ve read it several times myself and I really believe in the book. It’s good. I just wish I could let more people know about it. I’m still working on all that.

One thing that has baffled me is that I’ve run Facebook ads and gained several hundred Likes, and though people seem to be responding to the idea of the book, I’m not seeing near that many sales. It’s sort of baffling me. Maybe you can help me out.

When you get ready to buy a book, what do you have to take into account in order to purchase it? Is it about more than just the cover and description?

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Forsaken Rewrites – in progress

Storms…  It was a night of storms.

That was the first line of Forsaken Dreamscape when it was a Peter Pan fanfiction, and you’ll be pleased to know that with only a slight variation, it is STILL the first line of Forsaken Dreamscape. The prologue is still the same for the most part, with only a few minor changes to details. Beyond that, however, things are changing – but it’s for the better!

For those of you who know what is coming, try not to fret.  I’m keeping it as close as I can to the story that you love, but I’m “fixing it” as I’ve always wanted to.  For those who are going to be reading it for the first time, I think you’re in for a treat. 🙂

For years, it has been a goal of mine to go back and rewrite the first 4-5 chapters of Forsaken Dreamscape anyway, but never had the energy.  This is probably the best excuse I could have asked for.  So far, it’s going well.  However, despite what might be changing, I’m going to try very hard to keep many things the same, because I know this story has become familiar to you all.  Many things are the same, and beyond Chapter 5 (or so) I don’t intend to change much of the story aside from details that can no longer be there, unless I decided to edit/add scenes. I already have a few ideas for what I can add to make it even better.

Rest assured, even after Nevermor, I’m a bit nervous about this. Even though many have reacted positively to Nevermor, it’s still a fear of mine that readers will think I ruined Forsaken, but I’m going with my gut. There are parts of it, especially in the beginning, that I hated either because of content or simply because of how I wrote it, and I’m on a mission to smooth all of that out!

So far, I’ve redone the beginning and gotten Wren off to Nevermor again, though it’s not perfect. It’ll need several more layers, but I’ve gotten approximately 20K words arranged, much of it new. I’ve been rewriting bits and sorting through things I have to see what I want to keep and what should be cast aside.

It’s going well, but there is still a looong way to go.  It won’t be released until Jan-Feb next year, but I want to be sure I have it  completed well ahead of time so I can know exactly where I’m going with the third book before I release this one.

From now until the release of this book, I’ll hopefully be updating you with tidbits and excepts like I did during the writing of Nevermor, so you can see some of the changes firsthand. That, at least, is the plan.

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In other, yet similar news, Nevermor has gotten a cover revamp (same cover, different lettering) and it looks even better (especially with the spine and back, which I haven’t shown yet).  It has recently been updated and is now available for purchase. Maybe I’ll have some pictures of the physical version to show soon.Preview Nevermor cover

Also, if you’re looking for something else to get you through, The People in the Rickety House has been released as an ebook and is also in print now: HERE

In addition, I’ve also been working on getting Roses and Black Glass: a dark Cinderella tale ready for publishing.

I haven’t quite made that publishing schedule for myself, but have decided to take it as I go, I suppose. However, I do – for sure – have at least one more book goal for this year that I hope will also go well for me. 🙂 I’ll tell you more about that later.

Forsaken Dreamscape for Camp NaNo!

First off, this is not an April Fools post, even though it’s April 1st. 🙂

I’m tying up THE PEOPLE IN THE RICKETY HOUSE which is soon to be in print! (already out as an ebook) I just have to get my second proof and make sure it’s right with the changes I made, and then I’ll release it!

Since that’s done, I can turn my attention to something else. (By the way, you should probably be on the lookout for ROSES AND BLACK GLASS: a dark Cinderella tale soon! That one is next on my list.)

This month, I’m going to participate in my first Camp NaNoWriMo, and for it, I’ve decided that I’m going to really get going with FORSAKEN DREAMSCAPE rewrites. So, it’s back to Nevermor! I’m excited about it. My goal is to work on my rewrites for the first 4-5 chapters, and if I still have time left, I might carry on with the edits. I’ve already started on it, but I intend to focus on it this month.

I’m going to try to update my progress on the blog, and maybe even put up an excerpt or two of the new stuff. 🙂 I know many of you have read it and know how it goes, but for those who haven’t, I may not go into too many details.

But it’s going to be better than ever! Finally, I’m going to be able to fix many of the things I hated about it before and get this story on track!

Just a refresher: NEVERMOR is currently available in print and ebook formats.

The print version is available HERE. (Also Amazon UK)

The ebook version can be purchased through several different channels such as Kindle, Smashwords, Nook, and Kobo.

I keep having people tell me personally that they really loved Nevermor, but what I really need is for people to review it publicly so that other readers will trust it! If you haven’t, please do this for me! Thanks!