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A Second Experiment

Pretty colors! Photo courtesy of 123dan321 via stock.xchng

So, after totally forgetting to blog thanks to the stresses of life and working again, I’ve finally caught another bit of inspiration. I’ve debated what to do with the CSS Dragon blog, whether I should continue with the Encyclopedia Confederica series or if I should try to do the prequel idea. My decision? I shall do both simultaneously.

The original concept for the Encyclopedia Confederica was to take the rather dry entries that will eventually be condensed into glossaries for my books and give them a little more life by using stories from Kim’s life to illustrate. At fist, I thought I’d goofed by having her visit the Encyclopedia as a first-year cadet. I figured it would be easier to tell stories later on in her life since she had many more years of experience to draw upon. Although that is true, it dawned on me: that time frame is perfect for telling stories from her years spent on the SS Anna Marie. I can easily combine the two ideas into one simply by using stories that may eventually find their way into the prequel.

Now, this is not without flaws. Kim did not experience many of the things mentioned in the Encyclopedia until much later in her career, but I can at least start this way. Once I run out of stories, I can time-skip to just before the first book and start adding more stories. Simple enough, right?

So, Hair Brained Experiment, Take Two. Aaaaaaaaaaand Action!

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Time For A Leap

A man ready to dive from a rock into the ocean

Here it is. June. Camp NaNo. Standing on the edge of a new novel that will stretch beyond the required 50,000 words. Staring at a blank page, heart pounding in throat, about to begin. Will it be awesome? Will it be readable? Will it shine forever or languish on my hardrive? It remains to be seen.

I have to admit that I feel a lot like the picture above. Standing on the edge. Exhilarated at the thought of plunging in yet still hanging back, a little afraid of the unknown. What if I smack the water in an awe-inspiring, pain-inducing belly flop instead of a graceful dive? What if the water’s colder than it looks? What if…? I could fill in the blanks forever.

That attitude won’t get me anywhere. Kim’s story won’t spill onto the page by itself, though there will be times that it seems like it. It has to be written. There will be times when I yell at the computer screen, demanding the words appear. There will be times I wished my computer could keep up with the rate I’m typing because going back would destroy the rhythm. Both are part of the process, as is the in-between when words flow in spurts and starts, one or two sentences at a time. That can’t hold me back.

So, it’s officially June. I don’t know how much I can get out before I turn in for the night. Not much, I’m sure. I’m trying something new – writing completely in first person. I’ve written a couple of short stories in first person but nothing nearly as long as a novel. It will be different. Exciting. Like the cold water, I’m sure it will sting a little at first, then I’ll get used to it and be able to swim freely. But first, the plunge.

Here goes…