Sunday, August 29, 2010


A good week's writing. Each book is divided up into three sections and structured like a three act play. I finished the first act this week. I've got Gallif in a really bad situation but there enough things going on around her to get her out. Best part of it is I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to do it. Seriously. I don't know which one to use. Isn't that fun?

Switching gears for the second act was rough. I'm leaving that cliffhanger and going some place else for the entire act. This one is lighter and involves more characters in their own situations. I wrote the first paragraph several times before it finally felt right and did an entire scene that got completely scrapped.

Love it.


I posted two adverts for actresses at the UI theater building. It was perfect timing because they were holding auditions for this season's productions so the place was packed. There were lots of them that I would love to cast as Gallif. I made sure that I put on the adverts that I was a UI theater grad and hope that will give me some street cred. I'm going to wait a week or ten days before starting the final decisions and gearing up for the actual productions. I figure if they are interested I'll probably hear from anyone there fairly soon.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I found out earlier in the week there there was an Iowa Book Project that holds an Iowa Author's Fair every year. I'd never heard about them before but it sounds like it's a rather large event. This year they are holding it at the Coralville Public Library and scheduled at least 50 authors from Iowa. I sent an email to the state coordinator who asked me a few questions and said she would check and see if there were still slots available. She said there were and passed my info along to the local coordinator. Got home from work Friday and there was an email with the application form attached and a notice that the deadline to apply was August 21st. Saturday was August 21st. I filled out the app and got the info they requested together and went ahead and dropped it off at the library Saturday morning. I didn't want to take a chance and I figured it was worth it.
It sounds like this is a big thing. It is run by the Iowa Librarians Association and there are 1400 members of that so that is a lot of possible buyers. They would be librarians coming in to buy books for the year. This means they are working on an established budget but they would also be more willing to buy if it sounds good. It is also open to the public so that could add other interested parties.
The Author's Fair is Wednesday, October 13th.


I had a pretty good weeks worth of work. I love it when things happen in one chapter and I don't realize how or why until the next. It's pretty fun. I figure if I don't it's can happen that way the reader won't know why. Sounds crazy but as long as it is a legitimate explanation I'll take it. I'm approaching 50,000 words for the first act of the book. It feels like it's a bit more than 1/3 of the final product. The second act won't be as long and the big finale is, frankly, anyone's guess. It may be very short and intense or I may stretch it out. It'll depend how well it all falls together and that is the fun part.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Really slow week this week. Only got six pages written. Nothing much else to report. Just wishing the heat would go away for a while.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


The first act of the book is heading towards a cliff hanger now. The first three books have gotten shorter each time and I was actually worried that this one might end up being the shortest of the three but I don't think it's going to happen that way. It's around 40,000 words now and still developing quite well. There are some opportunities to reference things that happened in the first book that I didn't expect.