The Ever War

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Another Stage Done

When you go through a major restructure, even early in the draft process, it amplifies the time it takes to accomplish what you want to get out of it.  Occasionally people ask me about writing and I tell them it's okay to write sections that aren't in chronological order, and instead to focus on a section they are passionate about and see clearly.  It's a practice that I use in order to help keep myself focused and drag the best work I can out of myself every time I sit down to write.

However, this often leads to what I like to think of as bridging sections.  Gaps you've left yourself in the story that require you to cover the transition from one scene to the next, but to not break continuity.  In fact, you're reinforcing continuity.  In this case I chose to shift an entire chapter back.  I felt like it just came too early in the story and required both the audience to be more familiar with the characters and the characters to be more familiar with one another.  This move left a vacuous hole that became my job to fill.  I've finally done that, completing the draft of an entire bridging chapter last night, but considering it is a restructure the work is not yet done.

Now I need to revisit the chapter that follows, so that it thematically feels more like an extension of the bridging sequence than an unrelated detour.  However, I'm enthused by the progress I've made and I'm hoping that it ultimately means the second half of the book flows more freely (considering I've already drafted swaths of the second half the framing of each chapter hopefully will not need as much of a major overhaul as the first half needed.

As per my custom, as of late, here is a section of unedited work: She was livid with herself because she knew she was powerless.  She knew she could not defend that which was most precious to her.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Long Silence Part II

Is this really the first post of 2015?  I suppose it is.  Nearly half the year gone, and over 6 months since my last post.  I've been doing some major restructures within the book, shifting sections and massive rewrites to the parts that have already been done.  I'd probably estimate I'm nearly through the thickest part of the briar patch, and I hope to once again see the light within the next few months.  I've been working steadily, both writing and abandoning sequences.  Hopefully all this editing results in something that readers truly enjoy.  Once again, here is a non-edited sequence I worked on recently.

 “The sky is full of ghosts,” Aeden said.
Shadow looked confused, “What was that?”
Paedrig let out a sharp, quick laugh, “Mayhap the boy has the right of it.”
“What do you mean?” the girl asked.
Paedrig smiled, beaming down at the boy as if he was some impressive progeny. “How far away are stars that their light can be chased away by the sun? How long does it take their shine to reach us? How many have gone dark, but we just don't know it yet?”

“That may be the most awful thing I've ever heard,” Beodelf said nodding his head.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Long Silence

Nearly 6 months without a post is a nearly incomprehensible crime in the annals of social media, but that's what has happened here.  I've had a lot happening, including work on the prequel books, but I haven't felt compelled to share what's been going on behind the scenes.  I'm doing so now moreso out of guilt than out of any belief that I'm actively excited to share.

I have started large restructure of the book on which I'm currently working.  I tend to review the work consistently as I go along to try and make sure it all makes sense and maintains continuity.  Upon review I found that the roughly completed chapter 2 was simply  too soon in the pacing of the book and both stymied and rushed character development up to that point.  In other words, the dichotomy contained within that chapter was unnatural.  This means I had to push that chapter back and take more time to develop the characters and their relationships a bit more prior to that section.  This means I needed to revisit my whole plan for when to reveal events, thus the entire middle section of the book needs to be re-framed and the pacing needs to be adjusted.

The goal, of course, is ultimately to make the book as good as it can be.

As has been my practice with this book here is another unedited section, this time from the new Chapter 2:

As the flames quickly intensified Paedrig knelt down to protect Aeden from the a potential blast. The burning man stumbled backwards. People parted as he came near and he ran until he reached his new destination, practically leaping, face first, into a water trough and dousing the flames.
The swordsman nodded towards Beodelf and said, “Yes, I see. Very cosmopolitan.”

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Child's Rhyme

In the course of writing I find one thing I keep coming back to is the idea of western culture using children's rhyme's as a way to teach or mock the world around us.  Take, for instance, Ring Around The Rosie, which is a rhyme about the Black Plague.

The concept of ancient rhymes that may no longer be meaningful to the people singing or the audience is fascinating to me.  I've also noticed how creepy they are when either Children are not the ones singing or when they are in a completely out-of-context situation.

To that end, I have an ancient rhyme from the world of The Ever War:

O' wonder, O' wonder, behold the wrath and thunder, yet a coursing we will go.
 A coursing we will go. A coursing we will go. Hi-ho the merry-o a coursing we will go.
 Over hill, over dale, through the rain and twixt the hail, a coursing we will go.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Out of Sequence

I tend to work on my books out of sequence, dealing with whatever section of the book on which I'm inspired to work. Lately I've been focusing on a late sequence.  I mostly know how I get there, but when you hear the voices it's important to know that's when you have to take the dictation.  I can smell the stale and slightly musty scent of damp and mildew that overwhelms the scene.  I can hear the beating of a heart against the silence.  Go to where the spark is to find the light.

To sign off... a segment unedited:

“Pray your gods, elf. What are they to me?” His words felt awkward, archaic, merciless and chilling.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


It may seem odd, but I've been working on one small clip of wording for about a month.  It took a long time before I actually got it to a point that I decided I actually liked it.  Like so many other writers I enjoy building in pop culture references, so a bonus internet cookie to those people that can place the song I've referenced.

I am the reaper of men

Twice as clear as reason
Twice as sharp as treason
Deep and rich like silt on a river bed
and just as never ending

No force will stay my hand

The heart of the heathen
To know when to weaken
Quick and cold like wind on a winter's day
and just as never ending

For I am one with the sword

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Another Announcement

It's been a while since I've posted, but I haven't been idle. I'm happy to announce the arrival of The Ever Store on Cafepress. There are a number of items available including shirts, posters and iPhone cases. I've also updated the iTunes bookstore link so people can jump there from the main site again.

More designs will be released in the future. Come by and visit!