Yeah opened up Revenge to see if it was ready and oh my….NOPE. Needs work. so I have gotten through the reformatting, the spell check, the grammar check and now it is the re read….and yes the rewrite. Okay I admit that I wrote most of Revenge about 8 years ago, so yes it needs work. And yes I am working on it. I have gotta a whole five pages done right as I type this. The story will stay the same but I needed to fill in better on things like inner dialog. Loralil is a very flawed young elf right now. There is a lot she need to process as she works toward her revenge. The end will be the same but the trip will be a bit different. Which is a good thing.
When i went back to look at the stuff that will come after this book I realized that a bit more lyrical style was needed. A better understanding of why she goes a wee bit over the edge in this book and the journey she would need to find a balance…a peace to take her to the next stage of her life. When writing a character that you know will go on to do much more it is actually hard work to do the dark parts that made them who you know they will be.
And on a side note one of my dear writer friends is going over Endings for me. I knew that book needed work. I have reviews that are quiet good in that they are four stars but the book needs work. As long as the wonderful editor doesn’t try to convince me that killing off characters was wrong I will take most of what I am given and fix it. But those deaths, while harsh, are important. This is a dark fantasy world, a harsh place where even the best of characters can die suddenly and in cruel ways. It helped set the tone for the rest of the stories that will come in this world. Revenge has less loss of good guys but it will have tragedy because it is out of tragedy that Loralil will become a great bard someday. That is the goal.
Now I am doing a quick little promotion for Fall Into Nightmares on Smashwords. Anyone who contacts me in the next week can get a free copy of the novel if they will promise to review it, good or bad. I like real reviews, ones that tell me what is right and what is wrong in my work. That novel is another dark fantasy but of course it is…after all we are talking the end of the world. While I have read many books lately where things have ended but the stories are light I feel that we need some darker fiction too. Not dark zombie OMG we all die but dark in that the world is no longer the easy place we thought it was. Hopefully I get a few bites and a few reviews. Nightmares is a good story and I have the sequel half written. I need some one to read that book!