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On Why I start with Episode 4….

So you may have seen quite a few posts on Book of Tas’und’eash which
is intended to be the first book of my Volocio Saga but now I am
talking about a novel called Volocio…..which is actually book 4.

What the hell would I do that?

Well, I had originally thought about puuled a George Lucas and
starting with my Episode 4.  Remember in an earlier post how I was
really inspired by Star Wars?  Well, when I first started writing, it
was also the time that ‘The Phantom Menace’ came out in theatres.

I love genesis stories.  I love knowing how things grew to where they
were in the main story.  I loved the idea of how Anakin became Vader
(I may not have been a total fan of the execution); I love the idea of
how Aslan created Narnia.

But what I really love are the Easter eggs.  If you’re not familiar
with the concept: they are little details that may be an homage to
something earlier or later.  The point is that it is subtle.  Perfect
example: the origin of the lamp post in The Lion, The Witch, and the
Wardrobe.  In this book, the lamp post serves no other purpose than
to stand there and be the starting point where Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus.
But in its prequel The Magicians Nephew, you find out where this
lamp post came from.  It’s such s small detail but I love it.

So I knew I was going to have a prequel in mind and I wanted my own
little Easter eggs for my readers.  I still felt that Volocio wasn’t
ready so I put it aside and started working on the prequel trilogy
with Book of Tas’und’eash being the first.  I have spent over a year
writing that book and carefully crafting the two subsequent books.
They are almost completely mapped out and I have already picked out my
Easter eggs.  So what to do now?

I remembered a conversation I had with an old friend while in New York
City this last April.  JB had pointed out that my episodes 4, 5, and 6
were to be my true series and the prequel trilogy will be great
stories to enhance the main series.  That’s when I realized that he
was right and that now my Easter eggs are in place, I can go back to
Volocio and add the final touches.

I can be like other authors who did not write their series in
chronological order such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover, or
Anne McCaffrey’s Pern, or even Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan.

So while I am still working a little on Book of Tas’und’eash, I will
be putting my efforts into ‘Volocio’ in order to get that world out
there to my readers.

What do you think?

Until Next Time!

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On Revisions…

I can’t tell you how many times I have started and reworked Volocio.

Actually I can and I will:  I finished my first draft (at the time it
was called So It Begins) when I was about fifteen.  It was one whole
book and at the time it was a huge accomplishment.  Then I started my
freshman year of high school and I remember sitting in English class
when it dawned on me….it had to be a trilogy.  So I took the story
and broke it into three separate pieces and then I totally revamped
book 1.

I finished that draft a few years latera and had a friend of my mom
look at it.  Naomi was my first real editor and she was great.  She
was very positive and constructive.  I also really needed help with my
grammar (which is still not perfect, by the way – speaking three
languages tends to mess you up from time to time).  I was very lucky
to have her.

By the time I was eighteen and a senior in high school, I decided to
try my hand at sending my manuscripts to publishers.  I believe I sent
out 26 packages (yes packages….this was before you sent queries by
e-mail).  While I waited it dawned on me that this was still not the
story I wanted to tell, but it was too late.

But then I was rejected by all.  I did get one piece of advice that I
still cherish greatly:  You have a lot of great ideas, but too many.

Yes….just a big yes!

So now we are entering my freshman year of college where I gutted
Volocio and made a third a final draft that I am still happy with to
this very day.  Once I finally finished, I put it away for a few years
and worked on some other projects in the same world.  But every time I
come back, I am still ok with the story.

Now I need to finally get off my ass and get Beta Readers.

Anyway, the point I am trying to make is to just write because you
will make revisions after revisions but the point is to get it out
there in the first place.

Until Next Time,


On Perspective…

So I decided as a writing exercise that I would challenge myself to the weekly writing challenge.  What better way to work on my writing than to write on a subject that does not come from my own cranium.

For the current week, this was the challenge: to write about perspective…..

  • For our fiction writers, cultivate a character. Through your imagination, pinpoint a common theme in his or her life, and show us how your character’s perspective changes as he or she grows older.

What actually came to mind was my first real fleshed out character: Rei Ettowa.

She is one of the main characters from The Rebirth Trilogy.  She is the reincarnation of a Micaela Roya.  Both women have very rich and unique back stories but one thing I touch on in Rebirth is that while one is the reincarnation of another, that does not mean they are the same person.

But this is not what I want to talk about.

I first came up with Rei when I was about twelve or thirteen; I also made her the same age.  I have always stuck with the old addage: write what you know.  I knew what went through a thirteen-year-old’s head because I was thirteen.  When I did my second re-write in college not only did I grow up but so did Rei.  I increased her age to twenty where she remains even though I am twenty-seven now.

As I was growing up, I realized that I needed Rei to grow up as well.  In order for her to realistically face the hardships she will face in her adventures I needed her to be more mature.  I still have her to be young and naive thus twenty being a great age for the first book.

Rei lost her parents when she was young and was raised by a woman called Hotara.  Rei may not have had biological parents but she was never lacking in parental figures.  She did have an older brother, Niklaryn.  She loved him dearly but rarely got to see him because he had become a knight and was off in the civil war.  He also died when she was thirteen and she never completely recovered from that.  By twenty, she had worked in the family bar and dealt with ruffians and bedouins in her travels a cross the desert.  She will also dabble in what will be the great love of her life but (like myself) she does not truly understand the seriousness of it all until she grows older.

In the second book, I let age a few more years pass to where she is 24.  When I look back at how I was at ages 20 and 24, I was completely different people.  At twenty, I had just reached adulthood and I was in my second year of college.  I was more mature than a freshman but I had never quiet experienced love but I knew how to have fun.  But by twenty four, I had had my heart broken a few times and faced difficult stresses in life of finishing college (as long as I didn’t fail genetics) and finding a job and living on my own for the first time.

There is a chance that I may make her older still but while I am not working on that book I am nothing thinking about it.   As a twenty seven year old, I have gained even more wisdom than when I was twenty four.  I have gained more experience living on my own and have finally experienced a great love; such experiences will help my writing.  Again, I still write what I know.


On New Books…

So I have put aside my Volocio trilogy for a bit because I have had a HUGE influx of ideas concerning other projects. When I was originally writing, I was planing to pull a George Lucas. What do I mean? Well, my saga so far will span 6 books and I wanted to start with book 4. Then work my way back to the beginning.

But here’s the rub…

While Volocio is finished, I am having a hard time getting an agent for such a complicated piece of work. It is a very complicated world with a lot of the groundwork yet to be laid out. So now i am just biting the bullet and going all the way back to the beginning.

Where the Volocio came from.

Well…I am not going to tell you everything here, but here is a hint as I went about doing some location research yesterday with a friend:

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I think that’s a damn good hint for now.

Until next time,
MLT