Happy New Year!!!
After many moons I ‘m finally making progress on the second in my YA Fantasy series The Curse of Time Book 2 Golden Healer.
It has been a long haul BUT I can begin to see encouraging flickers of light at the end of a very long, arduous tunnel.
Writing a sequel is so hard! No, scratch that, it’s TORTURE.
- My memory isn’t as good as it used to be. I realised that I’d forgotten some of the minutiae of book one. Sequential aspects, patterns of speech and the like.
- Writing a novel isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s around 80,000 and that’s a lot of words.
- Structuring the bloody thing… ugh… when will I ever learn to plot?
- Working full-time whilst trying to wrangle it into shape. Masochist.
- My imagined final copy is never the final version. Betas read it and you realise you must do more work. The slog is real. It seems interminable. And then SCBWI (Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators) conference goers read parts of it too and have more suggestions for you too.
- Then there’s the dreaded B word: Boredom. Yes, it gets to the point were you are so fed up looking at your once treasured words.
- Followed by the dreaded D word: Doubt. Who wants to read the bloody thing anyway? It’s such a crock of… miserable… you get the picture.
- And the dreaded E word: Experience. I will no longer be a debut. This will be my second novel. Perhaps people will expect more from me? EEK.
That’s when point 9 comes trotting along before no. 10 to restore my sanity.
9. Stop beating myself with my notebook, pen, keyboard whatever. Take a break. BREAK? What do writers do when they long for a break? Rest… NO. OF COURSE NOT. In my case, I decided to write a poetry and prose book.
I told you I’m a masochist!
10. So, now I have a poetry collection to finish and edit too. Double TORTURE. Only joking, this poetry collection seems easy in comparison to the novel. OR IS IT?
It’s called Mr. Sagitarrius – Poetry, and Prose. It includes various short form poetry, short fiction and my photography images of the natural world: trees, a robin, a dragonfly, plus a couple of images via a young photographer Alex Murdoch – son of Sam Murdoch – who has a lovely blog about cats and crystals: https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com/
Hope you like the title. Please let me know your thoughts…
Titles are interesting, aren’t they? I nearly called it The Magic Golden Willow Tree – Poetry and Prose but decided that was too wordy.
I don’t have a cover yet so…. Image via pixabay – Monfocus.
Here’s the blurb… or what might become the blurb….
Two twin brothers Harold and William love the magic of the natural world.
When Harold dies he leaves a simple memorial request.
Will his brother William and his sister Annette honour it?
Or, will the garden work its magic to ensure that they do.
A magical story expressed via an original compilation of poetry and prose
with photographic images.
Now, it is possible that this usurper poetry book might come out before The Curse of Time Book 2.
Oh. A race is on, which one will win?
In the meantime, if you haven’t read the first in the series, now’s the time… HURRY! And if you do I’d love some more reviews. I’m creeping up to 20 on Amazon UK. Can you get me from 18 to 20?
Buy Book: myBook.to/TheCurseofTime
Unique Selling Point: Unique, Imaginative, ‘Charming, enchanting and richly layered this is purely delightful.’
“This delightful book will appeal to teens and young adults who love stories filled with magical crystals, dark family curses, and mysteries waiting to be solved around every corner. Each chapter leads you on a journey of discovery where Amelina earns the right to use three wizard stones to reset the balance of time and finally break the curse that holds her family hostage. A captivating tale!” – Colleen M. Chesebro (Editor)
All good luck with your books, Marje 😀
Thank you Irene. Happy New Year and thank you for the beautiful jewellery. 🙂 x
You are welcome, Marje. I’m happy, that you like the jewelry 😀
Wonderful news, Marje!!
Happy New Year, Marje, and good luck with both your books.
Thank you Mary. Getting there! x
Awesome! Good luck with your books, Marje. All the best for 2020.
Thank you Darlene. And to you too. Happy writing 2020! x
Great news Marje…that would make a perfect 2020 for you.. hugsx
Indeed it would Sally. All the best to you in 2020 too. x
I like the poetry book title (and your almost-was title, too). I guess you couldn’t go wrong with either one. Good luck with your second book in the series!
Thank you so much Priscilla. Whatever happens I know I will have two new books this year and that’s a great feeling. 🙂
Wishing you every success with your new Book Marje and I am sure it will all come together when its needed..
Have a wonderful 2020, may it bring you joy, love and peace.. And thank you so much for stopping by Dreamwalker’s, I really appreciated your comment and well wishes..
Happy New Year.. 🙂
Thank you Sue for your lovely, encouraging message. Wishing you all the best for 2020 too. 🙂 Marje
You are most welcome Marje..
Happy Writing, Marje! It’s not an easy vocation at all, but for some reason we can’t stop ourselves. Here’s to smooth sailing in 2020!
Yes, oh by the way I’m reading Catling’s Bane. Really enjoying it, will review once I’m finished. I tend to read slowly on kindle (too much screen time!) Also recommended it to my daughter she’s a big fantasy fan too!
Thank you so much, Marje. What a treat and wonderful start to my new year. Yay! And thanks for recommending it to your daughter. 🙂 I forced my daughter to read it. Lol. Happy New Year and much success with your goals!
Wishing you many patience and success Marje. I think many writers often feel like we’re gluttons for self-inflicted masochism LOL. ❤
Thank you Debby. I’m getting there will be doing a cover reveal for my new poetry/prose book soon. Very excited. 🙂
As you should be! 🙂
Cheering you on, Marje. Bravo to you! 🙂
Thank you so much Natalie. So kind of you. x