PodCastle.org is the world’s first fantasy audio magazine. Each week they deliver audio stories by published authors. But they make the deal even sweeter because not only do you get to listen to great stories, you get to listen to and share them for FREE!
I’m happy to announce that they will be publishing “Bright Waters” in the near future. If you recall, this is my story about a fearsome Dutch trapper, a spunky Irish woman stolen as a girl in an Abenaki raid, and a small Iroquois tattoo…
Keep an eye out.
Tags: bright waters, podcastle
You’ll note the word count on CODG is steadily rising. Today, I experienced a delightful AND maddening turn.
I find outlines to be immensely useful tools for story development. Of course, there are many more tools in the box–outlines can’t do everything. For example, there are times when you’re drafting a story that you write something and it suddenly generates new options for the story that you in no way could have imagined without getting to that point in the draft. You can get a lot of ideas with an outline, but drafts generate still more. Sometimes the options that present themselves while you’re drafting are so right they give you goosebumps. I got one of those today. Of course, part of why it was so good was not only that it put the character in a perfect dilemma and the reader in a perfect chapter cliffhanger, but also because it was completely unexpected yet logical.
This all sounds so good, right? Well, the story turn was so unexpected, it startled me. It’s thrown my outline off. Which means I’m going to have to now revise the working outline. I was tempted to make the story fit. After all, I DO have a deadline. But this story turn is so freaking juicy that I cannot justify the hackery. Besides, working outlines are made for revision.
I’m riding by the seat of my pants today folks, and it’s exciting. I think readers are going to love this turn.
Tags: Curse of a dark god