That Which Elevates Us, Dragonlinked Chronicles Volume 5, Now Available in Kindle Format

That Which Elevates Us - eBook CoverGood and exciting news, folks! It took some time, and 3 final read-throughs instead of 1, but That Which Elevates Us is now complete, and the Kindle version is available on the Amazon store HERE.

I’ll work on getting a trade paperback version up as soon as I can, but I’m not certain how long that will take, as Amazon has pulled that process in-house rather than through CreateSpace as it used to be, and I am not yet familiar with their process. I will make a new post when that version is available.

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Third Full Edit Pass Of Book 5 Complete

Hello all. This read-through went much faster, mostly because there were far fewer things that needed editing. And, as expected, the last six chapters took a great deal longer to get through, precisely because they have had the fewest reads so far and thus still had more little things to fix. There were a couple of issues I found before those chapters, however, things that while not major were big enough that I want to do one more read-through of the whole thing. I’ll probably then do another read-through of the latter half of the book, starting with chapter 16.

I’m going to spend a day or two working on the cover, as I think the title is finalized, and then I’ll get started on the next edit pass. That and the following half-pass should take less than a month, based on this last read-through. And that means, this puppy is almost done. 🙂

So, until next time, happy reading!

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Second Edit Pass of DC Book 5 Complete

Hopped in for a quick update. I finished the second read-through of the next book in the Dragonlinked Chronicles series a couple of days ago. I’m going to take a few days to continue thinking about a title and cover to go with, and then I will do at least one more full edit pass.


Until next time, happy reading!

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First Read-through of Book 5 Manuscript Complete

Hello again. In this read/edit pass, as expected, most of the things needing tweaks were in the last few chapters, as they’d only been read once before. Thankfully, no surprises were found, nothing big, like in my last book where I realized as I was writing the epilogue that there was a somewhat large plot hole. Nope, just little things. Did some trims, changed a word here and there for the better, rearranged phrases in a sentence and even whole sentences, and made tiny additions for clarity. Consistency of character (an individual character’s personality whether mannerisms or phrases and such, is something a bit harder to keep an eye on in a large ensemble) and continuity–in a book and between books–are the two things that always seem ready to trip me up, so I have to remain vigilant against them, too.

Things are looking good, though. I’m now going to set the manuscript aside for a few days, think about titles and covers instead, in order to start my next read-through with eyes that have not seen the pages for a bit.

Until next time, happy reading!

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First Complete Manuscript For Book 5 Is Done

Whew. As is typical, a few sub-plots wrap up in the epilogue, and there is a pretty important scene, too, for a couple of characters, so that chapter took a bit of work to get into a decent first draft. But now, book 5 is finished, at least in its initial state. Next comes reading over the manuscript. A lot of reading it over. As in other read-throughs, there will likely be tweaks, maybe deletions or additions to a scene here and there, adjustments for flow, pace, plot logic, continuity (this one is very likely to trip me up), and such. With the book now being complete, however, with its character arcs and various plots being completely laid out, what might need tweaking is usually brought into sharper focus. That might entail a bigger change than a mere tweak, but I won’t know until I do a read-through or two to see how things feel. At any rate, things are getting closer!

Happy reading!

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Read-through of Chapters 1-30 complete.

Hello, all.

In doing the read-through of chapters 1-30, I didn’t find anything major, just some minor edits and tweaks here and there, trimming of a no-longer-needed scene, slight adjustments for continuity due to changes to sub-plots in later scenes, that kind of thing. The last five chapters took longer to get through as this was their first edit pass and there were more little things to fix that hadn’t been caught yet–grammar, word use, punctuation and the like. I did add a mini-scene of a few paragraphs into a scene near the end for thematic reasons, to kind of punch up the scene and add a little drama and to tie together experiences in scenes immediately prior into a nice little package, and hopefully add a feeling of accomplishment.

Next comes writing of the epilogue and doing more read-throughs to tighten, smooth the flow, and other little bits of polishing. Then comes working on a title (one of the harder things to do, at least for me) and a cover. So, still a bit to go, but a lot closer, now, to finishing.

Until next time, happy reading!

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Dragonlinked Book 5 Draft Complete Through Chapter 30

Hello again,

It is time, beyond time, actually, for an update. I finally got through chapter 30, which is the last numbered chapter of the book, and that is part of what took so long. I’ve talked before about what goes into the last few chapters of a book (a lot, especially when you deviate from the outline), so I won’t bore you to death by going over it all again. Next, I will perform a read-through, and when that is complete, I will begin writing the first pass of the epilogue. That will be followed by many read-throughs, of course, but the book is now nearly complete, more or less. So, /ShortHappyDance. 🙂

Until next time, happy reading!

P.S. Thanks for all the supportive comments! You peeps are the best. 👍

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Read-through/Edit of Book 5, Chapters 1 – 25 Complete

Time for a progress update on book 5 of the Dragonlinked Chronicles. As the title says, I’ve finished the next read-through. I made a few tweaks here and there—continuity edits, edits for flow and pacing, early tweaks to one of the antagonists for more mystery, and I added a very short scene, also for continuity. I didn’t find any big errors, which is good, and I also didn’t find any logic or plot errors, either, which is also good. All seems to be going well. I did have to rename a minor character, finding that their name was too similar to another semi-related character. That is one of the issues with having a lot of characters in a series—coming up with unique names and making sure that new names appearing in a particular book are not too similar to each other. If you have new characters named David and a Devon, for example, it can be difficult for readers to keep the names separate in their minds when they are just getting to know them. Best to use names that are as different as possible from each other. Anything that detracts from immersion should be avoided, and a reader having to pause and think, ‘Now, which one of them is this again?” because of name confusion, is not good.

Anyway, next up is writing chapter 26.

Happy reading!

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Chapter 25 of Book 5 Complete, Starting Next Read-through

The headline says the important bits. I finished writing the draft of book 5 through chapter 25 and am starting the next complete read-through. I worried that I might not get to this point by the end of this month, though. Primarily because of an opossum.

For weeks, something woke me up all through the night with its movement in the ceiling. A rustle, a rubbing of body against sheet rock, the creak of a two-by-four as something stepped on it. I thought, hopefully, that it was just another rat that had made its way in there, so laid a trap for it, to no avail. Then, one morning at around seven, I was awoken by a great deal of noise. I hurried off and found that the noise was coming from inside the wall of the stairwell. I knew that the other side of that spot was at about roof-height, so I ran to the room with a window overlooking that spot, opened it, and in the dim light before sunrise, a very ugly face stared at me, paused in digging at a hole torn in the siding of my house. It was very dark, though, and I wanted to be certain of what I was seeing, so I slammed the window closed, ran for a flashlight, and came back in time to see a furry butt and a long, thickish, rat-like tail disappear into the hole. It was an opossum. Rats I could handle, but I had no idea how to catch or deal with one of those critters, so I had to enlist professional help. For a week, as we waited for it to squeeze out a one-way door fitted over the hole, I had to shift and then maintain a completely different sleep schedule, getting up four hours earlier than normal to meet the pest techs each morning so they could check various traps and that one-way door. Messing with my sleep schedule tends to interfere with my writing, but aside from the first day, the changeover went well and I was able to continue making good progress. And eventually, the opossum either died in the house (gods, I hope not) or made it out, for it was blissfully silent for several days, and the hole was sealed up by the pest tech guys.

Then, last week, I started fighting off a cold. So far the fight has gone well, thanks to a couple of over-the-counter homeopathic remedies that I have found work well if started in time, and I think I have beaten the cold away. I have to chuckle, though, at all the things being hurled my way by the universe or fate or what-have-you. All I want to do is write!

Anyway, I need to get back to the read-through. Happy reading!

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Progress Update for Book 5

I meant to post this yesterday but was sidetracked, so apologies for that. I’ve completed the first draft of chapters 21 and 22, and I am about three-quarters through chapter 23. Pretty decent, I think, considering that because of what has happened/changed from the writing of these chapters, I’ve had to edit a few scenes to tweak various plots for continuity and logic. I also tweaked and expanded a subplot a bit for more dragon awesomeness, deleted a scene that became superfluous because of the tweak, and added a new scene to lead into the expansion. All in all, things are progressing quite well.

Until next time, happy reading!

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