Posted By Lewinna Solwing on October 30, 2016
My old friend and fellow author Thea Van Diepen, of Expected Aberrations, emerged from the frozen wastes of Canada on a world tour, and along her way, she stopped by to visit me in Texas! She recounts our many adventures very nicely on her blog, here.
I think I spent most of the weekend teasing her about living in an igloo. She’s a good sport, though, and she forgave me.
The novel that I began last year, 2015, for NaNoWriMo, I did finish, at the end of January this year. A science fiction titled “Life Thief”, It topped out at 95,322 words, and, for a first draft, accomplished everything I could ever have hoped that it would accomplish. Earlier this year I pecked away at editing it, but made little progress as my summer became thoroughly distracted by old friends, new friends involved in medieval re-enactment, and learning to dance (not very well), sew, help a man-at-arms dress for battle, and appreciate a ton of history.
Yes, I made my own dresses. It was magical.
The novel. I still plan to finish editing it, despite it being an odd conglomeration of dinosaurs, monks, and apocalyptic societies. In the meantime, while writing it I threw together a cover art, which I include to the right here. I actually did get a “published” copy of the book made with a free coupon from FastPencil included as a prize for winning NaNoWriMo.
Since it was a free coupon, it was far cheaper than printing out hundreds of pages at FedEx, which is what I would have had to do otherwise to give the thing a serious read through for editing. I’m using Holly Lisle’s course again. I never actually finished the course on ye olde novel of 2010, The Ransom of Dharluth, which I began it on back when I bought it, but I am pleased to report, that as with other ye olde novel that actually got a completed first draft, of 2011, my first draft writing has dramatically improved with the things I learned from that course.
I’ve had more people read this book, and share it, than any of my previous novels. A fellow author and I, who were pursuing similar goals in our writing, did a “beta read” swap. She gave me some great feedback on my first draft, and I reviewed her book for her.
Finishing a real edit on Life Thief is on my bucket list. But there’s so many other things on that list that have a higher priority, that I simply cannot provide a timeframe as to when this will occur…