Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What to do with the Bad Guy in the Story

What to do with the Bad Guy in the Story? (Or, What to do TO the Bad Guy...?) That is THE question. (Or, questions.)

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Confused? So am I. I'm undecided about this issue as I write my book. (I'm half finished, by the way. Don't you think I should know this answer by now?!) I keep flip-flopping from:

A) Kill him off at the end in a big, climatic way
B) Keep him around for Book 2 in the series
         B1) Make him suffer...some *evil cackling*

And do you REALLY think I'll tell you which outcome for the Bad Guy I choose? HA!! No way! You'll have to read the book to find out.

But this has been a quandary I've battled from the beginning of this story. (Hmm...does anyone use the word quandary anymore? Definition: a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.)

Another quandary: How "bad" do I want the Bad Guy to be? Like - super evil, killing machine, psycho "bad"? Or - somewhat evil, self-centered, unstable "bad"?

I've sat staring at my computer, thinking: Do I actually want him to have killed someone? Maybe he did kill somebody, but didn't mean to. But he's supposed to be the enemy. But that doesn't mean he has to murder somebody. Or maybe it's essential to show how "bad" he is - what he's capable of doing...

Oh I hope I've got you wondering, "What in the world is she babbling about? And who is this bad dude in her book? Who's he killing - or wanting to hurt?"

Refresher for you:  Rocked – The Chelsie Valdar Saga – 1. "A modern-day Viking warrior teen, Chelsie Valdar, must find an ancient ancestor's mystical sword before the impending Apocalypse and flee to safety with her brother. Several Bigfoot and an outcast werecat help with the search and offer protection, especially when an enemy is infatuated with Chelsie and wants the sword all for himself…the clock is ticking and time is running out."

Don't worry, I'll post when it's officially published. In the meantime, back to work :) And if you'd like to post your opinions on these quandaries about what to do to/with the Bad Guy, go for it! I'd love to hear your thoughts!




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Books I've Read Recently = Inspiration

Yes, I'm still writing "my latest" novel...about half finished. Hang in there, it'll be worth it! Just a reminder what it's all about: A modern-day Viking warrior teen, Chelsie Valdar, must find an ancient ancestor's mystical sword before the impending Apocalypse and flee to safety with her brother. Several Bigfoot and an outcast werecat help with the search and offer protection, especially when an enemy is infatuated with Chelsie and wants the sword all for himself…the clock is ticking and time is running out.

It's important to keep reading while writing (for inspiration, for a "break", to enrich our creativity) and so, I'd like to give shout-outs to authors and their books I've read during the last six months or so.

People who follow me on Goodreads or who visit my website and browse through the Goodreads widget of books I've read, will have an idea of what I've been reading. Here is my list of books I've read that have most inspired me, starting with the last read first:

>>Cat Daddy by Jackson GalaxyCat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy
(Notes: Something a little different for me. Not a fiction story. Very inspiring. Had me laughing and crying and tugging at my heart. Incredible life...beating the odds, conflict, love of cats, cat care tips scattered throughout, Jackson had a rough life, for sure.)


>>Product DetailsAttic Clowns Volume Two by Jeremy C. Shipp
(Notes: Four short stories. Very creepy, very odd, messes with your mind and reality.)

>>A Pack of Wolves by Eric S. Brown   A Pack of Wolves by Eric S. Brown
(Notes: Nice change of pace from normal werewolf story. Set in the past. Good horror scenes. Never know who's gonna get kicked off next.)

>>Alexander Death by J.L. BryanAlexander Death (The Paranormals, #3) by J.L. Bryan
(Notes: Looking forward to the next in the series...find myself rooting for the bad guys at times. Very interesting storyline and love dynamics between the different characters.)

>>Tommy Nightmare by J.L. BryanTommy Nightmare (The Paranormals, #2) by J.L. Bryan
(Notes: The 2nd in series, cool and different concepts for who and what characters are, kept me on edge of seat.)

>>  Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, #1)  by J.L. Bryan 
(Notes: The 1st in series, was very intrigued reading something NOT vampire & werewolf related, loved learning about Jenny and her relationships.)

>>impish (a comedy of horrors)  Impish by Derrick Hibbard
(Notes: Made me think, lots of action scenes, funny and scary, different, makes you wonder who is good and who is bad.)

>>The Congregation  Congregation by Aric Mitchell
(Notes: Great scary novel, kept me on edge of my seat, surprises, really made me think about good and evil, cool revelation to reader.)

>>Mockingjay Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
(Notes: This covers all 3 books in series...Loved them. Great stories of good vs. evil, love, family, fighting the higher-ups, massive survival situations, who lives, who dies, who ends up with who.)

>>Catching Fire  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


>>The Hunger Games The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


>>Betrothed  Betrothed-The Vampire Journals by Morgan Rice
(Notes: Continuing saga in series, keeps you wondering what happens next and if the girl will ever find happiness and safety, survival, love, on a quest.)

>>DRACULAS  Draculas by Crouch, Kilborn, Strand, Wilson
(Notes: Four authors coordinated writing this. Amazing. Very awesome. Loved storyline. These are BAD vampires, constantly kept you on edge of your seat, who lives, who dies, massive character development.)

>>Adam  Adam-Nightwalkers #6 by Jacquelyn Frank
(Notes: Have read most of her books, great as usual, makes you feel like you really know characters, you care for them and wonder what will happen to them.)

>>Hollowmen  Hollowmen - The Hollows #2 by Amanda Hocking
(Notes: Love Amanda's books, have read everything she's written, this is a sequel, zombies, survival, all the good stuff.)

>>Desired  Desired-The Vampire Journals by Morgan Rice
(Notes: see above Morgan Rice)


>>Origin  Origin by J.A. Konrath
(Notes: Such a great plot. Massive character development, survival, awesome mythology dealing with a demon/the devil, kick-butt action. Cool.)

Monday, September 3, 2012

One Chapter At A Time

I'm still pecking away at the latest novel. And because time is so fleeting, I think I'll do another 60 Second Update, like last week. That was fun!

>Camp NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge ended Aug. 31. Didn't finish book. Didn't get 50,000 words typed in a month (the challenge). Hit about 30,000 words, though.

Still chugging away...uphill climb.
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>The challenge at least kicked my butt in gear to write frequently. And to avoid soooo much "internetting"!

>One of my proofreaders told me I "made her cry" with a scene she read. So cool!

>Yes, I'm sending chapters to my proofreading/editing team as I finish them. Any future changes to those chapters, I copy/paste that portion, email it and have it proofread.


Bad, very bad.
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That is all!