Tuesday, October 9, 2012

On finishing stuff...

Well, I have finally completed my first book, Hallows Realm (meaning the first draft has been edited and edited, and edited some more... till by eyeballs burned and nearly dropped onto the laptop's keyboard). It's currently undergoing a second eye (or two), then I will have to give it a final going over and decide what to do with the bloody thing! *shiver*

I have a feeling I've been rather over-ambitious for a first novel, mixing contemporary fiction (kids being forced to survive on the dangerous city streets) with high fantasy (being the race and civilization I created in the Underworld) in a supernatural adventure (when the two worlds collide; the one world housing the souls of humans who descend to the Underworld in their death), and dealing with a complex theme to boot—morality in the face of being homeless and forgotten, punishment, redemption. All of this told from the perspective (third person point-of-view, close; past tense) of an ancient dino-lizard boy.

Here's a sneak peek of the working sketch for Zorzum. He looks pretty happy here, but I assure you, Ligortheans can be quite frightening when they need to be. I was also trying to figure out how he'd wear a 'polymorphic cloak'. (I had to invent a crazy technology for getting him to the Surface and then appearing human).


The challenges encountered along this arduous story-writing journey, have at times caused me to consider abandoning writing altogether and apply for work at a chicken butchering facility instead. And it hasn't been easy for my husband either, facing a constant barrage of ludicrous questions and miniature brain explosions from me.

I'm sure there will be a few more brain explosions when I receive the next round of feedback, but for now: thank frig I made it this far.

31 comments:

  1. Talk about exciting. I can't wait to read it.

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  2. Woo HOOOOOOO! Congratulations. Before you get that feedback and your brain explodes, do a happy dance and celebrate getting this far. Heck, why not go out and buy yourself ... I mean, buy ROZ, of course... that toy you've ... I mean, SHE'S... always wanted.

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    1. Cheers, Susan! I'm dancin'! Oooh, what a good idea. Actually, it's hubby's b'day on Saturday. Maybe there's something for m... him I might need to buy first. :D

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  3. Huge congrats! You've reached a milestone. Husband is my sounding board, plot fixer, question answerer, too.

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    1. To think you make it this far, only to start all over again! :) We are lucky having husband's to bug. Such a big help. Thanks, Carol!

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  4. Brava, CarrieBoo! My compliments.

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  5. Hey CarrieBoo,
    How's it goin' eh? Right then, "Zorzum" looks pretty darn cute. However, if Zorzum is anything like my new neighbours, I reckon I should be afraid or something.
    Well done, you. To have got this far is a heck of an achievement and kudos to you for your determination. As for me, I hear some chickens calling my name.
    Hope you had a very nice Thanksgiving Day, eh! :)
    Your starstruck fan, Gary

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    1. Gary, eh! He's still got his boyish good looks here, yes. Wow, that's some interesting neighbours you have! (Now there's a story idea.)
      Thanks Gary. Didn't think I was gonna make it. Aye, and just in time for turkey, too.
      Take care, eh. :)

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  6. Hooray! Woohoo! It's done, in the can, ready for pick up! Yes, celebrate the moment. You should mark the accomplishment, because it's a big one!
    And then remember, "This is only the first!!!" :D
    xxoo

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    1. It feels unreal, to be honest. I will celebrate with... more turkey! :) You mean, I have to think of another idea? Nooooooo! XX

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  7. Biggest kuddos to you, mate! You sooooo deserve it! The last kilometers of any project are always the hardest ones... Especially when it involves reviewing little details, ad nauseum. Have a lovely Thanksgiving, possum. :)

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    1. Cheers, luvvie. I can only imagine all the painstaking detail and work that goes into all your art! And you are always on with something. It's mind blowing just seeing what you do! *gobble gobble* :)

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  8. Please don't apply for work in a chicken butchering facility. I've worked in one and it's awful!. Messy, dirty, smelly.
    Keep writing instead.
    Good luck with the book. Dino-lizard boy......

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    1. You poor luv! That must have been horrific. Okay, I guess I'll just keep plugging away then! :) Cheers, River!

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  9. Congratulations on completing your book! The concept sounds very intriguing. And, by the way, there's no such thing as being over-ambitious!

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    1. Thanks, Jon! I hope it's a bit different and that I managed to pull it off. Even if it flunks, I guess I learned a lot, so you're most right. :)

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  10. I don't think there will be any chicken butchering in your future. My sincere congratulations to you Carrie, and think this book will be a great success.

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    1. Thank goodness for that. Thanks, Arleen. You little buttercup.

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  11. How wonderful. Your achievement - and the fact that the chickens are safe from you.

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    1. They can run... *SQUAWK!* Muchos cheers, EC! :)

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  12. It almost doesn't matter what you do with it now (OK, so of course it matters) - what really matters though is celebrating the fact that you started a mammoth, gargantuan, unrealistic, completely crazy project and you carried through and you FINISHED. I mean, seriously, it's like running a marathon... does it matter how you placed? NO! It only matters that you put one foot in front of the other (bird by bird) and finished the darn thing.
    So proud of you! So happy for you!
    Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate - and then go find yourself an agent and get querying!

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    1. Awww, thanks Cathy! It's exactly like running a marathon. Well, how I imagine running a marathon would be. I would never actually run that far. ;) But if I did, exactly, I would have trained and trained and been shocked and stoked to make it to the finish line at all.

      An agent? Oh my! You mean, I can't just tuck it under the bed now? Doh!

      I pinch yer cheeks!

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  13. I have actually had to butcher a chicken. It's not something I advise doing on a regular basis. The feathers alone are a horror.

    Huggs!
    ctny

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    1. Oh, barf. Not sure I could handle it once! Cheers, dahlin!

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  14. Yay! for the BIG finish. So glad you stayed with it and followed through. Chicken butchering is so overrated. Stay with something that only messes with your mind and not your clothes, nose and toes. Looking forward to Ligortheans.

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    1. Writing gives focus to my messy mind, at least. As hard as it is. Chicken toes. Ewwww! Ta, chuck!

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  15. Congratulations on finishing! The premise and plot sound engaging, and the sketch is delightful.

    I have been part of chicken 'processing' at the farm. I find it hard to eat chicken to this day.

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  16. I am now picturing our Carrieboo fomenting revolution at the chicken butchering facility...

    "Run, chickies, run--quick,fly free!"

    And congrats on the book! It sounds phenomenal, 'specially the theme(s).

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  17. Congratulations on finishing the book, Carrie. Not a small accomplishment!

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