Before the death of my beautiful daughter and fellow author, Tiffany M. Rock last month, I had been working on a Fantasy I called Vermaland. The story is about some gypsy-like people who are caravanning across their Kingdom in wagons in search of a valley promised to them in a prophecy. There is magic and elves. There is also a smattering of sex and violence. It wouldn’t be mine if there wasn’t.
I actually started this story a couple of years ago ( I have the attention span of a kitten with a ball of string) and it had been simmering in my document file while I jumped around to other projects. I picked it up again last summer, but set it aside when my daughter was diagnosed as terminal and we began the months of hospital visits and disappointing news from oncologists ( I shredded one–an oncologist–in a wood chipper in a story I started in October and may get back to it later in the year).
One of the things Tiffany begged of me was not to give up on my writing in my grief, so after that horrible day on December 17, I opened my computer and got back to work, editing the first draft of Vermaland and doing the cover. I published on December 31.Vermaland can be found in paperback or e-book on Amazon.com. I hope you will give it a read. It’s my longest so far at 614 5×8 pages and 103K words.
I really enjoyed writing this story. It took me back to my twenty years of reading almost only Sword and Sorcery Fantasy. The reviews I’ve received from my beta readers have been good and I’ve outlined and begun writing Book 2! I’m 10 chapters and 25K words in already on my first draft.
I signed up with Dabblewriter.com and have really enjoyed their service. I can outline, plan scenes, organize my plot grid, and write my chapters. I can then export it all to Word to format for printing. Dabble is easy to use and fun. You should all check it out!
My 2017 plan was to publish 6 novels, but I only managed 3 full length novels and a novella. I’m back on track for 6 in 2018. I enjoyed the online Creative Writing class I took through Wesleyan University and hope to publish the Capstone Project as a novella. It is set between books 2 and 3 of my Soiled Dove Sagas and features Roxie’s return to Dodge City after Willard dumps her in the hospital in Colorado Springs. I titled it The Return of the Queen. Wish me luck! I hope you all have a very productive 2018.
Until the next time, Write On!