Today, we all get a peek at what’s been keeping me absent. It will shock and amaze you, I’m sure.
Which isn’t particularly surprising, since it’s keeping a lot of people absent.
But a book, called “The Powers That Be” is my project and we’ll be talking about that today, since I’m linking up with Beautiful Books.
Here’s le button.
Le collage for le book (made by le friend <3):
And, le synopsis that will reveal everything.
Over a year later, and for Wolfgang Dankworth, redeeming a villainous reputation turns out to be a lot harder than he expected. The adulation of the public over his one heroic move has long since worn off. And finding a job is only punching up the fact that, to any respectable business, he’s about as welcome as a skunk at an outdoor wedding.
Aside from the Fernsbys and the remnants of his old gang, it doesn’t seem like he’s even welcome anywhere.
But then a letter shows up in the mail, inviting him to a secret event. A big move they’re about to make. Something to bring him up higher in society. An organization he joined the last year, named Silverwing.
Only . . . he can’t remember joining.
The SPI’s Hero Project branch is history. It’s been over a year since Mansley was revealed to be corrupt and all the former superheroes have gone back to their normal lives.
Case closed, right?
There are actually quite a few SPI agents who would say otherwise. Including Dallas Knight.
Everything Mansley did couldn’t have just been the work of one man. It goes deeper, and Dallas knows it. There’s an organization behind this. Only he can’t find any evidence. No connections that haven’t been investigated already. No other members.
But it turns out, he actually knows another member of the organization.
That’s right. I’m attempting a sequel. Don’t stop me now.
Aaand here we go, into the wild blue yonder of the Questions for today.
Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Technically, I’m still working out exactly how this story goes. Hopefully this won’t end in total disaster.
But apart from that I’m liking the story and getting wayyyy a lot of words done so that’s awesome.
What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Working a dual-POV narration at the moment, so you guys get two for the price of one.
Dallas’s sentence is technically the first line:
It wasn’t until I’d already taken my coat off that I noticed the smudge of blood on my tie.
But then Wolfgang pops in the next chapter and he needs a bit of spotlight.
While they’re admittedly not fun for your average citizen, just remember that they’re always a double helping of not-fun for people trying to rebuild a life and a reputation on top of that.
Bad News is gonna narrate a bit too but we haven’t gotten to him yet.
Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?
Part of me is going “How do I ever choose?? I love everyone!”
And I do. Really, I love everyone.
But I’m gonna have to say Wolfgang. He’s just the best to write and most enjoyable to work with, despite any swearing and moral questionability. I love the other characters, but after writing Wolfgang for so long, he cuts in line in front of everyone else and takes the cake for me, I’m sorry.
What do you love about your novel so far?
Just… that I get to work more with these characters. And it’s a novel. And I’m writing it. (I’m hard to please, I know.)
Also I’m looking forward to some things later on. -cackles-
Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Well, once I mixed up between someone shaking their head and rolling their eyes and said they shook their eyes. Which is a bit disturbing.
What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
It depends on the book, but usually I like the middle. That’s where all the exciting bulk of the story is and all the funny scenes and I get to goof off. Right now the beginning is somewhat depressing and I’m stressed about getting the end right, so…. yeah. Middle’s looking great right about now.
What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
My writing habits. Hmm.
No, I do not snack. I am either snacking or writing and food tends to fall by the wayside during NaNoWriMo.
Heck yes I listen to music. Have my extensive soundtrack.
Generally, I write best in the evening since I’ve had ideas rattling around in my head all day. I write best when I’m technically supposed to be in bed and sleeping.
My writing space is anywhere I have the laptop and a few minutes to write, I’m not picky with what I get. (Though someday…. I will have a lovely little writing beanbag in my room and I will write there. -stares wistfully into the distance-)
- How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
Well. Going off the front that I’m the oldest of nine kids and have a small fandom living with me?
I keep them update on what’s going on and read them stuff. Plus there’s OYAN alpha readers.
So yeah. No Batman-ing here.
What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
There’s the more pure motive of “I like this story and want to finish it”.
And then there’s the fact that NaNo is super competitive and I thrive on crushing competition.
Take your pick.
- What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
Not that I consider myself particularly wise on the topic, but I’ll give it a shot.
- Word war/sprint. It’s very motivating having a timer/other people to race against. (okay whatever that’s not as much advice as ‘try this’ but I’m leaving it.)
- Make sure you like your characters. You have to have people you love enough to push through this story with. And if you don’t like your characters, it’s not gonna carry through for your readers.
- Tell jokes. Okay, maybe your not a joke-y type person, but it very much helps keep things light and flowing in my opinion. Jokes and funny moments are good. And realistic. Come on, life is funny.
Hope you guys enjoyed learning some stuff about my book!
So how’s nano going for you? What’s your book about?
Have a great Sunday, guys. ❤