I have had a super crappy winter, Ladies and Gents.
DAGGER, Book 2 of The Hunted Mage Trilogy, has NOT launched yet. I am pretty depressed about my lack of progress with my last set of line-by-line revisions.
There’s a lot of words to corral in Book the Second and they have been around for a long time. (I had to split things up into smaller volumes to make publishing possible way back when I had an agent stringing me along, so much of book 2 was already written.)
FinnFunn was, by far, the most successful book-selling adventure I have undertaken!
My first whirlwind sale was to Katrina & Steve at the table next door. They roast coffee…for Finns…there really should have been caution signs around their booth. Coffee roasted specially for Finns is a dangerously strong product.
In all, largely in part to my Lovely Bride, who seemed to grow is size and enthusiasm as she absorbed Sisu from the air around her, (think of Gandalf seeming to expand when Bilbo lied to him at the beginning of Fellowship of the Ring…only she’s way hotter than Sir Ian McKellan and less scary…sometimes…) we sold 14 copies of HUNTSMAN!
FOURTEEN?! Pardon my ‘all caps’ gaffe there but I am still completely stunned.
People asked if I would sign their copies and I said: “Absolutely! When I am bigger than Stephen King you’ll make a killing on E-bay with this!” (Wait…I live too close to him. Sorry Mr. King!)
They are hosting a Finnish Marketplace (Tori) on Saturday morning. Handcrafted hats and scarfs, baked goods, displays of Finnish heritage etc. I will sell copies of HUNTSMAN there.
Here is the website: Finnish Tori and a page of vendors for the event. (My info is towards the bottom since I am a late addition scrambling to get it going.)
We discovered the event from my sister-in-law Elisa Lomme who will be selling paintings and baked goods at her table across the way! (She’s gots da painting skills, but no website yet. So you’ll have to attend the Tori and start a bidding war!)
Initial contact with the event coordinators found that things were full at the site, but since two of the planners enjoy books…I got a follow-up email saying that they tweaked the floor plan a bit to make some room for me!
Alright…back into the swing o’ things. I have been a lazy (insert your favorite expletive here for loads of interactive Blog fun! It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure Book today.) this summer!
A Move from a small apartment to a small house had my little family scrambling to get our gear out of a storage unit and into place after six years of solitary confinement. It does NOT fit…
(To throw it all into a dumpster turn to page 8)
(To painstakingly sort each box and re-discover the treasures of 24 years of marriage turn to page 17)
Has anyone every been in the situation where your house is a shambles and you have to entertain people, so you contain it all into ONE room, the Room of Shame, and then you ask everyone to please NOT go in there, but they go in anyway and then they lie to you and tell you ‘It’s not so bad!’
(If you choose to pull the one item from the pile that will bury them in an avalanche of rubble turn to page 12)
(If you thank them politely and scoot them out of the room turn to page 23)
That was pretty much our summer, except we kept moving the stuff to different rooms. We would pull it all out, swear that we would sort it and deal with it properly. We will find a space and stow it away THIS WEEK!
(If you haven’t seen Harry Potter’s ‘Room of Requirement’ turn to page 5)
(If you have a room like this in your home RIGHT NOW turn to page 30)
Yeah…we didn’t. But changing jobs to an hourly situation instead of salary helped some.
And then some illness…
I have had a crappy production summer in my writing but I struggle onward in my quest to get Book 2 of The Hunted Mage Trilogy formatted for e-book and paperback, design a cover and launch it at the interwebs.
I really like how DAGGER has turned out. I like it better than Book 1.
Here’s my plan: While I format, I will try to produce 500 words per day on Book 3 and at least once a week, I’d like to produce a blog post that introduces my Cast of Characters one at a time. I have back story for these guys so piled up in my head that it looks like my Living Room in there.
Question of the Week: How do you keep on track with your projects? I am looking for inspirational ideas.
I have a new and fascinating writing prompt from The Daily Post! As a writer of fantasy it just screams for me to blog it up:
You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?
In my Fantasy series The Hunted Mage Trilogy, the mage-in-training, Eyulf learns to harness the building blocks of magic using the power of Rune-Singing, with catastrophic results. So the prompt question above is important to me.
I worked hard at the cause and effect of Eyulf’s power. (A lot of sleepless nights during my writing process making sure it made sense.) What happens to a magic user when he plies his trade?
As with Newton’s Third law: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body.
And the Law of the Conservation of Energy: Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, but can change form.
Eyulf cannot simply work magic without affecting himself or the world around him. If he Sings Runes that summon Light, they must come from somewhere and leave Darkness in their place.
He draws the Element of Fire out of a foe and leaves him frozen but the cold, packed earth of the floor was left steaming and soft from the stolen heat flowing into it.
So when I answer the question above, I think of these things.
I would Teleport! Teleportation is the theoretical transfer of matter from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them.
I hate going places! I hate going places with the unharnessed fury of the Sun. I like BEING places! Don’t get me wrong. Love places! Would love to see all the most fascinating sites the world has to offer me. But the actual physical process of Getting There? Not so much.
So if I gained this magical power, how would that affect me? Would there be some sort of caloric burn that would move me from one place to another? If I wanted to blip from Home to New York City would I lose 5 pounds?
If I brought someone WITH me would I lose 10 pounds or would they lose weight as well? Do I co-market my new power with Weight-Watchers(TM) and get to quit my day job by charging someone to transport them and burn of the calories?
If I go too far away would I shrivel up and die?
So many questions sprout in my head for what should be a very simple question and answer. But I like thinking about such things and working them out in my head…and now, through the miracle of the Inter-Webs, in YOUR head as well!
Do I believe Magic exists now? No. But I want to! I see the everyday magic of doing someone a good turn and seeing suspicion turn into relief or even happiness. I see the magic in my daughter’s eyes when I do something she can’t and is amazed at what her Da can do. (That is the very best of all super powers!)
I see the Dark Magic of road rage and violence growing stronger. Stupid tv dumbs down the imaginations of kids stealing that magic from them. It leaves us all weaker every day.
There are so many more little Magics out there, Good and Bad! It makes me dream of the Bigger, Ancient Magics we have lost…and thus, I write!
Do you believe? Poll it up below and send me comments. I want to hear some of those magical moments you’ve encountered!
So…I had an e-mail from WordPress concerning my “2013 In Review” Statistics. And this is a nice feature and all, but I am a Words guy. Not so much a Numbers guy.
And now I am depressed.
They told me that I have published a paltry 7 new posts this year. Apparently, I am not a Words guy either these days. I have had a rough year job-wise and internet access-wise so I have to cut myself some slack, right.
Wrong! If I have to suffer with the guilt of not posting steadily, then you should all suffer with me! We are all in this World Inter-Webs Net together.
I know…I know! Another New Year’s Resolution Blogger…but THIS year, I MEAN it!
No. That’s a lie. I may very well neglect my Blog again this year.
But ya gotta try! So if you are the type of reader who has very little patience for this sort of thing…I apologize in advance for the 30 days I am about to inflict on you. I try my best to entertain as well as inform. Stick with me. We’ll have fun with it.
For those of you who love this kind of thing…send me feedback. I love a comment e-mail.
Today’s Assignment: Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?
I am Michael R. Wilson and I have self-published a Fantasy novel called Huntsman. This is the first book of a Trilogy called The Hunted Mage.
My goal for the month is to build some good blogging habits and getting better about my marketing techniques. (I am a writer, not a salesman…but I learn!)
I have learned a lot about Search engine optimization and tags…but I will usually ignore all that to tell a better story in any given post. (I shouldn’t. But I do.)
Stick with me for the next 30 days and I promise: I’ll try hard not to bore you silly! You can’t ask for better than that!