The Beginning of My Book, Reconciled

light-vs-dark 1I would like to introduce the beginning of Reconciled from my rough draft. Please let me know what you think. Here you go…

Reconciled

Her eyes were like sunflowers swimming in a sea of blue; a case of central heterochromia where there are two different colors in the same iris of the eye. She was different, but not because of her eyes. There was a secret inside her that not even she knew. It was a secret that soon would be revealed.

The angel stood across the cemetery watching Marie. He knew that what he had to tell her would drastically change her life, but it was time. It was time for the fallen angels to be reconciled back to God. Therefore, Vincent was sent to Marie.

“We know who she is.”

“Hello, Marek.”

Vincent turned around to face the fallen angel.

“This plan will not work.”

“It is already working. Lucifer has turned on all of you.”

“He is a traitor, along with the few he got to follow him.”

“The fallen angels have an opportunity for redemption. This is the last chance you will get,” Vincent warned.

“We didn’t ask for a second chance. The war will continue. Xavier has taken over what Lucifer abandoned.”

“This will not end well for you.”

“We shall see,” Marek said and vanished in a plume of black smoke.

“It has begun,” Vincent breathed and went back to watching Marie.

Marie stared at the newly covered graves of her parents. She could hardly believe they were gone. It was two weeks ago that her parents were on their way to meet her for dinner. It’s such a cliché to say that it was a dark and stormy night, but it was. The rain in Washington can be relentless, making it impossible to see through at times. Another car lost control and ran into her parents. The impact left no survivors in either car. After the funeral Marie moved into her parents house and took a leave of absence from her job so she could process the loss. However, it was now time to go back to work. It would be what her parents wanted; for her to go on with her life. She wiped the tears from her eyes and left the cemetery.

 

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2018 Goals for Reconciled

HappyNewYearIt’s a new year and I have new goals for the book I’m writing, Reconciled. I’m very excited to share what I believe are attainable goals. I fervently started writing Reconciled last May and I plan to have this first book in a 3-part series published this May. The goal is to publish it as an eBook through Amazon for $0.99 or $1.99. I’m still toiling over the price, but that should come in time.

Although I’m planning to self-publish, I still plan to get editing and proof-reading help. I firmly believe as a writer to always get another set of eyes to edit your work, no matter how self-proclaiming of a good editor you may be. It’s your work; you’re biased. With that being said, I’m aiming to have my book up for alpha/beta reading in March, available for editing/proof-reading in April, and completely finished in May, making it ready to be published.

Before editing or publishing I will need alpha/beta readers who can offer me honest feedback on my book for readability. These generally should be people who are interested in the genre that I’m writing. If you are interested in being an alpha/beta reader for me, please let me know.

Now…it’s time to wrap this up and finish Reconciled!

In the Setting

SeattleMy book, Reconciled is set in Seattle, WA and the surrounding area. I have done a lot of research on the places where my scenes play out. Most of them are at Marie’s house, but I have a few scenes that are located in or near Seattle.

One of the first scenes is at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, which is a cemetery located in Seattle. I spent nearly a whole day researching this place and ironically, now have a final resting place in mind. Another scene is at a coffee shop near University of Washington-Seattle that I renamed and gave ownership to Marie’s best friend, Katherine. I also have incorporated Seattle Underground for a few scenes. It consists of old storefronts and sidewalks from the Great Fire of 1889, which resulted in the city building on top of the remnants. Tourists can walk through it on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. It’s kind of eerie so naturally, I thought it would be an excellent setting for my book. The first fallen angels are reconciled here in an area that is unknown to the tourists and it later becomes their outpost.

The last scene of the book takes place at Emerald City Comic Con, which is held every year at the WA State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. I thought it would be interesting for the characters to be in this setting since it’s an event where strange things can happen and it can be viewed as part of Comic Con. In this particular scene, there is an entertaining skirmish between the angels and fallen angels. I thought it would make a good ending for the first book with a bit of a cliffhanger.

I think I used just enough settings for the beginning of this story and I already can’t wait to get started writing the second book!

3-Month Blog Pause

Pause ButtonThat whole thing about how a writer should write everyday has been put to bed by me, especially since I’ve been on a 3-month blog pause. I write when I feel inspired and I don’t force my creativity. I let it come naturally. And, although I haven’t blogged in three months, I have been writing intermittently on my book, Reconciled. I’m truly amazed at how far I have come in only six months. It’s a lot farther than I have ever been and it’s such a good feeling. I’m not in the final editing phase just yet, but I’m getting pretty close. Right now, I’m transitioning the scenes to one another, which also involves continuing to write dialogue and narration to provide more depth. This is taking longer than I expected, but I’m generally happy with how it’s going. You can’t rush a good thing, right? In the meantime, I will press on and keep blogging about my progress.

Writing Goals

Goals ConceptIt’s important to set goals for writing a book; otherwise, it can be an overwhelming process. I get overwhelmed easily so it’s beneficial for me to break my goals down into obtainable parts. This is why I write all my dialogue first and then go back to incorporate dialogue tags, narration, and if need be, more dialogue. I’m at this point right now. My scenes (chapters) are written, but they are getting fleshed out with these things during the next few months.

When people find out that I’m writing a book they want to know how many pages I have written so far. Well, I can’t really give a true account of this because I don’t write from beginning to end, not even when I’m writing all the dialogue first. I can only answer how many pages of dialogue I currently have written. With that being said, I roughly have 50 pages. It may not seem like a lot but considering that I’m aiming for my book to be between 180-200 pages, I believe that I’m right on track. My idea is to have 20 chapters that are 8-10 pages per chapter. I think that is reasonable. Breaking it down like this provide me mini-goals to keep me on target.

A book has a beginning and an end. How it gets written is up to the writer, as long as it gets written…and that starts with setting goals.

Getting to…The End

The EndI’m excited to say that I have all my scenes set up for my book, Reconciled. I’ll be spending the next few months transitioning them to one another and then editing. My story is developing into a book and soon I’ll be publishing!

This book will actually be the first one in a series. I’m not sure how many books in the series there will be, but I intend to start working on the next one in 2018 after publication of Reconciled. It will be called, Unleashed.

The feeling of being close to finishing is phenomenal. It’s been a long journey and at times it seemed like I couldn’t see the end. However, little by little I have persevered and pressed on. I’m really going to be a published author! I won’t celebrate just yet…not until I’m truly at The End.

Who Am I Writing For?

Question marksI ultimately write for myself. That’s the reality of it. I also would like to think that others find what I write interesting. I’m writing my first book and my target audience are those who generally read urban fantasy books. However, the thought does cross my mind: Are people going to like what I publish? I think many writers get so caught up in whether they think their target audience will like what they write that they don’t get anything written, or they get stuck in the never ending cycle of revision. I’m trying not to fall into that, but it has got me thinking lately since I’m nearing the end of writing my book. As writers, we aspire to get something published to where we become authors. That is the goal. It doesn’t stop there, though. We want to get something published that others want to read. The only advice I can give (and take myself) is to write a story you want to read. No doubt there will be others out there who will want to read it, too.