So, what is going on with Blake?

After an eight month break from writing, I decided that I needed to come back to it. Never have I been so long away from this passion of mine. So I ask, as the title says, what is going on with Blake?

Firstly, I finished the first draft of my third book some time ago. Done, finished, excellent, or so you might think. Actually, not so, as that was only the first draft. Then, I finished the second draft of my third book, and huge chunks of the story changed. Well done! Then, I started the third draft of my…well, you see how this is going?

Writing a book takes time, and getting the first words out, (the first words, or the first 100,000 words) is sometimes the easy bit. It is certainly the first bit. Then comes the reading back what you wrote, forewarned, forewarned I tell you, that it will read like crap, and then comes the working with that crap into the almost-gem you kind of envisioned.

Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.

– Iris Murdoch

Iris was right. It will never turn out quite how you first envisioned it, but you can only hope that it turns out better. I’ll let the reader decide on that while I move on to the next project.

Anyhow, this third book was originally called Of Colours and Shades but has more recently been renamed The Assassin’s Codaci. These last two months I have managed to push through the editing and redrafting of nine chapters so far, and I hope to get the whole book ready for its next shake-down certainly by the end of this year. It’s a bigger book than I have written before, in regard to word count, and also plot and subject matter. There are quite a few main characters, and each of their chapters are, at least initially, separate from each other. It’s not a new idea. I don’t think there are any truly new ideas out there anymore, just renewed old ones, but…it’s all new to me, so that’s why it’s taking the extra time. (Plus the eight month break didn’t help).

So, that’s what is going on with Blake. Writing, thankfully, and mostly consistently. Most importantly, the book is being completed. This will be the third in the Assassin Princess Novels series, and for now at least, the last. Then I shall move on to other projects that won’t be fantasy based, I feel. That’s not to say a fourth won’t appear, but certainly, not immediately.

I am truly excited to get Codaci finished and get it out there, and I obviously hope that people will enjoy it. I certainly do. 🙂

The Journey Begins… Quotes to Write By

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

– Anton Chekhov


Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.

– Iris Murdoch


Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and your writing will be just as it should be.

– Mark Twain


Cut out all those exclaimation marks. An exclaimation mark is like laughing at your own joke.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald


Laugh at your own jokes.

– Neil Gaiman