I have been trying to get myself motivated to write. It hasnâ€™t been going very well. I went to plot group this morning and five of the members had stories that they needed help with. It is always a great time. We meet about every six weeks and have breakfast, then work, then have lunch. Lots of eating. Lots of working.
I wasnâ€™t one of the five with something to plot. Then Iâ€™ve plotted two stories and havenâ€™t started either one of them. I did finally finish the contest I had running on my website. Other than that, I have managed to accomplish nothing when it comes to writing.
Maybe tomorrow when I go to lunch with Debra Young, my critique partner, I will get more inspired. I am setting a goal to start writing in September and writing every week. Iâ€™ll see how that goes.
Then it hasnâ€™t been the best month. Robâ€™s wife lost the baby and everyone was very upset. This too will pass, but for the moment things are a bit unsettled.
Starting a new fantasy book always takes awhile with trying to set up the new universe. In my alternate universe story, there are several major issues to take care of such as what magical properties are in the new universe.
One of the problems I have had was trying to figure out what the evil wizard wanted. After multiple trips to plot group, lunch at an OCC meeting and discussing it with my critique partner, I still didnâ€™t know what he wanted. I knew I wanted him to be killing people, but why? What was he getting out of it?
Then I got stuck with my son Rob in the drive-through at KFC, which is not an uncommon occurrence. He plays many different role-playing games and often has great ideas. We were discussing what the wizard wanted and I knew it had something to do with a crystal.
So the legend of the great crystal was born. A thousand years ago, there was a magic crystal that was so powerful, that someone found a way to crack it because the holder of the crystal held enormous magical power and could control everyone around him. The crystal has been hidden for years and most think it is but a legend. However, the wizard has found the crystal and now is trying to find a way to heal it. Certain energy, taken from living beings, can heal the crystal. Those energies are not found in the wizardâ€™s world, the magical world. He has tried and the energy he has taken does nothing to the crystal.
Therefore he has to venture into another universe. There he finds people who have the correct energy. Taking the energy kills the person. He stores it in small crystals, then returns to his own universe where he uses the energy to heal the large crystal.
Pax, the hero, is chasing the wizard when the wizard returns to his own universe and pulls Pax with him and there starts the story.
On a person note, Rob is going to be a father in February.
Samâ€™s story, Freedomâ€™s Treasure, is due on June 6. It is always exciting when a book is coming out. When I got my cover, I just stared at it for a moment. This has always been Samâ€™s story. That was the way I talked about it. He wasnâ€™t on the cover. Jubilee was.
I really like the cover and it is Jubileeâ€™s story also. She is half the story.
I am going to be running a contest on my webpage to launch Freedomâ€™s Treasure. There will be nice prizes. One will be short stories about Sam and Jubilee before they met. Samâ€™s story is done. Jubileeâ€™sâ€¦part way there. That will be next weekends project.
This weekend I have to read my galley for Freedomâ€™s Treasure and get it back by Monday. Thank goodness Monday is a holiday and I donâ€™t have to work, because I have final projects to grade and new classrooms to set up by then to go with the galley.
And to make the weekend even better, the plumbing backed up and I have wet rugs to attend to.