Monthly Archives: October 2012

Weekly Goals for 10/30

This week will include more writing on Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold, unfortunately I was busy yesterday and I’ll be busy tomorrow, so I won’t be able to get as much done as I’d like to. Still, the work is going forward and I’m continuing to move through the ¬†second half the story. As it stands right now, I’ve written just over 35,000 words [or 140 pages]. I’d really like to hit at least 40k by the end of this week. We’ll see!

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Progress Report for 9/26

Not a lot to report this week. I edited some and I wrote some. Both went pretty well, though the writing is a bit slower than I’d like. Writing the second half of Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold is proving to be a challenge because of how dramatically the story shifts. And I’m dealing with situations that I haven’t had to write before. I am determined, however, to work my way through this and ensure that it’s just as interesting and compelling as everything else. So far, at least, the story is going in the direction I want it to. As the story stands right now, it’s roughly two-thirds the length of Murder at the End of the World, which gives a pretty good idea of the progress I’ve made in the past few weeks. Likely Eyes of Diamond will end up being a bit longer [maybe 50-75 pages more], meaning that I can probably get a first draft finished in less than month. The hardest part, however, and the longest part, is all the fixing and editing that comes next.

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Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold – Excerpt #2

~The Partner~

Kneeling beside the chair where Gregory Williams still sat comfortably reclined, was Detective Alistair Mooney. Hearing the door open, he turned to her and smiled. The man was tall and thin, with a weathered frock draped lightly across thin shoulders. Add to that his too-pale skin, bulging eyes, and penchant for voicing unwanted opinions, and you had a man who was difficult to like. This was the first time Allison had seen him in person, but she’d heard enough about him to know all she needed to.

“Good of you to come, Detective Newberry,” he said. “The work so far has been rather lonesome.”

Allison said nothing.

“Gregory Williams,” Alistair continued, ignoring her silence, “aged sixty-five. Stabbed once through the heart, a clean entrance wound, with a butcher’s knife. That knife.” He pointed to the weapon that lay on the floor. Its keen edge caught the light from the newly-stoked fire. Droplets of blood were spattered around it. “No effort taken to hide the weapon or the body. The evidence merely left where it fell.”

“Just like Illdara,” Allison mumbled.

A wide, crooked grin split Alistair’s face. “A fine bit of work, that, Detective Newberry. Not many could venture into that horrid abyss and return victorious. But it did change you, didn’t it? Forced you to leave something or yourself behind?”

“Enough of that,” Allison said. “I don’t care to dwell on the past when there’s a crime to be solved here in the present.”

Alistair laughed. “For one not keen on the past, you’ve certainly visited that young man rather more than a few times.”

It was hard not to hit Alistair across the face, but that was the sort of reaction he seemed to thrive upon.

“I see little need in having two detectives on this case,” she said bluntly.

“Our superiors,” he said, returning to the body, “in their wisdom, deemed it necessary for the “great detective” to have an assistant on this case, so that she might better let her mind work, while another handled the more tedious tasks of the investigative progress.”

“I didn’t ask them to send you,” Allison said, annoyed.

“You didn’t ask them not to.”

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Weekly Goals for 10/22

After a short week last week, it’s right back into the mix! My goal remains the same: keep writing Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold. Right now I’m running through the first 100 pages again, to make sure that I haven’t missed anything important that ought to be in there and fixing a few little things along the way. Basically, I’m at the point where the story changes dramatically, so I’d like to get things taken care of in the first half before I move on, ¬†otherwise it might be more difficult to make any changes later. So far, I’m really happy with how the first half of the book had turned out, it’s really met with my expectations for what it needs to be as a sequel and a slightly more matured work.

I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to finished most of the first draft within the next two months and then spend the bulk of November on getting it all fixed up for release.

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Weekly Goals for 10/15

Nothing much new this week, still working my way through Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold. This week’s going to be cut a bit short, though, since I’ll be away on Friday and will probably not have much writing time on Wednesday and Thursday. But, I’ll get as much done as I can today and tomorrow, and get some prep work done for next week. As it is right now, I’m at the stage in the story where it’s getting even tougher to write. I may even need to set my writing aside for a bit and work on some ideas. Anyway, more writing tomorrow, at least!

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Weekly Update for 10/12

Work on Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold is continuing and the overall work is rapidly approaching 100 pages. I really like the way the mystery is going. There are a lot more characters, each with their own agendas, and I think that makes the story much more dense. Rather than moving the characters from one place to the next to drive the story forward, the story is being driven forward by the characters and how they interact. That’s the first hundred pages. Without giving anything away, the next hundred pages or so will take a much different track and tone, but I believe that I can make it just as interesting and just as good.

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Weekly Update for 10/05

Unfortunately, I could quite make the 15,000 word goal I set for myself back on Monday. Some things came up and I wasn’t able to get in as much work as I hoped I would. On the bright side, work on Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold is coming along very well and is already well above sixty pages in total length. It’s been a bit harder to write because of how dialog heavy it all is, but I think that’s going to be part of the reason why this book is going to be even better and more entertaining than Murder at the End of the World. Next week I hope to get in much more writing than this week, with all the rust shaken loose and a much better idea of where the story is going to go.

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