Month: May 2013


Brandon Sanderson Classes 2013

A quick post about the Brandon Sanderson Lectures.

Here is the description direct from the webpage.

Beginning June 3, the online version of Brandon Sanderson’s 2013 creative writing class will be recreated online at this site. The format will be like this:

  1. Every Monday, I’ll post that week’s lecture.
  2. Optionally, throughout the week I’ll post a couple “creative catalysts” you can respond to that consist of a flash fiction writing prompts focusing on a principle Brandon taught. They’ll be constrained to around 250 words and are supposed to only represent 5 minutes of internal-editor-free writing to get your creative writerly muscles warmed up.
  3. By each Thursday, you’ll be expected to post a 1000 word submission to the specialized forum I have set up. I almost have it done, but suffice it to say it will look somewhat similar to Quora or Stackoverflow if you’re familiar with those.
  4. By Monday (in time for the next lecture), you should have critiqued at least 4 other students submissions.
  5. By the end of the September (in 4 months), have have written 30,000 words, hopefully a complete novelette.

Some have asked about cost, and just like the site is now there will be no charge. I’m doing all of this for a masters degree project and the best way you can give back is by simply actively engaging in the class. And I might have one or two short surveys for you. :)

For full details on how to get involved and watch the intro video by Brandon go to Brandon Sanderson’s 2013 Summer Class

Good Weekend

I had a pretty good weekend writing… I know it’s not over yet as it is memorial weekend and bank holiday.

GERALD is coming along well and I am definitely ahead of the curve with this first draft and I hope it continues this way.  I’m just starting chapter eight and chapter seven finished on another of Gerald’s little purchases.  This little wizard is way too much like me when it comes to impulse buys…

Anyway have a great memorial day and bank holiday Monday and #KeepWriting

Current Word Count: 18,911

This Weekend…

Finished chapter four and still ahead of the curve.  Starting this weekend back with Gerald and his sidekick Colin.  I’m hoping to get a lot done as I’m eager to see what else Gerald can get himself into especially as he is now let loose in a large city.  Don’t forget to read chapter one and post comments.

Current Word Count: 10,550


Going strong, third chapter under my belt and on (actually ahead of) schedule for first draft completion by 23rd July.

Great feedback from my awesome critique partner who has read each chapter after completion and also others who have read the first chapter 🙂

Current Word Count: 8,211 words.


Chapter two of GERALD under my belt.  I’m loving this novel, it is so much fun to write.  I’ve just introduced the bad guy wooohhaaaaaa!!! (scary laugh LOL)

Don’t forget to read the sneak peek first chapter 😉

Current Word Count: 5,091

Query And First Chapter of GERALD


In the realm of Wyverndawn, a wizard’s height is the mark of his power, so shrinking an entire inch is disastrous for Gerald.

Looking to gain a few inches, Gerald attempts to create a village landmark using his superior wizarding skills. But the spell he bought — from a guy who knows a guy — is a tad more powerful than he anticipates.  The resulting earthquake, hurricane and escape of a very dangerous wizard from prison really weren’t part of the plan.

To add insult to injury, a red-faced Gerald finds himself banished from his village along with the one inch demotion; two more and he’ll join his father as a Royal Equine Poop Disposal Coordinator.

Gerald’s hopes of returning home hinge on repairing the devastation he caused and thwarting the evil wizard’s plans of grasping Wyverndawn for his own. Failure could mean Gerald’s next spell might well be his last.

GERALD AND THE AMULET OF ZONRACH is a humorous fantasy. It is complete at 67,500 words. Similar in tone to Terry Pratchett, readers would enjoy this novel of the trials of an inexperienced wizard who manages to turn everything he touches into chaos.

Gerald and the amulet of Zonrach, published by Immortal Works, is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Please visit my FB author page, Twitter , Instagram and YouTube to see what I’m currently working on.

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Jaguar Progress

I had a pretty good weekend this weekend, writing wise.  I almost reached my goal of finishing the story, which I did but there is more to write to take the novel to the end without leaving unanswered questions.

I finally wrote the chapter I knew I had to write but didn’t want to.  I can’t say more than that at the moment.

This week will be a week of tying up loose ends, printing the novel out and going over a hard copy with a red pen.  Then I will be ready for my next revision.

Current Word Count:  66,394

Plans For This Weekend

I am pushing towards finishing the story of Valaria this weekend in a rough draft.  The next stage over the following few weeks will be to go through each chapter and add more details in areas where the chapters feels weak.  Hopefully this will give me my finished revision by the end of May.

After this revision is finished it will then be time to run through the comments by my critique partner to tighten the draft.   I’m aiming for an 80,000+ word draft at the end of this part of the process.

I will be letting Jaguar sit for a while after this phase while I work on my next project which is a humorous fantasy novel.

Current Word Count: 60,704

Update and Brandon Sanderson Class

This past weekend was a good one for me. I removed some chapters that I didn’t like and wrote two new ones. This dropped my word count for the novel temporarily to allow me to add new chapters which I hope will make the whole novel flow better and increase the momentum of the story.

I can credit two sources (both equally as important) for this change, and also for the new way that I am looking at writing as a whole. Hopefully this will be better for you, the readers, of Jaguar and my future novels.

The first is Brandon Sanderson and a series of videos of his 2012 creative writing class at Brigham University. These videos were taken and uploaded by Scott Ashton, a former student of Brandon’s. They are a great source of information for writers, not only on the creative writing side of the profession but also the industry itself. These videos, I would say, are a ‘must watch’ series for anyone who is serious about writing and wants to become published. To see theses videos and also sign up to take part in an online group for the 2013 lectures go to the ‘Write About Dragons’ website, here.

The second is my critique partner Christine Berman, who I mentioned in an earlier post. Her critique has made a large impression on how now I see Jaguar and her comments have opened my eyes and also instilled new and exciting ideas. Not only am I looking at writing in a new way but critiquing her novel ‘Inundation’ has allowed me to look at books in general as an editor not just a writer and this is allowing me to analyze my novel differently. I am new to viewing my manuscript as an editor but hopefully I am obtaining the tools to be able to improve Jaguar with each revision that I do.  Hopefully she will share some of ‘Inundation’  when I can persuade her to get her blog up and running.

Current Word Count:  57,290

So Far…

Reached the magical 50,000 words mark this week and I am hoping to get some solid work done over this weekend.

The dogs woke me up at 5:30am today which is why I’m at my PC at this hour. I’ve checked email, browsed the internet and generally procrastinated, as is my usual practice.

My aim is to complete my first revision by the end of this month (80,000+ words) and hope to see definite progress towards that goal this weekend.

I have also just managed to source a hardback copy of Duncton Wood by William Horwood which is one of the the books that actually gave me the desire to write from an animal’s perspective. I am really looking forward to re-reading it during the times when I take a break from the keyboard.

Word Count: 50,534