Friday, March 16, 2012

Fact Friday

Yes, it's a fact - it's Friday! Unfortunately I had to call in work today because I'm feeling under the weather, but that will allow me to get some reading done on Mageri: Book 3 to take my notes. If my real job would hook me up with working at home on the computer, I'd probably do it. I'm no stranger to that as I used to work at home for many years operating a company. Of course, the advantage of working in an office is being able to leave it.

Every so often I try to think of fun facts about the book series or writing to share. It gets hard to remember what I've already posted! Some of these are based on questions I've received. But here's a few.

Models of my characters are near impossible. I have an image in my head, and I understand that each reader does as well. We all  see characters the way we want to. I have to say out of all my looking around, this was one model that looked very close to how I see Novis. He's physically young but ancient, and yet tries to look modern with his hairstyle. This cut isn't exactly how i see it, but he could be close. I think the broad mouth sells it for me with those eyes, as the slim physique. His name is not pronounced as "novice", but No-Vis. :)

LOGAN - From the looks of the poll so far, you guys really like him. This character was almost a Vampire, believe it or not. I had another idea for a unique character, and I was hesitant about introducing brand new Breeds into the story, but took a chance with him. It meant reinventing a name for his species, and while those text to audio may pronounce it as 'ki-tah', it's pronounced like the animal. He didn't have the personality of a vampire, anyhow. He might have been insulted.

GHUARDIAN - The word came about when I needed something unique to use for this particular position. You'll notice I use capitalization for some words that I want to stand out as having a unique meaning. A Ghuardian is similar to a guardian, but the word is a Mage word. Anytime the Mageri is concerned, different rules apply. It was a no-brainer for me, actually, and you can thank my ex boyfriend. He was into those interactive online games where you walk around a vast land and acquire skills and fight other players, and it was the handle he used. I had to laugh at how serious he got about the whole affair, and the things they would type to each other. I kept saying, "You're a grown man playing a video game and asking someone if they can sell you some potions." But, we all have our forms of escapism, so you can't really knock it.

HELL - The scene with Eli was re-written entirely. Initially it was a lot more graphic and I felt it was unnecessary. I wanted to give a little more insight to how a Sensor lives and does business, so it was a created opportunity. Each Breed has found a niche in their world, and they all play by different rules. The idea of the bartering system became an interesting concept to me, because many of these immortals have acquired money over the years, so often it's a turn of a favor that proves more valuable than a coin. The scene I think also served as a test and a lesson to Silver about what she's willing to sacrifice for her pursuit.

I like to see the series as a growth of character for not only Silver, but others as well. In real life, we all have our stubborn ways, and things from our past have shaped who we have become and how we behave and treat others.No one is perfect, and we are the worst at judging others. It is interacting with new people and situations that changes our perceptions, and helps us grow as an individual. So you may see a slow evolution with the characters, because each of them has influenced and changed one another with their friendship/relationship.

As you know, I've been doing my first read through of Mageri: Book 3. I wrote these books few years back, and in the process of publication, I'm rediscovering them with fresh eyes. During this first read, I've been expanding on scenes. That has so far bumped the word count from about 92K to 99K. I've seen quite a few people comment about how the books seemed like a quick read, and that's actually a fairly decent size book, so I'm not going to get hung up on size.

Don't go there.

Here's an example of the range of a series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - 76,944 words
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 85,141 words
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 107,253 words
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 190,637 words
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 257,045 words
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 168,923
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Approximately 198,227

 Started out a fairly short book but a whopping 257K on Phoenix? Wow! I'm thinking if readers are invested enough, and the scenes are relevant and not just filler, then this is all that matters. While I've kept myself in the 90,000 ballpark, if I top over 100 and have nothing left to edit out, then I'm going for it.

I've already been seeing questions about a timeline for book three. Sorry, I don't have one. I play it by ear depending on how the drafting and editing process goes. I'd like to target summer, but it will depend on a number of variables. Before, I ran into a snag with editing, and had to patiently wait in line for several weeks longer than I anticipated. Given many authors release dates are stretched apart a year, I don't think waiting until summer or fall is a big sweat. I'm not just a writer, but I'm a reader, so I need to be able to squeeze my reading time in with the writing. Have pity!

Also, excuse the slight modifications on the blog. I'm testing post backgrounds out to find out what works easiest on the eyes. While the muted grey was aesthetically pleasing, with the white text it made my eyes burn. Of course, it could just be me, but I'm going to try out the lighter color for a while.


  1. Your right , I loved Logan. He made me like this book just a little more then the first. He gave me butterfly's!! When I was done reading I went back just to re-read his parts of the book. I hope he is just as important in the next book, because he is who I'm waiting to see again. I find him perfect for Sliver<3

  2. I love the Mageri series. So different and fresh. Starting as a human and not being either a vampire or a shifter is outstandingly original. I stumbled upon Sterling browsing Amazon; sampled it; it was like having 1 chip, it was not enough. Now I am hooked. I can't wait for #3, and I agree, Logan is HOT! Flame on little Raven.

  3. I must say I love Sliver I find her to be a bad ass with heart. She is what I most want and hope in a female! Her courage is amazingly envied. I love that all the men are so charming and protective. I think we all need that in a man and most are lacking. It may be old fashioned but so loved by me. I wish men were more a gentleman. I must say Logan is great but I love Justus. Lets have a love triangle in book three.

    1. Thank you, Rachael! I'm so glad you love Silver. She's a complicated girl thrown in an even more complicated world with rules that don't make sense to her, and often aren't in place to protect anything but themselves. I do think those in your life that look after you in different ways are important, and something she had been lacking in her life. haha! I'm glad you like Justus, too. He's a favorite of mine...just a noble, all around guy, even though he can be a bit grumpy and distant.

      Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy their journey to come.