Cill Darae: First Draft Complete

First Draft Complete – Nov 27th.

Tonight I finished the first draft of Cill Darae, a New Druids series, Volume Five. I am a little under my normal word count, but that will be fixed with the second draft. I had a sudden interest to write this past summer and that, coupled with NaNoWriMo this past November, is to thank for the earliest completion (first draft) of one of my novels to date.

Sadly, the hard work is about to start. The second draft is hard. So very hard. And honestly, I am not looking forward to it. It’s like pulling your eyes out and throwing them around the room at random intervals. This (for me) was a complex novel with complex themes. It is taking the series down to the conclusion I dreamed of years ago. It’s scary when you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am also worried I will disappoint. By now, you the readers, have impressions in your mind. You have your own vision of where the story goes. Well, I have mine too and I hope when you see the finish line you won’t be disappointed.

I love this series and I hope you do, too. In some ways, I wish I hadn’t written it and someone else had. That way I would get to enjoy it. Lol. Not really. Just kidding.

NaNoWriMo

I want to give a shout out to the NaNoWriMo Ottawa Chapter and in particular the Barrhaven crowd. Thanks for the write-ins! I wish you all the best as the month wraps up, and see you next year!

Ciao!

Don

Website Refresh

I love change. If you’ve been following my website over the past few years you are probably groaning and saying to yourself: Not again…

Yes, again. This time I REALLY like it. It’s clean and concise.

Tell me what you think!

In other news, I have reached the halfway point of NaNoWriMo two days early. I crossed the 25K words mark yesterday. This puts my word count at 51K for Cill Darae, Volume 5, of the New Druids series.

This is a different novel in so many ways. It scares me a little in that I am departing from the norm. It’s all third person for one. And two, I am tearing apart the Realm of Belkin once more.

Sarah Sambles: Marketing Insights

Sarah Sambles’ Logo (used with permission).

I had the pleasure of attending a marketing workshop hosted by the Canadian Authors Association last evening (Nov 13, 2018). I went because I had the opportunity to once again enjoy the wisdom and gentle guidance of Sarah Sambles, their guest speaker. Sarah is located in Ottawa, Canada and offers writers tips on marketing and more.

Yes, marketing. The bane of writers everywhere. Especially self-published ones like yours truly.

Sarah approaches marketing for writers in a way that will have you nodding your head and grimacing. Nodding your head because it MAKES SENSE, and grimacing because IT IS WORK. There is no magic bullet, in case you were wondering. It’s about a fair exchange of my novel to you the reader for the joy I hope I give you by reading my material. And somehow reaching that reader base of like-minded people.

Her one key take away: writers need to have empathy with the reader and find a way to connect and resonate with them. I sure hope I am doing that! Speaking of which, I hired Sarah for a one-on-one session a few weeks back. I am still working on implementing her recommendations. It was time well spent for me.

To my fellow authors: She is so worth your investment of time and a little money.

Here’s how to contact her:

Ciao!

Don

Freamhaigh Review

The Red-Headed Book Lover has graced me again, this time with a review of Freamhaigh. Honestly, this woman humbles me with her praise. So, of course, I have to tell everyone! Click here to read the review.

Here are my favourite lines from her review:

Many comparisons could be made to world-renowned books and tv shows because Freamhaigh and the previous three books are of the same high standard.

and

Freamhaigh can easily be compared to Game of Thrones and even the Lord of the Rings series because they all have one thing in common: an entertaining, well-developed story that will make readers lose sleep because of how gripping the story is!

Wow. That’s praise I can get behind!

Let me know if you agree.

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