Into the Storm is off for beta. I’m working on various bits and pieces of things while I’m waiting on Gurion Thricebound stuff to come back. I ordered two new maps but haven’t heard back from my artist yet. Haven’t yet heard from my cover artist either. I’ll need to touch base with both of them and make sure it will all be ready on time. I’m kind of frustrated with Hero’s Journey right now. It’s such a good story, but it’s got a few problems I know are there but I haven’t figured out how to fix. And there’s research I’ve intended to do for a long time and need to actually get out there and do. That’s the problem with writing a portal fantasy that partially takes place in the real world – I can’t just make everything up. Val, the main character, is a police officer, and I want to get at least the basic facts correct. I have a lead on an actual female police officer I can talk to, but that means I have to set up a meeting or at least e-mail her, which is hard for my introvert self. I also want to take a beginner handgun class at a gun range, since I realized exactly how little I know about how guns actually work as I was writing it. I ought to at least know how it feels to fire one, as well as how to reload. So to avoid working on… Read the full article.
Welcome to my web page, everyone. My name is Angela Holder. I live in Houston, Texas. I have three kids and a wonderful husband who supports our family so I’m free to devote time to my writing. I’ll be using this blog to share updates on my writing as well as interesting tidbits of information about my books. A few facts about White Blood. I wrote the first draft in November of 2008 for Nanowrimo. Twelve days in, my computer crashed. My latest backup was from four days earlier, so I lost around 11,000 words, what’s now Chapters 5, 6, and most of 7. (Moral of the story: back up your work every day!) I made notes on what I could remember of what I’d written and plowed on with the story, hoping I’d eventually be able to recover the lost portion from my hard drive. My husband tried many things, but none of them worked, so rather than spend a lot of money to have a professional try with no guarantees, I rewrote the missing parts after Nano was over. (I think they turned out better than the first time, so all in all it wasn’t a bad thing.) According to the log I kept, I finished the rough draft on November 30 at 91,294 words, not counting the lost parts. (The finished length is around 106,000 words.) From then until the next November, I worked on editing the rough draft, then had it critiqued by many helpful people at Critique Circle. Later… Read the full article.