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Monday Update

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 HJ I’m taking care of whatever other little things need to be done. I’m trying to write a blurb for Gurion Thricebound, which is difficult since it’s got such a wide scope – it’s got four parts that could be separated out into four different books, though I wrote it all as one story. So I’m focusing the blurb on the first part while trying to hint at the whole thing. And it’s in first person, so I’m trying versions in both third person and first person. Both need more work before they’re good enough. I might hire someone to help me with it. At least I already have a killer blurb for Hero’s Journey ready for when I need it. Blurb writing is strange for me – sometimes I’m just in the mood and the words flow, other times it’s like beating my head against a wall. I have to keep coming back to it, because I never know when will be one of the good days, but if I work for a little while and nothing’s happening I might as well leave it and work on something else, because more time won’t help.

Today is the day!

White Blood is live! Both the trade paperback and Kindle editions are up at Amazon. (Buy them here.)

I’m going to spend the day getting the word out to as many places as I can think of. Then tomorrow it’s back to my regular writing schedule. Got to get working on more stories to share with my readers! In an upcoming post I’ll give you a sneak peak of what to expect from me next.

Hello

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 I revised it substantially based on the critiques. After that I set it aside for several years while I worked on other projects. At the beginning of 2014 I finally decided I was ready to share it with the world. After another round of revisions and polishing, it’s almost time for it to go public. I hope you enjoy it!