Essays

Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Well, it’s done. The last scene needed to complete the manuscript for book three of my Papilion Trilogy, Berserker, is done. All that’s left to do it to blend the snippets into the main story, to diligently consider the beta readers’ feedback I received (some of which is still on the way), and then hit the last rounds of editing.

I won’t lie. I felt like giving up. This has been the toughest year in writing yet, and there were more than a few periods when I felt like walking away. It’s tough to be a writer, tougher when resources are financially out of reach, when human resources are scarce (reviewers, beta readers), and when Life keeps getting in the way. Discouragement and lack of motivation were constant enemies; we wrestled a lot.

When I started The Purple Morrow four years ago or so, I had one book in mind. I purposely wrote a simple story, being that it had a complex theme : exploring self-doubt and loss and what it takes to move on, in a fantasy context. That grew to two books—Wolf’s Bane literally became the bane of my existence for 2 years, and Berserker—well, yeah. I was often two hairs shy of losing it more than once. … …Funny how the book titles see, to reflect my mental state at the time of writing…

Anyway, the end is in sight. Berserker started as a writing challenge :  write a million words in a year. I started out great—in two months I had about 50k or something. But then I hit a block and let the manuscript sit. I worked on other things while periodically going back and adding to it. But there were challenges, the main one being: How to write a satisfying trilogy ending? Some people have been faithful, reading all the books, they are invested in the characters and what’s happening to them, screaming at the end of book 2 and rabid for more–

Don’t you sometimes feel that writing the ending of a story is tough? So coming to writing the ending of a trilogy…

I was afraid of screwing it up.

Actually, I lied. I haven’t written the ending yet. But I will. I’m waiting for the editing to pull the story threads together to inspire the right ending in order to satisfy my readers. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, I guess this is a thank you to everyone who has read my books, who has motivated and encouraged me with their comments and feedback and support. Know that you played an important role in getting this project finished. 🙂

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So, back to work! Still lots to do but at least now there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I’d love to hear your writing stories, both good and bad. Are you struggling, or riding the wave of success? Tell me about it 🙂

 

Essays, Misc

Yes! It’s a Book Giveaway!

Wow! I recently made a wonderful discovery: my blog, Dropped Pebbles, has over 200 followers! When I started this journey, I had NO idea what I was doing or how I would even get one person to follow me and my writing journey. But somehow a miracle happened and here I am! 🙂 I really want to thank everyone who has supported me, my posts, and my writing; thank you to everyone who has collaborated with me in any way; thank you to those who awarded the blog with various blogging awards; thank you to anyone who has read, commented and shared blog content, or in any other way encouraged me.

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As a practical way of saying thank you, I have decided to give away free PDF copies of my book, The Purple Morrow! So, the first five people to contact me via the contact form below with a line or two about what they appreciate most about Dropped Pebbles will win! 🙂

See contact form below…

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Many Thanks

Blogging began as an experiment for me. I had no idea if I had anything to share that would interest anyone, or if I’d get even one follower; it seemed likely the whole project would fail. I still get the shakes just thinking about that, lol But blogging has become something I really enjoy doing, and what makes it particularly special and rewarding is the support and participation the blog has received from you guys. Every follower, comment, Like and reshare, etc. is greatly appreciated, and it all motivates me to keep sharing with you.

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So THANK YOU everyone and I sincerely hope you will continue to enjoy what you find here. And feel free to drop me a line if you have suggestions for improvement, or for a new topic or activity. 🙂

Best,

Dyane