Hello, all! I’m back this week with another update on The Forgotten Hero. If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve been privy to some of my progress in real-time, (although I’m thinking I might try linking my Instagram with my Facebook so I can share that way, too).
In any event, The Forgotten Hero is moving right along with edits and cover formatting and interior design and all that bookish jazz. After all, I don’t want it to look half-hearted even if it is a short story. All stories deserve the proper love and attention; a story’s a story, no matter how small!
So, yes. We are creeping ever closer to a release date within the next few weeks, and I can hardly wait! Publishing is so exciting! Here’s a look at what I’ve come up with for the paperback cover:
What do you think? Does it look enticing? Interesting? Would you pick it up and give it a go? Or, do you have any ideas that I could implement to make it better? I’m open to suggestions, just bear in mind that my skill and ability with graphic design is both rudimentary and limited.
Once everything is finalized I can upload it all to the publishing program I use and order a proof copy, to make sure everything is as it should be and make the necessary adjustments before releasing it into the wilds.
Wondering what I mean by camp? Well, it’s not actual camp out in the woods with tents (which is great, but way too cold for my liking this time of year!) It’s writing camp. You’ve heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), correct? It happens during the month of November when writers of all ages and levels take on the challenge to write at least 50,000 words over the course of 30 days. I’ve participated these past two years, and it’s really boosted the development of Falconsbane.
But November isn’t the only time of year the novel writing program runs. The administrators also run two camps over the spring and summer, one in April and one in July, and they call it Camp NaNo. I was asked to participate and join a ‘cabin’ with a fellow writer of mine and her class, and so I took on the challenge. The camps are a little different, though, because you can set your own goals to work toward, whether it be a certain number of words, pages, hours, or even minutes, and you can track your progress based on that goal, catered to you. It’s really amazing, and being able to see your stats as you go can be encouraging and motivational.
So far the only NaNo projects I’ve had are Falconsbane, andI haven’t stopped working on it. I’m really enjoying delving further into the story and the characters and the world they live in. At the start I was worried because it wasn’t progressing as swiftly as my first project, The Journey Taken saga, and I didn’t feel as intimate with it.
Well guess what? After a year and a half those concerns are largely put to rest. The longer you spend with a person, the more you get to know them, and the more time you spend exploring a place, the more familiar you become with the area. It’s true in real life and it’s true in writing. Last year we went on a tour of Phen, exploring a bit into the different regions that make up the country, and a couple of weeks ago I shared some on the Phennish culture. I’ve been on a worldbuilding binge, I confess, and though a good deal of the details won’t make it into the book(s!?) they will influence the characters and the story from behind the scenes. Figuring out how the people live helps me to figure out who the people are, their thought processes, and so on.
In summation: I am still working on Falconsbane, progress is slow but sure, and this month I am participating in Camp NaNo to help jumpstart this next phase of edits, incorporating a bucket load of new scenes from different perspectives.
My goal is to be finished with major and minor edits for the entire story by the end of October (so that I can pick another project for November’s NaNo!), and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as we go along. Thank you for being awesome and coming along with me on this journey!