A Second Experiment

Pretty colors! Photo courtesy of 123dan321 via stock.xchng

So, after totally forgetting to blog thanks to the stresses of life and working again, I’ve finally caught another bit of inspiration. I’ve debated what to do with the CSS Dragon blog, whether I should continue with the Encyclopedia Confederica series or if I should try to do the prequel idea. My decision? I shall do both simultaneously.

The original concept for the Encyclopedia Confederica was to take the rather dry entries that will eventually be condensed into glossaries for my books and give them a little more life by using stories from Kim’s life to illustrate. At fist, I thought I’d goofed by having her visit the Encyclopedia as a first-year cadet. I figured it would be easier to tell stories later on in her life since she had many more years of experience to draw upon. Although that is true, it dawned on me: that time frame is perfect for telling stories from her years spent on the SS Anna Marie. I can easily combine the two ideas into one simply by using stories that may eventually find their way into the prequel.

Now, this is not without flaws. Kim did not experience many of the things mentioned in the Encyclopedia until much later in her career, but I can at least start this way. Once I run out of stories, I can time-skip to just before the first book and start adding more stories. Simple enough, right?

So, Hair Brained Experiment, Take Two. Aaaaaaaaaaand Action!

I’m back!

Climbing up a cliff. Hang in there! Photo by Maira Kouvara via stock.xchng.

I hadn’t realized how long I was gone until I finally logged back in. My last post was in June? Wow. Lotsa stuff happened between then and now.

As you can probably tell, my little experiment was an abysmal failure. My Camp NaNo novel died before it really got started, and I never got to anything good enough to post. I guess that’s kind of what started the unintentional blogging hiatus. Add to that a bout of depression, the holidays, and a hospital stay that took up most of January, and now it’s nearly Valentine’s day. Where did the time go?

On the plus side, I have some free time and am actually editing my first novel, To Find a Dragon. It’s slow going. The story line is there and it’s good, at least in my opinion. It definitely needs cleaning up, and there are some parts where it sounds a little too familiar or just outright unbelievable. When I’m done with this go-through, I might actually have a good first draft. I’ll probably let a few select people read it for critique. I might even post some of the really good parts on the Tales blog. Maybe.

On the minus side, I have the free time because I can’t return to work just yet. I tire out easily, and there’s the question on whether or not I’ll need surgery in a few weeks. It’s all been a big headache that I really don’t want to think about right now.

Anywho, I’m back to blogging, and that’s the part you followers are most concerned with. I can’t promise regular updates just yet, but they’ll be coming. We’ll both just have to hang in there.