Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 Public Domain Celebration!

Welcome everyone!

In 2019 I made a post about the Public Domain. I plan to update that each year as new works enter it. For those who don't know, the Public Domain is a system by which copyrighted works (such as songs, novels, screenplays, paintings, photographs, etc.) lose their exclusivity. That means, anyone can use those works in any way they see fit without paying the original creator.

The rules about Public Domain are strange. Congress and big business have interfered with them numerous times. In fact, the works that become owned by the public this year should have been Public Domain back in 2001! Thank Disney for the 20 year delay, if you like. You can read more about it on Duke's School of Law page dedicated to the Public Domain.

Anyway, the big deal is that this year some significant works enter the Public Domain. Namely, they are The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and In Our Time by Ernest Hemmingway.


So that means you are free to write your Adventures of Nick Carraway novel you always wanted or the tennis career of Jordan Baker or even the steamy midnight trysts of Gatsby and Daisy. 

Public Domain isn't limited to just print works. You can now make songs, art, and film of public works without paying any royalties. However, it still must be all original work. For instance, any images or changes to the novel made in the 2013 film still belong to Warner Brothers. So be careful on that.

Other upcoming important works that will enter the public domain in the near future include Mickey Mouse and Steamboat Willey in 2024, Little House on the Prairie in 2028, Superman in 2033, The Chronicles of Narnia in 2034, and The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings in 2044. 

So start writing now, and be ready when those dates roll around!

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

 Welcome everyone!

I want to wish you a happy new year! I'm hoping for all of you that 2021 is a happy, healthy and prosperous year. Love all of you!


Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Round 1 Revisions are Finished!

 Welcome everyone!

Saturday I got all the the revisions from my first round of readers completed. The new draft is off to the second round readers who have already started. Man, it feels good to get that done. There's a huge weight off my shoulders now, and I can enjoy the holidays with a clear mind.

I wanted to post this yesterday, but when I tried, it appears Google's services were down due to a hacking incident. 2020 just won't quit, will it?

I don't expect to get anything back form my second round readers until after the New Year. That's fine with me since I won't have much time to work on their notes until then. I've been under a lot of stress lately, so I need to take a few weeks for myself.

Anyway, I want to wish all of you a very happy holidays this year. I'm glad 2020 is drawing to a close. I'm ready for something new. I hope all of you are well. Take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Saving a Draft is Not the Same As Posting

 Welcome everyone!

So yesterday I wrote a little post about how I got the next chapter done in Book 3 in my Hunter's Rose series. It was short but sweet, and I was ready to publish it. Then, I went to help make dinner. When I came back, my computer had shut itself off to save power, and when I restarted it, I forgot to hit the publish button! Ugh.

So... today, you get a two for one. Chapters 22 and 23 in the third book are ready for my beta readers. I'll probably get the last of it done Saturday, as I've said. That means I can send off the book on a Sunday, which will give them a chance to start it before the work week begins.



Overall, I'm pretty excited about this one. I get to tell some very intimate stories about my characters, stories I've been saving for a while.

Previews will start in 2021, at a time yet to be determined. Keep checking back here for more updates as we go!

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Just Four Chapters Left in Book 3!

 Welcome everyone!

Chapter 21 is in the books (get it?). That leaves the last four to go. I'll be finished by Monday, which will be December 14th. Originally I set December 12th as the goal, and I could still make that, but I've been super busy at work this week.

Being a teacher during COVID has been an extreme challenge. If you're a parent with school-age children, I don't have to tell you how hard it can be for students to stay focused and engaged when learning from home. While it's certainly been necessary because of the virus, the sooner "virtual learning" on a large scale is abandoned, the better. 

Anyway, that's enough griping. On to something positive. The 2nd wave beta readers should get their copies this weekend since I'll probably finish on Saturday. If you're in that group and you don't get your copy, hit me up through our regular channels of communication. If you'd like to be part of the third wave readers, reply to this post or contact me some other way with your interest. Positions are still open.


Thanks for reading, and I hope you are doing well in these difficult times. Stay strong and take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, December 7, 2020

A Great Weekend!

 Welcome everyone!

I worked hard this weekend to make some progress, and man, did I! I got three chapters done! 18, 19, and 20 are now ready for the next stage of the writing process. 

Speaking of which, I was able to reach out to my next set of beta readers. I was worried that they wouldn't be able to read for me this time around. COVID has affected so many people in my life, I sorta assumed that they'd be too busy.

Turns out, they're not! In fact, all is well. So I'll be able to continue with the fabulous feedback I've gotten in the past. So hopefully by the end of this week, I'll be able to get my current revisions wrapped up and new copies of Book 3 sent out.



Anyway, I hope all of you are doing well. Happy Holidays and take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, December 4, 2020

Chapter 17 is Now Revised

 Welcome everyone!

I almost forgot to post an update. I worked on chapter 17 today and got it knocked out. I'm also swamped at work at the moment, so I just don't have time to go into detail. The main thing is, I'm still on track to finish by my self-imposed due date.


Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Sweet 16

 Welcome everyone!

I finished up revising chapter 16 last night, and I am SO glad. It brings about a major shift in location for the main character, Tristan. This is the part, as I remember, where writing the book got easier. I'll talk more about that during the launch. Regardless, I expect revising will get easier from here on out as well.

Anyway, I'm doing something very different with Book 3 than I did with The Huntsman and the She-Wolf and The Huntsman and the Vampire. I figure by the third installment, people are ready for something new. I hope they are, anyway haha! 


So anyway, that's 16 down, 9 more to go. Right on schedule.

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Chapter 15 Completed!

 Welcome everyone!

Chapter 15 is now revised. 15 isn't the longest chapter, but it does have a couple complicated scenes, and now, I'm so much happier with how they turned out.

Several times in Book 3 I split a scene between chapters. 15 is one of those chapters, at least for the moment. So at the beginning I had to finish up the scene from 14 and resolve a whole new scene that gets introduced.

I have to pay close attention to continuity in these situation. I constantly ask myself two questions: "How did the characters get to where they are?" and "How do they know what they know?"

A good reader will pick up on lapses in continuity very quickly, so writers have to be on the lookout for people who magically show up out of now where or characters that clairvoyantly know what everyone else was talking about. It's a challenge, but so is all of writing.


So thanks for reading. I'm marching on towards my goal, and it's good to have you here. Take care of each other, and I'll see ya tomorrow. 

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

14 Down, 11 to Go

 Welcome everyone!

Chapter 14 is revised. I'm not moving on to 15 and already making good progress. I see some things in this chapter that I'll probably have to change again later down the road, but I can't let that stop me from pressing on. I need a new draft ready to read for the next stage. The second set of revisions will come in their own time.

But for now, it's me vs. Chapter 15. I'll be back tomorrow with an update on who wins ;-D



Peace,

-Troy

Monday, November 30, 2020

Let's Get These Revisions Done!

 Welcome everyone!

It's time to get Book 3 further down the road. I'm on chapter 14, and there are 25 chapters in Book 3 as of this writing. So let's set a goal to get one chapter revised each day for the next twelve days. That means I should be finished on or around December 12th. That's my goal.

The chapters I have left are intense. Two of them involve major fights that each span a huge amount of text. My main character, Tristan has to do a lot of growing during those encounters, and the feedback I've received from my alpha readers tells me I didn't show it enough.


Similarly, I have some growing to do as a writer. COVID has provided a wonderful opportunity for distraction, and I've allowed myself to wander off the path of completing my series. For the next twelve days, I won't deviate. 

I am resolved to make these revisions and move on to the next step. I'm looking forward to taking you with me.

Peace,

-Troy



Monday, August 3, 2020

Moving on to Ch. 13 - Superstition?

Welcome everyone!

Chapter 12 is now edited, and I'm on to Chapter 13. Chapters 11 and 12 were both combat chapters, and I find those take the longest to edit. I have to go over them and over them to make sure I have all the characters in the right places with the right weapons against the right enemies. There's a lot of fine details in fighting, and a good reader will notice instantly when something is out of place. It takes an enormous amount of time and concentration to get those chapters right.

Anyway, Chapter 13. I know some authors like to do special things for certain chapters. The thirteenth chapter will often have something bad befall the character, or to deconstruct the motif, have something good happen! Other authors make sure chapters like 3, 7, 9, 11, 16, 21, 25, or 33 have something notable happen in them as well.

I'm not that way. First, I'm probably not skilled enough as a writer yet to contrive certain plot points to take place in specific chapters. I'm just trying to tell my story. Second, I think it gets cliche', even when an author tries to subvert the trope.


Personally, I just want my story to flow as well as possible. That means, I don't worry about chapter numbers at all. In fact, with both The Huntsman and the She-Wolf and The Huntsman and the Vampire, my rewrites required rearranging chapters, splitting chapters, and in one case, eliminating one chapter altogether. So, trying to do something special for a certain chapter number is way too difficult in my estimation.

So on with the edits! Thank you for your support, I'm looking forward to sharing more with you soon. Take care of each other out there.

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Reading with my Offspring

Welcome everyone!

One of the things that really keeps me motivated to be a writer is sharing books I loved with my child. I read to her almost every night. It's been easy during the virus shutdown, but I know that these moments are going to become limited in the future.

She's getting old enough now that she's getting interested in sports and friends, which means less time for old dad. I'm fine with that, in face, I'm excited she's starting to pursue her own interests. I want her to.

I'm just thankful that I've gotten to share so many books with her. We've read a bunch, but recently we just finished The Hobbit. Before that, we read the whole Chronicles of Narnia. Right now, my wife is reading The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland with her.


I hope she cherishes these books as much as we have. And if not, I hope she finds her own books to love and shares them with her (future) children.

To any parents or peeps who think they'll become parents one day, please read to your children. Share with them the stories that you love and that have helped you become the person you are today. There are few things better for a child's character than the stories handed down from one generation to the next.

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Now Working on Chapter 12!

Welcome everyone!

I spent some time with family and friends over the July 4th holiday season. As a result, I didn't get much work done on Book 3 of the Hunter's Rose Series.

However, I've gotten back to the grindstone this morning, and have already made it to Chapter 12! I resolved all the issues with the combat scene I was struggling with earlier. Hopefully, I'll have some smooth sailing for a while.


Anyway, I hope your summer is going well. Stay safe and take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Struggling to Rewrite a Combat Scene

Welcome everyone!

**WARNING, LIGHT SPOILERS FOR BOOK 3**

For the second time in Book 3, I'm struggling to rewrite a fight scene. The first time, was at the beginning of the book. It turned out really well, and I'm happy with it now. We'll see what future beta readers say, though.

Anyway, with this second scene, I'm struggling ever harder. In this one, I introduce a new monster-type. It's not something major, just something you would expect to find in this setting. None-the-less, I am not happy with the ending of it.

I'm wondering if I should just cut it altogether. The purpose of the scene is to introduce the creature, but I wonder if it even needs an introduction. Book 3 is the longest yet in the series, and it might be in the interests of brevity to cut it.

I'm not sure what I'll do at this point. Wish me luck!



Peace,

-Troy