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Would you rather… Start a new project in a genre that’s completely unfamiliar, OR revise a project that you know is a bloody mess?

An unfamiliar genre can be researched. Research can be fascinating and fun. As long as said research doesn’t become an excuse for not writing the story.

A bloody mess can be painful if you have to take out a favorite scenes or significantly change the plot. It is also intensely rewarding to salvage what seems like the ruins of your work.

What about it, writer friends? Would you rather start a new story in an unfamiliar genre, or revise a project that you know is a bloody mess?


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Work continues on the revisions on The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh. I’m getting to the part where things have to be torn apart and rebuilt. That may sound upsetting, but actually I’m having a good time with it.

In the initial draft, Meven settled things up pretty neatly. I felt that she was a bit too comfortable in Fang Marsh. Perhaps a little smug, even. So for this pass I’m having her boyfriend fully betray her. He’s using flirtation to plumb her for information, and once he gets it, he’ll turn her in.

Skaythe has been set up as a world where everyone is out for themself. It seems dishonest for my characters to only encounter people who are good and kind. Betrayal really is the boyfriend’s most logical action. Not that I want to write a book that’s a bummer, I hate those. But it would be worse to come up with some complicated explanation for why he would not do that most logical thing. It’s never a good idea to jerk your readers around.

I’m also adding in a predator-and-prey scene that should be rousing fun to write. Maybe even work in some imagery around Meven and her boyfriend to evoke his true motives. Probably I’ll get to that part on Wednesday or Thursday. Can’t wait!

Finally, thanks to all of you who stopped by Teri Polen’s blog and took in my interview for Bad Moon Rising. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I might even do a similar event in the spring, around the time Ice Witch is likely to be published. This would involve fantasy, of course, rather than horror. We’ll see if I come to my senses before then.


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Bad Moon Rising is Teri Polen’s annual celebration of horror and dark fantasy fiction. She features a different author every day.

Today it’s my turn, and my book is a dark fantasy novelette, The Gellboar! I had a super fun time with Teri’s interview format. So hop on over to Bad Moon Rising and check us out.

If you’re a horror fan, keep visiting to discover tons of Indy horror fiction. The books are so good, they’re scary!


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The demon, Discouragement, has been visiting my house lately. Mostly this is due to me starting the preparations for self-publishing my next novella. I’m trying to assess whether my marketing efforts have made any difference. This can be depressing for most of us authors, and I’m no exception.

One of my resolutions for 2019 was to work harder on publicity. In particular, I’ve worked harder on my author newsletter. So many sources say that the newsletter is the goose laying golden eggs, and if I can bring that to life, I’ll sell tons of copies.

Studying up on this, I followed the format of asking a clever or gripping question, followed by my schedule of appearances, and finally a snippet from a featured book of mine. I’ve included subscription links in every e-mail and blog post, my author pages on Facebook, Amazon and Draft 2 Digital, and more.

The response has been… nearly nothing. As far as I can tell, I haven’t sold a copy of anything through it. Each monthly newsletter seems to result in another bounced e-mail. Likewise, my personal author page, which I update weekly, generates no sales that I can tell.

Hence, my demon, Discouragement, comes knocking.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t sold any copies. They trickle in. It seems like the best response I’ve been getting is from my blog and the connections I can forge with other writers. So maybe what Discouragement is telling me is that I have been trying the wrong things. If the monthly newsletter and author pages aren’t working for me, then I need to let go of them.

A good example of this is how much response we’ve had to the blog visit last Saturday by C. S. Boyack. Even if folks mostly came to cheer Craig on, they at least got a look at Wyrmflight, too. Rather than work hard on a newsletter nobody notices, maybe I’ll just blog and hang out with you, my virtual buddies.

But, Discouragement, you really can go away at any time.


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Today I’m excited to host my good friend, C. S. Boyack, and his latest e-book, Viral Blues. Over to you, Craig!


Thanks for inviting me over, Deborah. Authors always need a place to promote our wares. I’m promoting my newest book, Viral Blues.

This one is a paranormal tale, just in time for Halloween. My style is more dark humor than slasher, so if that’s your Halloween style, this one might not be what you’re looking for. If your style is more Sean of the Dead, Zombieland, and even Evil Dead, I’ve got a book I’d like to tell you about.


Viral Blues

Someone knows about the Hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.


Viral Blues is my 13th book, and because it’s a paranormal tale, I published it on Friday the 13th. It seemed like a good bit of juju to court. I hope everyone will give Viral Blues a try.


About C. S. Boyack

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Craig


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This month sees a couple of appearances on the horizon. First, I’m making a visit to horror and YA author Teri Polen’s blog, Books and Such. She’s hosting her annual event, Bad Moon Rising, where horror and dark fantasy writers have a chance to stop by and promote our books. My date is October 12, and I can’t wait!

Another appearance will be here on Wyrmflight. My good friend, C. S. Boyack will be stopping by to feature his latest release, Viral Blues. The book is a grand team-up by several characters from his other books, and I’m really looking forward to reading it when I get a chance. So look for that on Saturday.


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I have begun working on the second draft of Ice Witch. The most significant changes so far are to Meven’s foundling. I found that the rhythm of his name was weak, so I’ve changed it. Elldry is now Calisiph. In addition, his viewpoint was coming across as too cynical for a seven-year-old. I’m making him about ten, an age that allows him to question the adults around him in a more pointed way.

However, I will let him keep his toy monkey, Eelee. It was one of Meven’s puppets with an articulated joint that allows it to stick its tongue out. Calisiph was instantly charmed by this. Ten is a little old to be carting a toy around, but he hasn’t had a single thing to call his own for a couple of years, so Meven lets him take over ownership.

While this goes on, I’m also making a few decisions for my next novella. Have you ever had those weeks when everything you previously decided just seems dumb? I don’t like the title, I don’t like the cover art I’d chosen, and so forth.

Nothing is in print yet, so obviously this is the time for me to be making those changes!


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