Fly into the Dark #amwriting

My largest project, Fly into the Dark, has a Facebook page now. FITD is an epic, “otherworld” fantasy/paranormal about the end of a world. It spans a trilogy and seven prequel novels and novellas. You can find it on Facebook and Goodreads. ETA Fall...

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Fly into the Dark Friday: The Romanticizing of Word Counts

Fly into the Dark Friday: The Romanticizing of Word Counts

A long time ago, I read a quote that said the word count of a story will be what it wants to be, and there’s not much you can do about it. I’m fairly certain it was from Koontz, and that it was in the foreword of one of his books. It’s been a while. Anyway, that bit of wisdom has lingered with me over the years. I thought it was a sort of romantic notion, that stories are meant to be a certain way, and there was nothing an author could do about it. I also thought it was, quite frankly, crap. When I completed the revisions on my first manuscript, the word count pushed well over 120k. This was unacceptable to me, and I set out to revise it again. Even after I had chopped it down to under 120k, I wasn’t satisfied. It was still “too big”. So I chopped some more and wound up around 110k. Now I have had it professionally edited, and the funny thing is, the editor would greatly like some areas expanded. You guessed it–it’s mainly the areas I parred down during the “final” pass on it. I am now adding back dialogue and lengthening scenes. Of course, this means my word count is going up…significantly. Guess where it’s headed? Just under the 120k mark. Still, despite my anguish that the number keeps rising, I can’t help but read back over some scenes and feel warm and content. The parts I removed while fixating on something besides the story itself should have been left alone. They belonged there. Maybe it is a little romantic, after all. Sign up for the release notification to receive a special offer when the book is available. No other notifications will be sent from this newsletter. Subscribe!...

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What the Heck IS Fly into the Dark?

What the Heck IS Fly into the Dark?

So, we’ve been doing Fly into the Dark Fridays for a couple of months now. I thought it was time to step back and write a post where I can point interested newcomers, at least until the website is ready to rock. The World While there’s a slight cross over to our world, most of the series takes place in a separate world dubbed the “M”. What that means and how it relates to us is delved into in the first book. The M has some technology which we either do not, or that we don’t utilize in the same way—but it’s not a futuristic society with nifty gadgets. It’s not the typical high fantasy world either; not an elf or dwarf in sight. The land is divided into regions, which co-exist, more or less. Among the cities and towns are “sects” which live according to their traditions and primarily stay out of the affairs of the modern world…almost. Magic does not exist in the M, though the sects might have a different opinion about that. Among the recurring landmarks is the overcrowded port, a beautiful and coveted city, an elite town with ugly flaws, and the northwestern region which is nearly a world in itself. The Characters Given Fly into the Dark is ten full length novels, there are quite a few characters. However, the main character, which every story eventually ties back into it, is Daniel. He had a rather uneventful childhood, raised by his mother who moved them around seeking work. Then one day she blatantly left with no intention of returning…and no explanation of why. Then things start to get weird. The rest of the main cast include: Felix & Fawn, peers from Daniel’s school; Tait, who is taking over a special sort of mechanic shop, and the three people who work for him; a brother & sister pair; Daniel’s mother; and a baker. And then there’s Amy. The Trilogy The ten full length novels are divided into two sets. The first set is the trilogy. Each book in the trilogy is told from multiple point-of-views, though the bulk of it belongs to Daniel. This is the crux and the canon. It depicts the destruction of their world, centered around his involvement with the approaching apocalypse, his emerging supernatural talents, and his floundering attempts at a relationship with Amy. The Prequels The prequels were not part of the original plan. However, when it came time to par down the trilogy, a lot of unessential back story had to be removed. Each character has a distinct background and their own journey of how they wound up tied into the end of days. As it turns out,...

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My Top 10

My Top 10

This topic came from Kharisma Rhayne as part of her 365 day blogging challenge. I didn’t make it through the entire month of it, let alone a year. It’s still a lot of fun, and I’m still going to post many of them. Also, it’s never too late to join, so you should give it a try as well! -Rainy The directions for this post was to create a top 10 list about a topic of my choice. So I’m writing it as a Fly into the Dark Friday post. Here are the top 10 songs from the play list I made for book one. 😉 With Youtube videos, of course. To The Edge – Lacuna Coil It’s The Fear – Within Temptation Move – Thousand Foot Krutch Shadows – Red Liberty Bell – The Gathering Whispers in the Dark – Skillet Pain – Three Days Grace I Don’t Care – Apocalyptica ft. Adam Gontier Faster – Within Temptation Fly From The Inside –...

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Fly into the Dark Friday: Manuscript #3

Fly into the Dark Friday: Manuscript #3

As you may know, I’ve decided to finish several manuscripts before I publish any of them. This goes against conventional wisdom, especially since they’re all from the same universe, but I’m going to go through with it anyway. I figured I would start releasing them when I’m done with either #5 or #6, and since I’m putting together the last half of #4, and already outlined #5 and #6, I don’t think it’s too much of a journey—anymore. The fact they’re all set in the same world helps matters as well; good grief, it took ten years to construct that place so I would hope the rest sort of falls together. And it has. Last week, I finished manuscript #3. The draft has been revised and edited, and now it’s off for beta reading. Huzzah! I’m excited about this, not only for the obvious reason (survived another? Whew!) but it really deepens the story between two side characters whose background was significantly cut from the first book. It was nice to take all the axed information, expand on it, and give them their deserved time in the spotlight. Sign up for the release notification to receive a special offer when the book is available. No other notifications will be sent from this newsletter. Subscribe!...

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Fly into the Dark Fridays – The Making of The Lost Chapter

Fly into the Dark Fridays – The Making of The Lost Chapter

A while back ago, I decided I wanted to write a “lost chapter”. It takes place about two years before the beginning of Fly into the Dark. Daniel has been living in a certain degree of madness at the novel opening, but I wanted to expand on when it all started. Of course, the situation is mentioned in the book, but I don’t really employ flashbacks. So, I set out to write what transpired. What was said. What the switch from a fairly normal life to a less conventional one was like. I liked it. Enough, anyway. I made some edits, then decided to have it professionally groomed. I think it’s incredibly important to have all your work edited by a pro, right down to flash fiction. The suggestions were great. I decided to take it a notch further and revise it. A week later, the lost chapter represented Fly into the Dark the way I had hoped it would. It reads like it was carved from the manuscript itself. I sent it to another editor. This is the round I love. The one where we can get pedantic about things. Should we switch these two lines? Find a better word here? The edit was brief but thorough. Once those suggestions were decided, I sent it to Natasha Larry for the Writer Wife Stamp of Approval. Everyone should have a writer wife, but Natasha is taken, okay? 😛 In a few short weeks, it will be out in the world. I can’t wait. There is one thing. I need a few beta readers. Everyone but one person who has read The Lost Chapter has at least some degree of familiarity with Fly into the Dark. I need a victim or two to broach it as a new reader. Any takers? Email me at rainy @ rainyofthedark .com (no spaces, of course). Thanks! Sign up for the release notification to receive a special offer when the book is available. No other notifications will be sent from this newsletter. Subscribe!...

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