Progress, or Lack Thereof

Some stories you just want to wrestle and make them yield.

Besides continuing Book 3 of my current series, I have also been working on a stubborn brain-child of a first book for a different series, an adult fantasy the format of which I have changed about ten times. This year.

It’s causing me a lot of frustration and for some reason, I’m having a hard time separating myself from the MC in this novel, so it doesn’t have as much action as my onmyouji one does.

In the latest redraft, I’ve tried embracing inspiration from real life and added a baking aspect. It’s a reflection of my current necessity-borne hobby of baking gluten-free recipes. I’ve been spending a lot of time scouring the internet for simple, easy recipes that when nailed down, I can just make over and over again.

P.S. Just tried out a new cracker recipe and they’re hard enough to crack your teeth on – my Dad almost did – but they taste pretty good, so adjustments 😛

 

Update on Book 3

The overall plot of Book 3 is done! Working title is “Hell Hath No Fury” – I like my cliches 😛

This book will explore the relationship between Ren and Haru in more depth. There’s a lot of history and a lot of shelved issues involved here.

Currently, I’m toying with the idea of having a middle section of the book being in Haru’s POV. Years ago, when I was jumping ahead to vague ideas of what future books would be about, I had ideas of doing one book focusing on each character of my 4 MCs, in an everyone-has-a-story sort of thing. Ren of course, got an extra one because he’s the main MC 🙂 As Ren’s oldest friend, Haru had to be next, but while I had a good idea what I might do for Nic and Feng-yu’s story – the latter especially, I’m quite excited to write about – I drew a blank on what to write on Haru.

Haru is probably the most mysterious of my characters. For all that he’s involved, his role was mostly the oil that greases Ren’s squeaky wheel – more pleasant, more socially adept. There appear to be no big ups and downs for him, but as with real life, no one really knows the full story of what happens behind closed doors and I thought it was time to explore that.

Characters

A quick introof the four MCs of my Onmyouji series:

Ren Kanda (神田 蓮)

Hair: Red

Eyes: Brown

Age: 15

FAQ: One of the few remaining onmyouji in Japan, heir to the famed Kanda clan. Minimally polite and basically stubborn. Growing up in a clan with everyone having their own agenda, he likes things efficient and has little tolerance for politics despite being quite good at it. Confident in his abilities as a practitioner, but has a hard time empathizing with clients’ troubles and usually only reacts appropriately based on past experience and decency.

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Feng-yu (風雨)

Hair: Black

Eyes: Black

Age: 15

FAQ: Left arm is possessed by inugami. A symbiotic relationship that stems from a past he doesn’t talk about. A survivor with a persecution complex for obvious reasons. Used to being alone and tends to be pensive. In terms of power, he might be stronger than Ren.

 

Haru Masuda (增田 春)

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Age: 16

FAQ: Heir to the Masuda clan, youngest of five siblings. Perpetually cheerful as a survival mechanism and quite social but always at a distance. In terms of character, may be strongest of them all. Despite the bombardment of negativity from his peers and his family, remains steadfast in his own path.

 

Dominic Giles

Hair: Blond

Eyes:B Blue

Age: 16

FAQ: Transfer student from London. An exorcist who has little to no knowledge of the paranormal community. A bit of a flirt. Despite living in a community with foreign customs, is quite accepting of many things. Relationship with father is strained. His two aunts are both nuns and like health foods.

Update

First of all, the free book promo is over (a while ago actually, I’m terrible at updating :P) and I’m so pleased with the results. I hope everyone who buys my book leaves a review on Amazon – I’d love your feedback!

Currently, I’m working on book 3 of the Onmyouji Chronicles and the subject is going to touch upon itako – blind women trained to be spiritual mediums in Japan. I’m still feeling out the entire structure of the story but a recent trip to Kyoto has helped to clarify some thoughts.

I’m still muddling my way through this whole writer thing, so expect blurbs to be changed every once in a while and odd updates to my blog/profile.

BTW, I’m also on Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36594745-let-sleeping-dogs-lie

Again, I’d love feedback/reviews 🙂

Happy Reading!

 

I’m finally back and there’s a book!

To be specific, it’s an ebook!

I’m dusting off this blog again, because after years and years of writing and re-writing and endless editing, I’ve finally finished the first book of my Onmyouji Chronicles series: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, which is now available in Amazon thanks to the wonders of self-publishing.

Continue reading “I’m finally back and there’s a book!”