Pulling back the veil

I wanted to hold some of this back, but I find myself lacking for things to blog about. I have some goals that are kind of opposed to each other for the year, and I’m going to have to make a small change.

Lisa BurtonOne of my goals was to include more posts from the writing cabin. This is where my robotic assistant and I plan out the day, and write the stories. This is hard to do when she isn’t there, and that’s the big problem.

I’ve started writing a book that includes Lisa Burton. That plays into my year of sequels, and it’s kind of a crazy idea, because it’s a sequel to multiple books. It makes for a fun learning experience, because I have to live with character histories. I also have to make it stand alone if someone hasn’t read a previous book. Actually, it’s a wonderful goal.

Here are the players in this story:

  • The Playground – Gina Greybill, Mohan Gupta, Justine, and Clovis.
  • The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack 1 & 2 – Lisa Burton, and Jason Fogg.
  • Wild Concept – Lisa Burton
  • The Hat – Lizzie and the hat

There are going to be some minor characters who appear too. Others will be a nod within the story, like The Enhanced League. I have a surprise or two along the way that I’ll keep close to the vest for now.

I had a fun teaser idea where I would post some old blues video and a Lisa Burton poster, then stay quiet about the whole thing. Invite followers to guess as to what’s happening. I think that would have worked well, and I can still do it without the guessing.

Part of the fun is making sure everyone gets their moment to shine. At this point, it’s coming out very well, without a whole lot of backstory to clog it up.

Aside from the goal of “Entertaining Stories” there could be some additional benefit here too. Some people love Lisa, Clovis, the hat. Here is their chance to revisit them. Hopefully, the line will work both ways. Maybe someone reads this book, then decides to learn more about Lizzie and the hat, or Jason Fogg.

Best of all, I’m having a good time. If there isn’t any money in this business, fun is all that remains. Fun also translates to the page and makes the books better.

Right now, I’m fast approaching 25K words. So far, Lisa gets along with everyone. Clovis and the hat seem to be finding common ground. Lizzie is fine with Lisa and Gina. Jason is a bit standoffish, but he always was.

Today, Clovis broke off from the group, because he’s like that. He gathered evidence in a way that only Clovis can. After depositing the bodies, he and the dog went out for hotdogs.

When I stopped for the day, the group compared Clovis’ findings with Lisa’s web searches to get closer to an answer. Right now the clues are organized crime, pharmaceuticals, and two kinds of zombies. At the end of this writing day, someone mentioned the word wraith.

I mention this, so you can see how Gina, Lizzie, and the hat might tie in. Gina is a doctor who fights paranormal evils. Lizzie and the hat use a kind of symbiosis to become a paranormal avenger… and to play rockabilly music in a band.

I’m making Lizzie and the hat kind of the lead into the story, but others will have their moments to shine. I’m going to include some fun graphics like I did in The Hat, and even have an alternate ending worked out. I’m going to include this after my author section kind of like the end of a Marvel Comics based movie, because it’s fun, and because I can.

At the same time, I’ve also been writing a book called Serang. This one is a stand alone story, but is previous to Voyage of the Lanternfish. Serang is a neat character from Lanternfish, and she wanted me to tell her story. I’ve taken her from childhood to teenager. The last bit I worked on has her talking to an ethereal dragon. She hates dragons, but might wind up finding some peace with them. It’s also in the 25K word count area.

Not too bad for a weekend warrior like myself. Winter is the best time for me to write, so I want to sling the words while I can.

Eventually, I’ll have to park one of them so I can complete the other one. It would be fabulous to release them both this year. Ideally, Serang before school lets out, and the unnamed team-up somewhere before Halloween.

It’s a tough goal, but it is possible with a bit of luck.


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48 responses to “Pulling back the veil

  1. Craig, they both sound like great reads. I look forward to reading them.

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  2. 50K between the two is nothing to sneeze at for sure. Good luck.

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  3. Good luck, Craig! Sounds ambitious:)

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  4. This sounds like a great idea. You’re obviously having a blast writing it.

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  5. It’s great to have such clear goals… even if they sometimes clash with one another!

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  6. I love the idea of pulling multiple characters from different stories. And I’m glad you listened to Serang (Brian did the same thing to me).

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  7. Not only do I love that you’re pulling characters from multiple stories to make a new work, I adore the characters you’ve included. Throw in a few root monsters, and I can’t find a flaw.

    You’re having a great year. And it’s only January! Keep it up.

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  8. D.L Finn, Author

    Sounds like a great weekend of work. I agree Serang’s story needs to be told and I love the idea of combining past characters together. Good reminder to have some fun doing this writing thing.

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  9. Wow! You don’t do anything by half, do you? Sounds amazing though…

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  10. They both sound like fun stories. I can see why you’re enjoying writing them. Also, I think your publication goals are realistic. Good luck in meeting those goals. Most importantly though, have fun writing the rest of the stories.

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  11. Both sound great, Craig. I am reading Voyage of the Lanternfish and it is pretty amazing to date 😉

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  12. I love when sequels tie multiple stories together – it gives readers a chance to see their favorite characters again. And I’m so glad you’re having fun with this! I’m really envious too – I need to dive back into the writing world too. Good luck and keep writing!

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  13. What a fun idea, Craig. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this done before. You are right… if we can’t make money writing, we can at least have fun!

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  14. I haven’t read Hat or Playground yet, but I’ve always thought Lisa had series potential. Fogg’s a character who could support a series as well, and people do seem to love their superheroes.

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  15. The big crossover sounds like so much fun!

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  16. I’m in awe of your ability to work on more than one story at a time. Both of these sound fantastic, and I know they’ll benefit from your unique and clever perspective. I’ve enjoyed all these characters. Very cool idea brining them back!

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  17. Clovis! What a challenge, Craig – I’m in awe. But I also can’t wait to read it!

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  18. Wow! Craig, your new WIP reads amazing. It’s a terrific idea and a very challenging one also, but if anyone can do it you can. The Serang book reads interesting too. You have your work cut out for you. You’re making great progress though. I begun writing the 3rd book in my Fantasy Angels Series but it’s been a slow process. There’s a lot of research involved and I’m always a little overwhelmed in the beginning of the process then I get over it. 😊

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  19. Dang. You take the whole project thing to the next level, don’tcha? I’m glad you’re having fun! I also like the expression Weekend Warrior as it applies here.

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