I’m glad I got some blog posts up this morning, because the sun is out again and I’ve got to write as much of The Witch Box as I can. No telling when it’ll get too cold to do that.
Today Helki the Rod has had an encounter with the creature depicted above. It’s called “Eryops,” a giant amphibian with huge jaws, lots and lots of teeth, and a third eye in the middle of its forehead–one of the first prehistoric animals I ever learned about, thanks to Bertha Morris Parker’s Golden Treasury of Natural History. You’re getting a better look at it than Helki got. He didn’t want to get too close. His Eryops lives in a cavern.
Well, I’d better get back outside now and try to tell some more of the story. See you in a bit.
I took advantage of a lull in the rain today to get outside and continue work on my current book, The Witch Box (No. 15 in my Bell Mountain series).
In an attempt to solve some problems with the plot, I have jumped ahead to that part of the story leading directly to the double climax. I don’t know, for sure, what I expected; but I do know what I’ve got–and I like it!
I have to finish before the cold weather sets in and makes it impracticable to write outdoors (the ink stops flowing out of the pen). I reckon I have about a month and a half, at the most. I need to be outdoors when I write fiction.
So far I’ve completed three pre-climax chapters. I don’t know how many I’ll need before I write the climax: it’s very much a matter of getting there. At the end I’ll know how big a gap there is between where I stopped and where I picked it up again; then I can fill the gap and the story will have been told.
I’m exploring what happens when certain remnants of Obann’s ancient technology are reactivated in the present. They really should know better than to fool around with stuff like this, but some of the leaders are under a lot of pressure and sorely tempted to try to solve their problems with devices that they’re nowhere near to understanding. It’s a pattern in history.
And now I have to finish today’s blogging–although I’ve already had enough nooze and really don’t want any more.
I’ll never get over the thrill I experience when a story I’m writing takes on a life of its own and pulls me along with it.
It’s going to be tricky, putting the book into a coherent whole, but I’m sure the Lord will guide me. Like, waddaya know! Suddenly I have a pre-climax that not only leads into the double climax of the story, but also ties the two together. I never expected that, although it’s not the first time it’s happened. The story unfolds and I just write it down! How cool is that?
I’m already working on a second chapter of the pre-climax, with another chapter waiting in the wings. It’s really going to mess up my legal pads–but once I’ve got all the pieces written, I’ll be able to put them together as they should be.
Meanwhile… who knew Wytt had a streak of clairvoyance in him?
As I wait to see whether anyone buys The Wind from Heaven, I’ve finally arrived at that point where it’s do or die, writing The Witch Box.
This book has a double climax; and that means it’ll be very important to get the timing just so. And I’ve got to get to that double climax without padding the story, but without winding up with a book that’s too short.
Plus I’ve got to get it all done before the cold weather sets in and the ink stops flowing in my pen. I have to write these books outdoors. Indoors it’s nothing but nuisance phone calls.
Please pray for me, that the Lord might guide me in the work and make it fruitful in His service–and that I’ll be up to the challenge.
Finally, at last, hooray! My new book, The Wind from Heaven, is out in paperback.
At least, I think it’s out. We’ve had a lot of publication glitches, and the amazon.com page has it as “Book 11 in the Bell Mountain series” when it’s actually Book 13. We ran into so many glitches, we had to publish the Kindle book first.
But here it is, and I hope some of you will buy it and bless me with a customer review.
Will Ysbott the Snake succeed in finding a place in Lintum Forest inhabited by gnomes and giants? And what about those ships that have been sighted off the coast of Durmurot? Where did they come from, and what do they want?
I’ve got to get out there toot-sweet if I want to work on The Witch Box before the flamin’ heat kicks in: I reckon I have about an hour and a half of breathable air.
But I did want to tell you I got my author’s copies of The Wind from Heaven yesterday. And I must ask–Is there anyone out there who won a contest here some months ago, and wanted to wait for The Wind from Heaven as the prize? I have a nagging feeling that there is. Well, whoever you are, I certainly want you to get your prize, so please come forward.
My wife never read this book as it was being written, so the whole story will be totally new to her. The author can never have that experience. But we do get to know things before the reader does.
I have been blessed with the mission to write my “Bell Mountain” series of fantasy-adventure novels for young readers. Probably most of my readers are adults, but that’s all right: they can pass the books on to their children and grandchildren.
No. 13 in the series, “The Wind from Heaven,” has just been published.
There aren’t that many fantasies written from a Biblical worldview; but mine are. And I’ve tried to purge all the most annoying fantasy cliches from my books. No crusty but benign old wizards, thieves with hearts of gold, gorgeous beautiful girls who know kung-fu–to all that stuff, “Away wi’ ye!” I just can’t stand those jumpin’, spinnin’ kicks.
You can find out about all the books in the series by going to the home page and clicking “Books.” In fact, you don’t even have to exit this blog to order them.