So I’ve been struggling with the Soldaris Saga lately. I’ve been trying to decide if I want it to try to sell it as romantic fantasy or fantasy romance, so I can point the last of my rewrites and editing in the right direction.
Some of you might wonder what the difference between romantic fantasy and fantasy romance even is. Basically, romantic fantasy is a “standard” fantasy novel with a bigger plot than just the two characters getting together, but they’re a major part of it. Fantasy romance focuses on the story of the hero and heroine and their happily ever after, using the rest of the plot as a backdrop. The first goes in the fantasy and sci-fi section at the bookstore, the latter goes in romance novels. Yes, it actually matters, if I’m going to sell it, because that also determines where I submit.
I have outlines for both ready to go. Both outlines lead to the same ending, just told in different ways with the focus on different plot elements and subplots.
I have to admit that I’m curious what my audience would rather read (although if I start on one of the outlines and it doesn’t feel right, I will no doubt move right to the other).
Weigh in in the comments, would you? ❤
So, the first week of NaNoWriMo has been interesting. It started with a weekend full of food poisoning. I wasn’t able to get that first day surge that I was hoping for. Managed to catch up on Sunday, but then the work week came into play. I’ve managed to get to 5k, and I’ve been sitting there for a couple of days because even though I had time to write last night, the Universe in all its infinite wisdom decided that I needed a migraine. But tonight’s going to be bookstore time, and tomorrow is write-ins, and Sunday is quiet time. I’m very determined to make the best of it.
I also decided to ditch the project I was going to do. The outlining had me frustrated to the point of wanting to throw my computer out of the window before I even started Nano and I took that as a bad sign. So I’ve returned to the Soldaris Saga, trying to knock out the next book. The first five thousand words have revealed a lot of the things that I’ve been wondering about some of the places and characters for a couple of years now. So I don’t think I’m going to complain about the change in project.
I have an excerpt from the novel up on the NaNoWriMo site if you’d like to read it. I’m very pleased with it as part of a first draft. I also have my other projects from past years with their excerpts on the site. So please go read, let me know what you think, and enjoy. You can follow my progress there, or off to the side here on my blog.
Wish me luck catching up this weekend. I know I can do it, but a little bit of encouragement never hurts!
I totally laughed when rolling the d20 on my list of characters gave me Karin’s husband the week after I highlighted her. Also a character whom I would like to develop further in the future.
Name: Dagon Averill
Project: Soldaris Saga
Occupation: Paladin, instructor at the Academy and later Commandant
Physical Features: graying dark blonde hair, neatly trimmed beard/mustache, soldier’s build, shorter side of average for a man, lingering limp from an old injury
Personality: Demanding, disciplined, almost cold while at work, and passionate, relaxed, easy-going when he’s not working
Strengths: able to identify and bring out the strengths in others, good leader
Weaknesses: Sometimes doesn’t know when enough is enough, cares too much about those under his command, speaks his mind when maybe he shouldn’t
Favorite color(s): black, gold, gray
Accomplishments: One of the most respected instructors at the Academy, later becomes Commandant of the Academy
Biggest Fear(s): That the people he loves will suffer, that his choices will lead people to disaster
Dreams: To make the Academy better than it ever has been before, to have a happy life with his family
- Karin Menette-Averill, wife
- Karin’s as-of-yet-unnamed children
- Ella Averill, younger sister
- Darios Averill, older brother
- Lana Averill, Darios’ wife
- Thorven Soldaris
- Taerwyn Davies-Soldaris
- Nikolai Darbon, the Paladin Bard
- Levanda, Mistress of the Academy Kitchens
- Commandant Perrus, previous Commandant
- Lady Skye, most famous Lady Paladin at the start of the saga
- Commander Hartley, Taerwyn’s unit commander at the Academy
- Niveon Davies, Taerwyn’s brother
- Mikael Helron (deceased)
- Anyone who threatens the safety and stability of the Academy
- The big bad and minions, of course
This week hasn’t been as physically productive as I’d like with the fibro kicking in again, but it has been full of creative energy. I will so take it. I’m excited about some of the developments that I’ve made.
What I’ve accomplished the past week:
- Everything on the blog except an excerpt.
- Started getting the GLIIH sorted out and projects named. (And in the process discovered that I want to do more webcomics/graphic novels than I have artistic skill for.)
- A LOT of work on the planning/pre-writing side of the Soldaris Saga, including some very important epiphanies that break down most of the blocks that have had me stalled out.
- Started a new draft of the Soldaris Saga that accounts for the expanded/divided books that were previously just the first book.
- Figured out some of what I need to do with the YA project formerly known as Shadowfighter.
- Made a new playlist for a project that’s been floating around in the back of my head since 2009, but realized that the collaboration I want to do on this idea with people who are much more famous than I am means it’s a very long-term project. Need to build up my own credentials first.
- Went to a book signing/reading by Tracy and Laura Hickman, and had a nice chat about writing with some real pros.
What I’d like to accomplish this week:
- Finish sorting the GLIIH. A lot of the ideas are fairly generic and can be used as short stories or elements of bigger stories, so I’ve been having a hard time classifying them into distinct categories.
- Finish the last draft of the Soldaris Saga that I was working on (because it was maybe 5k words from the end when I got disgusted and stopped) and send it out to my beta readers.
- Come up with a new name for the YA project formerly known as Shadowfighter.
- Somehow maybe convince my very artistically talented brother that he wants to help me with my more visual projects?
- Catching up on beta-reading projects for friends that got put aside during the depression.
- Write and post some fanfiction. I’ve missed it.
- Do some visual updating of the blog. Not sure I like the theme I have right now.
Today is one of my favorite secondary characters that I’ve ever had. 🙂 She’s one of those who could have a novel all of her own. And might, someday.
Name: Karin Menette (Averill)
Project: Soldaris Saga