MCBRIDE'S MAYHEM




Sunday, April 2, 2017

WRITING ADVENTURE PART 4

WRITING ADVENTURE PART 4

 So, it's been a while, but I've been busy.

My critique partners and I went on our retreat in February.  While I had been thinking a lot about this book - the second Highland book - I had not gotten much written on paper.  There were too many questions I had unanswered and I was fretting over how the story would play out.

I am not a huge plotter, but I do have a vision of the direction I want the book to go in.  I was hitting a brick wall and didn't know how to get around it.

At the retreat, I laid out my thoughts and we ripped them apart, tossed them, jumped on them, and bundled them into a more cohesive vision.  After the first night, I was well on my way to writing the book.

The first chapter is Ramsey imprisoned.  I had to come up with ways to torture this magnificent man.  It was challenging because I had to know what kind of tortures would be done, where he might be held, for how long, and what other tragedies would he witness.  His imprisonment lasts 4 chapters.  Obviously, you can guess, he escapes.  While writing this bit of the book, I met some new characters that weren't there before.  These new characters who are prisoners give him new direction.   

I am very excited about the direction the book is headed, and can't wait to see what happens next in Ramsey and Leelah's lives.

My webmistress/cover designer has started working on the cover.  I've prepared the form with all the bits and pieces of information about the story I could come up with to give her ideas.  She always manages to find the right people for the cover. 






While my original desire to make the book a time travel like the first one did not work out, I am really happy with the way the book is forming.  It has magic, a ghost, and a sorceress.  I know, right?  Why go with just one supernatural thing when you can have more.....LOL

Although the book starts out in 1346.  Most of it takes place in 1356 - the same time period as Highland Stone - and you will be back with the MacLeod clan. 

I am ready to say now that based on some of the recent reviews I've gotten on Highland Stone, I've decided to write a third book.  The trilogy is called:  The Talisman Trilogy.

My plan for the third book is to make it Jamie MacLeod's story, but don't quote me on that yet.  Who knows what will crop up in my mind as I'm writing this book.  The third book may end up being something totally different than what I have planned.

I love being a writer. Although the journey is a solitary one, each of my characters is a friend and I enjoy spending time with them.

I am going to finish this trilogy before I move on to something else.  I still have the Men of Fire Trilogy to complete, and the time walkers are beating on my brain as well.  I have given myself the task of completing two books this year.  I am well on my way, and keeping my fingers crossed.

I hope you will come along for the ride.  I will continue to post a blog about my writing process.


Best,

~Sloan





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Sunday, February 26, 2017

REVISED BOOK TRAILER

So I wasn't real happy with the character photos in the book trailer for "The Treasure" so before I go dark and begin my writing frenzy, I decided to redo those pictures to better depict the characters in the book.  My crit partner AJ would yell at me for spending the money and the time, but I feel if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.  And this is worth it to me.  😊

Anyway, here is the link to check it out.   https://youtu.be/BjMkrzH46PQ


Please have a look and leave me a thumbs up if you like it. You can comment here as well.

Thanks so much.

Happy Sunday!!!!!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday is When Day!!!


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So the new year is here and I just took my daughter back to college.  I have a huge goal of writing 2 books this year and I'm not having a great start.  I got sick with bronchitis the day after Christmas and that really takes a toll on the body....LOL Here's to wishing that everyone has a great New Year and all your dreams come true. 😊

WEDNESDAY IS WHEN DAY!!!!

When does a good book stimulate the imagination?







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When is the best time to tell your parents you're dating a werewolf?


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 When is the best time to eat chocolate?

Well according to my daughter -- all the friggin time -- but for me it is comfort food so I eat chocolate when I'm feeling down or sad; when I feel happy and excited; when I'm writing and need some brain food.  Hmmmm, so maybe she's right.....LOL



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Happy Wednesday.  See you next time.

 ~Sloan

WRITING ADVENTURE PART 3

WRITING ADVENTURE PART 3:

Well, the holidays are over.  I am taking my daughter back to college tomorrow.  I have not started the writing yet, but still been working out a lot of stuff in my head.  I was going through some of the sites where my books are sold and noticed some new reviews.  In one of the reviews, a woman asked for Jamie MacLeod's story.  That got me to thinking.  Hey, maybe I can make this a trilogy.  😮
I know, right?  Honestly, I had no plan to ever write another time travel Highland book after Highland Stone.  It is very exciting to see that people love my secondary characters so much that they want to see their stories too.

So the idea is developing in my head now on what to do about this trilogy?  It's still in the working stages but it has put a hold on my writing at the moment just because I may change up some things regarding the time travel and I need to work those out first.  So I'm back to the drawing board.

I've also put this outrageous goal on myself to write two books in 2017.  I had that same goal in 2016, but it didn't happen.  So, I will keep the goal until I reach it.  The plan is for this time travel book, and Book 3 of the Time Walkers Series.   

My critique partners (the Sassy Scribes) and I are going on a writers retreat in February.  That will give me a weekend to really focus on the writing.  I'm excited about that too.  It's nice to just lock up in a condo and do nothing but write and eat the whole weekend.  Okay, there might be some drinking in there too.  😀  That's just the first night though because after that release, we just get down to it.

I have come up with a few things already.  First, I've come up with a title for the trilogy and the title of the other two books.  Obviously, I don't want to reveal anything yet, but when I have more of this new idea finalized I'll share.

Until then, stay tuned.

Best,

~Sloan



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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

WEDNESDAY IS WHEN DAY!!!!



This time of year makes me behind on everything.  There is so much extra things to do that you just forget sometimes.  I am behind on the Wednesday is When Day again.  I'm thinking come the new year I might post a bit more regular with these.  Fingers crossed!!!!!

When do you take down the Christmas tree?

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When did you forget what fun is?

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 When did you stop believing in magic?

For me, never.  I believe magic is all around us.  It is in waking up everyday and seeing the sun.  It's in each individual snowflake that is unique.  It is in a baby's laugh.  It's when you look at the mountains and think about how they were formed.  I think you see magic in the human spirit.  Magic is there if you believe.

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 Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

~~Sloan
 















Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WEDNESDAY IS WHEN DAY!!!!!!

I know I'm behind on the Wednesday is When Day posts, but first there was the election, and there were enough posts about that.  😀  Then last week I was sick.  But, I'm back this week just a little late in posting because I've been helping my daughter who is home from college for the holiday do a film for one of her classes.  

Here we go.

When does homework give you a headache?  😊



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When do you put up the Christmas decorations?


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I want to pass on traditions to my kids and have them pass them on to their kids.  I started thinking about what traditions I have from my parents.


The one for the holidays is this.  On Thanksgiving Weekend my Mom, my brother and I would always put up the Christmas decorations and the tree.  Every year we tried to do something different with the decorations.  It was fun to come up with new ideas.  

There is a specific way you have to put up the tree.  First you put it together, (my Dad nor my husband liked real trees so we use artificial), then you spread the branches out so it looks full.  Next comes the lights.  You can either put the twinkly ones down the inside of the tree or use the stationary ones for that.  I use the stationary ones.  Then you put the other lights all around the fuller parts of the tree.  One key point is to first sit down with all the strands and plug them in to make sure they all work.

Next comes the ornaments.  Every year since my kids were born I have bought them an ornament.  The first few years I bought the Hallmark ornaments.  My son had the larger bears.  My daughter the smaller bears.  I have five for each.  Then I would get them ornaments with their names on them or ones they had made at school.  As they got older I tried to get ones having to do with what they were interested in.  Sometimes they were from Hallmark, and sometimes they weren't.  Now that both my kids are adults, I still buy them one ornament each at Christmas and put it in their stockings so they will have ornaments to put on their own tree one day.  This is a small tradition I started that I like to think they will pass along.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

WRITING ADVENTURE PART 2

So in the last post I talked about developing the idea for the second Highland book--Ramsey MacLaren's story.

WRITING ADVENTURE PART 2:

So now that I have the idea of making the story work as a time travel, I have to decide where to start the book. I also have to know more about the time period.

The first thing I do is start reading Highland romances.  I went back to the ones I read when I wrote Highland Stone and will read more.  I do this because it keeps me in the Scottish Highlands and the mannerisms, actions, speech, wars, etc. are in the same general area as my story even though a lot of the books are not written for the same time period.

Next I pull out my research that I used for Highland Stone because I want to keep things accurate and the same as what you see in the first book since we're dealing with the same people and the same time period.

This is all great, except that I needed a war or battle during around 1350 in which Ramsey MacLaren could take part and get captured.  I needed to know about the war, who was the enemy, and who would capture Ramsey.  That would determine the kind of treatment and tortures he would have to endure.

In comes Guy and Andrew from Historic Highlands out of New Hampshire.  Guy had been a huge wealth of knowledge for me when writing the first book.  I touched based with him again and told him I was writing a second book and I needed a war or battle between 1346 - 1350 that I could use.  Like the awesome guys they are, they sent me emails with different battles and wars during the time periods in and around where I was looking.  From that information I picked the Battle of Neville's Cross as the battle for Ramsey MacLaren.

The battle fits in the right time frame as Ramsey was about 17 years old when he left his clan to seek out some glory for himself.  He had older brothers who had all been out fighting battles and they niggled him constantly about it.  Taking it upon himself, Ramsey left to find his journey and rack up some warring experience to share.

Unfortunately for Ramsey, the first battle he fought in didn't go so well.  Thus, he spent years of captured, tortured existence.  That changes a man.

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Anyway, after I determine to use the Battle of Neville's Cross, I set out to do some more research on the battle and what happened.  I love research.  Crazy, right?  Not when you're excited to learn about something.  I get lost in research for days on end.

I love being a writer.

~~Sloan




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