Resurrections

Hi, everyone. Alesia, here. It feels good to be able to say that, after two long, dark years, Michael and I have resumed the work on book three of the Raven & Iris trilogy. He and I spent this last weekend reassembling the notes in paper and electronic form, and then used most of our […] [...more]

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The Final Hours

Dead Man’s Trigger is still holding its own at #2 in Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy – but we’d sure like to see it go back to #1 on the last day of its KDP Select promotion.   Have you read the reviews? 4.8 stars overall!   “The overall tension and […] [...more]

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The ARC and the Covenant |

In our frantic search for replacement beta readers for Dead Man’s Trigger a few months ago, I was asked about making advance reader copies, or ARCs, available to a selected audience before publication. At the time – neck-deep in a troublesome manuscript edit that I wasn’t sure I could complete on schedule – it wasn’t a prospect […] [...more]

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Regreetings!

From Alesia: Hello, everyone! I’m sitting in a vacation rental with my bestie of 23 years, who is also a fantasy fiction writer and a role playing gamer. We’re in southern Oregon, on the Rogue River, enjoying our yearly retreat from our usual lives, wherein we stitch (avid counted cross-stitchers, both of us), talk, consume […] [...more]

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The Final Scene

One last word cloud and I mean to be done until Dead Man’s Trigger is ready to go. I needed, I just had to see how the intensity of that final scene in Raven’s Tears came out as a word cloud. My jaw dropped when I saw it. Clicking on it should give you a […] [...more]

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Words Curling

This quote sums up like 90% of my depressive episodes, right here. Substitute “depression” for “darkness” and you have it. I wonder if this is true for writers in general, that our depressive bouts are generally due to being lost in an inner world without words? Still with that three-day sale – Raven’s Tears is […] [...more]

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Writing On The Go

Mobile gear means we don’t have to stay home to get work done, so sometimes we don’t. Our files are still on our server at home and we access them just as we would if they were on Drive or Dropbox. These early sessions mostly consist of Michael and I writing new solo scenes for […] [...more]

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First Cut, Second Draft

As the title foretells, as of tonight we officially have a second draft for Dead Man’s Trigger. It is a “whirligig of time,” as the old playwright wrote, and well it should be. Everything in Iris’ world turns inside-out, by the end of it. My eyeballs are furry. I can’t write fast enough. Is it […] [...more]

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A Late Night Session

Michael and I worked into the night, last night, but we got the scene list done for the front end of Dead Man’s Trigger. Thinking. Feeling. Oh, okay. “Scheming and plotting,” if you’re going to be persnickety about it. Call it whatever you want, I don’t mind. Today, I get to resume WRITING the story. […] [...more]

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Status Update: Dead Man’s Trigger

Michael and I are well into the second hack of this manuscript.   We’re building a new scene list. We’ve tagged the scenes that don’t work (i.e, most of them, but it’s still very first-drafty!) with keywords that tell us how to rewrite them, later . We’ve put all edged implements under lock and key […] [...more]

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