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Working on Gold Sarcophagus

Now that I have joined the unemployment line (due to restructure in newspaper company), I am taking a little time to return to the writing of book three in the Nine Worlds series, The Gold Sarcophagus. This is also a chance for me to give you, the followers of my blog, some value for your investment in deciding to follow me.  You will notice that I just posted a blog about the trailer Michael Lenehan has created for me. It is amazing that I, in Australia, can liaise with someone on the other side of the world, in Ireland, for our mutual benefit.

So, where is book three going? I am quite excited about this one, as it is the grand finale for the entire series, and I have a lot of ideas for producing what I hope will be a blockbuster story, with a lot of drama, twists, suspense and a few things for people to think about. Book 2 was much more racier than the highly descriptive first volume, while the third book I intend to fall somewhere between the two. The storyline in Gold Sarcophagus will take on a wider dimension as I involve the alien master race only hinted in The Wizard’s Sword, and brought into focus in Three Stones of Destiny.  You will meet more of the alien master race, and finally get to meet the inhabitants of the last planet in the triad – the Nerthulians, who will suddenly become very familiar to you.  The mission that set the erfin Mirrortac after the Three Stones of Destiny will continue as the odds are stacked even more against this unlikely hero, and his triplet children and partner who join him in Nerthule. The mission goes beyond Mirrortac to involve the alien master race, the Uranians, and the traitor who was assumed long dead but rises up to embrace more power than he ever held before.

I am just into Chapter 2 at this stage, or about 11,600 words. There is a long journey ahead yet … and reworking to do, but I will tease you from time to time with excerpts as I did with Three Stones.

Cheers for now.  PS: I quickly designed the logo for the Uranians. What do you think?

The Uranian logo

The Uranian logo


Story keeps brewing …

Sometimes being forced to wait for the opportunity to do further work on a novel can be a very good thing. It gives the story the chance to ferment around in the grey matter, and that is certainly what is happening with me at the moment. Had I simply plunged straight into writing from the word go, I would have missed plot nuances that are now cogitating in my brain. Not that I want to wait too long, as the tale needs to be told, and the inertia builds up as more time passes.

As ideas come to me, I will often take down a few notes on my iPod to remind me of the idea so I can incorporate it when I get back to writing. Mind you, not all ideas will make the light of day. Some will be penned, then in the rewrite, completely eliminated. That’s the evolution of a novel. It’s a slow but rewarding process, and the most enjoyable part of writing. Because, once the last word is down, the hard work really begins.

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