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Fiction Update: The Bow of Destiny

Featured Image -- 9623Today, I’m sharing news about my writing and I do so as a way of sharing my writing journey with readers and other authors – the latter especially for newer authors. My work continues to progress regularly and I’m gaining some momentum for what’s to come for the year. I’ll share at a later date why I’m at this point but I want to focus on where I am and where I’m going over the next few months.

The Bow of Destiny is off to my editor today. While it has received substantial editing previously it’s now time to progress with another edit. The work done before this time occurred back in late 2010-11. At the time, I was in the middle of some life changes that proved difficult for writing. We experienced months of repairs to our house due to damage from the tornadoes of 4/27/11. Very jarring and distracting to progress on the book. Additionally, my father became ill and went downhill for about a year until he passed in mid-2012. It was a longer event which sapped my creativity for months.

But other the last year and a half I’ve made significant progress with the book. First, I took the original edits from my editor and made changes that I understood clearly. After that, I began considering deeper changes for the book and decided on fundamental structural change for the first third of the manuscript. This re-organization was easy to visualize with the help of Scrivener’s binder but a daunting task otherwise.

Along the way, I received some critique advice to make my character point of view much deeper. It was good advice but I was unsure what to do with it. By June of last year I received clearer direction which I’ll share about in another post this week. Again, in July I got further instruction that led to my series about using deep POV. However, the required 2014 Calendarrevision was daunting to say the least. As a writer, I was not pleased to overhaul my manuscript once again but I slogged through it and finally finished last November. Now I’m glad I did it because I gained so much experience from the labor.

At this point, the work with the editor will occur in two parts. First will be a structural edit to work out any remaining kinks in the plot. Then, depending on the editor’s schedule, there will be a second, detailed edit either in mid-March or May. Again, there will be heavy lifting but I’m much better equipped for this than I was several years ago. The schedule delays me some but that just gives me the chance to work on the drafts for the second and third books in the series as well as the beginning of the parallel series. I’m also working on my short fiction while I’m waiting on the editor’s schedule and work to be completed.

So there’s a window into being an author and dealing with editing. The learning curve and distractions of life can really hold you up. However, these can serve to hone you as a writer. I certainly don’t think that I’ve “arrived” as an author let alone mastered the craft but I can say I’ve come a long way. I’m much more confident about approaching upcoming projects as well as actually publishing The Bow of Destiny. The best part about the delays is that I’ll be so close to releasing the rest of the series in a shorter time . In this case, the waiting is a good thing because I will have content out in bulk and, hopefully, with high, page-turning quality.

The Bow of DestinyI hope this gives readers and insight into the writing process. If you’re and author, what trials and growth have you experienced along the way to publication? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Blog Tour: Runaway Smile

Things happen for a reason

smicov1I’ve come to realize lately that things happen in their own time. No matter how much I want something, if it’s meant to happen, it will, no effort needed on my part.  Other times, I might want something very much, but no matter how much effort I put into it, it just doesn’t happen – and trust me; this has happened a lot.  Then again, something that I completely ignore might just flourish in front of my eyes, unexpectedly and effortlessly.

Following that, I think about how things have “happened” in my life, leading me to where I am right now.  I studied civil engineering (my dad’s idea of a secure job) and in 1995 I went on to do a PhD in Digital Architecture (the only way for me to link my degree with two of my passions, design and computers).  Hardly a month into the course, a professor asked me out of the blue to make a website for the department, from scratch. He gave me three days to do it; days I spent reading a lot, experimented quite a bit and pulling hair, until I did it, and my first website went live at the end of the 3-day period.

I’ve been working as a web developer for almost 20 years now. I still do, partly because I have to earn a living and partly because I’ve worked so hard to create Istomedia, my company, that I feel like it’s kind of a family member.  Then, a couple of years ago, I realized that I had started losing patience: with clients, projects, designs, programming, the constant need for updating and upgrading and the 6-month life cycle of everything technological.  I turned to writing as a relief, and realized, startled, that it was all I wanted to do.

Every now and again, I wonder whether my studies and everything I have worked for is going to waste.  But I think not: my degree has helped me to study and organize my thoughts.  My PhD taught how to properly research topics, question everything, look for new and different ways to achieve a result.  My work has taught me how to market my book, design its cover, create the ebook file.  Indie publishing requires the same skills: presenting myself and my work to potential clients, networking, promoting my creations, finishing a project within a deadline and a budget etc.

So, at 44, life has brought me where I am. All the things I’ve done, have arguably happened because I need them today.  Which is why I try to practice nowadays what Tao Te Ching calls Wei Wu Wei – actionless action: the art of setting your destination and letting life take you there.  It’s a nice concept, isn’t it?

And if you’re curious as to where life has brought me so far, read my children’s book Runaway Smile, online for free and find out!

Book Blurb

Cover_Runaway_Smile_700I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and… From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s books A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

Contact Information

I’m all around the Internet, but the best place to find me would be my blog, http://nicholasrossis.me/.

Anyone interested in my books can check them out on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA/

Also, people can read for free both Pearseus: Schism, on Goodreads and

Runaway Smile on my blog: http://nicholasrossis.me/childrens-books/

Other places to connect with me include

Brief Bio

book photo NR_1000Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Most importantly, author.

Nicholas loves to write. He has published Runaway Smile, a children’s book, and the Amazon best-selling epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The fourth book in the series is currently edited, and expected to be released mid-February.

He has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories that include his award-winning short story, I Come in Peace. This, too, has reached #1 on Amazon.

Nicholas lives in Athens, Greece, at a forest’s edge, with his wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is always sitting on his lap, so please excuse any typos in his blog posts: typing with one hand can be hard. Mercifully, all of his books are professionally edited.

Blog Tour Links

Goodreads Event Page – https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/952438-runaway-smile-blog-tour

Rafflecopter Giveaway Page – https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4af5be7f9/

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This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

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Scrivener Templates and Project Management Pt. 5: Book Reviews

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Clip Art Image Copyright by Microsoft. Clip Art Used by Permission of Microsoft

Scrivener has been a key component to improving my productivity this year. I’ve recently written about various uses for Scrivener such as blog posts, newsletters and even template email messages. Additionally, I’ve shared about using Scrivener templates including some resources for these. In my last post I shared about managing templates. In Part 4 I released my Author Platform Management template. A few posts pastin this series I indicated how I’ll use Scrivener more in the coming year. In my most recent edition I revealed how I’ll approach my increased usage. Today, I’ll reveal a new template and I’m planning another how-to post next week as well as another addition to the Author Platform Management template.

I recently had a Twitter conversation with V. Walker who read how I’m using Scrivener more this year. She expressed her interest in the software with a retweet. I noticed that she was, among several things, a reviewer.

What ensued was a short conversation about how she might use Scrivener – as a reviewer. I hadn’t thought of it previously but what another great way to make use of this software. Some people do short reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. But some people review more seriously than others. The Binder is a great way to manage numerous reviews.

Screenshot: Book Review Template

Screenshot: Book Review Template

Imagine reviewing lots of books but being confused as to what you’ve done already. With Scrivener you could easily track them and schedule your reviews. What an improvement over individual files if you used a single project for each year.

Well that gave me another idea for a template – reviews. It works much like those for newsletters or blogs but I’ve added some specifics that I imagine serious reviewers might need. I’ve include a rudimentary binder organization and a calendar of schedules as well as tracking. Again, it’s free to download. Feel free to make your own suggestions and I’ll be happy to update and share a newer version.

What other ways can you think of using Scrivener? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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