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A poem of madness, written soon after book 1 erased

Back when I first got published with the Wicked Library, which was....2015? I was writing Nri Kryne under a wholly different title. I only had one back up. I made a copy of it in July and edited all the way to around September without making a single copy.After I announced my book was almost done in my interview for The Wicked Library, I opened the file one morning about a week later and an error code showed up.THIS FILE IS CORRUPTED.No! No-no-no-no! I ran to another computer to see if mine was just screwing up, but it didn't open the file either. I was like, the library! I gotta go to the library! If the file opens, I'll copy and paste the contents into a new file and ten years of work won't go down the drain.Wouldn't you know it, the library was closed for the weekend because of a holiday. It wouldn't open until Tuesday. This was Friday.I couldn't write, I was going through writing withdrawal, I couldn't think, and I started shaking. I started writing gib…
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Bug Eggs!

On Friday or Saturday, I can't remember which, I burned my tongue. On Sunday, there was a white bump on the tip of my tongue. I was like, oh man, I really burned it. Still, the white bump looked funny. I mean, what if it was an egg? I'd end up like that woman who'd licked an envelope and got a roach egg in her mouth.What if the egg hatched? If it did, I wouldn't be long for this world--kind of like when the eye doctor told me two months ago I was going to die in a week because she didn't like the blood pressure reading her assistant took off of my elbow.I'd surely die of a major gross out if the white bump on my tongue hatched.Next day, I woke up and the white bump was gone. I was like, oh no, it hatched! My tongue was hurting and I looked real close at it. There was a clean, vertical slice where the 'egg' had been. Unless my tongue reached back to my broken molar in the middle of the night while I was dead asleep and sliced out the 'egg,' I don…

The trash-eating cow

All week and last week, the trash kept getting knocked over. The dogs in the neighborhood always knock the trash over and eat it. They've been doing it for years. We tie up the trash can to the fence and it still gets knocked over. And then the trash truck showed up one year and ate the trash can lid. Now we cover the can with a heavy board.Last night the trash can was knocked over again. My brothers were furious and they ran out there to see exactly which culprit it was. It was a giant cow. The thing's head was in the trash can munching on trash. What the crap? It has the whole forest to eat grass in and it comes into town for a trash fix.My brothers chased the cow off, but it just ran across the street and watched them put the trash back into the can. It didn't even care about the dogs barking and nipping at its legs.As soon as my brothers went back inside, the cow came back and stuffed its head in the trash.I wonder how trash-fed cows taste. It must not be very good.And…

Plotting, editing, cutting, and brainstorming

I said I found out the main character was wrong. He was wrong in lots of ways. Over the weekend, I finally figured it out. The character himself wasn't working because he isn't ready to appear.He's supposed to be the father of the main character in book 3, but the way I made him didn't work. I had another character in my back pocket that I'd made up several years ago in high school. So I said, "My dude, where are you?" He showed up and stepped into the spot.Immediately, he popped from the page and could stand shoulder to shoulder with the other characters. He was much like one of the new characters you're going to see in 'Renzhies.' The guy showed up, overpowered one of the characters, stole his woman, and then he pilfered his part.This new character also has a different background, so book 4 is gone...all gone...except for the storyline to the five characters that I'd had to cut. Their storyline has developed like crazy! This is going to …

The main character is wrong. What?!

So... bull crap went down.I was typing away, having a grand time. I was secure in my knowledge of the villain and the hero. And then I reached the turning point when everything explodes.Bam! I slammed flat into a wall and couldn't make anything work. Why? Why? I turned off the computer and spent the next fifteen hours struggling with what was wrong.And then it came to me. "You got the wrong main character! There are characters who have unresolved issues. Resolve their issues. It isn't time for this character's issues yet. You've been building the issues for these two characters since book one. Now resolve them."I also realized I didn't want to write a book without the original squad in it. It just doesn't work for me. The series is about them. What in the world was I thinking?So here I am.Hopefully, I will get it done before "Renzhies" comes home from the editor.Now for the next video, this one is done by David Romero:https://www.youtube.com…

I have just made a new monster!

Yesterday, I freakin' broke my tooth and accidentally swallowed the piece that broke. After that I got a bead on the villain's motives. Thank goodness. I was beginning to think I was never going to find the meat. I even got a bead on the hero's inner conflicts.Since I had their mess written down nice and neat, I commenced on the villain's physical features. I like drawing for that. My drawings are a mess and I usually doodle them on the side of the notebook. Those notebook margins are very useful for that.Now I know where the villain comes from, what he is, what he does, what his rules are, and his motivation. It's all very freaky!I have just made a new monster!Now I need to figure out what the monster is called. Once I have that, I'll have the title for the fourth book.My tooth sacrificed itself for the villain. Maybe I'll dedicate book 4 to my broken tooth.And now the next video!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0o-irp02o

A lovely little monster and the next scary video!

Sometimes I feel like I'm writing this book just to get a bead on the personality of a certain character that appears in book 2, who then makes a bigger appearance in book 3.Like book 2, I'm having problems in book 4 and it's all the villain's fault.In book 2, I made a perfectly horrific monster, which ended up not following the rules of the monster it actually ended up being. So I had to cut it. Now I have a place for it in book 4.I've been noticing that my books don't like being like one another. They're all part of the same family, but all the siblings are completely different.Book 4 is acting like this and I think when I'm finally done, it will be different from the others, but the others are not going to be the same as each other, either.After I applied the changes I needed to my villain, he started taking over and there are parts in the story that are changing because of him.They were such good parts, too.Today I will be working mostly in my noteb…