Then The Second Shoe


Then The Second Shoe

My Trusted Reader Finished the Second Tale

Read about my Trusted Reader and the first Grimn’s Tale.

My poor Trusted Reader.

I so distressed her she may never read another rough story.

She wasn’t thrilled about the second story, either. After coaxing her out of her shell, we went back-and-forth over things bothering her. Truth to tell, she put her finger on several things I wasn’t sure about. And…though I’m unhappy I failed in so many ways, a million ideas on how to fix the problems have already popped into my mind.

We also chit-chatted about the first story in the series. Again, after continually reassuring her I wouldn’t bite her head off, we talked through some things I might do. For instance, she found descriptions of University life ringing true…not that I have much experience with Medieval Europe, or Universities. And I should take advantage of this stroke of luck. As to the second story, set in tunnels and caves, maybe I need to revisit a deep one and refresh my impressions.

Another topic involves HIM and HER. I want readers wondering whether they will or won’t. In my present plan, they don’t. But I need to better lay out that arc, and let it unfold slowly. And this begins with the first story.

Without boring everyone with my soul-searching, I realize that trying to pattern this series like a collection of TV episodes hampered me, forcing me into a quick-quick-bang-bang approach. And, at the moment, I possess insufficient skills for that.

So, I need to focus on a series arc, something I’d lost sight of. And I’m changing my focus to write short novels, hopefully in the 40,000 – 50,000 range.

But, which story do I fix first? The second story remains fresh in my mind but relies heavily on events in the first. And, to save the first, and raise it to a short novel size, I must add, while reusing original material where possible. In the interests of procrastination, I will spend this week exploring first story plot lines.

If you have any thoughts, feel free to drop a comment.

Happy writing.


Read about my thoughts after a test rewrite of the first story’s opening.



The First Shoe Dropped


The First Shoe Dropped

My Trusted Reader Read the First Tale

Read about finishing the second Grimn’s Tale.


My Trusted Reader read the first of Grimn’s Tales, supposedly an eight story set.


She thought my blurb too long, disliked my MC’s picture on the cover, and could not tell if I’d actually changed anything in the six months of last seeing it.

So…don’t get used to the picture over there.  I’ll be in the market for a different picture, someone more masculine.

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Draft Of The Second Grimn’s Tale


Draft of the Second Grimn’s Tale

Time For The Trusted Reader

A half-year ago I conceived of a series Hero’s Arc.

And I wrote the first tale, but used more words than I’d planned on.   I wrote THE END a bit over four months ago, creating a story suitable for Alpha Readers. But, unhappy with my word-count struggles, I didn’t. Instead, I went off on vacation for a week or two.

With my return, I considered asking readers their opinion, but didn’t. Uppermost was that nagging writer insecurity — had I proven myself a fool? But, worse, I’d failed on the word count. I nearly cried.

More navel gazing commenced, then I decided to try the second Grimn’s Tale and aim for the word count. I started writing it four months ago, desperately hoping for 16,000 words. If I reached the goal I would know to go back and hack at the first story. And, in nineteen days, I brought in a 23,000 word draft. And, after I set my story on a shelf to age, I nurtured faint hopes of cutting words to make it fit my goal.

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