Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Tor Free E-book: Dogland by Will Shetterly

9780765342331_ci_stdNOTE: While Tor is making two e-books available simultaneously as free downloads (this one and War of the Oaks, by Emma Bull), I am splitting them up for purposes of my Tor Free E-books Giveaway series.

Tor has reinstated their free e-book giveaway program wherein they will make available for download one free e-book per month. I don't think this continuation of the program has an end date currently, so enjoy. The only catch is that you will have to join their site as a member in order to get the downloads, and each e-book will only be available for a limited amount of time.

This month's free giveaway (along with the aforementioned War of the Oaks) is Dogland, by Will Shetterly.

Shetterly maintains a blog and where, after clicking through a couple of times, I came across this interesting tidbit from his biography page:

I live in Tucson, Arizona, with my wife, Emma Bull, and our cat, Toby, the Terror of the West. When I was a boy, I lived at a tourist attraction attraction called Dog Land that inspired my novel, Dogland.

He claims metatheism as his source of spiritual nourishment, links to a cookie recipe titled "Shetterly's Finest-Kind Cookies" that I would have tried out if only the link worked (I like cookies), and offers this:

In 1994, I ran for Governor of Minnesota and finished third in a field of six.

Hey, this guy could have been president, or perhaps vice-president.

His bibliography boasts a long list of novels, short stories, anthologies, comic books and graphic novels, and a trio of screenplays.

As far as what Dogland is about, I grabbed this from Amazon:

In late 1950s Florida, the transplanted Nix family opens Dogland, a tourist attraction, and their beliefs in integration attract the attention of the Klan. Young Christopher Nix befriends a black man and a Seminole woman who may know the real secret to the Fountain of Youth. Shetterly captures the rhythm, feel, and language of cracker Florida, its legends, and the clash of cultures.

I have to admit, not my usual. But I downloaded it for free, so I'm sure to give it the first 50 pages if nothing else.

Writing Update #10

I'm closing in on the finish line. Current total pages stands at 375, down 1 page from last week. Currently editing page 362, up from last week's 348. That gives me a 15 page increase for the week, gets the pages remaining down to 13, and puts me at a bottom-line completion percentage of 96.53%.

I'm happy with my progress, though I have to admit in terms of pages edited that progress seems kind of dismal. It's enough to make a less-determined person give it up. Fortunately, I think I've been doing this long enough (few years now) that I know how small the steps in writing a novel can be at times. Also, this is a first-pass edit which, for me, is really the most work (besides writing the novel itself).

I might be making slow progress, but it's steady progress. With only about 1 1/2 chapters left to edit, I'm about there.

Another thing I like is the total word count, which stands at 110,599, down just a little from last week, but on target for the limit I had previously investigated.

Here's the pages edited/remaining chart:

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And the percentage outlook (with a smaller range on the Y-axis to better demonstrate progress):

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More writing progress next week when I hope to announce the completion of this first-pass edit.

Writing Progress Around the Web

1017292_bar_graph_2 Since I started writing weekly posts reporting my ongoing writing progress I've found I've been more engaged with the writing process. I'm not necessarily setting any records as far as pages edited/written, but I'm making solid, steady progress. It's provided a good mechanism to keep me motivated.

That being said, I thought it would be fun to look around to see what other writers (professional or still in-progress like me) are saying about their own writing progress.

Adrian of Chronicling the Novel says "I wanted to complete the first draft of the JASPER novel by 9/30, and I did! The word count came in at 95k, which is quite a bit over the original goal of 60k, and even the revised goal of 80k. This is now technically a completed first draft…". (Nice job, Adrian.)

Scott Pearson comments "Took Friday off to attack the writing projects. Friday and Saturday I finished writing a mystery story for an open-call anthology due Oct. 1. Sunday I put the final touches on a sci-fi story for an invitation-only anthology, due Sep. 30, as well as polishing the mystery story."

Ken of The Eye Sore Times: "This weekend was one of the most productive weekends I've had in a long time. On Friday, I knocked out over 3,000 words on a new story called "Kissing Death." It's my first foray into sci-fi…"

Alma Alexander: "I've broken 90%. Whooo! I think what I have left is either one LONG chapter or two relatively shorter ones - depending if and when there is a break in what has to happen next. That, and the epilogue."

Terri of Musings from the Blonde Side: "I actually did pretty good this week…I worked on View a bit, and will continue to do so over the next two weeks, just to make sure I’m putting the best possible revision out there. On my fireman novella, I actually had to scratch at least 1500 words because the direction I was taking just wasn’t working."

Wistling of At Wist End: "First draft done: Night of the Manticore at 8,200 words, and comments back from 2 first readers."

And, last, Robin Hobb, "For the last couple of days, I've been going back through the earlier chapters, tweaking and fixing and updating my vocabulary file.  It's always a good thing for me to do at this stage of the book.  It recharges my energy for the final long run to the end.  It helps me see places where the story sags, or where the action moves too fast.  It helps me catch character contradictions and helps me see if I've got a balanced series of point of views, or if any one character dominates or is neglected. It's a general comb-through to catch any tangles before they can turn into a big snarl later on in the book."

Writing Update #9

Time for another update on my writing progress. As a quick reminder, I'm working through a first edit of a rough draft of my fantasy adventure novel, The Five Elements.

Here's where I'm at: I reduced the total pages from last week's 381 to 376, and the currently edited page went up from 343 to 348. That gives me a total increase of 10 pages over last week and results in 28 pages left to go to finish.

<aside>I'm curious, how many pages do most people get through in a week? I'm not talking about full-time writers—surely they do more. But for those of us holding down regular jobs and who "write when we have time", what's a 'good' number of pages/week, either edited or new? Some people say 1,000 words/day is a good target for new material. That works out to 4 pages/day, or a max of 21 pages/week (which might vary, of course, if you take weekends off). Editing is a different story (no pun intended), IMO. Sometimes it goes fast. Other times, not so much. So, what are your opinions?</aside>

I do have to bear one thing in mind: I somewhat significantly changed, in my mind, how this story is going to end. That means as I continue to move forward fairly large pieces are getting rewritten as opposed to just making sure my grammar is correct or sentence structure is fine-tuned and polished.

In graphical format, here's my current progress:

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Here we have it in percentage form:

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I'm at 92.5% complete with 28 pages remaining.

Gotta get back to it now. Another update next week.

Tor Free E-book: War of the Oaks by Emma Bull

n5613 NOTE: While Tor is making two e-books available simultaneously as free downloads (this one and Dogland, by Will Shetterly), I am splitting them up for purposes of my Tor Free E-books Giveaway series.

Tor has reinstated their free e-book giveaway program wherein they will make available for download one free e-book per month. I don't think this continuation of the program has an end date currently, so enjoy. The only catch is that you will have to join their site as a member in order to get the downloads, and each e-book will only be available for a limited amount of time.

This month's free giveaway is War of the Oaks, by Emma Bull.

Emma Bull writes fantasy and science fiction. You can read her blog here. Her bibliography (or this one) is fairly extensive, with seven novels to her name and an extensive list of short stories and anthologies. Something else of interest: she is the executive producer of Shadow Unit, an online series that follows the format of a television-style show but appears to be delivered exclusively via the written word.

She is married to Will Shetterly. Together they have scored an odd historic first: they’re the first married couple to each have a novel on the same final World Fantasy Awards ballot for one of the field’s top awards. Both Emma’s Territory and Will’s The Gospel of the Knife are finalists for Best Novel.

See the complete list of Tor's Free E-book Giveaways.