Update – Littlewolf & The Editing

It has been too long since I updated everyone on Littlewolf, but I have been quite busy (and a little unwell), so here is the update, finally.

The writing frenzy for Littlewolf is over and now the editing has begun. I always find editing difficult, as I can never decide the best way to do it. I am behind schedule (already) as I planned to begin editing on the 23rd, but decided I would take a day off after the 2 weeks of writing and then I was away this weekend in Liverpool. It’s a bit of a blur. On a side note, for those that love Christmas decorations, I suggest you check out Liverpool, it is beautiful!

Paper edits have started and I’ve just finished Chapter 4. I’ve decided to paper edit all the chapters first and then do it all on the computer over a course of 4-5 days. I’m taking my time with editing and so far, it seems that there’s a lot I’m not happy with.

I’m going to enjoy the process as much as I can and try my hardest to make Littlewolf the best it can possibly be. Continuity is important to me and I’ve found a lot of gaps in it, aahh! I apologise for the roughness of this blog post, but I’m feeling a wee bit stressed with everything that needs to be done.

I was going to give you all a snippet of Chapter 4 and introduce the new character that joins the adventure, but as it needs heavy editing, I’ve decided to hold off for now and I will include it in the next blog post.

On top of this, as I re-edit Chapters 1-3, I will re-upload them onto Inkshares.

Thank you all for your continued support during for this project!

Chapters 1-3 of Littlewolf and The Broken Veil are available on Inkshares here:https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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Update – Littlewolf & The Names

This post was supposed to be out on Saturday, but after two weeks of nearly none stop writing, I needed the little break that Sunday offered me. But 9 Chapters, approximately 45,000 words has been completed and I have 5,000 words to go and then the editing begins this Wednesday.

It’s very exciting to be so close to finishing Littlewolf, as I have been taking my time with it for over 2 years. I thought I’d never finish it. My ability to procrastinate often overshadows my need to write and so my progress with anything is usually very slow. But I started writing down word goals for every writing day and I didn’t think it would help me fend off the procrastination demon. But it really did! Never have I ever written 6 days a week, for 2 weeks solid. And that may not sound like a lot to some people, but for me, Princess Procrastination, it is a whole butt tonne.

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Since the last update, I finished Chapters 8 and 9 and this is when things really start to kick off. Our group of heroes reach the Volcano and their most dangerous task stands before them. I’m not going to reveal too much because major spoilers! But I will say it’s intense and emotional.

Below I thought I would reveal a little information about the names of the characters, as they are so unusual. I didn’t just pick any old name; a lot of thought went into the main characters and their names are a big part of who they are.

The names of characters are always important to the story. We follow the characters from the beginning to the end of their journey and we grow attached to them. If we forget the plot of a book or a film, we’ll always remember the main character names.

But I’ve found the names for Littlewolf a little more difficult than usual. It’s set in a time where native tribes are still strong, so I couldn’t have names like Bob or Diane. I have, however used names that describe the character.

A character that is introduced in Chapter 4 is called Hania, which means Spirit Warrior. And while he isn’t exactly a spirit, knowing the meaning of his name, will make sense to you when you meet him.

I found all of my character names (apart from Littlewolf herself) from google searches of Native names, both American and Canadian. Although I find Canadian names much more difficult to find, which is why I changed to American.

Jaawaso is spelled phonetically and is actually spelled Gizhaawaso. I did this for ease of reading, but if her character had have played a small part, I probably would have left it with its original spelling. Her name simply means ‘protects her young’ and Ogimaa means ‘chief’ or ‘king’.

Some names may change before I finish writing Littlewolf, but for the most part I am happy with my characters, their names and what they stand for.

Littlewolf and The Broken Veil Chapters 1-3 are available to read here:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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Update – Littlewolf & A Magical World

Another writing week is well under way! Chapter 7 was completed on Tuesday afternoon and I wrote the first half of Chapter 8 today. I find that some days are certainly easier than others and yesterday wasn’t a good day in general for me, for reasons that I won’t go into now. But today was so much easier. Listening to Radio 1 while I write probably isn’t the best way to get work done, but I just can’t work in silence and sometimes epic soundtracks don’t inspire me, but maybe tomorrow I’ll try something new and smash even more words onto the screen.

Thank you to everyone who has read Littlewolf so far and thank you to those who have shared posts about this book on social media. To know that others are supporting this project means an awful lot to me. So, thank you and thank you again.

For those that have read Littlewolf, even a little, knows that magic is a big part of her world. The entire realm in which she lives was created by magic and of course she knows that the beasts she lives with aren’t natural.

Fairies, griffins, gnomes and fairies are all a part of her everyday life. Her father’s best friend is a griffin and her best friend is a gnome who is always covered in flowers. Magic used to keep them all safe from harm until the humans ripped that safety from them and forced them into a never-ending war.

Littlewolf always knew she was different, but it isn’t until she visits a very special wolf on top of the Wakan mountain, that she realises just how different she is. She is told that someone will teach her how to harness her magic, so that she may save her family and friends.

Nothing, not even her skill with a bow and arrow, will be as crucial as mastering the wild and unpredictable magical power that courses through her veins.

Littlewolf and The Broken Veil Chapters 1-3 are available to read here:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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Update – Littlewolf & The Ashes

So, the first week of my two-week writing frenzy is over. In the last six days, I have written 15,055 words (not including blogs) and completed 3 chapters. I think it has been my most successful writing week…ever. And I hope to keep that success going all the way through next week. I have 4 chapters left to do and I am very excited about what my imagination will be able to come up with.

During the three new chapters, we see Littlewolf entering the mysterious mountain pass with her parents and begin her journey through The Ashes. But they are never alone and the land is different to what they are used to. There are no singing rivers, green trees or dancing fairies. Only death and decay.

On top of this little update, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about where Littlewolf will be travelling to during her story.

If you’ve been following these blogs and the story of Littlewolf, you will know that she must travel to an abandoned baron land where life was harshly snatched by a fierce fire.

The Burnt Kingdom, also known as The Ashes and the Eastern Kingdom is covered in a thick layer of ash. There is no greenery, no life and no light. Death covers the land and is shrouded in thick smoke that billows from the red volcano that sits alone, waiting for someone to challenge its power.

Monsters, known as Nightmares inhabit the land. They are vicious, powerful and show no mercy. But they hold a dark and dangerous secret. One that Littlewolf can only learn if she finds the magic warrior that was promised to her.

But Littlewolf must learn that becoming a powerful sorcerer takes more than enthusiasm. She needs to awaken the magic that lies dormant within her soul and accept the power that flows through her body. But she will have to risk her life to do it. She is tested to her breaking point, but must overcome her basic survival instinct if she wants to save her world.

There is much more to The Ashes than meets the eye.

Littlewolf and The Broken Veil Chapters 1-3 are available to read here:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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Littlewolf’s Kingdom

On Sunday, I mentioned that I planned my writing schedule for Littlewolf until the end of November. I started writing again on Monday the 7th and managed to pump out an insane 3,043 words, which is just unheard of for me. I was really on a roll. My word goal for Tuesday lowered and I hit the goal of 1,957. Those two days of successful writing resulted in chapter 4 of Littlewolf being completed. And today I began chapter 5. My flow wasn’t as smooth as previous days, but I got the 2,500 words done and I’m looking forward to finishing chapter 5 tomorrow. Everything is going to plan so far and I’m very excited.

As well as a quick update, I thought I’d share a little more about Littlewolf and the world she lives in.

Abandoned by her tribe as a baby, Littlewolf was raised by wolves in a magical realm separated from mortal humans. The realm is known to the humans as The Banished Lands for it was created to trap unnatural and dangerous creatures safely away from mankind. But as the decades went on, the magical creatures accepted their prison as their home and called it a Kingdom.

After many years living in peace, away from the humans, the veil between the worlds was torn and the door to the Kingdom was permanently open to any wondering human. A war began between man and beast, for the greed of man saw that everything about the creatures was valuable. Their fur, horns, claws, wings, even their meat.

During the day, the rivers sang, the trees spoke to the wind and the giant flowers danced in the sun. But come the night, blood was shed and screams echoed through the Evergreen forest. But what the humans considered “monsters” were gentle and reluctant to fight, the humans ignored their pleas and continued their relentless attacks.

One day beyond the mountains, the Eastern kingdom was engulfed in mysterious flame and the souls that were lost are cursed to haunt what is now named The Ashes. No one ventures beyond the mountains and the Kingdom mourn the loss of their families.

Picking up the pieces, Littlewolf and her parents learn of a great prophecy that will save the Kingdom. But it’s a dangerous task and Littlewolf must learn to become a master of magic so that she can close the veil and ensure the majestic and terrifying Piasa remains asleep.

So far I’m very happy where Littlewolf is going and the first 3 Chapters are available to read on the link below. No more chapters are planned on being released unless I feel that readers want/need the extra chapter. I will say, the 4th is very exciting!

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

I’ll update you all again in a few days and give you some more information about the world of Littlewolf.

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Another Update

It’s been a while since I last posted an update about what’s going on with me. So here it is! A very rough update! (Insert fanfare and balloons.)

The last few months have been a bit of a roller coaster, but I won’t bore you with all the details. My writing was put on hold due to a very random spanner jamming itself in the works. I woke up one morning at the beginning of September with a pain in my chest. An ambulance ride, a few hours in A&E and one ultrasound later, we discover that my gallbladder betrayed me and created stones.

The pain is pretty much constant all the way through until October 14th when I have it out via key hole surgery. I didn’t get out of hospital until the 17th. Sad times considering my birthday was on the 16th. But never mind, well-being comes first.

I should add that while my gallbladder was causing me pain, I had to go up on stage for three nights in September and perform in a play. Thankfully my part wasn’t huge, but it was important and there was no way I was going to ask someone to take over. So, I took a deep breath, went on, did my bits and stumbled off. The pain was heavy at the time, but I don’t think any audience members were aware of it. Apart from my family of course.

Fast forward again to today, my surgical glue has finally come off, three weeks after surgery and I’m able to move around again with some ease. Although I still need to take it easy, I’m hoping to back to normal before too long. Which is important because I’m Snow White in the upcoming Panto and I’d like to get back to my normal routine, obviously.

The last three weeks have been hard, and at some moments I didn’t think it would ever get better, but it has. And I am clear headed and back to writing every day, something I have not been able to do for months.

I’ve decided to stop mollycoddling Littlewolf, a novel I have been taking great care with over the last few years. I realised I’ll never get it finished if I keep treading lightly with it, so I aim to finish the first draft by the end of the month. A tall order, but I know I can do it. I’ve planned every writing day, including what days I’ll be writing blogs, so you’ll be seeing a lot more posts from me very soon.

Hopefully I won’t have to do a long update again for a while, unless something unbelievable happens of course. But you’ll be seeing regular posts from me, some about me and what I’m doing and others updating you and introducing you to Littlewolf.

I’m back! (again) And I plan to stay for a while.

A Little bit of Littlewolf

This post is about my wonderful Littlewolf and how she can be a part of your life. Writing is a big part of my life, but this world is the one I am most excited to share with readers. Magic, unusual creatures, monsters, hope, loss and love, all take part in Littlewolf’s adventure and you’re all invited to join her.

Littlewolf was originally the name of a little doll my mum brought home from Canada, it came with a birth certificate and dressed in tradition native clothing. She was adorable. One day I found myself looking at Littlewolf and an idea sparked in my mind. This was a few years back and the story of Littlewolf has been written, scrapped and rewritten more times than I care to admit.

Nothing seemed good enough for the story of a little orphaned baby who was raised by wolves. But to think they are ordinary wolves would be a mistake, they are giant with paws as large as bears. And their home? A magical realm separated from the mortal world and separated from the greed of humans.

Now, after hundreds of hours of failing, I have finally found the adventure Littlewolf was destined for. Her magical family are in grave danger and she is the only one that can save them. The journey is dangerous, but accompanied by her parents and a new companion, her adventure will be anything but lonely.

I plan to finish the first full draft of Littlewolf by the end of November 2016, I already have over 13,000 words written so only have approximately 47,000 to go.

Littlewolf brings wonder and magic into my life, and I know she’ll bring it to you too.

The first three chapters of Littlewolf and the Broken Veil are available to read via the link at the bottom of this post. On the site, you can also interact with me and give feedback as you wish.

The first three chapters are available to read via this link: https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

I hope Littlewolf brings magic into your life, as she has mine.