Jon’s Author Diary – 081 – April 21, 2019

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Hello, welcome to my Author Diary for the week ending April 21, 2019.

 

This week has been a bit different to what I expected. My son went to stay with his grandma for a couple of days, so that gave me chance to do some writing.

 

Because this wasn’t scheduled work week, I decided to focus on the Black Death series, so I wrote twenty scenes—ten for book one and ten for book two—to fill in the gaps from losing one the collaborators.

 

The scenes are very barebones at the moment—they are in a first draft state. I will add more descriptions and bringing out more of the emotional impact in later drafts, but the dialogue and the story are there. I tend to write something similar to a poorly written screenplay for my first draft and then build on that until I get to to third and fourth drafts where I focus on things on the sentence level. Draft one is just me getting the story out of my head as quickly as possible. 

 

I’ve re-read the first two books, and I have to say I’m very excited about the story. We’ve sat on it for over a year and it’s a relief to see the story works really well, and I especially love the way the suspence ramps up in the second book.

 

The new scenes are quite dark, so this isn’t going to be a book for younger readers. Most of the books I’ve written tend to be suitable for teenagers, but this one is definitely geared towards an adult audience. There are dark themes and bad language.

 

I made a start on The Hermit, which is book nine of The Ravenglass Chronicles. I’m not sure yet how it’s going to work with getting this next book out in June based of how long they usually take to write. I’ve got my sister-in-law staying at the moment and then next week my sister and her boyfriend are coming to stay for the week. The week after that, we’re getting a new boiler fitted, so having some quiet time to write will be a challenge. I’ll just see how things work out, but I should have a solid first draft by mid-May…hopefully.

 

Reading

 

 I’m currently reading a book called Yendi by Stephen Brust. It’s a fast-paced, tightly written fantasy assassin story. It’s a six-hour audiobook, so it’s the perfect antidote to the thirty-three hour slog that was The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. I’m already halfway through, and it’s a blast.

 

Game of Thrones!

 

I watched the new episode of Game of thrones this week, which is very exciting. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this whole things turns out.

 

My wife and I made a little bit of a date night of it. So we ordered some takeaway food and put our feet up and watched.

 

I don’t know where I heard it, but I was sure the episodes in this series were supposed to be ninty-minutes long—this one wasn’t. It was a standard episode. Without giving away any spoiler, it was basically a lot of setup for the finale.

 

Podcast

 

Aside from the writing, I’ve also also been working on getting the episodes ready for the Sci-fi Roundtable podcast.

 

This is a podcast I’ve been doing with other science fiction and fantasy authors where we geek out about specific topics in science fiction and fantasy. We’ve recorded episodes about the multiverse, steampunk, Japanese mythology, and troubleshooting (with a real rocket scientist!)

 

Our aim is to launch this on Thursday, April 24, so look out for next week’s newsletter for the download link.

 

Question

 

I had a question this week from Amelia. She asked “What is your favourite fantasy series?”

 

This is one of those questions where there are probably too many to name but think it has to be Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive…so far, at least. It’s already been an epic series and there are still seven books to go.

 

Patreon

 

I need to thank my latest $3 subscriber Rebekah Hamrick for her support. I’m very grateful to have you on-board and hope you enjoy the exclusive stories, articles, and audio.

 

There’s more cool stuff on the way, including access to some stories and posts for free. Visit patreon.com/joncronshawauthor

 

Question of the week

 

Thanks to everyone who gave me recommendations of movies to watch with my six-year-old son—there were some great suggestions. I have ordered Dark Crystal and the original Transformers movie (though Dark Crystal used to scare the crap out of me as a kid).

 

Also, thank you to everyone who requested a review copy of The Magician, I’m looking forward to reading those over the next few weeks.

 

Question: Who will win the Game of Thrones? (My money is on Sansa).

 

Yours,

 

Jon

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Jon’s Author Diary – 080 – April 14, 2019

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Hello, welcome to my author update the weekend. In April 14, 2019.

 I’ve had a very busy week. Admittedly, most of it’s been spent playing with my son who is on his Easter holiday.

We’ve been enjoying the sunshine, wrestling on his trampoline, and bingeing on David Attenborough programs. We watched the whole series of Frozen Planet and Galapagos.

We also watched the movie Wreck-it Ralph, which I’ve never seen before. It’s a kid’s movie a bit like e Shrek or Toy Story where there’s a lot in there for grown-ups to enjoy. It’s basically a story about the bad guy in a 1980s videogame who wants a better life. I would recommend it.

 

Writing news

In terms of actual writing. I did manage to get some stuff done. I got feedback for Strenfth (book 8 of The Ravenglass Chronicles) from my alpha readers, so I’ve been go through those. I made a few structural changes to the story, just to get the pacing better.

There were one or two scenes where I’d indulge to be on the world-building and nothing really happened. So I’ve meshed a few scenes together. So, even though you’re getting the cool world-building details, stuff is happening and the story is moving.

Final draft complete, I’ve now got Strength ready for the editor. I’m hoping it will be out early May.

 

The Ravenglass update

I’m  in the process of rejigging The Ravenglass Chronicles books. I’ve put The Fool and The Magician together as one title, The Magician, and resubmitted the series to Amazon.

What I’ve realised is I’ve still got a lot to do in terms of actually getting everything right with this, so I need to update my website and social media links

 

Black Death update

On last week’s Author Diary podcast, I mentioned that the third collaborator on the post-apocalyptic Black Death trilogy lost his contribution to the second novel and had not written his contribution to the third book (the other collaborator and I had written our parts over a year ago), so we are parting ways with the other collaborator.

Lynn Sheridan and I will now focus on getting the book finished over the coming months. There will be a bit of extra work to do in order to bring the wordcount back up to reasonable length.

I’m looking forward to getting this things finished. The new covers have been ordered and I’ve already put together the first book.

 

Reading

I have been reading the Prince by Machiavelli this week. This is a non-fiction book about the intricacies of ruling and leadership. There’s some stuff in there that I will no doubt inspire things in my fantasy series.

I’ve also been reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. I’m about halfway through, and to be honest, it’s a bit of a slog. It feels a little overwritten. The story is definitely there, but I think it could have been told in a much tighter way. So, I know this is just a style thing. I prefer some of the more recent authors like Brian McClellan, Scott Lynch, and Brandon Sanderson—their writing is much tighter and pacier.

 

Reviewers wanted

I’m looking for advance reviewers for my Ravenglass Chronicle series. Because I removed The Fool from Amazon, a lot of my initial reviews have gone. At the moment, The Magician has only eight reviews—I want to get that to at least twenty.

If you’re interested, email me at jon@joncronshaw.com and I will send you a review copy of The Magician and then if you like it I’d appreciate you leaving a review on Amazon.

 

Questions

I’ve had no questions this week, but if you have a question, please do email me at jon@joncronshaw.com

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Jon’s Author Diary – 078 – April 7, 2019

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Jon managed to squeeze in some writing time to complete his third draft of Strength.

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Jon’s Author Diary – 078 – March 31, 2019

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Jon completed his second draft of Strength just in time for four weeks away from writing.

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Jon’s Author Diary – 077 – March 24, 2019

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Jon started work on his second draft of Strength.

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Jon’s Author Diary – 076 – March 17, 2019

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Jon completed his first draft of Strength and talks about taking the Margaret Atwood Masterclass.

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Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at <a href=”http://geni.us/ravenglass”>geni.us/ravenglass</a&gt;.

 

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Jon’s Author Diary – 075 – March 10, 2019

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Jon was ill this week and talks about taking the Dan Brown Masterclass.

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Email your questions to Jon (at) joncronshaw (dot) com or to <a href=”https://twitter.com/jlcronshaw”>@jlcronshaw</a&gt; on Twitter.

Check out Jon’s other podcasts <a href=”http://stopbookingaround.libsyn.com”>Stop Booking Around!</a>, where he is mentoring an old school friend through the process of writing his first novel and <a href=”http://otakuonwriting.libsync.om”>Otaku on Writing</a> where Jon is joined by two other authors to dissect classic anime to inspire original fiction.

Download The Fool, the first book in The Ravenglass Chronicles for free at <a href=”http://geni.us/ravenglass”>geni.us/ravenglass</a&gt;.

 

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