Our past week has been busy with the holiday season ramping up. Andrea and I haven't had a lot of time to post and part of the reason is our work on Quirni. We are almost done with the final edit and are working on the cover design. I am thrilled that our beta reader … Continue reading What Next?
There are different levels of editing whenever you're working on something. For painting, it's all in the pre-planning because if you're in certain mediums, there is no fixing it afterwards. In writing, there is a large timeframe available for fixing it afterwards, but that comes with a conundrum because there are too many things to … Continue reading Editing Book Five
We're editing Bliss, book five of the Quirni series. It's been a lot of editing and fact checking, and so much more. We've added chapters and deleted chapters. We've changed chapter beginning and endings around. But this is the first time we have had to do a major rewrite in this book. When I realized what … Continue reading Rewrite? Alright Already!
Every profession has it's quirky personality. In my line of work, the medical field, we learn to laugh at horrible things. We are intrigued by weird diseases. New doctors either think they have contracted a terrible disease every other day or they poo-poo the worst set of symptoms, as if nothing will ever go wrong. … Continue reading Fleshing Out an Idea
Many people ask this question, "What is it about?" The first answer, Quirni is about Erica, about her family ties, her excellence, her journey into a new life as an ex-convict on the run, basically. It's about her healing process, her development as a person, and her discovery of her inner fears and broken mind … Continue reading What is it About?
Only a few of the characters in the "Quirni" series have lived on all three planets in the system. Erica lived on Sirrus until she was eight. She lived on Marril until her mid-twenties, and then she moved to Quirni. She was never lovingly housed and protected from harm no matter which world. Instead she … Continue reading Is There Anything Good to Eat?
Aberfan is a town in Wales that suffered a horrible accident October 21, 1966. The waste from the mine had been stored as hills. One of those hills slid onto the town. It killed children in the school, teachers, and families in homes. I have used the name Abervan in Quirni in memory of the … Continue reading In Memory of Aberfan
When we begin the setup for publishing a book on Amazon we are asked which genre best represents the story. Quirni is definitely Science Fiction because it takes place in the future on a far away planet. There are space ships and space travel. The first thing Erica does is get off of a space … Continue reading Cross-Writing Genres
While we were editing the fifth book of Quirni, we ran across a section that made me cry. My heart hurt for Erica and for James, and it made me want to speak out, change it as an author, to fix things for them. Obviously I didn't because that emotional response is important. I have … Continue reading Feelings and Perspective
I saw my sister today after nine years. My father died recently which spurred the sudden contact. She waited at the house, the place we grew up, the place my father spent his last days in his pissy clothes, mean and angry at the world. This was the place where I created Quirni. I invented … Continue reading Trust is Grown