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Influence & Inspiration: Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola is an artist that I found as a teenager, and so many of his paintings inspired stories. For example…

Inspiration for the Palace in Belmont; curved, elegant, beautiful.

cartographerHow about Mir, my archivist? She inspired a whole story, not that it’s gone further than a teenage draft. She might come back some day…

Or Arkady? I don’t think I have written this specifically, but it’s such an amazing picture for me – the mix of travel and adventure and sheer awe of an alien world.

I think my favourite series is the ones done for Wizards of the Coast. I love the sheer mix and variety of the images, and the way a character is captured so vibrantly.

And those are only a tiny sample of the sheer variety! I just love the range and inspiration – it’s like having a whole bunch of writing prompts captured in one image. Check out the gallery for more art!

Ok, it’s a Series

I’ve been thinking about The Necromancer’s Charm (my 1920’s necromacy mafia thing) that started off as a novel and then went to two and maybe three.

I’m trying to turn it into four.

What the hell, brain?

But I started scribbling a few more formal ideas, and titling stuff. And I realised that I had “The Vigilante” and “The Queen” and “The War” and…well, it looks like I might have enough overarching plotline and romance to be able to keep a running thread.

I also started trying to plot out the books in terms of the problem they’re solving. I want three main problems in each book; one necromancy (as the main character is a necromancer), one political, and one romantic. Obviously there are going to be other problems in there, and at the moment, I think I’m going to overlap some of the problems – just so you have to keep reading!

I’m actually plotting these books! It’s scary, but it’s going to be great.

I also randomly messaged Adrian with the following. Luckily he knows I’m insane!

“Idea for my vigilante character. Real life she fights crime. Secret life, she’s a reporter. This is going to be fun!”

All change…again

I would say that life seems to be going out of its way to screw me over this year, but most of it is my own doing! So, the short version of “What Kate Is Up To THIS Time” – I am…

  • Quitting my current job;
  • Moving house in October;
  • Taking over a typesetting business (BookPolishers.com – more info on that when we’ve got more of the details sorted!)
  • Still doing editing and proofreading – they’ll be included in the above;
  • Causing general havoc!

This was all meant to be happening sometime later when I’d gotten settled a bit more, but the typesetting came up, and I figured it’s worth a go. I’m going to be doing it as an official business, so I’m currently in the midst of setting up a company, bank accounts, software, hardware, all that sort of thing….

I’m part scared, part excited, part just struggling as usual. I had an interesting talk to my friend Sophie when I told her; she was ridiculously excited (although if you haven’t met Sophie, this is her usual state of being) and thought it was brilliant that I was chasing my dream. I just feel like I’ve failed at yet another thing, as I’m quitting a job I wanted to be stable and successful in. The new business is exciting, yes, but it’s really hard for me to see it as a good step. But as usual, my brain’s being a complete moron. It’s a big step, yes, but it is a good one – I was so excited when I found out I’d got the business, and even stupidly complicated tasks like setting up the bank account have been worthwhile. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be stressful, but it’s going to be both of those in a good way! I’ve got so much to learn, but at the same time, I’ve been realising how much I know already. So it is going to be good 🙂

I’m still around this month (September), planning and packing, but I’ve got the moving van booked and dug the boxes out of the store room, so I will be moving in the second week of October. If anyone’s got any advice, helpful hints, doomsday warnings or bad jokes to brighten the tedium of packing, send ’em over!

I’m still writing and all of that, so everything else is still going. Also, I’ve still got a few more random plans in the works, so I’m afraid I can’t promise that the chaos is over quite yet… *happy Kate dance*

Planning for NaNo 2017

I’m going to write The Thief & The Seer for NaNoWriMo 2017!

I think the name’s officially changed back…I was considering “As Old As My Eyes” or heart or soul, but whenever I talk about it, it’s become “Thief & Seer” so I may as well stick with that. Plus, it tells you what the novel’s about!

My reason for picking Thief & Seer over The Necromancer’s Charm (which is my 1920’s urban fantasy) is that I want to set them in the same world, although NC is about 400 years later. So, I need the world. While I have some ideas for NC, I don’t really know too much about the world that it’s set in yet, so….

I get to write Thief & Seer to find out!

I’ve got the characters, and a basic plot. Beyond that, I think it’s a perfect NaNo novel – I can incorporate a lot of the prompts if I need to, hit people with shovels, go off on tangents…my aim is really to get a complete novel by the end of November, and then I can build the world out from that.

That does mean I need to aim for more than 50k during NaNo, though. 70k is 2300 ish words a day.

Hmmm.

This could be fun!