SPECTRUM The Man of light

The Challenge of power

How does a superhero stay normal yet knowing deep down inside there is something bigger. How do you maintain your secrecy while trying to save and help those needing protection?

One day, lightning changed the life of this young boy. While sitting in the Church with his parents near a piano listening to the musician play while melodious Acappela words are sung by  the choir.

A severe storm with a supercell that reached into space. Lightning coming from the atmosphere struck the church. The choir never stopped during the storm. The sounds of the choir and the storm put the boy in a trance.

The charge from lightning ran through the steeple through the wiring to the power outlet near where Ulysses sat.

The light was so bright, the choir sang louder not realizing what was happening.

Imagine seeing an incredibly bright light while singing in the church.

Shortly thereafter, a choir member happened to notice Ullysses was unconscious.

 

What happened next?

Relaunching the Franchise July 2019

July 2019 Progress

As the process continues, I”m moving forward. I finally spoke with the editor who will be editing my re-write. Per the editor’s request, I sent the PDF version of the first book. I finally made the decision to re-write it myself. I had the option of doing a developmental edit or copyedit. I chose copyedit. That meant I have to re-write it better.

So we had our phone meeting. We discussed what my intent was with the franchise. Along with that was the audience. This included the age of the character and what age group the character currently written represented. Her view was it was for middle school, different than what I aimed for, which was young adult. Maybe I needed to change his age.

Further discussion lead to the importance of the style of writing the current version is in. I need to change it from telling what is and has happened to “Show don’t tell.” I wasn’t aware of this writing style, but I’m learning about it. It makes total sense. As well, I’m practicing a bit. As with any new style, practice is good. The hope is I’m able to “Show don’t Tell” well.

It’s interesting as well to be reading other books to get an idea of the style. A new journey. One that is exciting, challenging and hopefully a great story.

 

Check back again for the August.

Relaunching the franchise July 2019

July Progress

After several agonizing days, I decided that I would rewrite the books first. I think it would be definitely more expensive to edit developmentally. I’m sure there would be a lot that I would probably want to adjust. To leave that all up to the editor, might not be a good idea. I believe that would place a large amount of responsibility on the editor.

By me doing it myself, I then control how the story changes. The technical change in the voice would be something the editor could correct if necessary. The simple or maybe not simple, but the task of making sure the voice is correct.

I also have ideas of changing some of the scenes possibly. I’ve also changed some things in the beginning emphasizing some parts of the story. Changing the story to tug at the hearts residually reaching more hearts. The story becomes successful if more readers can relate.

It’s gonna take more commitment to finishing sooner so I can give the manuscript to the editor. The goal is to send the new manuscript by September. I’m hoping this is a goal I can achieve.  So far i have worked on the rewrite everyday since June 30.

Besides this, I’ve started working on writing my other short stories. Pay attention, you’ll see some of them on the site.

Check back for the net update.

Relaunching The Franchise JUne 2019

Progress

Since my last post, it took me a while, but I finally made contact with my first editor. I found a service, Editor Freelance Association out of the DFW Metroplex.  I was specific about what I wanted from an editor.

They were able to set me up with a potential editor. We made contact via email. In my email, I made mention for an editor that maybe not specialize in fantasy, but one that is very familiar with fantasy stories.

She replied letting me know she loves fantasy. This was a big plus. She asked for a few pages to get an idea of my book. She also is familiar with the audience I had chosen. So this is potentially a big plus.

For me, the challenge is do I rewrite? My first thought is to do that, rewrite the two books I have already written. I don’t know or think I want the editor to do it for me.  The additional challenge is the time to rewrite. As a result, I have pushed back the publishing date from January 2020 to June 2020.

I want to give myself plenty of time to publish and launch.

We talked a little about costs. This maybe expensive, but with the plan I have, I’ll be able to get a good ROI. `

 

I still struggle with deciding if whether I rewrite or give to editor. Then the decision is copyediting or developmental editing.

 

Check back for the next update.

 

Relaunching The Franchise

Sadly, I have not been able to work on the franchise as I had hoped. I’ve been working a lot and therefore unable to devote much time to the franchise. I’m still at the stage of locating an editor. I did find out that there are advantages to finding an editor that may specialize in a particular genre. I think I prefer to have an editor that is more familiar with fantasy. My thought is they would a better understand about the story I am telling.

I have to figure out how to get motivated to continue my progress. The next step for me is to contact the editing resource to contract an editor. I know the agency – EFA in the Dallas area. My goal is to by Wednesday contact them to locate an editor that specializes in fantasy.

In the meantime, as I write this blog, I also plan as a part of staying motivated is to write the numerous other blog stories that I have in mind. As I’ve heard it said, no stories will be read if they aren’t given a voice. The main focus is the franchise, but sharing the other ideas help.

I am sure other writers face similar challenges. So if you do, then feel free to share or hope this blog provides some acknowledgement that the struggle is real and you are not alone.

Next blog, later in the week, will have some progress to share, particularly I have located an editor.

Relaunching the franchise

Sadly, here I am in May and I haven’t selected an editor yet. I am clearly behind schedule. This is the first time in over a week I have had the time to blog. Sadly as well, I haven’t even had time to create music or videos. Ideas still run ramped. There are so many ideas I have. Finding the time is the challenge. 

Imagine having ideas to create, but because of your day job,, the motivation to implement the ideas is a challenge. 

What if I could create a reasonable schedule ensuring my call to actions; my franchise will be published as planned and creativity at least the motivation rises. 

Let’s say I create one call to action a week. I therefore make the publishing of the series somewhat flexible. 

The great thing about this process is I have the flexibility to change it. Adding to this new schedule, I plan on producing one new piece of music a week. This significantly relieves the pressure of completing call to actions and all other tasks related to my creativity. 

I’ll blog the update next week. 

Relaunching the Franchise in June

So I’ve finally moved a bit on the franchise. I followed through on contacting the agency that provides editors. The scary part is how much this will cost. It was pointed out that a return on the editing investment can be achieved through owning a business. Give and take.

The plan is to re-edit the books having changed the audience. Also I think writing from the present day perspective would also change the experience as I mentioned before.

Right now it’s about rewriting to get a sense of how the story should go. Biggest is the decision of what type of editing. Basic copyediting isn’t the way to go. Developmental editing seems the way to go. Cost maybe a factor.

Next blog let’s see how far I’ve gotten on the rewrite.

Relaunch Franchise

Now that the franchise plan is almost complete, I thought I would take a moment to reread and redo the last version of the original Lorenz Traveling Diaries – Worlds.

The original was from the first person’s perspective.  I have decided to change the perspective to 3rd person and present day. Why? I think it will help enhance the reading experience.

I don’t think changing the perspective will have a great deal of impact on the experience. What I would like is for the reader to engage with his/her imagination. For those who have played and experienced Dungeons and Dragons, this series will be like playing that incredible game.

Where am I now? I am slowly writing or rewriting the first book – Lorenz Traveling Diaries- Worlds. Also asking questions to determine the editor. Questions such as ” Does it matter if the editor specializes in a particular genre? After speaking with a  couple of editors from a group (“I Made It Marketing Success Group”) So my goal is find an editor that has expertise with fantasy genres. I think this might be a plus.

The challenging part of this process is being I have to work. Finding time and energy ensuring a good level of creativity is important also.

The next step is to locate an editor, have them review the current version and get an estimate of how the current version should be changed. For example, when talking about the relationship with Lorenz’ aunt and brother, change the severity of that relationship. This could change the price.

As far as the budget is concerned, I will plan on $1000 for editing. I will contact the artist to consider keeping the same cover or modifying it. The typesetting , the artist has agreed to do it which is surprising. His concern is to make sure it’s good. I also have ISBNs available for the series.  This isn’t going to cost much.

I have a couple of days that I can focus on rewriting the story a bit. Let’s get going!