Celtic Bard: Blog

December 29, 2016
Posted at 3:35 pm

Nearing the End

I just submitted Chapter 14 of In the Darkness Falling. Many apologies for the delay on it, but the latest Rage story crowded out my writing inspiration and then I got caught up in the holidays. For some reason, my muse demanded I write Rage before finishing ItDF and so that is why I was tardy with this chapter. I am thinking there are probably only two, maybe three, chapters left in ItDF, the finale of which is already written. I will probably need a chapter, maybe a regular chapter and another short chapter to connect the end with Chapter 14. I was hoping to wrap up ItDF by New Years, but that wound up not happening so look for the end to come early in the new year.

So I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. Check out Chapter 14 and feel free to let me know what you think.

October 13, 2016
Posted at 2:39 pm

*smacks forehead, scrubs face vigorously*

Having grown up in the military, I spent a good bit of my childhood around all things Army and playing soldier with my friends. So imagine my chagrin when I get an e-mail pointing out my rather idiotic misspelling of "rappel" by using "repel" instead. For those reading that at the end of Chapter 12 of In the Darkness Falling and then again in Chapter 13, I have fixed it and resubmitted. All I can say is that I was a bit rushed in editing (and writing for than matter) this chapter thanks to my muse's effort to help me write the end of this story before I have even gotten there.

October 12, 2016
Posted at 2:58 pm

Sorry for the Delay

I just got Chapter 13 of In the Darkness Falling submitted so it should be up later toady, tomorrow at the latest. I wanted to have it posted yesterday but I ran out of time and energy to give it a last read-through before submitting it. Give it a look and enjoy.

October 3, 2016
Posted at 12:57 pm

Author's Note and the Next Chapter

I have just submitted a belated Author's Note that occurred to me as I was writing Chapter 13 of In the Darkness Falling. I was writing up the next chapter and I got to thinking about the scene in Chapter Twelve where Alice talks to the Russian Foreign Minister. I realized I have been rather free with the characters of actual people and that got me to thinking about the credits in movies where they have the disclaimer that the film does not reflect real persons. So I wrote up my own disclaimer, somewhat insincere though it is, just so people reading know that I did as little research into those characters that are actual historical figures as I could get away with to satisfy my own historical nitpicking. If you are into that sort of thing, enjoy. If not, you can ignore it.

As for Chapter 13 of ItDF, I have it written but I need to type it into the computer and that might take another couple/few days. I will endeavor to get that done and edited as soon as possible and then posted. Your patience is appreciated.

September 23, 2016
Posted at 4:17 pm

Sadistic Workings of My Muse

So there I was, lying in bed, trying to get to sleep for work in the morning when all of the sudden the end of In the Darkness Falling plays out in my mind in exquisite detail. Not the climax but the after-action stuff that ties a novel up. Needless to say, I was almost a zombie the next day at work but I had enough wherewithal to start writing it down before I lost it. Why do I tell you this? Because I was planning to try to wrap up Chapter 13 this past week to ready for an end of the month posting and instead I have been working on what will become either the last chapter or another part of the epilogue. My bloody Muse seems to be giving me inspiration at both ends of this one and I find myself writing towards the middle. This has never happened to me and I find it rather frustrating. What does this mean for you? It means I might be a few days late posting Chapter 13. Given how things are playing out in the storyline and how the ending is shaping up, I am thinking we will have another three or four chapters plus the epilogue. I know I have already said this either in another post or elsewhere, but brace yourselves for a rather tumultuous ending for this one. I don't usually like foreshadowing, but I felt some warning was warranted.

Hopefully I will get back on Chapter 13 this week or early next and you can look forward to that late this month or as early next month as I can get it edited. For those in the mood to propitiate my Muse, you might ask her to stop this bookend inspiration nonsense and keep it chronological. By the way, with the end of In the Darkness Falling I will get back to Future Distorted and Anomaly of the Fates before starting on the sequel to ItDF. Barring, of course, intervention by my contrary muse.