Jane Cairns, the person behind the Mystery Reviews + Writing blog, reviewed The Mark of the Spider, Book 1 of the Black Orchid Chronicles.
She calls it ” a good beginning to this supernatural series” and says:
I look forward to reading the second installment and learning the ongoing fate of Arnett, Campion and T.
You can read the entire review here.
Progress on the Sequel
The rewrite of Flight of the Spider: Book 2 of the Black Orchid Chronicles is almost done, despite accidentally destroying the manuscript once and discovering 10 pages of material I intended to remove still survived.
I’ve deleted 98 pages of material, dropping the word count from about 76,500 to around 73,000.
That translates into rewriting about 100 pages of the original.
I promised to deliver the completed manuscript to beta reviewers on Feb. 1. Yeah, I didn’t make that deadline. It’s looking more like mid-February. (More on the value of beta readers later.)
Once I hear back from the betas — they get four weeks to read and report — I’ll know when it will be ready to publish.
BTW, I’ve already written 200 pages on Book 3 of the Black Orchid Chronicles, tentatively entitled “Spider’s Revenge.”
Find a character, like yourself, who will want something or not want something, with all his heart. Give him running orders. Shoot him off. Then follow as fast as you can go. The character, in his great love, or hate, will rush you through to the end of the story.
— Ray Bradbury, The Joy of Writing, Zen in the Art of Writing
I was Flipboarding through the news this a.m. and stumbled on a piece in Inc. about an ancient communications device that taught Neil deGrasse Tyson how to write better.
Spoiler alert: It’s a quill pen and ink.
Don’t get it?
The quill pen and ink imposed a cadence on users that translated into how they write: Word, word, word, word, word, (maybe word), (maybe word) [dip the pen; you’ve run out of ink.]
Short sentences communicate more easily.
It reminds me of my high school Latin teacher who expounded on the benefits of Anglo-Saxon over the latinized Norman speech: Simple words in simple straight forward sentences.
Or, as the Inc. subhed stated,
Keep your words simple and your sentences short.
On a completely unrelated note, my new suspense novel, The Mark of the Spider, contains lots of simple words and short sentences.
Get your copy (in print or ebook) from Amazon and see.