Sunday, June 10, 2007

Medusa's Daughter--93 pages and counting . . .


Angelina Jolie would be perfect to play Medusa,
in the movie version of my novel, Medusa's Daughter. Check out the other actors and actresses that I've cast for the movie on my website in the casting news section.
A guy can dream, can't he?

Keep in mind that the mythological Medusa was not the snake haired monster, like we saw in the movie Clash of the Titans. She was beautiful and did not have snakes for hair. No one could look at her, or they'd die. That was her curse.

Okay, enough of the myth lesson, but read more about the mythological medusa online or check out the book, Medusa, Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon by Stephen R. Wilk. It's a thorough look at the myth and how it's changed over the years.

Well, as you can see I'm still a writer. Big shocker, eh? These days off have been very productive and I've regained some confidence in my ability to crank out the pages. I've managed to write 7,000 words of Medusa's Daughter--which was three and half chapters. The chapters are pretty short and I haven't finished chapter ten yet, but I've got it going really well and I've mapped out the last half. It's a critical chapter in the book when the main characters, Nerissa and Nikander have a very important interaction . . .

So, I'm up to page 93 in Medusa's Daughter, so that feels good. I've written about 26 double spaced pages in the past few days, plus I've edited chapter six, which I wrote last week. I've written a lot more than that in the past, like 40 pages in one day, but that was back when I just went for it and didn't worry about what how it turned out. Now I'm slower, but the work comes out better in so many ways. The book is coming along great and I think it's going to be fantastic once I'm done. I just wish I'd been more motivated to get this done a while back, but other books and writing promotion got in the way. Now it's back to work! (Insert whip-cracking noise here)

I also worked on the story outline for my Dimension Next Door story. I've got the main outline and really figured out some major plot points. I think it's going to be great. I think I'll work next week on Medusa's Daughter, then I'll stop and work on The Dimension Next Door story. The deadline for it is August 1. I want to get it to the editor before that.

Figuring out how to do promotion and work on writing has been troubling me, but I'll find a balance at some point. Next week I need to plow ahead with Medusa's Daughter, then do a little promotion--sending some books to reviewers. I also need to send out a group email update about my pirate story, but I'm waiting for my buddy, Jordan to help with my website first, so people can buy it there. He's a busy guy, but I know he'll get to it soon.

I've also heard from the head guy at Mountain Con, Carl Stark. He's a cool guy and said his people loved my panel ideas. I'll end up with a bunch of them for sure and I'm looking forward to that.

Well, I hope you are all well and I encourage you to set goals and keep them with your writing. My goal is to finish a solid draft of Medusa's Daughter by November 1, 2007. I also have two short stories, perhaps three, to write. I know I'll make it all work. Working full time makes it challenging, but there are ways as long as you stay motivated.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

Paul Genesse, Author

Author of The Pirate Witch
in Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms

Author of The Golden Cord
Book One of the Iron Dragon Series
Releasing April, 2008

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