Waltzing Matilda Playlist!

As the end of this adventure comes closer to completion, so too has the chapter list been completed… a playlist of songs that inspired me.

Has it been on your mind to know what Luli Qing has in her repertoire for the final book of the saga?  If you’re a Spotify user, you can check out the Chapter List for Waltzing Matilda.  You can even give it a listen.

Waltzing Matilda

Where are the playlists for the other books?  Look no further as they are below!

The Matilda

Twistin’ Matilda

Black Matilda

Secret Matilda

Almost ten hours of tunes for a five-book series that’s taken nine years to write. What an adventure! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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Rewriting my Fifth Novel, Waltzing Matilda Pt. 4

Umm… you know how I said the story was done? 

Let’s just say I received heavy criticism about the ending and that it better changed.  I know what you’re thinking, ‘didn’t you have the ending of the whole story written forever ago?’  And you’d be right.

 I had that ending in mind when the characters were still partially formed in my head.  I wrote that ending in its completion about 4 years ago.  But it doesn’t fit the story anymore and I was already working on a replacement.  In my opinion, it’s a much better ending and suits the overall arc of the crew of the Matilda.  I dare say, I am rather proud of it.  I think you’re going to love it, too.

And it is done!  As I wait to receive the edits for most of the book, the final rewrite (given the stamp of approval by my alpha reader) is in the mail and on its way to my editor!

It’s only a matter of time now.

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Progress!  Ever Marching Forward!

My final convention for the year has been completed!  And it was a grand time.  First off, I wanted to say thank you to all the people who came by my table.  There were quite a few familiar faces at Mile Hi Con and I had a grand time getting to hang out with folks I haven’t seen in a long while.

I didn’t get to participate in as many conventions as I wanted this year, but overall, it was still a successful run.  I had a few firsts at this one too!  I was finally able to drop a story I’m working on in the blind slush pile challenge.  There wasn’t a single change mentioned when mine was read out loud and I felt pretty dang cool for the rest of the day. 

I was also able to model some of my T-shirt designs for the Matilda Series (you can find them here). And I must say, I looked pretty sharp in my Anton Roane shirt.

I picked up a few more tricks and nonsense to make the whole process go even smoother.  As 2023 creeps ever closer, my plan is to attend more conventions in new locations… you know, while also writing another Nun With a Gun story or two.

What about the final Matilda story?  That will be completed and available before the next set of conventions roll in.  My editor is wrangling paragraphs on pages while I am busy rewriting the end of the series.  Once those are done, it’s almost a walk in the park to print!

Rewriting my Fifth Novel, Waltzing Matilda Pt. 3

Deadlines!  More like guidelines….

Here we are in October… (looks at the calendar and shrugs) or will be in a day and I can confidently say that the final novel in the Matilda Series is in the hands of my editor!  Later than I wanted but thems the breaks.  I hate to say it, but it won’t be ready for Mile Hi Con this year.  It is still set to be out by the end of 2022 and I’m all engines forward to making that happen.

After what feels like a million-word correction and heavy rewrites of the end, I can say without a doubt, this completes the journey of the crew of the Matilda. 

It has been one hell of a journey for me, and it feels weird to be at the end.  The kernel of the story came to me back in 2005, the first words in the series were written in 2014 and the last ones will be put down in 2022. 

I really can’t describe how it feels as I’m still processing it.  And I probably will be for a while.  I am sad to say goodbye to these characters that have been hounding me for longer than I care to think about.  I’ll miss their weird instructions at all hours of the day and night, their plans and dreams, recipes, and research.  It’s going to be quiet for a while.

On the plus side, now I can prep for new stories with different characters, different worlds even different genres!  I can already hear them clamoring for brain time!

… Oh wait.  My alpha reader is telling me I need to rework the rewrite of the end.  Back to the grindstone!  So… close…

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Editing and Life

Funny how one thing interrupts another, eh?

Things are moving… slowly on the editing front.  There has been some progress but nowhere near enough to what I would like.  Some of this is down to other projects taking root and needing forward momentum to just being brain fried after a long work shift (or many).

Even writing this update is a bit of a struggle right now, but them’s the breaks.

Sometimes, I must remind myself that I can’t keep running at 110% without everything catching up and knocking me over.  Getting back up again is always the next move, but I need to suck in a few breaths before I get back to my feet. The book will be completed this year, no worries on that. That will be happening even if I have to resort to 24-hour days.

But on to other things!  I am working on a secret project that I should be able to talk about a bit more freely in the very near future!  I am still weighing options on the Audible track for The Matilda Series. That will also be happening but not until 2023.  The outline on the next Nun With a Gun is nearing completion and a completely different novel idea is in the works as well!

Of course, none of these are set to happen until after Waltzing Matilda is done. Now for a nap.

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Rewriting my Fifth Novel, Waltzing Matilda Pt.2

I can hardly believe it, but I assure you it’s the truth!  The first draft of the Waltzing Matilda is now completed!  I’d run laps right now, but it has been a very long night, err day.  One of those things… or maybe both.  Is the sun out?

This one has taken longer to write than anything else I have ever worked on.  The first words I put down for this story were back in 2017, long before I knew this would be a five-book series.  Looking back, it’s been nuts.  There were days of clarity, weeks of cloudy days, what felt like unending brain drains, and hourly sparks of creativity. It has not been the easiest road to cross.

I do have to say that given everything I’ve learned in this whole process, I was able to utilize just about every lesson I learned on this one.  From starting with an outline, pantsing it every now and again, letting the characters take me along for the ride, to brutally writing every word down in the most structured and controlled manner.

And I picked up a few new tricks, too!  Also, some pointers for the next big excursion (having a character sheet with people’s full names, places names, actually anything to do with names for one).  And it all worked. I’m serious about running some victory laps, but (oy) these legs are dead.

Now comes the fun part!  Editing this story I told myself into something worthy of reading.  I like editing, I really do!

I am so excited!

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The Crew of the Matilda!

A big project I have been working on and waiting on has finally reached completion!  What is it you ask?  Have you ever wondered what the crew of the Matilda looks like?  Is it just me?  No?  Whew, I‘m glad to hear that!

I’ve been working with this artist named Preston Stone on getting portraits done of the crew.  (You should check out his work, it’s stellar!) I think they’ve turned out great!

What was the big impetus for this?  Amazon has added this new segment on the book’s page called “From the Publisher”.  It’s a place where other aspects of the books can be put in so that the casual viewer will have a bit more to entice them than the standard book blurb and reviews.  I think it’s pretty neat!  I’ve already built them into the Matilda’s pages like this example.

I am so excited to share them as I see them and as art!  Without further ado, here they are! 

Captain Jacquotte Delahaye
Barnabus de Lagnel
Luli Qing
Derain Tiwi
Lieutenant Galena Chadov
Anton Roane

Look how cool they look! What a bunch of badasses! It took a long time, but it has been entirely worth it!

Dots-n-Dashes

I recently learned an interesting bit of writing habit that I was unaware of!  It made me wonder and after having sat down with other writers it definitely seems to be true, to an extent.

Now, I’ll warn you that this is a really minor writing affectation, but it’s going to date me, so whatev’s!

It appears that Gen-Xers prefer to use the “…” when writing while Millennials prefer to use the “-“.  If you’ve read any of my stuff, well, you know I am a huge lover and user of the “…”.  Not surprisingly, I fall directly into the Gen-X box.  And to back it all up, many of my Millennial writer friends love the “-“.

I don’t know if other Gen-X writers use the three dots for the same reason as I do, but it’s an odd little question to ask. For me, the three dots feel like seconds ticking down or time passing in recognizable blips.  While the dash feels more like a skip or a jump to something else, sort of like the superheroes “Meanwhile”.

I couldn’t find any similar writing markers for boomers or the greatest generation, but I bet they’re out there.  On top of that, I don’t know if Gen-Zers are homogeneously choosing one right now, but maybe?

Does this little writing habit hold true for you?  Do you use something else?  Let me know!

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