Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Yes is my favorite word in the language. I like the way it sounds and I like to say it and hear it said. it's a nice word, is yes.

This particular yes is in response to a question that was raised on kindleboards. I had to think about it a bit, and my first response was no. But I don't like no, so I changed it.

The question was, more or less, has your writing process changes since you published. And my first, knee jerk reaction was: No. It can't. It's like an internal combustion engine, it functions because all the parts have a purpose and work together and if you change bits it stops working - like the car made out of confectionery in an advert I saw once; that car won't run, guaranteed.

But, here's the thing. I noticed a review for The Key To The Grave that raised the question of Sheo and other characters who were important to Sumto in The Last King's Amulet. What happened to them? Well, I know what they are doing and where they are and how their actions will effect Sumto later. Especially one of them. But, as this is a first person story and everything gets filtered through Sumto' direct experience, we don't know anything about that yet. He doesn't, we can't. Then I turned back to thinking about book 4 in the series, and I know what happens and how it ends and what happens next. Book 5 is vague in my mind but well enough shaped that I'm pretty sure Sheo (and the others) won't appear there. They won't turn up again until book 6... and that's too long a time to leave it. So, thanks to the reviewer, I found a way to re-connect that situation sooner, in book 4, so that the Readers don't wonder 'who the heck are these guys' when things start to happen because of them.

So, I get to use my favorite word in the language. Yes. My writing (or at least my thinking) process has been effected since I published. Readers leaving comments has changed that process somewhat, and I'm glad of it, and thank you for it.

1 comment:

  1. I was just curious about if Sheo and former crew had been coopted as part of the Treason Trial. Sheo did receive a false white rod from Sumto and may no be fully aware that Sumto's cousin gave him permission to use a real white rod the one given to the cousin before (at least arguably) Sheo started recruiting.

    I was also wondering if Sumto might have to do some quick verbal footwork under a truth spell to shuck and jive out of an admission of guilt.

    To wit: (Sumto)
    "I had permission from my cousin to recruit a couple cohorts. I specifically talked with him and he gave me permission to have Sheo recruit using the cousin's white rod. Please note all of this (permission and borrowing of a legitimate white rod) occurred before Sheo recruited my first soldier for me.

    (all true and his best line out of admitting he forged a white rod and sent him out with it to start recruiting before Sheo had a legitimate white rod, and thus an automatic treason conviction for Sumto.)

    Anywho lots of fun can't wait for the 4th book.

    The Deposed king