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Back from vacation…

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Vacated for 8 days to Washington, DC and Ocean City, MD with the fam. It was awesome. I’m much more relaxed and ready to finish up Book 1.

Update for those of you playing along at home:

The cover art is coming along nicely and I’m incorporating feedback from a beta reader who pointed out some of those things that make complete sense in your own head but not always in other people’s, so I’m looking forward to improvements and a release very soon!

A Sense of Magick

Health issues step aside and an excerpt…

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I know, I know. It’s been months since my last post. Unfortunately, health issues have a way of pushing everything else aside for a while. But, if you persevere and do what the doctors and physical therapists (thanks Ashley and Allison!) tell you to do, eventually you get to push back. It’s been six months since surgery and my average daily pulse has finally returned to (almost) what it was during the weeks before the surgery. Six months of pain has slowly abated and I’m back to posting here!

The news on Ally and Lucy is that I’m aggressively pursing a new route of self-publishing Book One. I’ve contracted cover art which I hope to share here soon and I’m working through the publishing process which I haven’t done for several years. It’s amazing to see how far things have come and how many services there are now to help authors do things that (way back in 2014) I had to figure out on my own.

So in anticipation of its upcoming publishment (it’s a word, now), here’s an except from Book One, A Sense of Magick. Hope you enjoy it.

 

“What do you have there?” the old woman across the aisle asked.

Ally looked up, surprised. She held the page out for the old woman to take.

“Yes,” the old woman said in a wavering voice, “let’s take a look at this, shall we?”

The woman lifted a liver-spotted hand to the glasses that hung on a chain around her neck. The glasses trembled as she lifted them to her face, resting them below a mane of pure white hair.

Ally raised the page higher for the old woman to take, but instead of grabbing it, the woman only leaned over to read the words.

“Hmm,” the woman said. “You’ve found a page from a good book. A very good book, indeed. Perhaps you’ll find the rest of the book.” The woman scanned the page again. She looked back up at Ally and said, “You have quite an adventure ahead of yourself, young lady.”

Ally cocked her head at the old woman.

“What do you mean?” Ally asked. “It’s just a page from some fantasy book, right?”

“Is it?” the woman replied with a knowing smile.

Ally squinted, unsure what kind of practical joke she had slipped into. She turned the page over again, hoping that an explanation had appeared on the back. It was still blank.

“What do you mean, an ‘adventure?’” Ally asked, looking up into the woman’s eyes. Against the backdrop of white hair and mottled, wrinkled skin, the woman’s eyes were bright and penetrating.

“Hmm…” the woman mused, ignoring Ally’s question. “‘Powers beyond human.’ Sounds like you’re going to get a magickal power soon.”

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…and again.

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Last time I was able to blog here was over a year ago. (Insert frowny emoji here.)

Worse, the content of that entry was being happy that I was back from a distraction that took me away from The Other Realms for a while and I was ready to focus on it again.

The good news is that I have gotten to focus in the last year and the result is a revamped edition of Book 1 with more words for Lucy (much to Emerson’s delight) and a focus on the duality of the savior that has become both girls.

The Book (in the book) changes when Ally meets Lucy and the “girl of the dark” is promoted (almost) to full savior status like Ally. While this makes it easier for the girls to work together to defeat Mordrew, it does change some important themes in the book.

No longer does Lucy need to feel jealousy of Ally’s status. Well, not as much, anyway. Because while she is also declared the savior by the book, she does not receive magical powers like Ally does. But more interestingly, now Ally has her own feelings of jealousy. She’s from a long line of saviors (oops! you don’t know that yet 😉 )… so why does she have to share it?

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s been a year since I blogged here. Life stepped in once more, this time with health issues, but I’m on the mend once more. (And walking on my own which is probably something many of you, like me, have taken for granted…)

So, I will hopefully be able to blog her more frequently with stores of Ally and Lucy and Cody (wait. who’s that?) and progress on the books. Which, thank you for asking, is currently sitting at:
– Book 1: edited and ready for Pitch Madness.
– Book 2: revisions are underway, about to go to editing
– Book 3: first draft about 30% complete
– Book 4-7: outlines are adjusting themselves as I write

Thanks for stopping by and inquiring about Ally and Lucy. They appreciate your visit!

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I’m back!

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So life happened and I found I needed to take a little time off of my Jordan books to work on another project. (More on that at davidburgett.com) But, I’ve missed Ally and Lucy and Raymund. They’ve been calling out to me and I just let them all know that I’ve come back to Ouverture and I’m ready to continue the first draft of Book 3.

When I left it off, Ally was starting to have doubts about Lucy as she continues to struggle with having been the only kid in Ouverture for the last nine months and what she learned about her family during that time. Meanwhile, Lucy is jealous of the “normal kid” activities that Ally got to do in New York.

So, dear readers, rest assured that I’m working on The Other Realms series again, which Emerson is greatly overjoyed at! (Although, she’s worried about the turn Book 3 is taking, of which she’s heard bits and pieces, because Lucy is, ironically, her favorite character. (So far!)

More to come from Ally and the gang soon!

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A great Writers Conference!

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Yesterday I attended the 2017 Kansas City Writing Workshop. It was great!

Marisa Corvisiero was the main speaker, and I enjoyed listening to her talk. She was energetic, friendly, and enthusiastic. Her instruction rambled a bit from as she directed her speech at once squirrel after another, but much of that was audience-driven. The members of the Standing Room Only audience asked a bunch of questions, and she answered every one honestly (sometimes, perhaps, too honestly). That took her off course on more than one occasion, but I thought it was great because most of the questions were ones I wanted to ask anyway.

I was in and out of the room where she was speaking since I was pitching agents (more on that in a moment) and it was hard to find an open seat. At one point, I knew I wasn’t going to be in the room for long, and I didn’t want to disturb a whole line of people to get to an open middle chair, just to have to disturb them again in 10 minutes. So I just parked it on the floor at the back of the room with a few other people. I scooted over so that I could see Marisa (yes, we’re on a first-name basis now–that’s how nice she was) down the aisle. She stopped her presentation to ask if I was okay and if I needed a chair. Very cool!

So I got the chance to pitched Book 1 to three agents:

  • Reiko Davis of DeFiore & Co.
  • Whitley Abel of Inklings Literary
  • Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary Agency

First and foremost, all three were great. They were each friendly, personable, and (in the 10 minutes I was allotted), showed great interest in learning about my book! In fact, all three asked for more (either pages or conversation), so it couldn’t have gone better! Reiko (each of the three introduced themselves by first name, so I feel safe using it here) even read my email query pitch and offered some suggestions, which I’m working on now.

The best part, perhaps, was when the conference was wrapping up for lunch, I went up to talk to Marisa. She was just as nice in person as she seemed when presenting. I apologized for interrupting her presentation by sitting on the floor in her line of sight. She laughed and said she was just worried about me. What I really wanted to tell her was that I had spoken to Justin earlier (who works for her agency) and he had asked to see pages, so I hoped that I would be seeing her again. (Not so subtly suggesting that I’d like to work with her agency and I hope that Justin likes my pages…it never hurts to get in good with the boss from the start. 🙂 )  As soon as I mentioned that Justin requested pages, she immediately gave me a high five and congratulated me! It really seemed like she was able to step out of her position as owner of the company and just be happy for me as a writer. Awesome!

I ended up at a Chinese restaurant across the street for lunch, by myself. As I was waiting to be seated, a pair of nice ladies from the conference came in behind me. They saw my name tag and aloneness and immediately asked me if I wanted to eat with them. I did, and we shared a great conversation that ranged from writing to politics, and topics in between. I also made friends with some of the volunteers working the show…to the point that the lady giving the introduction spiel to the writers about to go pitch, asked me to do it for her at one point since I had been there twice before.

Everyone was so nice and it was great networking. Now I remember why I love writer’s conferences….but I can’t remember why I keep forgetting that.

Book 3

Getting back into Book 3…

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I’ve spent most of my writing time over the last two months on Book 1…final edits, preparing a Query letter to agents, finding agents who might be interested. It’s been exhausting and wonderful and terrifying. Intellectually, I know and understand why my book will get rejected 50 times. Even the best book ever written would likely get rejected due to varying interests, competing titles, agents having a bad day, etc. Book 1 is not the best book in the world (Book 2, at least, is better 🙂 )…so I know it will get rejected a bunch. Yet, still, I die inside a little each time.

The key is perseverance. The key is perseverance. The key is perseverance.

So I’d mentally prepared myself for this, but not the psychic pain of having to put down Book 3 for so long. I completed the first draft of 8 1/2 chapters back in November…and haven’t written since. 🙁

I picked it up again this morning and found an old friend. Right where I had left her. Ally is in the middle of playing with her newfound magical ability. And possibly burning the house down. And she’s been standing there in her bedroom for the last two months.

But like any true friend, she has waited patiently for me. And she smiled on my return, ready to pick up right where we left off.

She really is a good friend to me.

Jordan

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A SENSE OF MAGICK – Update

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It’s been a while since I’ve had an update on Book 1, A SENSE OF MAGICK. That’s because I’ve been busy revising, fixing, correct, tweaking, and hopefully improving it based on feedback from a very nice agent who helped point out some of the flaws, both in the text and in my query. I have addressed those flaws (hopefully addressed them well…) and I am officially now looking for an agent for The Other Realms series.

So any well wishes and happy thoughts you want to send my way on this strange and tumultuous endeavor are appreciated.

–Jordan

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The Other Realms Book 3 – Untitled Progress Update

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I just made progress on The Other Realms Book 3 – Untitled! So far I’m 85% complete on the Outlining phase.
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The good news is that I’ve made enough progress outline to support starting NaNoWriMo in just 27 hours and 32 minutes!