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Call for Beta Readers!!!

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A Sense of Magick is ready for beta readers! Again!

After another year of adding text, cleaning up scenes, and editing text, I’m finally ready to share the first book in The Other Realms series with my beta readers again.

Let me thank you in advance for reading for me. It means a lot to me that you would take time to read for me and give me feedback. Your feedback really does make the books better and makes me a better writer.

If you’d like to read the (hopefully) final version of A Sense of Magick, please send me an email at Jordan@JordanDuff.com. I’ll reply with details of how to access the file.

Thanks again. I hope you enjoy the final version of A Sense of Magick.

 

-Jordan

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Writing Ideas

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How do I know I’m a writer? How do you figure out if you’re a writer? What makes a real writer?

I think there are probably a hundred ways to define a writer and people will disagree on how you define it. But there’s one that makes the most sense to me…and that’s a need to write. When I’m in the zone of a book, whether that’s architecting it or editing it or anywhere in between, I have this overwhelming need to get it out there. It’s not that I want to get the story out…it’s that I have to. I feel like I might explode if I don’t get the story out of my own head and heart and into the eyes and ears of others.

That, to me, is being a writer.

One of the side effects of that is that I am constantly coming up with ideas that may be the next zone story for me. Ideas that appear, sometimes bidden through objective reality triggers, but usually, they come from somewhere in my subjective universe and the trigger is unknown. Possibly unknowable.

Do you get these ideas, too? You must write them down! Get them in a TO DO type list on some website?Keep a Word document of all of the ideas and keep it somewhere safe? Wherever and however you keep them, just keep them safe!

One of the interesting things that comes from that for me is that occasionally I’ll post an idea to my list (I use TaDaList.com, but need to find a new one since that one is mostly defunct now) only to realize that I’ve already posted a similar or identical idea in the past. That’s usually a trigger for me to realize that my subconscious, subjective-universe mind really wants me to write that story. That helps move the story idea to the top of the list for me.

So track all of those ideas. Write them down the instant they come to you. If you don’t, they’ll be lost forever. And when you find yourself writing the same idea down repeatedly…make it into a book!

-Jordan

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Revision Five!

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With lots of excellent feedback from my beta readers and a first pass at proofreading…and knowledge of the future, I’m started Revision 5 of A Sense of Magick.

First, you may notice a new title…I was never pleased with the old title and I think the new one fits so much better. Yes, Robynn, you’re welcome. Now if I could just come up with a title for Book II…

Second…about that bit of knowledge from the future. This gets into what kind of writer I am. Am I an architect? Or a gardner? (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out the first post on this link for more info: http://www.youngwritersonline.net/showthread.php?t=7180) So those of you who know me (the other me) will likely say, “Duh, you’re an architect.” True dat. And as such, I like to plan out as much of a book ahead of time as I can. This makes sense because my favorite part of any book is when you get to the end and say, “Oh! I realize now that was set up from the beginning!” So you’d think I’d want to fully architect my stories so my readers can have the same moment.

However, I’m not a good enough architect yet to fully plan out everything. Maybe I never will be. Maybe it’s impossible. Or maybe, when I can dedicate all of my time to writing, I’ll be able to bring more focus to my outline and get it right the first time. In the meantime, my typitcal writing style goes like this: I design out everything…and then I realize when I’m writing what was left out of “everything.” And there’s usually quite a bit.

Which brings me to The Other Realms series. I’ve figured out I can’t fully architect a single novel, so it should come as no surprise that I definitely can’t architect out 7 full novels upfront. So as Book 2 developed and the organic growth just sorta happened, I realized that a lot of the stuff that needs to happen in Book 2 has to be set up in Book 1.

So the organic growth of Book 2 actually crept backward in time and caused grew into Book 1. That’s great news because Book 1 is now much more complete and feels comfortable as a whole. What I had to add to Book 1 to set up Book 2…was really needed in Book 1 all along.

So the good news for you, my loyal beta readers, is about 40% more content in Book 1, a more complete story, and a new title that hopefully Robynn won’t hate!

The bad news is that I just need…a little more time. But rest assured, my faithful Allyians (like that?), it will be coming soon for your reading enjoyment.

-Jordan

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Book 2 (Untitled) is coming along nicely!

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Just wanted to drop a note to let everyone know that Book 2 of The Other Realms series is coming along nicely. It is significantly longer than Book 1, which I think is okay. I’ve got a lot to say, but I think it’s all necessary. (When we get to Beta Reading, I’m sure you’ll all let me know if I’m wrong…)

Here’s some teasers about what’s happening in Book 2:

  • Ally gets a new power, of course, but she thinks it’s one that can’t actually help her.
  • Raymund knows a lot more about the portal and The Book then he lets on…and we find out why.
  • The idea of stealing children from this world and taking them into The Other Realm that was just touched on in Book 1 is greatly expanded on here. The new beast from TOR is, I think, a bit scarier than the one from Book 1…but also a lot more interesting.
  • And what’s going on with the townspeople of Ouverture?

I hope you’re as excited about Book 2 as I am. Maybe next time I post about it, I’ll have a title. (Robynn — I believe that’s your job! 😉 )

 

-Jordan

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Thank you Beta Readers!

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A huge thank you to all of my beta readers in Round 1 for A Sense of Magick! Your feedback is invaluable to me. You’ve pointed out lots of issues that I should have caught and quite a few things that I never would have thought of…all of which is working to make this a much better book. I am immensely grateful for all of your support.

Round 1 of Beta Reading for A Sense of Magick is now closed. That’s the bad news. The good news is that with your help (and the process of writing most of Book 2 already), I’ve identified large chunks of Book 1 that are missing. I guesstimate that I have another 20-30k words to write on this book to “complete” it (again).

That means that once I get it ready again, we’ll have another round of Beta Reading! Yay!

 

Thanks again for your help, my loyal Beta Readers!

 

-Jordan

A Sense of Magick

Welcome to the world of Jordan Duff!

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Welcome to the new home for the works of Jordan Duff including The Other Realms series. This site has information on all of the books in The Other Realms series, starting with Book 1 – A Sense of Magick (coming soon!).

The books are centered around two eleven-year-old girls, Ally Drake and Lucy Dubhan, who spend their summers near the small town of Ouverture. The little town has no shopping mall, no movie theaters, and no other kids, forcing the girls to find their own adventure. This summer, however, Ally finds a page to a mysterious book which promises to give her magic powers and help her save the world. Soon after, she meets Mordrew, more beast than man, who has come into our world through a portal and threatens to suck the life out of this world to feed his own.

Will Ally have the strength and courage to fight back against the beast? What role does Lucy have to play in the adventure? Will Ally’s father, who knows much more than he’s telling them, help them survive?

I hope you enjoy A Sense of Magick as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it…and be on the lookout for Book 2 — coming soon!

 

–Jordan