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Some days writing is tough. The pencil lead gets broken. I sharpen it and leave the shavings everywhere to make sure my vacuum cleaner has a job to do. But the words never appear on the page. The scene does not flow through my mind in that perfect symphony of images that on other days has me furiously typing out the words on the laptop. I think the magic that started all of it might be broken. So I leave off.
I edit previous books I wrote with that same magic hoping to capture it again and light the flame of a new scene once more. But the magic of the dream is fickle and has a will of its own. It flows out to grab things that do not fit into the story that I know. When it lights the flame to let me see into the darkness and hear the symphony again, it may not illuminate a scene currently connected to anything else I have been writing.
Like magic, the scene will be good, and I will save it. It may collect the proverbial electronic dust. It may sit in doc files for years waiting, taunting the novels that it has nothing to do and is free of the bindings of page numbers and chapter headings. But the magic knows. It will illuminate the truth to me once again, and I will resurrect that old scene and add it into the words of a new scene that plays out. The bully will be beaten and bound in chapter headings and page numbers, and I will be satisfied at last that I waited for the magic of the dream.
Edits. They must be done. They must. But that does not mean I want too. Filth and Death has 122,000+ words. I cut some stuff out. But I don't feel that I can cut anything else without compromising the integrity of the piece. So here goes nothing. It will likely drop by February 24. So keep your eyes open. There will be more on that later. Considering that, I have to shamelessly plug my upcoming novel, Dream Therapy. It's almost time. If you ordered it, thanks. If you have not ordered it yet, get it as soon as you can. The debut price is $3.99, but that won't last. For all my Kindle Unlimited subscribers, for you, it will be FREE!
I hope you all will laugh at this as I did. I created an excerpt image to give readers a taste of Dream Therapy. I thought it actively portrayed the scene I was excerpting. The main male character in Dream Therapy is a black bear named Jason Weda. He is a dream inverter. He is exceptionally talented, but the gift cramps his life until he finally gets help at Draoithe. He has a dream that confuses him and seeks out his twin Scar to see if he can help interpret. So here is the excerpt.
I posted this same exact image with the words, the link to Amazon, and hashtags to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest , and Facebook. That's what one does when trying to make their book known. That's basic book promotion. No one buys a book that they no nothing about, right. Facebook blocked the promotional image on the grounds that it violated their policy against selling animals, firearms etc... I laughed hard. I was not trying to sell a black bear. Then I laughed harder. Can you buy a black bear from Amazon? Of course I sent the required information back that it was a promotional image to sell a book about a bear shifter, but LOL that was funny!
Y'all have a great rest of your day!