Thursday, March 24, 2016

Writer's Diary: Getting Ermengarde and Company to Stay True

Ermengarde CoverLet me start by thanking all of you for your comments regarding earlier posts. If you are one who has contacted me about getting the ebook, Ermengarde The Expansive, free, here's how: Just send an email to and put "subscribe" in the header. That will get you signed up for StephanieMeslerWrites, which will guarantee you get first dibs on special offers and the inside scoop on my writing and publication news. Recently, a handful of subscribers got to name dragon whelps that will appear in my next novel. Previously, subscribers have received copies of new poems and free books.  They've also had several opportunities to help create plot and character points.  Before too long, I'll turn to this group of subscribers to find beta readers for the next book.

Speaking of Ermengarde, I am hard at work on the next book, this one a full-length novel, Ermengarde The Expansive and The Year of Long Light. In this new book, Ermengarde will become a wife, a queen, and a mother. She'll cavort with dragons and rhinolope. She will travel across The Twelve Realms to save her realm, Obifobus, from the calamity of an extended effulgence, a long light. I am enjoying writing this story though I have to admit I was writing in circles for a few weeks while I tried to get a firmer handle on specific plot points and character development. Now, I am satisfied with the story structure as planned in a finally completed outline (which we all know will be changed a dozen times or more as I write the tale), and I am happy to report I've finally ironed out some bumps in character development which have plagued this project for several months. Finally, my characters have returned to being their true selves and this writer finds them believable as well as compelling.

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