Category Archives: No Redemption for the Wicked – Update

New “Letter from Chalandris”: Sir Steffan, Steward to the Duncans of Chester

Hey all, finally finished Sir Steffan’s letter.

Enjoy!

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Friday’s ‘Letter from Chalandris’: Nelson

Hey all! Greetings from camp! 🙂

Well no, not really. As I expected, there’s no internet on-site so I drove into town this morning to post last night’s writing. (We do have limited electricity, so I was able to write last night, thankfully.)

So, last night I wrote about Nelson, and a good-hearted lad he is, too. Very likeable. He was pleasant to write. Another child of misfortune like Landa and Rose. Between Jormund’s Rebellion and Carrack’s Uprising, it seems like there’s a lot of discontent in the kingdom so I’ll need to figure out why that is. It could be something as incidental as a weak central authority in the north part of the kingdom, or it could be something a bit more significant. Time will tell, so stay tuned as I figure it out.

New ‘Letter from Chalandris’: Landa

I’m a little late. Sorry.

Got in late last night, was too tired to write. Got up as early as I could and got right to work. I went ahead and wrote a little about Landa.

Now I need to get ready to go out of town a ways. I’m not likely to have internet where I’m going, so if I’m not posting that’ll be why. But I’ll still be writing, and I’ll have four more to post by noon Monday if I can’t post beforehand.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

New Letter from Chalandris: Meet Chastain

Hello everyone!

Two in a row!

I know this one is a bit short, but some characters are just a bit more tight-lipped, and that says something about them, too. And so we have Chastain, probably the least verbose member of ‘The Great Ernesto’s” traveling troupe of players. But as you’ll see, the story Chastain tells depends a great deal on who he’s talking to.

The First “Letter from Chalandris”: Meet Hyacinth Baker

Hello everyone!

Well, I’m off to a good start! That’s right, one-in-a-row! 🙂

The character’s name is Hyacinth Baker, also called “Rose”, and she has already taught me a great deal about her little corner of Chalandris. I am so stoked now to see how this process continues. This is just awesome!

Now, since I’ve been writing for nearly eight hours out of the past twelve, I’m going to make my eyes go dark.

First part of Chapter 3 – Scene Three posted

Hello all,

You’ve all been so patient and uncomplaining about having to wait for this scene that I decided to go ahead and post what I have of it so far since I’ve arrived at a ‘pause point’ in composing the draft. This should give you all some idea of where Serena’s storyline is heading, or at least the tenor of it; at least enough to be able to start considering the question I asked a few days ago regarding the novel’s storylines and what (if anything) should be done about Serena’s part in the first book of the trilogy.

Thanks again for all you do for me! Now I’m off to bed before I make myself too exhausted to work tomorrow.

Big scene finished! And it has FIRE!!!

Hey all,

Finished that big scene I’ve been working on all day and it’s right here: Chapter 3 – Scene Two. I do feel it’s important to reiterate that what I’m trying to do this time around with the draft is just getting the plot laid down. That’s it. No frills here, not trying to win any awards with the writing of the draft. Just getting the plot down. I can make pretty prose later.

Thanks all for your continued support and encouragement. It truly keeps me going!

Did I not tell you?! The first scene of Chapter 3 is now posted. (And I need BETAS!)

Hey all,

Chapter 3 – Scene One is now posted! This scene picks back up with Kara on the road with Earnest’s traveling troupe of players. We get a bit more of a description of each than we got in the brief glimpses of them in the previous chapter and hopefully I’ve set the stage properly for what’s to come next.

Just so you all are aware, this is the last chapter I will be posting for access by the general public. Once the rest of the chapter is posted, all subsequent material will only be made available to my beta readers. If you would like to be one of my beta readers, please email me at tristanberry@outlook.com.

What am I looking for in my beta readers?

First of all, you do not have to be a writer to be a beta reader. I’m looking for a good mix of both writers and readers. It’s true that writers can often give more detailed feedback and can even provide helpful suggestions along the way. That’s why I want writers among my beta readers. But people who exclusively read are just as important because people who purely read books and don’t have anything to do with writing them are better able to tell me some of the most important things, and that’s how the writing reads to a broad audience. If I’m ever published, I certainly hope my book isn’t only purchased and liked by writers. I’ll starve! *LOL* Only those who read books for the sheer enjoyment of reading will be able to tell me how I’m doing on that score, so readers, please don’t think I don’t need you. I need you most of all, and I hope you’ll ask.

Those of you who ask to be a beta reader will be asked to submit a short critique of the first three chapters. You don’t have to go crazy with this – just a general opinion on what you think and why will be just fine – and no, if you’re critical of what I’ve written, it will definitely NOT disqualify you! *LOL*

Those who are accepted as beta readers (and I’m hoping for somewhere between six and ten) will be emailed a password which they will be able to use to access my draft beyond Chapter 3.

Thanks in advance!

Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to work – and LOOK!

Yes, I have a short scene to add to the gradually-growing draft. And yes, as I alluded to in the title, now that the hustle-and-bustle holidays are over I expect to be adding to the draft with much greater frequency. Here is the shortcut for those who are eager to have a look: Chapter 2 – Scene Three

Hope you enjoy! More to come as I’ve already started on Chaper 3!

I’ve been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! – – – Writing!

Hello all! Greetings and salivations!

I’ve posted TWO scenes tonight! Scene 2 to Chapter One and Scene 2 to Chapter Two. Both of them incorporate Serena’s storyline and are meant to blend in with Kara’s storyline. Next, I’ll be working on Gorman’s storyline. He’ll be Scene 3 in both Chapters One and Two, just as I did here to introduce Serena.
I’m looking forward to the feedback from you all. What I have is far from perfect as far as the writing. It’s actually quite raw and far from polished, but just because I’m aware of that, don’t hold back on the criticism. I’m sure you folks will not only ind the things I’m aware of but other things I missed, and that makes me better. I do think I have a good storyline, though, and once it’s polished it should be very good.

It sure has been nice to be productive. Sorry about the lack of blog posts but I wasn’t feeling very well again this past week. But I did put the time to the best use possible, and when possible, I worked on the novel.

Oh! Since these scenes are out of order, you may prefer to read them IN order, but that’s up to you. The links are posted on the right-hand menu if you want to read them in order, but I also included them here just in case you prefer to read them stand-alone.

Thanks for hanging in there!