So last week I took you on a peek inside the journey I have taken to get to the point where I am at now, but what this blog is about more than anything else is where I am on the journey.
So for those of you just getting to know me let me bring you up to date. In July of 2011 I decided that the planning and the thinking it through were done. It was time to put pen to page, or fingers to keys in my case, and put together a first draft of my first novel ‘The Lost Prophet’. I spent as much time as I could on lunch hours and on weekends getting the work done on the first draft. My plan is for it to become the first of a five book story arc that I call Sceal Casia (loose Gaelic translation The Legend of Casia). Less than a month later I was hit by an inspiration, and decided that I would publish the books myself under the Monolith Books imprint. The plan as it stands right now is to work book one through several drafts and have it ready for publication as an e-book by February of 2013. With possible Hardcover publication with in six months to a year later. The first draft was completed on April 8th 2012 and sent out to friends and family whom I trust to give me honest and constructive feedback. Rule one: If you are not paying people to do something they get to take their time with getting it done. So as it stands out of the ten people I sent it to I have received solid feedback from one person on the first half of the book, and I am waiting for feedback on the entire book from someone else. This is one of the frustrations of being an independent author. I may hire a professional editor for feedback on the second or third draft of the book, mostly to get things moved along faster. So with what little feedback I have received, and all of it extremely helpful, I have started the second draft of Book One, and a first draft of Book Two
So as I said in my first post part of what I am doing is going to be looking at the inspirations that have gotten me to this point and how this story came about. I have thought about where things start and my earliest inspirations for the work I am writing.
Do I start with the first draft of the story I wrote seven years ago, the cold day and the hot shower that started my mind on this path.
That story I will get to, but I think it is better to begin as early as possible.
I never thought about being a writer growing up, in fact as early as I can remember I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. My older brother has always been an artist. I remember from a very early age he would get for christmas and birthdays art supplies, and when ever posssible he would take art classes in school. It was part of who he was, but me I didn’t have any clue. When I started college I planned on going into law, criminal law specifically. But after four years in college and not the greatest grades in the world prospects for law school were slim to none. Over the years I had been reading both mystery fiction, the works of Robert Parker, Ellery Queen & Sue Grafton and at the same time I was reading just about everything being publisher by Marvel Comics. I don’t know the exact day and time I desided I was going to write a novel, but the inspiration hit me and with no planning or forethought I set out to write a story that combinded the detective/mystery genre with a masked vigilante/anti-hero. I threw in a lot of eastern philosophy since I had been reading the works of Bruce Lee at the time. And after months of work I had one of the most pathetic pieces of drivel that you could possibly imagine anyone ever writing. I would include a few lines of the horrible work here if I had any copies of the story left, but over the years it has fallen by the wayside.
I was excited by the fact that I had finished such a long piece at the time, but soon the weaknesses of the story started to creap in. I was not happy and could not figure out a way to improve on what I had done. I desided that I needed to move on to shorter pieces and work on my writing skills a little more.
“Well, you see the idea of artists depending upon a patron Lady Bountiful has more or less gone out.” Jimmy Stewart – Philadelphia Story
Who is this guy and why am I reading his blog? Isn’t there something else I could be doing more interesting?
Probably, but stick with me for a minute and I might be able to get you interested in what I have to say. First let me introduce myself. I am Bruce Ellis, Dreamer, Idealist & Aspiring Novelist. So what is Monolith Books? Well that requires some history. In my twenties, back during the independent comics craze of the nineteen nineties, I decided that I was going to self publish a comic by the name of ‘The Storyteller’. I was going to be published under Monolith Comics, my own comics company. Mostly due to my inability to draw and lack of a reliable artist to work with, after almost a year of work I ended up with a bunch of very nice promotional trading cards but no comic book. Over the years the stories I began writing for the comic split apart and characters changed and formed into new people and places. In the last year I have chosen to take what had developed into a multi-book story and publish it myself. So my plan right now is on Feb 2nd 2013 to release the ebook version of the first of my Sceal Casia books, The Lost Prophet.
Okay now that we have answered that, we have come back to what is this blog. Well it is going to be about three things really. First it will be an on-line journal of my experiences in writing and publishing my books. Second I will detail the stories and events that have led me to where I am now. My inspirations and my past attempts to bring my work to life. Third I will be taking time out to interview creators who bring their work directly to the masses. Not just self-published authors, but any creator who takes their work outside of the corporate system and takes it to the people
So please join me for the ride. I promise I will do my best to make things as interesting as possible for anyone willing to tag along.