Once again, salut! Glad that you’ve stopped by for a few minutes before traveling to some other part of the Internet.
All right. In this post I want to talk about the books I’m writing, The Chronicles of Imaginus. Some of you have read the first book, and one or two of you might have read the second one. And maybe you’re going, “He’s written a book? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?” Well, now you do. So perhaps I should elaborate a bit.
It’s hard to pinpoint an exact date of when I decided to start writing the Imaginus series. The basic idea originated about three years ago, in 2010. I had a book full of short stories that took place in a real town with mostly real people (it’s a long story), and one of the stories was about my fictional self traveling to another world. The world was called Imaginus, and there was a centaur-like creature named Cylanius in this other world. It was somewhat similar to the first book in the Imaginus series, although I never finish it.
Fast forward a year later to the middle of 2011. I’ve known about the NaNoWriMo since 2009, but I haven’t done it yet. So I go, “Why not? Let’s do this thing.” And so I begin to plan my outline for writing the first book in the Imaginus series. Soon I created Chad Warren and Dayne Williams, the main characters from our world. For those of you who’ve read Book 1, Chad was a LOT different in the pre-writing stages. He originally had superpowers due to a genetic problem at birth (completely scratched that idea, thank goodness) and people used to call him Chaz. Kristy didn’t exist; instead, there was Amy. And Dayne. .well, Dayne never really changed.
So November rolled around, and it was time to write 50,000 words in one month. I remember sitting down in front of my computer on November 1, thinking, “I can do this. This’ll be easy.” The very first sentence that I typed for the book was “The background noises of all the high school students leaving school did little to break Chad’s concentration as he silently followed Kristy Miller with his eyes as she talked with her girlfriends, waiting for the bus.” If you’re thinking that that’s not how the book begins, you’re right. The first few chapters of the first draft completely took place in our world. I had to drastically edit it afterwards.
Anyways, November kept on going by, and I fulfilled my necessary 1,667 words on most days, and writing more on some. I got tired of writing by the third week, but I finished in exactly 27 days. Of course, I was nowhere near done. I’d reached 50,000 words, but I still had about 13,000 more words left to write, which I did. .many weeks later. Then it was time to edit. I’ll tell you, it was no fun. I had to almost completely get rid of the first few chapters and begin the story with Chad and Dayne in the airplane, on their way to Hawaii. The only way I was able to retain some of what I had originally written was through the flashbacks. It was not fun.
But at last, I had completely edited the book. I proceeded to get its ISBN number and self-publish it through CreateSpace, and then ordered my five free copies, which was awesome. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Through the next several months when I was in the States and Bonaire, my book got around mostly by word-of-mouth, and I was able to sell some copies of it, since I had printed more. The other good thing that came out of it was that I found out that there were people who actually *liked* it. Surprise, surprise! And of course, there was plenty of helpful criticism. In fact, there was so much that I ended up completely re-editing it. Again. Good stuff.
But that’s some of the basic blah-blah stuff about The Chronicles of Imaginus: Book 1. In my next post, I’ll talk about Book 2, and maybe even a little bit about what I plan to do for Book 3. Maybe.
Anywho, that’s all. Once again, thanks for sticking with me. Feel free to leave a comment below. Or something. PopTarts would be good. Or cookies, too. Yeah.
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“Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8