O for Ontario

My 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge revisits my best posts from the 2014 to 2019 Challenges.

O for Ontario (2015)

Lake Ontario was a distant vista when I spent a year at college in Toronto. But it proved a crucial area in the War of 1812 for Gregory Wendell. The author of the diary in ‘Seeking A Knife’, Book 3 of my Snowdon Shadows series, is an Royal Navy officer who sees action on Lake Ontario, prior to meeting a Choctaw girl.

How much do you know about the War of 1812? When I studied British history in the UK, it was a footnote to the Napoleonic Wars. But now I’m learning, initiated by spending a few years in Canada. So far, everyone learnt little about the War at school.

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B for Brock

My 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge revisits my best posts from the 2014 to 2019 Challenges.

B for Brock (2015 Challenge)

The War of 1812 is central to my historical research for a diary that will appear in my Snowdon Shadows novel, ‘Seeking A Knife’.

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock was instrumental in ensuring British forces and local militia in Upper Canada were prepared when war broke out. His victories at Fort Michilimackinac and Detroit defeated American invasion efforts.

How much do you know about the War of 1812? When I studied  British history in the UK, it was a footnote to the Napoleonic Wars.

Parallel Plotting Predicament

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Plotting was simple with previous draft novels, even when there were two interweaving plot arcs. But how did I end up with three parallel ones? More important how should I be writing this novel?

Draft blurb for “Seeking a Knife”: Welsh Detective Sergeant Sparkle Lodge suspects that the death of a researcher is linked to the priceless 200 year-old Memoirs sent to Nadine Palmour, a Native American journalist. Is Nadine descended from the author of the Memoirs, an English naval officer, Talcott Wendell? Is the theft of his naval dirk in 1920 a cold case that has to be resurrected?

Three POVs in three separate settings, two separated by location – North Wales and Texas – and the other by historical time – the memoirs are from the War of 1812, between the USA and the British in Canada.

I recognise that there are three different areas of research, three sets of character sketches, but are three outlines that gradually weave together? I had initially planned to do all the research, character sketches, and then one interweaving outline of the whole novel. I have a rough outline so know how the novel should unfold – and a time line for the present day arcs. But the great plan hasn’t worked out beyond those elements.

My first POV character, a Welsh Goth in the North Wales Poice  arrested me. Who wouldn’t want to develop a character based on Abi in NCIS? So I have her sketched out, and a few lines on those she interacts with.  Worst of all I have written around 10,000 words that cover the first third of the novel from her POV.

Do I stop? Do I continue with her story, until she meets the Native American? Or should I just work on the parts that inspire me?

Pauley Perrette aka Abi

Pauley Perrette aka Abi

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. This is my attempt to talk about my doubts and the fears that I am trying to conquer. I want to be encouraging, and by posting perhaps this is a way of saying keep striving. Visit IWSG and some other great bloggers, not all as insecure but great fun.
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The awesome co-hosts for this February 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!