Monday, November 24, 2008

sample chapters 1, 2 & 3 available! UPDATED

I Have reposted the chapter samples. Hopefully these will work better. The only platform I have limited access to test on is Mac. So if you are a mac user and the chapters samples are coming through a little funky for you,sorry- and please let me know.

If you are reading this site directly from roymauritsen.com- click on chapter sample button on the left.(or link listed below...) If you are here through a blog click the link below:

READ THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS!

Enjoy and let me know what you think!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008

SFWA NYC reception

I will be attending the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America reception on Nov. 24th. It's a wonderful opportunity extended to me by the SFWA president. It will I hope, provide me with exposure and insight to further my goal of getting Shards of the Glass Slipper published. I will be bringing business cards!

Friday, November 14, 2008

More Exciting news UPDATED!

As many of you may know already, I've involved myself in the "behind the scenes" of I-CON. Contributing my graphic design and artistic talents. It's been fantastic so far serving as the creative design director for the corporate end of the organization.
but Now I'm proud to announce I've been promoted to Vice Chairman of Event Marketing
Those are some important sounding words. Essentially though, it puts me in charge of marketing for a sci-fi convention that I've been attending for over twenty four years! i'll be doing design and layout, posters, program books, graphics etc. for I-Con. I have a strong graphics and printing background that I've already have bringing to the table and now it's just more official. I've been happy to contribute and the response has been great and the I-con crew have been wonderful to work with.
so if you're Going to i-con this year, let me know what you think of the program book!

more sample Chapters coming soon

I will be releasing the last sample chapters to the website; and then the first 3 chapters will be available to read on-line. I will hopefully be updating the interface for reading as well. Wish me luck on that part.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Shards of the Glass Slipper Has Been Completed!



The Story is finished. I've reached the end. For now at least.
I have a begining.
A middle.
And finally...

An End.
Tentatively.
25 chapters. Approx. 440 pages (at least for now). The page count won't be final until the darn thing is printed but it gives a pretty good idea.
It's a milestone to be celebrated and I will at least give myself a pat on the back.

This isn't to say I'm entirely done you know. As I've said all along to the grammar hounds- you can't spell check what hasn't been written. Now I can "spell check".

The canvas once was primed and blank. The sketching is done, light and shadow have been blocked out, brush strokes applied. Colors added. Now it is time to go in with a thin brush- add the highlights, the finishing details. Let it dry and varnish it. soon I will sign my name to it and hang it up on the wall for the world to see.
Some of this process has already been started. Chapter 2 & 3 are at the editor getting "real world polished" for intent to submit for publication.
There already been some beta readers in the works. Multiple balls are in the air in a coordinated dance of multitasking manuscript goodness.
Neat.

Now it is time to go back and start combing through, and it's also revisions rereading and rewrites. This of course is to be expected. But now I can spell check and start fixing things. This will go faster now the story is finished. Scenes that need to be updated to reflect changes I've written in later on. There are parts with a big note in red that reads " FILL OUT THIS SCENE" There aren't many of those as there were and as I go along I'm sure I will add little details and things... padding it out a little-there's always room.

The ending was rather interesting and frankly surprised me considerably with how "tip of the iceberg" this story truly is. I didn't realize who the villian really was until the very last chapter. And the cool part about it was my characters dictated it to me. I had to go back to the characters other scenes and realized that character had been doing it all along! I think it's a sign you're on the right track when the ending even surprises the author. "Didn't see that one coming". But as far as I can tell- it works well.
I've described Shards of the Glass Slipper as being a Fairy Tale Epic and there is plenty left to continue the Epic. After all there are plenty of fairy tales to consider and plenty of backstory to gleen. And that will happen, mostly because I want to see how the WHOLE thing ends.
Anyways I'm kind of numb about it. It hasn't hit me really, that I've reached end of story.

It's been rather a long time coming and the journey has been very solitary and an introspective one. Afterall it comes down to me typing a way on a keyboard. Support has come from some unlikliest people, which I found to be a wonderful surprise.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

backstories

I'm taking my time finishing the novel, some would argue I'm taking alot of time; But I'm at the end, and I'm sure it's never easy to write the end. So I guess I'm being a little cautious as well- there are 5,000 an ending can go.
I am hoping to have chapters 2&3 polished as well ( by a very capable and professional editor). I hope to post those to the site as well, but more importantly with 3 polished chapters I can now start to send out actual submissions and have a complete manuscript to offer.

As I ponder the best way to finish the story, it comes down to a backstory of a particular character. One of the many interesting things about writing Shards Of The Glass Slipper is the background of the characters. They are are all based in fairy tales. So there's some built in familarity, however the nature of my story is that much of the fairy tales we as readers are familar with, is really only the character background at the least.
When I started to develop this story i did a lot of research of many of the origins and symbolism of the various fairy tale characters. Trying to incorprate and stay true to fairy tale, but also to shine that light through my story "filter". This would help translate a familar child's fairy tale into the world of Shards of the Glass Slipper. Many of these these tales are woven into the creation of my characters and it has helped to generate a lot of the back story I use to fall back on when writing scenes or characters. , Often I will refer back to the backstory and even consider back to the origins of the actual fairy tale the character is based on.
As their fairy tale is part of their history it affects how those charters are driven in the present. Though the back story of each character does incorpate their fairy tale, I also must keep in my that I have to translate (faithfully)that fairy tale into the Shards world, then consider the character in question how they would have grown into the characters that will tell my story.
if it doesn't make all that much sense to you, don't worry it does to me.

I keep a timeline of characters. The control to the back story would be Cinderella, my main bad guy er... gal. I have gone through and as best as I could determine what age the characters are based on their fairy tale and keep in postion my with my events. Based on that I can figure out the approximate age certain charaters are at the beigning of my story and even when certain fairy tale back stories happen against others. For example I know Little miss muffet wasn't even born when Hansel and Gretel encoutered their first witch. This isn't based on a historical timeline remember, just my story timeline.

I have a back story for Jack (beanstalk) he's been an important character but really kind of in the background except towards the end, when Jack comes into the spotlight ( which I actually didn't expect, and I blame it entirely on a particular character.. you know who you are.) And his back story is the underlying backbone of events known as the beanstalk war.
So I've been pondering Jack and the beanstalk and Jack's back story.