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Writing a Series – continuity

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With the publication of the first in the Meniscus series — Meniscus: Crossing The Churn (CreateSpace, 2017), I am now working to publish the second – Meniscus: South from Sintha.

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A poor photo of the painting I did for the cover of Book Two – Meniscus: South from Sintha

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I have completed the text and all of the drawings. I have even finished the painting for the book cover! The book is now with my editor (Lee Thompson Editing +) who will give me advice on story arc, characters, poetic line and word choice.

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Back to those final edits!!!!

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The story for South from Sintha continues the tale begun in Book One — in this book, Odymn wants the Slain to fix some of the wrongs he has done in the past. South from Sintha is the story of a journey to return some of the Slain’s former captives to their homes. But can you really ‘go back’?

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The cover painting for Meniscus: South from Sintha is based on one of the drawings I created for the story … the drawing is called ‘release of the feather’ … after returning each captive to his or her home, the Slain and Odymn release a token to celebrate the ‘return’

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As I prepare the second in the series, I have to make a couple of continuity decisions. One had to do with maps. I have taken the advice of my nephew and altered the map to reflect the landscape changes revealed in Book Two, as well as the path followed by the major characters.

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The West Half of the map in the story South from Sintha … drawing the map in GIMP makes additions/changes so easy!

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Another continuity decision concerns the common language on the planet Meniscus: Gel-speak. As I write, new words are added to the Gel-speak vocabulary. I have included a Glossary with a Gel-speak Dictionary at the back of each book. But, do I keep the Book One words in the Book Two Dictionary, even though some words are not used in Book Two? Or do I include the vocabulary from both Book One and Book Two? Perhaps you would help me make a decision by responding to the poll.

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If you want to read Book One in the series, Meniscus: Crossing The Churn is now available at Amazon, in both Paperback and Kindle versions. Be sure to look under my first name Alexandra TimsOf course I want you to buy the book and read the story of how the Slain and Odymn meet! Meeting the furry, purry Argenop in the story is worth the read!!!!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

March 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

crows in trees

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Of all the birds, I like the American crow (Corvus brachyrynchos) the best. 

For one thing, they seem to me to be full of personality.  I also know that crows are intelligent – research shows they can distinguish humans from one another by facial features.  Crows also stay in family groups (parents and fledged offspring) for a few seasons.  I feel sorry for crows; they seem to have a bad reputation and are treated poorly as a result.

If you want to learn more about crows and their habits, have a look at Michael Westerfield’s new book “The Language of Crows: The crows.net Book of the American Crow,” available at www.crows.net/crowbook.html .

A group of crows is known as a ‘murder’ of crows.  The term ‘murder’ refers to the ‘observation’ that a group of crows will kill a dying cow.  Some people are advocating for an alternative, since the term ‘murder’ perpetuates the notion of crows being malicious.  Alternative names for a group of crows are presented in http://www.crows.net/mjw.html  Michael Westerfield’s Crow Log: The Crows.net Project.  I think this is an opportunity for a Poll!   

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Morning Song

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in the morning

dew soaks the grass

and Canada

belongs to the crows

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the croaking of ravens

the cawing of crows

familiar, unheard

backdrop to Canadian dawn

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            (theme music

            in Canadian film)

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in a conversational rattle

discussing gold and letters

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a two syllable scream

haunting the fields

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solitary sorrow

throned at the top

of a tamarack

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            black wings bruise the air

            he calls an alarm

            screams to his mate

                          the love of his life

            with only the fall of the dew

                                         for an answer

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silent is the shroud of black feathers

strung by the feet from a pole

beside a garden

where she braved the flapping man

and dared to pull new corn

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in the morning

Canada belongs to the crows

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Published as: ‘Morning Song’, Spring 1995, The Cormorant XI (2)

© Jane Tims 1995

Written by jane tims

November 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

my favorite tea

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Since I wrote a post on drinking ‘tea-berry tea’ [see Eastern Teaberry (Gautheria procumbens L.) November 16, 2011), I thought I would try a Poll, just for fun.

Drinking tea, for me, is an enjoyable experience, especially since there are so many varieties available. A cup of tea is definately part of my ‘niche’.

Teas are traditionally classified based on the processing technique (information from Wikipedia; you can also find out more about tea from the Tea Association of Canada www.tea.ca):

White tea:  wilted and unoxidized

Yellow tea:  unwilted and unoxidized, but allowed to yellow

Green tea:  unwilted and unoxidized

Oolong:  wilted, bruised and partially oxidized

Black tea:  wilted, sometimes crushed and fully oxidized

Post-fermented tea:  green tea allowed to ferment

To this I add the various Herbal teas.

No matter how many varieties of tea are available to me, I often select Red Rose.  This is an orange pekoe tea produced originally in Saint John, New Brunswick.  It’s slogan was: “Only in Canada, you say? …What a pity!”   Today it is also available in the United States.

Written by jane tims

November 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

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