#The Guardian #Progress Report No: 8

If you have been following all of my posts, you will have seen in Tuesday’s post how I go about visualising my female characters when writing my books.

https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/visualising-my-female-characters/

In it I mentioned the fact that I was still searching for a photograph, illustration or painting of a beautiful, full bodied honey blond who says Lynne Crawford to me. If you are wondering, she is my primary female character in The Guardian. While chatting via Facebook on Tuesday night to Robynn Gabel, a fellow writer, and dear friend of mine, she pointed out the blindingly obvious – why not simply Google honey blonds and see what’s on offer. Sometimes, like a lot of other writers, I get so totally engrossed with the mechanics of writing a story, that often I don’t see the wood for the trees. Following her advice, I finally found Lynne.

Here she is:

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I have absolutely no idea who the beautiful young woman is. But for my purposes, what is important is that hers is the image (near as dammit) which I’ve been carrying round in my head for several months now, of how I imagine Lynne looks. Before any of you who are familiar with my description of her in past progress reports feel the need to say anything, yes I do realise that her hairdo is not Lynne’s trademark severe crew cut. This is how my hero Adler, and myself I might add, eventually want her to look. Always providing that he can convince her to let her soft honey blond hair grow that is. Maybe I’ve already pursuaded him to convince her. Maybe I haven’t. You will have to wait to find out when you read The Guardian won’t you.

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Now for an update on the progress I’m making in writing the first draft of The Guardian. Yesterday morning I finally passed the ten thousand word mark while still writing chapter five. Why has it taken me so long to reach that number of words? Because with each twist and turn of the plot, I seriously need to think about it before I commit to this laptop’s screen. Plus I need to ensure that each and every word is not only correct, but also relevant. Every problem I can eliminate now, during the process of writing the first draft, is one less to worry about once I begin editing, expanding or contracting later on.

At least one thing is finally sorted out – the cover. I know that I’ve previously produced it here. But not everyone who follows my blog will necessarily have seen it. So for those who missed it, here it is:

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Finally – purely for anyone who may be interested, here is my list of characters:

Major Adler Stevens – ex UK Military Police
Lieutenant Lynne Crawford – ex fighter-bomber pilot Canadian Airforce
Professor Ephraim Adelmann – speciality, ancient languages
Captain Brett Abbot – ex Royal Marines – speciality, sniping and close quarter assassination
Master Sergeant Clifford Mayhew Jr – ex US Special Forces – speciality, demolitions
Sergeant Bayla Lombroso – ex Israeli Defence Force – speciality, medic
Lieutenant Moshe Baranovichi – ex Israeli Defence Force – childhood friend of Bayla – speciality, rifleman
Lieutenant-commander Karin Haigh – ex US Navy Seal – speciality, electronic warfare (satellite eavesdropping)
Captain Phillipe Bordeaux – ex Armée de terre (French Army) – speciality, sharpshooter
Senior Praporshchik (Senior Warrant Officer) Anatole Belakov – ex Vozdushno Desantnye Voyska (Russian Airborn Troops) – speciality, Light Machine Gunner

Plus, let us not forget the whole reason for writing this book in the first place, The Guardian itself, which will remain an enigma as far as all of them are concerned for some time to come.

PS – Did you notice the hashtags in the post title? I’ve finally decided to take Chris the story reading ape’s advice to use them to help spread the word about The Guardian. Only time will tell if they work. He reassures me that they do. We’ll see…

More later

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It’s time to get back to work

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Here’s the cover my friend produced, using an image of the Helix Nebula as The Guardian’s angry eyes.

Well, it’s high time I carried on writing my current scifi WIP The Guardian, my ninth book if you take into account the six tales I wrote back in 2012 for the illustrated children’s book The Adventures of Ursus the Bear, which I had totally forgotten about until a few days ago. Were my best friend Graeme still alive, right now he would be bullying me to get on with it. So I’ll begin once again in the next few days.

Why wait you ask? I’m not completely ready yet, thanks to a touch of procrastination amongst other things, that’s why. I was working at fever pitch until I downed tools a couple of weeks back when I heard about Graeme’s death from one of his many daughters. At the time I was in the middle of writing chapter five.

Now all I have to do is get myself back in the zone once more, pick up the threads, and become totally consumed with the story, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week once again. I’ve put it off long enough, so I have no more excuses not to write, right? Well, maybe just one – I need my sleep! I know that once I get back into the daily writing routine, I’m in for months of  sleep deprived nights as The Guardian and its story swirl around in my mind.

Who would be a writer? All of us put ourselves through so much, just to share our latest story with the world LOL.

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Guardian Progress Report #7

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Damn it! Is this the guardian? You tell me.

Here we are again folks, with yet another progress report for my current WIP – The Guardian. It took me a while but I’ve finally got the core of chapter four sorted out. Meantime I’ve got a friend of mine in the US of A working on the cover. I gave him the details of what I am looking for. The emphasis for this one is stark simplicity. More about that later when he eventually gets back to me.

As far as I’m aware The Guardian cannot detect the relationship between my principal characters, Adler and Lynne. Which is probably just as well given the fact that either it is slowly developing, or going nowhere, depending on your point of view. One thing is undeniable, it’s definitely becoming complicated. Just to add a bit of spice to the situation, Lynne now has another admirer in the shape of Bayla, one of the three additional members of the team. Which one Lynne will chose I’m leaving entirely up to her. All I can do as her creator is to give her every opportunity to decide for herself. All I would say is this, if Adler truly wants her in his life, he had better watch out for his determined female rival in the battle for Lynne’s affections. As you might have guessed, I’m totally on Lynne’s side, and fiercely protective of her. If anyone messes with her, I promise you, I will dream up a horrible fate for them.

What can I tell you, each time I create a heroine, its inevitable that I will fall for her. You would too if she occupied your every thought while writing your latest WIP. I suppose that when it comes to it, I’m just another hopeless romantic. Then again, maybe I’m just insane. But what writer isn’t? What other occupation do you know of where you are reliant on the voices in your head?

Most men, myself included, aren’t mind readers. Consequently either we don’t get, or are completely oblivious to, the subtleties of feminine behaviour, feelings and emotions. In short ladies, unless Lynne spells it out for Adler…

So to do the tricky situation justice, I’ve had to try to tap into my feminine side, if I’ve ever had one in the first place that is, to see things from Lynne’s point of view. Not an easy thing for a mere male like myself. Whether or not I do a good job on her behalf, I’ll leave it for you to decide when you eventually read the novel. I’m about to put her in a compromising position by sending her off on a task Adler needs her to take care of, with Bayla watching out for her. Should be interesting considering Adler’s reaction to Lynne’s amorous advances at one point in chapter four.

Hmm, a thought has just occurred. I wonder why it is that my ideal woman, in this case Lynne, is the product of my fevered imagination? Perhaps you ladies can enlighten me. When it comes to your inevitable comments on the subject ladies, I beg you to be kind, not cruel to this old man.

At any rate, you will all eventually find out what happens when you read the book. Let’s just say at this early juncture that I have no immediate plans for whichever combination of the three I finally decide upon, to consumate the relationship. Hell, it might even become a ménage à trois. It all depends on how they react, and how I feel about it.

Now to continue writing chapter five which I’ve already started, as if you didn’t know already LOL.

More later if your good.

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