The Calloway Chronicles

Do you believe in monsters?

Inside my mind....

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Part 2

Posted by Venomistress on November 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I know everyone is in a hurry for me to finish the second book and get it published - and I am working hard to do just that. But most people do not understand just how difficult it is to write a book, edit it, format it, and publish it while also trying to do all the things that daily life require. And as much as I enjoy writing, my family comes first. 

Be assured that part two is being worked on. I have conjured a lot of ideas and gotten quite far on the tale. Though I have no idea how many chapters this book will be, I am in the middle of chapter nine at the moment. Judging by how I have the story played out, I think that is a little over halfway done. My mind is a never-ending jumble of controversy so unless I feel compelled to add some bit of information crucial to the plot, everything should add up at about another five chapters of work. Maybe less, who knows.

Please know that I am considering my “fans” when I mention the time line of the release, but that I cannot give you an exact date. I estimate the sequel to be available during the first quarter of 2012, given that there are no major events that force me to postpone the release. Also be a bit thankful that I was already so far into the plot of book two before I even got one published, otherwise the wait would be much longer. (Keep that in mind when it comes time for book three.)

Thank you all for your interest in my mundane venture at the art of writing. Seriously, that's what keeps me going. God bless you all. Peace out!

New Characters.

Posted by Venomistress on September 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)



I dislike introducing new characters. I am not sure if my unsureness is evident in the final product, but the introduction of a new persona in my writing often leaves at a lose for words. I believe in saying things in as few words as possible and, therefore, am not an overly descriptive author. Perhaps a creative writing class would help. Or perhaps I am too stuck in my ways and thus beyond help.

The use of outlines and rough drafts are of no help to me. I hand-write everything out the way I think it should go, but when it comes time to type, I change most everything. Most of the scenes write themselves so that when I go back and read over them I ask myself "Where did that come from?".

Book two of TCC (The Calloway Chronicles - what was the point of abbreviating if I was just going to type it out for clarification?) has presented me with numerous difficulties. That is one of the reasons I decided to release my novels as a series. Another is that the times did not flow. Every decade brings a new style of writing and new dialogue. To combine that of the 1930's with that of the 21st century would not be a wise decision. I am not that good of a writer.

Also, book two has it's own plot and did not directly tie into that of book one. Proof-reading is much like editing a movie. I have come to the conclusion that I never want to work in film.

Spiritual Dropout

Posted by Venomistress on September 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

That was the topic at church today. At first I did not pay much attention as I am prone to a wondering mind. But as the preacher spoke, I became intently interested in the subject. I felt very much as if the message had be chosen for me. I was so moved that I decided to share what I had learned.

The teachings came form second Timothy chapter 3. The chapter starts speaking about the 'last days'. The term last days is used loosely, but I believe the true interpretation of them is the period from the ascension of Christ until the time of His second coming. Verses two through four give us a "vice list", a number of traits that we as Christians have to watch out for in these last days. Timothy says to be mindful of those who are "lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, and those having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof".

Yes it is a long list. And it includes many qualities that many of us possess daily, myself included. No, none of us are perfect. Nor are we expected to be. But by being forgiven, and continually asking for forgiveness, we can overcome much of the shortcomings that distance us from God. It is very difficult to suffer persecution for our beliefs and so much we choose to give up rather than try harder. I have chosen that path on more occasions than I care to admit, but the fact that my God is a loving and merciful God who always takes me back gives me the greatest sense of joy I have ever felt.

I am exceedingly proud to call myself a Christian and rejoice in my decision to follow Christ. I hope and pray that I can remember daily the teachings of Timothy and that I will never again become a spiritual dropout.


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