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No More Waiting

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Editing, Fantasy Novel, Self Publishing on June 5, 2013 by darkjade68

A Font with SerifsNo More Waiting

I am determined to Self Publish “Chess With Agatha” during the month of June… Hopefully more like in the next couple Weeks.

To Do;

1) Finalize the Editing

2) Finalize the Land Map

3) Finalize the Back Cover Synopsis

4) Upload the Book to CreateSpace for Approval

Wish me Luck!




Editing… The 5th Draft – Becoming A Better Writer

Posted in Chess With Agatha, DarkJade Update, Editing, Fantasy Novel, Novel on March 17, 2013 by darkjade68

editing-ratesEditing… The 5th Draft – Becoming A Better Writer

So my Editor got my 4th Draft of “Chess With Agatha” back to me a week or so ago… And I’m finally starting to implement some of the changes… Some grammar… Some Sentence Suggestions. And then there’s some Story, and Clarity Comments which I still need to figure out.

Once I implement these things, that will be my 5th Draft… And then I’m hoping to grab my Sister (Who Edited My Novella), and have her read through it, and help me with a few things. But she’s very busy, so I don’t know if that will happen.

This is only the Second Editor I’ve worked with, and I have to tell you, each Book I’ve worked on has helped me become a Better Writer. And when I say ‘Better’, I don’t mean Content (Though Hopefully That’s True Too), what I mean is I’m learning things… Primarily from these Awesome Editors.

I’d say I’m about 60% done with implementing my Editors Changes/Suggestions, then it will be on to the 6th Draft… I’m also hoping my Map Drawer Finishes soon too, Lol Really need that map.

Hope You’re All Having A Good Weekend!

Thanks For Your Continued Interest And Support


So This Song Came On While I Was Editing… 10 1/2 Hours Later, Fan Video

Posted in Dark's Media Empire, Editing, Entertainment, Music, Music Video with tags , on March 10, 2013 by darkjade68


DarkJade Update – “Allure”, “Iliad”, “Mady’s Storm”

Posted in Allure, Allure Book Two, DarkJade Update, Editing, Fantasy Novel, Fiction, I Died Once, Iliad, Mady's Storm, Novella, Self Publishing, Writing on March 7, 2013 by darkjade68

Black_Haired_GirlDarkJade Update – “Allure”, “Iliad”, “Mady’s Storm”

Hey guys, in case any of you are wondering, I haven’t just Dropped “Allure (Book Two) – Seers Of The Night“, Iliad (Book Two) In The Planes Of Ordose Trilogy” (Book One Being “Chess With Agatha“), or “Mady’s Storm (Book Two) – In The Chronicles Of Mady Monroe” Series…

No, in fact, quite the opposite… I’ve merely been working on getting “Chess With Agatha” Edited, and Self Published, which I still hope to do in the next couple of weeks.

In fact, “Allure” Book One in My Vampire Novella Series is sitting there waiting for me to send the First Draft to my friend Beth, so she can Review, and Line Edit it… But, first I have to clean it up a bit… And I just can’t get myself to put the energy into it, with “Chess With Agatha” still not Self Published yet.

But soon I promise.

And then, and only then, will I get back to some of these Sequels… Too hard to just Pile on to the Sequels, when the First Books aren’t even out yet… “I Died Once” is of course out (Book/Novella One in The Chronicles Of Mady Monroe Series), but I need to get Book One in the Ordose Trilogy, and my Vampire Series out as well…

Meanwhile, I’m also pursuing an Agent for My Screenplay, “White Jade“. Mailed out three more Query Letters today.

Alright, back to work, just wanted to let you know those Books are still in Full Swing.

Thanks for your Continued Interest and Support, it really means a lot


My Editor Has Finished Editing “Chess With Agatha”… And, I Have A Lot Of Work To Do, Lol

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Editing, Fantasy Novel, Fiction, Novel, Story, Writing on March 2, 2013 by darkjade68

My Editor Has Finished Editing “Chess With Agatha”… And, I Have A Lot Of Work To Do, Lol

A Font with Serifs

Ok, so My Editor Finished Editing My 4th Draft of “Chess With Agatha”, and as I hoped she’s really cleaned up the Grammar, and some of the Sentence Structuring. I need to implement all of that, but I’m totally down with that.

The real Challenge before me will be making Story Adjustments based on some of her Comments… Now I only Skimmed over them, but this stuff is going to take a lot of thought and focus on my part. Which is to be expected, and I’m totally glad for the Insights… But it is still going to be a challenge making sure the book still captures what I want it to, but also is clearly written.

Wish me Luck

This Next Week or Two should be Challenging and Interesting preparing it for Self Publishing


February Recap – March Goals

Posted in Allure, Allure Book Two, DarkJade Update, Editing, Fantasy Novel, Screenplay, Self Publishing, White Jade, Writing with tags on February 28, 2013 by darkjade68


February Recap – March Goals

February was another Busy Month…

Here were the Goals I had for Last Month

February Goals/Results;

1) Allure – Focus More on “Allure” since I found an Editor for “Chess With Agatha”.

Result – I Posted Three New Chapters to My Allure’s Second Novella, “Seers Of The Night”

Chapter IV – Believe

Chapter V – Reemergence

Chapter VI – Writings On The Wall

I also Contacted My Friend Beth about Reviewing, and Line Editing My First “Allure Novella”, which she’s excited to do… I just need to clean it up a bit before I send it over to her.

2) Edit Chess With Agatha (CWA) 

Result – I implemented My Final Reader of “Chess With Agatha” ‘s Notes into my 3rd/4th Draft of “Chess With Agatha”, and sent it to My Editor. My Editor for “Chess With Agatha” is half Finished Editing it, and I am Very Excited to see the Results.

3) Find someone to Draw CWA Land Map

Result – I found an Artist that is currently working on my Land Map for “Chess With Agatha”. So far, so good.

4) Self Publish “Chess With Agatha” 

Result – This is likely to happen in March, couldn’t quite pull it off in February, which is fine… I knew this Book would take more work because it’s longer than my last.

5)  Continue Writing Iliad (The 2nd in the “Plains Of Ordose”/Chess With Agatha Trilogy)

Result – I Posted One Chapter, then put “Iliad” On hold… I just found it too difficult to work on it with “Chess With Agatha” still not Self Published. So I’m waiting for the moment. Below is the Chapter I did Post though.

Chapter XI – A Conversation

6) Additional Story Writing

Result – I did in fact Post a Couple Different Stories.

“John Black’s Leaving Earth”Episode I and Episode II & Shifted


March Goals

1) Complete Editing Of “Chess With Agatha” I suspect we’ll finish up with the Editing in March

2) Complete “Chess With Agatha” Land Map – Shouldn’t be a problem

3) Self Publish “Chess With Agatha” – I hope to do this once My Book is Edited, and The Land Map for the Book is Complete

4) Search for a Screenplay Literary Agent For “White Jade” – I’ve been Posting lately that I’ve picked up my Screenplay “White Jade” Again, and have begun seeking an Agent to Represent me with it. In 2006 I started to Convert it into a Comic Book, but that Project has been put on hold for a while.

5) Write either New “Allure” (Seers Of The Night) Chapters, Begin Iliad Chapters, and/or New Story Content – More “Allure” is likely to come in March, Iliad is still up in the air… New Story Content is also likely to come

So that’s it for me, plus all my Additional Posting, Poems, Editorials, Music Etc.

What about all of you, Any Goals For March?

Thanks for Reading/Listening


PICTURE CREDIT – 2013 Calendar

I Have Sent My Book To My Editor

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Editing, Fantasy Novel with tags on February 18, 2013 by darkjade68

A Font with Serifs

I Have Sent My Book To My Editor

As of last night, I sent my 4th Draft of “Chess With Agatha” to my Editor.

Hopefully it’s in ok enough shape, that she won’t drive by my house with tears in her eyes, and throw it out the window at my house… Did I mention lighting it on fire before tossing it?

“For God Sake I’m an Editor, Not A Miracle Worker!!” are not the words I want to hear, Lol

But, we haven’t worked together before, so I’m open to anything… I do know her though, she’s one of my Writers over on my “Legends Undying” Site.

Other than that, I have someone working on my Land Map for the book, and so far it’s looking pretty good.

Much better than my Prototype Map that I threw together, let me tell you, Lol

But Enough of all that, Wish Me Luck!

I shall Update you once more soon


DarkJade – Editing Protocol

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Editing, Fantasy Novel, Music, Novel with tags on February 13, 2013 by darkjade68

2012 MI Ghost Protocol 4

DarkJade – Editing Protocol

Yes, that’s me in the Picture, Lol

And I know, I actually have a Plan… But I didn’t want to mess with that Text, Lol

Not bad for not having Photoshop… I used Window’s Paint, Lol

This is what happens when a Film Maker isn’t focusing on Film Making anymore, Lol

But in Truth, I have my Final Notes from my Last “Chess With Agatha” Reader, and I will be applying her Notes during the next couple days… I’m actually supposed to be doing that now, Lol

But instead I’ve been messing with this Picture for the last hour, Lol

Blogger Dedication? Or Hard Core ‘Editing’ Avoidance, Lol

Either way, I need to get this 4th Draft Complete so I can send it to My Editor, who’s standing by.

I’m also working on the Land Map for the Book, which isn’t all that big, as they don’t go to all that many areas in this first book.

And when I say ‘Working’ on it, I don’t mean I’m Drawing it, as My Drawing Abilities suck, Lol Well, they don’t suck, I’m ok at Copying things, but not Original Stuff. So I have someone working on it.

Editing Music;

I Will say, I found a few songs lately that I really Like, will be listening to when I Edit, and Posted on My Dark Xperience Music Blog… But I’ll Go ahead and put them here as well…

But first I thought you’d like to see the Original “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” Poster, Lol

2012 MI Ghost Protocol


Thanks for Listening/Reading




Ok… Back To Work

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Editing, Fantasy Novel on February 6, 2013 by darkjade68

book-editors3Ok… Back To Work

And of course when I say ‘Work’, I mean Editing, Lol

When I finally landed an Editor for My Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha”, I found that I had a week or so to just chill out on the Editing thing, and Write a bit…

So I started Posting some New Chapters for My Second in the “Allure” Novellas, “Seers Of The Night”.

I hope you who read them enjoyed them, and I am likely to include Writing further Chapters, along with further Chapters of “Iliad”, the second in the “Planes Of Ordose” Trilogy, in the weeks and months ahead.

But as I approach the moment that my Editing Money shall hit my Bank Account, I must fairly quickly go through my two recent readers of “Chess With Agatha”‘s notes, and apply some changes.

And so that is what I am up to today, and perhaps the next few days to come… Then I shall Ship (E-mail that is) off my 4th Draft to My Editor, and let her get to work on it.

Wish me Luck, Editing for me, takes a lot of Focus, and so I will be listening to Much Music, Lol

Starting with this one playing now…

Evanescence – Anywhere

Writer’s Path… January Achievements, February Goals

Posted in Allure, Allure Book Two, Author's Blog, Chess With Agatha, DarkJade Update, Editing, Iliad, James Mahoney with tags , on February 1, 2013 by darkjade68

februaryWriter’s Path… January Achievements, February Goals


Editor for CWA – In January, I sought to accomplish a couple things… One, to if not Edit “Chess With Agatha“, then to at least Find an Editor, and a way to Pay an Editor.

Fortunately, I achieved this by January 31st of the month, which still counts, Lol

At least in my Book.

I now have an Editor Chosen, and will have the Funds to begin Editing in the next week or two.

char-illiusStart “Iliad” – The other Goal I had, was to begin My Second in the Ordose Trilogy of Fantasy Novels (The First Being “Chess With Agatha”), which I did… But I slowed that up a bit to focus on some Additional Editing that I was doing with CWA, in preparation for The Editor.

Still, I achieved this. The Prologue, and First 10 Chapters are now Written.

Vampire 3February Goals;

Allure – Now that I have secured an Editor for CWA, I am at last able to shift my focus, ever so slightly, towards my Vampire Series, “Allure“.

“Allure” began as a Blog Series, but I have since decided that I will make it into a Series of Novellas, starting with the first, which will be called simply, “Allure”.

The First Draft of this Novella has already been Written, via Blog Series Posts, so it’s onto stage two of my  process, which is to have my Good Friend Beth Read, Review and Line Edit it.

Like I’ve said in the past, Beth is not an ‘Editor’ by trade, but she is a Writer, and offers an Immense amount of Insight, and I am fortunate enough to have such a friend for this second part of my process.

She will most likely be starting this process in a couple weeks or so, as she is working on her own Novel at the moment, but I’m not in a huge rush… Especially since I’m not likely to start implementing her suggestions, until I’ve actually ‘Self Published’ “Chess With Agatha”.

A Font with SerifsEdit Chess With Agatha (CWA) – As any of you that have been following me already know, in a week or so, I shall begin working with my Editor for CWA.

Find someone to Draw CWA Land Map – Within February, I will be trying to secure someone to Draw a Small Land Map for “Chess With Agatha”… It is the Norm with Fantasy Novels to have a Map of the Land, and mine shall be no different. Fortunately, the map won’t need to be too extensive, as they only travel through a hand full of areas in this First Book

Self Publish “Chess With Agatha” – The Goal, all things going smoothly allowing, is to at last ‘Self Publish’ “Chess With Agatha” towards the end of February.

Iliad – I shall continue to Post New Chapters for the Second Ordose Book.

Additional Story Writing – Who knows what New Stories might come into my head, I am definitely hungry to delve into some… But Editing, and Self Publishing CWA is the main focus at the moment… Followed by the Preparation for Editing of “Allure”.

Still, the Writer is alive and well, and Hungers for New Creations.

I may also return back to Writing “Allure”‘s Second Novella, “Seers Of The Night“, which I also started last year, but put on hold while I dealt with Self Publishing “I Died Once“.


I Highly Recommend those of you interested in My Self Publishing Efforts, to also Follow My Author’s Blog, which I Update Time to Time.

Also, you’re Welcome to Follow Me on Twitter, @DJWrittneWord for this Site

Once again, Thanks for Listening/Reading, and Thanks for your Continued Interest in My Work/Writing