It’s Friday Morning, and I’m at Soma here in Cork, putting the finishing touches on the 8th chapter of Lost Dogs #4. In the previous version, this was the 5th chapter. There’s been some new additions to the story to try and give a better impression of Alene’s struggles during the first half of the book. The previous draft kind of glossed this over, and I made it too easy for her.

It’s not meant to be easy. Alene’s meant to be in a shitty situation. I just wasn’t quite sure how to show that, but I feel like I’m doing a better job of it now. I’m trying to show that even though she’s a strong and powerful therianthrope, she’s also a human. She still has to deal with human fears and concerns, even though they may not necessarily be relevant to her anymore.

I think I missed that angle in the previous draft, or didn’t give it enough space to really come through.

The Week Just Past

The most important thing to happen recently was undoubtedly the release of the paperback version of Lost Dogs part 3: A Freak Among Freaks (see separate post, here). I received some very useful feedback on it from a fellow writer, and while I won’t make any changes to the story at this time, it’s given me something to think about for the future. I’ll probably write more about it in a separate post further down the line.

Work on Lost Dogs #4 is progressing nicely (working title: Lost Naked Furious). I regularly share story updates on Instagram, but I’ll include a few recent one here too. The quotes in these images are all from the actual story, and unless there are spelling or grammar errors, they’re likely to be included in the book once published.

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Sometimes, there are things you just have to do, and you won’t let anything get in your way.
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One of the things I’m trying to do in this book is show the contrast between Alene’s human and bestial sides. She’s physically strong and capable, but her mind is still mostly human, with a human’s way of looking at the world and at life.
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Yep, Alene’s in a bad spot. If the bad guys catch her, it’ll be the end of her, and no one will ever know what really happened. I think that’s probably one of the scarier aspects of her situation. It’s not an immediate danger, but she’s alone, and no one knows where she is or what’s happening to her. There’s no help to get, and no one will come looking for her if she’s gone too long.
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Again, the duality thing. Do werewolves do yoga? Do they benefit from it? In this scene Alene does it regardless, even if her body doesn’t need it. It calms her mind.
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The final quote for this week is also about the separation between werewolf body and human mind. If she falls and hurts herself, her supernatural physique will ensure she survives, and she will heal quickly. However, the pain will be the same as if she were a regular human.

That’s all for this time. I’ll be back again next Friday. Until then, have a pleasant week.

2 Comments

    1. Thanks. Glad you like it. 🙂

      Keep in mind the books are novellas. They’re all three less than 40k words, so they’re not very long. Book #4 might go over 40k, but not by much.
      It may seem fast, but it feels real slow. 😉

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