Sunday, January 25, 2015

20 Time #6

Hi everybody!

Here we are at my sixth blog post for my project.  Not a huge amount of stuff to report on this week, just more research, brainstorming and writing but as I said in my last blog will be posting a little bit more about the events in the book.  This week I will provide a summary of the first shots of the war along with who will be involved.  However before I move on to that I want to say this.  This project has been a very fun and interesting experience so far, and I hope it continues that way.  One of the things I have been focusing on with this project is taking  my time with it.  I really don't want to rush this book to get it done.  I want to spend as much time as possible with it so that it will turn out good in the end.  Also, this will allow me to enjoy every minute of it,, because I have enjoyed writing and learning something new each time.

So now here is my little summary of the beginning of World War III.  This time it is not actually taken directly from my writing but the same information will be shared within the book in a different way.

A few years before the war began an alliance was formed between Russia, China, and Iran, all with some sort of authoritarian government.  What followed was a massive buildup of military strength, raising heavy concern amongst NATO and the United Nations.  In the weeks before America's 250th Independence Day, intelligence had reported large amounts of mobilized troops near these countries borders.  Fearing war, the United States set its forces on high alert along with its allies and demanded the demobilization of the alliance's troops.  July 5th is when they struck.  Russian forces moved into eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.  They also sent troops to support the Iranian army that was not as advanced as Russia or China in its invasions of Iraq and Turkey.  China occupied Mongolia and invaded the Korean peninsula currently united under democratic rule and launched amphibious invasions of Japan and Taiwan.  The US and its allies immediately declared war and begin prepping the armed forces for a counteroffensive.

See you next time,

Cameron

Sunday, January 11, 2015

20 Time Blog Post #5

Hi everyone!

It feels great to be back again.  Wow it has been a long time since I have had to post on my blog.  I am happy to let you know that even though I haven't posted anything in awhile that doesn't mean I haven't been working on my novel.  It is going excellently and I'm having so much enjoyment in creating this book of mine.  The most progress that I have made overall has probably been in the area of research.  That is what I have primarily been doing these past few weeks.  While it is fun to read and look up important pieces that I need for the book, as you learn something new each time, it is also a very daunting task.  I have been doing a large amount of it now so I do not get stuck when i write the later chapters when I do not have the right information I need, or when I feel something is missing.  I feel that its best to get it all out of the way as soon as possible and I think most authors would agree with me.  However, like I have said in my previous post, just because I have been doing research most of the time does not mean that I have been ignoring the actual writing portion of the novel.This will soon become my primary goal each week, to try to get as much writing done as possible.

The beginning of the novel  have been properly established in writing and I am pleased to report that it is turning out good so far.  One of the biggest issues I had in writing is that this part of the novel was slow for me to write.  I really wanted to just jump into the action, but it is extremely important that I lay the groundwork for this book.  I'm satisfied with the way that the beginning turned out and am super excited to be able to start writing on what I consider the fun stuff.  As promised in the last blog post, what follows is a summary of our main character.

Keith Lawrence was tall for his age, with short auburn hair and brown eyes.  His face was slightly scarred by pimples he had left unchecked for too long.  He was 18 years old and had just graduated from high school.  This was his last summer before he would head off to Stanford University in order to become a lawyer, and work at his father's firm, Paul J. Lawrence, Attorney at Law.  His family lived in San Francisco, in a somewhat luxurious home that had a marvelous view of the Pacific Ocean.

This is actually the first paragraph of the book, minus the prologue of course.   I hope you enjoy it and I am looking forward to some feedback on my writing.  Next week i will provide on how 
The Third World War will start. Not in real life of course. ;)

See you all again in the next blog post!