Official Judo Information

This is the Official Judo Information Site at and since I’m research Judo, I thought I should add the links here so that I can find them again later when I need them.

This page includes some of the techniques, the rankings for juniors and seniors and some interesting history.

My character must sound like she knows what’s she’s talking about. This page deals especially in self defense which is one of the reasons my character enrolled into the course.

Moving to another location

No, I’m not shifting my webspace again. I’ll be at this location for, at least, the rest of this year but I’ve got this web address for three years so…I’m going no where.

I’ve been complaining about the internet and how much of a distraction it can be. Well, yesterday afternoon I moved all my files onto the kitchen table and finished off my planning…in long hand! Actually, it was good. I write heaps slower than I type which means my brain has time to sort out where its at as I write. I should do it more often.

I completed the history, I adjusted my other notes (for the final time), I wrote a rough story plan then made up a chapter plan from it, I calculated a timeline, a key points list and, finally, a distance list. No great planner is set unless she has everything printed out and neatly placed in a folder, so I did that too.

So…all planning is now 100% complete and writing can commence as soon as I do some research on judo. I’ve made my main character a judo expert and I don’t know the first thing about judo. How crazy is that? I do insist on making life difficult, don’t I?

Making up for lost time

After the anger I felt at myself last night, I was determined not to make the same mistake tonight. I made myself ignore the internet and open the document I’ve been working on and… I’ve finished. The history, my notes, the magic…all done!

I want a spreadsheet that will calculate my daily word count but that can wait for the time being.

Next, I must start working on the chapter outline. Tomorrow night, I’ll start it and hopefully, it won’t be a difficult task. Besides, I have an existing chapter plan that I can adapt. Yes, I’m cheating but if it works, use it.

Now I can wander off and do a bit of reading without feeling guilty and, with luck, I might sleep better tonight.

History is Made

It was fun and easy because most of the details had been sorted out in my head, I just needed to check them with facts. Alone the way, I learned about something in our history which was fascinating.

Anyway, now that I have a history, I realise that the work I’ve already done needs to be changed because it doesn’t fit well with how things started. I know, I’ve really done everything back to front and upside down, but this has been a great learning curve for me.

What’s more, my book will satisfy the curious, the historians and those who just want to read a story. Whereas before it only targeted the last one. I’m so glad that I was pushed into doing this. I take back all those nasty things I thought when I was asked “the question”. 😀

The Oliver Cromwell Website

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be doing a bit of research on a certain time period in history and The Oliver Cromwell Website has started me off on the right foot.

Naturally, I knew the name but I wasn’t sure of anything else. I’ve also been to the library and borrowed four books on the subject. They are children’s books but I prefer to start off with basic information and then build up from there. I’ve already learned a lot but don’t be surprised if I leave a few links to some of the sites I visit.

My World’s History

An editor asked this question: Why do your characters speak the English language?

My first reaction was: Because they do. Because I do. So what? Who cares what language they speak?

My second reaction was to go to my message board and ask the question there and see what people said. I will admit that I thought the reaction would be the same as mine…but it wasn’t!

The replies were mixed but the majority said that if my characters are in a purely fantasy world then it doesn’t matter. The reader assumes the story has been translated from a strange, unknown language into a language they can read.

But… if the characters are from our world, and they find themselves in a fantasy world… then a reason must be given. Mostly everyone said that the first thing (well, no, the first thing would be “where am I?”, the second would be “how do I get home?” and the third…) the character would ask is “why do you speak English (or whatever language the book is printed in)? If they don’t ask the question, then the character isn’t curious enough and the reader will loose interest in them.

OK, this reply proved to be a headache because my main character is from our world! This meant I had to rethink the history of my fantasy world. Why did they speak English? What could be the logical explanation? What was the easiest explanation?

The easiest thing to do is to say “magic did it” but to be totally honest, I feel this is a cop out. I know it worked for other writers (including Stephen Donaldson in Mordant’s Need) but I feel that today’s readers expect more. So I started writing down different options open to me. There was always an issue with each option that I came up with (or that someone else suggested) until… my partner gave me the perfect option and a writer friend helped me fill in the blanks.

After several days of stressing over this issue, I’ve found the solution. Not only will the solution work well for Book 1, it will make Book 2 much better than I planned.

No, I’m not telling you what the option is. You’ll have to buy the book when it’s published but I will tell you that I now have to research Oliver Cromwell. 🙂