brittni in ink

Author of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be

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the story and where it wants to go

Some great news! I had a breakthrough with my case of writer’s block – I really was writing around something instead of trusting that the story would take me where it needed to go.

I finally gave in and am making the third Patch Project book about Pinot. I was really struggling with finding my way into the story, considering all the possible characters and arcs the book could include. But it hit me the other day that this book had to follow Pinot, and once I accepted that, the garden started to bloom. I guess I was resistant to the idea of focusing on Pinot because she became the main character of the last book and I somehow got into my brain that readers were tired of her. But even if that is true, it doesn’t matter (apologies to the hypothetical readers); what matters is the story and where it wants to go.

I have a rough timeline worked out and am now following Pinot as she prepares to go to Summerland, the mythical city mentioned in previous books but never visited. I will have to include at least one other POV character for the subplot, and maybe a few scattered around the wasteland (as a writer, I get bored writing one POV for a whole book haha). In any case, you can look forward to more of Pinot in book three.

My new glasses arrived this past week! My last pair was literally falling apart, so it’s nice to have a pair that fits again!

Other than that, I’ve had a few days off to do things like clean the house and binge episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Hastings, Miss Lemon, and Hercule Poirot are characters most charmants, and I enjoy making connections with the books and how the screenwriters adapted the material. I’ve also set up a mini-studio to record audiobooks – if you are interested in having your book narrated or have voice work you’d like done, let me know!

I’m also hoping to order a batch of the sequel to have on hand before the holiday season rolls around, as it sounds like the printer is also going to be raising prices in November. I’ve updated my Ko-fi goal to reflect this – for every donation, I’ll make a thank you video. For donations over $10, I’ll send a personalized card in the mail!

With Inktober to keep my little grey cells engaged and NaNoWriMo just around the corner, the fall is turning out to be quite a busy one! Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I’ll have more updates on the third Patch Project book soon!

Happy fall! This sunflower is growing in a vacant lot by my house. Lovely to see nature in the city.

the patch project audio book

The audio book version of The Patch Project is currently available on Bandcamp! You can listen on the site or download the book on a pay what you can basis.

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When deciding what to charge for the book, I was thinking about how so many people have already purchased a print copy. I didn’t want them to have to pay again for basically the same book. I also didn’t want cost to stop people from accessing the book, since covid continues to rage and work has dried up for many artists I know. Plus, I wanted to make the first book available so people who are interested in the sequel can be up to speed when it becomes more readily available. So, if you’re able to pay a few bucks for the book, feel free! If you’ve already bought a copy or don’t have the funds at the moment, listen for free!

Recording the book was a lot of fun. My husband and I used to co-host a podcast, and editing audio files and spending hours in a sound-proofed room is actually something I miss quite a bit!

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The most challenging part of the whole process was accommodating two inexplicably needy cats. I could spend the whole morning with them, but as soon as I sat down to record, there they were, pawing at the door and meowing. Eventually, I just left the door open a crack so they could enter or leave as they pleased. There is one particular line in the audio book that I recorded directly after dealing with said needy cats: the part of the story is quite serious, but it sounds like I’m laughing.

Also, I recorded an entire chapter with something caught in my throat that no amount of coffee could fix! Aside from that, I feel like, all things considered, the audio book turned out pretty well.

Something else you may notice is that some words or sentence structures don’t quite match the printed version of The Patch Project. I’m currently revising the novel for a reprint with Adventure Worlds Press in the fall, and I incorporated a couple of those changes in the audio version. Also, some sentences were just really awkward to say aloud! I also cut adverbs and descriptors that I deemed excessive or contradictory. Reading aloud for an audience really changed how I look at the book, which is going to help a lot with further revisions!

So anyway, there’s the story of the audio book! If you give it a listen, let me know what you think, as I’m hoping to make more audio books in the future (I dream of a fully-voiced audio book with characters and a narrator who is not me 🙂 )!

 

now available!

A Place That Used to Be is now available for online order! Before you order from Amazon, please consider the following:

  • See if you can order the book through your local bookstore! Many businesses are offering curbside pick-up or other social distancing options.
  • Request the book through your local library!
  • Wait a few weeks: I’ll be getting an order of books to sell by hand, and I would be happy to sell you a signed copy!

The test copies just came in last week and they look amazing! You can watch the unboxing video here.

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I’m still working on the audio book of The Patch Project. It’s been a lot of fun to spend a couple hours a day recording and editing the audio! Hoping to get that up on bandcamp in the next few weeks!

Also, stay tuned for news about an online book launch for A Place That Used to Be! Can’t wait to share more about the book with you!

 

Sequel Update #9 – Record

Last week, I said I had some news about a project connected to The Patch Project.

Since the book was published in 2018, I’ve been asked intermittently if the book would ever be available in audio format. I was really thinking about that a couple of weeks ago. Thinking led to doing, and as of today, I’ve recorded the first three chapters of the book. It’s nothing fancy, just me reading the words. I would have loved to get some actors involved to bring the characters to life, but given our pandemic-riddled world, it was easier to limit the recording to one reader.

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Photo by Peter Brinn

I can’t say for sure when it’ll be done, but the plan is to have the recording available on bandcamp.com sometime in the next few weeks. It will be a limited edition, so to speak, as the revised edition of The Patch Project will be coming out in the fall with Adventure Worlds Press. But until then, the book will be available to listen to, just in time for the sequel’s release.

Speaking of the sequel, I’ve been informed that test copies of A Place That Used to Be will arrive shortly. Once I’ve looked them over, the book will be ready for online sales. However, the online book launch will take place later on, once I’ve received the first official order of books to sell by hand.

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Cover design by Christian Laforet

Thanks for your patience while the book’s been in printing limbo – printing and shipping times were both longer than usual as (hopefully) social distancing and other precautions have been at play.

Hope you’re all staying safe and well out there! If you are looking for films to watch and have Netflix, some Studio Ghibli films were recently added to their streaming library! All of them are good (except for Tales from Earthsea. Just….don’t) – Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are good if you like epics, Howl’s Moving Castle if you like magical adventures, Castle in the Sky if you like airship pirates and nature-loving robots, and Whisper of the Heart if you want a coming of age story about being creative!