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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wynter Wild Series Timeline (books 1-7)

Following on from the last post's timeline of events before book 1 started, here's the timeline for the major events of books 1-7. Note: There are spoilers here for those books, although I've avoided giving away too much. If you've read the books, then reading the event should trigger a reminder of "what really happened".

I keep a detailed spreadsheet with a separate column for each major character, and a day-by-day accounting of events. For example, here's a screenshot showing the entries for book 1 (and some of book 2) (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wynter Wild Series Timeline (pre book 1)

Once my Wynter Wild series started approaching the half-million-word count a couple of years ago, and I decided to make the effort to turn it all into books, I realized I was going to have to start keeping very detailed notes, especially with the timeline.

The story is linear but characters frequently mention past events. To make everything consistent, I kept a spreadsheet of events in the characters' lives. While writing book 6, which introduces backstory from the previous generation, I took the timeline all the way back to 1963 when Bill Brown and Sylvia Heathcote (Ellie's parents) got married in Vermont.

Below is the timeline of events prior to the start of Little Sister Song (book 1). Note that there are major spoilers here from books 1 to 7. Coming up next will be the timeline that the first few books cover.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cover Reveal: Book 8 of the Wynter Wild Series

Continuing on the headless girl theme, I present the cover for book 8 of the Wynter Wild series, which is titled Minor Key.


In book 7, Wynter received from her brothers (well, Indio picked it) a Les Paul Standard 2008 guitar with a desert burst finish and custom bridge pickup... so with the help of some digital wizardry I went ahead and gave her that guitar on the cover.

In book 8, her band Rule212 goes on tour! Everyone is excited about that, but of course things don't go exactly to plan. A tune in a minor key is both beautiful and sad, and this story has a bit of both.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Wynter's Prom Dress

In the chapter of Duet (Wynter Wild #7) I recently uploaded to Wattpad, it's Wynter's prom night.

She's not much of a dress girl, but in keeping with social convention she borrowed an appropriate bridesmaid dress from Dusk and it looks something like this (along with the dendrobium orchid corsage):


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Making a Theremin

The theremin has fascinated me for many years. Recently I watched some YouTube videos on how to play it, and got the urge to give it a try. Apparently, it's easier to play if you have experience with the violin -- an instrument I played, and hated, for 7 long years. So I figured I could give it a go. The instrument itself costs at least $450, but I found a $100 kit on eBay and purchased it...

... Not realizing you need an electrical engineering degree to assemble it! Where's Jesse when I need him?

In Natural Harmonics (Wynter Wild #6) Jesse is anticipating (without much joy) going to see an ambient band with his girlfriend Dusk, and there's mention of a theremin:

Unlike Jesse, I find the eerie theremin fascinating because it is (from Wikipedia): "controlled without physical contact" from the performer. This electronic musical instrument varies the pitch and volume of the "music" when the performer moves their hand closer to or further from two antennas (something to do with oscillators and capacitors, don't ask).