Bloody Culture Clash

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It is 1860 and gold has been discovered in the remote Saskatchewan wilderness.  Fortune seekers pour into the territory, upsetting the balance between the Natives and Europeans, who call the area home.  When a trade negotiation at the Theroux trading post turns deadly, young Thomas finds himself forced into a role for which he is not prepared.  With the help of his Indian uncle, the Métis teen ventures through the frontier wilderness of the Saskatchewan territory to Cumberland House to complete his father’s work.

Natural dangers await Thomas and his uncle along the North Saskatchewan as they negotiate the wild river.  They are dogged by fellow Indians bent on repaying a Blood Debt and extinguishing the remains of the Theroux family.  Cumberland House offers no respite, as the pair finds themselves embroiled in the power struggle between First Peoples and Europeans over how much civilization will take hold in the new Canada.  While trying to find his place between the Indian and White worlds, Thomas learns the requirements of manhood for both, discovers unlikely allies, and sets in motion a love triangle, which threatens to ignite an Indian war that would annihilate what is left of the Gros Ventre tribe.


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  1. Carlos, how long is your book and how long did it take you to write it? Like yourself, I am a creative sort with lots of wonderful stories to tell. Unlike yourself, I often get stuck in places and never actually finish. The closest I came to finishing a book I was writing was some years ago when I was more than half way through. I ran into some computer issues and decided to wipe my hard drive thinking I’d saved it on a different one. I thought it was done for. I recently found the file again but it was in a format no longer supported so now I must find a way to convert it and see if it’s salvageable. What advice do you have for one who loves to write yet fails to complete?


    • It’s about 125,000 words. I banged out the first draft in 90 days, but it was about a quarter shorter because in the revision process, I expanded on a couple of sub-plots that were too thin. Revision took about nine months.
      I get stuck all the time, so don’t worry too much about that. I outline everything before I write the first line, so when I get stuck, I just go work on another part.
      Other writers think I’m a jackass for saying this, but “writer’s block” doesn’t exist; it’s an excuse for not writing. My solution is to get back to work and write something. I can always go back an fix it. Don’t let the search for “perfect” ruin “a good start.”
      When I’m actively writing, the goal is to pump out a thousand words a day. Sometimes it’s on the book; sometimes a blog post or some side project.
      I understand your pain at losing work. I’ve lost lots of work from the early years before computers. Believe it or not, I wrote two or three novels in my youth that were so horrible that I burned the only copies, so the world would not have to suffer through them.
      Now, plant your butt in the chair, and get to work writing. That’s the best advice I have.

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