The Results of My Hiatus

As you might can tell, looking at the archive, this blog has been on hiatus. And oh, what a hiatus it has been.

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I can’t go into full details yet, as those are subject to change, but I am currently proofreading the final draft of my first novel. I’ve been calling the book LICH, but I’m certain that it will change by publication.

If you haven’t heard of LICH before now, there are multiple places to learn about it. I’ve posted about the story on Twitter, especially in the #WIPjoy events. Take a look. Continue reading

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Reaffirming My Love

So life has been a torrent of things lately. Bought a house, started a new project at work, been planning vacations and summer and so on and so forth. I’ve been busy, and I have two books out to beta readers. So, aside from writing the occasional flash fiction bit and critiquing other works, I’ve fallen down a bit on the job of writing.

I know, I know, shame on me.

But it’s worse than that. As I went on critiquing, I lost some fire. The stuff I was reading was good, that wasn’t the problem. It was just slow going. And then that voice came back, as I looked at all the work I was doing.

“Do you even really like to write, or are you just doing this out of compulsion?” Continue reading

Where Am I?

Hi.

It’s been a while. How have you been?

I’m sure that my absence has left a deep hole in your hearts. I apologize. It was never my intention to rob the world of myself. My regret runs deep, and it’s not as if I’ve been too busy to post. Not at all.

All pretentious banter aside, this blog was created for only one reason: For me, as an author, to interact with the world. With you.

But I’m not an author yet.

I have two books that I’m very excited about. Books that I’m trying to finish editing, books that I want to publish. I don’t know where the books will be published, or whether I’ll be publishing them myself. I’m trying to figure that out as I continue to edit.

But that’s what I’m doing. I am almost certain that my two current WIPs will be published, one way or another. So I am throwing all of my free time into them. Once I have a book out, expect my posting to return with vigor. Expect every attempt I have to get out there and sound off as loud as I can, to introduce myself to people and introduce them to the worlds in my head.

If I self-publish, it’ll be this year. If not, perhaps next year.

But the stories have been drafted. They’ve been modified.

And they are coming for you.

 

See you around!

-Kyle Adams

Writing Myself Into a Corner

As anyone who has read my work before would know, I am working on a book with the draft name: Disbelief Suspended. It is a strange fantasy book, with a few elements of absurdist parody, wrapped in a 70s-era world with epic elements. Overall, though, it is a story of a young man that hasn’t done much with his life. He wants to change that, with the one year he has left to live.

Yes. Jayson Constantine wants to become a protagonist.

This poses a problem. It takes a couple of chapters for Jayson to gain the motivation to actively pursue his desires. It takes that long for him to make things happen. And for those that wish to hook themselves on a character in chapter one, rather than a weird premise, Jayson falls flat by design.

Jayson is not a protagonist until chapter 3.

This is the story that I have decided to tell. This is the first time I have come across a flaw in the story that I cannot determine how to fix. The entire book documents Jayson’s struggle to make himself notable, to overcome his passivity and make something good happen.

It may be that this element turns readers off at the beginning of the story. It may be a story doomed for failure, in that fashion. Or it may be that I can find a way to change the hook, to show the reader who Jayson is meant to be.

We’ll see what happens. Take what you will from this post. Plan your hooks, be resilient, be creative. And should I make it work…

I’ll update with another post regarding my decision.

See you around!

-Kyle Adams

Q&A

I’ve been working on a manuscript for the past two months or so, and it recently got to the point that I felt like I was going in too many different directions. I was frustrated, not by the writing, but at what I had written. Finally, I sat down, and asked myself a simple question.

What questions am I asking in this novel? Continue reading

Basket Eggs

I had a lot of free time growing up. I wish I had spent more of it writing.

That said, I have a demo CD for a band that I was in. I was the drummer. That was worth it.

I have a video game that I created, one that I still enjoy playing occasionally. That was worth making.

I have a black belt in a martial art. That was definitely worth the effort.

More to the point, I also took up voiceover work. That is actually what my twitter was created for, before I decided that I should be a writer. Voice acting is enjoyable, and worth doing.

As a shameless plug (but one with a point), I’d like to note that a parody series that I co-star in has been airing this month on Youtube. If, as most of my readers, you are not into anime parodies, I do not recommend watching it. However, if it intrigues you, you can find it HERE.

I feel no shame.

Okay, maybe a little shame.

But as I said, I do have a point to make, to other writers or anyone else who reads this blog.

Don’t let any one thing become your life.

Got it? It’s easy to get sucked into one thing or another, since we (as living organisms that require sleep and nourishment) do not have enough time for everything. True, I had to drop martial arts and game development. Yet it always saddens me when I see people that define themselves by one hobby, one work that they do. Whether it be their job, a creative project, or even a friendship.

Friendships end. Jobs end. Projects end. Momentary stresses, setbacks, and failures abound. Always have something to fall back on, to keep you motivated, full of purpose. If I stopped writing today, and never opened a manuscript again, I would still have a life full of friends, relationships, family, work, aspirations, hobbies, and devotion to God. It would not harm me in the slightest.

In my opinion, that’s a good way to live.

Not that I’m going to stop writing. I don’t think I can.

See you around!

-Kyle Adams

A Tale of Failure, Pitches, and Hooks

“You wrote a book?” asked the interested stranger.

“Sure did,” I said, my mind turning to all of the hours I spent tapping out words on my keyboard. The dream that I had made into reality. It was done. I had done it. And then, as I reminisced, the stranger asked a question.

“What is it about?”

I froze. I was not prepared for this question.

“Uh, a high-schooler… he, uh, is attacked by otherworldly demon-god things, and he learns… no, that’s a spoiler, um…”

“Never mind.” Continue reading