I’ve decided that I’m going to start throwing short stories and writing snippets on this blog. It will be a good place to collect the spur-of-the-moment writing that I do. I mean, would you rather read about yet another ‘author experience’, or read a neat little tale about dragons and cowboys?
Yeah, I thought so.
Dust swept across the trembling ground as John Michael Moort rode his steed into the canyon. He was close this time, he knew it. Continue reading
It is done. After over a year of writing, editing, and reading, I present this to you:
My debut work is finished and published, both digitally and in print. It’s been a wild ride, full of doubts and failures, but I’ve finally found my first story to tell.
Through the Lichgate started as just “Lich,” a book about an unlikely character. I wrote both devout Christianity and powerful necromancy into a teenage high-school girl to see if it would stick. And stick it did. Thana, the main character of Through the Lichgate, is her own person now with her own stories. And what’s more, she spawned a world, a villain, and some friends that are just as interesting as she is.
I really opened up a can of worms here. I hope they taste good. Continue reading
I write Fantasy. Urban fantasy, mostly. I imagine that I’ll eventually branch out and give Science Fiction a shot, or try something more realistic, but so far I have stuck with Fantasy. I like fantasy. Why?
I told myself for years that it was because I liked writing without restraints, without being bound by the rules of the real world. Now that I think about it, this isn’t true. Every world has its own restraints, after all. The restraints that I create, like not being able to undo a spiritual bond, are no different than the real world limitation on human running speed.
Each setting provides rules that cannot be overcome, in one way or another. And each setting provides for amazing successes, deep and suspenseful plots, and moments that shock and astound.
Why then, do I write Fantasy? Continue reading
As you might can tell, looking at the archive, this blog has been on hiatus. And oh, what a hiatus it has been.
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
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
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!
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!