I've been quiet on here, but that's because of some indecision and then concrete action towards my direction when it comes to blogging and writing. At first I was going to write a series of writerly advice when it comes to self-publishing, getting covers, the nuts-and-bolts, that sort of thing... but after planning four months [...]
Roughly about two days ago, my first SFF novella was released on Kindle and Smashwords. A Stand-Alone Science Fiction & Fantasy Novella. In the cold dark expanse of space, for over 18,500 years, an organic spacecraft known as Niobe has roamed alone. No humans, no galactic civilizations, no family generations, only the remnant of a [...]
A lovely review of my short story from the Daytime Renegade.
A “universe of souls where manifestation is a literal thought away and the Strong-Willed harshly rule”. . .
An etheric plane between dimensions with no rules save that the weak will be consumed . . .
Lein posits a world some souls do not move on to paradise or ultimate rest upon death, instead ending up in The Other Side, a Wild West free-for-all where the strong rule. Niman finds himself in the thrall of the spider-like Hanhoka, his Guide, who teaches him and the mysterious Katilo how to find and consume souls from multiple dimensions . . . though Niman himself has no interest in doing so.
Still, he is tasked with training Meelik, a lizard-like lik, how to survive in The Other Side, in the hopes of revealing Meelik’s guide, who…
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The last day of August brings cool winds and a gentle sun here. In my home, the windows are open and crickets chirp while a luxurious breeze drifts through. It is the perfect send-off for a fairly stressful month. The last couple of months have been spent balancing between my current day job and working [...]
For authors, the practice of delving into the thoughts, feelings, and processes of our characters is extremely important. The depth of this process for each character is dictated by the level of focus a story maintains on the particular character. NPC-types don't need much, if any, exploration into the internal except for a lark. Protagonists [...]
Yesterday was my third year anniversary with WordPress. I've been quiet for the last three weeks or so because I started a new job. Update on what else I've been up: I released the kindle edition of I, the One. That went and is going extremely well, getting reviews, hearing responses, and selling steadily every [...]
Yesterday, the kindle edition of "I, the One" released along with the new cover art. "I, the One" is a short story in an etheric reality where souls are hunted, captured, consumed and willpower distinguishes the strong from the weak. My first publication of many to come, I wanted to mark a moment I'll remember in five [...]
As a creator of unique fictional worlds, it is important to remember that YOU are the one who controls canon over the setting, the plot, and the characters. Writers flirt with giving characters "consciousnesses" and talking about fictional worlds as if they exist outside of themselves. There are a few reasons for this. One of which is [...]
Chapter length is a decision every author has to make when putting together a novel. While less of an issue with short stories, novels have to be broken up in ways that are easily consumable by readers. There is no specific number that is the ideal length for a chapter. Like most elements of a novel, [...]
Hello to new followers! Thanks for the follow. This blog primarily focuses on writing (with the exception of these personal 1-2 month updates) so please comment below with suggestions/requests for any topics or discussions you'd be interested in seeing on this blog (frequent readers can always comment as well, of course). The start of May [...]