Where did I go wrong? Did I set my goal too high? Was 175,000 words in 30 days too much? No. I lost for multiple reasons, but the goal word count was not the reason why. My final word count was around 69,000 words for the month, the majority of which completed in the first [...]
The halfway mark (Nov 15) was yesterday for this year's NaNoWriMo. The reason I participate in NaNoWriMo is because it is a structured opportunity to challenge myself (plus I enjoy the tracker). I set my goal for this November at 175,000 words. Why did I set my goal so high? While inspired by Dean Wesley Smith's [...]
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 [...]