Deciding to Delete On September 27th, 2014 I deleted a writing project I'd played with for a large part of the last twenty years; the majority of my life. The years of off-again, on-again commitment to it had me written into a corner of chaos that I just couldn't dig myself out of. So, I … Continue reading Warning: Frustrated Breaks May Lead to Accomplishment
Hello friends! Happy Thursday to you and welcome to this the first in a planned biweekly (i.e. posting every second week) blog series that will focus on my writing process with my debut urban fanta… Source: Crafting the Series | Part One - In Pursuit of Creativity
My writing playlist is uber-important. The amount of work I get done in a day is directly linked to what I'm listening to, and it's absolutely essential I'm listening with headphones. Even in a quiet room, all by myself, I can't concentrate unless it's pumped directly into my brain. I'm forced to take a lot … Continue reading Playlist
That’s not a kneejerk yeah well you’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny response. Ask any writer, traditionally published or indie, our books are the children of our brains, and we’re protective of them.
A traditionally-published writer puts that baby into the hands of professionals who whisk it away, do cosmetic adjustments, dress it, raise it, choose its schools, and, sometimes, hand it back after a while saying hey, we’re as sorry as you are, but the kid ain’t gonna cut it. Of course quite often (not always) the kid does good and the publishers are yammering at the door – make more babies. Fast. One a year. Go go GO.
Traditionally-published book-parents are proud to the point of arrogant about their progeny being Chosen, and they are enraged when an indie book baby does better than their own Improved By Professionals offering because it just isn’t
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The Alpha stage is over for the front quarter of the book, and on to Beta... Let me know what you think! Silvery light from a full moon filtered through a scattering of clouds, illuminating the stone markers of the dead as pinpricks of reflected light that stretched out ahead of her, disappearing into the … Continue reading Fool’s Journey- 1st 50 pages
Dawn of Destiny (Epic Saga Book 1); by Lee Stephen Apparently my new favorite books are about soldiers, because this series has definitely taken the lead among greatly fun stories, alongside Echo, In Her Name, and Dune (which has forever been at the top of the list). We come into an Earth at war with 2 … Continue reading Book Review: Dawn of Destiny (Epic Saga Book 1); by Lee Stephen
While I've been posting my first-ish draft here, I thought I'd post the changes in a separate post. The first epilogue chapter got cut, but I'm still holding on to the idea of adding one, only from the POV more directly involved with real-time events that shed a vague light on how Desiree was augmented. … Continue reading First Chapter Updates
Echo Volume 2: The Taste of Ashes by Kent Wayne After that cliff-hanger of an ending with Volume 1, I jumped right into Volume 2. There were questions I was waiting to have answered, that were masterfully avoided (Volume 3 is on its way)! This book is a non-stop whirlwind of life-or-death fighting, every second … Continue reading Book Review: Echo Volume 2: The Taste of Ashes; by Kent Wayne
Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter; by Kent Wayne Super soldier tech, a bad-ass hero questioning everything he's been taught, a dystopian planet, and a hint of mysticism (or is it?), Kent Wayne's freshman novel melds it all together in the perfect recipe for a fun Science Fiction story. What's not to love? As the pages unfold the … Continue reading Book Review: Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter; by Kent Wayne
Published in 2010, Metagame, by Sam Landstrom is a science fiction novel I found through my Pixel of Ink account. I held onto it for a while before really getting into it, though when I did, it seemed strange that I hadn't dove right in. The world Mr. Landstrom creates is fun, and believable. Opening … Continue reading Book Review: MetaGame; by Sam Lindstrom