The Corruption of Dark Print Cover

🗓 14 Jul 2018

The four books following HTSW - OFE are related to the Primordial Essences as the first four were on the primary elements. They match like this if it wasn't obvious already: Expansion of Expression - Expansion (Scorpion) The Madness of Light - Order/Light (White Spider) The Corruption of Dark - Chaos/Dark (Black Spider) Containment Collapse - Containment (Clam) The covers so far reflect that...

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Expansion Expression Print Copy (or My Journey with Lulu)

🗓 02 Jun 2017

It took me awhile, but I got my act together in making a print copy of Expansion Expression. After my exciting divorce with Amazon, I decided to try new things with medium. Yada yada. I bound my own book. I pimped out my e copy. Who cares? It's very froo-froo. What's the basic version of this freedom? Well. That's where I went looking. I still wanted simple print copies of the series to put on my shelf/shrine. That used to be CreateSpace....I was thinking about using again, but I reconsidered. It's a time for change. So I went looking for different print on-demand services. Various articles and short videos were watched to figure out which service was one that I was going to try. This piece, a breakdown of four major POD services, was very helpful. I ended up with Lulu because: No ISBN required. The idea of getting another...

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The Future of Formatting

🗓 21 Jan 2017
The Future of Formatting

As part of my liberation from Amazon and other methods of distributing electronic book copies, I have gained the ability to format my eBooks in whatever way I want to. There are many features and capabilities that exist in the ePub 3 format that have not been present in any Amazon format. Some of them are, for sure, but how to actually get that in an Amazon copy is very annoying. It can be done, but neither easily nor in any sane manner. No longer concerning myself with such things, I have taken a dive into the possibilities present in ePub 3 and actually executed them. The tool I used for this next-level formatting was iBooks Author. iBooks Author is generally used for making iBooks, an Apple-only format that has even more options for creating books. The iBooks format is being used mostly for text-books and more 'visual' heavy books....

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2016 - A Year in Review

🗓 31 Dec 2016

So what happened in 2016? More than can be iterated here, certainly, but this is mainly a focus on what transpired in my writing career and how The Adventures of the Trinity and the One developed. Which isn't short list, to be sure, but it is definitely more focused. So where to begin? Well, let's start with the novels. 27/3/2016 - Threads that Bind the Tempest was released. 31/8/2016 - Of Fractured Edges was released. Two novels were published! Half the current series was released in 2016 and the other half in 2015. That feels consistent. But I wasn't just content with publishing novels–I did my fair share of other writing, too. 15/4/2016 - Writing and Stories, based on a prompt 2/5/2016 - Spellbinder Character Interview 25/7/2016 - Going, a short story on Dialona 21/11/2016 - Dissecting criticism 19/12/2016 - Farrco Character Interview Among all the other blog posts I...

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Subjective Criticism in an Objective World

🗓 21 Nov 2016

When you put yourself out there, you are opening yourself up to criticism. You are putting your product and passion up for the scrutiny of others. Others that may not be aware of what you were trying to do, may have different tastes, and may just be cruel with their words. This is the game of being a creative, of producing anything. There will be critics. I am a critic. I have a food and movie review blog. I like talking about my feelings on things for my benefit and for the benefit of the creative. There have been movies and TV shows that I simple don't like and that didn't fit my tastes. I don't usually review them. I say I don't like them casually, but I don't write long reviews hating on them. It feels wrong to tear into something out of a fit of angry passion when...

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One Year Anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire!

🗓 22 Apr 2016
One Year Anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire!

Well, it's been a crazy ride. It has been one full year since How to Stop Wildfire was originally published. This is the one year anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire. One whole year. Wow. It doesn't feel that long at all. So much has happened and the time blew by pretty quickly. What exactly happened? Well, I'm going to list off what I can remember. I think it is good to do retrospectives sometimes to see how far we've come and all that jazz. So that's what's going to happen. So April 22, 2015, I released How to Stop Wildfire as my first published work. The cover was originally this crap:

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The Use of Genre

🗓 07 Jan 2016

I've rambled about genre before. I'm not going to repeat myself and say what genre is or isn't or what not. This is, instead, a vague response to a trend I've noticed. I've seen a lot of posts recently discussing why science fiction and fantasy are important. How they can help society and such. I don't disagree with such things on principle. The use of genre can make a theme resonate more. Genre is a device of its own that must be used well so that your story is expressed the way it ought to be. What genre your story is in affects how the story is told and what is being told. Going back to science fiction, there is one example that show cases its potential for showing the truth of society. That piece of sci-fi is Star Trek. I'll be referring to The Original Series here, but it...

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How to Self-Publish: A Snarky Guide for Novices

🗓 20 Nov 2015

I published a self-publishing guide. How to self-publish and all that jazz. It's on Amazon. Check it out. It is kind of hilarious. I had fun writing it. Some of the stuff is taken from my blog posts, but there is a bunch of new wisdom and snark. Cheers.

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Being off beat (and loving it.)

🗓 01 Oct 2015

So, How to Stop Wildfire was reviewed by T.R Briar, an author of a series called Realm Wraith that I liked a lot. The point that really stuck with me was how he said the book was off beat. Which is kind of obvious if you have read it. But it wasn't really that obvious to me. I mean, I knew it was out there, but sometimes I forget how...bizarre it is to the uninitiated. Off beat. I'm so used to it because I have been dreaming it up and imagining it for a decade, but others are not. The stories really are a blend of well, everything. Comedy. Tragedy. Science-fiction. Fantasy. Thriller. Mythology. Little bit of everything in it. Magic, tech, gods, history, and so on. All tied together under my massive world-building. It's probably a lot to take in and acclimate to. Hard to pin down the tone...

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Who to Write for

🗓 21 Sep 2015

Who do you write for? There are actually two ways to interpret that question. Who to write for as in a more literal, who-is-your-audience type way. As in, who is going to read said work. The intended audience. Like if you are writing a post about start-ups, then your audience is someone in that business or interested in being in that business. The other way is the more metaphorical sense. Who are you writing for. In the greater way. Like why are you writing in the first place. Your internal motivations for taking your thoughts and putting them onto a page. In an ideal world, with any profession, your primal motivation should be for yourself. Now, why you want to do it or why you enjoy it, that can vary. But you should do something because you want to. Yea, yea, the world we live in isn't ideal. But there...

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If you use DRM, I hate you.

🗓 11 Sep 2015

Also published on Medium

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Sample Chapters Posted and a Confession

🗓 27 Aug 2015

Because I am a wonderful person and I love giving things away for free, I just posted the first two chapters of How to Stop Wildfire and Harmonic Waves as sample chapters. Nothing special. Just in pdf form. To give people something to munch on. You're welcome. Shut up and download them. Obviously don't read the second without reading the first. And here is where I say that I hate the first few chapters. Beginnings are the hardest. The first chapter of How to Stop Wildfire is probably the worst. THERE I SAID IT. I hated writing it. So much exposition and set up so I could just get on with my life writing. But it happened and I think it works overall. So yea. Try the sample chapters out, and if you are at all interested, pick up the book/pre-order on Amazon: How to Stop Wildfire Harmonic Waves

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Being a (Female) Author

🗓 10 Aug 2015

Because for some reason there has to be a distinction. There was this show on the Syfy channel called Warehouse 13. It was a solid family-fun flick about a secret warehouse that contained legendary objects of famous people, things like Ferdinand Magellan’s Astrolabe. It had a way of using the watcher’s knowledge and expectation of history as a base and making a story out of twisting it.

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Genre Expectations

🗓 06 Aug 2015

The expectation that when reading a humor book you are going to laugh. That when reading a women's fiction novel women are going to be portrayed strongly. That a mystery book is going to have a mystery. Genre expectations are basic ideas about a book's premise that you can ascribe to it based solely on knowledge of genre. Not all of these ideas are going to be correct, some of them are most certainly going to be wrong. But we still have them, because each genre has its own 'cliches' and 'tropes' that the novels of the genre typically follow in one way or another. There are trope-killer books, like Game of Thrones. In GRRM's novels, the 'hero' doesn't get magic-plot armor, and the 'good' guys die (a lot.) Or there are books that are basically 100% cliche, of which I cannot name because they are not that memorable.

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Lost in Amazon(ia)

🗓 25 Jul 2015

How I am getting screwed by an erotica novelist with the same name as me. I posted this on Medium first. Please recommend it there.

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