The Cultivation of the Personal Project

🗓 09 Mar 2017

The story starts like this: I write a story. It takes me many years to get to a point where it is passable. It takes a few more to make me proud of it. It will take less than one afterwards to realize how far I've come since it. But we're not there yet. I wrote a story and I thought I wanted to share that story. So I shoved into onto sub-par medium (Amazon Kindle) because I hoped everyone would see my care for it. I hoped and hoped and then it never really came, but I didn't stop writing and growing. It hurt a little to not get the attention, but my writing didn't need anyone else's attention on it because it had my own. So I kept going on until I really asked: Why? I should stop now. I'm rehashing. I've gotten over that hurdle. I'm on...

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Themes Moving Forward

🗓 10 Oct 2016

Some Threads that Bind the Tempest allusions

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Describing Character Faces

🗓 15 Aug 2016

Every character has a face and every writer, at some point, has to engage in the process know as describing character faces. As in, put words to their mental picture of a particular character. Whether that character is ugly, pretty, scarred, plain, or whatever, there needs to be some description of what they look like. And Humans, being so facial-centric, usually focus on the face. It makes sense. I don't disagree. Problem is, though, my characters don't really have, eh, typical faces. Human-like ones, at any rate. Not really a problem, but more of a fact of what I write and love. So let's see, the main cast and their heads: Cyclone. He wears a helmet. I described his helmet well enough, but what is underneath is bare bones. Literally. His head is a skull. Not much to describe there--and he is barely ever without his helmet so the chances...

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The Good Days and The Bad Days

🗓 11 Jul 2016

The good days are when I: Can spin a phrase without even trying. Put together dialogue seamlessly. Make only minor mistakes. Plow through a chapter in a sitting. Feel my blood spark with inspiration. Start planning out the future, smiling as I do. Flow through the story and words like I am swimming. Can focus for hours on end. Know exactly where I am going. Create a structure and order that is instantly pleasing. Find the word and phrases to say what I want. Turn my imagination into beautiful prose. Create a product I am proud of. The bad days are when I: Can't find the words. Butcher a phrase so that it looses all meaning. Lost in what is happening. Have no drive or passion. Can't look back or forward. Am conflicted on what to do and where to go. Have neither ideas nor solutions. Spend a few minutes...

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The Writing Flow

🗓 13 Jun 2016

Writing, like most things, has a point known by a variety of terms: writing flow and zone are but two of many words and phrases. They mean the state of mind one enters when fully engaged with an activity. When one becomes one with it. Conscious thought is lost to the act of doing. We become so wrapped up in the process that the bigger picture is lost. It is the essence of engaging. I love this writing flow. It is not what writing is to me, but it is certainly a big part of it. Getting into the groove and not letting up until I hit the end of my thought or section that I fell into completely. It feels substantial and powerful. It has its downsides, though. Sometimes seeing all the trees is a good thing, but sometimes you really need to see the forest. Planning and careful...

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Taking a Break

🗓 30 May 2016

I haven't hashed it out that much, but I'm thinking about taking a break of some sort between book 4 and book 5. I don't know if it'll be a few months or just a few days, but I'm planning on working on a side-project, The Lost, intently for a little bit. Whether I'll finish it in this break or not, I don't know. I just have a feeling that after book 4 I'm going to need to spend some time just thinking and planning--not completely writing. Why? Because book 4 marks the end of the first four novels, which are thematically linked. They are like their own complete arc. The next four books are their own set, so I want to be in a fresh, thoroughly planned out mindset for them. Also to give the first four some time to settle. When book 4 comes out, I'm planning on...

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Contradictions in the Process are Opportunities for Advancement

🗓 16 May 2016

There are times when I hit a snag along the line. The internal version, updated every moment, of the world and the events spirals along and maybe goes against what I've put forth as canon so far. What I believe is canon conflicts slightly with what is canon in the print. It is never a hard conflict; just like a phrasing stumble that has put me in a bit of a corner. I get extremely frustrated when this happens. Part of me wants to go back through the already published works and make those tiny spots clearer to what I currently think it should be, but that isn't a solution--it is a patch up. I don't work with patches, I work with a continuous narrative. These edges can't be smoothed out. They need to be worked with to create the entire whole that is the mosaic of my world. Having...

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Writing and Stories

🗓 15 Apr 2016

How did you discover you were a writer? Discover? Do you mean discover like how Columbus ‘discovered’ the new world? Because he really did not. The Americas were always there. There were people that lived in the world that he ‘found;’ they certainly knew it existed. It had always been there for them as long as they had been. No discovery needed. In that same way of knowing, I knew that I was a writer and storyteller. It was a simple knowing. A fact of being that was clear as the color of the sky. I always had stories to tell. Writing is another shape of storytelling, another representation for the same concept. I wrote my first stories in Legos and scrawled drawings, fueled by pure imagination and thought. Then they took the form of fiction tales written for school assignments and personal pleasure, with the same passionate fire as...

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Interweaving Multiple Tones

🗓 14 Mar 2016

Life is filled with humor and sadness. Tragedy and absurdity. Drama and dullness. Everything is a part of everything. So my work reflects that. I think saying that a work should have x tone or be 'dark,' is kind of silly, unless you are going for a specifically genre-defined work. And I think it is just too restricting. I can write whatever I want to how I want it to be. So I have humorous sections and really tragic sections. I'm going to use book two, Harmonic Waves, as a primary example of interweaving multiple tones into a coherent work. How to Stop Wildfire really shows this too, but I feel like talking about Harmonic Waves, because I think it shows the maximum applications of my world's humor and tragedy. I'll try to talk about the scenes generally, and not reveal too much spoilers, but there will be spoilers for...

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Common Writing Mistakes I Make

🗓 29 Feb 2016

A short list of common writing mistakes that I fall prey to constantly and some thoughts on them. Cause it is good to tell the world what you suck. This is very cathartic. I think every writer should do it. Including people who write but are not 'writers.' Showing off your problems so you can improve and so on. Whatever. Here we go: Using 'lied' instead of 'laid.'

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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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My Writing Process

🗓 05 Dec 2015

How do I write? What is my illusive writing process that can sometimes take forever and befuddle the minds of those that hear about? Wonder about it? Probably not, but I am going to share anyway because I can. My writing process breaks down into three stages. Writing, editing/buffing/filling out, and polishing. I like to refer to them as the skeleton, meat, and skin/polish stages. You'll see why as I explain what I do in them. Writing (the skeleton) Pretty self-explanatory. I write out the basic story and dialogue. Dialogue is key here: I focus on writing the scenes, as in the spoken parts. The voices of my characters are very clear in my mind, and I have the scenes already mapped out, so writing out what is being said is very easy. I get the important parts of the scene outlined. On chronology/writing in order: I write the 'big'...

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Authorial Intent and 'The Upgrade'

🗓 26 Oct 2015

Okay, so I wrote a thing called 'The Upgrade.' Which people apparently liked. I feel sort of uncomfortable posting it here, because The Spine of the Empire is an Empirian thing, part of the world I have made. THE WORLD. As in the ones that 99% of my work exists in, save it being from reality, and now this little short piece. And 'The Upgrade' pisses me off slightly because it isn't part of the world, and it feels dirty in that way. But whatever. The Spine holds all things mine. I can do what I want, dammit. But back to The Upgrade. People have responded to positively to this little short story thing I have a love/hate relationship with. And have, I think, completely missed the point of. A relevant response is here, which I too responded to. I feel like Ray Bradbury with Fahrenheit 451. It wasn't about...

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Outlines: What are they good for?

🗓 01 Sep 2015

Originally published on Medium

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Harmonic Waves Chapter Names

🗓 31 Jul 2015

So Harmonic Waves is in the editing stage, so most everything is already polished and done. Including the chapter names, which I have complained about doing before. I have all the chapters named, so I'm deciding to share them. There are twenty four chapters total, more than with How to Stop Wildfire. Some of the chapters names are probably going to change before it gets published. Which is to be expected. Tweaking something is what I do best. Regardless: here is the tentative list: Outspoken Chaos Familiar Friendship Musings of Heart Token Advent Induction Report Precision Planning Tea Conclusions Need to Know A Chat on Clan Waves Actualization of Heart Twisted and Blended Flames Splashing of Heart Drops Catharsis of Heart Presentation Referendum Inklings Teleportation and Gossip Silent Order As you can probably see, there are some definite trends going on in the chapter names. Getting excited? I am. GET...

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