The Madness of Light: Choices and Process

🗓 12 Nov 2017

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Expansion Expression Foreword (+ Recording!)

🗓 30 Jul 2017

And now I'm currently all caught up with forewords/afterwords. Here's the foreword/preface for Expansion Expression, which sort of kicks off the vibe for the novel and the series moving forward. It's definitely lighter than the other ones. As always, I enjoyed writing and recording it.

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Of Fractured Edges Afterword (+ Recording!)

🗓 09 Jul 2017

The last of the first four afterwords/forewords—the one for Of Fractured Edges. This...this one might be the most intense of them, emotionally. Longest as well for sure. Most spoilerific too, so beware.

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Harmonic Waves Retrospection (+ Recording!)

🗓 12 Jun 2017

Here I am again with the recordings! This is the second of my additions to the novels. How to Stop Wildfire it felt natural to have a preface to explain the journey to it and explain it. With Harmonic Waves, my thoughts lingered on the content and what it meant rather than the journey so I chose to do a retrospection that is at the end of the novel. There are some spoilers within which is all the more reason it needs to be read following the book itself. Read...or listened to. Yep. I recorded myself again. Enjoy!

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How to Stop Wildfire Preface (+ Recording!)

🗓 11 Jun 2017

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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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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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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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Actual Racial Diversity in My Characters

🗓 11 Apr 2016

In an other post I talked about gender diversity in my cast of characters. That is all well and interesting and relevant to current society and the state of media, but a bit immaterial in the Empire of my world as gender doesn't really have meaning asides from personal preference. A moot issue. A issue that is slightly less moot in the Empire is a individual's race (species, if you are unfamiliar with my lingo.) As in, whether an individual is a Sacon or a Dracite. That type of racial diversity. Depending on the race of the individual, they will, of course, have a different body type, and they will have a specific cultural outlook. They will all be Empirian, that is a given, but the flavor of Empirian will differ. The Empire is a diverse place in opinions and schools of thought. So, how diverse is my cast racially/culturally?...

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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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Gender Diversity in My Characters

🗓 18 Jan 2016

I'm the type of person that likes diversity in TV shows and movies. There should be gender diversity -- a pretty equal balance between females and males and the cast should be racially diverse, in my opinion. Of course, this does not hold for period pieces or settings that clearly have a dominant race or clearly sexist society or something. I'm not a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) or anything, I just want diversity---not white males dominating the screen all the time. Which kind of makes my writings a bit interesting. Right now, the 'main' cast is: Cyclone King Fla'neiel Spellbinder Farrco Hequera Two females and three males. At least it isn't one female and four males, but it isn't completely balanced. It being five and odd causes this, but of the principle four ('the main group') only Spellbinder identifies as female. I don't really count Farrco as 'male' per say,...

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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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