Containment Collapse Afterword: Expectations Versus Reality

🗓 30 Dec 2019

This afterword is about the expectations I had when writing Containment Collapse, the reality that came to be, and what lies ahead. I’ve decided to post this on the anniversary of The Madness of Light’s release as the stories that went into the writing of both are similar and it feels apt to do so. Read the afterword for TMOL here.

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The Madness of Light: Choices and Process

🗓 12 Nov 2017

I made a video of me talking about my writing! I'm so proud of myself. It's about The Madness of Light, my writing process through it, and my general feelings. It's a long video, but I thought it was interesting talking it through. Thanks.

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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...

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How to Stop Wildfire Preface (+ Recording!)

🗓 11 Jun 2017

This is me reading aloud the new preface before How to Stop Wildfire. Once I get all the books converted Lulu, it will be in the print copy in addition to the new electronic copy version you can get from me. You can also read it below if you hate listening to recordings like I do: A Story Before A Story Once upon a time, there were a few scraps of paper within a notebook that contained a story titled...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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