Warning: Some Threads that Bind the Tempest allusions

For the first four books in the series, there were clear elemental and color themes. How to Stop Wildfire was red and fire, Harmonic Waves was blue and water, Threads that Bind the Tempest was yellow and wind, and Of Fractured Edges was green and earth. But those are the first four themes: What are the The Adventures of the Trinity and the Ones themes moving forward?

The answer lies clearly within the text of Threads that Bind the Tempest. Four objects, the presumed next major quest of the Trinity and the One, are introduced. If you have read the book and are up to date you know what they are, if not I will not go into much detail. These four objects have a concept attached to them. Not something so concrete like an element, but an idea. These ideas are more readily convertible into the themes moving forward for the series and are more ‘free’ to interpretation.

These ideas are:

Book 5 Book 6 Book 7 Book 8
Expansion Light (Lesser Order) Dark (Lesser Chaos) Containment/Contraction

So how the themes play through in the book are going to …

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I’m a bit of a history buff. Egypt was one of my first interests and because of that the series has a variety of Egyptian influences sprinkled throughout it.

Scion of Anubis

A Scion of Anubis

Religion is a large point where I draw from Egyptian mythology. A few of the Gods in the pantheon of my series are Egyptian in origin. Ra. Osiris. Isis. Anubis. And so on. They function similarly to their Earth counterparts, but with my own take on them, of course. My own spin and madness thrown at them to make them fully my own interpretation. My mind’s eye picture of them is kind of the same as how the Egyptians saw them. The Scion’s of Anubis, Anubis’s guards, basically, look like the typical depictions of Anubis.

But that is just for the pantheon of Gods. There are other parts of Egyptian mythology and philosophy that I was inspired from. One of them is the Egyptian parts of being, which are the heart, shadow, name, soul, will, more divine/ethereal soul part, a lesser soul, and a body. There are many ways of interpreting them.

I took the idea of many abstract parts of being and transformed them into …

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Warning: Harmonic Waves spoilers!

Harmonic Waves, book two of the The Adventures of the Trinity and the One introduces a brand new concept, both to the readers and to the world itself. That concept is resonance. Resonance being the term attributed to the technique of a Kharat harmonizing with another part, a Vacore, laying its will and ethereal form on top of it and making it conform to that will. This may seem a bit redundant as a person’s body is probably what their soul is shaped like. But it is not redundant if the resonance is with another person’s Vacore. Which is what we see in Harmonic Waves.

How I envision this resonance, from both perspectives:

The being with the Kharat resonating on top of another Vacore is like entering a mech or some suit they control. They are in sync with it, however. There isn’t a disconnect. There are there and they are not. They still have their Vacore, unless they are dead or in special circumstances. When the connection gets severed they experience great pain, but, if they are alive, they do not die. That fate befalls upon the host.

The host body’s soul is …

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Of Fractured Edges released!

Sorry, I just had to use make it big and bold. It is just so exciting for me. The first four books of The Adventures of the Trinity and the One are out. This is a big milestone for the journey I began many years ago when I first began work on How to Stop Wildfire. When I first started my writing adventure. This marks the end of an era.

Red, blue, yellow, green. The color motif has concluded.

Fire, water, air, earth. No more simple elemental themes.

We are done with that.

These four stories, ending with Of Fractured Edges, were the beginnings. The defining of each of the four core members of the Trinity and the One: Cyclone, King, Spellbinder, and Farrco. Of Fractured Edges is the sweet, expected end to things started in How to Stop Wildfire. To everything that has happened in between. The green, earthy cap to these four. It is the end to things that begin. The beginning is over

The horizon is brilliant and filled with fantastic adventures you wouldn’t believe. And I am going to tell them to you, just as I have told you these …

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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 to do so are basically non existent.
  • King. Also wears a helmet. A green bubble-like helmet. Kind of iconic, as described in the first chapter ever. Beneath his helmet has never been described. So far, anyway *gives a shifty gaze and perhaps gestures to Of Fractured Edges.*

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It is that time again–time for the cover reveal of my next book + blurb + pre-order and all that jazz. I’m lumping it all together because that’s how I roll.

The book in question is book four of The Adventures of the Trinity and the One is titled Of Fractured Edges. It took me awhile to get to that title. Maybe hours were spent brainstorming it. I knew it had to do with earth and I knew the color was green. Honestly, figuring out the cover was easier than the title. But then by the grace of nature did it all fall together. Literally nature. Before I explain what the art is, here again is the glorious cover for the e-version:

Of Fractured Edges Cover Reveal

Looks nice? I think so. The background was originally a picture of some mossy tree bark and then with GIMP I tweaked and modified the color tones to get that sharp distinction between the greens and browns/blacks. The black bars behind the text were simple black rectangles but then I added a filter off it to get that ‘cracked’ look to it. Pretty slick. It follows a similar template to Threads That Bind the Tempest’s cover, and that

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Do not go.

My silent voice is chanting that over and over and over again. All I can think of is:

Do not leave.

Do not make me say farewell one last time.

Do not walk away.

Do not go.

But she does. She always does. She is already turned away from me at this point. Already looking off into the distance. Her future. Without me in it, of course. If I was in it, in anyway, even the most inconsequential of parts, I would be content. But I am not. I am nothing.

She walks away from me without even looking back once. My breath hitches. I stumble back, my clunky feet gliding against the gravely sand. Gliding is not the right word — I tumble back in a controlled manner. I do not fall but I almost wish I had. At least then it would have felt like something happened, instead of this muted parting that did happen.

We were lovers, we were mates, we were something, should there not be more to a breaking apart?

Maybe. Maybe not.

It does not matter.

She walks away and I am left standing on some beach. That never changes.

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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 rearranging the same sentence, watching it disintegrate.
  • Want to crawl up into a ball and not do anything.
  • Get all heated about something I can’t change.
  • Hate myself and everything.
  • Care too much for my own good, so much that I am paralyzed.
  • Create a product that I feel ashamed

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It is that time of the year again. Time for a SIA book event! This one is called Hash’s Bash 2.0. It is bigger and better than ever; it is packed with delicious deals and has a longer duration. It takes place from July 1 to July 4. Books will be free, on sale, and book combo packs have reduced prices. It’ll be great. There are so many great books going to be on sale and free during the event. Including mine, of course.

Which ones? Well, the entire Adventures of the Trinity and the One series so far! (Pretty obvious, but whatever. This is my core stock.)

How to Stop Wildfire will be free (as usual).

Harmonic Waves and Threads that Bind the Tempest will both be on Countdown deals–99cents throughout the entire event run and a little after.

So yeah. Pick up my stuff, if you already haven’t during Hash’s Bash 2.0. And pick up other people’s work too, because it is just as good. They can be found through this SIA website.

I know I’m going to pick up a ton of books. My reading list is already overflowing but that doesn’t mean anything. One can never …

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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 thought is lost to the process of the art. What you have at the end of this stint may not be fully coherent or stable. It could work, but it doesn’t work in conjunction with everything else. The writing flow creates its own paths without regards for the existing pathways.…

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