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
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 making HTSW perma-free and maybe price dropping Harmonic Waves. So I can market that. I’m also thinking about creating a streamlined
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 to work with two ideas, not necessarily mutually exclusive, creates a variety of opportunities for advancement in my own world
Another lovely character interview, this time from Spellbinder, member of the Trinity and the One and only known robot to be able to use magic. Set after the second book, Harmonic Waves, but before the third, Threads that Bind the Tempest. Interviewer: So! The Trinity and the One has started off great with dealing with that little incident with Sargon. Spellbinder: It has, has it not? That was certainly a feat we pulled off. Although the matter is still being dealt with on the side of the Grim Reaper and Sargon, we have assisted in retaining Empirian honor and face. Something important. The Empire thanks you, Spellbinder, and the rest of the Trinity and the One. The Empire should especially thank Cyclone, he was the primary agent in dealing with Sargon. Yet- He needs no thanks, the glory is all he needs. How is it working with him? He is even more famous now than he was before. It is…interesting. We are growing to understand each other. It is an
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: Please forgive me for it. It is terrible and I knew it at the time but I was so excited to get HTSW out there and to the world that I didn’t pay attention to covers and stuff. I just wanted to show off my book to the world and I did. I spoke about my work. Blogged.
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 ever. The stories evolved as I evolved. They became more mature, more refined. Words became their home. They settled there
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? Well, it depends on your perspective. Main characters (like the super core cast) are for this analysis: Cyclone King Spellbinder
Another Support Indie Authors Book Blast! This time both How to Stop Wildfire and Harmonic Waves are having events. The former is free and the latter is 99cents! Excellent, right? Not only that, but of course, book three just came out. So pick up the entire series so far. It’s awesome. Also pick up everyone else’s books, because they are great too. Click here for more information and awesome book deals.
Book three of The Adventures of the Trinity and the One, Threads that Bind the Tempest, has been released! Fantastic, no? I am very proud of this one. It has a different tone, darker, I think, than the other novels thus far, but it sets the stage for a lot to come. It is very powerful, in my opinion. Writing it was rather hard, but the end-result is perfect. I hope that everyone will enjoy Threads that Bind the Tempest just as I did. Pick it up on Amazon here.
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 book two, so please read the book first if you care (which you SHOULD.) Humor: So the scene in question is in chapter ‘Drops.’ I feel like this