Lately, I’ve been at a crossroads in this long journey of mine.

I’ve been at a mental standstill in all things I covet because I could not figure out where to go next. This is not at all in a story sense, no, that is all well and good and pure. It is everything that comes after that has spiraled me into questioning everything.

Is this the path I want to be on?

Why am I doing this?

Is this what I want?

What prompted this was merely a poor review of Harmonic Waves.

I don’t care about the review or the reviewer. The opinion does not mean anything to me because I don’t care what this person thinks. I know my work is good and I love it.

It rattled me for a moment, though, because of one little thing called perception.

Because that review will send people away regardless of whether they even agree or have any commonality with that reviewer or not.

Because people I associate with ‘in real life’ might see it upon investigating my claims of being a self-published author and think poorly of me as a result.

Because I feel it misrepresented the …

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When you put yourself out there, you are opening yourself up to criticism.

You are putting your product and passion up for the scrutiny of others. Others that may not be aware of what you were trying to do, may have different tastes, and may just be cruel with their words. This is the game of being a creative, of producing anything. There will be critics.

I am a critic. I have a food and movie review blog. I like talking about my feelings on things for my benefit and for the benefit of the creative. There have been movies and TV shows that I simple don’t like and that didn’t fit my tastes. I don’t usually review them. I say I don’t like them casually, but I don’t write long reviews hating on them. It feels wrong to tear into something out of a fit of angry passion when I know my words mean something to someone. I have torn into movies, but I have positives to balance it out.

That’s what a criticism should be. A thought out explanation of where the critic comes from, any prejudices or bias, what they experienced, what they liked and didn’t like, …

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I’m a Harry Potter fan. Proud Slytherin. I enjoy the mental quest of sorting characters into Hogwarts Houses. So how could I not want to sort my own characters into the Hogwarts houses? I couldn’t! So I went ahead and sorted them into their respective houses.

Short Primer for Non-Harry Potter Fans:

The Houses to be sorted into are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. They correspond to the general traits of bravery, loyalty, curiosity, and ambition. There are more nuances to them, but I’m not going to go into that much detail on them because that’d be for a different post on a completely different blog or something.

Anyway, onto what this post is designed for! Sorting my characters!

Actual Sorting


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Cyclone – Slytherin

Cyclone is pretty much a no-brainer. At face, anyway. Slytherin is for the cunning, loyal, and ambitious. Cyclone is all of those things. He is a genius, sly, thinks quickly, and certainly ambitious. Like a Slytherin, he has a strong sense of loyalty to those he calls friends. The strong inclination towards duty, however, may make him seem a bit odd for Slytherin, maybe more like a Gryffindor at times. His intelligence, …

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It’s time for ANOTHER Support Indie Authors Free Book Blast. This time it is Monster themed, making it the SIAFFB Monster Weekend! That means some corny ads and flyers that are also completely awesome. Like this one:

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Eyeballing the listings, it looks pretty large (and fabulous). I’m not sure if it is THE largest, but I think it is contender for being one of the baddest (Shhh) Support Indie Authors book event. I mean, I’m seeing like every genre and some books I know are cooky and spooky. It is a monster themed event, ok, I can make bad puns and jokes and fail at word play. It is what I do.

I recommend basically everything (especially my stuff, but you know who is writing this.) Same old, same old, with my promotions. HTSW free, everything else 99cents. The entire series is on sale. Of Fractured Edges first time. Been waiting for something like this post out the countdown deal. Gotta love the KDP Select perks.

Anyway.

BUY BOOKS.

SUPPORT INDIES.

INDULGE!

And do the monster mash

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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