The Corruption of Dark Print Cover

🗓 14 Jul 2018

The four books following HTSW - OFE are related to the Primordial Essences as the first four were on the primary elements. They match like this if it wasn't obvious already: Expansion of Expression - Expansion (Scorpion) The Madness of Light - Order/Light (White Spider) The Corruption of Dark - Chaos/Dark (Black Spider) Containment Collapse - Containment (Clam) The covers so far reflect that... Expansion Expression Cover TMOL Cover TCOD Cover Each cover show cases a stylized essence. The print...

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Expansion Expression Print Copy (or My Journey with Lulu)

🗓 02 Jun 2017

It took me awhile, but I got my act together in making a print copy of Expansion Expression. After my exciting divorce with Amazon, I decided to try new things with medium. Yada yada. I bound my own book. I pimped out my e copy. Who cares? It's very froo-froo. What's the basic version of this freedom? Well. That's where I went looking. I still wanted simple print copies of the series to put on my shelf/shrine. That used to...

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The Future of Formatting

🗓 21 Jan 2017
The Future of Formatting

As part of my liberation from Amazon and other methods of distributing electronic book copies, I have gained the ability to format my eBooks in whatever way I want to. There are many features and capabilities that exist in the ePub 3 format that have not been present in any Amazon format. Some of them are, for sure, but how to actually get that in an Amazon copy is very annoying. It can be done, but neither easily nor in...

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2016 - A Year in Review

🗓 31 Dec 2016

So what happened in 2016? More than can be iterated here, certainly, but this is mainly a focus on what transpired in my writing career and how The Adventures of the Trinity and the One developed. Which isn't short list, to be sure, but it is definitely more focused. So where to begin? Well, let's start with the novels. 27/3/2016 - Threads that Bind the Tempest was released. 31/8/2016 - Of Fractured Edges was released. Two novels were published! Half...

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Subjective Criticism in an Objective World

🗓 21 Nov 2016

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...

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One Year Anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire!

🗓 22 Apr 2016
One Year Anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire!

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...

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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...

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How to Self-Publish: A Snarky Guide for Novices

🗓 20 Nov 2015

I published a self-publishing guide. How to self-publish and all that jazz. It's on Amazon. Check it out. It is kind of hilarious. I had fun writing it. Some of the stuff is taken from my blog posts, but there is a bunch of new wisdom and snark. Cheers.

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Being off beat (and loving it.)

🗓 01 Oct 2015

So, How to Stop Wildfire was reviewed by T.R Briar, an author of a series called Realm Wraith that I liked a lot. The point that really stuck with me was how he said the book was off beat. Which is kind of obvious if you have read it. But it wasn't really that obvious to me. I mean, I knew it was out there, but sometimes I forget how...bizarre it is to the uninitiated. Off beat. I'm so used...

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Who to Write for

🗓 21 Sep 2015

Who do you write for? There are actually two ways to interpret that question. Who to write for as in a more literal, who-is-your-audience type way. As in, who is going to read said work. The intended audience. Like if you are writing a post about start-ups, then your audience is someone in that business or interested in being in that business. The other way is the more metaphorical sense. Who are you writing for. In the greater way. Like...

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If you use DRM, I hate you.

🗓 11 Sep 2015

Also published on Medium Preface: I don't use DRM on my books. Do what you want with it. Pirate it for all I care. If people are reading it, I'm happy. Brendan Mruk and Matt Lee If you use DRM, I hate you. DRM is terrible. It needs to die in a fire and never come back. I bought something. Doesn’t that mean I own it and I can do whatever I want (barring distribution/piracy) with it? Dammit, I just...

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Sample Chapters Posted and a Confession

🗓 27 Aug 2015

Because I am a wonderful person and I love giving things away for free, I just posted the first two chapters of How to Stop Wildfire and Harmonic Waves as sample chapters. Nothing special. Just in pdf form. To give people something to munch on. You're welcome. Shut up and download them. Obviously don't read the second without reading the first. And here is where I say that I hate the first few chapters. Beginnings are the hardest. The first...

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Being a (Female) Author

🗓 10 Aug 2015

Because for some reason there has to be a distinction. There was this show on the Syfy channel called Warehouse 13. It was a solid family-fun flick about a secret warehouse that contained legendary objects of famous people, things like Ferdinand Magellan’s Astrolabe. It had a way of using the watcher’s knowledge and expectation of history as a base and making a story out of twisting it. H.G. Wells from Warehouse 13 One of those ways was the introduction of...

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Genre Expectations

🗓 06 Aug 2015

The expectation that when reading a humor book you are going to laugh. That when reading a women's fiction novel women are going to be portrayed strongly. That a mystery book is going to have a mystery. Genre expectations are basic ideas about a book's premise that you can ascribe to it based solely on knowledge of genre. Not all of these ideas are going to be correct, some of them are most certainly going to be wrong. But we...

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Lost in Amazon(ia)

🗓 25 Jul 2015

How I am getting screwed by an erotica novelist with the same name as me. I posted this on Medium first. Please recommend it there. Amazon is the largest distributor for ebooks. The numbers vary, but all remain consistent: Amazon is the big no. 1. It is the essential market for selling ebooks and for self-published authors. Authors like myself. In late April I self-published on Amazon my YA science-fiction/fantasy novel, How to Stop Wildfire. I also published two short-story-ish...

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