Authorial Intent and 'The Upgrade'

Authorial Intent and 'The Upgrade'

Okay, so I wrote a thing called 'The Upgrade.' Which people apparently liked. I feel sort of uncomfortable posting it here, because The Spine of the Empire is an Empirian thing, part of the world I have made. THE WORLD. As in the ones that 99% of my work exists in, save it being from reality, and now this little short piece. And 'The Upgrade' pisses me off slightly because it isn't part of the world, and it feels dirty...

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🗓 26 Oct 2015
📁 Writing

Outlines: What are they good for?

Outlines: What are they good for?

Originally published on Medium Alternatively titled: Plans? Who needs plans? Anyway. I was inspired by this Goodreads blog post. In which, it mildly goes into which authors/writers are ‘planners’ and which are ‘pantsers.’ Script or improv, basically. Whether the author plans out the book in some fashion or just makes it up as they go along. The differences in execution can be pretty clear between the two. Pantsers will have less foreshadowing and more ‘breaks,’ but a potentially more creative...

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🗓 01 Sep 2015
📁 Writing

Harmonic Waves Chapter Names

Harmonic Waves Chapter Names

So Harmonic Waves is in the editing stage, so most everything is already polished and done. Including the chapter names, which I have complained about doing before. I have all the chapters named, so I'm deciding to share them. There are twenty four chapters total, more than with How to Stop Wildfire. Some of the chapters names are probably going to change before it gets published. Which is to be expected. Tweaking something is what I do best. Regardless: here...

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🗓 31 Jul 2015
📁 Updates 📁 Writing

HTSW Point of View Analysis

HTSW Point of View Analysis

How to Stop Wildfire and the subsequent books are based on a non-omniscient third-person point of view. Certain characters get to color the narration. And some, the titular 'Trinity and the One,' have an accessible thought process. A stream of consciousness. I like to think of the POV as like a microphone that the Trinity and the One characters seize from each other. That is why POV can change within a page. It is a fluid prospect. But for the...

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🗓 14 Jul 2015
📁 Writing

Writing the Character Cyclone

Writing the Character Cyclone

If I want my writing (not world-building) to be known for anything I want it to be remembered for having really witty dialogue (at some points,) and being kind of hilarious. Most of this can be attributed to one character, Cyclone. It is hard to quantify the enjoyment I derive from figuring out the most elegant, hysterical, and slyly insulting things for him to spew. While also incorporating rhyming, alliteration or another semi-poetic device. I am not going to lie....

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🗓 26 May 2015
📁 Writing

Titles and Names

Titles and Names

I hate the titling and naming process. Okay scratch that: I DO like naming characters. Only certain characters. Most notably the non-Human characters. Humans. Ugh. Back in the day (years, years, years) ago, I gave all the Humans super-generic names. Like Bob. Mary. Sue. John. Terrible, terrible names (no offense to anyone with said names, but when the two main characters are named Bob and Jill, well it seems like a children's book.) I have zero creativity with those types...

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🗓 22 May 2015
📁 Writing

Getting Back to Writing

Getting Back to Writing

I have been so caught up in the self-publishing process that I have been lax on continuing to write the series. I essentially took a 1-2 month break and wow does it feel both weird and good to get back to writing. Been so long since actually writing these characters, but it doesn't feel unfamiliar. I guess it is like riding a bicycle: never really forget how to, it just is a little bit rusty at first. The only problem...

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🗓 26 Apr 2015
📁 Writing

The Great Genre Confusion

The Great Genre Confusion

So in the process of getting ready to publish How To Stop Wildfire (I'm projecting late April...post the 20th) I have been setting up the Amazon details for it. Things like title, series, edition number, and etc. The one piece of detail that has been hanging me up for a few days has been category, or genre. Being the ignorant book reader that I am, I just assumed I would slap it into Science-Fiction and be done with it. I...

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🗓 13 Apr 2015
📁 Publishing 📁 Writing