Feelings on Faces (King's and Mine)

Feelings on Faces (King's and Mine)

Throughout my journeys with commissioning character portraits, a failure of mine has been put out into the open: my failure to really ‘see’ some of my characters faces (the Humanoid ones especially). This is a weakness of my visualization and my mind’s eye. I know it and accept it, but it’s also relatively well hidden. This weakness is hidden well because the original main characters don’t have ‘normal’ faces. Cyclone’s head is a skull that is underneath a striking helmet....

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🗓 22 May 2020
📁 Personal

Subjective Criticism in an Objective World

Subjective Criticism in an Objective World

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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🗓 21 Nov 2016
📁 Publishing

The Good Days and The Bad Days

The Good Days and The Bad Days

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...

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🗓 11 Jul 2016
📁 Personal 📁 Writing

Contradictions in the Process are Opportunities for Advancement

Contradictions in the Process are Opportunities for Advancement

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...

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🗓 16 May 2016
📁 World Building 📁 Writing

Common Writing Mistakes I Make

Common Writing Mistakes I Make

A short list of common writing mistakes that I fall prey to constantly and some thoughts on them. Cause it is good to tell the world what you suck. This is very cathartic. I think every writer should do it. Including people who write but are not 'writers.' Showing off your problems so you can improve and so on. Whatever. Here we go: Using 'lied' instead of 'laid.' I like how 'lied' sounds, but I suppose laid is more correct....

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🗓 29 Feb 2016
📁 Writing

If you use DRM, I hate you.

If you use DRM, I hate you.

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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🗓 11 Sep 2015
📁 Publishing

Sample Chapters Posted and a Confession

Sample Chapters Posted and a Confession

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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🗓 27 Aug 2015
📁 Publishing

Book Cover Design: The Struggle is Real

Book Cover Design: The Struggle is Real

Book cover design is a ridiculously important part of the self-publishing process. The book cover design is important to attracting readers. Readers, although they are named such, don't read the blurb or first few pages to decide if they want to read your book, they just look at the cover. I am guilty of this, so I am not complaining. It is just how we as Humans operate. Like anyone does not. Photo from Build a Dean Because of that...

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🗓 21 Jul 2015
📁 Publishing