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

Interweaving Multiple Tones

Interweaving Multiple Tones

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....

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🗓 14 Mar 2016
📁 Writing

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

Being off beat (and loving it.)

Being off beat (and loving it.)

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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🗓 01 Oct 2015
📁 Publishing

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

Genre Expectations

Genre Expectations

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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🗓 06 Aug 2015
📁 Publishing

Lost in Amazon(ia)

Lost in Amazon(ia)

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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🗓 25 Jul 2015
📁 Publishing

Just to be clear...

Just to be clear...

Hi. This is a strange post, but I feel like I need to say something about this before things get any weirder. So right now on Amazon there is another author using my name who is writing erotica novels, and it can be confusing and may potentially seem like I am writing them. I am not. I AM NOT WRITING EROTICA OR THESE NOVELS. They were even showing up on my Goodreads account, but that issue has been resolved going...

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🗓 24 Jul 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

Elemental Themes

Elemental Themes

After getting the first draft of the second book (title still undetermined) done I realized something. Water was a theme throughout and when I was trying to figure out the title I was angling for a water-themed title. Similar to how fire is a central component in How to Stop Wildfire and the title is a direct reference to that. So book two is going to be something like At Water's Edge or The Heart of the Riptide. The basic...

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🗓 13 Jun 2015
📁 World Building

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

The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

I said I was getting back to editing/writing the second book. That lasted a grand total of two days. I was wooed by the prospect of creating PRINT versions of How to Stop Wildfire through Createspace. Having a physical copy...just sounds too good. So being the type of person I am I delved into the world. The interface is simple enough. What to do with it is much trickier. Unlike the realm of ebooks, where conversion is easy and you...

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🗓 30 Apr 2015
📁 Publishing