A New Year Dawns

with your help, 2014 will be amazing!

I really want to thank everyone for making 2013 such a great year.  Thanks you your support, last year was our best year.  Please keep spreading the word, so much more is comming this year.

Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi, you are my only hope!

This year, I am bringing back Project: Shadow and the Zines!

Project: Shadow is the site that started it all.  A community site to share the things we love and working on.  Well, I relaunched just before the new year, and I invite you to join me as I rediscover all the things that I love, and I cannot wait to see what all you have to share.

The Zines will be a collection of serials that will come out every 2 weeks.  Hopefully, they will launch soon, but they will not come out without your help.  For those of you who want early access, join the beta reader's group and help me to get the stories ready for release.

This will be a big year.  I can't wait to see what new wonder 2014 holds for us.

Fate's Harrow is back out and the Christmas Specials are coming.

In time for its 7th Anniversary

It is hard to believe that it has been 7 years since I wrote the adventures of Ara'lu Nergal, Dov Lavan, Tien Shaa, and Adir Radd.  How time flies?

I want to thank everyone who helped me get this book ready, and everyone who voted for the cover.  None of this would be possible without your care and support.

This edition of the book contains the original unpublished prologue, Dreaming of Midnight, and the unpublished final chapter, Wings of Destiny.  So if you read it when it originally came out almost 7 years ago, there is even more in this edition.

Get your copy here.  It will be free until Friday, so don't wait too long to pick up your copy.
 

7 years of Fate's Harrow

It is hard for me to believe that on December 30th, Fate's Harrow will be 7 years old.  It really doesn't feel right, but time flies when you are having fun, right?

This serial was a milestone for me.  It was my first story to hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller chart.  After my experience with Liquid Sky, I needed that boost to my confidence to keep me going.

If it wasn't for this book, I might not have kept writing.  Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy when it first came out, and thank you for getting your copy of the new edition.
 

Christmas specials

Keep an eye out for the releases of this years Christmas specials. 

The Krampus is coming to Dragons of Night in the new story, The Yule Mask (Facebook Page | Google+ Page).

Our Solemn Hour has come with the new story, Sisters of the Light (Facebook Page | Google+ Page).
 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I hope that all you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I have a lot of resolutions for next year, and I expect you to help keep me on track.

Rejoining the Cult of Done

  After I decided to reconnect with the things I love,  I went back to my blog to reconnect with my thoughts.

I realize that about two years ago I stopped posting about what it means to me to be a writer and entertainment designer.  In a lot of ways, it's about the same time I started finding it hard to write.

One of the things that I did discover, or should I say rediscovered, was the Cult of Done Manifesto.   I remembered how I felt the first time I read it.  I remembered how inspired I was.

Everything Is a Draft

I remember when I abandoned that principle.  At a certain point when I was writing The Chain, I vowed to myself that I would write the book that I wanted to read.  I didn't realize until today that I set a goal to pursue the Platonic ideal of the book I wanted.

That one unseen goal has paralyzed me ever since.  My drive to write a perfect book has kept me from working on the right book.  So I find myself with what feels like an unending wave of writers block.

Laugh at Perfection

I dabbled around a little bit with the idea of treating the story like it was software development.  The text I write would be the code.  There would be iterations, patches, updates, and development towards fuller and greater versions.  It is an interesting idea,

Perhaps what I need to do is pick up that idea again and see where it leads me.  Since I spent a lot of time tinkering with it, and not doing it, there's a good chance that it holds the key to unlocking my creativity.

Hopefully, you will join me in this grand experiment.  I'll share my experiences and theories with you, all I ask in return is for your feedback.  I know I don't have to ask for your support.  You've always shown me so much. Let the experiments begin.

Is National Novel Writing Month the problem or a symptom

 It amazes me the clarity a headache can sometimes give you.  My sinuses and I are at war today in this dry autumn air.  As a result, I don't have the level of patience  that I usually would have.

When I got up today, I went over my schedule to organize my workflow for the day.  Since I decided to take part in National Novel Writing Month, high on my list was to hit my word count for the day.  That is not what I wanted to do.

As the resistance mounted against me, I focused my attention on why I didn't want to write.

That was just the thing.  My problem isn't that I don't want to write.  The problem is I want to play in the setting.  I want to explore, frolicking in all the nooks and crannies that the world presents me.  So, in reality, it is not that I don't want to write, it is  yet again the constraints of the novel are working against the kind of story I want to tell.

Over and over, I tell myself that I'm going to break out of the mold of the novel, and time and again I force myself back into it.  It is comfortable, familiar.  I know how to do that, and as such it is the easy way out.

I have to stop taking the easy way out.

So, for me, National Novel Writing Month is both the problem and the symptom.  I'm not writing a novel, so why am I trying to make it fit the format?  I need to refocus, and plan my way forward.  Something different is trying to be born through me.  I just need to get out of its way.

I launched the Our Solemn Hour site and started writing

There isn’t much there at the moment, but I launched the Our Solemn Hour site today. Hopefully, the story will start flowing with the same ease the characters are popping in my head. I want to thank you all in advance for your support over the next month writing. This world really wants to come into being, and together, we can make that happen.

I really need to Save The Cat

 Oh, how time flies.  I want to participate in National Novel Writing Month, but as usual, I lost track of time and have absolutely nothing ready to write.

Faint images flutter around the corners of my mind, but nothing concrete enough to move forward on.  I  need to hunker down and trust the story will form.

No bias.  No preconceived notions.  Just me and a cat that need saving.  If my muse is gentle and kind, then I'll find the story by the first.

If you have any suggestions,  I'm open to hear them.