Tag Archive for Fiction

AtoZ Theme Reveal

A to Z Blog Challenge is here again, and this year I’ve decided to participate. I’ve done it a few years back and I’m glad to do it again. So click the more button down below to see what my theme will be.

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Worldbuilding 14.5 – Tin

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Today we talk about a giant in the metal world that is often unseen, but you feel its awesome potential anywhere and everywhere you go in this world. We are talking about Tin. It is a powerful element that is responsible for the Bronze Age and help in applications you wouldn’t think possible.

In this article, as we do another Metal of Antiquity, we’ll discuss all of that and more, looking at its importance in our world, its history, and why you need to consider it when making your world, whether a fantasy setting or a futuristic science fiction tale.

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Worldbuilding 14.3 – Mercury

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Welcome to first Worldbuilding article of 2016, where we start things off with Mercury. Mercury has a rather… interesting, and partially horrific, history that remains relatively unknown today due to discontinued use of the element. This is largely due to the negative effects it has on our bodies, but this was only known in the last few hundred years, yet its history dates back to the ancient world.

The first part of 2016 will be covering the Metals of Antiquity. I have already covered Copper and Silver, with Mercury being one of 7 known metals known of until the 1700’s. All Metals of Antiquity is important for you to know when it comes to Worldbuilding, especially fantasy writers, thought it might be possible that without it, the world might not have been all that different.

 

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Worldbuilding #15 – Concrete

So far we’ve discussed metals for the worldbuilding series, today we take a sidestep and look at another element important to our society, Concrete.

It’s hard to go anywhere today and not see some form of concrete, whether in building, roads, bridges, or a vast variety of other things. Like metal, it has been one of the key elements that has shaped our modern society, starting nearly 300 years ago. However, it is not a new concept and has been around since prehistoric times.

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Worldbuilding #1 – Earth

worldbuilding logo2Knowing what this series of articles have to offer, I’m sure you want to dive in and get into designing you world. I don’t blame you as designing a world is a lot of fun. Just for Map Making, there are 20 articles that will take you along the journey of making your world. Before we can get started, we need to go over preliminary information.

This article goes over some basics about our planet. To understand our plant helps us design our own world for our stories.

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New Book Release

daygar legacy coming soonSo, this past week, I released a new book. This book is more of a promo edition, not the actual release of my book. The purpose of this release was in conjunction with my Pubslush campaign.The title of this book is:

DAYGAR LEGACY: Templar Five – Journey to Darlet

(continue to read rant)

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Squeaky Chair Interviews – Brian Martinez

GoodGuyPromo-194x300This was my last interview of 2014. This will likely be my last interview for quite some time. This was done last minute, so there is no additional information beyond the video interview.

Brian Martinez is a comic book artist and writer, on his website Good Guy Comic. A comic that is about men and the challenges they face in dating and romance. This is a good comic, that while his main character has lots of self-doubt, his portrayal of female characters is top notch, that all of them are multidimensional and add to the story.

I got the privilege to interview Brian about his life, his art, and his writing.

 

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Official NaNoWriMo Winner

 

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On November 16th, 2014, I officially over 50,000 words. My story, which will be turned into five books, was Daygar Legacy #1 – Templar Five. The story is about Vampires in the 14th century spreading a disease that is killing humans at an alarming rate and five knights of the former Templar Knights attempt to make a deal with the devil to try to win the war.

This was a challenging time. Mostly because of my disability, I couldn’t do as much as I wanted. I aimed to finish by the 14th like I did last year. I came close, but I was shy 2 days. I think that is still very impressive. Also, given that I am a science fiction writer and I am doing Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal, it was hard at times for me to write. Completely out of my comfort zone. As I wrote, I had to do additional research on the time period to get key facts correct.

I want to thank the creators of Write Monkey, as with their software, I was able to write my story despite my sensitivity to light. I dedicate my success this year to all those with disabilities, whether with Post-Concussion Syndrome, those with Traumatic Brain Injuries, or other disabilities that prevents someone from living they life they want. Writing was very hard for me, and the only way I did it was by forcing myself to do it, even if my brain wanted to give up. My reward is the next two weeks off.

With Thanksgiving coming up, and a few other special projects I am currently engaged in, I am taking a break from this blog. I will come back in December, hopefully to finish up my rivers on the worldbuilding tutorial. However, I will be limited in December. I plan to come back in full force in January.

Special thanks to Nicohle Christopherson for giving me emotional support during NaNo.

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New Book – Pocket Sized Yarns

a1442603db30bf5976af032fe712ccd2a58e2ed7-thumbA few months back, I got invited by a friend of mine, who helped me edit Terran Psychosis to do a special project. At the time it was more of an idea and to generate who was interested. The basic idea was to write a short story in 540 words (or less). When I say story, as was stipulated in the rules, is that it had to have a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Me, I am a novelist. Tell me to give you a full story, I’ll request 54,000 words. How do I cram that into 540 words? Then again, I managed to tell a whole story with Terran Psychosis, and that was 10,000 words, and Scrapping By, which was 8,000 words. Also, back in April, I tried my hand at a few Drabbles, which is just 100 word stories.

So why not try it?

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Countdown to NaNo – Stranger Than Fiction

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileIn preparation for NaNo, I need to get back into a writer mindset. In the past I just read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and I was set. Due to my disability, I have to do a lot more work to do it. I actually did this yesterday, but ran out of time to write it up.

Stranger Than Fiction is one of my five favorite films of all time. It is a great movie that really explores writing, not a practical sense, but a mechanical one. It demonstrates a lot of the processes that we writers deal with, and some of the moral questions as well.

 

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