There are writers who, when they speak of their Muse, are basically personifying their subconscious mind. (e.g. “My Muse won’t give me the rest of the story, it just gives me the opening of a different story. Argh!”) If it works for them, great, and if it doesn’t work for them, it’s not my job to tell them what to do instead. I don’t know what I’m doing half the time myself. I do know that my subconscious is me, and that I’ve not derived any particular benefit from trying to personify it as an Other.Continue reading “Thoughts for Weird Wednesday: The Measure of a Muse”
Happy start of spring! Fantasy author Katherine Wibell has organized a freebie giveaway on Prolific Works (the website formerly known as Instafreebie). She has pulled together a collection of stories and sample chapters that speak of worlds not quite like ours. Some of the covers may not be “safe for work,” but there is a wide variety of worlds and stories represented here.
My contribution is a sample chapter from Slaying a Tyrant, the first book in the Ancestors of Jaiya series: G-rated cover, PG-rated content. Feel free to check it out, if you don’t already have a copy.
I am slowly but surely making progress on the Ancestors of Jaiya series (prequel to the main Jaiya series). On Memorial Day (US), I finished the rough draft of Scapegoating a Hero, book 3 in this prequel series. I first began work on Hero in January or February of 2017, so this is the longest I’ve ever spent on a book I actually finished.
Hero is like the other books in both series in that it’s about a man and a woman with supernatural powers who fall in love while fighting evil together. But it has more Continue reading “Writer Milestones”
Hope you’re staying warm this winter! (Or staying cool, if you live south of the Equator!)
Rebekah Dodson is hosting a new giveaway of fantasy novels and excerpts on Instafreebie, which runs until February 6, 2018. You probably already have my contribution to the giveaway, which is the sample chapter for my first novel, Marrying A Monster, but there are plenty of other options to check out. Be sure to click here to check out all the freebies!
Hello there! Hope you had a great Christmas and holiday season. No, I’m not dead, or even UN-dead. Last year was…complicated in a bunch of ways. I’d hoped to get more writing done over the summer, but instead did a bunch of traveling with family. Then NaNoWriMo 2017 turned out to be one of those years where I didn’t come out with a usable first draft. Instead, I came out with a much better idea of what I needed to do for the second book in the Jaiya prequel series, and a few thousand more words for the third book in the prequel series, the one about the notorious Commander Rijal.
My plans for this year are to stay away from the news media and news commentary sites, because all they do is drag my mood down and distract me from my writing, finish the third book in the prequel series and write the second book, and then edit all four of them and release the whole series together in late 2018 or early 2019.
Not sure where I’m going from there; I have an interesting space opera/romance idea but it needs to stay on the back burner until the Jaiya prequel series is completed.
Hello! In the spirit of the holiday season, I have included the sample chapter for Marrying A Monster in Dean F. Wilson’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Instafreebie giveaway. Here you can find free fiction in all lengths from samples like mine, to stories and full length ebooks.
There is also a ti-ein promotion for $0.99 Kindle ebooks (yes, I’m in that too!) If you like freebies and you like these genres, please check it out! The sales and giveaways run through November 20.
Wooo! Lots of scary savings in this cross-genre promotion hosted by David Neth. Nearly 60 authors, including myself, have Halloween-friendly books in a variety of genres on sale for $0.99, from now until Halloween.
We have everything from ghosts to zombies to (a lot of) vampires to a couple of shifters, including Marrying A Monster. (Yes, there is a shifter in Monster, but he is more like the Incredible Hulk than Jacob from the Twilight books or Curran from Magic Bites and its sequels). David has been kind enough to sort the books by creature.
Anyway, with so many different authors and monsters on hand, I’m sure there’s something in there for everyone, so click here to check it out!
I’ve talked a little bit about music as a productivity tool, particularly in regard to outlining. Today I would like to talk about music to write books to. I personally have trouble listening to music with lyrics when I am writing. I just start thinking about the singer’s words instead of my own. For this reason, I tend to favor movie soundtracks or video game soundtracks.
Modern movie soundtracks tend to have many sedate passages with no clear melody or rhythm so there are usually only one or two tracks that work with my writing play lists. What I had found works the best when it comes to movie music, tends to be soundtracks written between 1965 and 1990. There is usually a main theme catchy and memorable, repeated in several different variations across the soundtrack. There may also be a memorable villain theme or a sweet love theme, which may appear several times.
I usually did not give enough face time to my villains for them to rate their own play list of villain themes, but sometimes a play list of love themes comes in handy. Most of the time, I turn to a game soundtrack that is driven and adventurous, repetitive enough and catchy enough to keep the fingers galloping over the keyboard, sinister enough to include the villain, romantic enough for the love story. This soundtrack is Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, by Michiru Yamane.
I like her soundtracks to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania: Lament of Innocence even more as music than I do Curse of Darkness, but for me they’re too closely associated with my memories of playing the games when I was younger. For some reason I never got around to Curse of Darkness, so the tunes are still fresh for me, and I can associate them with whatever I’m writing. I particularly like these tracks: Baljhet Mountains, Garibaldi Courtyard, Garibaldi Temple, Mortavia Aqueduct, Mortavia Fountain, the Forest of Jigramunt, the Cave of Jigramunt, and Cordova Town. Most of the rest is too sad, too silly, or too harsh and dissonant for my tastes.
*Puts on Tia Baden hat*
“The Pomegranate Lover and Other Stories” went out with some embarrassing formatting errors in the final story. I have now corrected them, recompiled the file and re-uploaded to Amazon. My apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by this. The corrected file should go live sometime tomorrow, and I will try to post again with another link to Pomegranate Lover’s Amazon page.
*puts on Tia Baden hat*
Yay! The kindle edition of Pomegranate Lover went live on Amazon Tuesday or yesterday, and today the print and kindle editions linked successfully, so that you can now access them both from here. This is a collection of short (sometimes very short) stories I wrote on and off between 2005 and 2008 or 2009, and it includes “The Pomegranate Lover,” “The Prince of Horai and the Paper Sword,” “Like Father Like Son,” “Smokesteel,” “Sword of the Kear,” and “Blind Man’s Bluff.” The total collection is about 53-54 pages long, $2.99 on Kindle and $6.99 in paperback.
I am uncertain about how aggressively to promote this; I may do a Kindle Countdown Deal or a Freebie deal of some kind, and I will announce it here if so, but since I don’t know how soon I will revisit this pen name, and the genre is different from my current set of writing projects, I’m unwilling to burn promotional money on things like Bookbub, etc.