Consider this an Announcement

Dear readers, I took longer than expected (Don’t I always…) but I can finally say that Beloved of Death, Twisted Gods book 2, is coming out next week! Editing this little book really punished me for a while, but I ended up with a fast-paced book I love a great deal. Hopefully that book will be out by Tuesday the 21st of September.

In the mean-time, I have a sale for those of you who haven’t picked up book one of the series, yet.

The Forgotten Mask is on sale for 2.99 USD on Amazon.com right now. I’ll be up front with you. If the book does well at this cost, I may reduce the price to 3 dollars permanently, and the equivalent world-wide.

Anyway, I’ll be back with more about the book soon.

I have a book description and author’s note still to write. Then all that’s left is to input the proof-reads.

Thanks for reading.

Immersion for Authors – 7 Minutes of Thoughts

Lately I’ve been trying to solve some of the problems that regularly crop up during my writing process. Yesterday I got a piece of advice from Terry Mixon during one of the Dead Robots’ Society podcast’s live patreon recordings.

I asked him how he made a project the center of his focus.

His answer?

Immersion. He immerses in the book and then it takes his attention as a creator for as long as he can give it.

I like that answer (I only paraphrased it here), and am thinking immersion has become a greater and greater challenge for my personality as I’ve aged.

My early books were easier to get lost in while writing them, but only because I was more desperate to not be in my life. Well, I may be happier, but let me be candid: I’m not happy with my life. Yet, I’m more invested in the real world than I’ve ever been.

What an awful state, but I can remedy it. On my recent vacation I read a coupe of different novels to the end just to survive long hours in the car. I can use the same principle to separate myself from my current living situation, in mental terms, by escaping into the books I’m writing.

I need to immerse myself in fiction, now more than ever.

I don’t know if this will be helpful to every reader out there, but it won’t hurt to pay more attention to your work.

That can only improve your writing quality and productivity.

And if you want to immerse in another author’s story world first, mnay I suggest you check out my books here.

Thanks for reading. It’s an honor that your eyes follow these humble lines.

Why the short stories?

Hi.

I wonder if some of you readers ever ask why authors who write primarily create novels are lately making shorter tales for their series. Mostly, I wonder on this because I’m no-less engaged in short stories than any other youngish novelist.

I’m giving away a couple of stories for free right now, in exchange for folks signing up to my email list.

The most recent of these is “War Machine” for Twisted Gods (The series formerly known as Temple Theater). A while before that I did “First Flight” for the books I’d later collect as Origin of Storms. I like these two but they’re both quite brief. For Demon Hunter, which features longer novels than Twisted Gods, I have “The Crimson Suitor” which is a fun and somewhat longer little prequel to the series.

I like all these stories, and wanted to point to them because I think some of you might enjoy them, and I’ve been gaining readers lately.

Speaking of which, thanks for reading.

I’ll write here again soon. Until then, stay safe out there.

If you like reading this blog…

…you’ll probably enjoy reading my stories and the author’s notes associated with them on Kindle Vella.

Let me back up.

I’m told a lot of folks don’t know what Kindle Vella actually is.

Okay. Let me stretch my fingers.

Kindle Vella is a program over on Amazon.com, so yes, it’s all based out of the same company as the rest of the Kindle store. Vella is new, though, and it’s a platform for publishing serial fiction. The first three chapters of each story are free, and everybody reader who logs in to vella gets 200 free tokens to purchase additional episodes.

The upshot here is that, as an author, I plan to test the waters on som of my series (The ones that are currently unpublished elsewhere) and explore other concepts to see what people like.

I’ll be posting the status of each new story in the updates at the end of each episode or chapter, like miniature blog posts.

If you want to follow my writing process and get some commentary as well as story, check out my stuff as it drops. Currently I only have 1 I’m really working on: Warrior Online, but that’s changing. I’m editing my older works to produce more serials, that will eventually be novelized (As allowed by the Vella program).

So, give it a shot. Here is a link to my current Vella Story. It’s a lot like many of my stories: Science Fiction with a bit of romantic tension and a weird twist to it. It’s a good time if you ask me.

Thanks for reading.

Temple Theater

Hi folks,

I’m writing even more briefly than usual today. I have a couple new stories out in this series that you can read right now.

Temple Theater Book One: The Forgotten Mask is out on Amazon in ebook format, and all print-on-demand stores online. It’s a great place to start this story of lazy gods, heroic mortals, and mechanical foes.

You can also get War Machine, a little prequel short story on Amazon, or for free if you click here.

I’m doing a lot better mentally than I expected this summer.

I’m short on time today, but please check out those books, and I’ll writer again soon.

Stay safe and thanks for reading.

7 Years to Remember

Hi.

It’s been a bit since I posted, but I’m back for the moment, and I have a new book out!

The Forgotten Mask” is the start of a new series, called Temple Theater, but it’s also one of the oldest books I’m publishing. I wrote most of the novel in 2014, but only finished the draft in spring 2021.

Why is that?

The book didn’t take seven years of WRITING time, and no, I didn’t revise it completely at any point, though I’ve done so with other books before.

Why leave a book on the shelf for so long?

This first book of Temple Theater and the premise of steampunk fantasy really interests me. Gods and monsters, magic and machines. I dig that vibe.

I did at the time of beginning the book in 2014 too.

When I started Temple Theater I still planned to submit to publishers, rather than independently releasing books. I wrote 50,000 words and stopped because (If I recall) I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to build up to a huge finale over another 50k, but something stopped me.

That’s the little voice I now associate with my thoughtful side. I don’t consider the voice to be part of over-thinking, it’s about actually having thoughts. I often push that voice away, but when there’s a problem with a writing project it always prompts me to consider what the real issue is, often stopping my progress in making new words.

Well, earlier this year I figured out why that part of me stopped writing the book in 2014.

I’d been closer to the end than I thought.

So if you ever want to see what a book that took seven years to write reads like, here is a link to the ebook on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099X4J3JB. It will be out in print on all major on-demand platforms soon.

In spring I added 10,000 words or so. With some serious editing I tuned the whole novel. And now, it’s done. It’s out, and I’m working on the sequel.

And here I go waxing on, when I should be writng.

Thanks for reading, folks.

Stay safe.

I’ll write again soon.

Tim

7 Minutes About 10k words of Fiction

Before I get started, Tenlyres is free until the end of Today (Pacific Time). Go get some free fantasy adventure if that sounds good to you! HERE.

Now then. Starting the clock.

I love Rachel Aaron’s little book about writing entitled “2k to 10k” because it offers concise guidance on both craft and productivity. Most importantly for me, though, the book describes how intertwined writing speed is with excitement.
I don’t outline my books like Aaron suggests in 2k to 10k. No, I can’t get a book off the ground with that much baggage on board.


She recommends planning, but only as a personal tactic.

Me?

I double down on enthusiasm (Which she is one of the other two key points of her metric) in place of planning. I think through what’s going to happen, turning things over and over when I’m not writing. Once upon a time, I did this compulsively.

As a teenage writer I escaped through language and character. I’d probably have been mad if someone pointed that out to me at the time. That’s hindsight.

But 10,000 words?

That’s around 35 pages, depending on you count them.

That takes 4-5 hours for me to type. Not a boast. Others can go far faster, but that’s not the important part.
10,000 words is a goal I’ve often shot for, given the few times I’ve hit it in the past.
Well, today I’m trying that again. I’m up early (WAY too early, actually), and so I’m taking a moment to write this blog post.

Seven moments, I guess.

Time for this post is running low.

I finished one rough draft yesterday. It took 7 years since I started. Most of that time, the book sat on the back burner.

Since I came back to it, late last month, I added only about 12,000 words to complete the draft.

That’s not much more than 10,000 in the grand scope.

What can you do with a 10,000 words? It might surprise you. I can’t put my finger on a way to express any exact, but quite a bit.

I’m looking forward to my next set.

Thanks for reading.

7 Minutes to Wake Up

7 Minutes to Wake Up Again

Happy May the 6th for those of you not living in the future. I don’t normally drink alcohol, but yesterday I had just a little bit of rum with dinner.


I may be a big guy, but due to my medications get the the effects of drinking pretty fast. One drink.

Just one.

And now I’m drowsy an hour after waking up.


I’d been waking up better lately. Just pull off my mask and then jump out of bed the second the alarm goes off, like I was only waiting for the sound, not sleeping at all.


Waking up isn’t just the first thing I do each day.


It’s a pretty good metaphor for feeling of growing up and maturing.


When I was younger, I did things and said stuff I’d never repeat now. I wouldn’t say I’ve become wiser, just more alert.
That’s one reason I went back to a book I started writing around 7 years ago. It’s really working for me.


I’m going to finish that one soon. I’m close to the end. Seven years is a lot longer than this post, which is already running low on time. Normally when I write, I don’t take that long. Getting stuck is a whole other topic, though.


Regardless, the book feels RIGHT now. I’m into it.

Thanks for reading.

7 Minutes About Canceling Projects

Hi.

I’m gonna just come out and sat it first. I’m sorry, but I had to cancel the preorder for Science of War.

The book just wasn’t coming together.

For more full disclosure, I have to add that I was trying to write this book from an old manuscript I’d started in 2018. The book involved a plague in the science fiction universe where it’s set.

I realized over the course of my attempt to revive this project over the past weeks that it just isn’t what I want.

I don’t want to release a book I’m not happy with, so the preorder is canceled.

Officially, the mess of this book is over. Perhaps one day I’ll write a second Forces of Empire book, but not for now.

I don’t think what I need this month is more scifi. I want to keep writing fantasy.

So that’s what I’m going to do.

I’m happy with my decision, though I should probably have never put this book up for preorder in the first place.

More books will come out, and maybe sooner than you expect.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe out there.

Over 7 Minutes to Break Free

I’ve been writing a lot this week.


Surprise, surprise.

Right?

I also feel like I made a break-through or two in the process. Specifically, I’ve once again accessed a level of inner darkness I’d lost touch with for some time. Part of that is some stuff I won’t write here, because to be honest, I can’t explain it in a less than weird way without you reading Well Country first. And as that book comes out next month, I won’t be delving into it further in this post.

But writing this book is changing me.

Very recently, I can see my past books as themes and elements of my life at the times each of them was written.
I love the way I can look back and see how happy (Or how miserable) I was, and in which particular way each book describes my life in fantasy and science fiction terms.

That said, I don’t know if Well Country will stand that way in a few years. At first, I worried that was because it’s a sequel, the third in a series. No.

I think Well Country is becoming special to me because it’s helped me break a seal in my mind that I didn’t fully realize was there for so long.

I’m reaching for a horrid sensation, a kind of perversity that does not involve love or lust, but which centers on power that comes from failure.

Heroes have to lose sometimes. That’s as specific as I’ll get with the story.

Personality chains us to our bitterness sometimes. Just the same, my memories of how much I hated others when I was a teenager and wrote my first few books, drove me to face a different reality. Happiness. Contentment. Those are powerful feelings too, but for a book like Well Country I had to dredge my old feelings and worst thoughts.

It’s dark.

It’s deep.

It’s brutal, sometimes.

I’m going over the time limit here, because I have to finish this thought.

This book will be joyful and satisfying to read, as well, I hope. I’m enjoying writing it for many of the same reasons I can’t describe fully. I hope I’m making sense.

I love this book. I love this world. And I love that both of these story elements evidence pain my story inflicts on them.

A bit personal?

Yes. A bit.

I hope you readers understand how much I put into a story. It’s more than the hours of dictation or typing. It’s more than editing. The fuel is vital, too.

Thanks for reading.