Genre Direction

So, I have been remiss in blogging. Again.

One could assume this is my natural state of being, but given the recent introduction of a sleep aid machine to my life, I have a feeling I may be posting more often in the future, given the additional energy.

I have been considering my next move as an independent author even as I keep writing on various works in progress. I wrote two short stories in the past thirty days or so, and am planning to use dictation to speed my completion of the current novel I’m working on (The Pillar Universe Book 4).

I’ve known for a while now, my first love is fantasy, despite having written predominantly science fiction this year. I know these genres are close to each other in qualities, which is probably why I enjoy them both. However, my particular brand of writing I think lends itself more toward the worlds of fantasy, rather than the more futuristic worlds of space opera or cyberpunk.

I’m still planning on continuing the science fiction series I have out already, but given my fantasy roots and the ease I had marketing my fantasy novella series last fall, I think its time to change course back to what is for me, the core of my genre preferences.

Once this fourth Pillar Universe book is complete, I will make my move to write some more fantasy.

In the meantime, as I wrap up this post, please check out Booksprout and pick up a copy of Storm Fleet for free, in exchange for a review.

Thanks for reading.

I’ll chat at you all again soon.

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What I Released this Year in Seven Minutes

Hi folks!

It’s the Holiday Season, and though I’ve been known to grinch it up in my personal life from time to time, I actually kinda like December despite the cold that pervades these parts.

Also, it’s this time of year I look back on what I did in the past 12 months. I’m pretty happy with the progress I made in my writing and publishing career.

First of all, I released Tenlyres III and a new edition of the complete tale. Things get a little muddled for me after that as I worked on Clean/Root Conspiracy Stories which haven’t done very well in attracting an audience. I finished and released four stories in that series, but sadly I don’t think they’re resonating with enough people despite good reviews.

However, I also released six novellas in my Spells of the Curtain fantasy series, and those have attracted a bit of an audience. I’m happy with how they’ve done.

I released my first stab at a military science fiction story in Titan Games: Sacrifice, but I think future stories in that universe will have to be novels just because of how I want to handle things.

Last but not least, I have one more launch coming this year. On December 19th the first book in my Pillar Universe series will release. Entitled “Storm Fleet” I look forward to seeing how it connects with space opera readers, especially.

So, save the date. Have some links.

 

Clean: The Root Conspiracy (Complete Series) – Print / Ebook

Titan Games: Sacrifice – Print and Ebook

 

Spells of the Curtain Series

Book 1: Court Mage – Print / Ebook

Book 2: Battle Mage – Ebook

Book 3: Winter Mage – Ebook

Book 4: Garden Mage – Ebook

Book 5: Traveling Mage – Ebook

Book 6: Fire Mage – Ebook

 

Thanks for reading.

Seven minutes and I’m out. Have a safe season.

 

Spells of the Curtain Book 6 Update

Spells of the Curtain Book  6, Fire Mage is going to be long, and likely going to become a novel, rather than a novella.

There. Thought I’d get the big shift in news out of the way first. The book just doesn’t want to be contained into 100 pages, and it may be even longer than book one in the end.

I struggled with this fact for a while, but I think it’s for the best. As a result, it will take a little more time to release, but I should definitely have it out this month, alongside another book in a new science fiction series, and a short story or two for my military space opera series, Titan Games.

Happy NaNoWriMo to all fellow writers. This seven-minute blog is dedicated to you, whether you’re new to the craft or old hands at it.

Thanks for reading.

I have some time left, so allow me to be clear about something else.

I have had some serious depressive phases recently, mostly relating to the book and my failure to get really deep into it as a novella. I’m getting better with some help from my friends, but it’s always tough to handle these flare-ups. If you suffer from depression, get help. Your mind is 90% of what you’ve got in most cases.

Thanks for reading, and hopefully I’ll be back soon with good news and new books.

This blog has been a seven-minute sprint. Check the links for my podcast if you want to hear more, and as always check out my books if you want to support me or just read some good speculative fiction.

 

Notes on the next Spells of the Curtain books

Hello, everyone. I hope you good readers are all doing well.

I have been having trouble keeping up with my release schedule, so Spells of the Curtain: Fire Mage (Book 6 in the series) is going to take a few additional days to release. Expect the release around Halloween instead of the 25th. Thanks for your patience.

Also, going forward please be patient as I think I will need to slow my release schedule for future books by a few days per book.

Life is going alright for me right now, but it’s not without difficulties and my ADHD has been a greater challenge lately than in the past.

Thanks for reading.

Spells of the Curtain – Garden Mage is out and about!

Hey folks!

Hope the image isn’t repetitive for you, but I am writing to formally announce the launch of Garden Mage!

Garden Mage is book 4 of the Spells of the Curtain series, following the adventures of Edmath and his fellow mages as they get into trouble working in the Empire of Zel.

I took far too long to write this book, not least of all because I wrote another short book in about a week between the prior book’s release and this one. I apologize for being late. This will be the last time I overestimate my ability to keep the schedule, and also the last time I fall behind.

Thanks for your support and assistance, and I hope you will check out the series. It’s a real labor of love for me, and I’m thrilled reception has been as good as its been.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon with more status reports and general ramblings.

More than 7 Minutes to Winter…

Before I get writing fiction today, I figured it’d be a good time to announce the book of mine that launched yesterday. Yep, book 3 of the Spells of the Curtain Series is out now! It’s called Winter Mage and covers the rest of the original novel I wrote over nine years ago. The story doesn’t end in this one, but a new arc begins. No spoilers, but I love this book and I’m gonna love the next one

You know, I used to write these blog posts in the same program I write books in, Scrivener. I don’t know why I stopped, but here we are. I like typing straight into the posting window. It feels more immediate somehow.

Also, my glasses broke this morning. I just picked them up and it’s a good thing I had a backup pair because one of the parts that hangs over an ear (Arms? Is that what you call them?) broke off. I’ll get them fixed or replaced soon, but the only reason I can see to type this is my older glasses now perched on my nose. It’s oddly present to me how fragile my sight really is these days. I can navigate outside without glasses, but good luck indoors.

Anyway, I am very excited for how well my books are doing out there right now. Compared to a lot of people I’m just now seeing a little success, but I’m grateful for all of it. One step at a time, folks. One step at a time.

Well, the timer never started, but I think I’m getting there. That sure seems to be the way of things today.

Thanks for reading.

Talk to you again soon.

 

7 Minutes to a Conspiracy

Well, folks, it happened. Yesterday the third book in my Root Conspiracy series released on Amazon.com.

Image Storm is a rereleased of a little novella once called The Bright Image, but it’s here. I really struggled writing this boo, but I’m happy it’s out there, and I really enjoy where it takes the story of Jeth and his friends. The original version of this series really did not get out there very well, so I’m trying to emphasize the genre elements. IE: The post-apocalyptic setting, and the weird future I imagined in them.

If that sounds interesting to you, click the image above and check out the series. I’m really happy with them, and with book 4, which should be out on August 21st. Thanks for your attention.

Writing on book four has been tough to get started. I encountered some serious resistance trying to devise the structure and form the story should take as I proceed in a direction I think people will enjoy. The story is flowing now, but I had to brainstorm a lot of ideas to get things rolling.

All eyes and buys are appreciated. Thank you all so much for any attention and support you have for me. Rock on, folks. Thanks for reading.

And buzzer.