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.

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

No Limits

Happy New Year.

It’s still January 2021, and I’m gonna stay 30 years old (Officially-speaking) for just another week or so.

I’ve been typing a bit today on the next Demon Hunter book, but feeling like I’m a bit slower than I’d like.

The story is flowing, but I’m putting in dams along that river.

My problem is I think too much when typing rough draft. I like to just go wild, but since I finished re-editing Demon Scroll I’m stuck in the perfectionism that comes on during edits. I want the sentences to sound good now. I want the details and voices and characters to pop off at the fullest in rough draft.

That kind of writing takes longer. Time is a limiter for all of us, and I know if I can just get words down 15% faster, as I’ve seen myself do as recently as early December, I can get more books done more easily. That said, the factor that is more dangerous than running out of hours each day is running out of stamina.

Mental energy isn’t always well-understood, but without it nothing gets written or edited, no matter how long I stare at the page. The good news? Each of us can rebuild that same energy by relaxing, by going with the flow.

The way I relax is the real inhibitor.

That tells me I only have one skill to master to write as fast and as much as I want.

I need to relax.

I need to get out of my head and into my fingers.

It’s 2021 folks. That’s my entire goal this year.

Good luck out there. Find your flow.

Thanks for reading.

No Timer

I’ve grown from dictating books. I conceive of story beats and turns faster than I’ve ever done before learning to dictate “effectively,” and yet.

Allow me a digression, please.

When I was a kid, before I ever typed a word of a novel, I came up with the idea for a universe weirder than any I’ve ever read to this day, at least in the geographic sense. That’s the pillar universe in which the Forces of Empire series is set.

Occasionally, I long for the days when I approached my author career with that kind of insane, child-like boldness. Someone could ask me, “Who needs a story set in a pillar universe where the majority of the physical laws are different?” and I’d be at a loss to answer them.

Sometimes you have to create the thing before you know it’s purpose.

Sometimes art is just a step to a greater piece.

And sometimes the child knows more than the man ever could, though he doesn’t realize it at the time.

I never really tried to mature. I guess the process doesn’t work that way, not really. I actively fought against my own maturation at times, wanting to remain a kid just a little while longer.

I’m a twin. I was born second, and by C-section, due to taking too long to emerge. You might say I’ve always been afraid of that next step.

Still, along the past 20-odd years since I first conjured the images of the towering pillars, the vast mists, and the creatures that plied the icy cold between bright points, I somehow grew up anyway.

Time passes, and we, mere mortals, cannot wait.

I’ve been typing more lately. I think it will be my primary mode of creating stories from now on.

It’s true, dictation produces the rough draft at 3-5 times my old typing speed. Despite my increases in pace after dictating for over a year, I’ve increased my rate at the keyboard so the discrepancy is somewhat less.

I am back at the typing game, regardless.

I enjoy it more. I have the time to change things, and the editing is easier as well as faster. Most importantly, my voice is stronger when I type. I bet you can tell. I hope you can, anyway. I’m happy to be back to typing, because even in my slowness, I’m not waiting around so much now.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe.

7 Minutes about Free Books

Before I start the timer: As of this posting you have about 80 hours left to get Origin of Storms, my epic space opera adventure novel, for free on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B084DH8D5Q

Alright. On with the show.

Origin of Storms is free right now, and I have been doing some active research on giveaways and free copies of novels over on the bestseller lists of a couple Amazon stores. Turns out, even without moving a whole lot of copies, a book ranks in the top 100 as long as the cover is nice and the ask isn’t too big.

I wonder if my ask with Origin of Storms is bigger than most of these free Science Fiction stories.

You see, as I discussed yesterday, the book is set in a VERY odd science fiction universe, one that defies comprehension by most people when I try to tell them how it works.

That’s an obstacle. The same could be said for the fact that book is over 600 pages long. I like a long book, but this one is currently my longest volume, and it’s scifi, not epic fantasy, so the genre expectations are different.

Even so, I’m pleased to see people downloading some copies.

I guess there isn’t much to say beyond that I’ve been told free series starters are dead on Amazon. Maybe that isn’t true? I don’t really know, and the book is only on sale until the end of October, so I probably won’t find out if it would do well permanently free.

For years now, I’ve wanted to do a sequel to Origin of Storms. One is in the works, but it’s far from completion. After I’m done with this post, some dictation is in my future.

Wish me luck, friends.

I like to type. I like to talk. Combine these two, and dictation should be fun, and it often is. As long as I don’t lose sight of my purpose in the moment and second of the process, I do alright.

The clock is ticking down.

Thanks for reading.

I’ll be out of here at the beep.

10 Minutes of Relaunch: Orphan Mage

Hey everyone, Orphan Mage (Shifter Empire Book One) is out now. I’m not going to bore you with my usual apologies over not posting more often. A writer’s gotta write, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do and fiction is my bag, far more than blogging.

The latest book is actually a relaunch of the first three books from my older Spells of the Curtain series, which are no longer available. I originally wrote the three novellas as one novel, so now I’ve put them back together as one book.

For those not familiar with the world of Shifter Empire, and haven’t read the novellas, let me fill you in on the book.

Edmath Donroi is a rarity, an orphan who received training as a mage in the Empire of Zel. He has a unique gift to speak to any animal, but unlike the shapeshifting nobility of the nation, he can’t take the form of any of them.

His first love, Chelka, is a Squid Princess, and his best friend Brosk is a prince of the Whale Tribe. That’s the kind of person who becomes a court mage in the empire due to the expense of training. Edmath’s life has been lucky to a point.

When he encounters a murderous boy with a grudge against mages on the way to the imperial city the danger of his bloodline’s past begins to arise. The imperial gardens are a place of grand power, but diplomats and mages of the rival nations make the place perilous as well.

I love this book and the series that follows it. This first book is also one of touchstones for an effective personal writing rate.

To start this book, I took a Saturday and wrote as long and as much as I could. I got over 12,000 words that day. I was swept up in the story, to be honest. I think if you check out Orphan Mage you’ll be swept up too.

The novel is sword and sorcery with a geeky protagonist and an emphasis on sorcery.

Thanks for reading.

Seven Minutes of Proof Reading

Does the title say 7 minutes? I meant more like 17+ hours.

Yeah, I like proofing, as it turns out. I took the time to re-edit Demon Scroll before I complete the sequel, Shadow Prince because I noticed in some of the reviews there are a large number of typos.

Well, I just uploaded the new edition to Amazon, and it should be out in paperback soon. It’s easy to say this book has never been better, but I’m also embarrassed by simply how many errors remained in the book I launched. Most of those are gone now.

Demon Scroll is my first dictated release, and I am pleased to say the next book won’t have some of the issues that propagated throughout the novel on the sentence and paragraph level, especially.

Thanks to generous early reviewers, the book is still rated pretty well, but I’m finally planning to push the book a little harder now that the story is clearer and cleaner than before.

My other books didn’t have the same level of typos and errors, but dictation is taking me some time to master. Regardless, I enjoyed cleaning the book up. Next time I’ll take this step BEFORE I release the book. Whoops. Egg on my face for that.

Thanks for reading, folks. I made it back here faster than I expected.

Click this link if you care to check out Demon Scroll, or if you have already read it and care to leave a review.

Storybundle time!

Hey everyone! I’m pretty excited today, because I’m in a storybundle.com bundle, available right now at www.storybundle.com/steampunk.

Kevin J. Andersen assembled a super-team of books and authors, including little old me. My contribution, Tenlyres, is still one of my best works and there are 12 other books in the bundle, up to and including the novels Kevin wrote with the great Neil Peart of Rush fame (May he rest in peace) .

I can’t say enough good things about the bundle (And my inclusion in it). The bundle is pay what you want, with $15 US required to get every book and not just the first four.

Anyway, this deal is a limited time. I’ll be spreading the word far and wide, naturally. From the date of this posting the bundle has around 30 days left. Click here to get the bundle, share, and enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

Shaking Up the Routine

Hello, folks!

Let me get a couple things out of the way first.

One, I had awesome birthday this year, celebrating with my twin brother in Portland Oregon. I’m home now, and I’m hard at work for both my own books and those I’m creating for my new job.

The podcast is flowing.

Editing my older work a little to bring it up to code is giving me confidence.

I am working with an artist for the cover of Shadow Prince (The next book in the Demon Hunter series), so get ready to see that when the book is ready to launch.

All in all, over the last few weeks I’ve been working (moderately) hard and having some fun.

In short, I’ve been blessed with a phenomenal year so far.

However, it wasn’t until I began a mindset shift this past week that I started to truly understand how well I’m doing.

Mostly I’m trying to look at my process and projects as though they’re new. New concepts and ideas are always exciting for a while, but I remember fondly when I was just learning to write and every technique sang with joy when I put it to work. Every sentence felt like a triumph, no matter how obtuse or terrible.

I am happy to report that this shift in mindset to appreciate my new methods (Such as dictation) as novel is really helping cheer me up and make my days more exciting. Inspiration tends to be a fleeting sensation, but joy is available from other sources on the regular.

Appreciate what you have. I wish I could attribute a quote I remember Mercedes Murdock Yardley shared on a favorite episode of the Archivos Stories podcast a few years ago: “Celebrate every step.”

I’m trying to do that.

Taking a step further. Appreciate every breath.

Every word gained or trimmed.

Every keystroke.

Every moment.

Thanks for reading.

If you want to check out my stories, Amazon.com is currently the easiest place to do so, but I’m also giving a few ebook ARC copies away from Booksprout right now. “Demon Scroll” is up again for a limited time, and my latest re-release, the short story fantasy-thief collection “Dark Work” is also there. Download either of them, both of them, or whatever you like but its first come, first-served so if you have time to read and review check ’em out.

Share and enjoy, folks.

And I’ll write here again soon.

Shadow Prince is going to take more time…

There’s no way for me to sugarcoat this for myself or for you readers.

I am canceling the preorder for Shadow Prince. The book is still too far from being done, primarily due to my awful habit of procrastination on creative work.

I can only offer a sincere apology to everyone who preordered the book.

I’m disappointed in myself for wasting so much time over the last 10 weeks. The story is mostly there, but I don’t know how many more weeks it will take to revise it into a shape I’ll be proud to release.

Thank you for all your support.

And thanks for reading.

Hopefully, I’ll be back with better news soon.

Take care.

November 17, 2019