Writing Blog – It Begins Again

I’m writing in the fourth book of the Pillar Universe series today.

I’m excited to dive into this world again, after quite some time editing in it and writing some other works on the side.

It’s funny because I’ve had a lot of mixed emotions about this series. Sure, I love the story and the characters in it, but I always worry they won’t be as well received by others. Worry is a massive opponent for any author.

In this particular case, I’ve had only a few detractors during the editing and writing group process, and I only had those because I took so long being unsure of the story that I belonged to two different writing groups since I started the first draft of the first book.

The first group liked the story. A few years later, the second group mostly did not. At least, a few vocal members did not. I split with that group, annoyed and frustrated. Harshness is of limited value, especially when you can’t decouple your base opinion from your critique. I really don’t see the point in writing groups anymore, mostly because of this second experience with one.

I wouldn’t call that second group nasty, but they certainly added up to discouraging. Luckily, I didn’t stay for long.

Anyway, I’m beginning again. And beginnings aren’t a time to dwell on the past, especially one I think I handled fairly well.

The next book is going to be slightly longer than the previous three, each of which was between 50,000 and 65,000 words. I think this one will be closer to 70,000, but who can say. I may find an ending right around where the others ended. At the moment, I’m trying to write with joy, and take my time to put my style and my feelings into the story.

Words are not the hard part of the work for me, I’ve realized recently.

I have more difficulty with devising stories than with prose these days. A shift of focus may be in order.

Thanks for reading.

If you haven’t read it yet, Storm Fleet, book one of the Pillar Universe series is free and will be for the foreseeable future, from all major ebook distributors. Check it out if you want to support me.


Three Ebooks for 4 USD

Hey everyone. Once again I have strayed from this blog.

Writing has gotten me busy and I’ve been frequently distracted by lots of stuff.

However, I thought you folks might want to know you can now get my entire Pillar Universe series up to this point for just 4 dollars American (And less in some countries!).

Book one through three together form a single strong and cohesive story, and I hope to continue it in the very near future.

Here are the links.

Book 1 – Storm Fleet https://books2read.com/u/mVQ61P

Book 2 – Flame Wind http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N14ZF9Y

Book 3 – Ice War https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P19P8KD/

Thanks for reading!


Storm Fleet is live!

As of this writing, Storm Fleet, the Pillar Universe Book One is out for reading on Amazon.com! Check it out, enjoy it, and then write a review.

Read it free in Kindle Unlimited if you like.

Really, I’m just very excited about this story and want to get more people to see it. Please, share if you’re intrigued.

Thank you for reading!

I hope you all have a good last two weeks of 2018, rough as this year has been.



2017 Last Words

Well, I missed a lot of blogging this year.

I can’t promise next year will see me on this site more often, but that is the plan.

So, as for 2017, I’m spending a few minutes of the last hour typing these words.

2017 has been a pretty good year for me, though far from perfect.

My mother was diagnosed with a serious disease, however possible to treat.

I published three books, Tenlyres, Soul Art, and The Mangrove Suite. I’m happy with all three of these books, especially the last one on the list.

I talked a lot with a few of my friends, and almost none with most of the others. I started a podcast, Alive After Reading, and continued the other podcast with my cohost.

I figured out which of my medications are still valuable, but at a pretty high cost in time.

Anyway, I’m tired. It’s a late hour, the last one of the year. Happy new year.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to talk to you again soon.

So long 2017.

Good night sweet prince.

Sayonara sucker!

Now we can’t pretend the whole thing didn’t happen, but we can try to do better next time.

Good luck, everyone.

Friday Morning Rambling and NaNoWriMo

I don’t recall exactly what happened in my dream last night.

I wish I did because they left me feeling pretty cheerful when I woke up.

It’s been a pretty odd week. For one thing, early on, I stayed up for 30 consecutive hours, hoping I could focus to finish my current work in progress in one day and night. I got a lot of words, but the book is still in process. I should be able to finish the book sometime between now and next Tuesday.

And yes, it is NaNoWriMo this month. Many writers of all kinds and commitment levels go to the trenches to try to write 50,000 words in one month.

I have done word counts like this before, but I’m a bit out of practice at the moment. Last month I almost managed it. This year, I’m not signed up to participate, but make no mistake, my goal is to write as many words as I can this month. No staying up all night, though. I want to make this more sustainable than my past mentality of writing as a special occasion (Which is silly for a lot of reasons, not least because it’s over half my job right now).

So, as November begins, let me encourage those of you doing NaNo to keep in mind sustainability for the future. A burst of words is a good time, but words week in and week out is even better, in my opinion.

Good day and good luck.

Thanks for reading.