7 Minutes to Book 2!

Hi people! Above you can see the cover for the second book in the Spells of the Curtain series.

Of the first three books in this series, I have to say this one is probably my personal favorite. We go from high to low and all over in between in this story. The work in this part didn’t feel like work at all. That’s the best kind of writing for me when the real world and words disappear and I’m somewhere else, discovering what happened in this other place with its own rules. That doesn’t happen often for me. In the past ten years, maybe 2-3 books felt that way.

I recently started reading a book by James Scott Bell called “The Mental Game of Writing.” In this book, Bell discusses a side of playful creativity at a few points. So far, my favorite delve into this subject refers to play as chaos, a lawless freedom to write whatever the writer wants at that moment. However, one must always restore order for the readers’ sakes later on. I think that’s true. I also think I managed to coordinate play and order well in book two, out next Tuesday!

Also, book one is out today! Click here to get it right now!

Thanks for reading.

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7 Minutes to a New Series!

Hello folks! Another 7-minute blog coming at you today.

This is an announcement for my new series, Spells of The Curtain, and especially the first book, Court Mage, available for pre-order at the link in the image below.

I’m very excited to finally have a pure-fantasy series in the works, though I will continue supporting the Root Conspiracy series as well.

I have the time and writing speed to keep this new magical world going alongside the odd future of Memory Lost and the newly released sequel, Mind Chase (Out today! Click here to check it out).

I enjoyed writing the Root Conspiracy books so far, but I LOVED writing Court Mage and the other books in this series.

Follow Edmath Donroi, a young mage on his path to joining the imperial court and making a name for himself.

Mysteries, magic, and love await in…

Thanks for reading!

I really appreciate all of you and your support. The more of you who buy my books as they launch, the more chance I have to keep working on all my series.

So, thank you all much. I’ll write to you again soon.

 

7 Minutes of a Relaunch!

Hello everybody! Long time no blog.

Today is a special seven-minute blog, not least of all because it’s been too long.

I am relaunching a series (Starting yesterday), with the books below. The series formerly known as “Clean” is now “The Root Conspiracy” so if you’ve got the 3 books I launched these won’t be new to you. However, I suspect many of you have not read this series, so allow me to invite you to give it a shot from this point on.

These books portray a future where superhuman beings protect humanity, but they’re also the greatest threat.

Our hero, Jeth, gets in over his head when he tries to restore his lost love’s memories in book one, which draws him into a deeper conspiracy, the roots of which go deep. See what I did there?

If you like speculative futures, weird fiction, or just good thrillers with some science fiction trappings, this series is for you.

I’m proud to bring these back out in new clothes and hope I can find a larger audience with a solid representation of these stories in the right categories. Right now they’re all going to be exclusive with Amazon.com so you can read them for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks for reading and supporting me. I’m especially happy to thank fellow author Yudhanjaya Wijeratne for his pointing out a major weak point in my approach to showing off this series. But that’s seven minutes. Read on, folks!

The Bright Image has Launched!

Things have gotten serious for this week!

First of all, Thr Bright Image, Clean Book 3, has released in ebook format! Check it out here.

This book was a bear to write, but the books I’m working on now actually have bears and other large animals in them in prominent roles, so it sort of works out. I’ve gotten to the point where I really like the book, and now it’s out there, so give it a try and see if you feel the same way.

Jethro Gall’s story continues in this volume, and next week book 2 will be on sale. Give all three a read, seriously, it would really help me out and get me blogging more positively if that’s important to you.

Thanks, and here is the cover again, with a link to the book as well.

Thanks for reading!

The Bright Image Cover Reveal in 7 Minutes

Welcome back to the fastest blog in the west!

Hi folks! I know I don’t post here often enough, but today I’ve only got time for a seven minute blog.

Yet what a seven minutes it shall be.

Here is the cover for my next release, The Bright Image, book three of the Clean series.

I have a kind of resentful respect for this book. The rough draft mauled me, but now it’s done. As I edit and polish this book for publication early next month I look forward to seeing how people will like it. I will also be following it with a compilation of the first 3 Clean stories and some bonus scraps in volume one of the clean omnibus. The individual books are short, but hopefully, a full-length compilation of these stories will draw in some folks who would rather read a tome.

And a tome that one will be.

I thought The Bright Image alone would be pretty long, though it kept surprising me, which is one reason I took a while to finish I, far longer than I should have. Anyway, I’m happy with the story now, and am writing a rough draft I plan on submitting to a small press I think would appreciate it due to its genre.

The writing (and editing) continues as the heat here diminishes a little. It’s been brutal where I live this past week or so, giving us temperatures worst than most summers at the tail-end of springtime.

My tolerance for heat isn’t so good, and my laptop is worse than me. That said, I think the precautions I’ve been taking have set me up in a good place with this machine and should extend its lifespan. That’s good, because until writing starts pulling in more money I’m stuck with this machine and my main place to type.

But I’m out of time. Have a good day folks. Thanks for reading.

Seven Minute Check In

Well, what could that be? A 7 Minute blog? You didn’t need to ask.

I feel a little bad about almost going dark, given that last week has been the only one in a couple years I haven’t dropped a podcast episode over at mentalcellarpublications.com.

Between technical issues that wrecked the episode I recorded with the amazing Mur Lafferty and the ongoing Of Mooks and Monsters break, I took a time out from podcasts.

I’m still excited to return to releasing episodes, but writing has to get done sometime, and podcasting requires a lot of mental space, at least by my standards. Writing also takes a lot of thinking power and time, and if I really had to choose one it would be writing. Luckily, that point has not come yet.

Having put that down, I really think I’ll be happier to write more and podcast less stressfully. Anyway, the next Clean book has been punishing as a book I’m trying to write. It’s a difficult project because at first, I didn’t know what I wanted from it. The more little elements from past settings I link to this world, the better I like it. Lately, I often feel as though I’ve been preparing this alternate future-world for most of the past four years.

So many of my ideas connect to this universe and fit in it. I like that, but writing a giant universe takes some getting used to rather than designing discrete worlds with their own rules for separate stories.

Anyway, this is a seven-minute blog. Brief: I am working more off the page than on it lately.

Write again soon.

Thanks for reading.

Drama Humor and Pinchy

Hey everyone. Got a few thoughts with a specific example for you today. The subject of this Friday the 13th is a bit of writing advice, an old saw for me, as it frequently annoys me how obsessed I used to be with it (And to some extent still am).

Let me just say that even good writing advice is clearly to use where applicable, and otherwise ignore.

On to the example. Orson Scott Card, regardless of your politics (And his are pretty disagreeable to me), is a pretty excellent writer at his best. He also has a couple writing advice books out there, including one called “Characters and Viewpoint.”

One particular piece of advice from this book is that the protagonist should be the character suffering the most who still has agency. Solid advice, if you ask me. If I recall correctly, Card also states that the greater the suffering, the greater the drama.

I think this advice is mostly good. The second part, in particular, rings true to me in an odd little example that wandered back into my mind this morning.

The lobster named Pinchy.

In an old episode of “The Simpsons” Homer (Our protagonist) accidentally boils his pet lobster while trying to give it a bath. This is a sad moment, and I guess it really does prove the drama increases with suffering. However, it does little to spoil the ridiculous bathos of Homer than eating his pet’s remains and gushing about delicious they are between his tears.

In this example, which I think is a funny episode, but one that leaves me feeling down, the humor really does come from the juxtaposition of the dramatic death and the ridiculous dinner.

In this example Card’s advice really does work, as the normally humorous Simpson’s episode is made dynamic by a tragic event.

Not every bit of advice applies equally in every situation, but if one considers the characters as if they were real people, and how they will feel in different situations, one can really deliver a dramatic punch even in humor.

Thanks for reading!