January 22nd 2018

Here we go, people. The pre-order for my next novel, “The Cleanway” is now live right here.

Check out that cover! I’m very pleased with it.

This book continues the story from “The Mangrove Suite” and is about twice the length of that book. For those who wanted to see more of this world and the characters, this book brings that, along with an exciting continued exploration of themes deepening of the story.

Pre-0rdering this book is a great way to support me, but its also the best thing I’ve written yet. Book 3 will release in mid-March, by the way, so jump on this now and prepare yourself for the sequel. It’s a great story, and if you don’t believe that from me, check out some of the reviews people have been leaving for “The Mangrove Suite.” on Amazon.com.

I dare you not to like these books!

Anyway, thanks for reading. Always glad to post here.

Talk to you soon.

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About Reviews

 

Reviews for both the longer works I’ve released are still trickling in. Mostly they have been positive, but who knows if they will stay that way. I will admit, they make me a little nervous.

A little? Who am I trying to kid?

Quite nervous.

Yes, quite.

The fact is, I need to learn to put up with them. For one thing, I’ve chosen to release so it is up to the people who read each book or chapter or short story to determine how effective what I wrote is for them.

For the second thing, I am tired of getting nervous or stressed about what other people think, just in general. Even if I had mostly poor reviews on these early books I would still be okay. I’m still young. I admit, I have a lot to learn.

The issue here is my decision to publish. I have been writing for over a decade. Almost half my life. I’ve been coming up with stories and worlds longer than that. The fact is, I decided I was ready to publish because I noticed some key advances. Several writers’ whose first books I think are amazing look back at those books and refer to them in negative terms compared to their later works. Here I am thinking specifically of Kameron Hurley (Gods War is her first book, and I loved it), but I bet even hyper-technical writers like Brandon Sanderson would say (Or have said) similar things.

I know I’ll get better than where I’m at today. I should hope I’ll get much better. Even a decade of experience is a drop in the bucket compared to the future if I live long enough.

Regardless, I have chosen to publish.

The work of weeks or months becomes the experience of a few hours for the reader. That itself is a tricky feature of writing fiction. For me, the story takes more time to write, so I have a completely different experience from the readers of the eventual release.

Perhaps even more important is the fact that I ALREADY know most of what I write down in a certain way, even when I discover it in the moment as I go. I get the thrill of making stuff even as I discover what happens next.

Obviously, I’m not a perfect judge of my work.

Anyway.

I have fiction still to write today.

Thanks for reading.

It’s Red, It’s Black, It’s Blue

I just hammered out another chapter for this serial novel. This one will release on Friday. I am pleased to announce I am enjoying this book immensely though I sometimes have to work harder to spark that excitement over the past 10 weeks.

Tenlyres is getting, even more, fun and I’m now a quarter of the way through this rough draft.

Colors are proving important to this story. Hell, I could have expected this part of the story if I had thought about it.

Red and Black are scattered throughout this most recent chapter. Stay red. Black Powder. It’s all pretty obvious now.

Come on, one of the main characters is named Blue.

Anyway, I like the way color-coding of a sort is making me think about this story in the process.

In other news, I am enjoying twitter more and more with every passing day. Being open on twitter is as much fun as chatting with everyone on this blog, just a bit more brief.

I still have writing in the other book to do today. I’m thinking I can get myself out of a bit of the funk I sometimes get into in starting scenes by considering different approaches to each point of action along the story. Even if I don’t take the routes I consider in the actual book, considering them makes the story better.

That happened with this latest Tenlyres chapter. I thought the chapter would be one thing initially, then got hung up on not wanting to do that. I considered a few different options over the weekend as I tried to write the second scene in the chapter (In a near panic, truthfully). When I wrote that scene over the last hour or so, I took a path I had not consciously considered.

I want to get better at being conscious of what way I want to go, but at the moment, a lot of decisions get made without careful input. This happens to me a fair amount. Option A, B, C… I choose Option 2! Yes, that’s not on the list. That’s the point.

Well, it seems to be working. I have some nice reviews on my novel Hunter and Seed up over at Amazon as of the weekend. They are making me quite happy.

A little bit of positivity goes a long way.

I hope you all have a good day.

Thanks for reading!

Overdue Encouragement

I had a great day yesterday, mostly in the evening when I watched the fantastic film, Gone Girl, then received word of my first bit of income from my author-published short story Stolen Parts on amazon.com.

For those who don’t know, I published Stolen Parts on January 1st this year, under my own name (Tim Niederriter).

I was thrilled today to find it had a review as well as having earned me a bit of cheddar. Gosh, did I just write cheddar when I meant money? My mind is full of cheese I guess. All that cheese I’ve been failing to avoid lately.

Anyway, I am now working on another story that I had previously released on Amazon a few years back. Also, I am working on an even older novel that I think could become my first novel on Amazon. It’s the one I refer to when I want to get nostalgic about past productivity, and I still love it.

Plenty of work and plenty to celebrate today.

Have a good one, everybody!

The Way and the War

I now have two favorite books on artistic energy. The one I discovered first is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The second is the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. These books are very different, but actually describe the pursuit of art from a similar perspective, that of a greater universal power that makes the action possible.

I’ve probably discussed both of these before, but I’m on a rereading kick as far as these types of book go. Please, bear with me.

Cameron’s book is a course of sorts, as it is broken down into ‘weeks’ instead of ‘chapters’. I will admit, I find this to be a challenging class. One I can say I have dropped multiple times. There are great ideas in this book. Amazing thoughts, and inspirational exercises. I’m too clumsy with a pencil to write morning pages like Cameron suggests as the core exercise, and that has hurt my attendance quite a bit. Soon I want to try this book again. I will, however, be doing the mandatory writing the same place I write these blog posts. In a scrivener file on my computer.

As far as Pressfield goes, The Wart of Art is far shorter than The Artist’s Way. Pressfield focuses on individual aspects of the resistance which plagues all artists, as well as solutions to that resistance. I find his writing style very engaging. I like that his book is tiny, and yet feels like nothing is missing. In a way, The Way of Art is like the solution to my podcast addiction. I say this, because the book takes so little time to read, it can only distract me so much each time I revisit it.

These are both fine books. Both have a spiritual bent to them, and that is perfect for me. Even if you don’t believe in a god or higher power I would still recommend them. These two authors may have hit on their particular methods through their own perspectives, but that doesn’t change the truth of their teaching.

I am preparing for a writing binge to try tomorrow. Wish me luck, because I will need it.

Now its off to outline, to brainstorm, to develop characters.

Have a good day everyone!

Brief Reviews, News, and NaNoWriMo

I don’t remember if I’ve talked about Dan Wells on this blog before, so I’m going to do it again today. I’m currently reading his young adult post-apocalyptic novel Partials which I’ve had for a while but which I thought was a bit slow until yesterday when it picked up a bunch. Previously I read his YA horror series beginning with I Am Not a Serial Killer and its sequels. I love that series immensely.
In any case, I’m making time for writing as of last Thursday. I’ve already got a bunch of words down, only a little behind the NaNoWriMo par and I’m enjoying it for a change. For me NaNoWriMo never seemed that challenging, but I’ve never succeeded in winning it, despite doing identical exercises in different months.
As far as News and Reviews, as the title suggests, I am planning on putting up more book reviews here as well as on Amazon about the books I like. That’s all for now, though. I need to go. I’ve got words to write and roleplaying games to run.

Mistborn: The Hero of Ages Review

I finished reading the final book of the Mistborn trilogy a few weeks ago, but it took me a while to find the time to review it. Short and sweet: I liked it.

A bit more elaborately, I’d say I liked the overall story less than I liked any of the set-piece moments, the iconic moments of this book. Even so the ending, which I won’t spoil here, worked very well for me. Despite that it made me uncomfortable and a bit sad, which is as it should be at the end of epic fantasy, I think.

When one starts with a world as profoundly messed up as the one in Mistborn it feels miraculous that things turn around. The moment this was accomplished in Mistborn 3 was one of the best moments of realization in the whole series for me. You’ll know what I’m talking about should you this story.

And I loved, LOVED, the descriptions and explanations of all the creatures (inquisitors, Koloss, and most notably Kandra) in this series. A very strong ending for a dark series overall. Keep up the good work Mister Sanderson!