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(2006-01-19) WBM moving forward again!

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(2006-03-02) Paksennarion

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(2006-03-08) Packages in the Mail

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(2006-04-10) Still no publisher response

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(2006-05-16) Rejection #1

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(2006-06-13) WBM Submitted #2

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(2006-07-26) Stupidity of Convention Events

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(2006-10-09) Killing Turf Wars

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(2006-11-13) Wind, Bear, and Moon moves on

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(2006-11-21) Shared Worlds and Maps

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(2007-01-09) Almost There…

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(2007-01-16) He remembered!

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(2007-04-27) Mud and critical feedback

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(2007-04-29) Bedknobs and Mountain Ranges

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(2007-04-30) Lojban Obscurity

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(2007-05-02) Happenstance

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(2007-05-02) World Making

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(2007-05-03) Struggling with rejections and writing

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(2007-05-04) Reflections and Gifts

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(2007-05-06) Going Back in Time

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(2007-05-07) Visiting the Past

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(2007-05-15) New Projects and Wind, Bear, Moon editing

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(2007-05-17) Bikes, bones, and old game systems

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(2007-06-19) The Last 24 Hours

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(2007-06-21) Fear of Submission

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(2007-08-08) Feedback!

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(2007-08-20) Back from GenCon

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(2007-08-24) Black Holes of Writing

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(2007-09-17) Two Letters

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(2007-09-22) Randomly Cool Things

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(2007-10-04) The path not chosen

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(2007-11-12) NaNoWriMo observations

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(2007-12-29) Looking Back and Forward from 2007 to 2008

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(2008-01-16) ABNA Results are in!

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(2008-01-16) Brick Walls

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(2008-02-03) Boiling Pots

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(2008-02-04) Long-Winded Question for WBM

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(2008-02-13) Slogging Through the Snow

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(2008-02-15) Deadlines and Bad Choices

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(2008-02-18) IHAP

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(2008-03-21) Brickpunk and Steampunk

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(2008-03-26) Reaching Your Goals

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(2008-04-07) Sentence Sunday

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(2008-04-25) Scroll of the Lands

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(2008-06-02) Interesting characters, including my wife

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(2008-06-05) Decisions and Breathing

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(2008-06-06) Book Titles, World Development, MP3s and DVDs

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(2008-06-09) World Building!

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(2008-06-17) Recovering

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(2008-06-25) Winding Up

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(2008-06-26) Running Bomb votes are in! (and a snippet from Scions)

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(2008-07-25) Unexpected Inspirations

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(2008-09-17) Another day, another paragraph

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(2008-10-09) Horrible, evil monkeys…

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(2008-12-24) Holiday writing

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(2009-01-05) Goals for 2009

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(2009-06-08) Another weekend ends…

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(2009-08-20) Random musings

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(2011-05-30) #wiscon Day 2 and 3

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(2011-06-11) Hey, a blip in my life

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(2011-06-22) As long as it needs to be

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(2011-07-01) Writing and support systems

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(2011-07-11) Productive weekend

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(2011-07-25) And then I squeed with joy

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(2011-07-30) And the point where money starts to matter

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(2011-08-04) The beta copies for FOTS showed up

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(2011-09-01) A decision

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(2011-09-27) Hit a wall

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(2011-11-25) Just been twenty days…

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(2012-01-08) And we are getting near the end

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(2012-02-07) A general set of just getting things done

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(2012-05-19) Time management

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(2012-08-27) Encouragement

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(2012-10-05) Fear of submission

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(2012-10-12) The night before submissions

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(2012-10-20) Finished a first draft

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(2012-10-29) Miwāfu glyphs

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(2013-01-08) The end of 2012

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(2013-01-18) Looking for beta readers again

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(2013-03-20) Creating Unicode charts for fonts

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(2013-09-17) Time keeps on passing

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(2014-01-29) Rejected by Harper Voyager

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(2014-02-10) A rather stressful week and then another

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(2014-02-19) Swears, Epitaphs, and Insults

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(2014-07-03) What is in a name?

One of the barriers of entry of Sand and Blood is the main character's name, Rutejìmo. As much as this hurts my chance of selling the book, there is a reason behind it.

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(2014-07-05) Adding novel quotes

As part of the final steps for Sand and Blood, I've created a number of pages for the quotes that start every chapter.

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(2014-08-16) R5-D4 Plots

My philosophy for Fedran stories comes from a single conversation with a friend right before Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace, came out.

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(2014-10-22) Why I chose the desert

I find my reasons for doing things to be fascinating. And when someone asks why, I usually try to answer it. One of the more recent one was my decision to set Sand and Blood in the desert.

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(2014-12-01) Journals of Fedran idea

For the last month or so, I had an idea of how to expand on my fantasy world, Fedran, by showing the wide variety of stories that exist in my head.

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(2014-12-15) Journals of Fedran progress

After a weekend of working on things, I've pretty happy with my progress on the Journals project.

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(2015-02-25) What Is Going On Now?

It's been a few weeks since I last posted. When I work on projects, I have a tendency to go silent because I could either post or I could work on it. But, here is what is going on.

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(2015-04-12) Writing News

It's been a few weeks since I've written about writing. Since then, I've managed to finish the third draft for Sand and Bone, drafted Raging Alone, and had a friend create an album with my lyrics.

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(2015-08-21) Tarsan Famlies, Building Cultures, and Naming

While writing a highly ritualized culture that is centered around families, how to name and address them can be one of the most complicated steps.

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(2015-12-02) Sand and Ash 18, Flight of the Scions, and Second-Hand Dresses

Chapter eighteen is a short one, but there were some interesting things happening outside of the novel worth talking about including starting to release Flight of the Scions as a Patreon-only reward.

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(2015-12-06) Finishing up this round of MfGames Culture

Retrospective on a month of working on MfGames Culture.

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(2015-12-09) Sand and Ash 19, Flight of the Scions 1

This week is Sand and Ash 19 and the first chapter of Flight of the Scions, including some reasons of where Flight came from and where I'm going with all of this.

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(2015-12-16) Sand and Ash 20, Flight of the Scions 2, Obsession, and Hope

This week is Sand and Ash 20 and the second chapter of Flight of the Scions both talk about obsession and hope.

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(2015-12-23) Sand and Ash 21, Flight of the Scions 3, Rejection

This week we have two very different stories going on, both of my characters are setting out on their paths.

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(2015-12-30) Sand and Ash 22, Flight of the Scions 4, Hard Lessons, and Garèo

In the fourth chapter of Flight of the Scions, we introduce one of my favorite, screwed-up characters.

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(2016-01-06) Sand and Ash 23, Flight of the Scions 5, Falling in Love, and Dreams

Two big moments for both Sand and Ash as well as Flight of the Scions. Rutejìmo finally declares his love and Kanéko dreams of proving herself to her father.

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(2016-01-13) Sand and Ash 24, Flight of the Scions 6, and dog girls

And one of my favorite characters, the absolutely adorable Maris, is finally introduced to the readers.

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(2016-01-20) Sand and Ash 25, Flight of the Scions 7, and love

This week Mapábyo gets Rutejìmo to talk about his love for another woman and Kanéko makes a humiliating mistake while trying to prevent a larger one.

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(2016-01-27) Sand and Ash 26, Flight of the Scions 8, and mistakes

This week Rutejìmo gets a hint of what he is becoming and Kanéko finds herself falling for a boy.

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(2016-02-03) Sand and Ash 27, Flight of the Scions 9, getting caught, and being a fool

Happiness is a hard thing to find, more so for characters in my world. Rutejìmo finds stability while being dead, alternating between working hard hours and spending time with his love. Kanéko, on the other hand, is humiliated in front of everyone including the boy she is falling for.

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(2016-02-10) Sand and Ash 28, Flight of the Scions 10, and depression

A dark chapter for poor Rutejìmo who is dealing poorly with being home but ignored. For Kanéko, a bright chapter as she approaches the Boar Hunt Inn. And a bit of discussion about miscarriage and depression.

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(2016-02-17) Sand and Ash 29, Flight of the Scions 11, suicide, and racism

While Rutejìmo is struggling with guilt as he plans on leaving Mapábyo, Kanéko is being attacked for being nothing more than curious and black.

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(2016-02-24) Sand and Ash 30, Flight of the Scions 12, foreshadowing, and magical healing

In Sand and Ash, I realized that I'm already foreshadowing the third book of the series while Rutejìmo finds unexpected allies while he was dead. In Flight of the Scions, Kanéko meets one of the few healers I plan on ever writing for this world.

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(2016-03-02) Sand and Ash 31, Flight of the Scions 13, living, and dying

Sand and Ash hits the epiphany that I originally never planed, Rutejìmo's purpose in life. In Flight of the Scions, Kanéko realizes that she may have made a mistake.

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(2016-03-09) Sand and Ash 32, Flight of the Scions 14, and doubt

As Sand and Ash comes into the final stretch, we are dealing with a non-typical fantasy ending. At the same time, we are also coming to where Flight of the Scions becomes two separate books.

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(2016-03-16) Sand and Ash 33, Flight of the Scions 14, miscarriages, and abortion

When I originally wrote this and the next chapter for Sand and Ash, I was in the middle of dealing with a miscarriage. There is no question that this part of the story is influenced by my experiences.

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(2016-03-30) Sand and Ash

Well, this is the end. Yeah, it's a week early, but I decided to post the final two chapters at once. It is a sad moment for me, mainly because there is a lot of me in this novel but I'm also glad that I got a chance to do this.

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(2016-04-06) Sand and Blood 8, Flight of the Scions 13 (again)

I said I was going to take a little break, but I lied. Sand and Blood is starting to be serialized and I reworked Flight of the Scions 13.

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(2016-04-13) Sand and Blood 9, Flight of the Scions 15 (again), five chapters of Sand and Bone, and injuries

I reworked chapter fifteen of Flight of the Scions, made another chapter of Sand and Blood available, opened up five chapters of Sand and Bone to subscribers, and talked about ending chapters.

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(2016-04-20) Sand and Blood 10, Flight of the Scions 16, and gaining powers

Magical talents are one of the underlying aspects of Fedran, but how everyone gains their powers is wildly different.

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(2016-04-27) Sand and Blood 11, Flight of the Scions 17, Sand and Ash status, abusive relationships, telepaths, and economics

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(2016-05-04) Sand and Blood 12, Flight of the Scions 18, speech patterns, and the Industrial Age

One of the difficult parts of writing Flight of the Scions is getting Ruben's speech pattern right. Also a brief discussion of mechanical devices in Fedran.

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(2016-05-11) Sand and Blood 13, Flight of the Scions 19, angels, and types of intelligence

Looking at Flight of the Scions, it's obvious that my main characters are actually rather intelligent.

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(2016-05-18) Sand and Blood 14, Flight of the Scions 20, and being weaker

Not every story has a Big Bad, the evil villain that makes the hero's job miserable. Sometimes the demons are inside the character's head. The chapters this week demonstrate both.

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(2016-06-08) Sand and Blood 15, Flight of the Scions 21, and telepathic computers

After a few weeks of taking a break, I'm back to my serials. This week, we have a bit of introspection and a naming of the Big Bad.

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(2016-06-12) Trigger Warnings

I've been thinking about Jim C. Hines' post about trigger warnings for a few months now. In the process of re-releasing two books, I decided to do something about it.

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(2016-06-15) Sand and Blood 16, Flight of the Scions 22, and differing personalities

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(2016-06-22) Sand and Blood 17, Flight of the Scions 23, magical healing, and power addiction

Just another pair of discussions with both serials. I talk a little bit about magical healing and the addiction of power, not to mention conventions that I'm using with other languages and telepathy.

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(2016-06-29) Sand and Blood 18, Flight of the Scions 24, seeing in the dark, and violence

This week, both chapters have to deal with the same topic: fighting in the dark. This shows my love of the specific troupe but both stories go about it in very different ways.

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(2016-07-06) Sand and Blood 19, Flight of the Scions 25, and recovering from action

This week, both Kanéko and Rutejìmo are dealing with the conquences of their action scenes in the previous chapter.

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(2016-07-13) Sand and Blood 20, Flight of the Scions 26, death, and lessons

A smattering of lessons, both about death and more cheerful things. We are getting to some of the more interesting parts of both novels.

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(2016-07-27) Sand and Blood 21-22, Flight of the Scions 27, powers, and secrets

Both trios find out a bit of their enemies this week along with revealing secrets for everyone. Plus Sand and Ash is out.

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(2016-08-02) Sand and Blood 23, Flight of the Scions 28, and giant telepathic toads

This week, I introduce the villain of our story, a giant telepathic toad that terrorizes Kanéko and her friends. And Rutejìmo shows that he has a backbone.

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(2016-08-10) Sand and Blood 24, Flight of the Scions 29, and teachers

Sometimes, we have a few lessons that need to be taught before all the action starts again. This chapter has a few quite moments.

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(2016-08-16) Sand and Blood 25, Flight of the Scions 30, and character depth

Both serials are at a turning point as we head into the conclusion for both. Also a bit about other books in the Rutejìmo series.

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(2016-08-23) Sand and Blood 26, Flight of the Scions 31, and doubt

This week, both series talk about doubt in different forms: violence and death for Rutejìmo and Kanéko has her questions about her father.

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(2016-08-31) Sand and Blood 27, Flight of the Scions 32, and mistakes

Life is about failure, it is the only way to get ahead. This week's chapter is about iterative failures. Plus news about Sand and Bone.

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(2016-09-06) Sand and Blood 28, Flight of the Scions 33, and social rules

These two chapters focus on social roles and positions between different characters and their relationships.

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(2016-09-13) Sand and Blood 29, Flight of the Scions 34

These two chapters focus on social roles and positions between different characters and their relationships.

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(2016-10-04) Sand and Bone 1, Flight of the Scions 35

This week, I start the serialization of Sand and Bone, the third and final book of Rutejìmo's story.

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(2016-10-11) Sand and Bone 2, Flight of the Scions 36

I never realized how hard it is to reintroduce characters on the third book of a series. At the same time, I love writing about mature characters. On the other hand, I also have a chapter about a very immature young woman and her awareness of psychics.

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(2016-10-18) Sand and Bone 3, Flight of the Scions 37, and epic fights

This week, I introduce the plot for Sand and Ash while Kanéko has the epic fight that I original intended to write.

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(2016-10-25) Sand and Bone 4, Flight of the Scions 38, and preparations

In the two chapters this week, we have two forms of preparing going on: one for the final battle and the other for a journey about to start.

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(2016-11-01) Sand and Bone 5, Flight of the Scions 39, splitting novels, and Exalted

I played Exalted for a long time and I knew it wouldn't be long before it showed up in my writing. This week, you can see hints of that.

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(2016-11-09) Sand and Bone 6, Flight of the Scions 40, and connected plots

We are only a single chapter from the climax of Flight of the Scions. I talk about it and how it connects to Sand and Bone.

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(2016-11-26) The last chapters of Flight of the Scions

I've posted the last chapters of Flight of the Scion for my subscribers. After this, I'm making a few changes to subscriptions.

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(2016-12-14) Sand and Bone 9, a little lesson on Miwāfu, gender in the desert, and speaking for the spirits

A grandfather looking for revenge and a man who cannot stop him.

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(2016-12-28) Sand and Bone 11, foreshadowing, third person limited, and big cities

Safely back at the city, Rutejìmo spends a leisurely day exploring the city. At least until Dimóryo finds him again.

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(2017-01-31) Sand and Bone 16, R5-D4 plots, and dragons

We've gotten to a lovely chapter where two series intersect blatantly and the reader can get a hint of where I'm going with Flight of the Scions.

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(2017-02-07) Sand and Bone 17, Choice, and Wisdom

Rutejìmo has come up to a point in his life, where he has to choose between his own life or dying for the clan.

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(2017-03-07) Teleportation; Midnight Flight; Sand and Bone 21

Rutejìmo is put into a situation where he has to choose his duties to the clan or the ones to the desert. Which one will he pick? And will the conquences be deadly?

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(2017-03-29) Unreliable Narrator; Dragon Spirits; Progress; and Sand and Bone 24

This week, I talk about the limitations of third-person limited as it pertains to the master plot. Also, the problem with dragons coupled with why Damagar didn't destroy Kanéko in Flight of the Scions. Finally, an update on the finalization process of Sand and Bone.

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(2017-04-18) Idle Thoughts, Worn Ideas, The Choice, and Sand and Bone 27

I've thought a lot about my master plot, the different threads and stories that weave together into where I'm going. Even thought Sand and Bone is a single point-of-view novel, it is part of a master plot that I hope to see some day. I'm just doing it novel-by-novel instead o scene-by-scene. However, there is a drawback of thinking about stories too much and I'm afraid of burning out the idea before it can be pried out of my skull.

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(2017-05-16) Master Plots, Book Identifiers, Wind's Teeth, and Sand and Bone 31

It's hard to believe that I'm near the end of the book. Only a few more chapters left. I'm betting I can abuse Rutejìmo a little more before the end though, besides there are a few plots (but not all) to finish up.

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(2017-05-30) Mikáryo, Datobàpo, Flight of the Scions, Patrons, and Sand and Bone 33

We are rapidly heading over to the end of the novel, only three more chapters including this one. We also get to revisit two characters who were influential in Rutejìmo's life as they get one last chance to give their respects and encouragements.

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(2017-06-13) Advent Children, The End, Sand and Bone 35, What's Next

After thirty-five weeks, I've finished serializing Sand and Bone. The novel has been completely edited and posted. It is released as Creative Commons BY-NC-SA. On the website, you can download the EPUB, MOBI, and PDF versions of the book. Or you can just read the chapters right on the website.

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(2017-08-07) Changing Gears

Well, my vacation is all over and I had a blast. I was up in northern Wisconsin for two weeks with coming home in time to do an author event at the local mall. I got a lot done, but time to change gears and focus on commissions for a week or three.

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(2017-09-12) More on Hair, Eye Colors, Falling Rain, and Second-Hand Dresses 16

Apparently I wanted to talk about the process of world-building, in specific exploring the repercussions of changing hair color in my world to fit with the image I want instead of what I started with. It lets me move to a world that I want now without breaking the world I've already published. Oh, and Lily goes on a walk.

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(2018-01-12) 2017 Writing Monies

I've summarized both income and expenses over 2017 when it comes to writing and publishing books.

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(2018-03-08) Underwhelming Projects, Second-Hand Dresses 41, and Coming Next

As we come up to the end, so do the little threads of Lily's life. This week, she finally finished the dress that has been haunting her for weeks. But she isn't alone, she had friends willing to encourage her through the last few steps, like presenting the dress to her mother and Marigold.

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(2018-03-15) Crashing, NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 42, and Coming Next

The dress was beautiful and perfect. No one, even the pickiest of people had nothing to say and Lily could finally relax. But how to you relax the day after it happens? Well, two good friends of hers have an idea.

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(2018-03-22) Life Cycles, Second-Hand Dresses 43, and Coming Next

Even though she is no longer in the High Society circles, Lily still has a chance to go to the party to see how Nirih's dress is presented. Nothing prepares her, however, with what else would happen that night.

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(2018-03-29) The End, NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 44, and Coming Next

Lily's romance is now over. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the story. This is the first time I've really written a romance and definitely the first time I've ever written anything more than "fade to black".

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(2018-06-17) Flight of the Scions is now beta!

Thanks to the effort of Shannon Ryan, Flight of the Scions is now officially beta. Sadly, I won't be in SPFBO like I hoped.

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(2018-08-13) Semantic Versions and Releases for Publishing

Over the last few weeks, I've been tweaking my publishing process to automate more of the release and generation process.

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(2019-04-01) 2018 Writing Monies

My high-level breakdown of 2018 incomes and expenses for writing.

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(2019-04-20) Poem - Wisps of Clouds

For the twentieth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about flying. There is something about fliers I love, both the joy of losing oneself in the clouds but also the freedom to move.

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(2019-07-24) Future Plans

An update on near- and long-term plans for my writing and updates on this site. Also status on my Pride Month challenge stories, various novels, and financial plans.

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