pideki #lexember 2

On the second day of Lexember, I include a foot in my master plan.

pyoke #lexember 1

On the first day of Lexember, I started by journey with the smallest finger.

Sand and Bone 7, coming into power, and the powers of the dead

I'm done to only a single weekly serial right now and we pick right up at chapter seven where Rutejìmo learns that all the pain he suffered in the last book comes with an interesting yet terrifying benefit.

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.

The Electoral College is not the problem

After the election last week, I had the heartbreaking moment of seeing someone I fervently didn't want to be elected fight with my trust in the system.

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.

Gulping down websites

I've spent the last few days reworking the processes used to generate this website.

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.

Writing with Markdown and YAML

I realized that it's been a while since I wrote up how I write with Markdown and YAML. This is the current state of my technique of writing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sand and Blood is finished!

After just over seven months of weekly posting, Sand and Blood has now been released as a Creative Common novels.

Sand and Blood 29, Flight of the Scions 34

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why I go to WisCon to be uncomfortable

I go to WisCon for a number of reasons, but probably the biggest one is that I go to be uncomfortable.

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.

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.

WisCon Retrospective

It's been a week since I got back from WisCon, time to talk about it. I should have done it sooner, but I have a few things going on.

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.

WisCon Schedule

In just over a week, I'll be at WisCon on a few panels, doing a reading, and generally having fun.

Sixteenth Anniversary

Sixteen years ago, I stood in the middle of our living room and completely botched my wedding vows.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sand and Ash 34

The climax of Sand and Ash but one that comes in a whispered confession to a man who can't speak.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trans-Pacific Partnership, or trusting wolves to care for sheep

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is beginning to be signed across the country. As much as I have no impact on preventing it, I still have to point out why it hurts everyone but companies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2015 Writing Income

Following up with last year's post on writing monies and inspired by Jim C. Hines' own posts, here is an update on the financial side of my career as a writer.

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.

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.