Sex, Endings, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 12

This week, I talk a little about my opinions of sex and death as a way of introducing the first chapter that crosses my NSFW threshold.

Relik da Martin ne Golid, The Unspeakable, and Second-Hand Dresses 11

This week we introduce a potential conflict of the novel and the reason for Kendrick's difficulties. We'll find out later what Relik da Martin ne Golid has over Kendrick. For the time being, just a little gentleman's introduction into the story.

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.

Mindil, Weight in Romance, and Second-Hand Dresses 10

This week, we are introduced to the fourth (and final) person that is going to be in the core of Lily's life for the novel. Mindil is a much different character than the others, both in her original purpose but also how she's grown across the novel.

Maximum Velocity, Using Talents, Times, and Second-Hand Dresses 9

This short chapter is there to show the passage of time because I really dislike montages in writing. Actually, I don't like them much of anywhere. However, I wanted to show that she is moving forward with Nirih's dress, which is a "backbone" of the tension in this novel.

Adultery, Boys Will Not Be Boys, and Second-Hand Dresses 8

Since this is a short, steamy little scene between Lily and Hasan, it is a good time to talk about Hasan being a married to Mindil while kissing Lily. I like this scene because it shows that Hasan has poor control over Lily when it comes to his passion and Lily is no less than receptive of them for her own reasons. It is also intimate and personal, something that both crave at this moment.

Changes to MfGames Culture

In the process of updating my website, I ended up doing significant amount of work on my arbitrary culture library, mfgames-culture.

Fedran Website Improvements

Over the last week, I've focused on improving the Fedran website. This took a fair amount of work but there is a lot more content and easier navigation as a result.

Creative Blocks, High Society Superstitions, Finding Love, and Second-Hand Dresses 7

This week, Kendrick comes back and interrupts Lily. I also write a little bit about creative/writer's block, romance in restrictive societies, and the bad luck of having a failed duel means to a young woman.

Origins, Hasan, Second-Hand Dresses 6, Spoilers, The Choice, and One More

This week introduces our second love interest for the novel, Hasan. Lily's life gets more complicated as the two men who were responsible for her not being chosen for a wife have come back into her life, months before she officially becomes a kudame.

High Society, Naming Conventions, and Second-Hand Dresses 5

This week is a short little chapter in Second-Hand Dresses which forces Lily to make a decision about her future. The path she chooses will color the events in the near future and eventually her fate.

Winding down working on Second-Hand Dresses

Well, it's Sunday and time to switch gears on writing projects. I found it easier to treat my overwhelming number of projects as iterations like software development. Work from Monday to Sunday, then decide the next project (which may be the same one). Unfortunately I have some obligations that need to be completed by the end of the month so I have to stop writing Second-Hand Dresses.

Romance, Bylines, NSFW Scenes, and Second-Hand Dresses 4

After a few weeks of voting over on Patreon and my forum, the next novel selected is Second-Hand Dresses. This is a much different piece than Sand and Blood and its sequels in that it is a romance and drama piece with little violence and a good and proper Happily Ever After.

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.

Closure, R5-D4 Plots, Patreon, and Sand and Bone 34

We are now at the penultimate chapter of the novel. Only one more left before we get to the end. This is also one of the more emotional chapters for me because it puts a capstone on one of the longer threads that ran through the entire trilogy.

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.

State of writing with Markdown, YAML, and Git 2017

A year ago, at one of my more successful panels at WisCon, I was on a panel with K. Tempest Bradford and Kristine Smith talking about writing processes. I got to see a lot of cool gadgets but I also got a chance to talk about my processes of writing with Markdown, YAML, and Git.

Giveaways, Patrons, Sorrow Rides a Fast Horse, and Sand and Bone 32

A busy week as I reach the end of Sand and Bone being serialzied on my website. There are giveaway, decisions, and a call for patrons. Not to mention a short chapter of Rutejìmo night time run.

Second-Hand Dresses 3

So, it's been a long time since I've done anything with Second-Hand Dresses but a number of folks on Wattpad stumbled on it so I was feeling guilty about not updating it. This evening, I did a little organization on the first chapter, split it in a half, and then merged it with the first section of the next chapter.

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.

Anniversary, Website, and Sand and Bone 30

This week has been a lot late, I apologize for that. I decided to redo the Fedran website and try to fix a few things. Fortunately, this week is a very short chapter that bridges two important scenes.

Bryan Aiello podcast

This afternoon, I did my first audio interview/conversation about writing. It was with Bryan Aiello and his new podcast.

A Warrior's Fate, The Noble Death, and Sand and Bone 29

I've always said that Sand and Bone was inspired by Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven. I love samurai dramas for many reasons, one of them is you don't always know who is going to survive the piece. At the same time, there are very few "cheap" deaths. For a warrior, the noble sacrifice is one of the best ways to die.

Author Intrusion status for May 1, 2017

After a rough start of the previous week, I got a chance to really focus on Author Intrusion (AI). Despite the rather significant amount of check-ins and coding, I wasn't quite able to get to a really good "show off" point. Instead, this week ended up being a black triangle (significant progress but nothing visible).

Federated Opinions

I'm been thinking about trust and relationships on the Internet, specifically social networking and news. Here is one possible approach to handle it.

Violence, Mutual Destruction, Midnight Flight, Pacifism, and Sand and Bone 28

Over the last few months, I've brought up the words that Gichyòbi had said about how he was encouraged to save Rutejìmo from violence. This same encouragement was one (but not the only) reason that Mikáryo took pity on him back in Sand and Blood. Well, this chapter is why that aspect of the world came into place, all of those ideas and little bits paved the way for this chapter.

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.

Death Marches; Burnout; Publication Status; Sand and Blood v3; Sand and Bone 26

There are moments in life when everything wears you down and you don't think you can move forward. This week, Rutejìmo is experiencing one of those moments as he focuses on burning a body before continuing his journey. I also talk about how the same death march has affected me in my life. Finally, a status update on the Sand and Bone publication process.

Losing Wars; Rites of Passage; Information Overload; Sand and Bone 25

This week, I write a little bit about the history of Wamifūko, their shattered mountain that used to be a fortress, and their rites of passage. There is also a question about world-building and these weekly posts. Finally, Sand and Bone gets into chapter 25 as Rutejìmo has to escape the city to burn the body of his wife's mother.

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.

Subtle Healing; Progress; and Sand and Bone 23

I finally get to answer why Rutejìmo can take so much damage and still be walking.

Editing; Front Matter; Italics; Sand and Bone 22

Sand and Bone is almost ready for publication. Just a few more steps. Oh, and another chapter being released.

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?

The Overhead of Blogging

I got lost with a tangent where I try to create simple images for blog posts and ended up spending two days buildng a generic system.

Power Discovery; Empowered; Sand and Bone 20

In this chapter, Rutejìmo has a chance to dole out some wisdom that he has learned over the last few books.

Sand and Bone 19, sorrow, and fear of the dark

One of the common themes in the entire series is that Rutejìmo terrified of the dark. But what happens when unknown assassins are looking for him and he is left with the sorrow of losing his brother?

Sand and Bone 18 and the noble death

Along with the others, Rutejìmo ends up running for his life. He sees his friends and families for what might be the last time before he sets off on his own perilous journey. Before he goes, however, his brother has one last thing.

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.

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.

Sand and Bone 15 and speaking for gods

Sometimes the simplest of phrases can be the most powerful. To stop a death, Rutejìmo makes a declaration that ruins my entire purpose of writing the series and becomes a hero.

Sand and Bone 14, felony feedback, the Call, and anime fights

This week, we have a lot of violence, destruction, and a really bad idea. I talk a little bit about the mechanics of magic and the Call.

Sand and Bone 13, Nudity verses sex, Struggling for money

Another chapter of Sand and Bone with the clan making a choice to accept the job or not. In addition, a brief discussion about nudity and sex along with one about struggling for money.

Sand and Bone 12, HERO system, and pacing

We are now into the second arc of Sand and Bone, where things start to speed up greatly and the bloodbath is going to commence. While I'm setting it up, I talk a little bit about pacing for the book and how I use the HERO System to manage my fantasy.

On #lexember 31, I present nakasabyofino or the joy of finishing a good book

On the last day of Lexember, I give you a word for the joy of finishing a good book.

On #lexember 30, I present tsudoku or an unread book

On the thirtieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for an unread book.

On #lexember 29, I present takawumofu or paper cut

On the third to last day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper cut.

On #lexember 28, I present wamifi or paper

On the twenty-eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper.

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.

On #lexember 27, I present hagomami or accounting or book of accounts

On the twenty-seventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for accounting or book of accounts.

On #lexember 26, I present akuregima or a book or registry of taxes owed

On the 26th day of Lexember, I give you a word for a book or registry of taxes owed.

On #lexember 25, I present rogami or a registry or list of items

On the twenty-fifth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a registry or list of items.

On #lexember 23, I present nigafokura or a children's book or written story

On the twenty-third day of Lexember, I give you a word for a children's book or written story.

On #lexember 22, I present fakori or a bound book

On the twenty-second day of Lexember, I give you a word for a bound book.

On #lexember 21, I present paryumichya or written instructions

On the twenty-first day of Lexember, I give you a word for written instructions.

Sand and Bone 10 and hair styles

Rutejìmo returns to Kosobyo City and finds himself in an unfamiliar civilization that only vaguely resembled his own. Also a little bit on hair.