A summary of a January worth of stories, novels, and essays.
Tarsan is one of the most significant countries in Fedran, as both the oldest established country at the time of the Mechanical War and its influence on the rest of society.
A Jogūchya game inspired by "Go Fish" and "Uno" that is easy to understand and play.
Much of my secondary stories are sequels or prequels but I rarely mix the two for a single character.
A summary of two months of stories, novels, and essays.
On Lexember 31, 2019, I present "relif" as "to celebrate surviving a difficulty."
On Lexember 30, 2019, I present "egys" as "to celebrate families coming together."
On Lexember 29, 2019, I present "astar" as "to tap the energy of the land for a ritual."
On Lexember 28, 2019, I present "tunas" as "to tap a land for magic to build things."
On Lexember 27, 2019, I present "foosga" as "to tap a land for defensive magic."
On Lexember 26, 2019, I present "lorkku" as "lands that border against another country."
On Lexember 25, 2019, I present "bloom" as "a blood or lineage claim."
On Lexember 24, 2019, I present "gyusplas" as "to make a claim on a land."
On Lexember 23, 2019, I present "gubbaba" as "a moot baby."
On Lexember 22, 2019, I present "ogumma" as "to leave a mother's clan."
On Lexember 21, 2019, I present "pilmsunnad" as "to negotiate a land claim."
On Lexember 20, 2019, I present "eestor" as "someone who taps a land's energy without consent."
On Lexember 19, 2019, I present "meraslan" as "a tragedy that splits a tribe apart."
On Lexember 18, 2019, I present "dissago" as "an argument that splits a tribe apart."
On Lexember 17, 2019, I present "aborlas" as "to split a family away from a tribe."
On Lexember 16, 2019, I present "clitici" as "to have a family join a tribe."
On Lexember 15, 2019, I present "ookna" as "to perform a ritual."
On Lexember 14, 2019, I present "gyolas" as "a tradition or convention that has been obseved for multiple generations."
On Lexember 13, 2019, I present "toysa" as "to clean up the land before leaving."
On Lexember 12, 2019, I present "ca" as "to travel by walking."
Magic is a funny beast in Fedran. Using some of the concepts I got from my various religion classes in college, I decided that no one actually knows how magic works. While there are some consistent rules that are evolving as I write, no technique or system that encompasses everything. That goes for psionics also. Psychic powers is just a different form of magic, telepathy included.
On Lexember 11, 2019, I present "as" as "to move air by exhalation, to blow."
On Lexember 10, 2019, I present "boosly" as "to walk away from a fight to calm down."
On Lexember 9, 2019, I present "flinork" as "the violent reaction of disharmonious magical energies."
On Lexember 8, 2019, I present "adysin" as "to accept the vows of marriage."
On Lexember 7, 2019, I present "oplin" as "to change the frequency of magic to match another."
On Lexember 6, 2019, I present "gsach" as "the resonance of magical energies interacting."
On Lexember 5, 2019, I present "gsubi" as "a marriage between two people."
The whole idea of the United Hidanork Tribes started with Elizabeth Moon's The Deeds of Paksenarrion. It was the first time I heard of the term taig to refer to the land itself as a distinct being capable of magic and awareness. I'm not sure about the history of the word (and my Google search isn't good enough to verify) but the idea of the taig had stuck with me ever since I read that scene.
On Lexember 4, 2019, I present "shik" as "a supernatural force that affects the world."
On Lexember 3, 2019, I present "kasi" as "a tract of land."
On Lexember 2, 2019, I present "misa" as "a strong wind."
On Lexember 1, 2019, I present "soli" as "the aggregate of solid mineral formations that makes up bedrock or the earth's crust."
For this week's world-building post, I want to talk about tent poles. In this case, I'm not talking about the ones under a circus tent but ways of exploring the world through fiction and documentation (writing dictionary or encyclopedia entries).
Last week, I wrote a short story called I Will Hurt You Only Once. This is a story about Gichyòbi telling his young daughter about the rite of passage into adulthood such as Rutejìmo's in Sand and Blood. Both of these are about how trauma affects magic in the world of Fedran.
So, with me writing Looking for The Wrong Thing, I realized I need to start working on the constructed language Hissian, the language spoken by the United Hidanork Tribes in the creatively named country of Hidanork.
Two weeks ago, I went to ICON for four days of fun and a lot of panels. Here are my thoughts and a few observations.
One of the first questions asked at world-building panels is "how to get started?". Starting is scary when trying to build a world intended to be used for decades as opposed to a (relatively) smaller world for only a short story or two.
So, I was gently pinged on my Patreon that I don't do a lot of status updates. I appreciate the reminders, so I'm going to try writing up a monthly post of everything I serialize on my fantasy website.
The deadline for submission for the writing workshop at ICON 44 has been extended to October 15.
I will be running a writing workshop at ICON 44. If you are interested, check out the post.
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.
Over the last few months, I've been berating myself about representation of queer characters in my world. Last year, I made a list on Twitter about some of the queers that I've already introduced. Those haven't changed but I realized that I'm had not made any of those characters obvious that they were queer despite the fact they are and have been from the beginning.
Hours later, Desòchu abandoned wakes up in the middle of the desert and covered in scratches. What is he going to do? How could he survive? He quickly figures out he has only two options.
Days later, Desòchu still struggles with his father's disappearance and the clan's silence. But how far would he go when he finally loses his temper?
When Desòchu wakes up, his father is still missing and now he is fully responsible for his brother. Without anyone to comfort him or allow him to grieve, what could he do?
Despite having a night away from his duties, Desòchu can't get over his guilt about leaving his brother with his father. He decided to head back before something went wrong.
This week I submitted chapters three and four of Raging Alone to the writing group. There were some good points made but one of the ones that the entire table brought up was the names. I figured that I could use the tool I just wrote to find out how bad it was.
With some of the teenagers from another clan leaving in the morning, Desòchu hopes to get a few more hours to enjoy before resuming his duties with his brother. That meant waiting for his father to come back and hope that he wasn't too drunk.
When it comes to projects that I probably will never finish, Author Intrusion is probably right up there. Most of the time, it is because I keep restarting because I learned significant lessons. This last week was one of those cases.
On the thirthieth day of National Poetry Month, I present a poem about battle and fighting for a cause.
For the twenty-ninth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote about poem about my son's first breath.
For the twenty-eight day of National Poetry Month, the theme is forbidden lesbian lovers.
On the twenty-seventh day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a poem about my marriage.
On the twenty-sixth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about losing a child.
For the twenty-fifth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about slavery and racism.
For the twenty-fourth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little spoiler for a novel I'm planning on writing.
On one of the few nights where Desòchu had a break, he spent it with his friends getting drunk. He figured he could get home before anyone noticed. He was wrong.
Content Warning for Suicide and Murder For the twenty-third day of National Poetry Month, I have a poem about the horrors of growing up.
For the twenty-second day of National Poetry Month, I have a poem about steam engines.
For the first and twenty day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a poem about attuning oneself to rock.
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.
For the nineteenth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a poem about how telepaths view the world.
About four years ago, I started posting weekly chapters. As of this week, I've been doing that for two hundred consecutive weeks.
For the eighteenth day of National Poetry Month, I present a little poem about being immortal. Remarkably, I'm not fond of immortals as a theme.
For National Poetry Month, I present another poem for day seventeen: I Am Shadows. This is a little piece about assassins using shadow magic.
On his birthday, Desòchu is stilling alone on the edge of the cliff remembering his mother. But what will happen when someone arrives to dredge up the forbidden thoughts?
On the sixteenth day of April, I present another poem for National Poetry Month. Today we have a little piece about high society and telepathy.
There are three parts to the so-called war between the sun and moon clans: Mifúno. Mifúno is the personification of the desert, kind of a combination of bad luck and death combined into one.
On the fourtheenth days of April, I present another poem for National Poetry Month. Today, the poem is about the conflict between Tachìra and Chobìre, the source of most clan's magic. This also ties into the creation myth for the north western part of the desert.
On the thirteenth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little lullaby. I like cadence poetry a lot more than rhyming. In this case, you have 2/3/3/3 syllable pattern. It also fits the pattern I sing to my kids when they are feeling sick.
For a little sweetness, I wrote a little poem about a trans girl finding a boyfriend. I figured it was a good unicorn chaser to yesterday's poem but also because there are parts of my world that is accepting of trans and queers.
I've organized much of my planned ideas for future novels and stories around three phases related to a world war that marks the passage of Fedran from a world of magic to one of industry and steampunk.
For the ninth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a little poem about racism.
Desòchu's friends try to get him a night away from his brother to relax and have fun, but will his obligations keep him stuck at home, alone with his brother?
For the ninth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a little poem about racism.
On the eighth day of National Poetry Month, I return to one of my favorite topics: crafting.
For the seventh day of National Poetry Month, I have a little one about body integrity dysphoria or the feeling like a limb doesn't belong to yourself.
So, to contrast yesterday's poem for National Poetry Month, I have a poem about polyamory.
On the fifth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about asexuality.
On the fourth day of National Poetry Month, I write a little poem with my least favorite pattern: rhyming.
On the third day of National Poetry Month, I have a littlie poem about martial practice.
Desòchu wakes up to his grandmother screaming at his father for how Desòchu put his brother to sleep the night before. Guilt and regret keep him awake but how does he deal with a grieving family?
For the second day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a little poem about the sexualization and biases of the dalpre as they integrate into society as "free" people.
For the first day of the month, I wanted to start with a poem about manifesting powers.
My high-level breakdown of 2018 incomes and expenses for writing.
I've decided to participate with National Poetry Month for the first time. In my case, this means I'm going to write a poem a day in April. As with the rest of my writing this decade, these poems are going to be focused on Fedran.
After hours of grieving, the last thing Desòchu wanted to come home to was a crying baby.
A scream wakes up Desòchu while he is watching his brother. The first thought was his mother who had gone out on a walk. Terrified, he rushed to find out.
Desòchu finally get a chance to sit down and meet his new baby brother, Rutejìmo.
Desòchu goes to check on his mother while she is sleeping. To his horror, he finds her bleeding out across the bed. He tries to call for help but panics.
Return home, Desòchu spends some time with his mother who is in the last few days of her pregnancy.
Desòchu is bored. He doesn't want to hang out with his friends or head home to his pregnant mother. However, one of the clan warriors, Kiramíro, insisted on a few words.
After the battle, the three recover in Rock River. Kanéko is shunned by the others but her two friends are willing to stand next to her.
Kanéko's weapons are finally done. The only thing left is to fight Damagar. No plan survives the enemy though.
As we are now coming to the end of Flight of the Scions, it's time to work on the next project. The next one is related to my first series, Raging Alone. After spending a week on it, the first chapters are up for patrons.
Kanéko struggles to finish her weapon against Damagar. Her father gets involved, interrupting her as he demand answers.
Racing back to the tower, Kanéko meets up with Garèo who is also heading back. To her surprise, it looks like he also had a number of battles before their fight with Damagar.
Kanéko hunts after Sinmak after he fell from the sky. Even when she finds him, there is no rest as Damagar's threat continues to drive her to return home.
Returning back to the mill, Kanéko finds the remains of a battle with most of the pack already captured. Maris, on the other hand, hasn't given up as she duels with Sinmak, the man responsible for Kanéko's kidnapping.
Kanéko starts heading back home on her own. In the middle of nowhere, she encounters the one being that she never expected.
On Lexember 30, 2018, I present "zushichya."
On Lexember 29, 2018, I present "ashyobyupa."
Abandoned by the others, Kanéko is left behind to stew in her juices.
Kanéko isn't the only one Damagar threatened. Maris wakes up screaming from the creature's threat to kill her entire pack. Panicked, Maris rushes the others to save her family, risking all three of the teenagers with her impatience.
As the three rest on the side of the river, Damagar projects a threat to Kanéko. Either she kills Ruben or the creature kills her parents.
Kanéko and Maris have a moment to talk to each other. The dalpre has certain expectations that Kanéko is not uncomfortable taking on.
On Lexember 5, 2018, I present "ragofuchino."
On Lexember 2, 2018, I present "ryakochyani."
Tempers fray as they struggle to translate Ruben's designs into reality.
I'm finishing the work on naming the various cards.
All three of them struggle to put together a raft without having the experiences to do so.
Kanéko struggles to sleep the night they leave for the river. There are too many doubts and risks for their trip but she desperately needed sleep also.
While flying around, Maris sees the mercenaries focusing on the same route they are planning on taking. The three decide to go a different, riskier, route.
I'm working on naming various cards.
Hiding in the vomen shelter, Kanéko finds herself anxious to head home.
I'm expanding the contents of the cards in preparation to drawing and illustrating them.
As the trio continues to head back home, they are attacked by Damagar.
I'm introducing my designs for a deck of cards set in Fedran.
Feeling dirty and anxious, Kanéko uses some stolen clothes from Corbin to get a new outfit.
Kanéko has a chance to hunt for food. As they prepare it, Ruben gives her a lesson in telepathy.
One of the two panels I did at ICON 43 this year was Using RPG Mechanics to Balance Written Characters. This panel focused using RPG games to supplement the writing process. Along the way, I got to bounce ideas off the audience and crystallized some of my thoughts.
After a four day weekend of having fun at ICON, my home convention, it's time to focus on other things. The fleeting moments, though, are always good to write down.
Kanéko has a chance to learn more about Ruben and Maris.
Kanéko finds herself in a nightmare created by Damagar. The behemoth has an offer, one that she might not be willing to concede.
Kanéko is woken up again when Virsian bursts into the room. The mercenaries had caught Ruben and Maris. Kanéko now has a choice, does she try to rescue her new friends or flee?
This year, I'm attending ICON 43 including the Author block on Thursday. I hope to see you there!
Kanéko wakes up as Virsian catches her sleeping in the cat woman's cabin.
Kanéko, Maris, and Ruben arrive at the Boar Hunt Inn but realize they can't go inside because the mercenaries are still waiting for them. Fortunately for Kanéko, Maris knows about a cabin set some distance from the inn.
Fleeing the indescribable beast who threatened them, Kanéko and Maris have to carry the unconscious Ruben between them. Tempers fray as they realized there is more going on than just releasing a monster from the rocks.
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Struggling to keep up on bare feet over sharp rocks, Kanéko travels with Maris and Ruben. Along the way, they find out they have more in common than she ever suspected.
Over the last few weeks, I've been tweaking my publishing process to automate more of the release and generation process.
Kanéko recovers in the back of Ruben's and Maris's wagon. The two teenagers that she had mocked were the only ones that appeared to be willing to help, but does she deserve it after what she did?
After traveling for hours, Kanéko finally stumbles on a small village on the way back to the Boar Hunt Inn. With little money, she has a lot more trouble than being waterlogged and black.
Coming out from the trees, Kanéko finds a road to follow. She only has choices, Jinto Panzir or back to the Boar Hunt Inn. Which direction should she choose?
Waking up after a night sleeping in the mud by the river, Kanéko is overwhelmed by the realization that Pahim had betrayed her and now men were searching the woods for her.
Kanéko wakes up in the wagon. It takes her a moment to realize Pahim is taking her the wrong way. He doesn't want to join the others on the trip but is instead taking her to Jinto Panzir.
Kanéko wakes up in the morning to find that the rest of the class had left without her, leaving only Pahim alone to catch up with the others. But there are other things waiting for her, including a stern meeting with Falkin for getting the rest of the class drunk.
Buzzed with the excitement of having a private dinner with a successful merchant and Falkin, Kanéko returns to her room to find Pahim and his friends had drunken themselves into a stupor.
Surprised by Falkin's offer of a better room, Kanéko gets a chance to enjoy a hot bath. Then she is surprised by another dalpre, a cat woman named Virsian.
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.
Kanéko's curiosity and skin color get her in trouble when she spies a steam-powered vehicle in front of the inn.
After days of traveling, Kanéko finally gets a break as they arrive at the Boar Hunt Inn, the center point of their trip. As they approach, she makes plans to hide from Garèo and spend her time with Pahim.
Kanéko's archery and riding lessons with Garèo start off poorly and get worse. The only highlight is Pahim cheering her own, though she never expected for Maris to also encourage her.
On the road with Pahim, Kanéko makes the bold move of avoiding Garèo and setting up camp with Pahim well away from the others.
Bruised and humiliated, Kanéko arrives in Rock River. As Garèo is distracted by the appearance of his horse, she is forced to deal with the dog girl. Things go quickly wrong when Maris runs off without warning.
As they head to meet up with the rest of the students, Garèo takes a detour to pick up one of his other students. Kanéko quickly finds herself in trouble with the new student when she can't see beyond the furry ears and tail.
As they head to meet up with the rest of the students, Garèo takes a detour to pick up one of his other students. Kanéko is dismissive until she finds out their destination has a steam-driven saw, one of the very things she found fascinating since she found out she couldn't use magic.
After dragging her heavy chest to the mile marker outside her father's tower, Kanéko finds out that her lies have dragged her further into deception when she meetings up with Garèo, a native brought in to teach her the ways of the desert.
Recovering from the explosion in the stable, Kanéko realizes her father is going to take away her tools while she is on her trip. Desperate to keep going, she decides to do the only thing she could think of: hide them.
Years later, Kanéko is still haunted by that fateful day when she found she had no ability to use magic. Unwilling to accept that, she found a new 's struggle to erase that fateful day have still borne no fruit. Her current passion of puzzling out
Late in manifesting her powers, Kanéko can't wait to find out which magical ability she will have. Could it be her father's earth magic, a simple talent, or something more exotic? Will she be a mage of legends or only the daughter of a local bartim?
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".
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.
At this point, Second-Hand Dresses has been drafted and is now entering the pipeline to get published. This means a couple rounds of editing, then saving up money from patrons to pay for editors and printing, and then actually publishing it.
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.
Today, Alex Penland is releasing their second book, The Letter Mage: Second Quatro. This series is a collection of short and long stories following the 14-year-old Aleph as he infiltrates the departments of the Lunar University, encountering love, espionage, and academia.
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.
As we are in the final stretch of Second-Hand Dresses. As of today, the novel has been drafted out and the rest of the chapters scheduled.
Lily has finally finished the dress. It is perfect to everyone except herself. Fortunately for her, her obsession was interrupted by Mindil and Kendrick who are more than willing to distract her.
To make it easier to read my chapters and posts, I've hooked up a number of mailing lists to my various websites. This way, you can get the chapters or my blog posts (or announcements if you want them less frequently) directly to your mail box.
Embarrassed at being caught making out with Mindil, Lily sits down with her two lovers to talk about their future. To her surprise, both are willing to accept the other and Mindil even promises her husband. There is only one thing Lily has to do....
Working through the tears of her betrayal to her best friend, Lily dreads hearing the door on her store ring out. There were only two people who would show up, both of them ready to ruin her day. It was just a matter of which one would come.
Lily dreaded having lunch with Mindil and Hasan. As much as she adored both of them, the guilt of her adulterous night with Hasan hung over her like a blade poised at her neck.
I've summarized both income and expenses over 2017 when it comes to writing and publishing books.
Lily's perfect morning started as she finished the embroidery on Nirih's dress. She is finally able to focus and the dress was finally coming into shape. However, everything is put into risk when Mindil shows up.
On Lexember 31, I present norikuchyofune.
When Lily wakes up with a torn dress and a man face-down in her lap, there really is only one thing she can do: try not to get too excited and take a shower. Of course, even a simple task like that can be fraught with dangers.
Worried about Kendrick, Lily rushed to the port area to rescue him. What she finds is a drunken water mage trying to drown himself with the memory of her hanging over his head.
As we come up to the end of the year, here is an exhaustive list of things I've written that are eligible for 2017 awards.
Frustrated at her lack of progress, Lily creates the design of the dress she feels will work though it would be scandalous for Mindil to wear such an outfit, much less Nirih. However, as she is considering it, she has an unexpected visitor.
Encouraged by Tabithas, Lily is ready to face Hasan in her house again. This time, she is sure she will be able to resist his seduction and focus on what is important, keeping her business and her honor by following her mother's threats.
This week, I have a little rant about birth control and introduce the next chapter of Lily's tale.
At Rose Manor, Lily presents herself to her mother who is furious about Lily not finishing Nirih's dress. Stunned and unable to respond, Lily is berated by her mother who threatens one of the things most precious to Lily if she doesn't complete the dress.
While being driven back to Rose Manor, the full impact of the night before strikes Lily. She realizes that she had betrayed Mindil's trust by sleeping with Hasan and the guilt seems to stab her in the loneliness of the carriage.
After a night of passion, Lily wakes up to Hasan who is still interesting in going a few rounds. Their intimacy is interrupted by Tabithas, who has a dire summon for Lily at her mother's house.
Hasan serves Lily a feast that sets the stage for her own struggle with her lusts. It doesn't take too long before her ill-fated attempt to relieve her passions backfire and she finds herself falling into the man she had fallen for.
In two weeks on Saturday, November 4, I'll be at the Fourth Annual Book Bums Writing Workshop. This is a one-day workshop at the West Liberty Public Library.
This week's naughty chapter is about Lily coming home to find Hasan cooking dinner for him. Unexpected, she finds that she wants him even more and her resolve to avoid cheating with Mindil rises up until she is forced to take matters into her own fingers.
This week is a lovely chapter filled with positive things for Lily including increasing the services she can to offer, kissing Mindil, and learning more about herself. At the same time, we find out Mindil has to go away for a few days to retrieve her children; this triggered a brief conversation about children in polygamous relationships.
I had some technical difficulties this week, so it is a short posting again. This week, Lily is happily working on her dress when she is interrupted once again. This time, it is from Margiold who is in a fury because her daughter's dress isn't done weeks before it was done. Unreasonable? Probably. However when Lily breaks down, she finds comfort from an unexpected source.
A short week for the blog post. Lily gets a chance to get Kendrick while they walk home. Nothing raunchy, just sweet.
My "home" convention is ICON, Iowa's longest running Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions. This year, the convention is September 29--October 1, 2017; just a few days away.
This week is a sweet little chapter of Lily and Kendrick meeting together in the middle of a water-soaked road, completely with drawn swords and explosions. It ends well, as most of this novel, but it lets me enjoy my favorite weather: rain.
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.
This week, I talk about world-building the ideals of beauty and creating characters who buck those trends. Plus, poor Lily can't get a break on her overwhelming projects when Mindil comes with a surprise interruption of teasing and sweets.
This week is a short chapter, mostly a little tease about Lily's and Kendrick's relationship. It also heaps up some distractions up on poor Lily, but she manages to actually complete something and give him a little extra to make his life easier.
This week I talk about Kendrick's stalking, why I like teasing scenes, and briefly only female masturbation in romance novels. I also introduce the chapter where some of Kendrick's secrets come out to reveal a more complicated man.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I finally get to answer why Rutejìmo can take so much damage and still be walking.
Sand and Bone is almost ready for publication. Just a few more steps. Oh, and another chapter being released.
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?
In this chapter, Rutejìmo has a chance to dole out some wisdom that he has learned over the last few books.
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?
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.
Rutejìmo has come up to a point in his life, where he has to choose between his own life or dying for the clan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the last day of Lexember, I give you a word for the joy of finishing a good book.
On the thirtieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for an unread book.
On the third to last day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper cut.
On the twenty-eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper.
Safely back at the city, Rutejìmo spends a leisurely day exploring the city. At least until Dimóryo finds him again.
On the twenty-seventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for accounting or book of accounts.
On the 26th day of Lexember, I give you a word for a book or registry of taxes owed.
On the twenty-fifth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a registry or list of items.
On the twenty-fourth day of Lexember, I give you a word for The Book of Ash.
On the twenty-third day of Lexember, I give you a word for a children's book or written story.
On the twenty-second day of Lexember, I give you a word for a bound book.
On the twenty-first day of Lexember, I give you a word for written instructions.
Rutejìmo returns to Kosobyo City and finds himself in an unfamiliar civilization that only vaguely resembled his own. Also a little bit on hair.
On the twentieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a formalized description of a battle or fight.
On the nineteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for essays or other factual descriptions.
On the eighteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the western style of writing with vowels as accents on the consonants..
On the seventeenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the northern and eastern style of writing with separate vowels on the same line as the consonants.
On the sixteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for printed advertisement, such as a poster or in a newspaper.
On the fifteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for advertisement.
On the fourteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the details of how words are written or typed.
A grandfather looking for revenge and a man who cannot stop him.
On the thirteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a newspaper or poster.
As we approach the end of the year, there is a consolidate list of the pieces I've published in 2016.
On the twelfth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the sound of a mechanical printing press operating.
On the eleventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for writing of prayers on sand using a finger.
On the tenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the art of writing on temporary places such as sand or water.
On the ninth day of Lexember, I give you a word writing a marriage proposal.
On the eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for legal contracts and word puzzles.
On the seventh day of Lexember, we have a word for writing using buildings and architecture.
Chapter eight is a quiet chapter that sets the tone for what will be Rutejìmo inner struggle for the book.
On the sixth day of Lexember, we have a word for writing with embroidery or sewing.
On the fifth day of Lexember, I have a word for writing tiny letters.
On the fourth day of Lexember, I have a word for the medium of writing.
On the third day of Lexember, I include a typesetting measurement.
On the second day of Lexember, I include a foot in my master plan.
On the first day of Lexember, I started by journey with the smallest finger.
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.
I've posted the last chapters of Flight of the Scion for my subscribers. After this, I'm making a few changes to subscriptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week, I introduce the plot for Sand and Ash while Kanéko has the epic fight that I original intended to write.
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.
This week, I start the serialization of Sand and Bone, the third and final book of Rutejìmo's story.
After just over seven months of weekly posting, Sand and Blood has now been released as a Creative Common novels.
These two chapters focus on social roles and positions between different characters and their relationships.
These two chapters focus on social roles and positions between different characters and their relationships.
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.
This week, both series talk about doubt in different forms: violence and death for Rutejìmo and Kanéko has her questions about her father.
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.
Sometimes, we have a few lessons that need to be taught before all the action starts again. This chapter has a few quite moments.
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.
Both trios find out a bit of their enemies this week along with revealing secrets for everyone. Plus Sand and Ash is out.
A smattering of lessons, both about death and more cheerful things. We are getting to some of the more interesting parts of both novels.
This week, both Kanéko and Rutejìmo are dealing with the conquences of their action scenes in the previous chapter.
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.
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.
I go to WisCon for a number of reasons, but probably the biggest one is that I go to be uncomfortable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In just over a week, I'll be at WisCon on a few panels, doing a reading, and generally having fun.
Looking at Flight of the Scions, it's obvious that my main characters are actually rather intelligent.
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.
Magical talents are one of the underlying aspects of Fedran, but how everyone gains their powers is wildly different.
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.
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.
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.
The climax of Sand and Ash but one that comes in a whispered confession to a man who can't speak.
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.
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 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.
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.
While Rutejìmo is struggling with guilt as he plans on leaving Mapábyo, Kanéko is being attacked for being nothing more than curious and black.
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.
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.
This week Rutejìmo gets a hint of what he is becoming and Kanéko finds herself falling for a boy.
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.
And one of my favorite characters, the absolutely adorable Maris, is finally introduced to the readers.
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.
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.
In the fourth chapter of Flight of the Scions, we introduce one of my favorite, screwed-up characters.
This week we have two very different stories going on, both of my characters are setting out on their paths.
This week is Sand and Ash 20 and the second chapter of Flight of the Scions both talk about obsession and hope.
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.
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.
The seventeenth chapter is the point where Rutejìmo realizes the biggest mistake he had made: failing to understand how much Mapábyo loves him.
Banyosiōu, someone who lost their clan. I never planned on having a word for this when I started this novel, but it became a gateway into something far deeper than I could ever imagine.
I rarely think about what I'm writing. Call it intuitive or just being a pantser. I wasn't thinking when I wrote this chapter, but it ended up being the first time I've used a phrase that would be the hallmark of the rest of the series.
Abandoned by everyone he knew, Rutejìmo retreated to a bar to lick his wounds and drown himself in a mug of alcohol. But sooner or later, the money would run out and then where would he be?
Chapter thirteen could best be described as 'tough love,' both in what the main character went through but also why.
Chapter twelve will be an uncomfortable one for some readers, but one that I think is critical for the story and plot. It is violent and sad, but one that sets Rutejìmo on a path that he needs to travel.
A followup for the last four days of glorious fun at ICON.
In the desert, warriors dedicate their entire lives to protecting their clan. With their powers comes many disadvantages, including sterility.
The tenth chapter of Sand and Ash surprised me when I wrote it, mainly because one character was entirely unexpected.
The ninth chapter of Sand and Ash is all about making decisions, some good and some poor.
The eighth chapter of Sand and Ash introduces the first new clan for the book. And one of the many warriors in Rutejìmo's life.
The seventh chapter of Sand and Ash is when most of the readers realized that Rutejìmo is an idiot or at least blind. And that's a good thing.
The sixth chapter of Sand and Ash gives a chance to give some of the women in Rutejìmo's life a bit more screen time.
The fifth chapter of Sand and Ash introduces some ideas behind the desert culture. They don't tell someone they are doing something wrong, they guide them to the conclusion that needs to be made.
The fourth chapter of Sand and Ash is now available. Also some discussions of being an outsider.
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.
The third chapter of Sand and Ash is now available. Also some discussions of warrior's sterility, Rutejìmo's pacifism, and Chimípu being the Chosen One.
Years ago, I almost made my first novel Creative Commons licensed but I didn't have the courage. This time, I'm going to do it.
Author Intrusion, though I think it will help my writing, has a risk of getting caught in the objective and mechanical aspects of writing.
Life is about changes, both the little changes that happen from day to day and the big ones. In this case, it is the little changes of how I connect with readers online.
A few weeks ago, I went on my big trip for the year which included four days at the family cabin and four days at WisCon, one of my two conventions of the year.
I've gotten the final schedule for WisCon and I have two events. In addition, I got myself on the cover of another magazine, Bloodbond.
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.
While creating the fictionary for Sand and Blood, we found a typo in the book. I decided to use that opportunity to switch distributors, add italics, and fix that one little bug.
Over the last week, I've been creating a fictionary for Sand and Blood. Here are my experiences of the process.
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.
Today, I got my contributor's copy for Trysts of Fate where I have a short story inside.
This Thursday, I got a contributor's copy of Outposts of Beyond. It never gets old to see my name on the cover of anything.
I spent the last few weeks getting things off my to do list so I could focus on Author Intrusion, but it looks like I need another week or so before that happens.
Back in 2011, I wrote a humorous fantasy story called Best of Enemies. It had a six month exclusive contract, but I had forgotten it until a few days ago. Since it won't be published anywhere else, here it is.
I haven't really considered writing as anything more than a hobby until 2012, but I've been tracking my income and expenses since 2002. Here is a breakdown of my writing income.
It was a productive week, mainly knocking things off my to do list, working on Journals, and being slightly stressed out.
Partially in response to a Reddit challenge and also for detail work for Journals of Fedran, I needed to come up with the Tarsan Standard Calendar. This is how the calendar came to be.
After two months of working, Journals of Fedran is finally at a stopping point.
One of the hardest parts is coming up with a visual style for something. But, using the inspiration for Journals, I have come up with the covers for the issues and the individual stories.
After a weekend of working on things, I've pretty happy with my progress on the Journals project.
As I'm writing these difference pieces for Journals, I realize that I'm going to be hearing a phrase a lot: I'm not your target audience.
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.
This year I was able to go to two days of ICON 39, one of the two conventions that I was planning on going this year. It was a fun two days of writing and talking.
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.
After a small set of setbacks, it has become obvious that Sand and Ash won't be coming out by the end of the year.
Last night, I completely reorganized my writing repository to get around some limitations of Git.
The latest version of Sand and Blood is now available in all the stories. This includes copy editing and some clarifications, resulting in version 1.1.0.
A status update on the Rutejìmo series, including a little bit of humiliation.
For my birthday, my wife gave me a weekend alone. Originally, I planned on coding until the wee hours of the morning but then I decided to work on my novel instead.
My philosophy for Fedran stories comes from a single conversation with a friend right before Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace, came out.
I realized that I haven't been obvious everywhere I hang my hat on social networks. Here is a list along with what I post where.
One of the complexities of authors is their names. I want to avoid making an assumption of how they are displayed and used. At the same time, I want to reuse the logic to handle character names within the story.
Announcing Smashwords sale and a GoodReads giveaway for Sand and Blood.
As part of the final steps for Sand and Blood, I've created a number of pages for the quotes that start every chapter.
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.
On Amazon, if you buy the print version, you can get the ebook version for free.
Twenty-one years ago, I made a promise to myself that I would dedicate my first book to my high school teachers. I finally did that, but now I need to let them know.
After three years, Sand and Blood has finally been published.
I'm down to two different covers, but I can't decide. A request for opinions on the two.
So many things to do to get a novel out. A list of things I think I have left.