These are the novels, stories, and blog posts categorized with Writing.
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?

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.

On #lexember 20, I present sakofukika or a formalized description of a battle or fight

On the twentieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a formalized description of a battle or fight.

On #lexember 19, I present konufichya or essays or other factual descriptions

On the nineteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for essays or other factual descriptions.

On #lexember 18, I present bifochyo or the western style of writing with vowels as accents on the consonants.

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 #lexember 17, I present chofachi or the northern and eastern style of writing with separate vowels on the same line as 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 #lexember 16, I present pafagukiki or printed advertisement, such as a poster or in a newspaper

On the sixteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for printed advertisement, such as a poster or in a newspaper.

On #lexember 15, I present pifagiki or advertisement

On the fifteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for advertisement.

On #lexember 14, I present kosonomichyu or the details of how words are written or typed

On the fourteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the details of how words are written or typed.

On #lexember 13, I present wafukiki or a newspaper or poster

On the thirteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a newspaper or poster.

My publications for 2016

As we approach the end of the year, there is a consolidate list of the pieces I've published in 2016.

On #lexember 12, I present mafachichi or the sound of a mechanical printing press operating

On the twelfth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the sound of a mechanical printing press operating.

On #lexember 11, I present mikodojyu or writing of prayers on sand using a finger

On the eleventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for writing of prayers on sand using a finger.

On #lexember 10, I present nijijya or the art of writing on temporary places such as sand or water

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 #lexember 8, I present chyukofecho or legal writing or word puzzles

On the eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for legal contracts and word puzzles.

On #lexember 7, I give you binafichu or using writing in architecture

On the seventh day of Lexember, we have a word for writing using buildings and architecture.

Sand and Bone 8, and traditional verses contemporary worship

Chapter eight is a quiet chapter that sets the tone for what will be Rutejìmo inner struggle for the book.

On #lexember 6, I present edamofachya or the art of writing with embroidery

On the sixth day of Lexember, we have a word for writing with embroidery or sewing.

On #lexember 4, I have nefocho or writing on persistent objects

On the fourth day of Lexember, I have a word for the medium of writing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sand and Ash 17, Autism, and Making Mistakes

The seventeenth chapter is the point where Rutejìmo realizes the biggest mistake he had made: failing to understand how much Mapábyo loves him.

Sand and Ash 16, Banyosiōu

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.

MfGames Culture work, Reviews, and other plans

Among many other things, I've been working on a Javascript version of MfGames Culture and got something to show off.

Sand and Ash 15, Phrases of Affection

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.

Sand and Ash 14, Drinking

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?

Sand and Ash 13, Mikáryo

Chapter thirteen could best be described as 'tough love,' both in what the main character went through but also why.

Sand and Ash 12, Punishments, Closure

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.

Followup for ICON 40

A followup for the last four days of glorious fun at ICON.

Sand and Ash 11, Sterility

In the desert, warriors dedicate their entire lives to protecting their clan. With their powers comes many disadvantages, including sterility.

Sand and Ash 10 and Tsubàyo

The tenth chapter of Sand and Ash surprised me when I wrote it, mainly because one character was entirely unexpected.

Sand and Ash 09 and a hint of what is coming

The ninth chapter of Sand and Ash is all about making decisions, some good and some poor.

Sand and Ash 08 and working too hard

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.

Sand and Ash 07 and falling in love badly

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.

Sand and Ash 06, Faríhyo, and Kiríshi

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.

Sand and Ash 05 and Being Subtle

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.

Sand and Ash 04 and Being Different

The fourth chapter of Sand and Ash is now available. Also some discussions of being an outsider.

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.

Sand and Ash 03, Pacifism, and the Chosen One

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.

Sand and Ash, Creative Commons, and Patreon

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.

Mechanical Writing

Author Intrusion, though I think it will help my writing, has a risk of getting caught in the objective and mechanical aspects of writing.

Changes

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.

Family Trip and WisCon 39

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.

WisCon and Bloodbond

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.

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.

Sand and Blood v1.2.0

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.

Creating a Fictionary

Over the last week, I've been creating a fictionary for Sand and Blood. Here are my experiences of the process.

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.

Trysts of Fate - February 2015

Today, I got my contributor's copy for Trysts of Fate where I have a short story inside.

Outposts of Beyond

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.

Meandering This Week

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.

Forgotten Story - Best of Enemies

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.

2014 Writing Income

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.

Rolling up the Weekend

It was a productive week, mainly knocking things off my to do list, working on Journals, and being slightly stressed out.

Tarsan Standard Calendar

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.

Journals of Fedran is at a stopping point

After two months of working, Journals of Fedran is finally at a stopping point.

Journals of Fedran covers

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.

Journals of Fedran progress

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

I'm Not Your Target Audience

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.

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.

ICON 39 Retrospective

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.

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.

Scheduling Delays

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.

Reorganizing my Git writing repository

Last night, I completely reorganized my writing repository to get around some limitations of Git.

Sand and Blood is mostly updated

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.

Sands

A status update on the Rutejìmo series, including a little bit of humiliation.

Something completely different

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.

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.

Mailing lists and social networking

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.

Author Intrusion - Names

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.

Smashwords sale and GoodReads giveaway

Announcing Smashwords sale and a GoodReads giveaway for Sand and Blood.

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.

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.

Match Book Pricing

On Amazon, if you buy the print version, you can get the ebook version for free.

Fulfilling an Obligation

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.

Sand and Blood is finally here!

After three years, Sand and Blood has finally been published.

Choosing between two Sand and Blood covers

I'm down to two different covers, but I can't decide. A request for opinions on the two.

Always one more thing

So many things to do to get a novel out. A list of things I think I have left.