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.