These are the novels, stories, and blog posts tagged with Fedran.
Emotions, Jealousy, and Second-Hand Dresses 29

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.

Award-Eligible Works for 2017

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.

Second-Hand Dresses 28

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.

NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 27

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.

Birth Control and Second-Hand Dresses 26

This week, I have a little rant about birth control and introduce the next chapter of Lily's tale.

Second-Hand Dresses 25

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.

Second-Hand Dresses 24

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.

NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 23

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.

NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 22

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.

Gender Roles, Guilt, Archetypes, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 21

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.

Hair Color, Selling, Children with Parents in Polygamous Relationships, NaNoGenMo, and Second-Hand Dresses 20

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.

NaNoGenMo, ICON, New Laptop, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 19

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.

NaNoGenMo Prep, ICON, and Second-Hand Dresses 18

A short week for the blog post. Lily gets a chance to get Kendrick while they walk home. Nothing raunchy, just sweet.

Rain as a Mood, NaNoGenMo, and Second-Hand Dresses 17

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.

More on Hair, Eye Colors, Falling Rain, and Second-Hand Dresses 16

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.

Ideal Beauties, Standing Alone, Hair Color, and Second-Hand Dresses 15

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.

New Cover, Cover Grammar, and Second-Hand Dresses 14

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.

Stalking, Teasing, Masturbation, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 13

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.

Sex, Endings, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Changes to MfGames Culture

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

Fedran Website Improvements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winding down working on Second-Hand Dresses

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

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

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

Advent Children, The End, Sand and Bone 35, What's Next

After thirty-five weeks, I've finished serializing Sand and Bone. The novel has been completely edited and posted. It is released as Creative Commons BY-NC-SA. On the website, you can download the EPUB, MOBI, and PDF versions of the book. Or you can just read the chapters right on the website.

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

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

Mikáryo, Datobàpo, Flight of the Scions, Patrons, and Sand and Bone 33

We are rapidly heading over to the end of the novel, only three more chapters including this one. We also get to revisit two characters who were influential in Rutejìmo's life as they get one last chance to give their respects and encouragements.

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

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

Second-Hand Dresses 3

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

Master Plots, Book Identifiers, Wind's Teeth, and Sand and Bone 31

It's hard to believe that I'm near the end of the book. Only a few more chapters left. I'm betting I can abuse Rutejìmo a little more before the end though, besides there are a few plots (but not all) to finish up.

Anniversary, Website, and Sand and Bone 30

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

Bryan Aiello podcast

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

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

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

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

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

Idle Thoughts, Worn Ideas, The Choice, and Sand and Bone 27

I've thought a lot about my master plot, the different threads and stories that weave together into where I'm going. Even thought Sand and Bone is a single point-of-view novel, it is part of a master plot that I hope to see some day. I'm just doing it novel-by-novel instead o scene-by-scene. However, there is a drawback of thinking about stories too much and I'm afraid of burning out the idea before it can be pried out of my skull.

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

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

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

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

Unreliable Narrator; Dragon Spirits; Progress; and Sand and Bone 24

This week, I talk about the limitations of third-person limited as it pertains to the master plot. Also, the problem with dragons coupled with why Damagar didn't destroy Kanéko in Flight of the Scions. Finally, an update on the finalization process of Sand and Bone.

Subtle Healing; Progress; and Sand and Bone 23

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

Editing; Front Matter; Italics; Sand and Bone 22

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

Teleportation; Midnight Flight; Sand and Bone 21

Rutejìmo is put into a situation where he has to choose his duties to the clan or the ones to the desert. Which one will he pick? And will the conquences be deadly?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Well, that was anti-climatic

After working on a project for a long time, sometimes it is anti-climatic when it finally gets used.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Miwāfu Glyphs Redux - Basic Font

Continuing my series of making a conscript, this describes the steps of going from a cleaned up vector version of the script to a basic font.

Miwāfu Glyphs Redux - Vectors

Once I got a clean raster version of the glyphs, I use Inkscape to create a vector format which is suitable for importing into FontForge. Part 3 of creating a Miwāfu font.

Miwāfu Glyphs Redux - Scanning

After drawing out the Miwāfu glyphs by hand, I had to scan them in and get them ready for us.

Miwāfu Glyphs Redux - Redrawing

Since I picked up a few new calligraphy pens for my birthday, I tried to write out Miwāfu and found that it was a bit more difficult than I thought. So I redrew them until they weren't difficult.

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.

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.