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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 10 and Tsubàyo

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.