My high-level breakdown of 2018 incomes and expenses for writing.
Even though she is no longer in the High Society circles, Lily still has a chance to go to the party to see how Nirih's dress is presented. Nothing prepares her, however, with what else would happen that night.
I've summarized both income and expenses over 2017 when it comes to writing and publishing books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rutejìmo returns to Kosobyo City and finds himself in an unfamiliar civilization that only vaguely resembled his own. Also a little bit on hair.
As we approach the end of the year, there is a consolidate list of the pieces I've published in 2016.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
While Rutejìmo is struggling with guilt as he plans on leaving Mapábyo, Kanéko is being attacked for being nothing more than curious and black.
This week Rutejìmo gets a hint of what he is becoming and Kanéko finds herself falling for a boy.
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.
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.
Chapter thirteen could best be described as 'tough love,' both in what the main character went through but also why.
The tenth chapter of Sand and Ash surprised me when I wrote it, mainly because one character was entirely unexpected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My philosophy for Fedran stories comes from a single conversation with a friend right before Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace, came out.
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.