Nylean Bestiary – Firefox

It’s been a while since I did a preview for the Nylean Bestiary. Here’s the next one, the firefox. Firefox In the far north, the skies sometimes blaze with brilliant fire, but what few know is that it is not the sky itself that burns. Rather, it is only the remnant of the trail left by the creature running through the snow below. It is unknown exactly how firefoxes come to be. No one has ever seen so much as an infant, and there are no reliable sources of seeing more than one firefox together. There are those who claim that there is only one, but on very rare occasions, a hunter has managed to kill a firefox, a tragedy which obviously disproves that belief. Firefoxes run across the snow with such speed that the sparkle of their burning fur would be...

Nylean Bestiary – Hag

Here’s the second in my previews for the Nylean Bestiary. The hag.   Hag No one knows exactly what hags are. Some say they are the spirits of those betrayed into death. Others claim that they are the spirits of swamps. Few things are known for certain. They are both old and powerful. They cannot be easily killed as their life force is linked to the swamp in which they reside. If their physical body is destroyed, they will eventually reform unless their life force is destroyed. This often means destroying the swamp itself, though there are rumors that the life force may be extracted from the swamp. Hags specialize in making bargains. Men and women who are brave, foolish, or both seek them out to gain the benefit of their great knowledge and power,...

Nylean Bestiary – Leviathan

If you’ve been following me elsewhere, (I haven’t posted here enough, sorry!), then you’ve probably heard me talk about the Nylean Bestiary, a companion to my second self published series, the Nylean Chronicles. In the third book of that series, one of the characters will receive a book title Lords of the Wilde, though that title may change. This book will contain a listing of magical creatures, along with art and description. The bestiary I’ve been putting together will be a real life version of that book. Since I have to collect all the art, it’s a massive project. Lord of the Wilde will hopefully be released by September of next year, but until then, once a month, I will publish an entry from that book. Here’s the first:...

Two new releases today!

I have two new projects being released today. The first in the short story collection: Under the Moon. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of the unitato, a purple unicorn potato. My unitato story essentially came about because James  A. Owen and Lisa Mangum issued a not-really-serious challenge for someone to write such a story. I took up the challenge and wrote the story The Unicorn Prince, which was published in the anthology One Horn to Rule Them All. Fast forward a year, and I released Child of the Wilde, a book set in the same universe, but that wasn’t enough. I mean if there are purple unicorns, there have to be other colors, right? So I decided to release a series of stories focusing on the eight...

Superstar Writing Seminar- How the unitato came to be

Superstar Writing Seminar- How the unitato came to be

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may have heard me mention the unitato. Child of the Wilde, now up for pre-order, expands on the story of unitato. The following is the preface to the book. I normally don’t do prefaces to my books, but this one has a bit of an interesting story, so I figured ‘Why not?’. A friend and writing mentor of mine, Kevin J. Anderson, has a speech he often gives. A part of it goes like this: “If you’re going to write a story, write the best story you can, even if it’s something completely ridiculous like a purple unicorn story. Write the best purple unicorn story you can. If you can’t stand the idea of writing a good purple unicorn story, don’t agree to be in the purple unicorn anthology.” In 2014, at the...

Idea to story

Ideas are not stories. They can provide the seed of a story, but they are not stories in and of themselves. This is one of the most important things a new writer has to realize. There three essential elements to a story: plot, setting, and character. Your idea is often one of these, or even part of one, but its rarely more than that. Regardless of which one it is, you still have to come up with the others. My ideas are usually settings, and I build from there. Here’s an idea that I expanded earlier today so you can see how I do it.   I’m currently relistening to The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Near the beginning, there is this poem.   On his first hand he wore rings of stone, Iron, Amber, Wood and Bone. There were rings unseen on his...

2016 Releases

I haven’t posted in a while, and I’ve received this questions a couple of times, so I decided to do a quick write up about my 2016 releases as well as the first couple of 2017. This is going to be a hectic year for me. The Pharim War, which will span seven books, will be released one book every three months. This series is going to be my priority, but I can’t work on it nonstop or I’ll get burned out. In between those, I’m going to have a new series, The Nylean Chronicles which will be a separate trilogy focusing on the adventures of a young girl named Mira as she tries to establish an order of unicorn knights. That will also have a couple of short story collects that will give a little bit of background info on that world. If it...