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...

Con Crud: Prevention

These days, conventions are an important part of a writer’s life. It’s where you go to make connections. If you go to a larger comic con, that may be where you make a large portion of your sales. They can be fun, but they also come with one major drawback. Con crud. Picture this. You’re almost constantly tired from staying up too late attending room parties. You’re eating food that is terrible for you. Your body is exhausted which translates to a weakened immune system. On top of that, depending on the size of the convention, you’re in close quarters with upwards of a hundred thousand people. It’s a recipe for getting sick, but there are a couple of things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick. Depending on how...