Nylean Bestiary – Selkie

The Nylean Bestiary is nearing completion. In case you hadn’t heard, , one of the sixty creatures of the bestiary, the dragon, will be drawn by James Artimus Owen, which I am really excited about. If all goes according to plans, it should be released this September. For now, here’s another sample entry, the Selkie. The selkie are shapeshifters that inhabit the colder seas of the world. In their natural form, they resemble seals, though they swim much faster than their animal counterparts. They can, however, shed their skin to take on human form. Selkie live in small family units. These rarely reach a number of more than a dozen. The primary magic of the selkie is that of transformation. They are able to shift from the form of a seal to that of an...

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...

Choosing a title

You will occasionally hear authors struggle with picking a title. Newer writers in particular agonize over it. Kevin J. Anderson once told me that he was working with a Chinese game company. They were looking to name a big Game of Thrones type dynastic game. He wanted to call it END OF EMPIRES, but they said it was unlucky to start a title with a negative word (like End or Fall). Now, there are countless possible cultural implications in various phrasings. If you ever get to the point where that becomes a serious concern, well, let’s just say that’s a good problem to have. Still, there are a lot of factors to take into account. The first is how common a title is. In this area, I made a huge mistake with my first boo, Delphi. Delphi is a historical...