Writing the Ridiculous

Inevitably, when an author gets big enough, someone will come to them and say, “I have this great idea. How about I tell it to you, and you can write it and we’ll split the money.” Naturally, the author will never say yes. The reason is that ideas are a dime a dozen, and even the most ridiculous idea can be turned into a story. It’s just a matter of figuring out how. In 2014, I had submitted a story for the anthology One Horn to Rule Them All. James A. Own was doing the cover art. While the submission window was still open, he, as a joke, posted an image with the comment, “Here is my first stab at a cover.” The image showed a potato with a unicorn horn. Above the image was written “The Unitato, half unicorn, half...

Message of Fate

Just a short one today to wet your appetite. Message of Fate, a short story set immediately before the Kurnugi Trilogy, is now available for free on Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. It should be available in other places soon. Barnes and Noble Smashwords

Kurnugi Progress

Once again, it’s been far longer than I intended between posts. A lot has happened in the past few months. First, progress is happening on the Kurnugi front. Delphi is set to be released at the end of May. Mirror has been submitted, though the title will probably change. I’m about halfway through the first draft of Mimir. The cover for Delphi is below. I just got back from Superstars Writing Seminar. As usual it was immensely valuable. I had dinner with┬áMark Leslie Lefebvre, the director of Kobo Writing Life and may have some exciting things coming as a result of that. Additionally, Windspoken has been submitted to HarperCollins, and Alacia, now titled The Frozen Prophet, has been submitted to Desert Books.   Also, you may remember that a year...

NaNoWriMo

Next month is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words entirely in the month of November. Now, you may ask, “What’s the point?” It’s a fair question. After all, if one truly wants to be a writer, there is only one requirement. You must write. If you want to be a professional writer, well that’s a different animal altogether, but the first step remains the same, and since you can write at any point during they year, why wait until November to do so? The answer is you shouldn’t. Then, why am I excited about the upcoming month? I’m glad you asked. Over the past year, I’ve written several short stories, rewritten three novels, outlined two others, and done assorted other writerly tasks....

What’s wrong with steel grey eyes?

I was in the process of transforming Alacia from a YA to a middle grade, and I came across this line: “He didn’t remember the councilmember’s name, but she had steel grey eyes and a penetrating gaze.” Now, if you know anything about Alacia, you know that it is about people who live in cities built directly out of icebergs. They spend their entire lives in these floating cities. As a result, they don’t have metal tools. In fact, steel would quickly rust. They wouldn’t know what steel is and would have no concept of “steel grey eyes.” Now, I’ve gone through this book multiple times, but somehow, I never caught that. Of course, this time, I was much more focused on Alacian culture. My protagonist is changing from...

Man of Steel, a review…sort of

This isn’t so much a review as it is random thoughts about the movie, which I guess is technically a review. Be warned. Spoilers abound, also watch out for my rant on whether Clark or Superman is/supposed to be the mask. Overall, I enjoyed the movie, though I think they tried to cram too much into it. A Superman origin story is very nearly a complete story in itself. It needs a little to add conflict to it, but it doesn’t need a villain like Zod. There’s almost more to Zod than can be dealt with in a single story. I think mixing the two was a mistake, and as a result, certain parts felt rushed. Then there was Zod demanding that Lois be brought on board…for no reason. She was just there as a plot device to help Superman get free. While...

Of Ice and Curians

I never intended it to go this long between posts. Alacia’s had an interesting run. It got past the slush pile at Pyr and got to Lou Anders. Just yesterday I got the rejection, though it was the most encouraging rejection I’ve ever gotten. Some highlights: “I wanted to tell you again that I enjoyed reading it and hope you will consider us for future projects.” “The scene where Kiyiuq actually saves Alacia seemed very short and almost matter-of-fact for something so badass that the whole book was building toward” “I do hope to see more from you in the future.” If your not familiar with the publishing world, these kinds of things aren’t the sort of things editors say without meaning them, so I think I’m...