More writing underway

Hey everyone!

With all this crazyness going around, many of us are finding more spare time on our hands. I hope everyone is doing what they can to be safe and healthy.

In the spirit of isolation, few things help pass such time as reading. A well told story that you can sink into can make everything feel like it disappears. Ebooks are fairly cheap, and even I have a few out so I hope you consider reading during this time.

Personally, I find myself writing again. World building, character arcs, motivations and plots, I can loose myself in crafting such literaturations.

New tales with familiar faces in Hytrae, untold hijinks among the stars, and more have all seen some work lately. I’m still planning on getting something out there later this year, although I am less sure what it will be haha.

Until next time, May God bless you and keep you.

Thanks again!

Hey Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who checked out my promotional book give-a-way. I hope everyone who decided to download it reads it and enjoys it. The price will remain at the lower entry of $0.99 (USD) for The Crystal Seal.

I hope to have some new project updates to post in the next month or so, please stay tuned!

Until next time, May God bless you and keep you.

Last Chance to get The Crystal Seal ebook for Free!

Hey Everyone!

Today is your last chance to get The Crystal Seal ebook at no cost to you! The adventure begins here, and doesn’t cost you anything! Hop over to Amazon and grab it today!

All of my ebooks are (and always have been) DRM free, so you are free to use whatever ebook app you please to enjoy the story. And don’t forget to drop a review if you enjoyed it. It really does help.

The Crystal Seal is Free right now on Amazon!

Hey Everyone!

Just a reminder that Today the first installment of The Sage of Hytrae is Free! The Crystal Seal (ebook edition) can be purchased on Amazon.com and downloaded to any kindle, or device with a kindle app absolutely free!

This free promotion is to celebrate The Crystal Seal turning five years old this month! Find out how the adventure begins today!

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoyed the book. It really helps other people find it.

March Update

Hey Everyone!

This month The Crystal Seal turns 5 years old! It originally released on March 31st 2015, and kicked off The Sage of Hytrae Trilogy. As a celebration of this event The Crystal Seal ebook will be free from March 5th until the 9th. So if you haven’t had a chance please do give the first installment a read, for the best price Free!

In addition to that, you might have noticed all my currently published ebooks have dropped in price. You can now normally get The Crystal Seal for $0.99, and both The Candescent Vessel / The Sorcerer’s Gamble for $2.99. Paper backs for all books are still $9.99 sadly. This is due to printing and distribution costs.

I’m also looking into alternate forms of funding for publishing new books. I have been funding everything out of my own pocket and that causes some difficulty since my funds are limited fairly often. I will always be publishing to everyone that I can, and I won’t ask for additional pay walls for such things. So I’m not really sure what I can offer in this type of model besides maybe sneak peaks, polls, additional/alternative artworks, and possibly some form of dialog (like a discord server to ask questions and hang out?). Nothing is set in stone yet, and I am open for feedback.

Regardless, I am still hoping to get a new book written for this year. I have been quite busy so progress has been slow, so it will probably be a fall release at best again.

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and until next time.

May God bless you and Keep you,

 

 

February Update

Hey Everyone!

Happy new year… oh little late for that haha. Yes the silence has passed, 2020 is planned to be a great year! This year The Crystal Seal is five years old this year! Crazy to think back to that time, my first book, the one that started the trilogy. Really, it was the first personal project I ever finished of any kind.

To celebrate I’m going to be throwing up a sale and price reduction on the kindle versions of all three books! Its not yet, but soon. I have some minor things I need to do first before I can throw up the sale (mostly make it more obvious that there are three books in the series haha). So I will have another post in the near future letting everyone know when the sale and price reductions are live.

Why tell everyone now then? I don’t even have a date to announce after all (I’m thinking early march ish). Well accountability is the first reason. If I tell people I’m more likely to actually get it done. Secondly, nothing is more frustrating to buy something just for it to have a price reduction, or a sale shortly after. So don’t buy kindle right now! *laughter* no one has bought it in months, but hey I can dream. Reminder, if you buy the paperback, you can get the corresponding ebook for free when you buy on amazon.

Anywho, what else? Surely that’s not all right? Well no, not all, but I have even less details about the next one. I am planning on releasing a new book this year! its not finished yet, I might have previously announced working on it, but maybe not. I know its not much to go on, well I guess next  to nothing to go on. But hey, look for something new to read towards the end of the year from me all the same. I will have more updates on this and any other projects later on.

Well happy Valentine’s everyone! Until next time, May God Bless you and Keep you.

 

 

Update for December…

Hey Everyone,

 

Sorry that I have been absent the past two months. Lots of reasons, mostly battling some mental blocks. Not writers block, but motivation issues, I could use taking some of my own advice there for sure. Mental health is so difficult to manage at times.

 

Anyway, I’m hoping to get the newsletter up and going soon, but something has caused me to not do it yet. The Original forums has been attacked by bots, I know due to repeat entries, added messages, not using anything close to a name in the name field, and such. I’ve added a drop down menu that you have to change, so I’m resetting the list so if you have signed up before please do so again. Of course, If you gave me your email in person via an event, then I still have your email and you do not have to resubmit.

 

Writing has slowed down, I’ve been doing some creative writing but nothing that could be published (more fun fan-fiction type stuff, nothing adult though, sheesh). I hope to pick up again soon with a few different ideas, mostly the title I’ve announced I’m working on already, and some Hytrae related stories and structure. I hopefully can get some more info out soon to everyone.

 

I do have plans of making my way to a con of some kind early next year. No decisions have been made on which one, and I am still looking around. If anyone has some suggestions please leave a comment down below. Doesn’t have to be a place to setup a booth or something at, just something related to the scifi/fantasy genre in some way. comic/game/anime doesn’t much matter to me, I haven’t been to a proper convention in several years and really need to get back into them.

 

I’m afraid that’s all the updates I have today, hopefully I can get my tail in gear and start the weekly blogs back up in some capacity.

 

Until next time, may God bless you and keep you.

Of Faith and Fiction

Hey everyone,

I wanted to get one more post in this month. So this is something of a more philosophical post than most of my posts. So fair warning, and disclosure out of the way lets get into this.

Faith and Fiction, one is a story you believe, the other is one you wish you could believe (well, most of the time haha). I’m not going to discuss the reasons or evidence for faith. Instead, I plan to cover the connections and the reason they are not the same, yet often intermingled.

When I was set up at my booth at Old Timer’s days this year someone who stopped to talk to me said something I couldn’t quite respond to. So if you weren’t aware, my books cover a bit of fictional magic. A bit haha, ok it is arguably a large plot point. What this person said was, because of their faith they felt it was a reason such a subject couldn’t be covered in the fiction they read.

Which I was so stricken by, I stumbled around the reasons that shouldn’t matter (especially in my story, but all stories really). I mean, I am a christian author after all, which is the faith the person felt conflicted with the very idea of magic.

The God of this world, is the God who gave us our creativity and inspired the very idea of magic. I mean the scriptures gave the foundations of what magic could be, and where it comes from.

Before anyone raises pitchforks and torches, let me explain. The magic in fiction is NOT the type of magic the bible rebukes. It is a made up world not our reality that fiction takes place in. On top of this, fiction is an escape from our reality and that should be enough to make the distinction.

That short rant out of the way, lets dive deeper.

I can point out so many parallels of how fiction repaints our world to teach and to entertain. So let’s do a little of that shall we?

In Doctor Who, the Doctor is the only one of his kind (in most of the episodes), can exist at any point in time, and has two hearts. I would argue that his character is an eccentric depiction of the God of our universe. The bible suggests that God exists outside of time, so he exists and is present throughout it. That He is the only true God and is alone in this distinction. Lastly, according to the bible, God created Adam in his image. When he made Eve, he took Adam’s side out and put it into Eve to give Eve life. Could that have been that Adam had a second Heart that was given to Eve? That is a romantic idea, but I don’t have more than the idea. You see some parallels though.

That is only one example. And yes, there are many ways that fiction separates from reality. From alien landscapes, to non existent creatures, to magical abilities. They all have some level of grounding in our world though, there are limits to what our minds can create.

There are fans who make religions out of works of fiction. This is a product of a deep desire to connect to something bigger than ourselves. That is commonly described as a God shaped hole, that a person longs to fill with something.

Well that’s all the time I have today. I hope to cover more writing related subjects very soon.

Until next time, may God bless you and keep you.

What to do about writers block

So here we are again. Back at the old writing of helpful insights…

So what do I write now? I had an idea eariler but it was for a different topic or story. Should I go develop that? I am getting no where here on this project…

Hey everyone,

If those starting sentences sounded familiar you might have some experience with “writer’s block”. That old foe that plagues even the most successful of authors. Can we slay him? Maybe not, but we can seal him away again.

So first things first, what is writers block?

Well as the name implies it is a mental block that seems to have wedged itself between your mind, creativity, and your physical action of writing. This subconscious mental state can be as frustrating as it is perverse. The mental block can even affect and effect other parts of your day to day life.

In short, you desire to push your creativity and capabilities in one direction, and you receive unexpected resistance.

So what do you do to get rid of it?

Thank you for asking!

Well to get rid of it, stop pushing against it…

Not super helpful huh?

Okay, let me help by explaining more.

Your mind, my mind, and The mind, all tend to wonder.

Your mind is drifting from thinking about your project, to the conversation earlier with that one person, to the sale at the store, to how you needed more sleep, the conversation you overheard, that person that annoys you, why is there so much of that color of paint these days, how you need more sleep, what your going to eat next meal…

You see my point? You can’t focus on all that at once, so the mind is fluid and drifts around.

Step one. Take a deep breath. Let’s begin.

So first try to identify why you can’t focus. This is almost always internal (no matter how much that person clicking the pen 10 feet from you grates on your nerves). What is worrying you? Little tasks that need done? Make a short plan to deal with it, and stick to that plan.

Feel better? No? Yeah me either, so lets continue.

Next if you’re fixated on another idea, write a quick overview of it. Maybe it really is your next great idea that will change your life… Probably not, but an overview should spark the idea back up if it really is a good idea to start with.

After that doesn’t work, change your environment. A short walk, and think about the things you see or encounter (not about the project, or deadline). 10 min later, go back to the project. But instead, reread some of it, or the reread the assignment, or both.

Next, remember that thing that inspired this story? Try to. Was it a conversation, situation, or something else? If the details are fuzzy, try and reexperince it (as best you can).

Now write something. Build something in the story. Set a scene, describe a landmark, or introduce a character. Like Chris, the unhelpful troll who doesn’t understand your problems. What’s he look like? What does he sound like?

HEY! What are you doing? Is that writing you’re doing? How’d that happen?

No more writers block if you follow steps like those. All of them, and don’t skip, it’s a process. It really does work, hasn’t failed me yet.

Was this helpful? Yes or No, and let me know if you have your own process down in the comments.

Until next time. May God bless you and keep you.

Bumper stickers are here

The Sage of Hytrae bumper stickers are in. I will be selling these at my booth for $1, or giving them away with book sales. Headed into town now to setup.