Reblog – #INDIESPOTLIGHT #8 featuring T.C.C. Edwards

Check out this post on Christopher Lee’s blog about me and Far Flung!

It’s really great to be featured on his site, and please, pick up Christopher Lee’s book, Nemeton! Oh and Far Flung, too, of course!

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#IWSG November 2017 – Rethinking my blog and writing

A short post for the Insecure Writers Support Group this month, all about my current state of affairs and things I think will be interesting to the neurotic writers who pass by blogs like this every month.

First, if you haven’t seen my guest post on world-building on John Robin’s blog, be sure to check that out – it was fun to write, and I really have to do that more often,

I’m looking at new ways to use this blog

So one big change I’m making now (and a reason for the lack of updates) is deciding what I want to use this blog for. Some of my writing tips have gone over well, and I might go back to doing that weekly. I like the idea of previewing others’ writing like I did for the Launch Pad contest – I could see myself doing little previews of upcoming and released indie works.

One thing’s for sure – I can’t do long updates or too frequent ones. Regular updates, yes, but probably not more than once, maybe twice a week. I need to do more actual writing!

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No. Not really, anyway. I need to finish the book I’m working on, not start a new one now. I’d rather devote a set amount of time to working on my current book than set a specific word count. I’ll start with 1 hour per day, and see if I can boost that up a bit.

Anxiety

I’m doing some online counseling (best option I have at the moment) and it will spill over onto this blog in some form. I think my writing and my anxiety interact in many ways, and that some tips to deal with one will also help with the other. I’m on the lookout for other blogs that talk about anxiety and writing – there should be some good links with IWSG I would think!

Anyway, that’s my rambling IWSG post for November. If you have some ideas for content for my blog, feel free to leave comments. I’ll be looking around some of your blogs too!

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Don’t Let World-Building Get in the Way of Story-Building

A post of mine regarding Far Flung on John Robin’s blog, Epic Fantasy Writer!

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Happy almost-November!

Today I’d like to share more on world-building by means of a guest post from an author I recently connected with—TCC Edwards. You can check out his book, Far Flung, which is has been picked by an Inkshares syndicates and is still funding, at nearly 1/4 of the way to meeting the Quill publication milestone.

TCCHow many lists of world-building tips, hints, questions, and resources have you seen on the internet? They’re a bit intimidating, aren’t they? Especially when they’re as exhaustive as the queen of all world-building lists by author Patricia C. Wrede, with questions about politics, science, religion, and many more aspects of your fictional world.

You could spend a lot of time building your world with a list like this, but without proper attention to the story and characters, readers aren’t likely to appreciate the effort. If you are writing a multi-novel…

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#Inkshares Preview #49 – Space Cat by Sammy Wilsmore (@MindInTheStars)

In Space Cat by Sammy Wilsmore, a researcher on a space station in orbit receives an unexpected new friend.

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Commander Leah Esstrerson is a researcher aboard a microgravity farm base with a mission to grow food for self-sustainability beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Without consulting Leah, colleagues of hers on Earth have sent her a new companion – a cat, complete with a custom-designed space suit. With her expected isolation interrupted by an unusual and unexpected companion, Leah must complete her original research while learning to live with a cat – in space!

While the premise is at first humorous, the narrative promises human drama and exploration of space travel themes as well as some comedic moments. The preview chapters hint at some of the mental trials that Leah and astronauts like her face on long missions alone, and the addition of a pet cat seems like it will be a way to broaden the emotional experience of living in space. I look forward to hearing more about this story!

Check out Space Cat on Inkshares here!

 

 

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#Inkshares Preview #47 – The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro (@BonesofthePast)

The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro follows multiple characters as demons and deities are unleashed upon a dark fantasy landscape.

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The Bones of The Past follows several intriguing characters as darkness rises in the epic fantasy setting. One thread follows Salt, a sailor rescued by the Night Guard of the city of Bialta. He’s a quick learner, but he’ll have to train hard to help the Night Guard against the strange and demonic challenges they face. One such threat is Nial, a girl changed by a demonic force and who now hunts for human souls. Another plot thread follows Maura, a citizen of Sacral – a city that has been hidden and has just reappeared to the outside world. Maura will have to leave behind her isolated life as war approaches her once-hidden city. There is also Carver, a master of magic known as fleshcarving, who is bent on unleashing an army of twisted creations upon the land.

While obviously a very complicated story, the narrative of The Bones of the Past manages to be easy enough to follow, drawing the reader in to each of the main characters. I enjoyed the available chapters very much, and I’ve put this at the top of my list of books to by after my current crowdfunding campaign. I’m also very excited about the upcoming sequel!

Go check out The Bones of the Past on Amazon, and see its original Inkshares page here!

 

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#Inkshares Preview #46 – Kingdom of Dreams by Kevin O’Coffey (@KevinOCoffey)

Last time I talked about Kingdom of Dreams by Kevin O’Coffey, it was still in funding – and now it’s in full development with a release date soon to be announced!

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The story is about Jimmy Reve, a boy who just wants his bullies to go away. One day, the bullies start to disappear, one by one, and Jimmy realizes his problems are much worse than he thought. He is introduced to the Kingdom of Dreams, and has to find a way to fix the damage he has caused – or he will disappear next.

That’s the synopsis I wrote back then – the story is now undergoing developmental edits with Inkshares, but the idea seems to be the same. Kingdom of Dreams is a darkly humorous hybrid of graphic novel and traditional novel, with artwork painstakingly provided by the author. The preview discussion also offers another interesting tidbit – the finished book will have different artwork at the very start of the book to represent different ethnicities for the main character. It looks like the reader will get to choose what the main character looks like – I can’t wait to see this incredible idea in action!

Go check out Kingdom of Dreams on Inkshares here!

 

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#Inkshares Preview #45 – Tainted by P.J. Marshman (@PJMarshman)

After being attacked while in the forest, a man fights the beast within for control over his mind and body in Tainted by P.J. Marshman

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Alex has had nightmares for as long as he can remember – dark images of death that plague his sleep but vanish when he wakes. When he’s with his friends on vacation, he’s viciously attacked in a remote mountain forest. The attack awakens something inside him, a hungry creature from his horrid nightmares. Alex must suppress this beast within, or his friends may be the only thing that satisfy his new hunger.

The author has worked on the manuscript for several years, and is even devoloping a screenplay based on it. The narrative is nice and creepy, moving quickly as it promises scares to come. Go check out Tainted on Inkshares now!

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Preview #44 – Daughter of the Mara by Alexandra Bittner (@theladyisanerd)

Nightmares intertwine with reality for the heroine of Daughter of the Mara by Alexandra Bittner.

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Jayashree Atkinson is constantly surrounded by dreams even while awake, and is locked away for five years for a crime she doesn’t remember. Now she is finally free from the psychiatric hospital where she feared she would spend her entire life. Thanks to a mysterious stranger who broke into her hospital, she knows that she is a mara – the living embodiment of a nightmare.

She begins to learn what it means to be a mara, as she controls her dreams and faces enemies in the waking world. She will have to confront the mother who abandoned her as well as other mara as she tries to learn who and what she is.

Reviewers praise the dark descriptions of the nightmares that surround Jayashree, as well as the complex narrative that follows her journey of self-discovery amidst her struggles against unknown evils. The preview chapters are deeply intriquing as Jayashree deals with both dark visions and skepticism from the doctors around her. Be sure to check out Daughter of the Mara on Amazon and learn more about her dark journey

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#Inkshares Preview #43 – The Wolf in the Woods by Benjamin Gray (@ImBenvincible)

The Wolf in the Woods is an anthology of terror by Benjamin Gray that is in the running for the horror contest.

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This book promises to be a creepy anthology of flash fiction and short stories with creepy themes. Wishes with terrible prices, journeys that never end, a computer game that acts against its creator’s wishes – the stories vary in genre, but each promises to have a dark twist.

Anthologies can be a tough sell, but when they promise unusual premises and creeping terror, it’s hard not to be drawn in. The three preview stories available already show a good, crisp narrative with good characters and storytelling. Be sure to check it out on Inkshares!

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#Inkshares Preview #42 – The Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel

In The Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel, an artist who lost everything in the Great Depression searches for the brother he thought was lost in the Great War.

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This book is a bit different from the other Inkshares books I’m previewing – The Sulphur Cure was written and published before going on Inkshares for the Launch Pad competition, but this contest should get a bigger audience for the author.

The story follows Vincent Rhodes, an artist who lost his family fortune in the Great Depression, as he receives letters from his brother Theo. Theo went missing in the Great War, so Vincent leaves Brooklyn, following clues in the letters to solve the mystery and find his brother. His search takes him to New England, but the eclectic residents of a decaying resort known as The Sulphur Cure have dark secrets of their own.

Rhodes is an intriguing character from the start, and I really appreciate the simple, compelling narrative of the chapters I’ve read so far. Be sure to check it out on Inkshares and Amazon!

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