April 13, 2017

Spring- the season of rejuvenation. Spring is the time I look around and see what needs changing. Spring cleaning. It’s not deliberate; it just works out this way. March was full of activity, but April gave me pause when I flipped the calendar over.

In March, I put down 15,000 words into a novella in two weeks or so, then led a massive roleplay event in one of my current guilty pleasures, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Following these successes, I took a day to reflect, and began preparing for the next story release of the Erden Archives. Then I got some news that made me reflect about my current practices as an author.

Now, I’m not someone who writes solely for income or fame. I do it for me, and I’m happy to share my work with all of you. That said, every publication has a financial cost. Ebook conversion and distribution, cover art, and editing ar...

February 2, 2017

Earlier this week, I had the lovely opportunity to sit down and speak with RaeAnne and Tina, the masterminds behind the #letsreadindie campaign.  It was an eye-opening experience, and something I really think I learned something about myself in the process.

Be sure to check out RaeAnne and Tina on social media. Links to their blog in their bios.

R&T: Tell us a bit about yourself and your books!

W: When I’m not writing The Erden Archives, I’m most likely planning or participating in some form of roleplay game. I’m big on keeping online roleplay communities alive, which has been difficult for a number of factors. I currently participate in several stories within the Star Wars universe, one within Star Trek, and I have an infrequent Numenera campaign going as well.

The Erden Archives are all short stories (which makes it easier to be prolific) taking...

November 2, 2016

(Rated 5 stars for compelling prose, an interesting twist, and philosophical highlight on current issues facing mankind.)

Dan Brown’s latest release, Inferno, is another entry that fits perfectly in his Robert Langdon Series of novels. Reading it, the reader falls into the suspense rhythm that every Robert Langdon story contains. With vivid descriptions and fast-paced action sequences, it’s easy to visualize the theatrical presentation of this work. Inferno reads as a novelization of a heady suspense blockbuster.

On a technical level, the work is professional. Short, powerful chapters keep the reader engaged to the plot throughout the story. Certainly, there are expositions that could be cut, most notably Robert Langdon’s detailed accounts of various art and history. However, they are short, if not prolific, adding to the scene instead of distracti...

October 10, 2016

Rewrite- the author’s metaphorical four-letter word. It’s never an easy task to rewrite a work, regardless of who says it needs to be done. It’s a gut-wrenching exercise to revisit your words and decide almost everything needs to change.

My personal journey while writing (and rewriting) The Erden Archives is a meandering one. The serialized, short story version of the Archives is a rewrite. Originally, the story focuses on the journal of a young woman, given to her mother. However, the single perspective is too narrow to tell the story I wish to convey.  

For two months, I rewrote chapters without producing any new work. Not good. My novelization had bogged down to a halt. I changed formats hoping to write, complete, and move on.  

Changing to serialized short stories greatly improved my forward production. To date, I’ve completed five rough draft s...

October 10, 2016

This is a SATIRICAL version of the original post. NSFW and all that jazz. ​​ Rewrite- it has three too many letters. And, just like the four-letter word it really is, it should come with a Google Adsense Policy statement and parental advisory rating. After all, any rewrite requires three times as much coffee and four times as much liquor as the original text.

August 24, 2016

Every once in awhile, I don’t connect with a book on its surface. I can see the merit, and I know the story will be wonderful for someone else, just not for me.

However, if I take a moment to look at the story in a deeper context, it resonates something powerful. The work becomes more than the sum of its words. So it is with Inherited, by Freedom Matthews.

To be fair, romance isn’t my go-to genre. Actually, I never read pure romance, and I’m far too cynical to believe in the “true love at first glance” trope. Picking up the novel, I hoped to connect as an author and learn about the mechanics of storytelling in a genre that grossed $1.8 billion just three years ago.

Overall, the story is very well written. Matthews has wonderful command of language, and her voice captivates the audience. In exposition, the protagonists go through violent emotional sw...

August 10, 2016

As an author, I seek advice from successful authors.  I read and watch other authors’ interviews and parse out advice they offer. I take it all at face value. With my limited experience, who am I to say that something is ridiculous?

Also, I like defined goals.  Something quantitative I can measure as a step toward progress.  So, when I heard about writing word count goals, I found something that worked for me. I gravitated toward the mantra of 1,000 words a day.  Something about 750, the common throw-around, just wasn’t enough for my method.  Granted, 1,000 words a day, every day, just isn’t feasible when you build worlds the way I do (more on that in a future blog, PROMISE!)  However, on my writing days, I found 1,000 words a day just smooth as silk.

For about three months now, I’ve cranked out short stories in t...

July 29, 2016

A novella rarely pulls me into a world and leaves me with so many unanswered questions yet wanting more.  However, Alsberg and Cummings write a white-knuckle ride of a space opera that rivals the relaunch of Battlestar Galactica with their collaboration Zenith: The Androma Saga #1.   Viceral and viscous, like the bloodstained kill counts on the katanas of the protagonist (Androma Racella), the story sticks with you days after reading.

Mechanically, the novella is tight.  Words evoke strong emotion in the reader. Deep characterizations are a rare, welcome quality in the format.  While there exists some flat archetype-characters, the brevity of the format prevents large character expositions.  Likewise, I see a geographic naming convention. At least two character names relate to islands in the eastern Mediterranean Sea region.  As an...

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