Coasting and the Ideals of Writing

Coasting and the Ideals of Writing

Back at the first NerdCon:Stories (2015), I attended a panel where Patrick Rothfuss commented that he's found with new writers, especially if their work is good, that it usually leads to breakdowns in their life, usually resulting in divorce. When he reads an exception first book, he does what he can to find that author's contact info and call them up to ask, "Hey. Are you okay?"

I never got a call like that.

However, I can't help but recognize that occurrence in my life. It's something that's stuck with me, and it's been easier to coast off that ideal in the year plus since my divorce and the release of my first book.

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An OWFI Friday: Why to Self Publish

An OWFI Friday: Why to Self Publish

As many of us would-be published authors know, Self Publishing has always had a certain stigma attached to it. Those brave souls who have jumped into the Amazon marketplace insist that the stigma is gone, as evidenced by the fact that the "Big Five" publishers are now going to self-published authors for their talent, handing out huge deals and lending that form their credibility.

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A Tiny Update

A Tiny Update

I went underground, so to speak. I put my head to the grindstone and hard edited The Faithful to make it the best it could be. I've gone through two separate editors, which finally let me notice some of my manuscripts problems. As a result, I've spent more than my fair share of time in the basement, looking at different maps and trying to clarify the world. The setting has always been a bit of the problem, not only because I divined it out of nothing, but because I have a specific "feature" of the world: Oki's veins.

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Querying and Out for Blood

Querying and Out for Blood

I've done it. I'm finally finished. I put in my time (5 years to be exact) and now I've finally completed The Faithful.​ It's been a long and, honestly, grueling process. But, after so much time and agony filled nights, the first novel is completed and sitting pretty on its throne. While I'd like to say that if I'd known I only needed 65k words for my chosen genre, I would've stopped two years ago, I'm pretty sure that's a lie.

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