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Legends of the Dark Crystal

Legends of the Dark Crystal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey, kids, how you doin’? I’m pretty much just posting to let you all know that I’m still alive. I’ve been stuck in novel mode while working around hell at the day job, so I haven’t really been able to even think about anything to post here, let alone actually post (I was actually meaning to post this bit a few weeks ago).

So, update on things. ‘Stiym’ is making progress, third act should be underway and things should be coming to a close (hopefully). I should be, with luck, requesting betas and proofers soon.

Results for Dark Crystal’s short-list came, and they said I was too awesome for them and they just weren’t worthy of me (their words, I swear). So, Dark Crystal is a no-go, and I’m now left with time to work on already running projects (never stop moving forward).

Last week while in a really shitty mood, I started working on a short set in ‘Natural Selection’ that takes place where everything left off (think of that with said shitty mood, and you get the basic idea of the story)—it will probably undergo a rewrite at some point later, but as it is, I my plans for it will depend on how it comes out—meaning, if I can get it to stand on its own, I might try throwing it at mags before throwing it here (I love you all, but I love your money more).

And… that’s about the gist of things. I’m lost in work with only hopes of finding my way out and getting back to keeping this thing moving.

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Rainwater harvesting systems channel rainwater...

Rainwater harvesting systems channel rainwater from a roof into a storage tank via an arrangement of gutters and pipes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few months ago, a friend of mine, Catrina Taylor (whose books you should be reading), started her own indie-publisher, the Writing Network. It’s still in its very young stages, but it’s being lead by someone that knows what she’s doing.

As one of her draws, she started a Word of the Day Flash Fiction, and while I haven’t had the time to do much with it since she started (because I was writing a bunch of deadlines), I will try to get more into it (especially since I need something to give my flashes structure). Back for her opening, I did do one for the word “sunshine” (even though her rules were a max of 500, I kept my rules of 300):

The sunshine shot deftly through the boarded window directly at my eyes, prying me from my sleep—something that used to be the most irritating way of waking up, but now was a comforting sign that I survived another night.

I stumbled to my feet with my head still spinning of an uneasy sleep, and made my way for the door. After a couple minutes worth of unlatching locks, I let in the new day and walked out into its warmth. My first step was into a pile of ash splayed across my porch—I had to force it from my head for now—convince myself it was only dirt as it seeped between my bare toes.

I walked to the end of the yard where the overflowing rain barrel sat and splashed the sun-warmed water at my face. Staring down at my reflection, I saw a face so worn and tired I barely recognized it as mine.

Then the extra eyes glimmered just over my shoulder.

I barely had time to dodge as the draugr swiped at me from a shadowed corner. I jumped back as it lunged forward, and burst into white flame—instantly consumed by the sun, with only the traces of it ever existing left behind.

I staggered back for the shelter of my home and re-latched the door behind ‘til I could work the courage back up to venture out again. I slumped back to my tattered mattress, and let the beam of sunshine comfort me with warmth. As I lay, I felt the warm slowly turn to a subtle burn across my arm. I sat up, and saw, slightly beginning to smolder, a slight scratch—not much—but just enough. Enough to know this would be my last taste of sunshine.

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I’ve been on vacation from the day job this week. For those who bother to care, you noticed I skipped my blog for the week… that wasn’t entirely on purpose. I’ve been busy working on ‘Stiym’ as much as I can (plus a wedding, and getting drunk with southern family members, etc), and next thing I know, it’s Thursday now. So… yea…

On that… i actually have nothing in mind to post on right now… i do have more exercises in mind later, but i’m bum-rushing this entry as it is, so, that will have to wait. For some time in the future though, I will be shitting out some reviews for you people that like to bitch about things they saw, then go around the net and find other people that bitch like you. I haven’t work on any new recipes lately, but I will get around to something… if anyone has any suggestions for stuff they want me to try doing, feel free to share…

So… blah’blah’blah… i wrote a blog this week… yay me… get back to work…

Richard Vernon as Slartibartfast in the 1981 T...

Richard Vernon as Slartibartfast in the 1981 TV series. Vernon first played the character on radio in 1978 and on the subsequent LP rerecording of the first radio series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok… pardon if this entry seems a bit forced, but I just never really woke up today, and I’m craving a nap, but before I do that, I gonna try to get my Tuesday post done.

Mentioning NaNo last time, combined with all the other NaNo talk lately (because there is apparently a NaNo in April thing going on right now that I knew nothing about—I’m clearly not participating, but it’s a thing), I thought about a comment made on one of my NaNo posts:

Writer / Mummy says:

October 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Good luck with Nano, I really hope you win this year! I write Romance so there’s no world building – I admit I don’t know how you do world-building and write quickly! Sounds like you’ve got lots of ideas though so may the words flow for you. I wrote something daft like 17k words in 36 hours last year to win, so I am a true believer that anything is possible…

Anthony Richer says:

October 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm 

World building is actually pretty easy, all you do is sit back and let the world pull itself together for you. At least that’s as easy as it usually feels like… basically think about it as a child’s imagination, at no point do they first stop and plot out the details of their worlds before they start playing in them, they just play in them as if they were always there, they just happened to be the ones with the key to get in.

So, this is going to try to elaborate a bit on how I world-build.

My response really is about how world building actually is for me, although, as I mentioned, I do have at least a map that I quickly drew out for Stiym, and for some of my other stories I have multiple details of maps, I find it hard to call that building, because for me, it’s just taking notes so I don’t forget the stuff later… otherwise, I just copied down what was already in existence.

Maps, there is no trick to creating maps. You could just quickly draw a squiggly circle on a piece of paper, then start drawing other squiggles in that circle, and boom… it’s a map, now start telling us a story about people that live there.

Or you have the typical method of taking a map of the real world, and slightly changing it. If you look at the maps at the front pages of most fantasy books, you’ll notice a lot of them tend to look oddly like the UK, or Europe… go on, look at Game of Thrones, or Lord of the Rings real quick. For ‘Ravenblood,’ I zoomed into the Detroit area, and then drew that with a larger scale, ‘Stiym’ takes place in a few areas in Michigan. It’s easier when you’re pretty much just writing slightly altered versions of stuff that’s around you all the time.

In addition, the idea that romance doesn’t have world building is false… I assume the characters were in a world, and even if the world was simply New York, you still have to create a building for them to be in (or many). Although, I don’t think too much about this when I write, I do see the structures well enough, that if I was asked to, I could draw them out it detail (I took drafting in highschool, and did if for three years as my first job—it’s rather natural for me by this point)

Next part about world building is technology, or magic, etc. Technology is simple, come up with an idea that makes sense to exist and poof—don’t over think it, you don’t have to figure out how the thing works no more than you have to figure out how anything you use in real life works unless you for some reason are writing about an engineer who has to fix this stuff… then it was just a bad idea for you to break the rule of ‘write what you know,’ and now understand why that rule is there (despite all the people who say the rule should be ignored—don’t ignore it, just learn and experience more).

‘Ravenblood’ is so far my only place with magic, although my system gets rather complex, because I tried to make it somewhat sciencier, it doesn’t really need to be that complicated. At most, you usually want to give your magic a restriction—this makes it so you don’t give the user the power to just poof his way to Mordor, or have every fight begin and end with him just snapping his fingers.

For more elaborate world building, we look towards ‘the Hole World,’ there, I have about 8 maps, a dictionary for 3 different languages, and a few different creatures. The languages were the harder part… I don’t really know how to explain how to even do that one, other than study languages. In most of it, you need to find a pattern that repeats enough to make it all feel like it’s all part of one thing, but not so much that you aren’t just saying the same words all over. The different maps were not that hard, they were just details I found I needed. I have a map for the science compound, and have a map for two villages, I have a map for the mountains, I have a map for the over all planet, then the solar system… and so forth. I didn’t create any of that though, I just wrote it down.

So, yea. That’s the best I can poop out for now. I’m trying to plan do put together a few exercise that works along the concepts of what I’m trying to explain here, I will try to post those next time, because I really get the impression that people are doubting how simple I’m saying all this story writing stuff really is (perhaps this is why the Flash Round isn’t going anywhere)… but I will convince you.

(…to be continued…)

Links by Clips

Links by Clips (Photo credit: RambergMediaImages)

I’ve been working on links all day, and now I’m completely stare-crazy… but I think I have everything listed that should be. Every author I’ve ever come across, by either person, books, or whatever (if you see a name you don’t know, then by-god, click on it and see what they have to offer, they might be your next favorite author); Every publisher I’ve ever come across by books, submission, etc; Every useful tool a writer could need from writers’ social site for exchanging ideas and beta reading, to agent and publisher searches, to everything else I could think of; plus I threw in some of my references I’ve gathered for my own writing (some were actually for other authors’ works, I just held on to them in-case I ever found my own need for them–I haven’t had a need for Victorian slang yet, but I am so determined to try a steampunk story at least once). And I have web-comics and stories, most are free, a couple are pay-to-read, but all are worth the reads. And I have the start of a Games section that I will maybe add to (or remove–I’m undecided)

Now, I can’t say I’m sticking with the present format of the links because I just don’t know if I like how they’re laid out (it just seems so… lengthy). At some point I may make attempts at trying to clean them up some how to make them less overwhelming, but as it is, I have no idea how, so they stay (open for suggestions).

Although, all links should hopefully be active as of now, but for future reference, if anyone finds any that are dead, or not quite going where they should, please let me know. If anyone has a site, or knows of one that might interest me, feel free to make suggestions, and I’ll check it out (this does not permit you to spam me, please try to keep any suggestions relevant).

If you come across any site in my lists that ask you to pay for anything, note that I am not in anyway telling you to (except for the web comics and stories–authors have mouths to feed… thousands of them). Everything provides some amount of useful information for free (some of them have free articles, others have their own FB page that gives you everything), so please do not pay for anything you don’t need to. I am a strict believer in Yog’s Law, and you should be to.

Under construction

Under construction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let it be known, for anyone visiting, you will be seeing this page under constant construction for a bit. It’s obviously a new blog page still, and I’m the type that likes to play with stuff. If you were around since yesterday, you may have noticed that I’m building link lists that will help promote authors and web comics, and help people find publishers and agents, etc. right now, I’m pretty much just spewing it out as it is from my bookmark folder, but I at least hope to try to organize it better at some point (I’m not entirely sure how right now, but I’m open to suggestions). I may be moving ‘Natural Selection‘ and all other stories to their own section separate from the blog, but don’t know when yet (i’m busy with other things, plus I only just figured out that I actually can make other sections–that’s way better than just putting everything all in one place).

Also, the more I look around at other people’s blogs on here, the more I develop a love/hate relationship with the look of mine (kinda like it, but it’s just not fully me yet), so, at some point I will be tweaking the over all look of this thing too (don’t know when though, I’m still feeling around this place, trying to figure out what WordPress lets us do).

So, basically, overall, don’t get too comfortable with any detail of the layout of this thing… and I will be adding a lot more to my links later (I’m barely half way through–I’ve collected links on every author and publisher of everything I’ve ever read, plus everyone I’ve ever met via cons, etc, so I’m bound to have something that will be useful to someone trying to get their stories out).

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HI!.jpg (Photo credit: oskay)

Ok, I’ve been putting this off because I really have no idea what to say, but it seems necessary that I write a proper introduction blog. At least enough so you’ll get the full gist of the post so far and make it seem less random.

The post ‘Natural Selection’ is a project that I started on my FB page about a month ago. It was done more or less on a whim (basically, the first line was running through my head, and rather than let it go to waste, I tried my own take on a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure‘–a somewhat borrowed idea from another writer friend of mine). As such, this whim has taken on a bit of life, enough that I felt it deserved more attention than FB was getting it. So, that combined with a few years resisting the people telling me I should have a blog, here I am, with a blog.

So, ‘Natural Selection’ is simple enough, I started off with the first line, people chose my direction by voting, and I continued in the direction of the winning votes. Although the project started off as a daily thing, pretty much since Bahb left the bar, it’s been getting broken up a bit more (real world issues, combined with some of the entries getting a bit more drawn out before I can find a place where I believe a choice can be, etc), to usually about once a week or so. So, I will leave voting open for at least a few days (I haven’t dedicated any solid rules on it, since it just temps me to break them). I will still be posting the entries on my FB, so if you notice the voting not adding up, that will be why… there’s people voting over there too.

Now, about me and the rest of this blog. Although ‘Natural Selection’ is the motivator in getting this going, I will at least try to make it so it’s not the only thing in this blog (lots of trying). The main subject of this blog will be my writing life. Which means, you will probably see more short stories that I feel are worth reading, but magazine publishers didn’t.

And with that, yes, I do at least try to get my work published, not with great effort, but with at least some effort. It’s difficult to keep writing stories and then push everything towards publishers… I’m more interested in telling people stories, and less interested in getting them cursory scanned by an editor and responded to with a prefabricated letter (even though getting paid is always fun when it happens). But the combination of everything is very time consuming, and this is not yet my sole job, or even close to my primary job. I have to put my time towards the other one first because it is what pays the bills (on the plus side, the complete crappyness of that job is probably one of my better inspirations for writing).

And… I guess that’s it for now, feel free to ask me any questions, I’ll try to answer anything. Otherwise, simply sit back and enter into my worlds–and be sure to participate in ‘Natural Selection’, more votes make it more interesting. And for those wonder, no, I do not have a FB fan page, just a regular friend page (it is now open to subscriptions), it took me this long for to start blogging, you’ll have to give me a lot more time and reason before I get around to a fan page too.