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And My New Favorite German Word is… Fledermaus!

I miss studying language. I took French in middle/high school, German in college, and Arabic in college/grad school. The roots and origins of words has always fascinated me, and I will still look up words that catch my fancy. Continue reading And My New Favorite German Word is… Fledermaus!

Exploring Úr’Dan: The Southern Half

In my first three posts in this series, I discussed the general aspects of my world-building, such as the language and the mythology. Then, I delved a little bit deeper into the geography and peoples of the northern half of Úr’Dan, providing some insight into the the people and landscapes seen in The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

Now, I think it’s time we visit the southern half of Úr’Dan. Continue reading Exploring Úr’Dan: The Southern Half

A Philosophy of Ice and Fire

Season 7 of Game of Thrones premiers in five days (!),  and I for one am stoked. A lot has been made of the philosophies one can glean from these stories, so I wanted to give my own thoughts.

The ongoing argument is that George R.R. Martin is a nihilist and created these stories to beat his readers over the head with tragedy and suffering.

I disagree, and I will use this post to explain why.

Spoilers ahoy! I will be freely discussing spoilerish information from both the books and the show, so if you’ve somehow managed to avoid them to this point, this post is probably not for you. Continue reading A Philosophy of Ice and Fire

Friday Write-Day: What Comes After the Writing?

Wow, has it already been two weeks? The last two weeks have felt hectic, likely because they sort of were. PW and I have been house-shopping. We thought we had found the one, but our inspector turned up some unforeseen issues, so we’re bringing in more experts to have a look.

As you can imagine, this has occupied my time and mind-space for the last few weeks. But the writing continues, and moves forward! Continue reading Friday Write-Day: What Comes After the Writing?

The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!

I just finished reading the first draft of Jessie’s first novel, and I’m going to reveal everything about the novel against her wishes say as little as possible to avoid her furious flailing.

Jessie, in advance, I apologize. I knew you would not let me do this without your prior approval, so I had to be sneaky. Continue reading The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!

3 Ways to Revise Your First Draft

As I near the end of my revisions to Manuscript: Beta, I have begun to reflect on the process itself. Jessie called me crazypants when I told her I was rewriting The Warden of Everfeld: Memento to prepare the second draft.

So I thought I would compare this processes to the other paths I might have taken. At its most basic, there are really only three ways to revise a first draft. Continue reading 3 Ways to Revise Your First Draft

Mid-Year Marketing Report: How Are We Doing?

June is just about over, and that means we’re halfway through 2017. I set some pretty lofty goals for both my marketing and publishing efforts this year, so I think it’s only fair that I update you all on my progress so far.

Here’s how my 2017 marketing campaign has gone through six months. Continue reading Mid-Year Marketing Report: How Are We Doing?