February 11, 2019

The third Volume of Replay is out pretty darn quick (February 19th  to be exact!) Pre-order now if you'd like: First Forest.

December 14, 2018

I'm neglecting this blog a bit, BUT hopefully in the new year I can put more time into it. In the meantime:

September 22, 2018

I'm getting pretty excited. Replay: First Level is now available for Pre-Order here and it's set to automatically release on the 28th. Bullet in the gun, finger on the trigger.

A couple shout outs to get us started.

First Level has more art in it than normal novels, something I want to keep up with. All of the art was designed and commissioned by Deviant Art's ChibiSalLina who, as chance would have it, is accepting new commissions. If it works out I hope she'll continue being able to produce character art and great cover art for me. Check her out!

litRPG is a pretty new genre but it's really just Speculative Fiction with some special rules; they don't let just any novel into the club house. Aleron Kong is credited with giving the genre it's current audience with his series The Land. HE also runs a ve...

September 9, 2018

Hi All!

I'm getting my ducks lined up. Man, ducks... ever tried to herd ducks? Not super easy. Such an apt expression.

There are probably about a half thousand people on planet earth that have read the Captain of the Monte Cristo so I don't really have any illusions as to whether I have a bevy of readers anxiously awaiting my next release BUT if that rare creature exists: this is for you.

I couldn't keep up with the production schedule that the Classic Re-telling series demanded. I haven't really mastered full length novels in a regular time frame yet, as much as I'd like to work in that format. I have a pretty good first draft for the next book in that series, but even saying that the middle requires some major, time consuming edits. To finish that novel properly, I'd need to be able to dedicate mor...

August 23, 2018

The next section, of course, is dedicated to those authors out there that are great at world building. Perhaps not just great, but legendary. These are the authors that I draw inspiration from. Without further ado, here's my list of great world builders.

J.R.R. Tolkien. There are many fantasy writers and most of them, at some early point in their lives, read about the adventures of some Hobbits in Middle Earth. Tolkien is, undeniably, a master story teller and a master world builder. His notes detail a rich fantasy history from it's very first days to the current years of his stories. The geological features of his imaginary continent are based in real geology, right down to the mountain ranges that surround Mordor and Mount Doom. His characters don't just have back story, they have history, back u...

December 5, 2017

Alright. In the previous part I gave some tips and some guide lines to follow when integrating your world into your story which, I think, is the trickier skill to use. I was thinking about what to write in this next section and it occurred to me that I didn't give any advice on how to flesh out a world, to actually build the setting that your characters will exist in. Every process is different, so what works for me won't necessarily work for anyone else. But, hey, that's pretty much any tutorial on writing. I also will not say that this process is correct. Nope, I won't. Call it my 'fine print'. I will say this is how I do things and maybe reading my process will help you find what works for you.

There, legalese is out of the way, let's get cracking.

Worlds, like stories, usually start with an idea...

November 16, 2017

Part 1 of 3 article on world building in a Novel Writing.

October 6, 2017

I've blogged before but I haven't blogged like THIS, with the actual possibility of an audience. That might sound strange, but when I've blogged before it's always been to create a we b presence in case someone was interested in what I was doing creatively. This website and the blog attached to it are specifically written to people that will be coming by, expecting something specific. What that exactly will be, I'm still unsure, but I'm excited to find out!

I have a favorite quote from C.S. Lewis:

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."

And I like to think that it guide...

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Sarah Wilson and I met online in 2016 and started the Re-Telling series early 2017. The Captain of Monte Cristo is our first novel.

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The Captain of the Monte Cristo is a Science Fiction retelling of the classic tale of revenge: 'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas. This is the first book of several planned re-tellings in the same Science Fiction universe.

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