2020 Reading Review

Well, that was quite in crazy year, huh? Despite staying home for 11 of the 12 months this year, my reading productivity took a large dip compared to 2019. This was largely due to being a parent, not commuting (audiobooks), and switching from audiobook to actually reading books this year. The year is not quiteContinue reading “2020 Reading Review”

Completed Drafts and 2021

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been writing for a very long time. I remember writing stories with my close friend in his bedroom at the age of 8 or 9, and I never really stopped. I wrote short stories and attempted a novel all through high school. I remember bailing on parties in college toContinue reading “Completed Drafts and 2021”

NaNoWriMo is Here!

After 6 weeks of preparation, it’s time to finally launch into National Novel Writing Month for the second time. Last year, with a baby on the way, I decided to write a novel as I expected it to be my last chance before life changed. Life did change. I accepted a job last November andContinue reading “NaNoWriMo is Here!”

And they’re off!

Well, they’re almost off. I am lucky to have three trusted beta readers willing to read through Into the West and provide their feedback. One is my wife, so that isn’t going particularly far. The other is a local friend, and the third my cousin across the country. So when I say they’re off, IContinue reading “And they’re off!”

Building Meridia

I have been working on the world of Meridia, which houses the College of the Gods, since early 2017. It’s not even close to the first world I’ve created, but it’s certainly the best. It started with a short story that showed the death of the world and the death of the Gods. I’ve workedContinue reading “Building Meridia”

Draft Two, Complete

It’s done. It was patchwork towards the end, but I completed my second draft of Into the West. I have send a proof off to LuLu.com to get 5 copies printed. Two for myself and one to send to each of my alpha readers. It’s rough. I feel like my first draft was really moreContinue reading “Draft Two, Complete”

Mongolian Folklore and Myth in Fantasy

Edit: I have made some adjustments to this article after some feedback from a Mongolian friend. Something that I have been doing research on for my own work is Mongolian culture and folklore. Mongolian culture, particularly during the times of Genghis Khan, is fascinating and had a profound impact on the modern world. From theContinue reading “Mongolian Folklore and Myth in Fantasy”

The Editing Grind: Confronting Sirens and Uncertainty

I am currently about a third of the way through my second draft of ‘Into the West’, and let me tell you, editing sucks. It’s healthy, it’s important but it’s brutal. As I continue to plow forward very slowly – the goal was to have the second draft done by June – I am findingContinue reading “The Editing Grind: Confronting Sirens and Uncertainty”