So I’m doing a thing

Howdy, folks! As the title of this blog entry implies, I am doing a thing. What sort of thing, you ask? Well, a writing thing, of course!

A couple years back, I had an intense and epic dream about flying into space in a starfighter and encountering a seemingly invisible space battle in orbit. After I woke up and jotted the dream down, a whole mythology started to form and, thus, the Hand Trilogy was conceived. Now, I’ve written a fair bit of it (about 30K words of the first book and a little more than that of the second) but sort of set it aside these last few years. But, that is about to change. Continue reading “So I’m doing a thing”

I was on (another) podcast!

As promised, here is the follow-up episode to that Star Wars podcast I was on. We had such a great time and discussed The Force Awakens for over four hours. Yeah, it’s a long one, but we went pretty deep and talked about a lot. We went through the entire movie discussing what we thought, how we felt, and what we think it will mean for the future of the series. It was a lot of fun to record and hopefully is a lot of fun to listen to. Obviously, there are ALL OF THE SPOILERS so absolutely do not listen unless you’ve seen the film. Enjoy!

Star War: The Force Awakens review/discussion PW Pop podcast with Kevin Crittenden and Jake Mullan

You can also access the podcast on the PW Pop website here.

I was on a podcast!

I wasn’t trying to look tough, I was facing the window and it was bright

I’m not sure how I’ve posted as many times as I have and not mentioned what an obscenely massive Star Wars fan I am, but yeah, I am. My 19th birthday present to myself was a mythosaur skull tattoo. Yeah, I’m one of those fans. I have books and comics and mugs and shirts and LEGOs and collectibles. The Star Wars universe has been central to my life for nearly sixteen years now. Most of my oldest and best friends were met in a Star Wars group on Myspace. Let that sink in a moment. And one friend I met in a Star Wars chatroom on AOL. My writing career began writing Star Wars fan fiction. And I don’t mean dinky little short stories, either. I have multiple novel-length pieces written that I’m actually still incredibly proud of. Continue reading “I was on a podcast!”

NaNo Pep Talk!

Good morning, everyone! And especially to you brave souls who are participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I’m right there in the trenches with you. As it stands, I am a little under 1400 words into my project, The Harbinger, and I am very optimistic that I’ll achieve above and beyond my word count of the day. But that’s not why I’m here. I’m here to give those of you participating, or thinking about participating (it’s not too late!) a little pep talk. Who doesn’t love pep talks? Continue reading “NaNo Pep Talk!”

NaNo 2015

As of writing this, NaNoWriMo 2015 (National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated) is just over an hour and a half away. If you’ve been following my blog, you saw my last post was a bit of the science-fantasy world I’ve created for my book. I’ve since expanded upon it a great deal and have a pretty good grasp of how the world functions. What I don’t have is a plot. I have a kernel of a plot. I have a concept, a basic premise. I know the end, but haven’t got a clue as to how I’m going to get there. But I don’t necessarily see this as a problem, and I’ll tell you why. Continue reading “NaNo 2015”

The Science-Fantasy World of Varda

As promised, here is a little backstory on the fantasy world I’ve created over the last few days for my NaNoWriMo book, tentatively titled The Harbinger. I really want to give the impression of a living world with real, deeply-rooted history and a (hopefully) seamless blend of science fiction and fantasy elements. Let me know what you think! Continue reading “The Science-Fantasy World of Varda”

NaNO is Nigh

Hey, folks. It’s that time of year again. In about two and a half weeks, I will be participating in the month-long torture session that is NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. The premise is that every November 1st, you sit down with little more than an idea, maybe some plotting and backstory, but nothing actually written yet, and over the course of the month, you write a 50,000-word novel. If you hit that magical number by November 30th, you are declared a winner. I’ve participated every year since 2011, which is, funny you should ask, the only year I’ve ever “won” (I managed 66K words by the end of the month, though that novel still remains unfinished wah wah wah).

I had debated whether to even do it this year, but it seems that I’m a masochist who just can’t stay away from a good ego beating. So here I am, cranking out page after page of world-building for my NaNo project, a science-fantasy story tentatively titled The Harbinger. This will be my first foray into fantasy, so it’ll be quite the adventure.

Just for fun, I’ve decided to type up all my backstory stuff and post it on here as a little teaser. I won’t include any story spoilers. Strictly background info on the world and the races that inhabit it. I’d love to get some feedback from you guys, as this is my first fantasy world. Let me know what you think, what I’ve done right and, most especially, what I might be getting wrong. Be on the lookout for that stuff starting tomorrow. I’ll probably post bits here and there until the end of the month. Then, depending on how well I do, I’ll probably post regular excerpts as I write. So make sure you check back here regularly. And you can follow my progress on the NaNo site itself here.