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Opening Scene

“I was younger then, when it started.  And a fool.”  Trevor stared across the restaurant at nothing in particular.  “I guess I’m older now.”

Connor frowned, his eyebrows dancing up across his forehead but he didn’t reply.  He sipped at the overheated cup of stim-caf, his tongue objecting to both the heat and the bitterness of the artificial beverage.

Trevor caught the expression.  “I’m older than I look,” he said simply.

That’s it for now.  Considering it a head start for NaNo.  What do you think?  If this was the start of the book, would you turn the page and keep reading?


As per usual…

nano_15_poster_mainI have about 9000 things going on at once.  Thought I’d pop a quick update on here, since I’ve been so bad at that.

I got my NaNoWriMo poster today (That’s it to the right over there.)  I’m going to bring it with me to writing events, etc.  Hopefully draw some interest that way.

Still making initial contacts with artists about re-covering Priestess.  I can hear Mirian nit-picking, see Jerok shrugging, and I’m sure Llaewyn is ready to tell me I’m doing it wrong.  Ah, well.  If you can’t listen to the voices in your head, who can you listen too, right?

Also, tentative title for this years NaNo project is “Empire Falling”.  I’m not in love with it, so we’ll see.  Google turns up no previous uses of it though, so that’s good.

Finally, is it wrong that the second character I’ve thought up is already scheduled to die?  I even know how I’m going to do it.  The twisted mind of an author…



Blood Bound Update

Just a quick pop-in to let y’all know that I’m still plugging away.  Just finished pass 2 on chapter 5.  I’ve decided to do a completely separate pass to work on setting and scenery.  So that will be tomorrow’s project.

I’m still hoping to get Blood Bound wrapped up by October 1 so I can plan Book 2, tentatively to be titled Sunburst, for a month before hitting it for NaNoWriMo.

Meanwhile, watch this space for more character interviews, backstories, and all the other good stuff that goes with writing a story!

Thanks for playing along!


Free Copies!

coverCheck it out!  To celebrate my books 2nd birthday, I’m giving away some copies.  See the link to the right for all the details!  (For my email subscribers, you have to go to the blog site.)  Go visit the Facebook page!  Like the give away post and you’re entered.

Thanks to everyone for all your support.


K is for Killing

I’ve missed a few days.  Sorry…

Today I want to say a few words about killing.  Specifically killing characters that readers like.

If you’re going to kill a character, you want it to have the maximum impact.  You don’t want to kill them for no reason, or you lose the effect.  The death of one of your main characters, if done right, should draw a strong emotional reaction in the reader.  Grief, of course.  Understanding.  Why did this character die?

Could it have been avoided?  The answer better be no.  The last thing you want is to kill someone in a contrived, unbelievable manner.  Rather than grieving the loss of a fictional friend, the reader will turn on you, considering you a murderer rather than story teller.

Hopefully this makes sense.  Leave your thoughts below!