A Month Later

Yes, It’s been a month since the last time that I’ve posted here. That would be because I was working on other projects. But I’m putting those on hold while I shift back to focussing on writing and editing.
If you scroll back to the last couple of posts, you’ll know that I am currently editing “The Sword of Justice”
I’ll be working on this throughout the months of November and December, if you want more information about this and similar updates, I would recommend signing up for my newsletter.
November is Nanowrimo, which for most people means, time to write novels! I will be taking part, but like everything else, I won’t be doing things the regular way that everyone else is. I’m going to be using Nanowrimo, to help work on scheduling dedicated time in the day for writing and/or editing. That way, I’m hoping that I can just continue after November having that built in that habit. I already do this with comics I now just need to be able to do this reliably with editing and writing.
Now that I’ve done the housecleaning as they say, I feel the need to add something fun to this post, because you guys are here to read…or at least I hope that’s what you are here for….
I’m going to plunk in the passage from “The Sword of Justice” that drew me in and made me decide to work on this novel next:

Tregashin was a large city, as befitted the capital of a nation. It was also a busy place, even dangerous in some areas.   The Inn of Hero’s Desire was close enough to the waterfront to be  a little unsafe, but far enough away that the truly dangerous  people were unlikely to be found there.  On an evening in spring, Dharmen the Wizard found himself  seated alone at a table in that inn, waiting for his supper, his  back to the wall, watching what was happening all around. He was  a youngish man for a Wizard, his brown hair greying slightly at  the temples, a few white hairs in his beard. His nose was small  and slightly upturned, his face broad, and he seemed almost a  comical figure until one looked at his eyes. The eyes were  hazel-coloured, with something in them which said that they had  seen terrible things and felt little fear for mere Men.

  There was a man across the room, a large man who looked like  a labourer on the docks, who was buying ale for everyone, though  he himself consumed little. Dharmen had been watching him and  noticing that as the evening went on he appeared to get drunker  and drunker. He was probably a spy, Dharmen decided, but it was  difficult to say who he would be a spy for. He could find out,  Dharmen was sure, but the risk of drawing unwanted attention to himself made it not worthwhile.  He dropped his left hand casually to the large pouch at his  belt, then brought the hand up again, clutching a thin wrist.

  The wrist was connected on one side to a grubby hand clutching a  small but very sharp knife, and on the other side to a skinny  gangling youth, whose hair would have been blonde had it been  clean. His face was thin his nose prominent, and in his eyes  arrogance warred with fear.

  Dharmen looked at him. “Sit down.”

  He released the wrist, and the boy sat down. As he did so,  the expression on his face became one of fear, for sitting down  was one thing which he had no wish to do.

Dharmen smiled. “Yes,  I am a Wizard. And no, you need have no fear of what I might  change you into. I doubt if I will even turn you over to the  Watch; seeing you safely locked up, with your crime witnessed,  and all would require more time than I can spare.

  “But can I turn you loose?” he continued, as though musing  to himself. “What choice do I make, when even not to choose is a  choice in itself?”  He sighed, “So. I will take you along with me, hire you as  my apprentice and servant. What do you say to that? With me,  while you may not always be comfortable, I will promise that when  I have food, so will you.”

Quandries and Quagmires

What are you looking at?

Aside from the sword, you see before you two manuscripts. From the description of the file, I am assuming that these are the same story. One was written in 1981 and the other in 1982.

What is interesting is the title, The Guardian of the Sword. I am already reading a manuscript called The Sword of Justice and now I have to wonder if they are related. If they are, does this come before or after? Is this even part of the series? The only way to find out is to read it after I finish the other manuscript but I am very curious.

For those of you who are wondering about what the Sword of Justice story is about, the most vague description is that it’s about a wizard and his apprentice who must unite the wizard council to stop a tyrant who is plotting to take over the kingdom. Super vague but don’t worry! I’ll get more detailed once I start cursory edits on it.

Also, I’d like to apologise to my assistant who suggested I triage all of the manuscripts before I work on them. You make a good point, except that I really am enthralled by this series and therefore I feel that I really need to work on this series. Yay goals and directions!

Trying to Find My Way

Most people would take that title to mean that I am a lost soul. Perhaps I am.

But more immediately, I am trying to get an idea of the world that The Search for the Unicorns is set in. I wanted to be able to describe a bit more of the world in the book to help the readers.

The first thing I have to do is to see if he created a map of this world or if I need to create my own. I know that he kept everything in the story fairly vague which is nice because it allows the reader to imagine themselves in the story more. However, I want to add a little description. Just a little. I also want to know where the characters are going. Are they in a forest? Are they in the mountains? Where are they?!

A quick search tells me that he didn’t create a map for this world. What does that mean for me? It means that I am going to take tonight to create a vague map of the world. I am not a cartographer and my sense of direct is terrible. Here goes nothing

July Update (with many more to follow)


Tonight I had the chance to really get into the reviewing and editing process for Who Would Destroy the Gods?

I’m very curious about how this story plays out given that the main character seems to be Wisakedjak (more commonly known as Whiskey Jack or Grey Jay) but this is a book with many pantheons in it so it will be interesting to see how the story goes. The story so far is that Whiskey Jack has turned his back on becoming a god and is, instead, helping mortals to stay safe during the wars of the gods. While the gods themselves fight amongst themselves for supremacy of the universe.

Once I get further along, I’ll start posting bits and pieces. For now, you can have my sketch of Grey Jay.

More Great Ways to Get Railroad Rising!

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Railroad Rising at the Edge Website

Hey everyone! If you’ve been holding off on purchasing Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion because you didn’t have the kindle reader, Both myself and Edge Publishing are proud to present Railroad Rising, now available for Nook!

(There is a button for Kobo, but it is not operational yet, keep watching this site as I will be announcing the Kobo release as soon as it’s available)

Another Day and Another Great Review!

Hey everyone! There is another review for Rail Road Rising!

Carrtog is the third son of a Lord, so there is no chance he will inherit. He decides to hire out as a mercenary. He has some knowledge of magic, a friend that is teaching him common sense and how to fight, and a good horse. Of course, he has to be careful about politics. They can kill him, too.

I wasn’t sure about this book, but it had gunpowder magic, steam power, a touch of romance, and great characters in it. Once I began reading it, all my doubts went away. This is a great adventure with the enemy having magic and a campaign against the king.

Carrtog rescues the King simply because he was there when they tried to kidnap him. He then gets pressed into service. Carrtog is young, though. He manages to anger the King before they get back to the castle. He also finds the Princess’ lady in waiting very attractive. That’s not a good thing, either. Mercenaries don’t have wives.

As his reward for saving the King, he’s appointed as a Lord. He’s also given the lady in waiting in marriage. That’s all well and fine, but then the King starts giving him impossible assignments waiting for him to fail. The King knows he failed on his mission in the past and Carrtog is a reminder. Carrtog is in a catch-22 situation.

It’s a busy story with lots of action and it was a great read. If you like sci-fi, you should read this.

Jo Ann Hakola
The Book Faerie

 

Thanks Jo Ann for your kind words!

Jo Ann Hakola can be found at The Book Faerie
You can read more reviews on this site on jump over to the Edge Website

The Physics of Magic

One of the key things in any fantastical novel, be it fantasy or science fiction, is the “laws of the land” as it were.

How does the magic work?

How do the machines/gadgets work?

How does physics work?

These are all questions that a writer must ask themselves when creating these stories. These are questions that I was asking myself while working on the novel. Given that this novel is a sequel to Railroad Rising, I am working in my father’s world. A world that, since he didn’t do a lot of outlining, was in his head.

One of the things I really appreciated about Railroad Rising was the detailed description of the machines and gadgets. I want to continue this, but I do not have my father’s background in having been around engines and early modes of transportation. As a result, I’ve been doing research into early steam engines and machines throughout history.

The thing that has interested me the most was not just the machines, but the machines that almost made it, but for one reason or rather, failed. I want to explore this in the novel. What if with some of these machines, the problem was able to be solved with magic? The closer a machine came to working on it’s own, the less magic was needed to propel it? This ideal fascinates me and will be a backdrop to one of the plots in the novel. A marriage of physics and magic and the resulting world.