Work in Progress


I am feeling like this as I work on editing “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”

It’s always challenging when you are just starting out on a career path. In this case it’s a bit weird for me because I technically have material to work with that I could tease you with, but on the other hand, I haven’t even really read all of the material. Heck, I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.

Maybe that’s my problem right now. I need to figure out which way to jump first. I also need to know what I should tell the Internet about my Dad, after all, that’s what this website is for. But do I want to talk about what my father was interested in? I could do that. I certainly can’t talk about his works in progress, although, I can talk about what I’m editing and for those of you who have signed up to the newsletter, I’ll be sending out special sneak peaks of “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”

One of the other things that I will be working on over the next month will be button designs for Railroad Rising, which subscribers will also get to see first and give me their opinion.

Whew! Time for me to get back to editing! I’ll talk to you all again very soon!

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)

This Year’s Book:

This year the book that I will be editing is called “Who Would Destroy the Gods”

I have begun printing out the chapters and hope to have everything printed out by the end of the month.

I’m doing things a little bit differently. I already have a fully written story, now I need to make sure that its foundations are solid which means doing an outline and character sketches. I’ll be looking at the different aspects of the story and making sure that they gel the way they are supposed to.

As I work on the story I’ll first be updating everyone on the newsletter and then giving summary updates on the website. So stay tuned!

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

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Here is another review by Peter Jasion:

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of David Brin’s “The Practice Effect” (which is high praise indeed as it is one of my favorite Brin novels!).

The characters of Carrtog and Yakor were very well developed from the beginning. I did find it interesting how their roles of mentor-student migrated to Lord-‘Master’ Squire by the end of the story. I was a little surprised on how his ‘abilities’ evolved so quickly. Also, the interaction between Carrtog and Lady Adengler from the beginning was quite entertaining and fairly realistic in my opinion as she certainly was no pushover! And finally, King Bornival was an excellent antagonist.

I’ll be publishing more reviews as I get them. Stay tuned to this website for more interesting articles and sign up for the newsletter to be a part of something special (it’s a super secret club!)

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.