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Baby Kory

Wow. The last week has been crazy. My wife's due date was Thursday, April 7th, so our entire week of the 3rd through the 9th has been hurry up and wait. We've been expecting to go into the hospital every evening starting that Sunday, and had my mother-in-law sleeping over at our house to help ensure that our six-year-old is still on her normal routine should we rush out of the house in the middle of the night. My mother-in-law was here every night, and as the due date was finally upon us, we assumed that it was now or never.

And then Thursday slowly came to a close and we were all left wondering when this little surprise would decide to arrive.

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Back in the Saddle

It seems I am destined to question myself.

A few months ago, as I was over the halfway point of Astral Tides: The Shadows of Uhmakhet, I started to have doubts and concerns with my ability, creativity, and drive as a writer. I took some time off of writing, focused on other endeavors, and winter turned into spring, 2016 came into its own, and, most important of all, my wife's due date swiftly approached.

Now we're less than two weeks away from what I have been affectionately referring to as Babyfall 2016 (despite my wife's frustrated protests which claim that title makes no sense), and as we consider our careers, income, costs, and maternal/paternal leave over the course of the coming summer, I came to a realization:

I not only want to get back to writing, I NEED to get back to writing.


2016 Plans and Goals

Horror is hard.

Specifically, writing horror is hard.

More specifically, writing horror for longer than 2,000 words is hard.

It's not my forte. It's a struggle and I end up spinning my wheels more than I actually get any work done. Am I making excuses? Probably. But I haven't wracked my brain so hard for so little return with any of my other books before.

Granted, there aren't many to choose from, but still.

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Novel Prep: Of Monsters, Madness and Mindscapes

So a full week of daily blog posts is now done, and the Preparing for Scaring series has come to a close. I hope you've enjoyed reading these short, daily posts in the strange and suspenseful. And if you missed them, then feel free to take a moment to page back and check each one out.

In case you're new to the blog, my next project is going to be a Horror novel, though which subgenre of Horror I'm as-of-yet not totally certain. I, personally, am a fan of a very particular kind of horror, or kinds. But are my readers? If I write this book, will it sell? Or will it, much like Cybersaurus and Astral Tides, just be a story I, once again, write because I want to write it, and not because it's what I think will appeal to the public?

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Preparing for Scaring 5: A Normal Day

Day Five is upon us! This series is really on the move!

As mentioned in Day Four's Post, I felt like each one was sort of turning out, more or less, like the one before it. So with this one I decided to start to go in a different direction. It's less spooky and creepy from the get-go and instead is paced differently. I hope to change up my style even more so in coming posts. But enjoy this quick read!

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Preparing for Scaring 4: Something's Fishy...

Day Four of the Preparing for Scaring daily blog series is upon us! I fear I'm getting a bit formulaic, so my goal going forward is to change things up a bit and still keep them spooky. As always, any input is appreciated!

This one, much like Day Three's Post, had grander schemes than could be realized inside of 15 minutes, so your brain is left to wonder about where exactly I was going! MUAHAHAHAH! Anyways, enjoy!

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Preparing for Scaring: Into the Mountains!

Day Three of Preparing for Scaring, and this exercise brings us into the mountains in winter, at night, and beneath a blazing comet far above. Imagery undoubtedly inspired by my (somewhat) recent exposure to the game Kholat, but ultimately which I took and drew my own story from.

This 15 minute exercise used the symbols of a shooting star and the scales of justice. One of which is easily identified in the text, the other was one that I was approaching before my timer went off and I cut the work short. Will I ever finish it? Who knows? But for now, please enjoy this short read!

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Preparing for Scaring Two: More of the Unseen

Here we are! Day Two of my series on 15 minute exercises in writing for horror, suspense, and just plain spooky stories. Much like yesterday's post, this one is all about what isn't seen, and as always, I try to include some sort of turn in the last few lines. Just seems to be my style.

For those unaware, these exercises are all about setting the timer for 15 minutes, picking a random symbol (or symbols), and just writing within the theme. I don't stop writing for the entire 15 minutes, and I post on the blog whatever I end up writing, without editing, revising, or critiquing.

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Preparing for Scaring: Exercise One

So with Astral Tides behind me, for the time being, and a new project looming closer, I figured a good way to get back into the habit of writing every day, and in a tone and style that I haven't attempted on over a year, would be to do some simple writing exercises. Start with a symbol, set a timer for 15 minutes, and just write until I hear the buzzer go off.

And then I figure, hey, why not post those exercises on my blog for you all to see? Experience my prep work along with me. So I will post one exercise a day for you to read, if you like. Note that these exercises are literally just me typing as fast as I can along one train of thought for 15 minutes, without any editing, critiquing, or revising. With that said, I hope you enjoy my second delve into suspense and horror!


Pay Attention to your Creative Voice

Astral Tides: The Shadows of Uhmakhet is the first sequel I’ve set in place with the intent to publish. While I have written sequels before, it was years before self-publishing was ever even a thought or belief I had in mind, ever before it was even known to me, let alone considered achievable. The Shadows of Uhmakhet is also my second foray into the universe of the Council, the Union, and, more importantly, the crew of Captain Daltir Stone.

Rimward ended on more of a cliffhanger than any other book I’ve written thus far. And my plans with the story and the series was to make it huge. Six books, at minimum, cataloging the events of Captain Daltir Stone’s life from the first page of Rimward all the way to the final book. And if I decided to take it further, then I would, and if I decided to do spin-offs, then I would. Somewhere around episode five of Rimward I was riding high in the clouds on the fervor and excitement of the story, the characters, and the hanging plot threads, and I felt I could run this story for years without ever running out of steam.

And then I started The Shadows of Uhmakhet.