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PSA: The True Definition of Word Count
posted on July 3, 2017


[update] It should noted that as time progresses more and more, the things I mention in this post become less and less true, as more and more of the industry is modernized.

There is a very little known fact today among aspiring authors. One that I myself didn't realize until just recently. The way that publishers count words in manuscripts is different from what we usually think of as word count and also from how word processors count words too.

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The Muse is a Pagan God: We Should Not Follow It
posted on January 23, 2017

Alright, I admit that title is a bit click baity of me, but allow me to explain.

I should first start with what I don't mean by such a title. I by no means believe it to be sin to make use of our God given gifts and talents. Of course, we should. But we should do so in His honor and glory.

When it comes to creative pursuits, people commonly talk about following the Muse, which means that they are letting their creativity and imagination lead them wherever it takes them. The saying alludes to Greek Mythology. There were nine of these Muses, the Greek gods of inspiration for various fields of study.

So am I denouncing the usage of a saying with Pagan roots? No, what I'm saying goes much deeper, to take caution in where our passions amorally lead. This is the great trap of those of us blessed with creative gifts, claiming to be righteous, often with justifications like, "So long as I keep it below a PG 13 level, I'm good". Wherever the so called Muse leads, may we ever scrutinize it with a discerning eye.

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Categories: My Writing Career | Thoughts on Arts | Inspirational
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Things to Mull Over
posted on September 27, 2016

At the LDSPPA conference for LDS publishing professionals, Brandon Mull, the author of the popular Fablehaven series, shared the experiences of his journey to his now successful writing career. There was so much I could relate to as though he were speaking directly to me. Part of what made it all so powerful was how vulnerable and personal he became with us.

Like me, he's had an vibrant imagination throughout his life, going off into fantastical daydreams. It became his passion to want to share these things with others, starting him on the path to learn the writing craft, sufficiently to have the words on the page give justice to how he's imagining it in his head.

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Update on WereDragon: Both the Game and the Novel
posted on January 11, 2016

[Update] It's now more likely that I will seek a publisher instead of launching on kickstarter for the game.

First, the board game. Before that, I should call your attention to the right side of screen where one can sign up to be notified of the kickstarter, when things finally get to that point.

Now, about the game. I recently started using a new trial version of Adobe Illustrator and have been creating new graphics. Things are looking so much better than they have before. But of course you don't have to take my word for it, since you see all the images right in front of you:

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Categories: My Writing Career | Game Dev | WereDragon
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WereDragon Novel Progress
posted on November 03, 2014

This last Tuesday, I received feedback back after having WereDragon looked at for editing. I'm now going through the suggestions and making improvements to the manuscript. Things are getting that much closer for prime time.

Due to some of the feedback I received and came to agree with, some of the content will be moved from WereDragon into what will be the new Book 2 of the series. This I'm considering the title, The Peacebringer's Commission. So book 1 is about Stag accepting his Peacebringer calling and book 2 is about his quest to fulfill it. With this book 1 will have better conformity to a "Save the Cat" three act structure. Google "Save the Cat" if you don't know what I'm talking about there.

The editor is female, so I appreciate the woman's touch to my story. I received helpful suggestions in improving the romantic aspects, making it pop. She also suggested cuts to some battle scenes and what not outside the POV of the main character and his love interest, making me say, "Hold on, let's not turn this into WereDragon Twilight, shall we?"

I will cut some of what she suggests cutting, especially toward the front where it'll help things flow better and also others have commented on. A good rule of thumb in deciding what to do about feedback is if you hear the same thing from more than one person, it's more likely to be right.

Now back to the work I have cut out for me, no pun intended.

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Coexistence
posted on July 08, 2014

Coexistence is my latest story concept. Two moons share the same planet, both inhabited by intelligent life. Coexistence is the story of what happens when the two worlds discover one another.

I mentioned in my last blog post, Dead People, about this other story I was developing and considering submitting to Writers of the Future. I actually completed that other story, but later on decided I wasn't satisfied with the ending, so I'm changing it. This change will actually make it a bit longer. However, I think that my Coexistence story would have a better chance in the contest, so that's what I plan to submit to it.

In the meantime, I continue with WereDragon edits.

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Dead People
posted on June 24, 2014

I just started a new short story, inspired by the Sixth Sense. For some reason my brain became captivated by the question of what happens to little Cole now at the end of the movie. What will he be like growing up? This sparked the idea for this story of a man who calls himself a paranormal philanthropist. It's actually turning out to be comical in tone.

In my last two attempts at entering the Writers of the Future contest, I received honorable mention each time. I think I want to give it another go with this story and see if I can win it this time. In one of my workshops with Dave Wolverton, he mentioned that people are too serious in what they submit to the contest, so wouldn't mind reading something more humorous. Let's see if I have just the thing for his funny bone, shall we? Make the story about dead people be the one most alive.

Meanwhile, I submitted my last Writers of the Future story to Tor.com. They say It'll be about three months, before I find out if they accepted it. Wish me luck on that one. Also, in the meantime, I continue my WereDragon edits.

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Almost There, Almost There
posted on May 20, 2014

My WereDragon novel is getting close to completion. The verge is getting more ... wait for it ... vergier!

How much vergier-ly-ness-a-ism? Well, let me stop butchering English and tell you. I'm past the climax and into the wrapping up phase of the story.

The next step will be to do editing and revising on what I recently wrote to get it up to par with the rest of the novel, which has all been through multiple passes previously, including some critiquing, things like that.

So, yes, that is some verge!

I'll then go through editing services for the spit shine. Then I'll rock people's socks off with it.

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Pubslush Campaign for WereDragon
posted on April 22, 2014

[Update May 11] This is going to be pulled this week, because the campaign hasn't raised anything. Don't worry, this doesn't mean I'm giving up on WereDragon. I'm still very much committed to it and it's getting really close to completion. I learned valuable things from this to make crowdfunding that I will do in the future more effective.

Next week on the 29th, the campaign for my fantasy novel, WereDragon, will go live at weredragon.pubslush.com. At the moment, the link only directs you to the pubslush homepage. The campaign will end May 29, so gotta get it done, including a video for the campaign.

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About Time for a WereDragon Status Update, Eh?
posted on November 08, 2013

I haven't mentioned for a while where I'm at on my progress in my WereDragon novel. The first draft is getting close. There's still a little ways, but its close. But this is not to say that all of the manuscript is in the first draft stage, because earlier parts have been reworked with more than one pass. I'm excited how the story is coming along.

Next week starting Monday, I'll be attending David Farland's Writer's Mastery Camp. If I don't complete the first draft there, then I should be able to get it together by the end of November. Then it will be time to rewrite until things are ready to go. In the meantime, I'll plan on posting again at the end of November to report on how this all went.

By the way, on a related note, one of the ideas I'm entertaining for a story module for Sojourer Tales (see my last blog post for explanation) is one that takes place in my WereDragon world. In any case, I'm excited to contribute story modules to this, which I'll keep you posted on. But first to get this novel out of the way!

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