On Writing - Topic - World of Grey

  • Podcast up and running

    April 10, 2017

    After taking much longer than I thought, the World of Grey podcast, WOGcast, is finally up and running on itunes.  I'll be releasing a chapter a week, narrated by the author.  I'm still getting the hang of recording, but the overall quality should improve over time.  You can check it out at the link below.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wogcast/id1219457764?mt=2

  • Dark Halo Launch

    September 6, 2016

    Dark Halo is now up on an Amazon Kindle store for the low price of $2.99.  And, until the end of the week, you can pick up book 1, Fallen Throne, for free.

  • Done Editing

    August 8, 2016

    Well, it took a lot longer than expected, but I am finally done editing. I guess the advantage of taking 6 years to publish your book is you have plenty of time to edit.

    The only thing left to do is prep the book for kindle publication, which involves one more pass, but this one is much quicker. Hopefully in two weeks time I will have a book 2 out for people to read.

    Thanks for hanging in there.

  • Edit and Cover Update #2

    May 27, 2016

    So, first edit run through is done. Now I"m starting my final read through, where I read it out loud for a couple people, so all the dialogue and prose sounds right. After that, I'll have to do some compatibility testing for kindle.

    All in all, still about a month out, but it's getting there.

  • Cover Progress

    April 8, 2016

    I've been going through and doing a lot of spelling corrections, grammar fixes and checking continuity, but, I thought I'd share progress on something else. The cover for book 2. I'm working with artist John Ly.

  • Kindle eBook release

    May 11, 2015

    Well, it took a bit longer than anticipated, and there still might be some cover font graphic changes made down the road, but the finished version of the text is done and ready for consumption.

    You can buy it for $2.99 from the kindle store.

  • Cover Art

    December 11, 2014

    So while the last of the Fallen Throne novellas will come out in January, I also plan to release the book as one work in March.

    I'm not an artist. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Hence the somewhat simple template covers I've been using compliments of the kindle market store.

    However, for the complete book, I am working with an actual artist to try to get something put together for the release. Something more interesting than two colors. I'll try to show some previews as work develops.

    Until next time.

  • Status Update

    December 4, 2014

    Today is going to be a short update.

    I'm a little over 200 pages into Book 2.  The title is still up in the air.  I want to use 'halo' somewhere in it, but it's a work in progress.  I don't do a lot of subtext, so my titles tend to be pretty straightforward.

    I recently spent the last couple weeks doing some rewrites of the story.  Usually I wait until I'm done to do that, but I had enough thoughts and corrections to tackle that it just felt right doing it now.

    I feel like this book will be a little shorter than Fallen Throne.  This story is much more focused, with Khristian and friends on a specific journey pretty much from the get go.  And aside from a few new faces, the gang is back together.

    Well, that's it for now.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, if it was a holiday you celebrated.

  • Content Changes

    October 15, 2014

    Alright, so I’m winding down on digging into the World of Grey we see presented in Fallen Throne. I’ve gone through the writing process, the places, the characters. I might do write ups on some of the more minor characters, or on some of the cities, but I’ll save that for another time.

    What I am going to start doing is posting some of my other writing projects. Some will be unfinished. Some abandoned. I want to keep providing content for people to read, to keep up on my week to week progress. I’ll start next week with the first page of a story I was writing called “After the Fall” about four people who survive a world ending event, and are bestowed with weird powers. As far as they know, they are the only survivors, besides some unnatural animals that have sprung up. But they all have a mysterious calling, an ruing to travel to the west coast.

    I also have some side stories I want to tell. Stories about Jenner that take place before Fallen Throne. Stores about Colette. The origin of how Havelin and Umbrunzwe met. Nothing particularly long, maybe just some short stories.

    And lastly, the next book in the World of Grey series is coming along well. I’m a little ever a hundred pages in at this point, and plan to keep plugging away. I’m not sure if I’ll lend any insight into that story until its ready, as I like to keep it a surprise.

    So I’ll see everyone next week, with the start of my side project, “After the Fall.”

  • Building Grey: Races

    October 13, 2014

    I was reading a thread on reddit where someone was asking who to make the races of the campaign world they created feel unique, as all his ideas kept feeling recycled from other stories. I gave some tips on making the history of your world first, and then try to shape your races from those historical events. But something occurred to me while I was putting my post together.

    I love fantasy. I basically learned to read from old TSR forgotten realms novels, which was bread and butter elves, dwarves, orcs, halflings, etc. You couldn't throw a stone without hitting a demi-human race. They had long storied histories and age old conflicts. They paid homage to folklore, and Lord of the Rings.

    However, it didn't occur to me until I finished writing that reply, that I hadn't really placed any within the World of Grey. At least, not on the main continent on which Fallen Throne takes place. There are different races of humans, and the Dark Fey are the closest to another civilization, but they are still monsters at best. No dwarven warriors, elven archers, smallfolk thieves. It was never even a topic I discussed or plotted out.

    There's nothing wrong with fantasy races. I spent plenty of my formative years pretending to be them while rolling dice across the floor in grade school. But I felt like the story I wanted to tell did not need them. It was already a tale full of interesting individuals, magic and adventure. I did not need to add depth or complexity for complexity's sake.

    Whether you're writing age old tales or science fiction of tomorrow, make sure to think about what adding a particular race brings to your tale. Don't think you need to add it because that's what all fantasy novels do. Just make sure it feels natural, and that they are there because they are meant to be there, not because you feel they're supposed to be there.

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