New Blog

Okay, I am trying something new. One thing I miss about being hosted on WordPress.com was the community and the integrated distribution channel they had for posts. I think it would be great for WordPress to make jetpack link posts to the blogging community, but maybe that is more difficult than I imagine.

Since this blog doesn’t have too much readership (all my fault) I am going back to using The Old Story Arcs as the main blog, which is now the new link up at the top that says blog. This page will now be a news section for my books when that day comes. Everything else will remain the same, this is still my page for the books and all that info.

I don’t know how well this will work or if there are obstacles I am not accounting for. Probably both, but I feel that not taking advantage of the WordPress community and the power of that distribution is not worth any complications that might arise.

We will see.

Superman And Zod

SPOILER ALERT…AGAIN!

SPOILER ALERT…AGAIN!

SPOILER ALERT…AGAIN!

Okay, so the last time I saw the Superman movies I was probably under the age of five. I barely remember anything.

I certainly didn’t remember this…

So, it’s alright for him to kill as long as it’s comical? This is the movie that everyone cites when they talk about how Superman didn’t handle the situation like they wanted when he killed Zod. I mean, this looks pretty lethal.

I also think it’s funny because there are a few people who’ve really called it out for the destruction and deaths caused. I get that, but these are the same people who love kaiju films. Godzilla and all that stuff. Love it too, but I’ve seen massive monsters pretty much destroy Japan before. It’s silly, sure, but why can’t the same suspension if disbelief be applied in this situation?

It seems as if a lot of the criticism leveled at Man of Steel was because he was too different. All the people who criticize everything because they’ve seen it before, just want their Superman to be this big blue goober who tosses people around like rag dolls in between holding his fists on his hips and giving long winded, isn’t America grand speeches.

This is the last I’ll speak of it, I just thought it was odd after seeing the above video.

 

 

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Every once and a while I pick up a book that makes me want to quit writing. It’s so good, so well thought out, so incredibly written, that I can’t help but think to myself that I will never, ever be this good and I can just quit. I love these books. The Name of the Wind is probably the best example of this.

Promise of Blood is another.

The basic premise is about a coup that ends with the execution of a nation’s king. There is a lot about why they overthrew him and how bad he was as a ruler, but that has little bearing. It seems like the people who overthrew him were really just sick of his shit, and had their own personal vendettas to boot.

Everything is well written and the characters are great, but what I love, absolutely adore, is the magic. The world is pretty simple (from what I can see in the first book) with nine nations who were supposedly founded by nine saints and a god. It’s a world just entering its industrial age, with themes of English colonialism, etc. Pretty basic stuff, but the impression I got was that there is a great deal more to all of this and we were just getting a glimpse. That is a powerful world building technique, because it feels natural.

But the magic is what sets it apart, and Mr. McClellan sets it up so well. In the first chapter you are presented with the aftermath of a battle, introduced to all the characters, and all the magic is laid out for you. There are a few different classes of mage, but in those first few pages they give each class their distinction, spending the rest of the book fleshing everything out.

I won’t ruin the premise of the magic, just know that they’re unique, fun, and powerful. It has a very cinematic feel, a lot of action, and excellent buildup for all these incredibly destructive moments. Very little feels over the top, and eve the most powerful mages are vulnerable.

I greatly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the second.

Editing, Covered in Editing, With a Side of Editing

Sunday night I finished editing the 44th page of my weekend goal. I didn’t do double or a hundred like I hoped, but I got my planned goal taken care of and I was satisfied.

I have 113 of my 308 pages completed, with a month and a half left to get the rest done. At 44 pages a weekend and 10 on a day during the week, that will take about three and a half weeks, ending in July, with two weeks for a final run through. Honestly, I want more time to do a final line by line spelling/grammar check, as well as formatting for publication. I know I’m underestimating that by tenfold and will need every ounce of time I can muster up to complete it.

(I just used tenfold and muster in the same sentence. Remind me to discuss Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon and how I tend to absorb the language of books I’m reading.)

But I’m not postponing that date (August 12th!!). Not for this. Something may come up but unless it’s something serious (car wreck, Rapture, Cthulu) I’m sticking to this date. So, I intend on increasing my pace. With the wife and son gone this week and a four day weekend, editing will be the goal.  A lot of editing.

My goal: 195 pages.

In case no one did the math, that’s the rest of the story. It’s lofty, but attainable. I’ll have one after work night without family (easily 15 pages), Wednesday night as late as I want ( 30 pages) all day Thursday and that night (honestly, don’t know, maybe 50-70 pages???) part of Friday, and the rest of the weekend (44 pages as stated, but I think that is low considering I won’t work Friday). That doesn’t add up to what I want, but I think it’s a low ball figure anyway, and I am pushing myself as hard as possible.

At this point, I am tired of editing already. I’ve read about authors getting to the end of the book and hating it, absolutely sick to death of it. That’s a good assessment of where I am. It’s not the first time either, I was tired of it when I was polishing it for my beta readers. It’s just surprising, reading through it after almost a year and seeing the rough edges. I’m happy to report, the last couple of chapters (after the aforementioned BAD chapters) are pretty good and I was really happy with them.

All that is left is to see it through.