July 2013

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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