Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Holidays

Just a small update to say that things are going well. I’m at 63K words of a new story called “Rebel Shifter” It’s a paranormal/historical/romance. These genres seem to go together. All I need to do is write the climax. In other words, the hardest part. For the last two years, I’ve had some writing experiments that fizzled. Once this is done, I will return to one of them and make it work. Then there are so many other things that must come first. Still, I am determined to finish it.

My other blog Good Book Alert is going well, but I still need guest reviewers. Please consider being one and you will be featured there as well. I get so many submissions, but not near enough people wanting to guest review. I tend to work harder to find a reviewer for those people generous enough to contribute.

Recently, I finished judging for the Bold New Worlds SF contest. The results are posted. Three of the ones I picked are in the top five. It was fun being a part of the contest.

I have been working on a trailer for the Vallar Series and have it partially done. I only work on it occasionally, so it’s rather slow progress, but I like what I have so far. I’d like to post it, but I really need to finish a novel.

Until I post again…Cheers!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Do you feel insecure over NaNoWriMo?

It's time for my IWSG post. You can join or follow other writers in our group: HERE

I decided to post this a little early because last time I forgot to post it until the evening when everyone was done with IWSG. *rolls eyes at self* 

Seeing as it’s National Novel Writing Month, I thought I’d talk about the insecurity surrounding it. For those who don’t know, NaNo is held in November and it’s a challenge to write at least a 50K word novel (or at least finish that much of your novel.) If you complete this task, you are a NaNo winner. The fun part is that you can get in on a lot of mutual support among all the struggling writers. Visit the site for more information.

I completed this once back in 2009 and found it to be a good exercise in letting go of that internal editor. The biggest fear for many is that they are writing crap and it's all going to be for nothing. Well, the truth is most likely you are writing crap, BUT...there is no such thing as wasted writing. Even if your story turns out to be a muddled mess, you are still gaining in characterization, ideas and world building (for us SF/Fantasy writers) So even if you can’t use your NaNo novel once this is all done, there is going to be something good that will come out of it.

People who have detailed outlines before November have the best chance of writing something more useable, but even if you don’t something valuable will come form it. 

In my case, I didn’t end up using a lot of my Nano novel, but it did bring out the ideas and later resulted in the sequel to my Vallar series. Of course, I had difficulties with my Nano novel too. Did I ever learn how to push past plot holes whether it made sense or not. Anything to keep up the word count! Also the funny thing that happened at the end was I had momentum and was turned into some sort of writing machine that took a long time to slow down. Sort of like a race horse taking a long time to slow down at the end of a race.  *whinny*

I know everyone is thinking why didn’t you do it this time? I'm working full time now and I'm in that sandwich generation where the middle aged person (me) is taking care of everyone both young and old. But now that I recall that momentum..well….maybe next year.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Meet Nathaniel Danes Author of The Last Hero

The Last Hero: I had to write it.

I never thought I'd write a book. Heck, for most of my life reading beyond page three of any school writing project felt like a Herculean task. However, the difference between now and then is that my writing doesn't feel forced. Maybe that's the difference between writing what you want as opposed to what you have to.

Thinking about it now, it almost feels as if The Last Hero grew itself organically rather than having been written. My over active imagination, love for military history, science fiction addiction, blindness, failed military career, daughter, and more were filtered through my fingers onto the page. It's a nexus where several pieces of my life came together. Believe me it sounds far easier than it was.

I've always used my imagination as an escape hatch from life. As far back as I can remember, I'd bolt from mundane situations in my mind, transporting myself to excitement and adventure. I'm sure most kids do this, but I've never stopped. I do this as a coping mechanism. I'm losing my sight to a genetic disorder. This is the reason for my failed military career, and I find it relaxing to drift off into worlds where I don't have that limitation.

These fantasies were always content to live inside my head until I read The Forever War. That classic sparked something inside me. Science fiction has always been my preferred genre for TV and movies, but as far as books go, I used to only read military history. After stumbling upon The Forever War everything changed. I couldn't read enough military science fiction and those stories in my head started to become restless.

I also can't understate the importance of my daughter's birth in helping to shape the story in my first novel. There are a select few things I truly love in his world, my wife for one, so the feeling isn't foreign to me. However, I wasn't prepared for the body blow of raw emotion, of pure unconditional love I felt the second I held my baby girl for the first time. From then on, I couldn't imagine a universe that she wasn't a part of where that incredible connection didn't exist. Her presence in my life enriched and brought depth to my fantasy worlds. She brought meaning and purpose to them.

Literally bursting at the seams, I had to get the stories out. So, I started to write and write, then I rewrote and rewrote. Before I knew it, a few years had pasted and I'd written four books. Finally, I decided to try and get one published. Fortunately, Solstice Publishing saw fit to give me a chance and agreed to release the The Last Hero.

If you read my book, I hope you enjoy and feel the passion that went into its creation. It will be the first of many because I don't have a choice. The stores have to come out.

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Thanks for being a guest on my blog to day, Nathaniel. It's always interesting to hear what inspires an author.