First off I wanted to apologize for how late this post is. Last week I was working on finishing the 3rd, and hopefully final edition, of my first book. I focused a lot on the artwork and formatting to print correctly on Amazon’s publishing service. Getting the cover art to fit correctly can be very … Continue reading Being OK with Imperfection
Hello everyone! Just wanted to give a quick update and explanation for a short hiatus. This month I've got three weddings to attend and a trip planned and as a result, I don't think I can give proper book reviews that aren't rushed. As a result, for the month of September I will be taking … Continue reading Update and Brief Hiatus
Never thought I’d find myself writing an article like this, but after reading Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor I found the inclusion of Christianity rather jarring. It was too much at the forefront of the novel rather than an element of the world building. It came off as rather heavy handed in my opinion and lead … Continue reading Religion in Narrative Storytelling
Hello everyone! The 2nd edition of The Legend of Nariko: The Mark of Silverfrost is now available on Amazon on both the Canadian and US site! https://www.amazon.ca/Legend-Nariko-Mark-Silverfrost/dp/0995968233/ Also for all of those who had purchased the 1st edition book, feel free to contact me for a free copy of the 2nd edition! Please send me … Continue reading The Legend of Nariko: The Mark of Silverfrost 2nd Edition now Live!
It is amazing how removing something so small can have such an impactful change on your productivity. For the longest time I found that I would plan out my days to schedule in time to work on writing, drawing, coloring and reading to achieve as much as I could every day. However I found that … Continue reading Removing Distractions to Focus on Growth
Very rarely does one ever pick up a book out of random in a bookstore and become pleasantly surprised. When I found myself in Portland one summer I visited the Powell’s City of Books store I had heard so much about. I spent hours in there while my friends wandered the city. Ultimately I wanted … Continue reading Book Review : Dark Run by Mike Brooks
While reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen, I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at the adventures of Thor, Loki and Odin. We live in a time where characters are expected to be deep and often complicated with various emotions. My first criticism of any story I read is whether or not the characters are … Continue reading Character Design : How do you write a deity?
Have you ever seen the development of a character that was so well done you can't help but think "My god that was beautiful"? I honestly felt that after watching the "Honor and Glory" Overwatch movie from Blizzard. It actually made my eyes well up. If you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend watching … Continue reading The Impact of a Well Designed Character
Recently I've been thinking a lot about the dynamic of the story's antagonist and what that really means. Most books I've read have typically had a forgettable protagonist, just someone for the protagonist to defeat in a battle of good vs evil. But a memorable story tends to have an opposing force that serves to … Continue reading The Antagonist : Person vs Person
While writing the second book of my series, I've constantly been finding myself at odds with furthering the story. There are plot points that have to happen but finding the route to those points is far more difficult than I imagined. It never occurred to me that developing the plot is different than developing the … Continue reading Character Development vs Plot Development