Off My Writing Playlist #Music #Metal #Writing

No Junjou Na Kanjou… let me come right out now and say this… I don’t speak Japanese. I never have. I tried to… but foreign languages are not my strong suit. I successfully learned Latin, and still botch it up on a regular basis when trying to speak it.

Then what are you doing listening to this?

Do you have to understand everything in order to appreciate it? Consider… how many songs out there do you listen to that have Na na, la la, doot doos, scat, chanting in languages you don’t know, or (God help you) yodeling? Several popular songs out there these days have these things. You don’t understand what they’re saying, but you don’t think twice about it.

I look at this like listening to something without lyrics. The vocals, to me, are simply another musical instrument playing.

Also, I’ve tried listening to the only translated versions I’ve heard:

 

Some lyrics just don’t work when translated. This is one of those songs. The English versions are inferior in every way.

When to listen: Um… I don’t really know… right as the hero rescues his/her love? Really I listen to it all the time regardless, but that’s usually when I find myself going directly for it.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
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I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Magnifica: Dark Redemption (Chapter 1)

 

Hi All,

I hope you enjoyed Taryn. Next up is another… expansion of the Magnifica series. This one revolves around one of the early bad guys in The Last Enchanter, Thomas. It basically deals with his road to redemption.

I abandoned this story after deciding that what Thomas did… or rather didn’t do to help Lia’na when she was in distress, was something that I’d have a difficult time helping him find redemption from. I also didn’t find his character likable, so I abandoned the story rather quickly.

So here we go, enjoy:

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I‘ve never been able to get passed what happened. It still seems like something out of a nightmare, but it wasn’t. It happened, I did it. I know I did. I helped him hurt her, and in doing so, I’ve damned myself… More than anything… I want to be forgiven, or at least find a way to redeem myself…

“Tom, snap out of it!” A voice yelled from behind. “What are you doing man?”

Tom turned around to see his friend Jayme standing behind him, “What’s up?”

Jayme brushed her thick brown hair back behind her ear, “I just asked if you were going to lunch. You didn’t answer and had a look on your face like you were a million miles away.”

Tom nodded, “I’m sorry, I was just thinking to myself.”

“About what happened?” Jayme asked in an accusing tone.

“Yeah.” Tom replied. “I still can’t get the look on her face or the anger in his eyes out of my head.”

“You let Michael do a number on that poor elf, and Toby made sure that you paid for it.” Jayme replied. “Look, it’s like I told you before, it happened, you can’t go back in time and change that, all you can do now is learn from it and try to live better. I’d also try to see if you can earn her forgiveness.”

Tom sighed as he spoke, “I know… you’ve said it before. I just don’t know what I can do.”

Jayme shrugged, “You never know.”

Jayme stood near Tom for a few minutes while he compiled his thoughts. After a few moments of boredom, she spoke up, “Are you doing lunch?”

Tom shook his head, “Nah, not today. I think I’ll just head back to my room.”

“Suit yourself.” Jayme replied. “I’m starving, so I’m heading that way. See you later!”

Tom really wasn’t in the mood to eat and needed time to compile his thoughts, “All right, have a good time.”

Jayme nodded and walked away. It was a cool September day. Autumn had just barely begun taking over as classes were once again starting at Arcanus. The trees were still green, but it was a light green that would soon give way to brighter colors.

Tom had been dreading the fall. He didn’t want to see Toby, Lia’na, or Michael. To him, they were nothing more than reminders of an awful mistake he’d made. He knew that what he’d done was wrong, he was suffering on his own for it, and didn’t need to be reminded of what happened.

Tom made his past the main campus center when he heard a n angry voice, “You’ll pay for that sharpy!”

Oh no… Tom thought to himself, recognizing the voice. It was Michael, no mistake about it, and by the sound of things, he’d come across Lia’na. What’s worse, it sounded like Toby wasn’t anywhere nearby.

Tom picked up his pace and began running. He made his way around to the lounge area where he saw Lia’na and Michael. The scene was exactly what Tom had feared.

Michael stood in front of Lia’na as his two friends held her by the arms. Michael balled his fist and was about to strike when his world suddenly blurred. There was intense pressure on his side and chest as he fell to the side.

It took him less than a second to figure out what was going on. Michael had been tackled. Toby was on top of him with his fists clenched. The first blow impacted on Michael’s stomach while the second on his chin.

Tom continued running as the other two guys released Lia’na and tried to help, but the first one got a left hook to the stomach from Gishan. Tom knew that while they both knew how to defend themselves, but Michael’s dwarven friend was still free and closing in on Gishan.

Tom quickly moved in, tackled the third companion, and pinned him to the ground. The dwarf looked up with an angry look, “What the hell man?”

Tom smiled as he held the dwarf down, “Easy there, Griz, don’t do anything stupid.”

After a few seconds, Toby let up on Michael and backed away. The look on his face made Michael’s blood run cold. His face was red with black eyes. Michael struggled to his feet as he was joined by his friend who was released from Gishan’s grip. Michael sneered as he looked at Toby, “Very nice Toby, fucking jump me from behind! I still can’t believe you’re dating that… sharpy!”

Toby clenched his jaw and spoke in an inhuman voice, “Animal… you’ve lead a sheltered life with parents who hate for no reason other than to hate. You know nothing about the world outside of your bubble and you never will!”

Tom released Griz and backed away slowly when he heard Toby’s voice. What the…?

Michael scoffed, “I’m the animal? That sharpy and her people are the ones responsible for us being where we are today. They deserved the disease they got and they should stay on the reservations!”

Gishan shook his head, “That shit is ancient history from long before you or she was even born! She’s as responsible for the collapse of the Alliance as you or I would be.”

Michael wasn’t sure he wanted to say anymore. Toby looked like a ticking time bomb and that demonic voice he spoke with made things even worse, “Oh please Gishan, why should I listen to you? What are you going to do about anything? You want to try to take me on?”

Tom stood up and took a step forward. Michael had been his friend since he first attended Arcanus, but he’d known Gishan for many years before that and was not about to let him get beaten. He stepped out in front of his old friend, “If he doesn’t, I will.”

Lia’na saw Tom and nervously stepped closer to Toby. Michael looked at him in shock, “Tom, since when are you a sharpy lover?”

Tom looked at Lia’na for a second before turning back to Michael, “I’m not, but I’m also not so small that I would resort to assault or rape! Had I known that’s what you were planning, I never would have gone along with it. I’m not much better than you, but I am better. If you try to go after Toby or Gishan, you’ll have to deal with me.”

Gishan looked over at him, “Tom, what are you doing?”

“What I should have done months ago.” Tom replied without looking over.

Michael nodded and turned back to Lia’na, “Someday sharpy…”

Toby‘s hand began to glow black as he bolted forward and grabbed Michael by the throat. He spoke in the same dark voice, “Listen to me very carefully… if you ever… ever try to lay a finger on her… I will make sure you are never found!”

Tom backed away slowly as Michael choked under his grasp, but could not fight away. Toby’s concentration was broken when he heard Lia’na cry out, “Toby, stop!”

Toby released Michael, giving him an opening to get away. Michael ran off, followed closely by his remaining friend. He didn’t bother looking back and just continued running.

Toby was breathing heavily and his skin was still red. Lia’na felt the energy flowing from him. She put her arms around him and whispered gently, “Toby calm down… it’s over. I wasn’t hurt…. Shh…”

Finally the red disappeared from his face and his eyes returned to normal. Tears fell down his cheeks as Lia’na hid his face, “Lia’na… what happened?”

Lia’na shook her head, “We’ll talk later… for now, calm down. It’s over, I’m not hurt. Everything is okay.”

Toby took a few deep breaths as he calmed down. He knew he still had to deal with Tom. When he was ready, he turned to Tom and looked him in the eye.

Tom didn’t move. He stood his ground as the two stared at each other for a few moments. Am I next?

After what seemed like an eternity, Toby faintly smiled, “Thanks for your help.”

Tom nodded, “It was the least I could do.”

He then turned to Lia’na, “I don’t expect you to forgive me for what happened, but please know that I am sorry. Michael won’t bother you again, I promise.”

Lia’na took a deep breath, but couldn’t find it in her to even crack a smile, “I can’t forgive you for what happened… or what almost happened, but I can try to forget… at the very least, I’ll stop pretending you don’t exist.”

Tom smiled, “Good enough.”

Lia’na didn’t respond as she turned to Toby, “We should probably get you home.”

Gishan nodded, “All right… I’ll get you home. Let’s go.”

He quickly looked back at Tom before they parted ways, “Thanks for the backup man.”

“Any time.” He replied as Gishan turned away and guided Toby and Lia’na back to his car.

Tom made his way back to his room, completely shaken by what he’d seen. His head was filled with questions; what was that, why were Toby’s eyes glowing, what did it all mean?

Tom eventually shrugged, there was nothing he could do about it, so there was no point in worrying about it. Whatever happened with Toby, no doubt his friends were taking care of it.

Toby had been acting weird ever since he’d met Lia’na. The glowing eyes, the hands, the unexplainable powers, it all didn’t add up, but again, there was nothing that he could do about it.  He would have liked to have gone and seen Toby at his new place, but he had a feeling that he would most likely not be welcomed there. There was nothing for Tom to do but ignore it and go about his day.

 



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

The Ins and Outs of Publishing, A Directory of Advice. #Writing #Author #Advice

Okay, so it looks like I’m still getting a lot of publishing questions. These are recurrent questions I get on a regular basis, and while I want to try to respond to everyone who reaches out to me, I don’t want my blog becoming redundant. So I think I’m going to repost this on a weekly basis from now on to help people navigate the publishing world. I don’t really see another way around it.

So if you have questions regarding publishing, PLEASE check below to see if any of this helps you before reaching out. I’m always happy to help, but I may have already answered your question.

Publishing is a tough road to navigate. Please check out the links below. These are previous posts I’ve made about the ins and outs of publishing. They should be of assistance in your journey:

Am I Ready To Publish? This is a must read BEFORE even considering starting the process. I can’t tell you how many authors burned bridges by not being ready.

Editing… There is a Cost That Must be Paid… or is There? You can skip this one if you’ve already had your writing edited (by someone other than you!). However, I’d still recommend reading.

Getting Published… the basics… In this post, we explore traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. Here you’ll get the pros on cons of each and the steps you need to go through in order to be successful in either.

Finally…

Copyrighting my Writing. Am I Protected? This isn’t required reading… however, if you’re concerned about plagiarism, or in the future may need to file a copyright claim, I recommend giving it a read.

Feeling overwhelmed yet? I’d be surprised if you didn’t. The only sage advice I can offer you other than the documents above is simple…

  1. Do not give up. A million “No’s” suddenly become irrelevant if you get that one “yes”.
  2. People will tell you that everyone and their mother wants to publish a book. You’re up against insurmountable odds and a flooded market. This is false. You’re not up against everyone and their mother. Permit me the luxury and I’ll prove this mathematically: First of all, take the entire group of people who want to get published. Now take that number and reduce it by roughly 60%. You just eliminated all the people who want to get something published, but don’t have the time, ability, drive, or inspiration to write. Next, eliminate another 20%. You’ve now taken down all the people who can put pen to paper but can’t afford the time/money to put the work into advertising and getting published. Eliminate another 10% who can’t take criticism and thus aren’t going to be able to get their writing properly edited. Now eliminate another 5% either don’t have the patience for or get discouraged by receiving a series of “No’s” from publishers.
    Now take that last 5% and eliminate all of them, except you. Why? Because they’re irrelevant. You have your writing and they have there’s. Whether or not you get published and how successful you are isn’t about other people’s writing. Yes, in the end, it’s you against one person, you. Whether or not I’ll ever get to buy your book off the shelf depends on you; how much time, effort, and funds you’re willing to put into your writing. So make it good!

Let’s open it up to the floor. Readers, do you have any publishing advice for our friend here? Let her know in the comments!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Intimate Love Without Sexual Intimacey? A Drakin Question #writing #fantasy #SciFi #literature #Fiction

Hi Jim,

I finished reading the Drakin series and wanted to ask you about Qira and Radley. In the event that both of them survived, how would that have worked? Was Radley sexually attracted to a woman that was essentially a giant lizard? How would that have even worked? Sexual attraction, at least in my opinion, is important to a relationship, so I don’t really see how they could have worked. It would have been even worse given that Qira imprinted on Radley. Just wanted to get your thoughts.

Thanks,
Laura


Hi Laura,

I have to disagree with you there. Non-sexual life partners do exist, and from what I understand, they are strong relationships. I’ve personally seen no reason why a loving, nurturing relationship cannot exist without sexual intimacy… Granted some other arrangements may need to be made with both parties involved. It’s not something I personally think I could do, but that’s me. Other people are different.

However, that is a moot point as we did find a way around it with the dragon’s ability to appear as a human. For Qira, in the novels, I attempted to imply that, given her connection to Radley, that she was among the first dragons to be able to use the ability. One could then infer that perhaps gaining the ability was in part because of the evolution of the dragon mind, but also the result of her imprinting on a human. Remember, for dragons, imprinting is both a psychological as well as physiological bond where the dragon’s body conforms to suit it’s partner. When two dragons imprint, their bodies’ cycles and chemistry is altered to better suit each other. This improves their mating abilities drastically and accounts for why drakeas numbers swelled in such a short time.

In Qira’s case, she imprinted on a human. Being that his body was biologically incompatible, her body would need to pick up the slack. This isn’t something I went into great detail on… at least not yet, I may in the future, however one could imply that her learning the ability to appear as a human is the result of her imprinting on one and her body basically giving her the ability to mate. They would never be able to conceive children, but at least it would satisfy the biological need.

I hope that makes sense. Great Question!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

From Bad to Good, The Faction Switch! #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim,

I was really interested in the way your books turned the narrative. In your first book, you had dragons completely vilified. These creatures nearly stole Earth from humans, they destroyed almost 7 billion lives, wiping out human society. These were evil creatures. However, then you moved into the idea that not all of them were evil. Some of them were benevolent or at the very least, repentant for their awful actions. Next, you went full swing, turning humans into the bad guys and making dragons the victims.

I’m just curious what, if any, development went into that and how you managed to make us all feel for the creatures that had almost wiped out humanity in your books? That’s not an easy thing to do.

Best,
Ron


Hi Ron,

It’s always a good twist when a writer can pull something like that off. When you can make people feel for a character they previously hated, it’s truly skilled writing. Say what you will about the writers of Game of Thrones… and there is a lot to say, they turned us from absolutely hating Jaime to feeling horrible when he died at the end.

For me, it was simply a manipulation of some fairly common human tendencies. Think about it, how often do people associate everyone who shares certain characteristics with those who cause problems as guilty by association? It happens quite often. So with the dragons, it doesn’t really matter that by the third book, the majority of the dragon populace were born after the Red War, they were the bad guys, and that’s all there was to it. However, Qira opened the door to give people pause. My challenge was to make her a good character. I didn’t want her to just be a damsel in distress, but I did want her to be an innocent. I wanted to see her be young and naive at first, but then grow to become the strongest character in the story, one that my readers would love.

She did all that and much much more. Qira was the damsel in distress, she was weak, naive, unable to defend herself, timid, and sad. As time went on and we see Radley slowly try to fight his demons and pull away from him, Qira became an integral part of that. She hardened a little, learned to fight, and was actually forced to contend with the truth of her own history. This made her even tougher.

By the end, she actually knocked out Raiya as the face of the Drakin series. I get more fan messages about her than I do any other character. So it wasn’t a huge stretch to then turn the dragons into the victims in the next book.

Anyway, I hope this answers your question! Readers, what do you think? Is it hard to change the narrative surrounding characters? How do you challenge these notions?

 



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Writers, GET OFF TWITTER!!! #Writing #Author #Advice #Twitter

Hi Jim,

I was hoping you could help me. I’ve been writing for some time. I’ve been doing short stories and poems. I share them to my classmates and followers online and am hoping to get some of them published in a collection after I graduate. Recently though, I’ve come under fire. I wrote something about slavery and now some of the people I go to school with have been retweeting what I wrote and calling me all kinds of names. There was nothing in my post that was racist and I wasn’t trying to be offensive, but they’re basically saying that because I’m not black, I shouldn’t be trying to tackle those topics.

Do you think this is some kind of appropriation? Why is everyone so mad and how should I respond to it? I sent you a link to my work. Please let me know what you think… just please keep me anonymous for now.

Thanks,

(Anonymous by request)


Hi …,

Urrgh… this kind of thing really annoys me. You have no idea how many emails I get from people asking me what to do in these cases. It actually burns me up to see writers go dark because the euphemistically-named Twitter mob came for them. Like really annoys me. Look, I’m not going to even get into who should or should not be able to write about certain subjects. I keep my site apolitical as much as possible but, while I’m sure someone will say that I’m speaking from a position of privilege on this (eye roll),  but we have something called freedom of speech in the United States. No one can stop you from writing about these topics.

My advice to you is simple; GET OFF TWITTER!!!

I don’t mean fully close out your profile, but don’t post your work there nor use it as your primary outreach to people. Use a blogging site. Most of them (MOST!!!) are pretty civil. I might suggest staying away from Tumblr or something like that, but WordPress is actually pretty good.

While I do realize that Twitter is good for advertising, the site has become absolutely cancerous in recent years when it comes to things like politics. When I say cancerous,  we are talking cult-level It’s become a breeding ground for almost every form of outrage and it’s not the place to really thrive creatively.

As for your detractors, saying things like that to you… I’m going to give you the best piece of advice you could ever receive on how to deal with these people. Pull a Dwayne Johnson. What do I mean by that? Simple. IGNORE THEM!!!! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson come under fire at least twice from people like this. First for taking his kids to an aquarium, second because he’s portraying a paraplegic man in a movie. When someone lashed out at him, what did he do? Nothing. 

It was brilliant. He took the age-old piece of advice that all of our parents tried to teach us as children. He IGNORED THEM! Guess what happened next? Again, NOTHING! Why? Because the truth is that these cry bullies that are part of the twitter mob typically have no real power unless you give it to them. If you apologize and try to ‘do right by them’, they own you until you’ve satisfied whatever contrition they demand from you… and you never will. Ignore them. They have no real power, no voting power, are often mentally unwell, and no real influence. The most that will happen is that they’ll write an article in some small-time publishing that only other people in their circle read and the whole thing will be forgotten in a few days. This is not worth stressing yourself out over, trust me.

Get off twitter. That’s the best advice I can give you.

Also, I read some of the stuff you posted and… WOW! Your poems are particularly fantastical! Drop me a line if you’d like me to feature your work on my site! I’d love my readers to see some of it. It’s right up our alley!

Readers, what advice do you have for our friend here? Is there anything else you’d suggest she do? Let her know in the comments.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

When to and not to Publish a work. #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim,

I was looking through your old posts and saw some of the unfinished/unpublished works you’ve been posting. I was wondering why you’ve never finished or published these? What made you publish others while sidelining these books?

Thanks,
Jeremy.


Hi Jeremy,

Thanks for the question. So really everyone has some test they put in place that determines whether something is a good idea or not. This can be hit or miss and can result in some books that shouldn’t be published being put out there while some good ideas fall by the wayside.

For me, sometimes things look better in my head than they do  on paper. Sometimes I have an idea for a sequel, but it’s not nearly fleshed out enough. Then when the whole story starts coming to fruition, you start thinking, “Okay… this is stupid…” Most of the work I abandon that ends this way, I usually kill off after a few chapters.

Other books that actually could be a good idea, I have to admit, I either lose patience with or run out of creative steam on. Let’s look at a few examples, shall we?

I have a few books waiting in the wings that COULD actually be revisited…

Taryn – Following the success of the Magnifca series, I went to work on a sequel series that would follow a new character from the same lineage; the half-elf (well, 35%ish?) Taryn. As you’ve no doubt read from the chapters I’ve posted, this book takes place well after the events of the previous story. My main characters have all passed away and the pure-blood elven race is all but extinct, it’s legacy continued by the thinning blood line of half-breeds. My hope was to introduce a group of sanguine elves aka vampires into the mix. This group would eventually be cured and breathe new life into the elven species.

So what happened? Two major problems came up. First, my goal was to try to merge modern, every day life with a fantasy world. Adding yet ANOTHER species and allowing the story to take place in the distant future turned it more and more into Sci Fi Fantasy and less like an urban fantasy which was the whole draw of the series from the first place. Second, I fell out of love with my main character. When I write my characters, I sort of like to let them take on a life of their own and write them as my mind thinks they would react to situations and handle adversity. Taryn quickly became unlikable and  somewhat of a smug and uptight character. In the end, I decided that her story wasn’t worth telling and completely backed off of it. I reread it every now and then and look at fixing it, but it’s kind of hard to do when your character already has preconceived notions about her. My only option would be to rip her from the story and start the whole thing over with a new character, but I’m not sure that would work either.

Magnifica: Genesis – This one… I admit… still has potential. I go back to it very often and that is why it has not been posted on the blog. I find myself writing a chapter here and a chapter there. This book is basically about Lia’na’s mother and her interactions with Toby’s entire family well before his birth, showing that Lia’na and Toby’s lives were intertwined before they even met. The problem is that the bad guy was the same one from the other stories and successfully connecting the two books has been difficult. Also I found the story somewhat uninteresting and the whole story pretty much banking on the fact that you’ve read the other books. Yeah it’s a prequel that requires you to read the sequels first for it to make any sense. Needless to say, it’s a book that requires an overhaul if it’s to ever go to production. However, as I’m writing adult novels, the idea of going back to YA is… really not an appealing notion at this point.

Beneath the Surface – This was my first and only shot at a horror novel. It started off strong, but eventually the story just didn’t make any sense and I lost patience with it. Plus it started to sound way too much like something Dean Koontz would write. With that, I gave up on it. I doubt I’ll ever finish the book.

Destiny – The final sequel to the Divinity books. If you’ve been on my blog for a while, you have no doubt seen me post the story in it’s entirety. This is perhaps one of my bigger regrets. It was written at the same time I wrote Magnifica. Keep in mind, Magnifica was not the first book I published. I had Divinity and Damnation written long before Magnifica was even a thought. The problem is that Historical Fantasy is a very niche market that is exceedingly difficult to break into and even harder to keep momentum. So the chances of Divinity being my first book being published was… well close to none. Instead, Magnifica was now on it’s way down the pipes. I had the story in my mind, so I started working that, putting Destiny on hold within the first few chapters.

I started working on Destiny while Magnifica went through editing and was published and finished it right as Magnifica came out. Again, this book was based on a much older writing style I used and had abandoned by the time the second Magnifica book began work. Following the third Magnifica book and the seeds of Soul Siphon being written, I all but gave up on Destiny. The writing style was pathetically amateur, the story while not horrible, started off way too much Disney Princess-ish, and while the entire Divinity Series went through a rewrite following it’s publication so that I could apply the new writing style, I haven’t been able to drag myself to finish it with Destiny. I’ve started, but we’re still working. Maybe at some point I’ll get back to it, but that would likely be a long way away.

Drakin: Wounds of the Past – Yup, even my most beloved series has fallen victim to this as well. Following the release of An Empire of Ashes, I started working on two potential sequels (sort of). The first was actually a bridging novel between The Orphans of Haven and An Empire of Ashes. It focused on what Qira did following the events of her story… something I don’t typically do, but everyone really seems to love Qira so I thought I’d try to give them a little more into her story. This is another one that I’m not sure if I’ll ever publish, but who knows?
The other book was a post-war Nuremberg style courtroom drama. In addition to fighting for the future of the world by revealing the old guard for what it was, the main protagonist sets out on a journey to hunt down the camp commander that had hurt him. The reveal of who the commander turns out to be is supposed to be a shocker, but it didn’t really work out all that well. Plus, like with Taryn, I fell out of love with the main character. He turned into a very unlikable person.

So hopefully these examples give you some idea of the thought process I go through. Readers, how do you handle books that you start, but then run out of creative steam on? Do you keep them and return later or abandon them all together.



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-Jim