Month: December 2014

Shh…Can You Keep a Secret?

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Well, can you?  I hope so.

But on the real though, I am wondering, “Do I even want this to be a secret any more?”

So what’s this big secret that I’m “asking you to keep” over the public internet?

The next novel in my series The Saga of Montairyus has been completed for almost a year now!  December 30th, 2014, will mark the one year anniversary.  I know, I know, I’ve been making it out like I’ve only completed my first novel.  But the second one has been finished for almost a year and I am still in the process of editing it.  Unfortunately—but fortunately, at the same time—I discovered a plot hole that was rather large and I have found it necessary to rewrite a portion of the novel.  Nevertheless, I would still say that it is finished; it is merely undergoing a bit of editing.  Please continue to pray for and support my endeavor!

So I guess that’s about it.  The secret’s out.  I didn’t want to say anything because then I would’ve felt compelled to give you guys information about the second book, which would give away things concerned with the first book.  I hope you can forgive me for withholding such information.

Now don’t get too excited, because I will restrain myself from giving you guys any information about the second book!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! 

Aul

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Guess what everyone?

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Thanks for your support!

Stay awesome.


Aul

Arthurian Legend Vs. Fantasy

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Does “I Was Called” stand out more as an Arthurian legend and less like a fantasy (as mentioned in a previous post)?  If so, why?  And if it does, is that better?

Don’t get me wrong, I think that anyone would label an Arthurian legend as a fantasy in one way or another.   So, before we can start answering the questions above, we first have to discover what the difference is.

When I think of “fantasy”, here’s what comes to mind:

  • Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter
  • Lots of magic
  • Huge battles
  • Amazing, totally made-up creatures
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That might sound like “I Was Called”, but let’s see what comes to mind when I think of “Arthurian legend”.

  • King Arthur (shocker!)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Knights
  • Quests
  • Random adventures during the quests
  • Magic
  • Duels
  • The average fictional creature (dragon, giant, etc.)

Now, what makes “I Was Called” seem more like an Arthurian legend?  I’m going to mash both lists together, enabling us to get and overall idea of what “I Was Called” is like.  Note that I will label the most significant qualities of my book first, and then work my way down.  This list will not contain all of the properties listed above either.

When I think “I Was Called”, I’m thinking:

  • Quests
  • Random adventures during the quests
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Magic
  • Duels
  • Huge Battles
  • Amazing, totally made-up creatures

I’m not sure about you, but I think that, however slight it is, my book (at least the first one) seems to be very…knightly.  A family member who read “I Was Called” and thoroughly enjoyed told me that it resembles an Arthurian legend more than something like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter (which undoubtedly appear to be more fantasy than Arthurian legend).  So, although my book is definitely fantasy (and “high fantasy”, quoting an editor of a small publishing house who reviewed a part of my book), it leans towards the knightliness of quests, thus favoring the side of being an Arthurian legend.

But then, once I get published, you can decide for yourself!

Aul

A Theory for Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Recently, I’ve been going through some serious problems regarding writer’s block.  There tends to be a lack of inspiration, but even more so there is a lack of motivation.  Writer’s block doesn’t always vanish over time.  It should be called “writer’s wall” or, to get both dramatic and metaphorical, “writer’s tower”, like the sort of tower that keeps a princess locked away.

The thing is, most of the time, we have the key to unlock ourselves from our tower and walk right out.  But we tend to lack the motivation to raise our hand, put the key in the lock, and turn the door-knob.  And, in truth, that’s how easy it can be to overcome writer’s block.

Here’s my theory.  I hope it can be of some use to you.

Whatever you were writing, open it up and stare at the text.  If you have written anything before the part where you’re stuck, read through it a bit.  Get focused, get in the mood, and really try to take yourself out of yourself and FEEL LIKE YOU’RE THERE (Note: this may only apply to those writing fiction, and more specifically novels).  

Once you’ve done that, return to the part of the text in which you last left off.  Now that you’ve gathered yourself mentally, write ONE SENTENCE that follows up with the preceding sentence.  Just one sentence.  This is where the theory comes in.  Let’s tie it in to the princess-in-the-tower-analogy:

If you can write one sentence, you’ve raised your hand to place the key in the lock.   From there, the motivation has already started.  The sentence doesn’t have to be fantastic.  But if you can just write ONE SENTENCE then you can probably finish/write a paragraph.  If you can write a paragraph, you’re in the clear; you can write a page.  If you can write a page, chances are, time permitting, you can write another one.

Writer’s block overcome?  Technically.  The problem is, writer’s block doesn’t always leave so easily.  What do I recommend?  Perform this method over and over until you’re out of that tower.  Once you’re out, don’t put yourself back in.

I hope this helps anyone who is going through a writer’s block!

And if it’s a lousy method….well, if you have writer’s block, you might as well try it; I know what that’s like.  You might as well try any method you can learn of, because you’ve got nothing to lose!

Aul

ALMOST One Step Closer to Getting Published

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I guess the title says it all.  ALMOST one step closer to getting published.

The day before Thanksgiving, I sent out a query letter to a literary agency.  I always say that I’ll keep you guys in the loop, so here you go!

A query letter contains your book’s log-line, plot summary, and a short biography describing your achievements as a writer.  I thought that the overall letter turned out pretty well.  The problem is, I have to wait eight weeks in order to receive a definite “no” from the literary agency.  I’m not entirely excited about the wait; but that’s just the “worst case scenario”.  I could also receive an actual letter from the agency denying my query, or, in regards to the “best case scenario”, I could receive a reply telling me that they’ve accepted to help me find a publisher.

That’s what literary agencies do.   I’m going traditional with my book; first find a literary agent, the agent finds you a publisher, and then the publisher…well, you know, publishes your book.  That’s what I’m hoping for!

So I’m ALMOST one step closer to getting published, because I haven’t gotten a literary agent yet.  Once I get an agent, then I’ll REALLY be one step closer to getting published.

Prayers, support, and spreading the word about TSOM is most welcome!

Aul