JM Williams

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I Need a Beta Reader

May
19

Do you like reading epic fantasy?

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I need help finishing the edits on the first volume of Call of the Guardian. The person I was previously working with had to depart suddenly. She finished 6 of 10 episodes, leaving four to still be reviewed. Each episode is around 8500-9500 words, for a total of less than 40,000.

This is a great opportunity to get the inside scoop on my longest and most comprehensive work of fantasy to date! There will also be compensation in it for any readers, such as free print copies and more. I am open to negotiate the terms. Joining me will also get your foot in the door with Fiction Vortex, the serial fiction company that is publishing two of my novel-length works in full and serial format. If you’re an author, I might even be able to get you some writing work.

If you’re interested, contact me on Facebook at JMW Writing or contact me by email at “RabbleMasterJMW -at- outlook.com”(Put the @ where it says -at- with no spaces).

~JM

Some Common Dialogue Problems

May
15

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to an ebook. Well, not a real ebook, a novel. I’ve spent the last couple of months listening to audio lectures on a range of subjects from the mythology of the ancient west (Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic), medieval history focused on important heroines (Joan of Arc), and currently the Arthurian legends. All of this is an effort to study the roots of what is now the fantasy genre, in the same way I studied science fiction academically last year. (There are many good audio lectures on the history of science fiction. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a similar course on fantasy.)

That distraction took me away from the novel I had started just before. Now I have finally gotten back to The Lies of Locke Lamora, and while I am enjoying it, I am coming to recognize some recurring issues with the writing.

I am probably much too critical now when it comes to reading, and watching movies for that matter. I’d like to think the reason is not that I am jaded, but as my experience as a writer and storyteller grows, I am more capable of seeing the problems in other stories. As a grad student I had it drilled into me that even the experts make mistakes. But by realizing this, and analyzing the mistakes of the experts, that we can advance in our knowledge and abilities by leaps and bounds.

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While I am enjoying this book for the most part, particularly the titular character, I am noticing some recurring problems in the text (or more correctly, the speech, as I am listening to an audiobook). Much of this is related to the dialogue.

One problem is the Lynch’s manner of writing the dialogue. He feels the need to add unnecessary details between the spoken parts. For example, he constantly repeats the form “as though X” typically followed with a very rough metaphor. Some examples include:

“The Thiefmaker jerked back as though an asp had just sunk its fangs into his spine.”

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“The don took the cask and cradled it as though it were an infant not five minutes born.”

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“The don waved his hand gently as though words could be swatted out of the air.”

This particular structure becomes so repetitive in the early chapters of the book as to become nagging. And more often than not, it is embedded in dialogue. It is as though the author is unconvinced the quality of his dialogue will be enough to keep the reader’s attention. (See what I did there?)

There are times when the “as thoughs” seem to be useful for POV reasons, until you realize the book has a POV identity crisis. Sometimes the author uses his “as thoughs” to suggest a limited POV, but he abandons such pretenses for omniscience whenever it is convenient. But that is another issue for another day.

With Lynch’s dialogue, there is simply too much extra fluff between what is being said. Often, this content is wholly unnecessary, as the dialogue itself is sufficient to express the characters’ emotions. An yet, every paragraph of dialogue seems to have some sort of action, whether it be the cocking of a head, or a gleaming eye, or someone swallowing, when for the most part the speech could just be left alone. It becomes a repetitive dance of talk-action-talk-action-talk-action. You might see how that could be annoying.

That is not to say Lynch does not have his moments where he uses dialogue to its fullest potential. My favorite line in the book so far is probably:

“I swear your face grows longer as though by sorcery. What’s wrong?”

Here Lynch lets the speech alone convey the scene, adding no actions or descriptions in connection to these comments. And it works magically. We can see the other character’s expression dropping as if it is being described by the narrator in detail. And within the context of the scene, we understand what this character is feeling. It is an extremely efficient bit of writing. It is too bad that Lynch does not do this more often.

Another problem with the dialogue in this book, at least in the part of it I have finished thus far, is that there is simply too much of it. This is what killed the first Witcher novel for me. Half of that book was people sitting around tables talking politics. Literally the same group of lords, sitting around the same table, again and again. Much in the same way, Lynch’s characters talk too much. He much have been trained in the old adage “show don’t tell,” by a spartan old man with a cat o’ nine tails. The common wisdom goes that it’s better to do your “telling” through dialogue than exposition. But that does not mean do ALL your world-building in dialogue, to the point where nothing happens beyond people talking about other things happening. Sometimes it is better to just deliver your details quickly, let the pain pass, and get on with the action.

Lynch takes dialogue world-building to the extreme. There are several sections in the early part of the book where we are told of things that happened in dialogue, typically the confessions of Locke, when it would have been much better to have seen these events unfold directly. So as to be expected, much of the beginning of the book is a story readers have to approach indirectly. While it is certainly an interesting way to convey a scene or two, it is not a good method for relaying an entire plot.

But Lynch does have a good plot, and some interesting characters, which is more than a whole lot of fantasy books out there can honestly claim. That is the reason I intend to keep going with this story.

I am intrigued by Locke Lamora. I just hope to see him in action, rather than having his exploits explained to me by some character I don’t care about.

Thanks for reading. What problems do you often see in dialogue?

~JM

 

 

 

Calling All Epic Fantasy Authors

May
06
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Who doesn’t love dragons and unicorns?

So I am finally home, for good this time. I actually arrived a couple weeks ago, but had to run off for another week-long business trip right after. Now I should have some time to catch up with writing and other projects (knock on wood!).

One of the big twists that my writing path has recently taken is that I might become the head of the Of Metal and Magic Storyverse at Fiction Vortex.

For those who do not remember, this is the shared universeCall-Of-The-Guardian-Square where my series Call of the Guardian takes place. Currently, I am about halfway finished with edits on the series, and hope for the first episodes to go live by next month. But in addition to my own series, I am looking for other authors to pen series in the same StoryVerse.

All series in Of Metal and Magic take place in an epic fantasy world with a deep, mythical past. Shortly after the creation of mankind, a god descended from the heavens to establish order in the world (read: tyranny). He was joined by a goddess who sought to protect the free will of the mortal, their most unique and enduring quality. Together they created a balance of order and freedom, power and justice. After ruling the world of Soria together for sometime, the god of order grew suspicious of his partner, as despots are apt to do, and plotted to take all power for himself. What resulted was a devastating war, fought primarily by the children of these gods–those supporting the god of power and order taking the form of dragons, those following the goddess of free-will and justice becoming unicorns. The legacy of this divergence of power rolled through the eons and influenced all civilizations that followed. Though the gods that caused the great war retired to the heavens, Dragons and unicorns remained and continued to fight among themselves, with humans being caught in the middle.

Call of the Guardian describes the rise of a particularly tyrannical dragon lord and the war which set in place the context for fellow author Jon Clapier’s series, tentatively titled Blood of the Forge, taking place thousands of years later. That series will release shortly after mine.

I know that many of the authors whose blogs I follow, and many of you who follow me here, write fantasy. If the story world I have described above interests you in the slightest, I urge you to contact me for further details. There is a lot of flexibility in what sorts of stories can be told within this context. And while I cannot talk the specifics of the contract, I can say that the royalties are good. Also, Fiction Vortex has a large staff of editors, artists, marketers, and others who are dedicated to supporting you and your series. The company is currently fielding their new reading app, called Fictionite, which has the potential to take the market by storm. At least I like to think so; these guys seem to have a lot of sense about their business. And regardless, at a minimum you will end with a completed novel, along with cover art, editing provided by the company, and publishing support, which is a better deal than you will find in most places. It’s win-win.

I am currently looking for one or two more authors to help develop the Of Metal and Magic universe and brand. If you’re interested, you can connect to me on Facebook or send me an email at “RabbleMasterJMW -at- outlook.com” (Put the @ where it says -at-).

I look forward to hearing from you. If you have other comments about the StoryVerse, Fiction Vortex, or other writing stuff, leave them below.

~JM

Share: Write a Proper Cover Letter

Apr
25

This was just to good not to share. It sort of meanders in getting to the final point–which ironically, is to keep it short!–but the detailed review of cover letter mistakes is helpful, too. Thanks to Richie Billing for bringing this to my attention.

~JM

via How to Write a Proper Short Story Cover Letter

Welcome Me Home by Reading a Story

Apr
24

Well, I finally made it home. It’s going to take me a while to get readjusted. In the meantime, if you missed my story “The Sorcerer” in Bards and Sages’ Tome of Mystics, you can now read it free on Bewildering Stories!

Also, my novella with Fantasia Divinity will release in two or three days (April 25th, but I am not sure of the time zone). You can preorder your copy now–Kindle copies are available on Amazon, and print preorders can be made on the publisher’s website.

Hope you enjoy “The Sorcerer.” It is still one of my favorites!

Once I get over this jetlag and return to normal life, I will return to posting more often. I hope. 😀

~JM

 

The Nightingale — Now Available for Preorder

Apr
08

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It’s been a long journey, but my fantasy novella “The Nightingale” is finally done and ready for release. The book drops on April 25th, but is now open for preorder. Here’s the official blurb:

King Gregor of Eriari is on the verge of his sixtieth year. The kingdom is tense, awaiting the selection of his heir from among the three royal siblings. Kari understands the feeling all too well. She has only recently learned that she will not inherit her family’s smithy, despite her skill being far superior to that of her younger brother. Everything is a mess and nothing seems fair. Princesses can inherit the kingdom, but village girls can’t even take over a forge. Kari wonders if she will ever find a place for herself. That is, until she stumbles upon something in the royal forest that changes everything…

A fantasy reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Nightingale is an epic tale of magic and intrigue, courageous heroes and cunning villains. Fast-paced and filled with colorful characters, this is one you won’t want to put down.

If you’d like to preorder a Kindle copy, you can do so on Amazon. Just follow this LINK.

If you’d prefer a print copy, the preorders are available on Fantasia Divinity’s wesbite.

If you are a reviewer and would like an ARC, contact me on Facebook and we can arrange it.

If you’ve been following me for some time you’ll know this is my first book published by a publisher, rather than by myself, so I am rather excited. But this is just the start. I have a couple more that just need to be edited before they can also be released. I am hoping to have at least one of these out by the summer.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the past year and a half. I am grateful for your advice and camaraderie.

Take care!

~JM

The Last Jedi Second Viewing (with Extras)

Apr
02
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First time I needed the extra DVD copy, and it didn’t have one!

This weekend I picked up a copy of The Last Jedi on Blu-ray and digital. I was not blown away by the movie the first time I watched it, but it is Star Wars, so I was definitely going to buy one.

Unlike my second viewing of The Force Awakens, which actually lowered my opinion of that film as I saw more and more that was derivative of the original trilogy, with The Last Jedi I felt about the same on the second go. I’ve become satisfied with some things I thought were problems the first time, but have found new problems the second time. I wrote a long review of the movie after watching it in the theaters which can be read HERE. For the most part, my feelings remain the same–the film is a fun adventure, but one that is filled with plot holes, contradictions, and a lack of basic logic in places.

What watching the film a second time, and especially watching the behind-the-scenes documentary, has done for me is to help explain why things were done the way they were. There is basically one reason for everything, and his name is Rian Johnson. At one point in the documentary Carrie Fisher says of Johnson, “he has a dominating vision.” All of the problems with the film–the contradictions, the characterizations that do not make sense, the plot choices–they are all due to Johnson’s preference of vision over story.

Instead of making his story fit the world and the context, Johnson forced the world to fit his story. To be honest, I would consider this a very bad method for writing and storytelling. It is just ripe for creating plot holes and failed characters. But Johnson had clear ideas he wanted to capture in his film, he even states these outright during the documentary.

His focus is on Rey and Kylo, which he views as “two halves of a single protagonist,” separating them from the older generation, and also upending tradition. With Rey, he expresses his idea for her as, roughly quoted, “there are people in your life you think will fulfill a thing, but when you grow up it doesn’t really happen.” In traditional fantasy stories, the hero meets the old mentor and that person proves to be exactly what is expected, wise and caring and powerful. Johnson wanted Rey’s experience to be different, for her to not find what she needs in her old mentor, to sunder the Campbellian hero journey trope and make it an internal one, which by itself is a cool idea. The problem is that at the end of the previous episode, Rey has already found Luke Skywalker.

Instead of give up his idea, which should be thought of as untenable given the context, he forces Luke to be the anti-mentor. This, of course, is completely unfitting for the character, which is why Mark Hamill (who should know Luke better than anyone) has disowned this version of the character. I could go into all the counter-arguments on how this makes sense for Luke, but will save time and simply state they are wrong. If you look at Luke’s character arc in the original trilogy, the choices he makes, and the Campbellian source material his character is founded on, his actions in Episode 8 make little sense. But they don’t have to make sense, because Johnson is fixated on his vision for Rey (which again, in isolation, is a cool idea).

This fixation on vision also seems to trump logic and a proper treatment of the audience. Johnson wants to destroy past tropes and traditions, which is not necessarily a bad thing. What is bad is how he goes about it, blatantly misleading the audience as a means to amplify emotional reaction.  The prime case for this is Del Toro’s thief character, DJ. When Johnson discusses the character’s betrayal, he says something along the lines of “the audience will think of Han Solo and will expect a scoundrel with a heart of gold.” Of course, this is not what we get.

The trouble is that Johnson actually gives us a rogue with a heart of gold, then at the last minute changes him for no clear reason. Instead of a few red herrings suggesting he might be a good guy, we are dragged by the arm into believing it, without any suggestion  the opposite might be true. We are given no chance, besides the condition of their initial meeting, to doubt what we are being shown. In my previous review I showed how this compares with The Empire Strikes Back, which foreshadows Lando’s betrayal in many ways. To be brief, it is an incredibly dishonest way to treat your audience. The audience should always have some chance to guess how things will go, some evidence of the truth. It should never come as an unwarranted surprise. That will always feel like a dirty cheat.

But there is a reason for DJ to betray them. Once again, it is to serve Johnson’s ultimate vision, regardless of the sense it makes. Johnson’s end goal is to make the rebels suffer catastrophic failure, and also to undermine the brash-hero archetype that is all to common in fantasy. These, again, are commendable goals, but the execution is flawed. Ultimately, DJs’ betrayal serves two purposes.

First, it is to justify why Admiral Holdo didn’t tell Poe her plans, because as soon as he learns about it, he blabs to his friends and the enemy overhears, causing the catastrophe. This is an interesting and subtle little jab against the rash hero. The problem is the specific context does not make any sense. In the end, Poe was right, it was a stupid plan that would end up getting everyone killed. There is absolutely no reason why the First Order would not expect the rebels to launch their transports when passing the only planet in the vicinity. That is literally the only thing they could do (well, other than Poe’s crazy, heroic plan, which Johnson needed to fail). Only a ship full of idiots would not have expected it, and not have been looking for small ships to head for the planet. It did not require a spy to “reveal” this plan to them. The whole situation, as Johnson constructed it, was illogical and foolish. But is serves his greater vision, which is all that matters to him.

And as much as I love Laura Dern, the way that Johnson uses Admiral Holdo is just as problematic. The character Holdo is great. A calm female leader with a record of historic victories, she is a much needed addition to Star Wars lore. But in wanting to create a grand woman hero, he undermines the very theme of his movie. The theme that underwrites The Last Jedi is that brash heroics are not the answer, that the dead are of no use to a resistance movement and matyrs are actually a hindrance. This is embodied by Leia saying “Dead heroesno leaders,” to Poe. The resistance needs people to live, so they can become leaders. Poe needs to stop being reckless, so he can become a leader for the resistance.

But when Holdo says she will go down with the ship, this core theme goes flying out the window. Leia does not stop her second in command, probably the only senior officer left after Admiral Ackbar and the others were killed in the bridge explosion. Leia even encourages it. Johnson wants so much to have a woman finally be heroic in the classical sense, the collision course being one of the oldest cliches in sci-fi, that he seems to forget that his movie is fully against those “outdated” ideas. In my previous review, I also discussed how the collision course is illogical the context of the Star Wars universe and irrevocably breaks the core plot of every film that came before.

And one last problem I saw this time–one which I didn’t notice during my first viewing (because I didn’t pick up Luke’s force projection until it was fully revealed)–why the heck doesn’t Kylo Ren react to Luke having a blue lightsaber? I know the audience is supposed to miss it, because we are deep in the action, but Kylo has never seen Luke with anything but a green saber. And since Kylo actually lives in this world, it would be jarring for him to see his old master like this. Again, it seems a case of logic being pushed aside for the sake of Johnson’s vision. The director wants Luke to take the form of his old self, and he wants to trick the audience; it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make any sense.

A few predictions.

I know it is foolhardy to make any predictions at this point, since nothing is written yet and there will be a new director for the next film. But my second viewing has revealed a couple things that seem to suggest where the next film might go, especially knowing how much J.J. Abrams loves to be conventional and nostalgic. If you believe what Johnson says in the documentary–which is, of course, a highly curated product that was carefully edited so as to not reveal anything new–then he thinks Rey’s parentage is moot and Snoke is dead. I don’t believe it.

There is a subtle hint to Rey’s parentage in the elevator scene, before she and Kylo Ren get to Snoke’s throne room. Both of them talk about seeing the future. Rey says she sees Kylo coming to the light, and Kylo says he sees Rey falling to the dark. Kylo’s point of reference for Rey’s fall is her parentage. He says something like “You will be the one to convert. I have seen who your parents are.” The implication is that her parentage does matter, and it suggests a dark lineage. My guess? She is the emperor’s daughter.

That scene, and the movie in general, also suggests that in the final film, Kylo will end up on the light side and Rey on the dark. This would certainly be something trickster Rian Johnson would do, though I don’t know if Disney would like having their new princess go bad. Throughout the film, Kylo can be seen moving more towards good. He does not shoot his mother when given the chance, even despite having Snoke call him weak. During the throne room fight, he is clearly preoccupied with Rey’s safety. Rey, on the other hand, becomes more aggressive, shows more anger, and during the throne room fight is fixated on her own melee and damaging her opponents. She shows no concern for Kylo until her opponents are down. Their trajectories are opposite. It may end with them meeting in the middle, but I won’t be surprised if they pass each other along the way. When Leia says “I know my son is lost,” Luke replies “No one’s ever really gone,” strongly hinting at Kylo’s redemption.

Lastly, my second viewing has suggested to me that Snoke is not dead, no matter how hard Johnson tries to push it. We are led to believe that Snoke is able to read people’s minds. He knows Hux is going to report to him before the general even leaves the bridge. He knows what Kylo Ren is thinking and feeling. There is no logical way that Snoke didn’t see Kylo’s betrayal coming. And the seconds before Snoke’s killing, the Supreme Leader states perfectly what will happen. “You will turn the blade”–then Kylo turns the lightsaber towards Snoke; “you will strike down your true enemy”–Kylo kills Snoke. We all know that Rey is not Kylo’s true enemy, and Snoke knows it, too. That “true” in the statement can only mean Snoke. Watch the scene again and you’ll see what I mean. And then, in the end, the force connection between Rey and Kylo comes back, the connection created by Snoke. It comes back after he is supposedly dead. These things all hint heavily that Snoke is still alive and everything is actually going according to his plan. What that plan is, we will have to wait and see.

So those are my last thoughts on The Last Jedi. While I am happy that I now understand why many things in the movie don’t make sense, I hate that they still don’t make sense. Many people felt better about the film after the second viewing, but I am not one of them. I am at the same place I was the first time, loving the action but disliking the storytelling.

Oh well, you can’t please everyone.

Thanks for reading!

~JM

Darkness Wakes – 3LineTales

Apr
01
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photo by Vek Labs 

Midnight came crashing upon the empty street, silence its vanguard. A lone figure struggled across the broken blacktop; each step stronger and more surefooted than the last, each heavy breath bringing a new memory of times old. She did not know where she was going, could not remember who she was, other than that she was royalty, queen of the night, and she was hungry.

*Written as a response to the Three Line Tales Week 113 photo prompt.

Author’s Note: No, I am not home yet. But today I had a bit a free time to work on some writing, and since I haven’t posted to the blog in a while, I thought that’d be a good place to start. I am currently at a place called Writer’s House, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I am participating in something called a “write in,” where myself and four other writers have gotten together to, well just write. Pleasant people and a good cup of coffee (from Bodo’s Bagels, a local chain), what more could I ask for? I might try to get a few pictures before I leave, which I will share later.

Updates, and Going AWOL (Again!)

Mar
09

Hello Everyone,

I might be AWOL for a long while. I will be heading off for about six weeks of legal and leadership training tomorrow. At this point, I am not sure what sort of internet connection I will have at my destination, nor how much free time I will have. As such, it could be some time before I have a chance to post again, so I’d like to put out some info before I depart.

First, I have finished the final edits for my novella The NightingaleNightingale - Frontwhich I will be publishing with Fantasia Divinity. The book is scheduled to release in late April, but the publisher plans to open up preorders around a month or so in advance.

What is The Nightingale, you ask? It is a traditional fantasy retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. My story follows a young woman named Kari, who is struggling to make sense of her life when a fateful encounter with the titular bird changes everything.

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On the other side of things, I have finished the drafts of my first season of Call of the Guardian, which is being published by a Fiction Vortex. You can think of this as finishing the draft of the first novel in a two-part series. Somebody told me it was an accomplishment worth celebrating, and I agree! Now that the drafts are complete, I will soon go back and do revisions on the 10 episodes that are included in the season. When I finish the revisions, the episodes will start to go live on the publisher’s digital platform Fictionite. Shortly after, the entire season will be available as a novel, both digital and in print. I expect this all to start around May.

What is Call of the Guardian? High fantasy featuring dragons and unicorns! Here’s a short synopsis:

Draven is the last of the Guardians, that order of magical warriors created long ago by a small group of dissenting dragons who opposed the dark yearnings of their kin. As the feudal dragon lords dive further into perpetual war, the dissenters, and the humans they once guided, fall victim to their wrath. When his village is attacked by a new race of draconic slaves, Draven and his dragon mentor are forced to fight back. A tale of fellowship and struggle as true as any of the ancient legends of Soria.

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On a totally different tangent, my blog was nominated for another award by the wonderful Richie Billing. For those of you who don’t know, he is a fantasy author and blogger with whom I interact with on a regular basis. He routinely writes on medieval history and key concepts, which are very useful for a certain type of fantasy writer. I would strongly suggest you visit his site, as there is a lot of good information there.

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The award in question is the Liebster Award, the rules for which can be found HERE. Since I recently posted another award, I will limit this one to responding to Richie’s questions, as I feel I owe him that much for nominating me. I will not, however, offer my own nominations this time.

1. Desert Island: You can pick 3 books to read on your desert island. What would you pick and why?

I’m going to cheat on this one and pick The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as my first book, since you can get it in one volume. I think my reasons for picking this one would be obvious, as it is one of the deepest and yet most engaging fantasy tales ever told. The second book would be a survival guide of some sort, maybe The Ranger Handbook. Last would be an empty journal, so I can keep track of the days and the crazy voices that I meet in my isolation.

2. Come Dine With Me: Which three characters from novels/stories would you choose to spend a night of dining with?

The first would be a hobbit, not sure which one, probably doesn’t matter. This is because they know how to eat. Second breakfast? Yes, please! Second would be Samuel Vimes, from my beloved Discworld series. Last, and again I will cheat a bit, would be my own Storm Hamilton. Though I’ve created the man, I still feel like there so much I don’t know about him. If you’d like to meet him, one of his stories will be published by Bards and Sages in July.

3. What advice would you give to any new blogger?

Interaction is the key to building a following, and to finding new friends. I am not as active as I should be, preferring to focus on my writing, and my following has suffered. Blogging requires a lot more time and effort than I first imagined.

4. Where’s your favourite place to write?

I don’t have a favorite place to write. I typically write sitting on my living room sofa, with my laptop on a TV tray. It is not very comfortable. But the room that used to be the computer room is now the cats’ main bathroom, so that’s out. Going to coffee shops can be fun from time to time, but I find the music and noise to be distracting.

5. An easy, or maybe a hard one to end with. Describe your current work in progress in three words.

Too many WIPs.

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In other writing news, I am currently awaiting the results of the 1st quarter of the 2018 Writers of the Future Contest. In my humble opinion, I think the story I sent this time was one of my best and has a decent chance of getting some recognition. I’ve also got another story doing the rounds which got a personal response from the editor of Abyss & Apex, a near-pro SF mag, suggesting the story had almost made the cut. After some revisions, I sent it out again to another pub. Like the one currently with Writers of the Future, I find this story to be one of my best and most compelling. And speaking of Storm Hamilton, I recently wrote two new stories, one for a specific anthology theme. I’d love to break into the general mystery market with my hard-boiled SF detective.

Well that about covers it for now. I hope you all are being productive. At least the cold is gone! Wish me luck as I study military law in Virginia!

Thanks for reading.

~JM

Eternal Segregation–3LineTales

Mar
03
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photo by Jeremy Bishop

No matter how hard she strained, she could not reach the green trees beyond the beach; the sea always pulled her back into his ancient embrace. She had seem them grow from saplings to giants, tall and beautiful, close but untouchable friends. The ultimate curse of being a water elemental was separation.

*Written as a response to the Three Line Tales Week 109 photo prompt.

Thanks for reading!

~JM