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Updates, and Going AWOL (Again!)


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.


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.


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.


6 Responses to Updates, and Going AWOL (Again!)

  1. Good luck with your legal studies! And great job getting all those stories written and revised and sent off — turns out that’s a crucial key to getting them accepted.

    • JM Williams

      Thanks for the well wishes! I agree, sending can almost be the hardest part of the process at times.

  2. have a great time learning new curves and skills

  3. Love this–especially your choices of dinner guests. Eating with hobbits would probably be more comfortable than dining at Rivendell–with everyone at their best behavior and all. OTOH, eating with Sam Vimes would probably be interrupted by Carrot with an urgent message concerning an incipient riot/war/dragon.

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