flash fiction: 99 words on traveling through space.


I sit in my cabin watching the stars move by on this ship we call home. The silence of the big deep broken softly by the sounds of laughter in the halls. This ship holds decks of wonder, filled with penguins and dragons and a library as endless as the space we careen through. Few understand the drive of those given to flights of fancy but here I have found laughter and acceptance for my mad way of viewing the worlds that speed past us all. Care to join me in my contemplation of the vastness of the wonder?

Stuck in the transition


When working on a novel there are parts that get us stuck. You write and write and write and then realize that you have no idea how to get from part A to part B. This is a bit of my problem with Escape.

I have finished the first act of the book, dealt with the pirate attack and had the girl kidnapped in her glass box (okay yeah a bit of a sleeping beauty theme here). Now I need to get the heroes to where she was taken and get the girl back.  Working on this has stumped me for the past few weeks. At first I blamed it on me being down with that nasty virus (which hasn’t totally given up on me) but in reality it is because I am not sure exactly how to get the girl away from the pirates.

I have started with getting our heroes to the pirate’s secret base, a simple thing after all.  Now to deal with getting them the information they need and getting them into the big boss’s lair.  Fun fun fun.

Getting two very good reviews on my earlier work has helped me get excited again. Where as sales are the gas in the tank for writer’s, reviews are the bonus that lifts the heart and soul if they are a good one.  Getting two different good ones on two different books lifted up my flagging self confidence.

This one really made me smile:

Format:Kindle Edition
A bittersweet novel that brought me to laughter and tears many times over the course of this story – a story of a young kitsune who believes her destiny is mapped out for better or worse. It’s a sign of a good book when you put it down and you’re conflicted on how you should feel; sad for the people who you didn’t learn enough about and now never will, happy for those who have fulfilled their destinies, and even content with those who perhaps didn’t have the honor of their family history hanging over their heads. I forget who first said that Great Destinies often bring Great Deaths, but it has been proven time and time again. Especially when Gods are involved.

Destiny, the young woman in this book, is aptly named for the fate that she has been raised to believe will follow her. And when it’s time to make a choice, you can only follow your heart. But giving up your life has many reasons…. as many of the characters in this book know. And kitsune are always tricksters with a surprise waiting for you.

I enjoyed the mixture of Japanese folklore and more modern demonic creatures, with a splash of Greece thrown in. Lisa Williamson manages to capture a plot line that should feel contrived and over-used but manages to throw her own fresh twist on it. Her characters are the crowning achievement, however, since they truly bring the story to life.

I would also like to add a note that this novel was gifted to me with the understanding that I would provide an honest review. Since I should have been asleep two hours ago and I had to finish the book and write my review first because I couldn’t put it down… I think you can understand why I feel this novel deserves 5 stars.

 
And this one surprised me:
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Let The Chaos Wars Begin? July 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Fall Into Nightmares by Lisa Williamson is a compelling sci-fi novella centering on a global holocaust bringing the capitol cities of the world to ruin. The Healer, the Protector and the Warrior represent the Kingdom of Marchioness as they go into battle against the evil Avendale and her nightmarish forces. Gregory and Jeffrey follow their friend Jessica as she becomes their guide into an alternate world where magic and monsters await in this battle for survival and world domination.

The theme of friendship resonates throughout the novella as Jessica is kidnapped by Lawrence, one of Avendale Samuc’s top henchmen. Yet their loyalty to Jessica endures despite the fact that the master plan is to descend the planet into a netherworld of madness. Ghosts and vampires lead the charge into the world of the living as Washington, Moscow, London and Sydney are among the major cities falling before the ghoulish menace. The author pays tribute to the best of the `buddy’ flicks as Gregory and Jeffrey are bolstered by master warrior Tachi in coming to Jessica’s rescue. Will they be in time to save the world entire?

This is the first in a series you won’t want to miss. Pick up a copy of Fall Into Nightmares by Lisa Williamson and join in the Chaos Wars if you dare.

 
Getting two five star reviews is something that any struggling author needs to keep their confidence on the working side.  In fact I have been asked when the next book in both of these will be written. Something that I am sure even great authors like George RR Martin enjoy reading.
 
But back to working on Escape. Transitions are the scenes you have between one big action sequence and another. They give the reader something of a chance to breath and gather in the characters and information that is needed. I will be doing another great fight sequence soon enough but I need to get the lay of the land set up first. Going from a ship to ship to a fight inside the pirate stronghold.  This should be more of a strike and fade type mission but we will see right?
I have managed to get over 35K words written and I am no where near finished with this tale, which makes me happy. I just might get past that nasty old 50K threshold that gives me so much trouble. Science fiction takes a lot more description.

Happy Labor day!


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I’m back!


Okay I never really left but I have a working desktop with word and other stuff on it now.  Which is important.  I didn’t waste time while was down either.  I have pages of notes to type into the computer and edit.  The new Guardian of the City story is really moving along.  Harry is going to have to deal with a wet and angry pair of sisters.  Should be interesting they let me know their story.

Now I don’t have Adobe quite ready for me to make covers yet.  Should have it by Tuesday or Wednesday and then I can make covers for the stories I need to post.  I have enough that I think I may just go ahead and post them one story at a time.  Of course they are all parts of series.  And we have the name of the series worked out.  They are of course, Guardians of the City, those are Harry’s stories.  Then there will be Death Walks Through.  Death’s stories.  Those are a little darker, more of light horror or ghost stories really.  Thirdly there will be Worlds Apart.  My more science fiction stories.  And then there is Echoes of Elder Times.  Stories that have a more mythic feel to them.  Be they retold myths or something I came up on my own they will have a theme.  Just like Gates did.

Now I added up the downloads so far.  With only three downloaded sales and one paperback sale I guess I should look at how well the free downloads went.

Night and Day 179 downloads

Passing the Torch 137 downloads

One More All Hallows Eve 116 downloads

I could look at those numbers and whimper, after all each consecutive story had less downloads than the one before BUT Hallows actually got four reviews versus the one each of the other two.  And well Gates just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at all.  With it being all over and the ebook being only 99 cents you would think it would do better.  Six collected stories, which the people who have read my copy loved…who knows?

I will just have to keep plugging along.  I have plans to put more poetry to photo and music, and once photoshop is up and running I can make covers for Sins and Shadows and Loralil.  Get the two fanfics up over on wattpad and Goodreads, give people a taste of my style.  Hopefully hook them in for the original stuff.  Loralil will see the light of day finally.  After all two complete books of work and at least three more in the works?  I have to publish her somehow.

Okay I have babbled enough over here.  Tomorrow I will go over to my other blogs and do reviews of games and movies and tv show.  Stuff I haven’t been up to date on.  At least while the machines were down I got some book reviewing done.  All I can hope is after all the reviewing I did for the past week that the karma faerie gives me some reviews back.  Who knows, they could be good.  Anyone think I should offer more freebees?

Finished writing one on to the next


Okay while I am done the main writing part of Hope Everlasting, yes I do need to do some editing.  That is expected.  But I have decided for a few days to step away from Harry and friends and go back to a much older story.  Oh my was I surprised to get an email begging me to go back to Battle of the Star Beast.  Now that story was one of the ones I lost when I went through the computer crashes years back.  I had forgotten I had posted it up on one of the fiction sites.  Lets not say which one.  So I went and got my files from over there and since they were in htm I had to copy and paste it into a doc file.

Yeah it has been a LONG time since I wrote this one.  Okay  the story is a good one, a mix of Lord of the Rings style fantasy and Star Wars style science fiction.  Yeah I wanted to do an epic and I always wanted to see a cross of science fiction and fantasy with the whole other planes etc.  But oh my this story needs some work.  Parts are good and worth working on.  Parts are written really well, other parts you can tell I wrote over a decade ago.

I’m not sure just how much more work I will do on this right now.  There are forty odd pages to go through right now.  Fragments of sentences, descriptions that need to be reworked and pacing that needs fixing but I can do it.  Once I get through that I should be able to dredge out of my memory exactly where I planned on bringing this story.

When I came up with it I had planned on a three book arc.  Full books, not my usual short stories to novella length.  And who knows it might happen.  I will toss between this and other things of course.  After all I have things like Whether to Save Face or Family, an urban fantasy, Death Walks through, the collection of shorts with Death in them.  And a bunch of other things.  Hell I have the third in the Saga of Loralil Greyfox books in process too.  And that is just the bigger files.  All of you know I have up to 150 odd stories in the works.  Just settling on one to work is the hard part.

Well back to editing Star Beast.  Seeing what is worth keeping and what needs rewriting.  Then I may just take a few hours off to watch a movie and do some Minecrafting.  If my head doesn’t decide I need to just close my eyes for a few hours.

Okay those of you who want to read the old old old copy of this it is over on literotica.com  Yeah I said an erotica site.  After all there is erotic elements to this story that make it not reading material for the younger set.  But here you go the link:

http://www.literotica.com/s/battle-of-the-star-beast-ch-01

There are other stories over there.  Some complete, some not.  Some really not bad…others well…lets just say they are a bit more like porn.  As I have said before I can write anything.  I don’t say it is good but I have done children stories to erotica.  Something for everyone.  enjoy.