Caldera, finally.

September 10th, 2013  |  Published in announcement

Whew, that was a long silent stretch. Silent but not unproductive, I should have something to show for my efforts before too long. In the meantime, I have finally posted the final draft of Caldera, an epic fantasy novella. It was one of the first stories that I wanted to write, and putting it up for sale feels like a milestone, although time will tell as to the accuracy of that feeling.

Without further ado, you can find the excerpt on this site, and you can buy the full version from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple, and most other ebook stores.

 

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Caldera ebook cover Version 1

March 7th, 2013  |  Published in announcement

I’m done with the first version of the cover for the Caldera ebook, and although I’m pretty happy with it so far, I do have some changes in mind (like making the corner bits a tad smaller). A couple more drafts and it should be done. Next up, fixing the map. I’m also making notes, so I can possibly write up how I did it.

 

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Caldera News

March 6th, 2013  |  Published in announcement

As you might know, I finally finished a project that I had been working on for quite a while in November of 2011, Caldera. ALthough it went through several iterations (many of which are archived in the old posts on this site) I finally finished it as a novella which I am quite proud of. The only problem is that there aren’t many markets for novellas, and I quickly ran out of options. I did, however, submit the story to the Writers of the Future Contest last year and while it did not win, I did receive an honorable mention for it.

So what now? Ten years ago, my only option would be to file it in a drawer and hope that I get famous. Thankfully that is no longer the case. Now I have the option of digitally self publishing it. Of course, before I do that, I would like to redo the map, figure out a cover (I actually have something in mind for this), and maybe get it copy edited. In the mean time, I am working on a new Broken Shores story and a non-speculative short story (or novella, we’ll see how long it runs).

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Caldera Status Update

December 9th, 2011  |  Published in announcement

I just finished the first revision of Caldera, and will soon send it out to some readers. If you want to read it and give feedback, let me know.

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The Rough Draft of Caldera is Finished

November 30th, 2011  |  Published in announcement

I just finished writing the last bit of the rough draft for Caldera. It weighs in at about 13,000 words, but I imagine that it will gain a couple thousand words in the second draft as I fill in bits and write in better transitions for parts that were written at different times. I first had the idea for this project more than five years ago, and it has gone through several different incarnations, but I’m really happy with how it worked out (although I shouldn’t really say that until I’ve done a couple more drafts).

So what now? The story needs to sit for a bit, so that I can look at it with fresh eyes. In the meantime, I’ll probably write another Broken Shores story, and start making notes for the next Horizon story. Once I get a second draft done, I’ll send it out to readers for feedback, and once I hear back from them I’ll fix whatever is broken and put some polish on it. Then I’ll try to sell it.

Whew.

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Caldera Reboot

November 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Fiction

Here is a (very) rough draft of the Caldera reboot that I’m working on this month. Keep in mind that it hasn’t been revised and so there are likely problems with the prose (like bad dialogue and weak description), and there will almost certainly be major changes to the story by the time I am done with it. In any case, here you go:

Caldera Reboot

Rough Draft / 1050 words / 11.3.2011

Caden‘s felt his age in his legs as he climbed the steps carved into the vertical sides of Crest Island. Twenty years prior he would have ran up the steps, and the awareness of his spent youth brought rekindled the doubts that had been smoldering since the beginning of his quest.

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