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While Sand and Bone’s chapter is a relatively short one today, it has almost as much impact on the plot as the epic boss fight does in Flight of the Scions as we move to the end of that novel.


Usually, I take November off from writing to do a “fun” project. Sadly, with my backlog of writing, I can’t really do that. Instead, I’m going to try focusing on getting my websites cleaned up and get through my commissions.

I might do the “fun” project later (which is to actually create the map for Fedran.

Sand and Bone 3: Exhaustion

One of the things I’ve gotten better at is introducing the crux of the plot faster and, more importantly, being more obvious about it. In the third chapter of Sand and Ash, I actually introduce the entire conflict of the story in only a few paragraphs. There are two major plots in this story, both have a nod in this chapter. If you want a hint, the first involves walking across the desert naked.

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Flight of the Scions 37: The Germudrir Pack

In one of the middle versions of Flight of the Scions, the chapter was actually the first of four battle scenes in rapid succession. I wanted an “epic” conclusion of the novel where the reader felt satisfied with how it ended. Of course, that version also ended in a sad note.

I changed both of those. One, this ends in a happy note. The other is that there are a lot more chapters between this fight scene and the final one. I also got rid of two of the fight scenes (one got moved over to Kin-Killer).

That still doesn’t preclude this being my favorite action scene of the book. There is a lot here: a mother’s love, friendship torn apart, a thin justification of using a conlang throughout the novel, and a bit of tears. It also has Maris pretending to be Ryu from Street Fighter.

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This week is a study is contrasts between two very different character, one who has no secrets left to hide and another one who is just learning about herself.

Sand and Bone 2: Cowardice

One of the things I’ve never read about is how hard it is to create a trilogy. Even in this second chapter, there is all this history of the previous novels that plucked at my thoughts as I tried to figure out how to introduce Rutejìmo to potential new readers while not overwhelming those I hope have read the first two. At the same time, I think I’ve learned more about introducing a story. In Sand and Blood, I took four chapters to slowly introduce the Miwāfu names and the formality systems. It was shorter with Sand and Ash and even shorter with this book. I spent only a chapter on the names and then this one to give a simple introduction of Rutejìmo and his philosophies.

This is fifteen years after the first book. Rutejìmo has fully realized his world view. He knows who he is, though there are moments like this chapter where is is forced to face it once again only to have it confirmed.

Growth stories are fun, but I also like more mature characters. I like when they aren’t fumbling to figure out themselves or learning how to use their powers but know their very limits. There aren’t many stories where the main character is “comfortable in their skin.” Most of the time, the mature characters are the mentors and soon-to-be victims. He knows exactly his limits, probably painfully aware, but he has no doubt why he runs from danger only to walk back into it.

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Flight of the Scions 36: Regret

The problem with being hot-headed is that sooner or later, you realize you made a mistake. Of course, when you are relatively bright and alone, that times comes sooner or later. Kanéko recovers pretty quickly from her brief fight.

A moment later, an itch tickled the back of her mind. It felt like Damagar or Ruben trying to communicate. Holding her breath, she looked across the sky for Maris and Ruben, but didn’t see the signs of Maris’ flight. She lowered her gaze to the surrounding lands, looking for Damagar hopping toward her but there was nothing for dozens of leagues in all directions.

My writing group has repeatedly mentioned that I was rather subtle about psychic searches. The hard part about them is that I want to give the reader a hint about them but not reveal that information to the writing. With third-person limited, I can’t say “she didn’t realize someone was looking for her”. Instead, I have to inject the search into the sentence but then gloss over this.

This time, however, she knows what to look for and therefore this ends up being the least subtle reference to a search.

Continuing the trend of psychic abilities are just like networking, a “search” is basically an nmap. Most network administrators aren’t aware of port scanning, so they don’t notice it. This is the same as most people not realizing that physic search is going on.

Kanéko, on the other hand, is rather aware of her own thoughts. She noticed the first few attempts because it intruded on her thoughts, breaking her train of thought. This isn’t unlike a administrator noticing a slowdown on their computer and investigating it.

Of course, the biggest question is who is searching for her. It happens to be one of my favorite secondary characters in another novel.

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Well, time to start something new just as we are getting near the end of something else.

Sand and Bone 1: Running Away

Writing series is hard. The first book is easy because there is so much potential but nothing already set in stone. Characters can be whatever they want because they haven’t been written except in the author’s head. Each book after the first is held down by the weight of the books before it. With this one, I’ll admit, I was encumbered by the previous two books both in the characterizations of the individuals of the story but also in the story.

This novel takes place five years later. Rutejìmo is a father now, a happy one that has “found his way” as it were. He knows who is he is and what he is willing to do. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to disrupt it. This also means that the novel is fifteen years, a lifetime, after the events in Sand and Blood. It is five years after Sand and Ash.

This “weight” will cause me problems with my plan for R5-D4 plots but not as much. This series is tightly coupled to the stories before it, but there are other ones that are only loosely touching it that have a lot more leeway in how they mesh together. We’ll find out, there really isn’t much connective plot at this point though there are hooks in all three of Rutejìmo’s stories.

This novel has a number of influences like the first one (Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye) and the second (Deeds of Paksenarrion, Wizard of Earthsea). In this case, it is the Seven Samurai or its various incarnations such as the The Magnificent Seven. This isn’t a romance, it is action and tragedy with strong samurai drama influences. It will also dove-tail into Desert Child when (and if) it is written.

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Flight of the Scions 35: Enthusiasm

This chapter is one that reflects the stress that the three teenagers are underneath. Maris, when Damagar threatens her family, foolishly rushes forward even at the risk of ruining their transportation. Kanéko lashes out because it is the only thing she knows how to do.

These are kids who are cracking and falling apart.

Damagar also understands a lot of the philosophy behind the Art of War and The Price though, and separating the teenagers makes them a lot easier to control.

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Sand and Blood is finished!

And we are now at the end of Sand and Blood. For those who have read it, thank you. It has been a very long journey for me, mostly filled with self-doubt as I tried to write a story that I wanted to see on the page.

The entire novel has now been made public on the website and I consider it fully a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licensed novel. When I first decided to publish it under Broken Typewriter Press, I remember sitting in the living room as I struggled with two versions of the legal page: one that had All Rights Reserved and the other which had the Creative Commons license. It was important to me, mainly because I believe in the gift societies, It took me hours of staring at the two before I went with the All Rights Reserved. I felt like a coward when I did, but I figured when the book went into the black, I would switch it over.

I ended up jumping the gun on that when I decided to make Sand and Ash open. That was the result of weeks of introspection and discussions. Of course, if I was smarter, I would have started with Sand and Blood, which is the first book of the series instead of the second, but… that’s life. Now, I can resolve one of those problems.

The other one was that Flight of the Scions wasn’t the first one. That will never be resolvable but I’ll just have to make that novel even more fantastic.


One of the things that pushed me to accept Creative Commons was Cory Doctrow and a panel he did at ICON some years ago. The link has a summary of what he said.

For me — for pretty much every writer — the big problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity (thanks to Tim O’Reilly for this great aphorism). Of all the people who failed to buy this book today, the majority did so because they never heard of it, not because someone gave them a free copy.

After the first dozen readers’ feedback, I suspect that Rutejìmo’s story would be a difficult sell because of my obscurity, the complexity of the world, and the atypical protagonist.

I still feel passionately for the story but I decided to use this series as a lead for Flight of the Scions, which I think will fit a more classical fantasy YA adventure (and maybe get more people to get caught in my little fantasy world).

It is also a tie-in for the patrons that lets everyone read the novel now and, if they like it, help me with the next one. Sand and Bone is almost ready to go out the door, I just have a few final steps before it will be done. It just requires that pesky “money” thing and I’m pretty open about where I am with these things.

Sand and Bone

I’m planning on serializing Sand and Bone starting as soon as I finish talking about Flight of the Scions in my weekly posts. That will give me a little bit of time to handle some outstanding things and start on my other obligations.

Sand and Blood 30: One Year Later

I never wrote the scenes between this chapter and the previous one, but I consider them important to be ultimately important for Rutejìmo’s evolution but not dramatic or significant for the reader. I strongly believe it takes time to evolve as a character. Years actually, but this chapter is only a hint of the man that Rutejìmo will become in Sand and Ash.

This is an epilogue, it ties up the biggest question left over from the novel. No real revelations or cliffhangers. Actually, I really hate novels that end in cliffhangers and I won’t do that to readers. When you get to the end of the novel, it should be the end of a novel not a teaser for the next one.

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Midnight Flight

My submission for the Hath No Fury call is almost done. I’ve sent it through the writing group and integrated their feedback. I think it is a pretty solid story, but contains a ton of spoilers for Sand and Bone.

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This is a week where we talk about teenagers being unprepare for the world. I’m sure there is a deep seated introspection on my own life, but none of these teenagers are really “ready” for the adventures they are on. I consider that fantastic because it forces them to grow and this story will shape them for future stories (and novels).

Sand and Blood 29: Rescue

With this chapter, we are now at the climax of Sand and Blood. Unlike Sand and Ash, this is a violent ending. Actually, I like to think this is a visceral one between untrained teenagers with aggressive powers and high-strung emotions. In many ways, I took some of the rawness from Lord of the Flies as inspiration for this, these are teenagers who are thrust into a violent world. Three of them embrace the culture of brutality and death, one of them did not.

It probably wouldn’t surprise anyone that Rutejìmo ends up being sickened by the violence, even in the rush of surviving the fight. It is one more way you can see him growing into his pacifism. Part of living in an isolated valley is that he doesn’t have a lot of books or education on non-survival topics, such as philosophy. He doesn’t really know what pacifism is, actually he never calls it that in any of the three books, but I like to think I show him realizing it on his own.

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Flight of the Scions 34: Distant Threats

I spent a fair amount of time thinking about Damagar. For a giant, telepathic toad, it is fairly powerful. In fact, it is one of the “dragons” in my world, an intelligent being capable of nearly infinite amounts of magic… if it was awake. At its full power, Damagar should have been able to kill these three teenagers and probably a couple hundred miles in all directions.

The biggest question is why didn’t it? Mostly, it is Hunger. Because of its size and power, its personality is broken into separate specialized fragments. The various organs and limbs are up but they don’t much influence on Hunger. On the other hand, the shards (for a lack of better word) such as Observation, Strategy, and Stubborness are capable of setting off Hunger.

In the story before this (which I never finished), Damagar was severely injured by a pair of armies fighting over it. The “spirit” of a dragon is a hotly contested item, mainly because it has such a high source of magical energy it is worth changing ones resonance to take command of it. It is also why, in this advanced magical age, almost every dragon is actually just a corpse or force shoved into an artifact (such as the Puzzle King’s castle). There are very few “free ranged” dragons, as it were.

Of course, that leads into why Ruben is such a threat to Damagar. It changed slightly but it leads back to the “telepathy as the internet” basis. Ruben is, for a lack of a better word, a virus. (With hindsight, I think he’s a personification of the GPL, but that’s beside the point.) His mental framework means that he absorbs and integrates other psionic thoughts into his own. This is what happened to Lopidir.

For a purely telepathic creature, such as Damagar and Ruben’s father, this means almost brain death. It only takes a moment for their minds to connection for Ruben to infect and tear apart the other mind. He isn’t conscious of this ability, it is a flaw due to the natural evolution of vomen (which is an article in itself).

Damagar’s inability to see Ruben is not invisibility, it’s fear. It knows that it will be harmed by connecting to Ruben, which means it can’t really think about it (much like how Kanéko saw Ruben in her mind when he was searching for her).

This does mean that Damagar has to work through agents to get rid of Ruben. Since Ruben has no conscious control over his ability, that means the only way to truly keep Damagar safe is kill Ruben.

Now, Kanéko wouldn’t kill her new friend without major incentive. When Damagar was in Kanéko’s head, he got enough to see her deep-seated desire to prove herself to her parents. It was also that obsession that gave the toad something to threaten Kanéko with: killing her parents. Also its copy of the memories were before Kanéko really connected with Ruben, so the relationship wasn’t as tight when it made its plans (you know, plotting is really hard?).

That leads Kanéko into a difficult question: save her parents from a rampaging telepathic toad and kill her new friend; or risk losing her parents for Ruben.

The other part of this story is the theme for this week: this is a teenager. A sheltered teenager (seems to be a trend) that hasn’t experienced being manipulated by any means, including fear. She is poorly prepared to handle Damagar’s threat which means… she may make some painful decisions that an adult reader would want to slap her for.

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Hath No Fury

I really like female protagonists and point-of-view stories. I associate with them more, which is why I was always sad that Sand and Blood was my first novel. That meant when I saw the Hath No Fury kickstarter, I had to join in. I also decided to write and submit a story for their open call. I haven’t had a lot of luck on these submissions, but I also wanted to write Chimípu’s side of her later scene in Sand and Bone (which should be the next novel being serialized).


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In both of the weekly serials, we have a lot of introspection and interaction between different characters, establishing roles that will carry through beyond both of these books.

Sand and Blood 28: The Offer

Throughout this novel, Tsubàyo embraced his anger. From Rutejìmo’s point of view, he is turning evil. I originally planned on the novel to give the impression that the night clan was the reason for Tsubàyo’s brutality but then Mikáryo ended up being a balance for that. There really is no true idea of good or evil in my world (all because of Reader’s Digest). Tsubàyo might be a bully and an asshole but he ends up a good man in later books. He is rage-prone and aggressive, something that his book might show, but in this moment, he is a complete and utter asshole willing to sacrifice Rutejìmo to save his own ass.

This chapter also shows some of the influence I get from panels. In my first WisCon, I went to a panel about injury, death, and fantasy. Rutejìmo had a concussion in the previous chapter. However, he was semi-consciousness before he regained his senses, something that Tsubàyo complained about. I love those panels. :)

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Flight of the Scions 33: Being Alpha

I grew up with dogs. My mother bred a number of dogs and she made sure I had a good understanding of pack dynamics. I also grew up with a number of different breeds and personalities: Alaskan Malamute, Collie, Long-Haired Dachshund, English Springer Spaniel, Keeshond, Elkhound. There were the other breeds that friends and family also had, I remember a lot of them while I was growing up. Each one was very distinct but there were some commonalities that my mother taught me and I observed that helped me with raising my own dogs.

I like to think that pack dynamics is an integral part of Maris’ life. How she plays ball, her loyalty and affections are all part of the dogs I grew up with. The way the pack interacted with each other (a cut scene, sadly) but also later scenes in this book at the mill are all closely tied into it.

This chapter is a curious chapter in this regard.

Maris tugged on Ruben’s ear. The vomen groaned and flailed at her hand, but Maris just rested her wrist on his arm to hold him down. “With dog dalpre, we always know where we are compared to others. You are either above me or below me. The elders are usually above me and my daddy is the alpha at the mill, the one in charge. And if he says do something, I do it.” She took a deep breath. “And now, your daddy is my daddy’s alpha. And so… I guess you are in charge of me,” she looked up at Kanéko with an anxious smile, “you’re my alpha.”

Maris doesn’t have Kanéko’s intelligence, creativity, and self-control. This is despite her rather impressive powers (wind magic). Ruben has self-control but doesn’t have passion. This is despite his powers of being “mounted” by spirits (an idea I got from voodoo actually).

Kanéko has no magic (and never will) but she has one thing that neither of these high-powered characters has: charisma. She is a leader. She will make mistakes, she struggles with her actions, but when push comes to shove, she moves. She makes decisions, leads by example, and drives herself to demonstrate exactly what she hopes others will do.

In other words, she’s the alpha.

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I got into an interesting discussion with my father about patrons. From his point of view, a lot folks get into it and then spam the link everywhere. I’m curious to see what other things about me mentioning it on the bottom of my weekly emails (but rarely anywhere else). I don’t think I’ve mentioned it outside of this post on Twitter or Ello.

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Mistakes are awesome. One of my beliefs is that no one learns from succeeding. When they only win, then there is no reason to strive to better themselves. In some ways, the second-place person has the easiest time, they have something to strive for. I’ve seen in business a lot, the first company pays the price for implementing a Great Idea™ but then the clones (relatively) easily duplicate the result.

I’ve screwed up a lot of things in my life. Some of them were pretty serious while others were relatively minor. I’ve learned and improved but those painful moments are just as integral to me as the moments when I succeed beyond my expectations.

I wish I could teach my sons that. My eldest already is focused on winning when it isn’t the medal or the goal that is important, it is how you get there. It’s a lesson I don’t know how to communicate other than to demonstrate my failing and how I improve. I think that is one reason I want him to get into video games. I’ve been playing most of my life, I am good at most platformers but I chose not to be when he is watching. I jump into pits and blow all my lives. Right now, I’m playing Ori and the Blind Forest again with him watching and, more than once, I’ve jumped into spikes and had to start over.

“Daddy, you died.”

“I’ll do it right the next time.”

It isn’t just one attempt and then I succeed, sometimes it takes me a while. Sometimes I’m honestly missing it (like the elemental stages) and other times I’m deliberately missing. When I first started playing fighting games with my wife, I did the same thing. Well, until she found Button Mashing For Fun and Profit™ and realized she could spam me to death. That’s okay, it became an honest fight then.

I think TV shows should show the iterative success/failure loop more often. EDM loves Power Rangers and I see that a lot.

Bad guy shows up.

The rangers use their current powers and fail.

They talk or work out their problems.

They gain new skills, abilities, or Zords.

Defeat the bad guy, usually with the phrase “these new powers are great!”

Go back to 1 until end of season.

I like that the show demostrates failures, but I don’t think I have ever seen a sequence that involved the rangers losing, improving, losing again, and then improving even more.

Iterative failure is critical in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). My philosophy in coding is Fail Fast which is why there are so many version of Author Intrusion and none of them are done. Each one is an improvement but I’m still learning how to write the tool that I continue to think is critical. At work, I code and build quickly so I can break it; unit tests are awesome for that.

In the end, it is the failures that really count.

Sand and Blood 27: Pabinkue Tsubàyo

We are down to the last few chapters of Sand and Blood and this is the fourth to the last. It isn’t quite the climax, we have one more introspection chapter before that happens, but this is where Rutejìmo tries to fight and fails. And he fails more than once throughout the chapter as he struggles to defeat a warrior who had already had a better understanding of his powers.

Looking back, one of the twists of this chapter is a little heavy handed. I created a constructed language for naming characters in this book. It went through a number of iterations before I decided on the grave and acute accents to describe gender. It just made sense that there was a minor plot item related to that gender marking.

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Flight of the Scions 32: Exhaustion

This is an A-team montage but with failure. Like most of my chapters, there is quite a few things in here that move the plot forward. The biggest is how Kanéko puzzles out how to build something she had only read in a book. I love that exploration while building something. It really adds to the depth of her characters because she is capable of solving problems that others don’t see.

The one part I’m not entirely sure about is how I present Lopidir and Stubborness. I need Ruben to be able to take on the spirits inside him (that’s his power along with telepathy) but it seems sudden because Kanéko doesn’t know what is going on in Ruben’s head. I’m curious to see what patrons think about it.

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Sand and Bone

I just got back Sand and Bone’s edit from the development editor. I haven’t had a chance to look at it, but I’m hoping to have it integrated with the online version within a week or so. Just as a reminder, Patron-4 subscribers can read it as I edit it.


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This week, we have doubt in many forms. It is something that has inflicted my life in many forms but, like my depression, it is something that I’ve learned part of who I am. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t show up in my stories because I like to show a reflection of my own world.

Sand and Ash

I’m looking for reviews for Sand and Ash. It has been out a month and I’m not sure if anyone has read it. It would be nice to have a few reviews, this is the first time I’ve released a book as Creative Commons and didn’t charge for digital copies. If you are interested, please consider reading it or Sand and Blood, it would really help me.

Sand and Blood 26: Preparing for Battle

Violence is an addictive concept. Once it is used as an answer, it is very difficult stop using it. You need something like the Cold War and MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) to give us the Long Peace (and New Peace) that we are currently enjoying. But in some ways, WW2 was just the continual escalation of violence from hitting each other with rocks.

This is actually a point where Rutejìmo is caught up with the violence. He’s been attacked, his friend has been kidnapped, and the only thing in front of them is revenge. What he doesn’t know is that this is also the point where he realizes he doesn’t like violence, it sickens him. The actual epiphany never happens in any of the novels, he just gradually fell into the role of a pacifist.

Later, he will look back at this point and hate himself for it. By the time Sand and Ash comes around, he has acknowledged that he is a pacifist but doesn’t have a name for it. Actually, he never gets a name for what he is, he just knows that he has no stomach for violence despite everyone around him willing to accept it as a simple fact of life.

Chimípu is actually that that “common sense” of the desert world. She knows that her life is going to be dominated by violence. She will kill hundreds in her life to defend her clan because hundreds are going to attack them. They are going to try to interrupt the treaties by killing the delivery person, or slaughter the messenger of some critical mission. There is no doubt, in her mind, that the answer is violence.

Mikáryo is the same way (she is also a warrior). Both her and Chimípu’s language is about attacking and winning. At least I tried to write that aggression from the beginning of both characters. It is a subtle contrast against Rutejìmo’s language which is always less aggressive and more accepting.

The other party I really love about this chapter is Chimípu’s hesitation. Even though she’s accepted being a warrior and probably dying by the sword, she still has a doubt. There is fear that she may not be doing the right thing. There is also the fear of dying, something she hasn’t accepted quite yet. That isn’t something I see that often in fantasy books, going into the final climax without having confidence. There are some stories, but it seems to be glossed over and I really like the idea of doubt being one of the enemies.

It is hard to remember that these three are still teenagers. She’s a few years older than him, but all of them were kept innocent to manifest their powers and then thrown into a violent world without direction or guidance. She has never killed anyone and I don’t think it makes sense that she would be eager to do so.

Rutejìmo’s brother, on the other hand, was eager for death in his novella, Raging Alone. I’m hoping to get that out this year but… things aren’t looking good for that until I get a few more patrons.

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Flight of the Scions 31: New Plans

I had forgotten I wrote this chapter. I know we are quite a ways into the book, but I thought it was good to remind the readers about what happened with Kanéko and her father. Originally, there was a chapter before this where Ronamar was struggling with his own doubts by visiting his first wife’s and son’s grave. That chapter was cut for the single POV plan, but Kanéko doesn’t understand what her father was going through.

Ronamar was married near the end of For Glory. He was happy with his beautiful wife who was a combat mage. Between For Glory and For Revenge, they had a young boy who had a strong talent for magic, a “proper” successor for Ronamar’s power. I never really wrote up the details of the boy’s talent, but he was probably going to be an earth archmage with a talent for folding (teleportation, pocket dimensions). For Revenge is when his wife and boy were assassinated by the same powers who are trying to kidnap Kanéko in this book, not that he knows it.

That was also a cut scene, the Big Bad. Actually, the Big Bad was completely written out of the series by the time I changed it to single POV and had to “fire” a number of antagonists. He’s still there, he just doesn’t have a name or face because it wasn’t that important to Kanéko’s story.

Because Ronamar lost his son who had all the talent and he now has a daughter with absolutely none, he is treating her like a china doll. Except that he isn’t. He doesn’t know what to do other than he loves her so much that he would be willing to risk his lands, fortune, and title for her.

Of course, Kanéko doesn’t know that. I considered writing For Family as the third book of the series which talks about Ronamar’s struggles during this book but I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in it. I really want to write Cow first before I go into Ronamar’s story.

Kanéko just wanted to prove herself to her father. Her father wants to protect her but doesn’t know how. Neither are sure what to do, so there is a lot of doubt and stubbornness that is getting in the way. That, on the other hand, does get addresses later in this book. I just hope it does in a satisfying manner.

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Sand and Bone

Sand and Bone is currently with the first editor (I’m going with a development editor and a copy editor). I had this in my Facebook notifications lsat week.

I just finished reading Dylan R. E. Moonfire’s upcoming book, Sand and Bone. It was amazing.

I really think Sand and Bone is one of my best stories so far. The hard part is getting it out and encouraging readers to read it to see if they agree. Regardless, I’m really excited about getting the trilogy out.

The current plan looks like beginning of next year for that book. Mainly because I’m getting a small PR set up but also because Novembers and Decembers are usually pretty rough. The exception is if I get more patrons, they help me produce books faster. :) And patrons will be able to read it before it comes out (it is on my site now).


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We are getting near the end of both of these novels. It has been a fun journey but there is still a lot more to happen before the conclusions.

Sand and Ash

I’m looking for reviews for Sand and Ash. It has been out a month and I’m not sure if anyone has read it. It would be nice to have a few reviews, this is the first time I’ve released a book as Creative Commons and didn’t charge for digital copies.

Sand and Blood 25: Lessons Taught

We are rapidly heading into the climax of Sand and Blood. There is only thirty chapters in the novel but one is an epilogue.

This is also a rather packed chapter… for Sand and Ash. I didn’t really know it was going to be when I wrote it. I had also never written a sequel before so I was making everything up as I went. Originally it was just supposed to be a proper romance, but this chapter stuck with me and these scenes ended up becoming Rutejìmo’s obsession with Mikáryo which would later lead into conflict of the story.

I also love how this is a scene where Chimípu experiences the struggle of being the greatest warrior of the clan but we only see it from his eyes. Another premise was this story was the main character with the guy next to the Chosen One. Chimípu is the Chosen One, I love that she is the most powerful warrior in all three of these novels. She is faster, stronger, and more powerful. Her final scene in the series is… one of my favorites where she really shines.

This is also a beautiful chapter for a young man who spent his entire life being sheltered from everything that would make an adult. This is really the first time he saw a woman as something other than “just another person”. In a way, it is Roger killing the pig during Lord of the Flies, a symbolic moment where he started to grow up and enter adulthood.

It would be ten years before he actually has sex.

I love romance novels but I don’t always want romance in my stories. Later, Chimípu will offer to have sex with him, but turns her down simply because of the memories that came from this chapter. They shape him in a way that will be with him until the day before he dies.

such an influential chapter for that book, I had never written a sequel before. But this created the perfect tension for seemed like the perfect start of the tension that would eventually lead him into the

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Flight of the Scions 30: Detour

Like in Sand and Blood, we are heading into the conclusion of Flight of the Scions. All but one of the players have been set on the page and the final race to the climax has started. There is a lot there, but I love this chapter because decisions are made, Maris is adorable, and Kanéko gets a chance to show her leadership skills.

I ended up rewriting almost the entire chapter. While I love this book, it triggers much of my discomfort. I know it is a good story, but it is missing something. I don’t know what it is, I can just feel the sensation in the back of my head while I’m reading it. It could be grammar, pacing, or characterization. Something is wrong, I just don’t have the skills or tools to identify it.

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Sand and Bone

This week, I started the process of getting Sand and Bone published. It will be a slower publication; I’m aiming for the end of the year. So far, the editor has publicly announced that he thought it was fantastic. I can’t argue with that, it gives me hope that this series will end properly.


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A coworker asked me about teachers today. After an almost instant rant about how politicans are usually cutting funding for teachers in general and poorer areas in specific, I realized it was one of my hot buttons. I always thought teachers should be paid more, simply because they are responsible for every single student’s success. My teachers helped shape me over the years, though I sadly couldn’t thank them in time before they scattered to the five winds.

To my surprise, both chapters this week are about lessons. Much different lessons, but still lessons framed as such.

Sand and Blood 24: Alone in the Dark

This chapter of Sand and Blood is a formative chapter for the next book. There are important plot points that apply to this book, but looking back, I can see that a lot of Rutejìmo’s thoughts were shaped by Mikáryo in this chapter. The most obvious is his attraction to her, this is the first time he thought of anyone as being sexual. Part of this is the enforced innocence the clan uses to manifest larger powers but also because I originally planned on having him be asexual. That didn’t work out (you know, the entire plot of Sand and Ash) but that doesn’t mean he’s going to instantly fall for her.

Not all my novels will have romance. I love reading romances but remarkably I don’t really want them in every single one of my stories. One of my main desires for the upcoming Wonder Woman (besides finally having her on the big screen) is that there isn’t a romance plot. I’m sure it will, but I really hope it doesn’t. You don’t have to have a female protagnoist that is obsessed with some male.

Rutejìmo tensed up, feeling like prey. There was something in her green eyes that forced him to stare into them. It was a sultry, smoldering look that brought a heat through his body. It sank down into his groin, and sudden thoughts blossomed in his head. He blushed hotly and turned away to hide his expression.

Mikáryo chuckled and relaxed. “Don’t worry, boy, you have a long way to go before I consider riding you.”

It will be a long time, exactly ten years and one novel.

There are other interesting parts to this novel. One is Rutejìmo’s fear of the dark. Which is strange given that he becomes a priest of the dead in the next novel and treats both the day and night clans equally. But, the idea of sitting in the dark and suddendly having the enemy sitting there cooking a hunk of giant snake is just a great image.

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Flight of the Scions 29: Cabin Fever

We are in a lull for this chapter of Flight of the Scions. I like quiet chapters, mainly because it is a chance for introspection before things get really complicated. It is also chance to have a little training montage with Maris in the background learning how to fly and Ruben asking Kanéko to give him a personal lesson on imagination.

Sometimes, I feel guilty about having quiet chapters. Or having time pass in the middle of the story. In this case, I just wanted to advance the clock a few days, give Kanéko and the others to recover, and basically slow things down. There are so many novels where it feels like there is non-stop action. There isn’t a reasonable time to recover from exhaustion, heal wounds, or even recover from stress. When there is no break, the characters should be cracking or snapping, or at least passing out.

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