Monday, July 24, 2017

Looking towards the future.

It is funny how my mind works. I'll be sitting at work doing work stuff and the back of my mind will be working on some plot detail. I have an outline for the 2nd book to Cannot Tame the Wind, currently and tentatively named, "Cannot Stop the Rain." The first two chapters are written but as my revisions have shown me that doesn't mean set in stone.

Today the back of my mind was mulling over the idea of doing a prequel book. Writing a story about the G'Aeris over throwing and escaping slavery would be cool.  It would also give more backstory and history behind the Zephyr family. Little details that I did not consider nor imagine start appearing in my mind. Like the idea that the noble families of the G'Aeris choose their family name when freed rather than using the name of their former master. Almost everyone except Ventus Praestes who choose to take the name after she killed everyone of that family. The line, "They took everything from me, so I'll take everything from them" comes to mind. 

The best villains are those who are not really just villains. They are hero's, they see themselves as hero's, and those who oppose them are their villains. What one views as monstrous or horrific, someone else will view as necessity for protecting their people.  

The worst monsters in history are not those who kill or do evil for the sake of evil. It is those who do it for what they view as 'the good of humanity'. 

Currently I'm working on another story and then will see about getting the 2nd book of the Windmistress Chronicles out. Until then, keep reading.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Paperback book is available. Free promo on Ebook starting 7-18-17 until 7-20-17

Paperback copies available, mostly did it so I could have something physical to put on my shelf.  Running a free book promo for a few days to hopefully get people to read it and let me know what they think.  Writing itself is a hobby that exists in a vacuum.  So check it out,

Friday, July 7, 2017


Right after I put up the paperback for sale I realized I had some spelling errors on the back cover.  That is what I get for not pasting the text in word before adding it to the image. Pulled the paperback book down to correct and have to run through the usual rigmarole with Amazon. Also when looking at the book I realized some spacing was lost... While I am glad I found these errors before others it still means I should have quadrupled checked things beforehand. Hoping to have it all done before the weekend but seeing it is Friday now...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

I made a thing. Put a fork in it, it's done.

After quite a few revisions I finally finished Cannot Tame the Wind. I had been working on a cover design and feel it is done. If you have Amazon Prime or access to the Kindle Unlimited, it is on their to read. The paperback version should be available here soon. Check it out, Cannot Tame the Wind.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Milestones in writing vary depending upon how far out you set them.  Set them too close and they become irrelevant.  Set them too far apart and you never see them. When doing the actual writing you can set a word count and the major milestones like 25K, 50K, 75K and such are easy to see and hit with them and effort.  When editing or revising the book it becomes much more difficult.  You could set one for revising 2 chapters a day or more and it helps but still lacks the triumphant feeling.  At least for me, so I set my milestone to be completing the first revision and edit of the book.

Today I finished that and have a book with hopefully much better spelling, grammer, and structure.  While reviewing the suggested edits and making a few of my own I got to reintroduce myself to the story.  The next step is to get some people to read it and see what feedback they can give upon it.  While I await volunteers and their feedback I will start working on book 2 which the working title is "Cannot Stop the Rain."  If you want a copy to peruse let me know and I can send out a copy.

Until then, keep flying.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Subtle differences add up.

Working my way through the first book doing some edits and trying to revise some things.  I also needed to add some things that I want to make clear in the first book.  It doesn't change the story but I want a clear image of my characters.  Some of you will notice the changes and others may not, but here is the revised chapter 1 part 1.

Eletheria flew through the great blue sea of the sky, only a few tiny white fluffy islands sharing the sky with her. At least, that is the image she was trying to convince herself while she stood at the controls of the airship looking out the floor-to-ceiling window in front of her. After years of training and preparation, she was actually flying. A shiver of joy coursed through her as she held onto a copper-plated yoke in each hand. The front of the ship was designed to provide a large viewing area to the pilot and the various command staff stationed within the forecastle room. For a moment, she tried to ignore the people standing behind her talking, the wooden support between the panes of glass in front of her, the creaking of the airship as it pulsed with power. 

It was still beautiful up here as she could see the coastline of somewhere down below, the open sky above, and the lack of clouds. While she knew the lack of clouds was good, her imagination about flying always involved speeding through clouds and seeing them whisk by. The wind pushing the sails while Ele helped maintain their elevation over the downslope. The feeling of freedom, flying through the air, zipping through the clouds, all of these took a hold of her heart and she knew this was not something she would ever give up. If she tried really hard, she could almost believe she was flying through the sky without the ship. If there were more clouds, at least the illusion would be a little easier. The lack of nearby clouds to provide perspective as they flew by made the self-delusion difficult to maintain.

“Sir, there is a balloon on the horizon,” a voice behind Ele said from across the room. The voice wasn’t talking to her but it had already started a little worm of disappointment that was digging into her heart. “I hope it isn’t the pirate Bonnie.” The voice whispered just loud enough that everyone at the navigation table could hear it, and Ele. She turned her head to look around for the Windmaster Erus. She knew Erus would be wanting to take control of the airship back.

“Eyes forward, Ele.” The deep calm voice of Windmaster Sal Erus came from behind her. Ele immediately looked forward to watch the horizon hoping to see the other airship someone else had spotted. Seeing nothing except clouds and blue sky, she focused on the feeling of someone standing behind her. There was a sound of a clip securing to a harness and then she felt large hands covering hers. 

“Ele, I need you to let go of the power first with your right hand when I say 3. Nod if you understand,” Sal’s voice said. Ele nodded her head and then heard, “1, 2, 3.” When she heard three she dropped the power in her right hand. There was a shift in the ship’s movement but it was slight. Perhaps now I need to drop the other hand so I can move out of his way was Ele’s thought as she couldn’t remember proper trade-off procedure. She dropped her power in the left hand and the ship lurched much more this time. For a brief moment, Ele and everyone else on the ship felt it start to descend. After a second it regained stability when Sal took over power and control. 

“You released too soon, next time wait for the second count of three.” Sal told her in that ever-encouraging tone that he had. 

“Sorry, I thought I needed to…” Ele started to explain as she turned to look at Sal. His soft brown eyes that matched the color of his skin looked back at her. Ele’s face came up to the top of his chest. He was wearing the harness most pilots wear when they are expecting turbulence. The harness looked like a leather jacket that was tightly strapped to the pilot and had two ropes attached to the back. One going to the ceiling and the other to the floor. “Would we have crashed?” Ele quickly followed up, worried that she had almost destroyed the first ship she was allowed to fly.

“No, it takes more than your ability to keep the ship in the air. There is a backup but they aren’t as powerful as you or I,” Sal replied and motioned with his head for her to move out of his way. Ele took a small step to the left but stayed looking out the window. “Now I need you to go to your cabin and stay there. This may get bumpy and your parents would kill me if I allowed you to get hurt.” 

“Wait, are we going to be attacked?” Ele asked suddenly, worried there was going to be a fight. She looked towards Sal and then back out the window. She couldn’t see anything on the horizon, though she did not have a spyglass or anything to help her vision.

“Probably just a merchant, nothing to worry about,” Sal replied, watching out the front window, looking incredibly focused.

“If there is no danger then why do I…?” Ele started to ask looking back at Sal.

“One of the things you must learn is that you obey your superiors,” Sal interrupted. His tone much more serious and one of the few times Ele had every heard it lose its softness. Ele shrank back a little from a glare she knew was there but luckily she was behind him so didn’t suffer the full effect. She backed away towards the door towards the deck.

“Yes, Windmaster Erus, thank you for allowing me to see a Windmaster in action. Your will be done.” Ele said as sarcastically as she could and even threw a swift salute with her right fist with the knuckles outward to her chest. The thump was both loud and hard enough she almost gasped but kept silent. While Sal wasn’t facing her she was certain he had at least heard the salute. Turning around she saw there were several people in the room and her childish act was witnessed probably by half the command staff. She quickly left the room through the double doors that lead to the deck before Sal could reply or apologize for his harsh tone. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Non-CTtW, META project

Recently I finished the editing and revision of my first book project META (My Extraordinary Transdimensional Adventure).  I do not have a huge beta reader list that I could share the book with to get feedback so I figured I would crowdsource it.  I posted the book to Amazon Kindle with the hopes that someone would snag it through the Free Book program on the Kindle for Prime members. Hopefully they will read it and post what they thought didn't work.  

Why would I post a book to get bad reviews?  Because even bad reviews will help me figure out what I am doing wrong.  Nerdy people get to complain about something and I get feedback, I figure it is win win.  If you are seeking a quick read and want to critic my writing feel free to snag my book META, either for free as part of the Prime thing or it is 99cents.

I'm going to keep on writing, hopefully improving with each project. I hope you all keep on reading.

Thank you,