The Future of Legends of Windemere

So after seeing responses to last night’s post about cutting back on blogging and not knowing what to put on here.  Most people wanted me to talk about myself, which might take a little time.  The main reason is because I’m a dull individual outside of my writing.  Here’s my weekday:

  1. Wake up.
  2. Get son ready for school.
  3. Get son on bus.
  4. Finish Internet stuff.
  5. Maybe bike.
  6. Shower.
  7. Maybe errands that I try to walk to.
  8. Writing, editing, and maintaining Internet stuff.
  9. Son comes home for homework.
  10. Play with son until shower time.
  11. Finish writing, editing, or whatever until sleep.
  12. Repeat in morning.

Doesn’t sound very interesting and weekends tend to include me trying desperately to get away from the house.  I guess what trips me up is that I don’t really know how to present myself here.  The writing is a core piece of my personality even outside of the computer.  I can get into discussions about movies and TV, but that’s usually a back-and-forth.  Again, I think I’m really dull and boring here.  So I’m going to have to try and I’ll start personal posts up in November.  A lot of it might end up being from my past when I actually had some kind of life.  Anything current will probably be a spontaneous post.

So here is what I’m thinking:

  • Monday- Post about myself with a story or something that happened over the weekend.
  • Wednesday-  Some aspect of writing because I do need to be an author at some point on here.
  • Friday-  A fictional skit like my character’s chatting or a scenario like the Olde Shoppe things that at least I enjoy writing.
  • Saturday-  Goal post.

This means the Works in Progress will be going away unless I need feedback.  Character interviews and origins will go away unless someone requests them.  To be fair, I only have one major player in Legends of Windemere left to do an origin post for and that one hasn’t debuted yet.  The focus might end up being more on trying to make myself believe I’m interesting and ignoring the real-world results of talking about myself.

Keep in mind this will be in the future.  October has already been set up to some extent, but I am hoping to do another ‘Monster Maker Fun’ week for Halloween.  I’d drop down to the 4 times a week in November, but dammit I want my 2 years of unbroken posting.

Guess I’ll post life events if anything turns up.

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Core of the Champions: Luke Callindor

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Back at the beginning, the ‘Champions of Windemere’ were based around the elements.  It still holds true to some extent with many of their abilities being based around this idea.  It is even mentioned that the prophecy is so old that it was made during a time where such a theme was the norm.  Yet, I started seeing how there was something else to each character as I wrote the story.  There was a core virtue/emotion to each hero, which ends up being more important than people realize at first.  In fact, I started seeing how their abilities would be only as strong as this core.  I’m going to do some small explorations this week on the 5 active champions and this concept.  I can’t use the 6th champion because he/she hasn’t made a real appearance yet.

Luke Callindor is the easiest character to figure out because he’s pretty straightforward. This is also why I can use his post to explain the overall concept before the more detailed champions get a turn.  He is a reckless swordsman who will face every challenge to become a hero.  His core has always been his courage.  Even when outmatched, Luke refuses to back down even if he knows it’s smarter to do so.  This is especially true when someone is in trouble, which turns his bravery into a weapon.  His enemies can use this against him, but there is always that risk that he’ll do something dangerously unpredictable.  For example, his tactics in his first encounter with the Lich that nearly got him killed.

You might be wondering what this has to do with his powers.  Well, Luke is strongest when he’s brave.  His prowess, speed, and overall abilities increase when his courage is high, which is part of the champion prophecy.  Unfortunately, this isn’t a part that is known by the heroes and I’m still working on how they’re going to figure it out.  Anyway, the villains know this little fact and it is why there is a lot of mental warfare on the part of characters like Stephen and the Baron.  In regards to Luke, there is a push to make him doubt his own bravery and feel like he’s incapable of defending others.  This weakens him and increases the risk of failure and death.  Again, Luke is rather straightforward, but I’m not sure if he’s the easiest or hardest champion to derail.

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Editing and Proofreading

Originally posted on Year 'Round Thanksgiving Project:

I found a great blog that addresses one easy way to help proofread your book. I think everybody who is publishing a book needs to read this article.

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Fall Into Fantasy Tour: The Curse Merchant by JP Sloan

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Week 5: The Dark Choir Series
Book One: The Curse Merchant
By J.P. Sloan

Dorian Lake spent years cornering the Baltimore hex-crafting market, using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed. He keeps his magic clean and free of soul-corrupting Netherwork, thus avoiding both the karmic blow-back of his practice and the notice of the Presidium, a powerful cabal of practitioners that polices the esoteric arts in America. However, when an unscrupulous Netherworker interferes with both his business and his personal life, Dorian’s disarming charisma and hermetic savvy may not be enough to keep his soul out of jeopardy.

His rival, a soul monger named Neil Osterhaus, wouldn’t be such a problem were it not for Carmen, Dorian’s captivating ex-lover. After two years’ absence Carmen arrives at Dorian’s doorstep with a problem: she sold her soul to Osterhaus, and has only two weeks to buy it back. Hoping to win back Carmen’s affections, Dorian must find a replacement soul without tainting his own. As Dorian descends into the shadows of Baltimore’s underworld, he must decide how low he is willing to stoop in order to save Carmen from eternal damnation… with the Presidium watching, waiting for him to cross the line.

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J.P. Sloan is a speculative fiction author, primarily of urban fantasy, horror and several shades between. His writing explores the strangeness in that which is familiar, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, or only hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed. 

A Louisiana native, Sloan relocated to the vineyards and cow pastures of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina, where he lives with his wife and son. During the day he commutes to the city of Baltimore, a setting which inspires much of his writing.

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Epic Giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite

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I discovered author Angela Kulig on the KDP community forum.

When I checked out her website, I was a AMAZED to see an epic giveaway featuring a Kindle Paperwhite.

Wow! Now that’s a giveaway.

I guess that’s how you celebrate having 25,000 Twitter followers.

Double wow! I’m blessed to have 3,000 followers here at WordPress (here are 3,000 THANK YOU’s for all 3,000 of you). 25,000 is incredible.

(By the way, Angela has no idea that I’m writing this post.)

You might want to enter Angela’s contest. If you’d like a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite. (Just click the picture for this post.)

You might want to check out Angela’s social media pages while you’re at it.

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Been Doing Some Thinking

Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson

So I’ve been doing some thinking about the future of this blog.  It’s the hub of my social media activity and where I share my thoughts, W.I.P., and other things.  It’s also becoming hard to maintain because the payoff seems to be dwindling.  I don’t pay attention to my blog stats, so that isn’t it.  I mean comments and overall interactions here.  I get some back-and-forth, but not much and I’m posting every day.

And that might be the problem.  Maybe I did too much.  I’m running out of weekly topics and I’m just so burnt out here.  I do thank my usual comment leavers and those who show up from time to time.  That’s a big reason why I’m not closing up shop.  There are some people paying attention.  I’m simply going to dial it back in January.  Here is the plan that I’m considering:

  1. Post Sunday Goals, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I need some schedule to avoid forgetting this place entirely.
  2. Save full week of posting for Hype Weeks or any other special events.
  3. Post more non-blog stuff on my Facebook Author page to keep it active.
  4. Retire Character Interviews because those get nowhere.  Check other recurring post types to see if they have any traction.
  5. Leave opening for posting on a whim.
  6. Continue reblogging at the same rate to help others.

This means I’ll have made it 2 years without missing a day of posting, but I guess I couldn’t keep it up forever.  I was bound to run out of things to say.  I’ll admit that I’m having a hard time letting go because this place is my main source of social interaction.  I chat with a few people on Facebook, but that’s really it.  Hopefully this doesn’t hurt my books, but I really think it’s come down to me toning it down.  Only reason I’m letting it go for the rest of the year is because I have all the October posts prepped, I have enough topics to cover November, and December MIGHT be a debut month.

Guess that’s it.  Business as usual for now . . . Guess I’ll see if I hold to this or something changes my mind.

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Coals of the Weak!




Got that?  Good.  Here’s my second choice of song because my first choice is being saved for next month.  I stumbled onto this by accident and I liked it:

This has been a week.  Finished editing Prodigy of Rainbow Tower and I’m still trying to start in on Allure of the Gypsies.  It’ll go quicker even though it’s longer because it was in this book that I was warned about my repetition and sought to fix it.  Mostly I’m hunting for dialogue tags that aren’t needed, which is dangerous.  I found that I might know who is talking, but damned if I’m sure a reader would.  Guess I’m still learning.  Having a chunk of the series ending fall into limbo isn’t helping me, but that’s a story for 2017 due to spoilers.

Quick question:  What do people think of me pricing Book 1 at 99 cents, Books 2-6 at $2.99, Books 3-11 at $3.99, and Books 12-15 at $4.99?  Just toying with the grand plan here.

I was delayed in starting the next project because my son was home sick on Friday.  One of those precautionary deals because he had a cold and it might have set off his first asthma episode, which was just a wheeze to me.  Either way, he’s on a nebulizer, which he loves because the mouthpiece makes his words impossible to understand.  Yet I still manage to get it right for some reason when I guess.  He’ll be back to school on Monday, but he has Thursday and Friday off.  Wife will be working and parents will be away, which means it’s just me and him.  I’ll also have to cook dinners, but that’s practice for the 3 weeks of me in charge that comes later in the year.  I REALLY want to get the editing done by then, but if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen.

In regards to the THUNDERCLAP campaign, I think I’m using it for an experiment beyond marketing.  Just how useful is social media to me?  Do many of my Facebook friends even care?  Well, the answer so far is no.  I’ve had very few reactions on Facebook and only one of those was from someone that I didn’t expect.  That isn’t an insult, but I know who has my back in the writing.  I got no reactions from others and that has gone for my non-author posts too.  I think all my time promoting other authors since I had nothing worthwhile to say on Facebook has killed me there.  Even the video of my son went relatively unnoticed beyond the usual crew.  Guess I need to post about politics, religion/atheism, war, violence, sex, being vegan (I’m not), or something that will get people upset.  Seriously, that’s all I see on there and people wonder why I don’t comment.  If I want that crap, I’ll watch the news and cry.  Yeah.  This is a long rant that’s been in my head for years.

Oh!  I did finish all of the posts for October except for Halloween Week.  I plan on making a request for another MONSTER MAKER FUN event.  This means I’ll be requesting nonsense words to transform into creatures.  If this falls through then I’ll just be doing a week of music videos and mope in the corner . .  . with a bag of Snickers.

Here’s the tentative goals:

  1. Start editing Allure of the Gypsies.
  2. Help son on homework.
  3. Cook Meatball Grinders one night and Savory Lemon Chicken the other while wrangling the child.
  4. Get back to biking because little guy being home derailed that for a day.
  5. Watch Captain America: Winter Solider.  I own it and I watched it twice in theaters.
  6. Think more about Child of the Hunt and other W.I.P.
  7. Figure out what adventure to go on with the child.  Sadly, he needs to take his medicine every 4 hours until Thursday and Friday is going to be the follow up appointment.  Might just be a trip to the playground or the mall depending on the weather.
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