Tear It All Down–Why I Wrote The Book I Did

Sometimes I write articles to answer questions in a place I can always point to later. And, lately, a question I’ve gotten a few times is “what made you write this book?” So, here’s the answer: to tear down an old cliché.

I make no bones about this, I am tired of stories with “being the chosen one” as the reason for a protagonist to be a protagonist. Characters that are talented, characters that are part of an elite group: that’s fine. Stories about average joes are not the only type of tale, and it would be boring if they were. But, specifically, what ground my gears when I began writing Just Another Chosen One were those tales of heroes who would always win in the end.

“Destined” to save the world.

Where’re the real stakes there? Continue reading

The Book Adventure So Far

So, I promise I won’t turn into a promo-machine that only talks about my book, but, allow me one more post.

Because a lot happened recently, and I have pictures I wanted to show you.

If you happen to follow me on Instagram or Twitter, this would seem familiar—but, for those that don’t, let’s go.

I got my first copy on May 14th, and god did it look pretty. Continue reading

Building A Book #2: So Much Red Ink

Seventy-eight pages left. Out of 517. I don’t even know how I managed it. Well, I mean, I do: slow and steady. 11ish pages a day. But still: wow.

So, yeah, as an update to the last “Building A Book” article, I am now deep into doing the physical copy revisions. I’ve had one red pen throughout the whole thing and scribbled all sorts of instructions to myself. Continue reading

Ender’s Game The Book

Among sci-fi nerds of the bookish persuasion, there are many well-known classics to the genre. Such as the “The Time Machine” and “I Robot”. Influential and mega-popular these books set in motion ideas that were later repeated millions of times in other stories.

It seemed for the longest time that modern culture had abandoned this. Oh sure, there where various minorities of people who still enjoyed the comfort of a good book. But I personally was ready to give up on it. No one seemed to like books, or rather choose movie and TV over books. Continue reading