Honed thrills from Thomas Rydder

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For those of you who enjoy reading the darker side… give him a go!

Greyhart Press

Dark fantasy, ancient shapeshifters in the Pennsylvania woods, ghostly bikers and the perils of dark magic… These are some of the tales cooked up in the imagination of author Thomas Rydder. After a while away, I am proud and delighted to announce that Mr. Rydder is back with Greyhart Press.

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Lovers of novels by Dean Koontz, Stephen King or Michael Crichton are in for a treat because Thomas’s novel, The Clearing, has been honed into a second edition with a sharper focus and an intensified relationship between the main characters: former Marine officer turned sheriff, Frank Cutlip, and Professor Beth Lowe. Better still for those of you in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program, you can borrow both The Clearing and Restless Souls: 3 dark fables for free. Both books are available now in paperback and Kindle editions.

Ah, yes, Restless Souls. It’s always unsatisfying to compare one author to…

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My NaNoWriMo Journey

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Well, I’ve finally decided to give the NaNoWriMo a go.  I’m hoping this will give me a boost in finishing the third book in the Sleeping Legion Series.  It is tentatively titled Operation Breakout, but that is mostly a placeholder.  I just created an account, under the name Porkchop NCR, and set up my account.  If you plan on participating, feel free to add me as a writing buddy.  I can also be found in the Hampton Roads Region of the wild world of Ye Olde Face Page!  As for the name, Porkchop was my call sign in Iraq and NCR is the universe I want to write my own stories in some day.  I think that the booze might have contributed, just a wee bit, to it becoming my official username but once you set it up you’re stuck with it.  Otherwise, you close your account and start a new one and it didn’t seem worth it.

 

My Book Blurb: (Subject to change)

 This is the third installment in the Sleeping Legion Series, written in Tim C. Taylor’s Human Legion Universe.  The dust has settled and the main arm of the Human Legion have left the Tranquility System.  Not all was as it seemed, however, as Marines were left abandoned, forgotten and alone.  Then the Legion wakes up, secures a new home and now must engage in a desperate struggle to wrest control of the Tranquility System from the Hardit New Order.  To make matters worse, they have enemies within the ranks and a hostile human force at their backs.  Can Serendine be secured before they face a war on two fronts?

 

 

NaNoWriMo Prep:

1)      Figure out your basic plot idea or question.

2)      Think about where this question would end, where is the logical conclusion?

3)      Outline the main points of the novel.

4)      Bulk up the outline to include the minor plot arcs and sub plots

  1. I found that adding character arcs to this helpful as well.

5)      Give the outline time to percolate (i.e. don’t wait until the last minute).

6)      Work on any world building that needs to be done, or would help you write more efficiently.

7)      Talk to your family and friends, let them know you might become a hermit for 30 days or so!  Hey, MAYBE you’ll come up for air on Turkey Day!!  That’s Thanksgiving for you non-Muricans!

 

NaNoWriMo Personal Growth Goals:

1)      Increase my daily word count.

2)      Become more disciplined with my daily writing, separate from the other stuff we do as writers. (Blog, marketing, networking, etc.)

3)      This should help me come out of my hermit cave and stick my toe into the ocean that is the writing community.

 

Overall Goals for Event:

1)      Make a substantial dent into book three, and hopefully write all 90,000 words of it.

2)      Have something I can send to my editor so I finish my third novel before 2016 ends.

3)      Have fun writing and never lose sight of WHY I tell the stories.

4)      Make a point to blend this intense writing excursion with daily exercise so I become a healthier me!

 

Want advice from others who’ve been there and done that?  Look no further!  I’ll link to only a few helpful vlogs because otherwise you’ll never stop watching…. and we’re here to write peeps!

 

 

So, that’s MY NaNoWriMo story…. What will yours be?  Will you join me ?  Friend me so we can bust each other’s balls when we slack off?

http://nanowrimo.org/dashboard

EDIT: One of my writing buddies is looking to add people as well.  Feel free to add your fellow WordPress Blogger, mrswintheiser.

Keystroke Medium

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When I need a break in the writing, I will often pop on over to YouTube to wet my beak and let my mind go somewhere else to recharge.  One of the many channels I’ve found that I enjoy is Keystroke Medium.  It is a YouTube Podcast made by writers, for writers.  There are a lot of interviews with other authors and it delves into how the sausage is made, how they got their ideas and how the muse translates into the final product.

 

One of my favorite interviews was when they sat down with epic fantasy author Davis Ashura.  He is an author who merges his medical training and his Indian heritage into his Caste and Outcasts Series. You can definitely see the touches of India’s culture and history throughout his series, which give his fantasy novels a uniqueness that I’ve not found elsewhere.  It isn’t the standard Anglo-centric style of world, a trait I greatly appreciate.

A Warrior's Path (The Castes and the OutCastes Book 1) by [Ashura, Davis]
A Warrior's Knowledge (The Castes and the OutCastes Book 2) by [Ashura, Davis]
A Warrior's Penance (The Castes and the OutCastes Book 3) by [Ashura, Davis]

 

Without further adieu, check out the interview!  It made me go buy his books, so gird your loins, hide your wallets and watch this video interview!

–> The artwork in question belongs to Davis Ashura and is being used under the Fair Use Doctrine.

Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you to Simon for nominating me, I appreciate that you’re making more blogging work for me! His blog is a real treasure chest of different spacey and scientific things, from satellite images to book, from his creative writings to discussions of space related conspiracy theories, there’s is something for anyone. So go and look up his blog and tell him JR sent ya!

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The Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
– Write a post to show your award
– Attach the award to the post
– Give a brief story of how your blog started
– Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
– Select 5 other blogs you want to give the award to

 

My Journey as a Blogger

My journey in blogging has officially on December 10th, 2015 but I didn’t start keeping up with it until last month as we approached the launch date for book one in my Sleeping Legion Series.  In that time I’ve ‘met’ some pretty cool people, a few military veterans and learned a lot about the craft of writing.  I’ve joined the bookish community and it has been a blast, though sometimes a time suck.  Like Simon, I’ve found many amazing people on here that have helped me with me, my writing and my post-war issues.  What I’ve found here is a caring and supportive community and it’s great!

Advice to Bloggers

First, I’ll cheat and steal a part of what Simon recommended.  You should always be true to yourself.  Picking up ideas from others, grow and learn, but above all remain true to who you are.  I’ve found that I used what I call my ‘Mom Rule,’ I don’t go wrong.  Basically, I ask myself if this is something I would be okay doing or saying in front of my mom.  I then let the answer to that dictate my path.  Also, blogging can turn into a devilish time suck if you’re not careful, so use your time wisely.

 

Nominations

Melanie

Elizabeth Rose

A.M. Bradley

Written In Geek

M.L.S. Weech