Brainwalker (2016) Review

BrainwalkerBrainwalker by Robyn Mundell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first thing that jumped out to me about Brainwalker was the cover. I actually went back to it a few times in my twitter feed before I decided to try it. I can say that Iwas pretty surprised about the content.

One of the hardest things about writing a story that is meant to teach or show something is avoiding the dreaded “preachy” feeling. Robyn Mundell and Stephan Lacast were able to accomplish it beautiful!

The story was intriguing and the pacing sound. I only struggled with some of the technical stuff a bit but it barely detracted from the story. I would recommend any young adult reader (or adult reader) to try this book out and see what they can learn about it!

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The Indie Author #2 Gray Tactics

This episode was inspired by something that happened to me while I was surfing on twitter looking at new work put forward by other indie authors. I think the author meant well but it rubbed me the wrong way on how it was done. I guess we will be talking about tactics.

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[Short Story] The Sun King and the Moon Queen

Written for my beloved wife Susanna, my Moon Queen. Without her, there would be no reason to get up in the morning.

Sun and the Moon togetherHave you not heard of the Sun King and the Moon Queen? How those two share horizons and love each other more than anything in the world? No? Sit down, get comfortable and I’ll tell you about them.

As long as we can remember, the Sun King and Moon Queen have been on opposite sides of the world. When the King was reigning over his subjects, he shone brightly upon the hardworking, the crops, and always talked the clouds into giving us their rain. He loved those below who looked up to him.

At night, the Moon Queen watched over us as they slept, safeguarding their livestock and showing her light upon those who meant harm to the people. For what the King provided in the day, the Queen kept protected at night.

Now, these two loved each other more than anything known. The stars still talk about how much the two love each other even when they do not see each other. Sometimes the King would get a glimpse of his lovely bride coming over the horizon and sometimes the Queen would sing out a note of fondness as the King dipped below the sky that divided them. Even though these moments were fleeting, the King would never despair that he did not have his Queen and the Queen knew that even those she missed him and they did not see each other, he still loved her more than anything.

Days, months, years would roll by with each waiting for that twilight moment to speak to each other, to whisper loving words across the sky before the other was taken to the other side of the world.

Doesn’t sound fair, does it? They did not think it was either, but they loved those upon the ground so much, they would sacrifice their time together to let them have food to eat and a safe bed to sleep in.

There are times though when the sky is able to hold them both. The Sun King and the Moon Queen are able to stay away from the edge of the air and to see each other. There loves becomes so powerful as they grow closer that the sky dims and the ground becomes patterned with flecks of light and dark mingled together. The world becomes quiet, enraptured in their love and breathless with anticipation.

When they meet, it is a meeting of fire and darkness, powerful love that fills the sky with burning fire while chilled and murmured with darkness. I mean, look now! See how the sun wraps his arms around his queen? Their love is eternal. Nothing can break them apart. No matter how long they stay alone, they will always meet each other in the sky and embrace filled with happiness and excitement to be able to converse once again.

You chuckle? Why? Cannot love last forever? The sun and the moon have met more times than we can count. They have looked over all of us together with loving eyes. Something you should take to heart, my good fellows, even apart, they are powerful and in love and there is nothing anyone can do to destroy that. They will always meet in the sky, and they will always love each other to the day the world ends.

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Mother, the Reason I am an Author.

Mother reading to her childI am a momma’s boy. I’m proud of it and tell everyone who asks. Honestly, I’m not sure why that’s considered an insult. When it comes to my mother, I would not be a writer if it was not for her.

For the past few weeks, my wife and I have been talking about things from our childhood that have made us who we are today. The books we’ve read that changed our outlook on life and even our tastes.

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The Indie Author #1: The Freelancer

Books are a writer's best friend, just like a podcastI like to talk a lot and sometimes I think both my wife and my muse get irritated at me saying the same thing over and over. I’m passionate about writing and I’m passionate about other subjects like computer programming and Star Trek: Online. My wife loves the story conversations but not so much the other two.

So, she inspired me to create a podcast where I can not only talk to other self-published and independently published authors but also give us a chance to commiserate together. My podcast is not going to be designed to teach as much as it is going to discuss what’s going on with the freelance/publishing world and to just go over some of the common struggles we authors have.

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Hang in there, we can get through this writing life together!

2018 Book Release Schedule

It is becoming that time of year again where I sit down with my hopes and aspirations, then set out a schedule that would invariably disappoint me. This is also known as my 2018 book release schedule!

January – Ashwood Falls: Benjamin
February – Jassik Creed & The Meek Prince
March – Star Traveler: Atlas Gambit (#3)
April – Blood in Space: Harvest
May – Ice Storm Chronicles: Curse of Ice (#2)
June – Undisclosed Title
July – Undisclosed Title
August – Star Traveler: Plague of Setaris (#4)

Ashwood Falls: Benjamin – Coming Soon 2018!

You all know how much I love reading and writing. Sometimes I get hit with this feeling of a story because of a conversation or an idea just tickled my fancy. Now, it’s time for you to meet Benjamin.  I’m happy to announce my next novella and it’s based on the Ashwood Falls Series!

Ashwood Falls: Benjamin cover

“I know where you’re trying to go, Benjamin Holly. The question is: Will you make it there alive?”

You have met those in Ashwood Falls and the lives they live protected by those things on the outside but what about people who have yet to make it there or do not even know of it’s existence?

Benjamin Holly is one such man. Alone in the world and trying to find the place he sees in his dreams, he struggles to stay ahead of a darkness that’s following him.

Join Benjamin as he faces his nightmare in a little tourist trap where he must make decisions that could effect him and an entire race forever.

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Yes, Fan-fiction is Real Writing

I think one area of the writing world that gets a lot of flak is the fan fiction world. If you were like me (before my scolded me), I felt that Fan fiction was the dregs of the writing world. I not only found out that was unfair but rather cruel to the hard-working writers who live and thrive in that world. I’ll admit, I was one of those “writing snobs” until my beautiful wife put me in my place.

Fan Fiction is Real Writing

Writing is writing. I never thought fan fiction was more than self-gratification  until my wife began to tell me some of the stories that she had read. I could not believe how much detail and dedication that fan fiction writers have put in to their works. There was even a story that was over a million words! I’ve never broken fifty thousand, let alone a million.

There is a lot of dedication to the fan fiction world, more than maybe some of freelance writers have ever put in to our own work. Even though it’s not an original world, many of the stories bear the blood, sweat, and tears of a dedicated writer.

It’s No Different than a Professional or Aspiring Author

When in terms of dedication and being a writer, fan fiction writers are exactly the same as a professional or aspiring author. Many writers, including myself, got started in other people’s worlds and pour the same amount of dedication and heart in to their works. Many times they do not have the ability to get an editor or professionally proof read their works.

Independent publishing can suffer the same amount of editorial error and proof reading mistakes since a lot of us are in the same boat as a fan fiction writer. Unless we’re established with a decent fan base, many of us cannot afford hiring an editor.

They have feelings too

Fan fiction writers are people just like you and me and the horrible amount of critique I have seen from other authors is saddening. There are people behind the story no matter how bad or good it is. To attack a writer’s work is never acceptable. That is why critique is important and should be taken seriously. They deserve the same amount of feedback as we do.

Fan Fiction Writers are a strong knit community

And I am glad of that. My wife has given me a tour of the fan fiction world and they care for each other a lot. They have the advantage of not only having the bonds of being a creator of fan fiction, they also have the love for the world they are writing in.

So the next time you see a fan fiction story, why not give it a shot and if you find issues, give feedback like you would any writer of any story.