Publication update: War of Redisy, and website announcement

Hey everyone. Great news today! War of Redisy has been released and is ready to be bought. It’s been many years in the making, but this moment where I can finally say that I’m a published author is finally here. It is only out in the ebook format for now, but my publisher, Carol Itoh, has informed me that a print edition is on its way. The book is on two sites right now, both are selling it for the same price. They are listed below.

Also, you can check out my website, here. That’s right. I no longer have just a blog. Now I have an actual website, with more info about War of Redisy on it than is on this blog. Anyway, that’s all for now. If you’re interested in reading my book, you can either buy the ebook or wait till the printed version is out. Thanks for reading!

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Publication update: cover art revealed

Hey everyone. I just wanted to post and let everyone know that the cover art has been leaked. It’s posted below. Let me know what you think. Laters.

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Publication update: editing part 2, and cover concept

Happy Sunday, people of wordpress! I have two updates on the publication of War of Redisy that I wanted to announce. To begin, I wanted to report that the editing process for the book is finished. In some cases, publishers use track changes and have the author look at the modifications to see if everything is in tip-top shape. That’s not exactly what happened with me. Itoh Press editors did, however, do a great job with the book. I got a PDF with every change made, and I’m (mostly) pleased with how the book has turned out.

In other news, we have a cover sketch. Please note, the below image is not the official cover, as it has been taken from stock photo sites and pieced together until the artist hand-draws the official image. Anyway, let me know what you think of this concept image.

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Publication update: editing part 1

I just heard back from my editor, and come to find out at least two people are involved in the editing process of my book. So, like I said, I hoped I could tell you what the publication process is like, and so I’ll tell you what’s happened so far. My editor emailed me this morning to inform me about certain grammar things and things of that sort, and she told me another editor (she called them a proof-reader) would be in contact about content issues and whatnot. That’s really all I know at the moment  but everything seems to be full speed ahead. Very soon, War of Redisy will be out and I’ll be a published author. I’ll give you more updates on the editing process in the coming days, and will give updates on the cover and things like this. Anyway, laters!

Book update

Hello everyone! I just got an email from my publisher, and decided I’d share a bit of information with you. According to her, the editor will soon make contact so that we can put this book into print. Additionally, the cover art is being worked on as we speak, so expect to hear from me as the cover art is revealed. I will be posting on both as these two things are finished. 🙂

A defense for speculative fiction

So today, I wanted to talk a little bit about speculative fiction versus non-speculative fiction. At BYU, there is a certain Creative Writing professor that will not accept a story that is speculative fiction at all. Period. Instant F! This has been on my mind for some time, so I figured I’d rant a bit about why speculative fiction is indeed a healthy form of lit to read. Some people, myself strongly excluded, think that fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other speculative fiction genres should never be written or read.

A lot of these people are in academia. However, I am not in academia and still I believe that there’s nothing wrong with any of the above genres (and there’s more genres than just those I listed). So, what exactly am I trying to do? I’m trying to make it clear that the argument that “proper literature” (otherwise known as mainstream fiction) is the only type of lit that should be written or read is a bad argument to say the least.

To start off, let’s say you wrote a fantasy novel, and it got published by Tor Publishing. To do that, you’d need to have known the background of all your characters (like in any novel), and you’d need to know your world’s government, religions, magic systems, races, orders of knights or wizards, and of course, the geography and history of that world. Yes, your fantasy novel is out of your own imagination, but you still did research by figuring out how the world works. In creating this, you’ve opened up your imagination, and that side of your brain is healthier for creating something than it would have if you’d just written the next Pride and Prejudice. 

Now let’s look at it from a reader’s perspective. If someone read a fantasy novel, or steampunk, or horror, or whatever, they have opened up their imagination to a whole new world. They get to experience something great, and get to ask themselves “What if we could do that?” Of course, they couldn’t really conjure magic or something like that, but that’s not even the point. They can open their mind more easily to what could be. 

If you are of the school of thought that fantasy and other speculative fiction genres shouldn’t be written, think about what the stories below all have in common.

  • Homer (The Iliad and The Odyssey).
  • Gilgamesh.
  • Dante’s Inferno.
  • Beowulf.
  • The Legend of King Arthur.

So what do all these stories have in common? They all contain myths and legends. But let’s do a bit of logical thinking here. Back when these stories were relatively new, this is how stories were told. If not for “speculative” fiction, the mainstream fiction genre would not exist. Just think about that for a second. The mainstream fiction genre evolved over time, as has the fantasy genre, the romance genre, and other genres. New influences crept in, and they became what they are today. But where do they have their roots? Obviously, the stories I mentioned above are the roots of some genres. After all, Beowulf was a major influence in the works of J.R.R. Tolkein, who many people consider to be the grandfather of the fantasy genre.

My point? If we are to abandon the speculative fiction genres that are out there, we’d also need to abandon our literary roots. And that, my people, is completely unacceptable. To abandon our roots, is to forget where we came from and to forget lessons we’ve already learned. And to abandon speculative fiction as a whole would also be damaging to society (in some subtle ways). That’s because speculative fiction allows people to ask the question “What if?” What if we can go to the moon? What if this happened? “What if” is a powerful question. Maybe I am wrong, and maybe speculative fiction is damaging to society, rather than helping it. But then again, maybe my crap has come to life after being flushed down the toilet (not likely)!

I am a strong believer that “proper” literature is okay, but I’m also a strong believer that speculative fiction is also healthy for us to read. I am 25 years old, and therefore a fully grown adult, yet I love a fairytale as much as the next 8-year-old. That should be enough to squelch any debate that there is nothing wrong with speculative fiction.

How to keep writing.

Hello, everyone. If you’ve been paying attention to my blog in recent months, you’ll know my novel War of Redisy is about to be published. In fact, I will be making updates as the process proceeds. But I didn’t want to talk about that today. Instead, I wanted to give some information on what I’m doing as the publication date (in April) approaches.

It’s simple. I’m writing another book. Not too different from War of Redisy, as most of the characters in this upcoming book are also found in my first book. However, that’s not the point. The point I want to make is this. If you are finished with a book, even if it’s not getting published, move on to the next thing. That’s not to say that you aren’t to go back and look at what you’ve written before, as War of Redisy required several re-writes. Rather, once you have written one thing, keep your creative mind going. I’ve learned not to let myself stop writing for awhile, and I’ve had writer’s block to prove it.

I will say that this new project will likely take time to reach the level of writing that War of Redisy did, if I do manage to get it up there. But my point is that once you have that project written, move on to another, then another, and keep yourself writing, because that way you’ll be able to keep turning your stuff in. This new book for me is a way to take a break from War of Redisy while I wait for the publication date to arrive. That and the fact that this new story will cover some material not discussed in the original.

That’s all for now. Laters!

Side note: If I refer to this project again, it will likely be referred to as SecretBookProject.