About Themes and Messages

Before I get started on the main topic of this blog post, I want to make a quick announcement. As of today, I will be reducing the frequency of my blog posts from twice a month (every other Sunday) to once a month (the first Sunday of the month). This is so I can keepContinue reading “About Themes and Messages”

5 Steps of Novel Writing pt.3 : REVISING

Welcome back! Sorry for the delay. I’ve had a lot going on and didn’t have time to sit down and give this blog post the attention it deserved. I might have bitten off more than I could chew by committing to two blog posts a month and am considering reducing it to one here inContinue reading “5 Steps of Novel Writing pt.3 : REVISING”

Series Review: Slaves of Zisaida

The Lost Signal by J.S. Fernandez Morales is the first book in the Slaves of Zisaida series. It is a character-driven sci-fi story told from the POV of several different characters in two separate timelines. The Okinawa Six timeline follows a military-and-politics-based plot but focuses primarily on the characters as individuals and their personal lives.Continue reading “Series Review: Slaves of Zisaida”

My NaNo Experience

I attempted my first NaNoWriMo this year. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual event where participants attempt to write 50k words in a month. There’s no real prize but bragging rights. Still, the community involvement plus deadline pressure can be a great way to get a lot ofContinue reading “My NaNo Experience”

Blog Break: Finals + TERNARY art

I wasn’t planning on doing this, but I have three final projects all due on Tuesday, and I absolutely do not have time to write a blog post. At least, I don’t have time to write one that would be worth reading. Unfortunately, I have to take this blog post off as well. I willContinue reading “Blog Break: Finals + TERNARY art”

Blog Break: NaNoWriMo

I will be taking this and the next blog post off to work on my NaNoWriMo project: Protect the Innocent. Posts will resume on December 13th. See you then! Runner Pholidota’Dom, trained as a Paladin of the Order since childhood, must break her sacred oath and assassinate the imperial heir for the money to saveContinue reading “Blog Break: NaNoWriMo”

Character Profile: Gareth

Try as he might to drown out the past, it always finds a way to seep through. Full Name: Gareth Fuentes, or “Gary” as Elora likes to call him. Age: 28 Birth date: August 25 Height: 6’2″ Weight: Light for his height. Gary is tall and lean. Personality: Gary is authoritarian, cold, and closed off. As head of his department, heContinue reading “Character Profile: Gareth”

5 Steps of Novel Writing pt.2 : DRAFTING

So, you’re done outlining and ready to move on to the next step. Well, welcome to the meat and potatoes of novel writing: drafting. This is where you’ll put your ideas to paper and create what will eventually become your completed manuscript. But first, you must tackle the dreaded first draft. Here are some tips.Continue reading “5 Steps of Novel Writing pt.2 : DRAFTING”

Character Profile: Bertie

The first man to enter the alien vessel known as the Compass never came back out. Full Name: Albert “Bertie” Fuentes Age: 28 Birth date: January 20 Height: 5’8″ Weight: Heavy. Bertie has a thick, stocky build. Personality: Bertie is kind, caring, compassionate, and outgoing. Considering himself a “people person” he is the best friendContinue reading “Character Profile: Bertie”

5 Steps of Novel Writing pt.1 : OUTLINE

Alright, alright. I know. This blog post has been done time and time again, but you should definitely listen to me because I’m right… Or, I mean… I don’t know. You’re here anyway. Plus, it’s always good to explore different perspectives and approaches. Okay, so I’m not great at selling blog posts. But here’s theContinue reading “5 Steps of Novel Writing pt.1 : OUTLINE”