Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Ten Part Six

November 11th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars

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Darlryan watched Kate as she struggled with the task. Right now she was chewing on her lip and muttering to herself as she concentrated on her task. Twice already she had looked over at the bottle while breathing deeply. He wondered if she even realised that the promise of reward was a double edged sword. It gave her reason to keep calm but it also put her under more pressure because hse wanted it so much, which made her more likely to lose her temper in the long run.
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Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Ten Part Five

November 7th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars

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“You’re not human are you?” Kate asked Laxmi as she showed her around. “You feel like one of those creatures that attacked those boys and I’ve noticed some of them around here as we did the tour…”

Laxmi looked back at her and gave a warm smile. “That’s a fair comment. I am precisely like one of them… well part of me is. I don’t attack people though. Nor do any of us who Dar has recruited.” Read the rest of this entry »

Not a Sunday Blog: Sorry for the Unexpected Hiatus

November 5th, 2016  |  Published in News

Yeah, I haven’t posted anything for a couple of weeks. Sorry about that.

2016 continues to be a very rough year and I’m between jobs again. This is really sapping my energy and with how downhearted I feel I needed a break.

On the upside I have still been writing and building up some buffer so posting for Caredale will resume on Monday.

Buffer is also what I’m doing for NaNoWriMo this year. Instead of aiming for writing a 50k novel I’m aiming for 50k of buffer shared among my projects as follows.

16000 words on Shattered (4065 so far)
15000 words on Tales of the First  (0 so far)
8000 words on Lord of The Wolves (o so far)
8000 words on The Sundered Light (7500 so far – should complete by bedtime tonight)
3000 words on Whisper (o so far – next on the list)

If I’m successful with hitting these targets around my job hunt I’ll be able to restart posting LoTW and Whisper in early December.

 

Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Ten Part Four

October 24th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars

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A/N: Sorry, I skipped Friday again. I promise to make up the two skipped posts this week.

“Ah, good, you’re here.” Darlryan smiled as Kate sneaked into the rendezvous spot. She was looking around skittishly and he couldn’t blame her.

“I can see why you were reluctant to meet me here.” He kicked a dirty syringe on the ground nearby. The user was staring vacantly into space not far away. Darlryan resisted the orge to kick him as well. “It’s not a wholesome place.” Read the rest of this entry »

Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Ten Part Three

October 17th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  4 Comments

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A/N: Sorry, I skipped Friday. I have a really bad cold and had no energy at all.

 

“I guess you’re right,” Ophelia said. “She really likes me.” She turned to look at Kira who was still staring at the book with an expression that was equal parts confusion and shock. “Are you okay?”

Kira shook her head. “I don’t understand,” she said softly. “How do I know a bracelet that Kaylaria made? I didn’t think I was that old.” She eyed her father questioningly. “You’re not really my father?” Read the rest of this entry »

Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Ten Part Two

October 10th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  4 Comments

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“Well that’s interesting,” Kira’s father examined the bracelet on Ophelia’s wrist thoughtfully. “I guess Alsia really likes you.”

“I’ve seen something like that before,” Kira said. “I’m sure I have.” Read the rest of this entry »

Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Ten Part One

October 8th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars

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A/N: Sorry this is late. I was shattered last night.

“Something happened last night.” Ophelia said as they watched Saturday morning cartoons on the TV in Sera’s room. She was twisting the ice bracelet on ger wrist as she spoke. The other girls turned and looked at her.

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Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Nine Part Ten

October 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars

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“Other son?” Ophelia asked.

Alsia just shrugged. “Tilaran isn’t her only child. One of the others happens to married to someone I’m sort of allied with at the moment.”
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Sunday Blog Post: Bad News and Good

October 2nd, 2016  |  Published in News  |  2 Comments

Please bear with me while I moan for a couple of paragraphs before I get to the good stuff. If you want skip the next two paragraphs and go straight to the good stuff. :-p

The truth is I’m a bit downhearted at the moment. I’m in the process of preparing episode five of Shattered to go up on Gumroad. It’s a little late but I don’t think it matters since I only have two subscribers. I need to think about marketing strategies or a different delivery method but I have nowhere to turn to for advice. I don’t mind not having paying readers but not having readers at all makes it hard to keep momentum. I’m going to continue posting at Gumroad for the subscribers there but from here on in I’ll also be posting the files in an open Patreon posts so people don’t have to subscribe to a site to download them. Would people prefer that? Would you want me to do catch up posts or would you be happy for Patreon to run 4 months behind Gumroad?

But worse is the fact the website is currently a mess and I have no idea how to fix it. If you don’t know what I mean go and look at the title page for Dragon Wars. It’s not just that page (in fact that’s not even the worst page) it’s everything posted before wordpress last updated. I found some simple fixes online but they didn’t work and my only other options are apparently to mess with the database (I’d break things worse if I tried) or manually correct every post by hand (that’s a lot of posts). I really don’t know what to do. (Except as @tlavely just suggested on Twitter maybe I should raise a ticket with my webhost and see what they can do. So now I do know what to do).

This is why I needed to moan – it helps me think things through.

I don’t want this post to be a complete downer, so on the upside Tales of the First isn’t doing too badly for such a young story and being off site it isn’t affected by the coding glitch. It’s also October’s Serial Bookclub serial which is part of #webfictionchat on Twitter. You can read about it on the founders site. I hope some of you will come along to the chat.

And, saving the best new until last, it’s October, which means Halloween is coming! It’s the perfect time to read about Vampires and Werewolves and such like. In my writing world that means Haventon. So to celebrate I’m doing a Halloween special offer on the ebook version of Haventon Born.

From now until Halloween you can get £1 (currently around $1.30 US) off the ebook version of Haventon Born on Gumroad (usual price £2.99). It’s the fully edited version and also doesn’t have any weird encoding errors, so if you were thinking of rereading it to celebrate the season it’s absolutely a better choice than the website. (If you’re wondering – at current exchange rates £1.99 is approximately $2.58 in US money).

How do you claim this offer? Simply go to the Gumroad page via this link, or enter the code Halloween16 at check out if you get there via the books page.

So that’s a big writing update. More soon.

 

 

 

 

Caredale Tales 1: The Sundered Light Chapter Nine Part Nine

September 30th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars

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Ophelia wasn’t really surprised to find herself back in the same strange misty place during her dreams that night.

“How are you feeling, Ophelia?” Alsia asked from somewhere within the mists. That didn’t surprise Ophelia either. She knew who had brought her here.
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