Category Archives: My Books

I Am a Writer

I decided to talk a bit about my writing on YouTube. Watch the video below.

There are a couple places I mentioned that you can read my writing. Here they are:

Journey to Ariadne is available on my official website.

Ariadne stories from A to Z is available here.

Expect more in the future. I’d like to work on some editing, then I can get more parts of Journey to Ariadne online. I already have three more parts written, but they have not been critiqued.

Comments are always welcome!

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A Little Thing Called Writing – My Plans

It’s about time I talk about writing, right? Especially my writing. Well, some things are being done:

  • Got myself an office… though I need to make it usable.
  • Got myself a Patreon. Please support my work at my Patreon page! Also, video here. For information about the rewards of being a patron, check out my Patreon page for levels of support.

The time I have to write depends on these things:

  • Work
  • Family
  • Interruptions

So, with that out of the way, here are my plans. There’s a lot to do.

Journey to Ariadne

Get back to work on this. I have some parts already finished, which means I still need to get them edited. That’ll be up to the nice people over at Critique Circle. Once they’ve been edited, they’ll be up on my official author’s page. I’ll also give early access to them for anyone who is a Patreon patron.

The first Ariadne novel

Outlining will begin! I’ll be spending more time on the novel than on Journey to Ariadne. Why? Well, the novel is bigger and each part of Journey is quite short and requires far less time to write. Simple, isn’t it?

Artwork and sketches

I’ll be doing a lot of concept artwork and sketches, especially maps. These will be available on my author’s page. However, early access to them will be available to some of my Patrons.

Worldbuilding

I will resume my worldbuilding posts, and there will be many. I hope for a couple a month, as they are very involved and complex posts to write. Here’s what’s to come.

And that is about it. There’s a lot to do, and with the privacy of my own office, I can finally achieve it. Some things to consider for the future are beta readers, editors (Patreon should help out), cover art (actually, the first book’s already got a cover artist, and I love the way it looks!), and making sure I figure out how to publish on Kindle, Smashwords, and Createspace.

Any comments and questions are appreciated!

Ariadne Stories from A to Z

Last year, I participated in the A to Z Challenge, and for that challenge, I wrote a very brief story about a person who lived on Ariadne for each letter of the alphabet. It grew into something bigger than I imagined it would. It became an actual story and sets up the first novel a bit. This year, I didn’t participate because of our move to Canada. However, in honour of the challenge, here is last year’s challenge, all available in one post with links to each part. Read it all if you like. Each part will be very quick to read. Enjoy!

I hope you stuck with the entire story. I mostly just skimmed over some of the parts, and realised that I really need to read it again. Get my mind back into Ariadne and the characters so I can continue to write Journey to Ariadne and the first novel.

Please leave comments below, or you can leave comments on the story posts. I’d love to hear your impressions.

One-Sentence Summaries – Part Two

Yesterday, I posted three one-sentence summaries of future books or series I’ll be writing. If you haven’t read it yet, take a look here. This time, I’ll be writing a few more.

The Knight of Ariadne: Book 1

This is actually the original story I had created along with the map of Ariadne long, long ago. It’s one of my most developed stories, but it won’t be the first written. The title of the trilogy has two meanings, which I’m not going to tell you. Sorry, it’ll be revealed in the book.

  • Character: A young man with enormous power
  • Conflict: Infiltration of Earth forces into the Knights
  • What’s at stake: Freedom and a way of life
  • Action: Train to be a Knight and stop the spies
  • Setting: Ariadne

One young man must become a Knight and use his powers to stop the infiltration by Earth forces, who are determined to undermine freedom and a peaceful way of life.

Not sure what to say here. I think it needs some improvement.

The Knight of Ariadne: Book Two

This is, of course, the sequel. It’s a continuation, but is itself a self-contained story.

  • Character: A young Knight (same character as before)
  • Conflict: A cult-like group saps the energy of other people to plunge Ariadne into chaos
  • What’s at stake: Peace and order
  • Action: The Knight takes charge of a company of Knights and discovers the extent of his powers
  • Setting: Ariadne

Many people fall victim to a cult-like group of energy vampires, while a young Knight uses new powers along with his companions to preserve peace and restore order.

I found this one tough to write. What do you think?

The Knight of Ariadne: Book Three

This if the final part and will bring to close this trilogy. However, it marks a big change in the world, and leads to some interesting future stories.

  • Character: A young Knight (same guy as before)
  • Conflict: The Earth-loyal faction returns to release an alien biological weapon and gain control of an unlimited source of energy
  • What’s at stake: Millions of lives
  • Action: The Knight and his partner seek the Earth-loyal agent to prevent him from achieving his goal
  • Setting: Ariadne

Bitter after repeated failures to control Ariadne, the Earth faction sends its best agent to release an ancient biological weapon and gain control of an unlimited source of energy, but a young Knight and his partner must risk everything to stop the deaths of millions.

Although the third one is longer, I feel more satisfied with it. Oddly, I have an impression of James Bond when I think of the actual story.

What do you think of these three one-sentence summaries? Let me know which ones work for you, and which don’t. I’ll have more for my fantasy stories soon in part three. The comments section below is at your disposal.

One-Sentence Summaries – Part One

Sometimes a single sentence can sell a book. It’s also called a hook. That’s what you want to do, you want to attract potential readers with this sentence. This post has a good summary of how to write a one-sentence summary.

Looking at what it says, you should have a character, conflict, what’s at stake, action, and if necessary, the setting. So, I thought I’d give this a try with various upcoming books I have planned.

Ariadne: Origins Book 1

This is going to be my debut novel. It takes place several years after the colonisation of Ariadne. It’s called Origins because the two books will show how important features of Ariadne develop or are discovered.

  • Character: A young woman with unusual powers
  • Conflict: A hostile takeover
  • What’s at stake: Survival of the colony
  • Action: Lead a resistance
  • Setting: Ariadne (though this may not be necessary to mention by name, so I may call it a distant colony world)

On a distant world, a young woman with unusual powers must lead a resistance against a hostile force threatening the survival of the colony.

Ariadne: Origins Book 2

This is the second book in the Origins duology.

  • Character: A team of investigators
  • Conflict: A former team member who defected wants to control an alien biological weapon
  • What’s at stake: The lives of the colony
  • Action: Discover the secret of the alien presence
  • Settings: Ariadne (or a distant colony world)

A team of investigators must discover the secret of an alien presence to prevent a defector from destroying everything with an alien biological weapon.

Honestly, I don’t like this one as much. I need to figure out a way to make it sound better.

Untitled Solar System Exploration Science Fiction Series

This series is a collection of shorter books that I have in mind that mostly features only one character and a handful of minor characters who don’t appear much at all. It’s a solitary exploration.

  • Character: A terminally ill man
  • Conflict: An internal struggle with mortality
  • What’s at stake: A dying wish to see the Solar System
  • Action: Test a new spacecraft and space suit.
  • Setting: The Solar System

A terminally ill man battles with his own mortality as he tests a new spacecraft to fulfill his wish to explore the Solar System.

This one seems simpler and I think the story itself is a straightforward tale.

These are the three most immediate books or series I plan on writing. There are others that I have planned for the future, as well. I’ll do another post summarising those.

My question for you is this: Which of these one-sentence summaries catches your eye the most? Are there any that don’t sound very good? Any that sound very good? Let me know in the comments below.

Also, if you want to share your own one-sentence summaries for books you’ve written or plan to write, please include those in your comments.

Accidental Genre Change

Have you ever planned a book or several books, and everything is going smoothly, and everything is falling into place, and then something happens that takes you by complete surprise? That just happened to me.

You see, the entire Ariadne series of books I plan to write are science fiction. Everything is advanced with high technology. At the moment, I have six books ranging from rough outlines to ideas. I’ve known what’s going to happen for a long time, and I’ve always thought this is sci-fi. But you know what? I came to a realisation the other day. The genre may actually change!

I never really thought about the genre changing, but it appears it may do just that. The genre? Well, without giving away too much, it’ll still be science fiction, but with a somewhat steampunkish feeling. Sort of. But this remains to be seen. It may turn out completely different than that.

Which makes me wonder, have you ever read a series that seemed to change genre? Let me know in the comments.

Coming Up With a Title

I find that one of the most difficult parts of writing a book is coming up with the title. It needs to be eyecatching, easy to remember, and be unique. How and when do you choose the title?

Some people create the title before they even start writing. I don’t think I can do that well. Others make up the title while they’re writing or when they finish. It’s possible that the title comes from something in the book, or maybe something someone said. It may even be a poetic title that isn’t even mentioned in the book. In any case, I think it’s difficult.

Looking at what I have planned for the future, I can make some guesses as to what the title may be. While I’m working on Journey to Ariadne right now, that’s the working title for the web serial. That’s not the title of the book, which I plan to do based on the serial. However, it’s likely it won’t be the first book published. What I plan to publish first in the Ariadne series is the first book that takes place several years after colonisation. Its current title is Ariadne Origins: Book 1. Not exactly a title, is it? Well, I do have a couple contenders for a title.

This is the first time you get to see the titles I may use. Let me know what you think. First is Knights of Ariadne. It has a dual meaning. If you’ve read the A to Z Challenge, you’ll notice that one person’s last name is Knight, and she is a young girl who develops this ability to control energy. On the other hand, Knights could refer to warriors of some kind.  I won’t tell you which one is correct, though it may be both, as well.

The other title is Solona. That’s the name of the girl I mentioned before.  It’s unique sounding, it’s simple, and it’s eyecatching, I think. She is obviously the main character of the first book.

The second book, which takes place after the first, has only the title Ariadne Origins: Book 2. But I haven’t figured out anything for a possible title. That’ll come later when I do more planning for the book.

If you write books, when do you figure out the title? How do you decide what it is?