A Critical Eye

There used to be an ad on TV with the catch phrase 'Reading is Fundamental'. I agree. It is fundamental to improving a person's lifestyle. It is also fundamental for improving an author's writing. I'm not talking about reading someone else's work to glean the trends of the day, which is often cited as a reason … Continue reading A Critical Eye

Release of Quirni: Claimant Kinsley

Now On Kindle Book Three has been released on Kindle as "Claimant Kinsley (Book Three): The Quirni Series" so if you're searching Quirni, it still comes up, but the naming system has changed. Now, the books will appear with their longer names following what most other authors do on Kindle to share which book in … Continue reading Release of Quirni: Claimant Kinsley

Editing Alone

I find the hardest thing to do when writing is to see my own problems. It helps to edit with another person but when I'm writing and editing alone, I have procedures I follow to help me see what needs to be changed. The most helpful thing I do is to take time between writing and editing. … Continue reading Editing Alone

To Amazon or Not to Amazon

We are releasing the "Quirni" novels to Amazon as e-books. That is a form of self-publishing and most readers should be suspect of quality when purchasing a self-published book. I am, yet I have chosen to go this route. Prior to posting "Quirni" on Fiction Press, traditional publishing was an option. Once I posted, it … Continue reading To Amazon or Not to Amazon

Formality v.s. Functionality

Voice is the writer's choice of detail and word, the actor's persona, a poem's details. In a novel, it's a combination of point of view, the level of realism, and the poetic details the author includes. Voice can make a piece difficult to read yet intriguing or so easy and clear to follow it's boring. … Continue reading Formality v.s. Functionality

The BMC Syndicate

Warning: the following contains spoilers about the Quirni Series. One of the big parts of Erica's past is a group that she created, the BMC. It travels with her through all of the books after the reveal in the third book, Clamant Kinsley. The BMC is a group with members from all over the planet Marril. … Continue reading The BMC Syndicate

Read Promiscuously

Milton once said without reading the bad, and ascertaining what is bad about it, we cannot truly know the good. I'm paraphrasing because he uses 4 thousand words in Areopagitica, to make his point. I bring this up because I am an amateur writer. What this means to me is we should read everything because … Continue reading Read Promiscuously

The Release of Quirni: Nigh

Nigh is now on Amazon To all of our wonderful followers and those just skimming for books, Nigh is out! Editing Nigh from Enzus on Fiction Press has been an adventure worth taking! The differences are pretty major. During our editing of Nigh we improved the flow of the story, added new chapters, and new content. We … Continue reading The Release of Quirni: Nigh

World Building Tools

As an author of Quirni and an English Major, I have found that world creation is one of the major aspects of writing a novel. Editing has a large sway on how the novel will turn out, but making sure you have a good foundation is important. The most helpful thing for our world creation … Continue reading World Building Tools