Faerie Queen

Looking for reviewers

My new book is coming along, and will be ready to release before very long. I’m finishing up the last of the editing, so it will be in the next couple of weeks if I can get everything lined up in time.

So here comes the part where anyone reading this can help out. I would like to get some early reviews up on Amazon and Goodreads when I list it. Because of this, I’m willing to send out a free copy to about 10 people in hopes of getting honest reviews posted. I can’t require it, but if you’re willing to give it a read and then later post a review if you like it, I’d appreciate.

Keep in mind, this book is about a teen girl who ends up in the faerie realm (not the Tinkerbell kind of faeries).

Anyone who is interested please contact me. I’ll add you to the list of potential reviewers and let you know.

Faerie Book/Royals In Series/Undertale

It has been a while since my last post. I’m going to have to get better at that. I really intended to post last week, but on top of still getting over a bad cold, I just had a lot going on.

Faerie Book (not yet titled)

Despite that, my new faerie story is coming along very well. I’m maybe 80% done with the main part of the story, I think. That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of work left. Here’s what I think I have to finish up:

  • Finish ending of story: This involves writing down what I mostly have worked out in my head already. Of course I don’t know what my main characters will throw at me. I don’t know how others do it, but in my writing process I kind of pick a direction and the characters sort of tell me where we’re really going. Sometimes they say or do things I didn’t expect, so there’s always that chance here.
  • Update character and place names: This may sound like an odd thing to do this far into the story, but there are so many characters here, in a completely different and made up world, and I gave them all names during the writing process, but some I wasn’t completely satisfied with. It’s amazing, but when creating a completely mythical world where several races of intelligent creatures exist, you actually kind of need to come up with a naming convention for each race of people or you wind up with a story that feels inauthentic. How many faeries would be named Bob, for example. Not saying you can’t have a faerie named Bob, but there probably should be an explanation for that. It also makes sense that different types of creatures would have names with a different tone or feel to them, so I need to verify and correct some character, and especially location names because of this.
  • Add texture: By this I mean things like giving details that will really make this world come to life. This is very related to the naming of things. I need to add just enough details to give readers a vision of the world and jumpstart their imagination without overdoing it and stifling their imagined version of the world.

So yeah, there’s a lot left. 80% done with the main story doesn’t mean the work is almost completed. The editing and revising process for me is almost as time consuming as the writing. Sometimes even more. Add to that, I have plans right now to include a basic map of this new world, and I have to create that map as well. Lots of work to do!

Royals in World Series

The local team is back in the World Series! Woo Hoo! I was not a huge Royals fan before moving up here, but once you live in a city you kind of feel a need to root for the local team at least a little. And then you get caught up in the excitement of everyone else, too. And then to top that off, it had been so long since they went until last year, and last year they weren’t able to complete the task. It all adds up to a lot excitement!

Way to go Royals!

Undertale

Undertale is a really cool game that we were introduced to by my brother-in-law. We spent hours and hours the past couple of weeks just… well, basically watching him play this. Amazingly, this game is as fun to watch as it is to play. Especially if you grew up with NES and Atari games. (Yes, some of us are getting older… deal with it.) The graphics are very 8 bit-ish, very NES-like, but the music is quite a bit better than anything from the time of the NES.

The whole game kind of keeps references to your character’s gender completely neutral, which was interesting. You don’t choose to play as a girl or boy, you just name the character and begin. Plus, the character is neutral in design, so you don’t wind up with a male character named Allison, or whatever, so that’s really good. The programmers went out of their way to do this, and it shows and it is very pleasant.

And not to be a spoiler, but there are many characters here who are quite possibly bi or gay. The really cool part about that is that it’s not even talked about, it just is part of the story and comes across as completely natural and normal. Such a rare thing when it comes to relationships in games.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time telling you the story or ruining the game for anyone, but there are a lot of fun little secrets and puns in here, and the whole game is just wacky. I recommend everyone give it a try, it’s definitely worth it. And very long, amazingly, though it never drags and time flies as your playing, so you just end up getting a great value when you buy it.

I give it a 4.5 Temmie’s

Incomplete stories/Upset about audio book I heard

Have you noticed the trend in ebooks where the author just stops abruptly, and you must get the next book to finish a story? For the past couple of years I’ve noticed that the great majority of ebooks I read don’t have any resolution. I’m not talking about situations where each book has a specific story, but there is an overall story being told as well. I’m talking about a book where there is no end to the story at all, but it is being presented as a stand alone story. Cases where the story just stops in the middle of the action.

It is my intention to never do this. I don’t like it, and I will do my very best to never end a story prematurely just to get the reader to download the next book.

Now on to the story that upset me.

I wouldn’t ordinarily call out names, but in this case I think it is worth mentioning. There is a series of books by an author named Paul J. Joseph. The Through the Fold series, which I listened to on the site podiobooks.com (great site-give it a try). I really liked the stories, especially the first five. They are compelling, and the characters are mostly likable, and always well written. The fact that the main character was a lesbian in a long term relationship with her partner was very refreshing, because they were mostly written as normal characters and the books were not at all about that. To be sure, there were times when this relationship created conflicts with other characters who objected to two women being together, but the most important thing was that it all made sense.

Then came book 6, Window in the Sky. It was interesting. Not quite like the other books, but consistent in many ways. While it wasn’t my favorite of the series, I thought it was decent. Clear up until it neared the end. And if you have any intention of listening or reading this story you probably don’t want to read from here on.

All throughout the series there is a definite attraction that one of the other characters has toward the main character. They not only work together, but become very close friends, and you can see that if she was not gay she may have an interest in him because they just fit so well together. But she is gay, and that is made very clear with her relationship with her partner, who she loves and worries about throughout the entire series.

But this book involves alternate timelines, and it is made clear that the one we’ve all read about in the first five books is not the correct and real timeline, only a strange alternate. And of course the partner to the main character figures out in this one that they really don’t belong together, and says that their relationship was never real and never that of a couple but instead that of close friends, or even almost a mother-daughter kind of relationship.

This is total crap

That is not how their relationship is portrayed throughout the first five books. To add insult to injury, when the main character is returned to the one true timeline, her partner isn’t just not there anymore, but the main character now finds herself straight, though she still remembers loving her previous partner. And to top that all off, the other character who was attracted to her before and her now end up together.

This I almost could have lived with. I didn’t like it, but there was sort of groundwork laid for this, so I was willing to let it go as a disappointing turn of events.

But Mr. Joseph couldn’t leave it at that. He added an author’s note to the end of the story, telling how he had recently become religious and no longer believes that same sex attraction is right, and he couldn’t let his stories end with the character being in a relationship with another woman. That seems to be the whole point of this story. He intentionally wrote this story to correct the problem he saw in his earlier writing. He said he does not condone or support that lifestyle.

I believe a person has an absolute right to their beliefs, even if I think they are incredibly misguided. But this felt like a betrayal. I had invested hundreds of hours listening to his stories, then at the end was insulted by the author himself. It wasn’t enough that he has such strong beliefs that he had to write a story to completely undo his character’s life because of it. No, he had to specifically add an author’s note to the end to basically speak about how horrible he thinks gay people are.

Mr. Joseph, if you are reading this I hope you will take the time to remove that note from your last book and apologize to those of us who felt so offended by it. And in the future you should consider not giving statements to intentionally and specifically insult a good chunk of your audience.

If anyone else is reading this, I recommend you read only the first five books of the Through the Fold series. They are pretty good, despite my personal feelings about the author.