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Stories on Wattpad

I’ve posted The Red Dragon’s Gold and a few chapters of The Cerberus Rebellion on Wattpad, so have a read if you haven’t already!

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In other news, plotting for The Centaur Incursion is nearly complete and editing on The Hydra Offensive is coming along nicely.

 

  

 

 

Add “The Cerberus Rebellion” to the Goodreads Gunpowder Fantasy List

Hey All!

I’m nearly completion on the first two rounds of editing for The Hydra Offensive (I’ve been doing a first-pass digital edit and following behind with a paper-and-pen round), so that should be going to edits very soon.

In the meantime, stop by Goodreads and vote for The Cerberus Rebellion to be added to the Gunpowder Fantasy listopia!

I’m not dead!

So some may have noticed a distinct lack of posts in the last couple of months. I just wanted to assure everyone that I didn’t drop off the he face of the earth.

Working in both retail and for a major shipping company, November through December is a hectic time of year and I barely had time to sleep much less write.

I’m starting classes at Northern Illinois University in a week so going forward isn’t going to be a lot better but I’ve already made progress on editing The Hydra Offensive. Still waiting on a sketch from my cover artist but I’ve got time.

So rest assured, The Hydra Offensive is on its way and The Centaur Incursion will be right behind it.

Evolution of Cities

Before the Industrial Revolution, populations were dispersed across nations. The number of people that could live in a given area was determined by the amount of food that could be produced close enough to the town/village and brought to market before it spoiled. Whether this was through agriculture, fishing, hunting, or livestock, food production was the number one determining factor of a population.

The Industrial Evolution changed that. As I discussed in my post on Agriculture in Gunpowder Fantasy, the reach of farms and farmers, and the ability to mechanize the production process, increased exponentially. This change left many farmhands without work. So they moved to the city, where new textile mills and factories were sprouting up to feed the Industrial machine.

Cities began to grow as more and more people poured into them from the countryside. But immigration wasn’t the only factor in the growth of cities. With better medicine and better food, more people were surviving for longer and having more children. Cities suddenly found themselves growing as much as 50% every 10 years.

On our world, this increase in population was strictly Human. But in a fantasy world, the immigrants and their children could be of a different species. Imagine a world where industrialization has suddenly rendered the majority of a dwarven city unemployed. Unable to feed their families, these dwarves move to the nearby human city, looking for work in the factories, foundries, and mills. They resent the fact that they have been replaced by machines and left to do the most menial tasks.

Imagine the tension between the two species, and any other populations that might live within the city.

This tension could lead to the formation of gangs as young, unemployed citizens roam the streets looking for fun, or to exact their own brand of justice on the world. The seeds of revolution could be planted, driving the nation toward civil war.

Overcrowding would also become a concern, as more and more people poured into the city, or were born into it. A city that had been built to house 10,000, within a generation it finds itself home to 30,000, many of them poor or uneducated. Sanitation would suffer and disease would spread. The city would tear itself apart as the rich hid within their houses and the pour died in the streets.

Edits and Beta Readers

So having completed The Hydra Offensive last week, I’ve started my first round of edits. I usually go through 2 rounds of digital editing, get the novel printed and do 2 paper runs, and then finish up with a final digital run before I send it off to Beta Readers.

I’m going to treat my paper runs a little differently than I’ve treated other paper prints. I’m going to get it printed out by chapter rather than as a whole. I’ll read through once in full chronological order, and then for my second pass I’m going to read each POV group from start to end to hone in on any inconsistencies.

Speaking of which (! nice segue huh?) I’m looking for people who would like to Beta Read The Hydra Offensive. I’m definitely looking for people who read The Cerberus Rebellion, but I’m also looking for people who might not have read Cerberus yet. I’m trying to make Hydra as new-reader friendly as possible and I would greatly appreciate feedback on how I did.

 

The Hydra Offensive Blurb, Version 2

Having completed The Hydra Offensive last night, I’m going to give another try at the blurb. I trimmed it down, and tried to make it fit a little better into my strategy of making Hydra “new reader friendly”.

Let me know what you think!
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A Review of The Cerberus Rebellion

Matthew Stienberg posted a review of The Cerberus Rebellion over at his blog “The M”

Go take a read: http://the-m-at.blogspot.ca/2013/10/the-cerberus-rebellion.html

Excerpt: The Hydra Offensive

Here’s the first bit of The Hydra Offensive! I’m just about finished with the first draft, so if I work hard, I can have it out by January! Please be advised, this is literally the first draft so it hasn’t been edited.

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The Red Dragon’s Gold is Free!

So in an attempt to bring additional readers to the Griffins & Gunpowder universe, I’ve decided to set my short story, The Red Dragon’s Gold, as Free! on Smashwords and Kobo (and hopefully on Barnes & Nobles and Amazon soon).

So please, pass word along to anyone looking for a short story (approximately 6,900 words) and feel free to download and read.

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New Blurb and Edits for Cerberus

In an attempt to cut down on the blurb for The Cerberus Rebellion, I’ve rewritten it, trimming alot of the fat.

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