This is my heads up that tomorrow I will be posting the completed and edited story, “The Eye of the Storm,” as a charged post for my Patrons at Patreon. This is my Shaundar and Y’Anid elf-orc love story, for my Toy Soldier fans! This is your one and only chance to get it if you want it without buying the Chasing Fireflies anthology! Note that there may be some small changes in the story between now and the time it appears in the anthology. Chasing Fireflies will be released July 1, 2017. (Rated R for graphic sex.)
Hey all! Just an update that I’ve finished my Toy Soldier story for the Chasing Fireflies romance anthology yesterday and now it’s going to first edit. Then it goes to beta read by two other authors in the anthology, then the official anthology edit. When there’s $2 Patrons to send it to, I can send it, and that will probably be the post that I’ll charge Patrons for. When it’s finished the final edit, I will make it available for $1 Patrons to read as well.
You can find my Patreon page here to keep up-to-date to get first access!
At the suggestion of some friends, I have created a Patreon account! Patreon is essentially like Kickstarter in that it is crowdfunding, but in this case it also hearkens back to the old patronage system. I’m asking my supporters for a monthly contribution to help me create my creative works, in return for perks and bonuses.
Of particular interest to Toy Soldier Saga fans:
- Even a $1 pledge gives you exclusive access to my Patron feed. You get first notice for everything I produce: writing, music, YouTube videos, columns, books; you name it. You also get exclusive behind-the-scenes information and patron-only video content.
- $5 gives you one of two options: a) In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, I will send you a free song of your choice. I will need to know how to contact you. b) In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, I will send you a free e-copy of my fan-fiction book “A Few Good Elves.” You will also be eligible to receive my print fan-fiction books when that milestone is reached. I will need to know how to contact you.
- At $25: In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, and eligibility to receive my print fan-fiction books when that milestone is reached, I will send you mp3s of all of my current Pagan or filk music (please specify). I will need to know how to contact you. Anyone who pledges at this level for at least three months will also receive mp3s of either the Gallows Hill goth rock EP (for the “Pagans”) or the Avalon Burning gothic metal EP (for the “filkers”).
Yes, this is my way of getting those print books out to you without challenging Wizards’ copyright. Technically the borrowing of fan material like this is still not allowed, but note I’m not making any money on the books, nor do I intend to: this will be my way of personally thanking my Patrons, and they are gifts or milestone goals for Patrons only. I was inspired to this idea by the plethora of amazing, professionally-produced Star Trek movies available through Kickstarter programs. They are all not-for-profit endeavours, supported by fans and even the original Star Trek actors. I figured this wasn’t any different!
In other updates, “A Few Good Elves” is currently undergoing a professional edit, and will be made available in chapters on FanFiction.net, where many other fanfic writers have tracked the interest of the professionals. If I do, and if Wizards does decide they want to publish the Toy Soldier Saga, I will take it down everywhere it has appeared, so this may be your only opportunity to pick up the original. Note that because of FanFiction.net’s policies, my infamous Chapter 15 will *not* be available on that site, and there may be other “edited for content” cuts. I will let you know as soon as it’s posted!
In further updates, I have indeed decided to go ahead with Book Five, “The Mandate of Arvandor,” and am actively working on a promo Machinima video for it (which also helps me to clarify my thoughts and visualizations.)
Now, how’s the writing going? Slow. Slow because I find myself faced with the David Weber dilemma. I am in position where it’s important to explain the nuts and bolts of the goings on of the War, but I want to avoid the tedious infodumps that Weber is infamous for. Finding that balance is delicate, but I am plugging away at it.
That’s all the news that’s news for now. 🙂
A door opened. Shaundar tried to get a grip on himself at once; the last thing their captors needed to see was weakness. His eyes blinked against the sudden brightness of the lantern in the corridor, but it was quickly blocked by an enormous silhouette. Its owner was a scro; gray-skinned and huge, with arms like tree trunks.
“Ah, good, you’re awake,” the scro rumbled in a voice that sounded almost like a lion purring. His unconscious echo of Yathar’s earlier remark was a little disturbing. It was odd to hear the Espruar tongue in such a rough baritone voice. “Maybe you’ll be more forthcoming than your friends.” He grabbed Shaundar’s shirt and with one hand lifted him to his feet. Shaundar was too weak to stand, however, and his leg startled him with the blinding…
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The following is a brief description of Scrospace, called Dukagshspace by its inhabitants, from my Toy Soldier Saga website:
Home sphere of the Scro Empire; burial site of Dukagsh, founder of the scro race, for whom the principle world of the sphere is named. Our campaign had free license to do whatever we liked with this sphere, since the canon sources have limited themselves to describing Dukagsh as “a harsh world,” and explaining that the tomb of legendary hero Dukagsh is fixed in a stationary orbit around the planet Dukagsh’s North Pole. Even fan material rarely mentions it; only a novel series called “The Bri’kerzz Sweep” touches on it at all, describing the destruction of Dukagsh’s Tomb by the protagonist’s ship, and there is nothing on the sphere’s statistics itself. Hence, we were free to engage in full-fledged flights of fancy. This sphere is the primary location of the events…
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Chapter 16 of Brothers in Arms is now uploaded and ready for reading! You can find it above or on Scribd at this link. Enjoy!
Regardless of subrace, orcish (and in fact most goblinkin races) society tends to take one of two distinct forms in wildspace: Independent tribes and organized nations. The independent tribes operate much as their groundling cousins, and in fact most truly are groundling tribes who somehow gained control of spelljamming vessels and migrated into space. These tribes still favor a single orcish deity as their patron, and the priests of that deity will dominate any other priests who reside with the tribe. Such tribes have few long term goals beyond increasing their territory, and subsist primarily on piracy and raiding.
The organized nations are a very different story; they are composed of multiple tribes and have more complex governance. While some are formed due to the might of a single orc warlord, those rarely outlast the life of that individual, breaking up into their disparate tribes upon his death. Those nations…
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The Bloodfist summer home was really quite lovely, Ynga decided as she peered excitedly over the edge of the sail barge’s railing. It was nothing like the fortress in the mountains that served as the Bloodfist clan’s residence in Dukagsh’s rainy season, carved into the rock diligently over the course of generations; solid, stone cave walls and warrens that were imminently defensible, but gloomy. Those halls, where Ynga had dwelt among the clan’s unmarried girls her whole life, were ill-suited to her unseemly adventurous nature, and she and her twin sister Y’Anid had spent many hours, even days, clambering over the rocky steppes on whatever pretense they could invent; from overseeing the pepper and quinoa farms to inspecting the lofty rope bridges that connected one outcropping to another. Their excursions were never approved of, naturally, but their mother was the reigning Den Mother, and she defended her daughters’ right to…
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