One of the few stories I wrote decades ago that I still like. You can see parts of my writing style in here – the use of repetition, beats and tone. Also, you can see where I’m still lacking – descriptions, use of senses, etc.
Anyway, thought I’d post this as a fun little addition. Tell me what you think!
Alright, haven’t done this in a while, but I figured I’d do a quick writeup of LitRPG series I read and follow. Not in any order and not a complete list by ANY means. These are the ones that just popped into mind and read most recently:
Threadbare – A Golem Teddy Bear. The system itself is very reminiscent of Randidly Ghosthound, but the writing is miles better. It’s frankly amazing with a lightness to the writing that suits it’s protagonist. Such a great series and probably my favorite find in ages.
Dodge Tank – A fun ride. I like the character concept and his abilities. The plot wasn’t too surprising, though I’m definitely interested in where book 2 is going. Might turn out to be a great series, thus far, it’s okay.
War Gods Mantle – By the author of Viridian’s Gate (which I highly recommend too), this was an interesting book. It definitely is a ‘write to market’ book feeding into the harem / city building tropes that are so popular right now, but it’s well done. A good fun read.
Legacy of the Fallen – Book 3 of the Ascend Online series (or 2 with 1.5 in-between). The series is a bit weird with a bit of a weird shift with the mdiddle book randomly introducing new characters. Kind of like Malazan actually. But overall, interesting and fun. Definitely looking forward to the continuation of the series.
So… here’s the cover for the new UF / GameLit series. I’m not entirely sure it’d count as LitRPG, since the entire thing is weird. 🙂 I’d say more but then it’d ruin the fun. The book itself is on the shorter end (60k words or so).
Finished up the edits from my beta readers for the System Apocalypse. Haven’t had much chance to work on the new series, with my RL job, but I thought it might be fun to do a teaser. The following is an unchecked draft of Chapter 1 for the new series.
That’s right! That’s the cover for Book 3. What do you think?
The big hold up was the title, I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to call it. I started with the pedantic ‘Kluane Icefields’ and ended up with this.
Book 3 first draft is done, some beta readers have kindly agreed to finish the book soon so that I get time to edit and send the entire document to the editor on Dec 27.
Overall, I expect we’re good to go for a late January release.
As mentioned, I’m taking a hiatus from the Adventures on Brad to write a new series. That’s an urban fantasy litrpg mix, should be fun to play with.
After that, I’ll be back to the System Apocalypse. Book 4 (Book 1 of the new arc) will see a shift in focus. It’ll still be John and crew, but I’ve got a few plans that should make things interesting. I’m actually kind of looking forward to it.
Lastly, since I am unlikely to post again till after the new year.
Book 3 – the last book in the series for a while – of the Adventures on Brad is now out.
There are a number of reasons I’ve pulled the series to a close. Among them is the fact that this is a great stopping point, where there’s a little bit of hope and curiosity but the arc is now over and done with.
However, another major reason is recent considerations about how I write and writing formats.
I call the Adventures on Brad my light novel inspired series. Each book is short and more slice-of-life than ‘plot’ driven, a meandering look at the characters. While many light novels have plots, they also take these long slice-of-life looks at the characters.
In addition, when I wrote A Healer’s Gift (and to some extent, An Adventurer’s Heart), I posted the books on Royal Road, chapter by chapter. I’d sit down, write a full chapter, post it and do it again a few days / a day later. With the structure of specific daily chapters in mind, my writing styled itself to keep each chapter somewhat self-contained.
When writing A Dungeon’s Soul, I wrote the entire book as I do normally these days, picking up from scene to scene, trying to work a plot into it without drifting into random chapters. I think it worked, but it started drifting I think from the initial light novel aspect, with less time with the characters individually.
Unfortunately, between RL jobs and writing at least 1 other series, being able to focus and write a chapter here or there didn’t seem to work anymore. However, looking back, I think the entire series actually benefits from the ‘start and stop’ style, at least if I want to keep it to the same ‘feel’.
You see this as well in the way certain novels are written. The Wandering Inn, is very much a webserial. It meanders, wanders around and does a ton of slice-of-life things and flashbacks, switching POVs constantly and having a slow moving ‘plot’. Then again, it’s a web-serial. Buying into the serial is buying into the idea that you’ve got years to finish this. The medium changes the format of writing.
A ‘novel’ is often self-contained, with a common ‘Western’ beginning, middle and end. It requires significanltly different structuring. Which is something I find a bit more difficult to do with the Adventures on Brad.
I have a bad habit of head-hopping. It’s funny really – head hopping used to be very prevalent in older books but these days is strongly discouraged. Unfortunately, I often find myself doing that while writing and partly it’s because I limited myself to Daniel’s POV when I started the series.
When I pick up the series again, I probably will shift from a limited POV of Daniel for the entire book to shifting POVs for specific scenes to Asin & Omrak. It’d help to make the book a little more interesting I think.
All of this is my way of saying that the series is going on hiatus. Sort-of. What I’ll probably do is write in it once in a while when inspiration strikes me, adding a chapter here and there till I have a ‘book’. When that happens, I’ll be ready to publish, but it probably will take some time.
This will allow the series to continue in its rambling ways without putting too much pressure on ‘when’ it gets released. It’ll also let me play around with the POVs and format a bit.
A Dungeon’s Soul releases tomorrow! Quite excited to see it out. We’ll hopefully have the audiobook version out early next year if things work out well.
Do let me know if you would love to see more of Daniel & crew as that’ll move them up in my writing queue.
The System Apocalypse
Book 3 of the System Apocalypse has finished its first run through. I’ve got an Editor booked for end December, so I have to finish my edits by the middle of the month and hopefully get the books out to beta readers soon after.
That being said, there’s a bunch of scenes that need to be added and I have to go through the entire book with this being the busiest time for me in my day job, so… yeah. It might be end January instead of mid-January for this to release.
I have edited Lana’s short-story and I’ll be sending it out in December. So keep an eye out on your e-mail inbox if you’re subscribed to the newsletter!
While I give my brain a short-break from John & crew, I’ve started working on a new series that will fill the in-between slot left empty by the Adventures on Brad. It’s basically an urban fantasy with a LitRPG twist. It’s moving along quite well, though it seems to be shifting towards being more GameLit than LitRPG (i.e. significantly less game mechanics). We’ll see how it goes.
I do have a Virtual Reality LITRPG series idea in the works too. I’ve tackled writing in it a few times, including finishing up a short-story. It might end up being a series of short-stories rather than a full novel. Unfortunately, the 2nd story hit a writer’s block so it’s (once again) on hold till inspiration strikes.