All My Shows Died…

All my shows just died. They died hard. I can’t even mourn them because there were too many of them and I wouldn’t have the time to mourn them. Which shows, and how did they die? I’m glad you asked.

Well the first show was Survivor. I was watching that, grudgingly, since the people were about as likeable as a pack of pickpockets and mimes all put together on an island. But the season just ended last Wednesday, on a sad and sour note about Adam’s (the winner) mother dying while he was off playing the game… which he knew would likely happen. Let’s ignore that for a second; I tried extra hard to find people to root for, and they lost.

MacGyver just ended off the season. It was a really good season finale, but it was hyper uncomfortable as they decided to spring the broken family card, and after a handful of episodes of Riley and Jack exchanging one-liners in a playful spirit, she suddenly reveals that she hates him. Oh, and he looks at her as a daughter, and vice versa, which is problematic to me, because I sort of looked at them as a pair…

I guess not…?

And late last night I watched the final episode of Dragon Ball Kai, which was horribly rushed and if I haven’t missed my guess, will be the end of the series, as I don’t think they are going to air the actual final season. I could be wrong though, but I doubt it since they announced Dragon Ball Super, which looks a little weird.

So I guess it happens from time to time, a show just dies on you and you’re left to bury it. Usually you don’t need a mass grave, but, there’s always ‘better luck next time’ to hang on to. How about you? Ever had a show you really like suddenly take a turn for the worst? Let’s hear about it!

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So, Signum is Revised

After what feels like a lifetime of revision, I am overly happy to announce that Tale of Signum has completed its final steps of publication, at least so far as the manuscript is concerned. Next comes the cover art, which is also almost complete, so we’re getting close to the big day! I will be looking for other authors who would like to help each other advertise books, so if you count in that category either let me know in the comments section below, or tweet me at @Aka_Hinotae on Twitter!

Happy Thanksgiving, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Thanksgiving is a great time to realize all that you have to be thankful for; God, family, health, country, pets. There are also all the little things that help make life great, like the ability to write or the technology we have access to make so many things possible. God bless you and yours this holiday season, and stay safe out there!

– Steven

Hiding From Revision

Okay. Over eight years ago I decided to become a writer. I was obviously young and had a lot to learn back then, but I thought writing would be an easy job. Not easy. But I love it, and over the years I’ve gotten to an average of 4,000 words a day if I push it. I can write. I like that part.

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What I don’t like is revision. Some of you who have read my articles might know that I don’t cut out entire scenes and quotes just for the sake of slimming down the book, but I do check for errors and where clarification is needed. But I hate revision. It drives me crazy. In fact, I don’t think there’s a strong enough word to tell you how I feel about the jogging-through-wet-tar feeling I get from sitting down to ‘revise’. But you can’t publish a book until you make sure at least most of the errors are weeded out. So, it remains to me one of life’s little evils.

Which I try and hide from every chance I get.

– Steven

Cutting Out Clutter

It really is amazing how much you can get done when you have a clear mind, and, on the other hand, how little you can get done when you have a cluttered mind. I’ve been writing for over eight years now and I’ve rarely been hit by writer’s block. Not that I’m boasting, it’s just a state of mind; I almost never allow myself to say ‘Oh well, writer’s block. Nothing that can be done about it.’ Happy, sad, angry, I’ve always forced myself to get in at least a little writing.

But, sometimes when I’m least expecting it, my mind will become so completely cluttered that I can’t perform everyday activities, let alone get the creative process flowing. I don’t think it’s the same thing as writer’s block because usually that doesn’t affect your daily life. In any case it really is horrible! Luckily there’s a cure; stop, and sort out every little issue that comes to mind, even if that means telling yourself there’s not a thing you can do to fix Problem X and Y. At the end of the day, and with a good night’s sleep, you’ll be feeling better and writing better.

– Steven

No Key Fantasy Races?

The weirdest thing about my upcoming novel, Tale of Signum, is the core idea I had before writing it, and that was to avoid using any race not created by myself. That can result in some pretty weird creatures, for one example, Bumblers-? When I first wrote the book years ago I really wasn’t sure if it would work, but chapter by chapter I started to realize I had created a very unique world full of some very colorful creatures.

The downside to this of course was, after having written fantasy stories in the past, I was now left high and dry without elves, dwarves, or even ogres, and my style of writing is very classic. That meant I really had my work cut out for me to make a world that functioned at all! Revision is almost complete, then comes publishing; then I hope you’ll check it out and see for yourself!

– Steven

Donald Trump Is President – What Now?

I usually do not talk politics on social media or my blog, not because I’m afraid to step on toes, but simply because there’s a time and a place for everything, and for politics those times and places are rare. But in light of the dramatic 2016 election results and the general mood of the country, this is one of those times.

I said so before election day; you will get sick of the winner’s personality very quickly. What matters is the policies they stand for. Like it or not, Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States. In a lot of ways I see him as the GOP version of Barack Obama, in that he’s vastly popular on one side and vastly unpopular on the other. I guess America just likes giving outsiders a chance, since our last three presidents have positioned themselves as the wild cards.

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