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Buy My Brother’s Book Redux: The Preordering

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A while back I conveyed important information about preparing to buy my brother’s book; now, that glorious endeavour is ready to move onto the next stage, as the book is available for pre-ordering on Harmony Ink’s website.

This suggests an obvious course of action.

Here, read this plot synopsis if you need more convincing:

James Fisher’s memories of Earth are distant, replaced by the harsh realities of life on the planet Castor. As a “Half-Adapt,” James is one of many who were biologically engineered to survive conditions on Castor—and to labor for the benefit of the ruling class. Indentured to servitude, James has no way to defy or escape the severe caste system… until he meets Vidal Centa, his master’s nephew. The draw they feel toward each other is instant, powerful, and maybe even enough to move beyond the unyielding regulations of their society.

But not everyone blindly accepts the absolute power of the oligarchy. The Independence Society fights for freedom and equality, and since James shares in their ideals, he joins their ranks. Soon he’s faced with an impossible decision: continue the fight against the oppressors or choose the love of the young man who embodies everything the Society loathes. With a looming conflict threatening to tear the planet apart, James fears he cannot continue to fight if he wants to keep his relationship with Vidal.

What I Learned From Failing To Finish A Book Three Times

Or: I hold forth on a topic I know almost nothing about (but then isn’t that what I do here every day)

So I’ve talked before about how I had to rewrite my NaNoWriMo project twice due to making hilarious blunders on previous drafts. I recently came right up to the end of a third draft and…. decided I had bungled it again. At this point I was faced with two choices: go back and fix all the problems I should have fixed the previous three times but didn’t, or shelve the thing for now and write something shorter and less complicated.

Since option one would probably involve me getting completely burned out on the story, I went with option two.

Quite a few people graciously volunteered to beta read the book and have expressed excitement at the idea of reading it, so I feel bad for not actually delivering anything. However, as a consolation prize, I will now present an article in list form (a listicle, if you will) of the interesting lessons I learned during this whirlwind adventure. Keep in mind that I was writing a very specific kind of book (middle grade fantasy) so they’re not exactly universal.

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Read My Horror Stories + A Call For Beta Readers

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Have you ever been enjoying my award-winning Let’s Read posts (perhaps while lounging on the beach or the deck of your yacht, or wherever good times are had) and thought to yourself “gosh this Ronan guy is an arrogant dick, criticizing well-known writers all day”?

Well now is your chance to experience the schadenfreude that comes with reading my writing with your eyeballs!

Back in October of last year I found a Reddit page called r/nosleep, where people write short horror stories. The gimmick here is that everything submitted to the page is treated as real, with some authors even commenting and replying to PMs in-character. I have a great love of that sort of storytelling so I took a whack at writing a series of posts about a fictional small town where weird shit happens. That got waylaid by NaNoWriMo, but now I’ve decided to finally do something with them. The first to parts are up on Reddit, but I understand that people may have an entirely justifiable aversion to going there so I’m going to dump them up on the blog every week or so. Part one is below the break.

But wait, there’s more! The second draft of my NaNo story will be finished very soon- likely within three weeks- and I’m going to be looking for beta readers because at some point this project went from “lolololol look at me I’m writing a novel” to “I’m going to submit this to agents”. I need beta readers with teeth. Sharp pointy teeth, who will criticize my writing so I don’t completely faceplant when Dirk Oxenhammer gets my masterpiece in the mail.

If you’re interested, email me at penguinfactory00@gmail.com and I’ll add your name to the list of people I’m sending the thing out to when it’s done. I’m not, like, auditioning people here or anything- anyone who volunteers to read it gets a copy.

With that out of the way, enjoy this short story:

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