Okay, Captain, I read your book. You are right it is dumb and stupid, but there is something charming about all the energy you throw into your stories.
You write like a speeding car driven by a drunk who is rooting around in the glove box, looking for a match to light his bong. You need an to take some English writing courses and you need an editor. Sentences end in a period, then you put a space before the next letter, otherwise your readers will be looking for you with a rock in a sock.
Even so, you can't buy that energy. You need to learn how to direct it if you want to be an effective writer. Take a look at Chuck Palahniuk
I write very long fantasy fiction novels. I only have one up for public consumption; White Staff. I am currently working on re-editing the first book I wrote, The Crystal Point. It should be out sometime this year.
I can't seem to wrap my brain around shorter pieces. Many of you write those to get readers interested in your other works. Perhaps I can bring Frisco back to life through a magic portal, or just bring him back to life like Bobby Ewing from 'Dallas'. That would be easier, just pretend it didn't happen.
inyun; if you take a look at the 'look inside' feature I would appreciate your opinions on the writing, style etc. Frisco ate my proof copy from Createspace.
Just took that look inside. First up I never read your genre, however I was very impressed by your writing about the "Sharecropper" issue. So I wanted to see your books. Your style is great. I wish I could express myself so wonderfully.
I am going to read White Staff as soon as I move a couple other novels off my plate.
Appreciate that. I too have some to look at and will be giving your works a look.
Sometimes it's hard for someone to get a good feel for a book if that's not their particular interest, but, honest opinions are welcome. I for one would have a difficult time reading romance style works as I 'cut my teeth' so to speak into serious reading on fantasy/fiction and Tom Clancy novels, his early ones when the big, bad Soviets were our mortal enemies.
I guess that's where I get the hangup on big, long books.
I will add that to mye list as well. Love a good f/f book.
There are good writers out there for this genre but there is also a LOT of very average stories. I think my biggest complaint is the lack of character development. Many mains are the same at the end of the story as they were at the beginning.
Ok, I had a look at your book, Bob, and read the sample. And I'm tempted to buy. I'm hanging on the edge to buy. Teetering. I'm wondering how many pages it is because it's a collection of short stories and Amazon says it's only 73K. My book is about 276 pages at 405K. If I do the math, that means your collection is about 100 pages but that's an unreliable way to do it because Amazon seems to have a baseline of 25K or so just for the behind-the-scenes kindle stuff. So I'm balancing 99 hard earned cents against maybe 60 pages of content? Trying not to think about my freaking 276 pages that are for sale at the same price, but that took me a good half a decade to write, edit, re-write, re-edit, etc.
So I open the sample again. I enjoy the energy. I identify at least 3 typos on the first page of the sample, but they don't really detract because the energy is zooming off the page. I'm thinking, "hell, I can always return it if the content is so sparse that I feel like I've paid 99 cents for 20 minutes of reading."
Then I chastise myself for being a cheap bastard. I click the "like" button. I warm up the "buy" button finger. I hesitate but at this point I know it's inevitable. Then it happens. I buy for 99 cents. I feel no remorse, yet. Guess I'll dash off a few more work emails, pop open a beer, lock my office door and wade out into all that energy.
Ok, figure I will throw my tri-corn into the ring... or the drink whichever may be more appropriate.
Captain Jalen Shenn, Captain of the Free Boards [i]Dragon Wynd[/i] was brought with his crew to Pirates Cove to be hung, the ultimate disgrace for men of the sea. Kept away from the water at the moment of their death. But while he is contemplating the laws of Jangir, a figure known as Hergir, 'the steward' as he titles himself, rescues him from the noose for the second time. And this time he uses forbidden magic to do it.
Now twenty years have passed and another figure in black armor comes to Jalen, this one called Delphe, and he asks for the promise he had made to Hergir to be fulfilled. Now forced to take this dangerous figure to the End of the World, Jalen hopes to be rid of him and return to looking for his wife and daughter. But no sooner does he take the job than fate compells him to run. The Empire seeks to bring him in chains a third time, And this time nothing can save him. So he, His motley crew and Delphe Race the Dragon Banners out of the only safe harbor.