Narrative

Introducing Writer’s Bootcamp

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You want to be a writer, a storyteller? Alright, fine.

See, it’s been a while since we’ve done some serious blogging over here. What can I say, we were off WRITING and PROMOTING our own work. That’s what writers do. They WRITE. People have been asking me to sit down and do a writer’s bootcamp for a while now; I shied away from it, too worried about how people might react or someone getting their little FEELINGS hurt. (more…)

Final Notable Quotable of 2013: Study Greatness

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“Study! Do your homework! I used to always tell you, do your homework. Get footage! How the fuck are you going to know how to be great if you don’t study GREATNESS?!” ~Tracy Morgan, 2012

Well, here we are. Closing out a third year of writing and telling narrative. This year was a very, er… MIXED year. I won’t really get into that, but I think it was successful in some choice aspects. The first book of The Twisted World came out, and we’re well on our way into the next book with hopes that it will also be out this summer. (more…)

Rogue Legacy: One of the Most Important Stories of 2013

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Rogue Legacy. Have you heard of it? Likely not.

An independent video game released by Cellar Door Games (consisting of brothers Kenny and Teddy Lee), Rogue Legacy is, for lack of a better descriptor, a ball-buster of a game. Taking inspiration from both platforming titles and the classic roguelike genre, your goal as a player is to traverse a procedurally generated castle that changes its internal shape each time that it is entered. But we’re not here to talk about game mechanics, we’re here to talk about story. (more…)

15 Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Hear

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This is the School of Authorial Hard Knocks 101 and I’ll be your instructor, Mr. Campbell. We don’t have a sliding scale here, this course is pass or fail. Decide now.

Yep. I said them all, and you can quote me on them. If you need a reminder, print this out and tape it up in your work area (as a bonus, these all fit under 140 characters, so you can tweet the life out of them with ease).

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The Twisted World: The Dusk Harbinger Released, And Is Free!

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Kurt Kathan, the accidental king of Gwenaelle. A man who has everything that any adventurer could dream of having, and unsure of what to do with it.

Sadah Loc, the woman from the land draped in near perpetual darkness. A beautiful songstress who can no longer sing.

Piotr Carlyle, a rather unremarkable boy with a remarkable ability to change the world. Yet he has no desire to do so.

Strange phenomena known as Twists litter the world of Su Nobieta, taking common place things and morphing them into seemingly impossible realities. Through chance, young Piotr is bestowed the power to undo the horrors that these Twists have wrought.

This is the journey of these three fated individuals, each deeply scarred by a harsh world. They will uncover the secrets of the Twists, the nature of the Gods of creation, and most importantly, discover themselves. (more…)

How Do You Destroy A Man? Or; The Difference Between Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction

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You better kill me afterwards, because if you don’t… I’m coming for you.

Some days ago, I posed a simple question to friends on Facebook (unlike other people, I don’t use Facebook for playing games and other tom foolery; I actually use it as it was intended in the beginning, as a communication medium!)

I asked them, “How do you destroy a man without killing him?” Their answers were intriguing and insightful. (more…)

Twisted World Book I: The Dusk Harbinger Sample Available For Your Consumption!

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It’s been a long, LONG time coming (4 years, actually. WOW), but today is the day that we start the gravy train on this. As of right now, the first 10% of The Dusk Harbinger is up and available for you to read, FOR FREE. No catches or anything ridiculous. Just jump on over to the sample page and enjoy it.

We’ll see you in July when the full book is released!

Enjoy, won’t you?

~Oliver & Danika

What I Did Wrong: Writing “The Dusk Harbinger”

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Oliver asked me to write down what I learned writing this particular book. I had no idea where to start. Much like Rabbit in the Road, writing The Dusk Harbinger was basically an exercise- how quickly can I learn from constant failure? How many different failures can I learn from? How many of them do I have to repeat before I learn?

I feel like I spent the last four years in a cycle of effing up everything, and turning out great words in the process. Even sitting on this side of it, on the “the end” side, I’m in awe of how many failures are stacked together and it’s still done. A year late, but it’s done. It amazes me how much can go wrong and we can still produce work of which we’re proud. So here’s what I learned the hard way, and what I hope you learn the easy way.

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Dusk to Dusk; How a Harbinger Was Born

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Hey gang. I know it’s been a while since we’ve come and talked to you guys, and for that we’re sorry. There wasn’t anything in the way of DOING that, except for the very reason that this blog exists: writing.

I know this has been said BEFORE, but this time it’s for real: The Dusk Harbinger is finished. How is this different than times before? Because I have personally put my quality seal of approval on it; it is DONE. What else have I said before? It takes however long it takes to get done and however many words that requires. The very first book in the Twisted World series is “content complete”: there is nothing left to add, all that is left is cleaning, editing, and testing.

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Notable Quotable: It’s Up To You to Make It Happen

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I waited there outside, and I was the first person when he pulled up. He got out of that car, and he was so beautiful. He looked right at me… and I didn’t know what to do! I mean, I couldn’t say anything, I couldn’t even move. I never even talked to him and he was RIGHT THERE… I still have that red bandanna.

The thing is, you never know, you know? Had I at least said SOMETHING…. you never know.

Anyway, the point is I totally realized, fate! There IS fate. But it only takes you so far, because once you’re there it’s up to you to make it happen.

~Jenna Elfman, Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

What is fate? What is opportunity? Are they not the same thing? Maybe fate isn’t as complex as a series of events that will always play out regardless of the actions that you take. Maybe fate is just a synonym for opportunity, moments where everything is positioned JUST RIGHT for you to take an action, to move forward.  (more…)