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SLEEPLESS FLAME COVER REVEAL

Don’t mind me, I’m just ugly crying in front of Photoshop while everything is starting to come together and my grip on reality slips.

So here is finally, the cover for Sleepless Flame:

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*cough* *choke* *sputter*

So a bit of an update before I show you the WHOLE GRAND THING. It’s been tense over here, not gonna lie, been sitting on a pile of jittery nerves for the past few months. My poor editor has had the worst health luck befall them, and has not had the chance to work on my manuscript until recently

BUT HAVE NO FEAR!

Things have moved right on track, and we are slated for release on March 11th (Yes, I did intentionally put it on my birthday. Growing old is getting boring for me to celebrate.)

Now I have pretty much given up on Amazon pre-orders due to circumstance and my running around like a dead thing missing a head that magically came back to life without said head. I JUST WANT THE DAMNED THING OUT.

Whenever I have a link available through Amazon, I will update you here (so you might want to sign up for newsletter updates if you want to be….updated.) That being said, if you wish to preorder now and help out with the last ungodly finances, help fund the sequel, or desire a personalized signed copy, you can buy direct from my shop HERE.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO –

THE WHOLE GRAND THING:

This was illustrated by the fantastic Karolina Jędrzejak aka RinRinDaishi, and you can find her works here:

https://www.facebook.com/rinrindaishi/

https://rinrindaishi.deviantart.com/

I want to thank everyone who has supported me in this journey so far, and for your continued patience as I bring these worlds to life. I hope you enjoy them and I hope to continue to sculpt the imagination.

The next steps after getting the manuscript back are reviewing the document once more, then sending it off to the formatter for one last level of literary sorcery.

Then a whole metric fuckton of filling out forms. Every form for each platform I will publish this monstrosity at, and the ISBN agency that needs listings.

MARKETING. THE WHOLE NIGHTMARE WORLD OF MARKETING. IT WILL SWALLOW ME WHOLE WITH ITS INKY TENDRILS OF PROMOTIONAL FOAM. SPEAKING WORDS FROM ANOTHER REALM. THE ACCURSED FORMS OF “SYNERGY” “INFLUENCE” “REACH” AND “OPTIMIZATION.” DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RESCUE ME, FOR I AM ALREADY LOST BENEATH ITS OOZY GRASP. I CAN FEEL MY MIND SHATTERING INSIDE THE MURK.

….*sob*

…Until Next Time…

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A Billion Copies of Odin is a Terrifying Thing

We all know me and my love for stealth action games. And for hyperfuturistic games. So I poked around the Steam sales looking for MORE, and I happened upon this fascinating work called ECHO from UltraUltra, which is a Denmark based indie studio formed by veterans of the Hitman series, and not unfamiliar to the genre.

Guess what guys, I have MORE FEELINGS. This is certainly a unique experience that I would recommend to others, but there were a few small hangups that I found conflicting with my play.

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The Gift

NOTE: This was an older piece from my previous blog. I had been meaning to update it for the longest time, and since it is holiday appropriate, I decided that this was a good a time as any to do so. Enjoy!

Soft chatters of the console panel hummed in harmony with the festive status lights. Peace enveloped the glittering command deck, a rare occurrence this distance away from civilized space. Though the ship ran silent, someone still had to watch over the bridge.

The commander gazed through the stars through the viewport, sipping the only glass of brandy she would allow herself to indulge in while she maintained her post. Even though they looked the same in every quadrant of space, the silent dots of fire soothed her with a comforting nostalgia. She often confided in them on nights like these, hoping to gain their venerable wisdom through fervent concentration.

She gave the crew the night off this holiday. Although they could not see their loved ones back planet side, they could at least amuse themselves in whatever manner the ship’s stores could provide. Gods knew they had all deserved it. It was a rough tour, and there were far too many close calls.

It seemed ironic to celebrate peace when the galaxy was divided, but perhaps the original meaning of traditions died centuries ago. Perhaps now it was a time to reflect on how humanity has changed, for better or for worse.

“Commander?” She turned to the voice that shattered her musings. Her first officer entered the bridge, a bright young individual, brandishing a wry smile along with a plate of the evening’s pastry. “You could at least sit down and pretend to relax while watching the screens, ma’am.” Continue reading The Gift

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Sneaky Assassinations….Or Not?

Quick Book Update for those who are interested: The manuscript is now out of my hands and in the power of my Editor. I should see it again sometime in January, then after a week or two of more edits, it should be good to go to final formatting. Cover art is pending as well, I should hopefully see that by the end of this month, so stay tuned~

And now I am in this weird phase of not knowing what to do with myself, so I tried this thing called “relaxing” and dusted off my Steam Library. I had forgotten about this little gem called Shadwen, and I was immediately drawn to it because of the protagonist:

http://press.frozenbyte.com/sheet.php?p=shadwen

 

And I am absolutely delighted to report that the story did not disappoint.

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Odin Shouts Endlessly into the Eternal Void

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-gasp-

Alright, I had to get that out of my system.

LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT MY GLORIOUS DUMPSTER FIRE. AND IT IS MINE.

Herein marks the end of the second draft. (Mostly. I really want to pan through the last fight scene because I wasn’t happy with it, but I am also reaching that point where I reeeeeally need to stop touching things before I set everything on fire.)

It is now safely in the hands of my Beta readers, and then it will be shipped off to the editor for one final chopping session.

After that, I will be scraping together the rest of the funds of the publishing costs, such as the ISBN, Copyright registration, and formatting. WHOOOOOO PAPERWORK!!!

Take a break, you say? BAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! No. That is not how Odin functions. Now I am kicked into the pit of the holiday rush (despite not being an active participant) and I am already contemplating the second book.

ALSO SOMETHING VERY EXCITING:

COVER ARTIST ACHIEVED!!!!!!!! I have commissioned the lovely individual RinRinDaishi from DeviantArt, and I have just received concepts, and I can’t even. You guys. MY HEART CANNOT HANDLE THIS SHIT RIGHT NOW.

Check out their work! DOIT!!!

Once everything is finalized, I will be posting a cover art reveal, so be sure you are subscribed to newsletters for updates. (The salty thing over on the sidebar)

And you will want to be sure you are subscribed, because you will get access to the WHOLE FIRST CHAPTER to download for your viewing pleasure on the Welcome Email. If you are already subscribed, I just sent off an update email with the link attached. (Be patient, it’s kinda slow. Or check your Spam folder. I like Spam and I often end up there.)

That’s about all I got for now. It has been a roller coaster…or, well, maybe a ski jump. I think that is more accurate. I want to thank everyone who has supported me on this adventure, and I hope my salt has not totally sogged the spirits.

Enjoy your holidays, if you celebrate. And if not, have a chill winter season.

Until Next Time!

-Odin

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Odin Learns to Dodge Wrenches

SOMANYWRENCHES. ALL UP IN MY FACE.

This was an arduous week. I honestly didn’t expect to spend so much time on these edits.  What was giving me the most difficulty was chapter three, which I have pretty much rewritten ENTIRELY. That being said, it is FINISHED, and I even like where it went, despite the agony it had caused.

I also kicked out another chapter, which only took me about two days, a new record for me Whee! It was the first encounter with Experimentalists, so lots of squishy metaphors were used.

I have about four chunky chapters left, three of them should go pretty smooth, and one huge beast that I am not looking forward to. After that it *should* be smooth sailing. In theory…

Today I am hoping to have another chapter done. I have already cut off two pages of exposition that doesn’t need to be explained until the next book. Then there is a small section of combat that I don’t need to tweak in terms of choreography, just need to update the voicing. So…wish me luck? Better yet send energy drinks. And Oreos. Maybe a blanket fort.

I say this EVERY week, but I am hoping to have this sent off by NEXT week. It’s getting there. and I am getting tired of looking at it.

The holiday feels are providing another obstacle, and winter is pushing me into some blahs and mehs. In any case, just wanted to poke a quick update and let you guys know where I am at.

I am also eyeing BPAL Yules and I don’t know quite yet if I am going to partake. I did love the Halloweenies I purchased!

In any case! I don’t have a lot of random thoughts or rants to throw in your direction either. I’m kind of dealing with tunnel vision as I pull through the final stretch.

Hopefully you guys are having a better season full of delightful things!

Until Next Time!

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Odin Reviews Some Weenies

GETCHER MIND OUTTA THE GUTTER!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me squee over a delightful quad of vials with a backdrop of a rather surreal, though enjoyable painting (buttslol).

Also, if you know me very well, you would know that I LOVE perfume. A lot. It makes me feel nice feelings of nicety and warm.

And, in addition, Halloween has just passed, though I do tend to revel in the celebration all year round.

Using powers of deduction,  you might conclude that these vials are none other than Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs Halloweenies perfumes for the year 2017.

Good job, you critical thinker you.

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Odin is an Axe Murderer

Since most people around me are out doing spooky things without me (I’M NOT BITTER) I thought I would at least write a quick little progress update on how I have been doin’ on the draft.

Gonna level with you, it’s real rough. Morale is low.

Turns out the first half of the book, which I *thought* was finished, sounds WORLDS different than the more recent second half. So I’ve started taking the chainsaw to it.

Which unfortunately means it is not going to be sent to my editor for at least another week, most likely two. I have just reached the end of the second chapter, which should be finished TONIGHT, but this means I have another five more to bring up to speed.

A lot of exposition has been chopped off, which will hopefully smooth out the flow of the story, and quicken the pace. I came to the conclusion that a lot of the questions asked could be answered in the second book, which takes place on a whole new planet.

Take for instance the old word count:

And the new one:

(Ignore the page count, I got ahead of myself and added the second chapter to get ready for the final formatting)

2k has been vivisected from the first chapter. And that’s just the first passthru.

Now, for those who have pre-ordered, this means nothing when it comes to the projected release dates of March and June, it just means that I have a little less time to scramble around and maybe take a breath or two. It was a very pessimistic forecast, and as far as I know, those dates still hold true.

That’s about all I got for you this week, next time I should have with you a rather stanky review of some delightful perfumes. I just got in my order of BPAL Halloweenies, and I should have enough time to give them a fair impression.

So if you will excuse me, I am off to second guess myself and wonder if I am losing detail in the overall flow. And sleep. Mostly sleep.

REMEMBER

If you want to get semi-spooky with me, I will be on Twitch Tuesday October 31st at 6PM EST playing Costume Quest and stuffing my face with candy and sugary drinks.

https://www.twitch.tv/themetalwarlord

Until Next Time!

 

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Odin Does the Halloween Writer’s Tag

Since I do not have a progress report for you this week (spending the majority of my time crying in front of the first half of my manuscript as I reconstruct the entire thing while severely under-caffeinated), I figured I would do something appropriately festive for you guys, because the spooky season fills me with glee.

I got this tag from Caroline Huball’s Blog, so be sure to check it out if you would like to do it on your own.

1. Are you a scaredy cat or a horror aficionado?

Eh, that’s a complicated question. In terms of narrative fiction, I would enjoy it quite a lot (see further for caveat). But in movies and other media, I am not a fan of slasher and excessive gore, unless it’s done to a point where it is comical (i.e. The Thing, omfg I pulled a hernia laughing so hard at the abdomen teeth). Which is ironic, if you consider how violent my writing is. I’m not a fan of jumpscares either, I consider it a cheap tactic and I get real punchy when startled.
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