Monday, November 18, 2019

Welcome Back, Monday

Welcome everyone!

So kind of a tough weekend for me on a personal level. I experienced some wonderful highs and some crushing lows.

The triumph and tragedy of it all got me reflecting on what it means to have a successful or fulfilling life.

One thing I've decided is that if I ever get to see my great-grand kids, that will be a good accomplishment. I, personally, never got to know my great-grandparents. That's always been something I've regretted.

I also feel that a good life will leave something behind for the next generation. Not for personal glory or fame, but as a source of wisdom, knowledge, and history. That's why I'm so thankful for all the support I've been given with my books. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have encouraged me and brought me your books to sign. You are all dear to my heart.

I'm really not writing them for my own benefit, though I'd be lying if I ever said there wasn't any. The truth is, though, I'm writing them for young people: young people who are alive today and young people that will come along way after I'm gone.

I don't do this to preserve my name in the hopes I'll live on in memory or esteem. I do it because I've learned some hard lessons in life, and I would love it if my experiences help others through their own difficult times.



So anyway, yeah, I'm a little melancholy today. I hope your week is productive and bright. Don't forget to check back on Thursday. The next sliver of my cover will be revealed!

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, November 15, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-11-15

Welcome everyone!

This weekend I have a lot of personal items to attend to. I won't have any time at all for writing or recording, unfortunately. There are times in life when hobbies must be set aside for other, more weighty matters.

Nevertheless, I'll still be able to bounce ideas for Book 3 off some friends, family, and colleagues. So, that will have to suffice for this weekend.

Goals:

  • Continue conceptualizing the plot for Book 3
If I can do that, I'll have a good weekend. I hope you do as well.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, November 14, 2019

*SPOILERS* 11th Reveal for Book 2 - THE TITLE!!!!

Welcome everyone!

I've been waiting a long time to share this with you. Since August, I have slowly revealed more and more about the interior of the sequel to The Huntsman and the She-Wolf.

I have greatly enjoyed that ride. We've been able to see some gorgeous locations as well as the unique roses that adorn several of the major characters in the novella. Each image is dear to me and resonates with a different emotion. I truly hope they mean as much, if not more, to you.

So now, we are ready to move from the interior to the exterior. The title will appear on Book 2 much like it did on Book 1. Many of the design motifs will be carried over from the original. I think that makes the series more recognizable as well as shows the evolution of the story over time.

One of the biggest decisions I had to make concerning the title is how it should be phrased. Should I keep the "The Huntsman and the ___________" or should I go with something different. I toyed with several names like:

  • Hunter's Sun
  • Hunter's Rise
  • Hunter's Quest
  • Journey of the Huntsman
None of those worked for me. I decided to keep the "The Huntsman and the ___________" format but what should go in the blank? There were a lot of options:
  • Judge
  • Tower
  • Keep
  • Vampire
  • Secret
  • Garden
  • Fountain
  • Scepter
  • Sword
  • Hound
I had to think which one would best describe the story and which one would best tie in to Book 1. It wasn't an easy choice, but if you scroll below, you'll get to see what I ended up selecting:
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I give you "The Huntsman and the Vampire" for your enjoyment!


And so now you know. I hope the title intrigues you. The cover is nearly finished. There just needs to be a few finishing touches to the hardback version. The interior is almost done as well. I'm waiting on about a dozen small corrections there. 

That means, by the end of this month, I could publish if I wanted. But why hurry? There is so much more I want to reveal before I do.

Until then, take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Are you Ready for the Title of Book 2???

Welcome everyone!

We are getting closer and closer to the launch of Book 2. As we are counting down the weeks until it goes live, I've been revealing bits and pieces of it to you. Now, this week, I am ready to reveal the name!

As always, the revelation will be on Thursday (tomorrow). Make sure you check back to see it then. I'll be following the format I did last time with The Huntsman and the She-Wolf.

If you want to see how I did that, you can check out that post HERE.


Hope to see you back tomorrow. Spread the word!

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Good Weekend and A Great Blog Post

Welcome everyone!

I had a good weekend. I hope you did as well. I am glad to announce that I'm half way done recording the audiobook for Book 2 now!

It's a long road, with editing and mastering still ahead of me. Yet, I feel I'm starting to make real progress, which is a relief.

I also want to highlight a great blog article I read today. It's all about creating good villains for a story. If you're a writer or aspiring to be one, you might check it out HERE. It's written by the esteemed Kristen Lamb, who's always a good read IMHO.



Anyway, just checking in on a Monday. Until next time, take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, November 8, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-11-08

Welcome everyone!

This weekend, it's back to the audio book grindstone. I'm still working away at that thing and probably will be for a while. 

Other than that, I just saw the first draft of the hardback cover! It's looking good but I'm going to try something different with it. Hopefully, the artist can accommodate me. We'll see.

Anyhow, here's my goals:

  • Record more audio chapters
  • Continue preparations for Book 3
If I can to all that, I'll have a good weekend. I hope you do too.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, November 7, 2019

*SPOILERS* 10th Reveal for Book 2 - A Beautiful View

Welcome everyone!

Hard to believe it's been ten weeks since we started this. We're getting down to the last of the interior images that I have for Book 2. So what does that mean? Haha! That means the cover is next!

So, be looking for reveals concerning that in the very near future. Anyway, let's move of to what we're revealing for this week.

One of the things I had to accomplish in The Huntsman and the She-Wolf was a brief tour of the setting. Everyone starting a book series wants to get a general idea of what the places are like and what the history says about the people.

While the main characters are on their way to investigate the coal stoppage in the mines, Phen and Mersha basically describe all the significant locations in Celandine Valley to Tristan. He, of course, was kept from the village school most of his life. His father provided all his education, and while it was full of reading, writing, bookkeeping, and pottery, it was very light on history and geography. Thus, his troupemates had to fill him in.

One of the locations they described appears in Book 2. Its location is far in the north nestled against the mountains. Anyone coming to Celandine Valley must pass by it in order to enter.

Last chance to avoid any spoilers!

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I give you Everpass Hold:



It's an impressive fortress, isn't it? Sadly, it's almost all empty. The numbers of valley-dwellers willing to serve as huntsmen has steadily dwindled over the years.

As a result, only about a dozen or so work in the keep anymore. Most of them are young and barely trained for combat.

Instead, Everpass Hold has become a place of refuge and care. Many wanderers from the outside world first visit this place as they look for a new life inside the valley. The hunters here feed them and minister to them until they are strong enough to make the journey to Vitalba village on their own.

As you can see, there are towers and lookouts all up and down the mountainside. They've been sealed off, for the most part, in a bygone age. None of the workers living there now have any idea what's inside them.

Despite all this, the keep is still warm, well-maintained, and welcoming. The front gate is barred open and guests are never turned away.

Everpass is one of my favorite locations. The lost grandeur, the joyful mood, the brilliant white towers, and the air of mystery surrounding it constantly pique my imagination. I can't wait to share it with you in Book 2.

Until next week, take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Motifs I'd Like to Use #9 - Ancient Beasts

Welcome everyone!

This week I want to talk about something else that I thoroughly enjoy in fantasy writing: ancient beasts.

In this case, I'm not talking about something that's just old like dragons. I'm talking about something more primordial, something from a forgotten age unlike anything else seen in the setting.

For instance, in Middle-earth you have the Fell Beasts that the Nazgul ride in The Return of the King:


In Harry Potter you have the basilisk:


In Star Wars, we have the Sarlacc Pit


In the Wheel of Time there is the Grolm:



And so on. Sometimes these ancient beasts are conglomerations of other animals. Manticores, Chimeras, Hydras, Sphinxes, and Dragon Turtles fall into that category. Those kinds of monsters interest me the most because they seem unnerving more than anything. Your brain tells you that such a creature can't be right.

So, at any rate, I hope to use a creature or creatures like that at some point in my books. However, if I do, it will be sparingly. The impact of such an odd and terrifying monster is lessened the more it is used. So if I really want the reader to remember it, whatever strange creature appears in my series will be cloaked in mystery and seldom seen.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, November 1, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-11-01

Welcome everyone!

Just one goal this week: Have a successful BOOK SIGNING! Yes, just a reminder that I'll be at the Marion County Public Library from 11am to 1pm. I hope to do a reading, maybe some questions and answers, then - if all goes according to plan - have a HUGE reveal for everyone who stays until the end.

I hope to see as many there as possible. I think we'll have a good time. Don't be shy! I will have copies for sale, so if you don't have yours yet, you can pick them up there.

Goals for the weekend:

  • Have a successful book signing.
Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, October 31, 2019

*SPOILERS* 10th Reveal for Book 2 - A Tower of Dark Ones

Welcome everyone!

It's Thursday and that means it's time for the Weekly Reveal!

So this week, I'm expanding on a location I've been talking about for a while now. It was mentioned in Book 1, so I don't feel that exposing the name here is much of a spoiler.

So one of the place the characters will have to account for in Book 2 is Tatterdemalion's Tower. As explained in Book 1, it was originally called "Greyfell Tower" and served as a type of lighthouse in the middle of Celandine valley.

Before many of the roads and small hamlets disappeared, wanderers and travelers would stay at the tower on their way to their destinations. When it fell, much of the western part of the valley had to be abandoned. The villagers were all squeezed into Vitalba.

Now, it is a place of evil. Most huntsmen avoid it if possible; villagers never travel there voluntarily. Only those captured by the bloodborn, the vampires, enter its unhallowed gates.

Last chance before spoilers!

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You might notice that the tower seems disjointed and broken. That's intentional. The vampires remodeled much of Greyfell when they took it over to suit their own needs. With vile magic borrowed from Lord Dreadstone, they reshaped the once proud haven into a twisted heap of disjointed architecture.

I do want to point out one thing, however. A small reminder of the huntsmen still remains. A single rose bush hugs against the side of the tower. The vampires never removed it, and it has evaded notice ever since they came. That's some amazing tenacity in my mind!

Anyway, come back next week for something new. And don't forget about the book signing this Saturday 11 to 1 at the Marion County Public Library in Lebanon, Kentucky. Hope to see you there!

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Creatures of Celandine Valley #1 - The Werewolf (Part 1)

Welcome everyone!

A while back I did a series of entries on locations of Celandine Valley. Now I'm moving on to the creatures. I plan to talk in-depth about each one and provide you with background on the mythology of each as well as my own rationale for using them.

We'll begin with The Werewolf.

Werewolves have become ingrained in popular culture thanks, mainly, to movies. From the Wolf Man in 1941 to Teen Wolf in the 80's to the Underworld series, werewolves have been portrayed in may different ways on the silverscreen.

Transforming into a wolf, though, goes WAY back in olden times. How far is hard to say, but the ancient Roman writers like Ovid and Petronius wrote of such transformations.

One thing that has not really transferred to the movies from the old stories is the idea that in order for a human to turn into a werewolf, he or she would need a part of the wolf that bit them in order to do it. Usually, this was the pelt of the wolf but could also be just the tail or a tooth.


I did not fully carry that tradition forward either. However, I did want to make the pelts meaningful nonetheless. So, what I did, was have the werewolf pelts be especially valuable in the world of the huntsmen. This way, they could support themselves and their Lodge with what they hunted.

I'm just scratching the surface here with what I want to say about werewolves. More is coming.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for this week's reveal, which has nothing to do with werewolves, LOL!

See you then!

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, October 28, 2019

This is an Exciting Week!

Welcome everyone!

We've got some great things in store for this week. I am so ready for them!

First, this Thursday is Halloween. As a result, this Thursday's reveal will have a spooky theme to it. I'll give just a small hint: it's a location, one of the scariest locations in all of Celandine Valley. It's going to get an illustration in Book 2, and the description of it is going to blow you away.



Second, I have my second book signing this Saturday! It is at the MCPL from 11am to 1pm. IMPORTANT: If all goes according to plan, I will have make a VERY SPECIAL unveiling at the signing. Only those who attend will be able to enjoy it. So if you can, be there, and stay the whole time!

That's all for now. Keep checking back for updates. If I can, I'll confirm the unveiling. Until then, take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, October 25, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-10-25

Welcome everyone!

I have a busy weekend planned. I'll be doing a bit of traveling during the day and having get-togethers in the evenings. As I've said many times, fall is my favorite time of year, so my family is incredibly active during this time.

As a result, I probably won't have time to get a lot of work done. Still, there are a few things I'd like to accomplish:

If I can get any of that done, I'll have a successful weekend. I hope you do too.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, October 24, 2019

*SPOILERS* 9th Reveal for Book 2 - A Corridor of Horrors

Welcome everyone!

As we approach Halloween, I figure it's time to start discussing some of fantasy-horror aspects of Book 2. So this week, we're going to reveal a location in Celandine Valley inhabited by the vampires.

One motif that I really enjoy in fantasy literature is this idea that old buildings get repurposed as time goes on. For instance, take Orthanc from Middle-earth. Most people know it as the tower of Isengard where Saruman the White Wizard takes residence.

It wasn't always that way. Long ago, it was a fortress of Gondor, not a wizard's tower. However, as the decline in Gondor's kings inevitably led to the decline in Gondor as a nation, Orthanc was locked and abandoned. It wasn't until many centuries later, after a siege against the Dunlandings, did control of Orthanc come back to the free peoples and the steward of Gondor pass the keys of the tower to Saruman.

So why the little history lesson? Today's reveal is of a place with a similar history. In the center of the valley (as depicted on the map in Book 1) is Tatterdemalion's Tower. It wasn't always his. It belonged to the huntsmen once, until they fell into despair. But I'll discuss more of its history next week. This week, let's take a look at the inside.

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I know it may be hard to see, but the door at the end of the hallway is similar to the door I revealed three weeks ago. This is intentional. The huntsmen used the same symbols throughout their history, just as any organization would. Since this tower once belonged to them, it shouldn't be surprising to see their markings everywhere.

The vampires (also known as bloodborn in Celandine Valley) never bothered to erase what the huntsmen had built. They just turned the tower into their own den of villainy. So when our heroes visit the tower, they'll have some knowledge about its inner working that will give them an advantage.

Anyway, that's all for this week. I hope you enjoyed the reveal. Next week, on Halloween, let's have a look at the outside, shall we?

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Vids I Enjoy #3: Beginning With The End In Mind

Welcome everyone!

In my research for how to write good stories, I came across a wonderful channel called "Lessons from the Screenplay." While I am no writing a screenplay, I still find the creator's words extremely relevant to what I'm doing.

In this instance, he comparing two stories and how the ends inform the beginnings. It's really good, and it's something I'm trying to work with myself. It isn't easy to write this way, especially in a book series like I'm doing. But thinking ahead, setting up the end in the beginning, are really important skills all writers should have.


Peace,

-Troy

Monday, October 21, 2019

Motifs I'd Like to Use #8 - The Dancing Bear

Welcome everyone!

When someone says, "Dancing Bear" I'm willing to bet most people imagine the charismatic Grateful Dead icon.


That's not what I'm talking about. The archetype of the dancing bear (and the dancing monkey, which I'll get to in some other post) are much older than Jerry Garcia's band.

I could not truly find where the dancing bear image first appeared in storytelling. There examples in Norse, German, Saxon, and First Nation lore. Each has its own take on the idea.

The version I like the best is as an enslaved creature with a keen mind and big heart. The stories often go that someone has captured an exceptional bear and put it on display to make money either in a carnival or traveling show of some kind.

Then, some good-hearted villager watches the poor bear dance until it is nearly exhausted. Feeling sorry for the creature, the villager secretly frees the animal during the night.

Many years later, that villager is out in the woods collecting berries or chopping wood (depending on the version) and is attacked by wolves. When all seems hopeless, the villager is then saved by the bear he freed so long ago. The two part ways and never see each other again.

I imagine it could be a retelling of some sort of St. Paul and the Talking Lion, but whatever. It's a cool story and one I'd like to use some day :)

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, October 18, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-10-18

Welcome everyone!

This weekend is much like the last. I'll be traveling all over the state to enjoy some fall festivals and the burgeoning colors of autumn, then I'll be trying to get some more recording done for the Audio Book for Book 2.

In addition, I've got to start preparing for my second book signing. I can't wait for that. It's going to be great!

Anyway, here's what I hope to accomplish this weekend:

  • Record more chapters for the audio book
  • Get some writing done for Book 3
  • Collect all the gear and extra books for the November 2nd Signing
If I can do all that, I'll have a successful weekend. I hope you do too.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, October 17, 2019

*SPOILERS* Eighth Reveal for Book 2 - A Fountain in the Wilderness

Welcome everyone!

We are getting deep into spoiler season now. This marks the 8th week in a row I've been revealing little tidbits here and there. That's quite amazing to me. Yet, we still have a long way to go.

At this point, all of the roses have been revealed. Last week's was my favorite for this book. The Librarian is among my favorite characters in this series. I look forward to giving her more screentime (pagetime?) here in the future.

For now, though, we're going to be moving away from characters and toward locations. This week's reveal is an illustration of a location I've already discussed. If you remember, back in March I made a post about "The Fount of Many Hands." It's an enchanted place, created by evil magic. Dwarves often use it in their machinations.

The fountain plays an important role in this phase in the story. It's not a large role, and I don't feature it for long, yet it explains so much.

This is your last chance to turn back before any spoilers. Fair warning!
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The curious thing about the fountain is why the ancient sculptor - whoever it was - chose hands as the dominating motif. Why hands? You'll have to read the story to find out.

Also, I will reveal this as well: that's not water coming from the spout at the top. It's something else, something a character from Book 1 desired greatly. I can't wait for you to read who it was.

Anyway, that's all for this week! I hope you enjoyed the revelation. If you enjoyed the Door from two weeks ago, you're going to love next week's reveal. Hope to see you then!

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I Have a New Book Signing Coming Up on November 2nd!

Welcome everyone!

I have some terrific news! On November 2nd, 2019 I'll be singing books from 11am to 1pm and having a talk at the Marion County Public Library in Lebanon, Kentucky. You can read all about it HERE.

Now, if everything goes according to plan, I may have something very special to show everyone who shows up. We'll see. I can't make any promises right now. The matter is out of my hands, really.

Anyway, speaking of reveals. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for this week's spoiler.

I hope to see lots of you at the library in November. Be well!



Peace,

-Troy

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Hunter's Moon 2019

Welcome everyone!

Last night, at about 10:30pm, my wife and I went outside to gaze at a dazzling, full October moon. This moon is known as the Hunter's Moon, and naturally, that makes it special to me.

"Hunter's Moon" was one of the early titles for "The Huntsman and the She-Wolf." I toyed with several different names in fact:
  • Hunter's Moon
  • Hunter's Rise
  • Hunter's Gambit
  • Hunter's Birth
None of them really stuck. Finally, I happened across some advice when it came to titles. The source of that advice has been lost to time, but essentially it went something like this: "A title should tell a story."

People choose a book to read because they want a good story. Story, therefore, begins with the title. In fact, the whole cover should tell a story. The art, the placement of the elements, the background images, everything should give the potential reader a narrative.

Thus, I went with the title I did for Book 1. It tells a story. There's a huntsman. And there's a she-wolf. And they're in contention with one another. Each is an apex predator - who will win?

So anyway, the moon last night brought to my memory the first title I had, and I just wanted to share that tidbit with you.

I hope this October is finding you well.



Peace,

-Troy

Friday, October 11, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-10-11

Welcome everyone!

So for this weekend, I'll be working a lot on Book 2. I need to approve the interior layout that I received, and as always, there's recording to do. I also hope to enjoy the cooler weather and fresh, autumn air.

So here we go. Goals for this Weekend:

  • Record more chapters for Book 2 audio book
  • Review interior layout and images for Book 2
If I can do all that, I'll have a successful weekend. I hope you do too.



Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, October 10, 2019

*SPOILERS* 7th Reveal for Book 2 - The Last Rose!

Welcome everyone!

Today, I reveal the final rose that will appear within the pages of the sequel to The Huntsman and the She Wolf.

In each book of this series, I plan to have five roses depicted. In the first book, I focused on the main group: Tristan, Mersha, Phen, Mikhelena, and Scratch. In Book 2, I was able to broaden the focus to include other important huntsmen like Thaul, Leo, and now (drumroll) Aranka.

This week's rose is the one the belongs to the Lodge librarian. If it's been a while since you read THatSW, Aranka is a woman in her mid 30's, very intelligent, but a bit eccentric. She refuses to ever leave the library.

"I have found ways to do everything I need, right here in the library," she tells Tristan in the first book.

Makes ya wonder, doesn't it?

Anyway, this is your last chance to turn back before you see any spoilers. Fair warning!
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This is one of my favorites, if not my MOST favorite roses. Notice how the stem is split for a time then comes back together. Fascinating how something could heal like that.

I love the thorns as well. They are numerous and sharp, but not as wicked or large as what you may have seen on the roses for Leo or Mersha.

The bloom is strong and healthy, just coming into its prime. The petals are neatly arranged, complimenting each other in form and function. The stem, though cut in half for a time, is healthy and strong.

As I mentioned, Aranka takes a larger role in this book for reasons I can't get into right now. She has always been respected for her knowledge of lore and history, but her strength and leadership skill will be called on in Book 2 and even more as we move toward Book 3.

Anyway, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed this week's reveal. Next week, we'll be visiting a place that came straight from one of my dreams.

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Setting up for a 2nd Book Signing!

Welcome everyone!

I've got some great news. I'm making arrangements to have another book signing in the near future! I can't tell you how exciting I am to do this. I have wanted it for a long time.

My first signing was held at the NCPL Comic Con back in June. It was a tremendous success. I sold multiple copies of my books and signed even more. I was so glad to get to interact with people interested in my writing. It had to be the most rewarding experience I've had yet as an author.

I will supply all the details soon. I'm still working to finalize everything. So, if you'll be in the area, I would love to see you.

Stay tuned!

And don't forget, a new reveal will be posted here this Thursday. It will be the final rose for Book 2.


Peace,

-Troy

Monday, October 7, 2019

A lot of Irons in the Fire

Welcome everyone!

So last week I reported that I had seen the rough draft of my cover. It looks great, but it still needed revisions. Obviously, those aren't done yet, and I still haven't seen the rough draft for the interior of Book 2 either.

Everything takes time.

And money.

Therefore, while I wait for the cover to get done for Book 2 and the gumption to finish recording the audio book for it, it's on to Book 3! No, it is not too early to work on that.

There are several steps I need to work on in order to set a good foundation for writing the third book of my quintet (a five book series).

  • Assemble all notes I've been accumulating for the last four years
  • Write a 7-pt outline for the book
  • Create a 15-pt beat sheet
  • Do a chapter-by-chapter outline
  • Devise the hook
It's a lot of prep work in order to begin writing a new story, and it doesn't get easier with experience. The first step is always the hardest in any project, and when doing a series, there are a lot of first steps.

Anyway, my imagination won't wait for Book 2 to get published. I feel the need to work on something with my hands, so here we go. I'll keep you updated on the progress.



Peace,

-Troy

Friday, October 4, 2019

*SPOILERS* 6th Reveal for Book 2 - The Door

Welcome everyone!

Today, I have something different to reveal! It's a DOOR!

Exciting, I know. However, this is special. It's the door that leads to Thaul's room - the room given to the leader of the huntsmen.

There is a lot of symbolism on the door, which I will not go into right now. I'll reveal all once the book is out and people can read it.

Needless to say, you should examine it in detail. Everything is important.

So, fair warning, turn away if you want to avoid spoilers!

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Enjoy!

-Troy

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Motifs I'd Like to Use #6 - The Wishing Well

Welcome everyone!

Today I'm going to talk about the Wishing Well. It's a trope that everyone knows, but you rarely see IMHO. I'd like to use it one day.

As you well know, to get a wishing well to work, you have to drop something of value into it. Usually a coin or bean or personal item. Then you make a wish, which comes true in a few days or so.

What would really interest me, is if the well required something more valuable than it gave back. Thus, there'd be diminishing returns and a real sacrifice. I wonder what sorts of stories could come of that? Maybe someday, I'll get to find out :)


Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Understanding Rejection

Welcome everyone!

When I finished The Huntsman and the She-Wolf, I did pitch it to several agents and publishing companies. I was rejected by all, which was fine with me. I never planned on accepting any of their terms unless they blew me away. I wanted to be independent all the way.

However, several people have reached out to me since I was published asking about pitching their books or asking why they might have been rejected.

I don't have a whole lot of experience with agents and/or publishing companies, but I do know some folks who do. So I'm going to post a video here that might explain why someone is rejected by an agent or publisher based only on the first page.

Hope that helps!


Additionally, I do want to bring up the Drive to 25 Campaign.

We're trying to get to 25 copies of the Book 1 audio book sold by November, which is just next month! Currently, we're at 19. Please help by sharing these blog posts or sharing links to my audio book.

You can find it in the following locals:
And if you want to start an Audible account, you can get my audio book for free by signing up HERE.

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, September 30, 2019

Saw the Rough Draft of my Cover!!!

Welcome everyone!

I was just sent the first draft for the cover of Book 2! My very talented cover artist gave me three different versions to choose from. Each was fantastic, and I'm thrilled to go with the one I picked.

Naturally, I made several requests for revisions. That always happens, so the next version will probably be about two or three weeks away.

I also got an update about the interior of Book 2. I should probably get a look at it next week or the week after! It all means that everything is proceeding according to the schedule I had planned, which is a nice change from Book 1.

Stay tuned, as more updates are coming, and don't forget Thursday's new reveal!


Finally, I do want to remind everyone about the Drive to 25 Campaign.

We're trying to get to 25 copies of the Book 1 audio book sold by November. Currently, we're at 19. Please help by sharing these blog posts or sharing links to my audio book.

You can find it in the following locals:
And if you want to start an Audible account, you can get my audio book for free by signing up HERE.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, September 26, 2019

*SPOILERS* 5th Reveal for Book 2 - The 4th Rose!

Welcome everyone!

This week I'll be revealing the rose for Leo, second in command at the Lodge under Thaul. Leo is a a burly man with bright red hair and an even brighter red beard. He's cantankerous often times, but loyal to his Lodge and even more loyal to his leader.

If you have trouble remembering him, he is the huntsman that first discovered Tristan in the Lodge in Book 1. He tossed Tristan into their interrogation room, suspecting him to be some sort of spy. Thaul took an instant liking to Tristan, however, and assigned him to Mersha's troupe.

In the rest of Book 1, Leo faded into the background. In Book 2, though, he will have a much more prominent role.

This is your last chance to look away before any further spoilers!
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Leo's rose reflects his personality. It is orderly and symmetrical. The thorns appear in two perfectly aligned formations on each end of the stem. The leaves, likewise, are balanced and well cared-for. The petals on the bloom are neither too showy nor too discrete. They are as they should be for a well-disciplined hunter of Unhallowed.

For those who live a very structured life, I imagine Leo is a character you can easily identify with. He likes the Lodge run smoothly and demands hunters respect the chain of command.

His demand for order can sometimes run afoul of huntsmen more used to independence. The Lodge is a loose confederation, not a military organization. Hunters can join and quit as they please. Thus, there is always a delicate balancing act for the leadership: how much can you demand from someone before they just walk away?

It's a never-ending struggle that Thaul manages well. Perhaps that is why Leo is so loyal to him. Without Thaul, it's hard to know if the Lodge could hold itself together.

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Having Another Busy Week

Welcome everyone!

This week is super busy for me. I'll be going on a mini-vacation next week, so I have to get everything around before I go.

HOWEVER, there will still be a reveal tomorrow for Book 2. I'm really excited to share it with you. It's going to rock. Please check back then!



Peace,

-Troy

Friday, September 20, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-09-20

Welcome everyone!

This weekend looks like it's still going to be HOT. Late summer / early autumn are my favorite times of year. I love getting outside and enjoying the colors and dry, cool weather. Unfortunately, things have not been cool, and going outside with the heat index above 100 degrees has been an anathema.

Thus, I'll probably be stuck inside again. On the bright side, that means I'll be able to some more recording. I'd like to get two or three more chapters done along with planning for the next book.

So this weekend's goals are:

  • Record 2-3 chapters for BOOK 2 audiobook
  • Continue planning for BOOK 3
If I can do all that, I'll have a good weekend. I hope you do too :)

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, September 19, 2019

*SPOILERS* 4th Reveal for BOOK 2 - The 3rd Rose!

Welcome everyone,

Now we're getting to the good stuff. Last week's reveal, in case you missed it, was on the Facebook fanpage. If you haven't had a chance to like and follow that page, please do. The curator has put a lot of time and effort into it, and I really appreciate that.

This week's rose is from the leader of the Huntsmen's Lodge. His name is Thaul DeSardis, and he inherited the leadership role in Book 1 from his predecessor: Deborah Stuyvesant.

Thaul can be a vain and aloof man at times, but he is also an expert warrior. He has battled many powerful Unhallowed abominations in his time and never been defeated in a one-on-one dual.

He has taken a special liking to Tristan. He has seen the potential in that young man and made sure that he has felt welcomed in the Lodge.

Despite his success and reputation, Thaul is still troubled at times. He feels the town does not respect his accomplishments and the threat from the Unhallowed always weighs on his mind. He longs to find peace and contentment. Alas, those things are rare luxuries for those in positions of authority.

Turn back now, if you wish to avoid any (admittedly mild) spoilers for Book 2:

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Unlike all the other huntsmen, Thaul's rose is white. It's the symbol of leadership in the Lodge. His bloom is large but wilting somewhat. Also notice how the stem is jagged and wayward at times. Thaul's journey in life has not been an easy one. His wife and son are both deceased. Most of the men and women who served in his first troupe are either retired or dead. Leading the Lodge at times has been more about managing rebellious personalities rather than fighting evilkind. Thus, his stem has twisted itself in knots at various points and struggled to straighten itself out again.

I hope you enjoyed this week's reveal. Be back next Thursday for yet another one. I look forward to sharing even more with you soon :)

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Vids I Enjoy #2: Character Motivation

Welcome everyone!

Today I want to highlight another video that I've found tremendously useful. It's all about character motivation.

I think motivation is one of the harder things for writers to nail down, myself included. Often we have a character who "wants to save the world!" That's great and all, but the reader will want to know why he/she wants to save the world. What makes the world worth saving in that character's mind?

That's where this video comes in. It relies heavily on someone seeing the Batman Begins movie, which if you haven't, is a high recommend from me. Most people have, so I feel confident in sharing this with you.

Anyhow, if you struggle with making characters "believable" then their lack of a compelling motivation might be why. This video really helped me round out my characters, especially my supporting characters, so I hope you finding helpful too.


Peace,

-Troy

Monday, September 16, 2019

A Look at the Week Ahead

Welcome everyone!

Life is coming at me fast. I've got to get a lot of work done for my job and a lot of work done for Book 2.

First, I need to get more recording done. I'm on Chapter 7 at this point for the audio book, which isn't bad, but it's not fantastic either.

I also have a side project I'm working on for the Hunter's Rose series. It was a request made by a friend, so I have to start outlining and plotting that one out. I'll share it with everyone once it's done.

Additionally, I have a reveal coming for this Thursday. Wait until you see it. It's going to be awesome.

Finally, I have to make contacts for a few more book signings. I'll share more of my thoughts on that down the road.



Anyway. It's a busy week! I hope your week goes smoothly.

Also, I do want to remind everyone about the Drive to 25 Campaign.

We're trying to get to 25 copies of the Book 1 audio book sold by November. Currently, we're at 19. Please help by sharing these blog posts or sharing links to my audio book.

You can find it in the following locals:
And if you want to start an Audible account, you can get my audio book for free by signing up HERE.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, September 13, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-09-13

Welcome everyone!

This weekend, I'm really going to focus on recording. Ideally, I'll get three or four chapters finished. On Monday, I'll let ya know how I did!

Goals for the Weekend:

  • Record as much as possible
Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, September 12, 2019

*SPOILERS* This Week's Reveal is on the Fan Page!

Welcome everyone!

This week, I wanted to reach out and support a group that's supporting me. I approached the fellow running the Facebook Fanpage for The Huntsman and the She-Wolf. I offered to let him reveal any new rose he wanted, and he was ecstatic. The one he chose is a really great one. It belongs to the character Bartonomous, which you met in Book 1.

So if you'd like to see what his rose looks like, you can check it out HERE!



Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Just a Couple Reminders Today

Welcome everyone!

I just wanted to remind everybody that tomorrow's reveal for Book 2 will be done on the Facebook Fan Page. Please check it out and follow that page (I'm not affiliated with it, I just want to support them).

Also, I want to mention the Drive to 25 Campaign.

We're trying to get to 25 copies of the Book 1 audio book sold by November. Currently, we're at 19. Please help by sharing these blog posts or sharing links to my audio book.

You can find it in the following locals:
And if you want to start an Audible account, you can get my audio book for free by signing up HERE.

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Doing Two Types of Writing At the Same Time

Welcome everyone!

Today I'm going to talk about how I'm able to get so much accomplished with my writing while at the same time holding down a full time job and being active with my family and community.

One of the interesting things I've discovered about writing is that different aspects of it use different parts of my brain. Essentially, I can divide the tasks into logical tasks and creative tasks. Not that creativity doesn't require a certain amount of logic and logic doesn't require creativity, but for the most part, the things I have to do primarily use one or the other.

Creative tasks include brainstorming, plotting, writing, and revision. Logical tasks include proofreading, editing, coordinating with artists, and marketing.

The cool thing is, I've managed to figure out how to do one set of creative tasks at the same time I'm doing one set of logical tasks. So for instance, while I'm correcting mistakes found by my proofreader, I can be brainstorming ideas for the next book. While I'm writing first-draft chapters, I can commission art and layout.

I've developed a handy chart that helps me break down what I'm doing and stay organized:

You might notice that Revising is on their twice. There are really two types of revision I do. The first type, under Writing, is the type where I'm re-reading my first drafts. That type of revision still requires a great deal of creativity because it often involves me writing newly original sentences and paragraphs. Whole chapters may need to be rebuilt from the ground up. In those instances, I've found I can't concentrate on making new content for two different books at the same time. I just get confused and stressed out.

The second type of Revising is where I get feedback from my Beta Readers and my Editor. Those kinds of corrections require much less creativity because the work I have to do is laid out for me. I just have to do what they said to do. Simple. Logical.

So, just like I can't make a Beat Sheet for one book while Drafting another book, I also can't work on my proofreads and edits while trying to make the audio book or work on my marketing plan. When I'm editing, all I see is the mistakes I've made. It's daunting, and the last thing I'm able to think about is why anyone would want to read this trash. And of course, how could I record audio of a book full of grammatical and spelling errors? I'd be tripping up every third sentence. That sort of thing has to wait until the final draft is ready to go.

Now, it would be possible to mix Pre-Writing with Publication or Writing with Production, but I have found that doesn't go well together either. For one thing, I have to move from left to right along that chart for each book. I begin with brainstorming, then listing characters, then outlining, then drafting, then revising, then editing, then proofreading, then cover-layout-audio and marketing.

As a result, I can't do something like Drafting before I make the Beat Sheet. I also can't do my own revisions while at the same time asking an editor to give me her revisions. Thus, I've found Pre-Writing goes well with Production, and Writing goes well with Publication.

Ok, so why am I bringing all this up you might wonder. Well, Book 2 is in the Publication phase. I'll let you infer what that might mean for what else I'm working on right now ;-D

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Weekend That Was and the Week That Will Be

Welcome everyone!

This weekend I was able to get two chapters recorded for the audio book. It went smoothly, but I didn't have time to do more.

I was kinda beating myself up for that when my wife reminded me that I don't need to be so hard on myself. I have plenty of time before launch comes to get the audio book finished.

She's right, and if I put too much pressure on myself, I'll get burned out. You'll often hear authors talk about that. Just think, George RR Martin has been working on one of his book for eight years now. So burn out is real, and it's certainly something I want to avoid.

I have come up with a new organization for my life that does allow me to work on my books fairly consistently. I'm pretty happy with it, and I'm hoping I'll be able to maintain it for the next several months at the very least.

That said, this week is looking horrendous at work. I'll be staying late more nights for one reason or another, so the odds of me getting any further recordings done this week appear grim. If I do, though, I'll be thrilled.

Anyway, just remember, this week's reveal for Book 2 should come from the Facebook Fanclub. Please check them out and keep an eye on it Thursday!



Peace,

-Troy

Friday, September 6, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-09-06

Welcome everyone!

This weekend I'm going to have a bit of free time, so I plan to use it well. I've made contact with the fellow who runs the Facebook fanclub for my books, and he's going to have my preview for next week. We just have to work out a few of the finer details.

So, here's what I hope to accomplish this weekend:

  • Finalize next week's reveal with the fanclub
  • Record at least two, preferably three, chapters for the Book 2 audio book
  • Continue brainstorming the plot for Book 3
If I can do all that, I'll have a good weekend. I hope you have a productive weekend as well!

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, September 5, 2019

*Spoiler* 2nd Reveal for BOOK 2 - The First Rose!

Welcome everyone!

It's Thursday and that means it's reveal time again! Today, I'm going to show off one of the new roses from Book 2. If you want to avoid all spoilers, leave now. This is only a small one, but it definitely gives something away.

Just to review, here is what the roses from Book 1 looked like:



Alright, with that taken care of, let's talk about what I'm revealing. This first rose is among the most unique that will ever appear in my books. Most of the roses are full-grown; however, this one is not. It's quite small, almost unobtrusive.

That might lead one to conclude it belongs to a child. It doesn't, but it is certainly suggestive about this character's mental and emotional condition. This character does not appear until mid-way through Book 2, but I chose this rose to go first because I think it's the most mysterious of the new images:

Notice how the bloom is closed so tightly and just how small it is. The leaves are young but strong, suggesting there is much live left in this flower. I also want to direct your attention to the stem. It's thin but strong and straight. The bloom only needs a little bit of coxing, some motivation perhaps, to fully realize its potential.

This is the first of five new roses I will be debuting in this novella. Next Thursday's will come to you from a different source. I hope you check in to see how it comes about. It will be something both new and familiar to those who've read The Huntsmen and the She-Wolf. It's from one of my personal favorite characters!

Until then, take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

First Step Toward a Tangible Goal

Welcome everyone!

Last night I recorded the first chapter for the audio book for Book 2! I really wanted to begin the process back in August, but work was just too busy and I was just too tired.

However, last night, I was able to get some time to myself and get the recording done! It went very smoothly, much more smoothly than chapter one of The Huntsman and the She-Wolf. I'm pretty happy about that.

I'd like to get one chapter done a night. I doubt I'll be able to keep that schedule, but it's a goal anyway.

I'm very excited to be recording again. I truly think that Book 2 will be superior to Book 1 in every way. I can't wait for you to get your first peeks at it. During teaser season, I may even post the first audio chapter of Book 2 up for free. What would you think of that?



It's also a good time to mention the Drive to 25 Campaign.

We're trying to get to 25 copies of the Book 1 audio book sold by November. Currently, we're at 19. Please help by sharing these blog posts or sharing links to my audio book.

You can find it in the following locals:
And if you want to start an Audible account, you can get my audio book for free by signing up HERE.

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Got a Chance to Do Some Sightseeing

Welcome everyone!

We had a long weekend over the last three days, so I got a chance to do some vacationing. My family and I traveled to Nashville Tennessee to check out The Parthenon they have there in Centennial Park.

I have a love for history as well as literature. The Greeks are widely regarded as the first "Western" civilization. Their art, poetry, stories, religion, and history have become part of our culture in so many subtle ways.

So, getting the chance to go and visit a recreation of one of their monuments was an opportunity I didn't want to pass up. The building is a reddish stone structure, and on the inside is a recreation of the goddess Athena. Check out the picture below:



The statue is awe inspiring. It's so rare to see anything that large and detailed inside a structure. I can imagine just how much it would have influenced the ancients who saw such beauty.

Seeing it made me appreciate how values and traditions have been handed down for hundreds and, really, thousands of years. As an author, I feel like I am participating in the Greek tradition of heroic storytelling, if only in a small way.

Anyway, as for my goals for the weekend. I've had some success. I've gotten in touch with the Facebook fanclub for my novellas. They'll have an exclusive reveal for my book this week. Be looking for it on Thursday. I'll be sure to link it.

Anyway, I just want to remind everyone about the Drive to 25 Campaign.

We're trying to get to 25 copies of the Book 1 audio book sold by November. Currently, we're at 19. Please help by sharing these blog posts or sharing links to my audio book.

You can find it in the following locals:
And if you want to start an Audible account, you can get my audio book for free by signing up HERE.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, August 30, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-08-30

Welcome everyone!

Wow, what a great week! The first reveal went perfectly, and I received a bunch of positive feedback. Thanks so much for that!

This weekend, I want to continue the momentum of reveal season and begin recording since my voice is finally coming back. So to do that, I need to:

  • Contact the Huntsman and She-Wolf Fan Club on Facebook (you should join!)
  • Organize my folders to accept Book 2 audio files.
  • Confirm with cover artist that all files were received
  • Double check all art and teasers for the remainder of reveal season

If I can do all that, I'll have a great weekend. I hope you do too!

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, August 29, 2019

*Spoiler* 1st Reveal for BOOK 2!!!

Welcome everyone!

I am so glad to have you with me today. This will be the first in-book content I reveal for the sequel to The Huntsman and the She-Wolf.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I wanted to get some art for the village inn. The inn serves as a social hub for the community as well as a place of refuge for travelers and merchants. It's a tall building - three stories in all - made in the customary half-timer design.

In the first book, I reveal that the inn is owned by the main character's uncle. I never gave a name to the inn at that time. It didn't need one. Now, however, something is changing in the community, and it necessitates a name for the inn.

So, last warning, ***Spoilers***!
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The name of the inn is now The Oak Sprig Inn. I spent a lot of time narrowing down a huge list of potential names. There's a lot of symbolism in the name, but that's not something I'm going to get into right now.  You'll have to wait until Teaser Season for that.

Anyway, let's have a look at my new artist's conception of the inn:

Compare that to the first illustration I received that I will NOT be using:


Notice how the first image above is much larger and more detailed. The front porch is often used by townsfolk to sit and gossip about the town's happenings. The chimney on the right is for the common room. The chimney on the left is for the kitchen.

All-in-all there are 24 rooms in the inn for guests. Not pictured is a small stable in the back. Horses are uncommon in Celandine Valley, so the innkeeper doesn't bother much with extra straw or feed. There is a chicken coop and a pigpen though.

Anyway, I'm thrilled with how the Oak Sprig turned out. It's going to look very nice in the finished product. Hopefully, it sparks your imagination too.

The next reveal will be a week from today. Until then, enjoy!

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Writing Makes Me Feel Bi-Polar Sometimes

Welcome everyone!

There are times I feel almost manic-depressive when it comes to my writing. I am not making light of those who suffer from that affliction, but there are days I don't understand myself.

For instance, the last five days I have been incredibly productive. I've been writing new content, formatting files for recording, making a new YouTube video, and sketching new designs for future books.

The week before that, I had nothing in me. I didn't even want to look at my files. I can't explain it. I just didn't want to mess with my books.

Anyway, while I'm on this positive kick, I'm going to use it. My Book 2 files are with the cover and layout artists. So it's time to start recording the audio and outlining Book 3. I've also been revising my marketing strategy.

Speaking of that, remember the first REAL reveal for Book 2 will be tomorrow. Mark your calendar! ;)



Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hunter's Rose Book 2 First Reveal! *sorta

Welcome everyone,

Yesterday, I promised a reveal today, but I kinda hedged. The image I'm about to reveal is not one that will appear in my book. Instead, I'm going to finish telling you a story I began in the spring.

If you can, remember back to when I mentioned the artist I hired for Book 1 was unable to perform for Book 2. He's the one that provided this image for Book 1:


To me, that's a great shot. He captured a lot of detail from the sketch I gave him. The warriors look fantastic in the sunlight. The mountain pass looks both inviting and intimidating at the same time. It was the perfect interpretation of that scene for Book 1.

Now, the first image I wanted to get for Book 2 was the village inn. As you recall, the inn is own by the main character's uncle. I didn't have a picture for it in Book 1, so I wanted to include one in Book 2.

The inn will always be a central location in my series, so I felt it was important to illustrate it for the reader. I provided photographs of real medieval inns from around the world along with my own sketch of what I wanted. The artist seemed excited to begin the job, but weeks and weeks went by with no progress.

Finally, I really had to pressure him to produce something. Sadly, this is what the artist gave me and it becomes my first reveal for Book 2:

The detail is really lacking. The side of the building isn't finished. Overall, the inn is far too small for what I'm envisioning. Even the front lattice-work, if you zoom in, is hazy and ill-defined. This image is the product of a month's work. Yet, in all that time, the artist only got about half done. The first image in this blog post took only two weeks for him to create.

I can't judge the artist harshly. There may be something very tragic or distracting going on in his life. But I can judge his work, and it is severely lacking.

As a result, I had to find a new artist. You'll get to see his rendition of the inn on Thursday, so you can look forward to that. I don't believe he's quite as talented as my first artist, but he produces excellent work on time. That's what I look for in a business partner.

In fact, I liked this new artist so much, I actually commissioned an extra piece from him. I think the book will benefit from it.

So anyway, come back later this week to get a real look at the inn. I can't wait to share that with you, and it is something you will see in the finished product!

Peace,

-Troy


Monday, August 26, 2019

I'm a Little Nervous Today

Welcome everyone!

Today, I'm a little unsettled. I was able to submit my materials for Book 2 a bit early to the cover and layout artists. That means, the final version of the novella is decided and done. I can't make any further changes until after publication.

That was a big step, and I don't know if I was entirely ready. I have this nagging feeling like I forgot something, but for the life of me, I have no idea what it could be.

Everything seemed filled out and ready to go. I received the last bit of feedback I needed from my beta readers. I did a quick check of my files. Everything seems fine, so I don't know what bugging me. Hopefully, it's just jitters.

Anyway, don't forget: this week we'll have the FIRST REVEALS for book two. In fact, the very first one is TOMORROW!  However, there's a catch to that. I'll tell you about it then.

Stay tuned! :)



Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Motifs I'd Like to Use #5 - The Belly of the Whale

Welcome Everyone!

One of the great traditions in literature is for the hero to descend into a dark place and be forced to confront some form of death. It's often a very powerful moment in a story where the hero learns something about himself or others that enables the quest to ultimately be achieved.

You know many examples from pop culture:

  • Luke Skywalker and the Dark Force cave on Degobah
  • Tony Stark's dream of the dead Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Semba's experience in the ravine where Mufasa dies in The Lion King
  • Dori and Marlin traveling through the jellyfish trench in Finding Nemo
  • Indiana Jones getting sealed off in the snake-filled tomb of the Ark in Raiders of the Last Ark
Often, in these instances, the hero has to go through some kind of symbolic death or suffer the death of a loved one. In Star Wars, Luke kills an apparition of Darth Vader that turns out to be a version of himself inside the suit. Indiana Jones has to face his greatest fear in the tomb, and Marlin is knocked unconscious from the jelly stings.

Almost always, the result of the "Belly of the Whale" experience is that the hero gains some kind of knowledge. Sometimes, this knowledge is learning to trust his friends (Marlin). Sometimes this knowledge is something the hero doesn't understand right away but will become important later on (Luke Skywalker). Other times, it's the knowledge that the hero must leave his known world to grow and gain power in a distant land (Semba). 

I'm not sure how I would incorporate this motif just yet. It wouldn't be hard. Caves, caverns, dungeons, and all manner of underground complexes exist in Celandine Valley. One might even point to the coal mines I used in Book 1 as an example.

So anyway, I'm looking forward to working in the Belly of the Whale. I know I'll be able to, and it will an adventure for myself to figure out how.



Also, I hope you continue to help me promote the Drive to 25 Campaign.

We're trying to get to 25 copies of the Book 1 audio book sold by November. Currently, we're at 19. Please help by sharing these blog posts or sharing links to my audio book.

You can find it in the following locals:
And if you want to start an Audible account, you can get my audio book for free by signing up HERE.

Peace,

-Troy