Having to kill one’s characters

I know the advice about how a good writer needs to be willing to kill one’s characters, but it’s hard. I’m reaching a point where a character I’ve grown to love is going to die. I can save this person, and in fact, I can finish the entire trilogy (I’m still on volume 2, so hold your horses, I’m not nearly done) without anyone important to the story dying, but it seems like a cheat. The deaths have to be there since the world I created is violent and it seems so unlikely that everyone would survive.

Ugh! I don’t like it.

FOOTBALL!!!!!

That’s American Football for everyone else. It’s that time of year when epic, manly men do epic, manly things. That’s right, it’s opening week of the N. F. L.

I wasted, I mean watched, nearly 3 hours of the Bengals vs. Ravens. My magnificent Bengals (I’m from Cincy so I’m kinda stuck with them) were bungling along, leading 15-0, before they do what the Bengals too often do: blow a lead. The Ravens came back to take the lead in the 4th quarter, and at that point, I turned off the game in disgust and  went back to writing book 2 – a much more productive use of my time, I’m sure most of you would agree.

Of course, what this meant was that I missed the Bengals thundering right back and holding on to win the game. Oh well. At least the Men (the Bengals) won.

Back to writing.

 

Early cover art for Stories from Arisa

Here’s the pencil sketch for my short story collection, Stories from Arisa:

Pencil for Stories

Once the coloring is done and my editor sends me the final markups, I’m hoping to have the collection out sometime next week.

Right now, there are four stories. First  is Received Wisdom, a story featuring Li-Dirge, describing how he becomes the SarpanKum of the Eastern Plague.

Next is The Prank, a story from Rukh’s time at the House of Fire and Mirrors, one of the two Kumma martial academies in Ashoka. Keemo features prominently in this one, and I was glad to write him again. Though his screen time in A Warrior’s Path was short, he was always one of my favorite characters.

Then comes A Lesson Learned. It’s a tale about murder in Ashoka.
Finally there’s The Missing Diamond, a story about an arrogant Cherid who loses a priceless diamond. Lieutenant Rector Bryce has to catch the thief.

I’m also including the prologue and Chapter 1 of A Warrior’s Knowledge. For those who don’t remember every detail of Arisa – which includes me on most days – I’m  also including a glossary at the end.

 

 

An interview with the Superman/Wonder Woman Tumblr

My first interview! Kinda cool that someone is interested in what I’ve written. Who am I kidding? It’s awesome! Read the interview and you’ll see how I went from writing original stories, to writing fan fiction, and back to writing original works.

Word of warning: if you read the fanfic novels I wrote, understand that they’re all second draft with loads of typos. Be forgiving.