Hey, look at me, doing an update not too long after I did the last one (and on a Friday to boot). So, as this post’s title suggests, I’ve been dabbling into audiobooks. Since I currently can’t print copies of The Kanta Chronicles, I figured that I should find a way to have people experience it. And so, I’ve begun hosting auditions for people to potentially narrate for me.
I’ve held off on doing this for awhile because I’ve never really liked the idea of audiobooks. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed having a physical copy that I can always consult and don’t have to struggle with rewinding if I need to reread a section. This isn’t to say that I’ve never used them before; when I was growing up, my family used to listen to A Series of Unfortunate Events on tape, which helped with boring car rides. And I hear a lot of people praising Audible these days, so to continue to spread the word on The Kanta Chronicles, I’ve decided to dip my toes in. I’ve had the audition notice up for about 10 days now and have already had about five or six auditions submitted. I’ll probably wait until I have at least 15 before I make a decision, but I’d like some help. If you guys listen to audiobooks, what do you look for in a narrator for you to enjoy experiencing the book in this medium?
Ok, so I know that with the world in quarantine, all the free time on our hands, that people might think I’ve been writing like crazy. Oh how wrong you are! As I work an essential job at my local grocery store, my free time has actually gotten less as some of my coworkers are unable/unwilling to work, leaving more for those of us who do. But I am still writing when I can; but as always my process is slow at best and sub-glacial at worst. I’ve posted the next few chapters to Supernaturalis Mortem to FictionPress (link below) for those who wish to see how that story is coming along.
As for the publishing status of Lucifer & Lilith and The Kanta Chronicles Ihave some news. With regards to The Kanta Chronicles, I made an error with regards to properly responding to authentication email around Christmas and have currently lost my ability to print new copies for the time being. I’m trying to get everything back to the way it was, but am still waiting on a few things from the people who helped me publish in the first place (but again with the quarantine, this might take awhile). But if this affects the online merchants like Chapters/Indigo, I don’t know (hopefully it hasn’t, but as I don’t know of anyone who actually has bought a copy that wasn’t from me, I can’t say). As for Lucifer & Lilith, I’m still waiting to hear back from the publishers I sent it out to back in September. I’m still very optimistic about L&L‘s chances of being picked up by someone, and will let the world know when it happens; but again, this whole pandemic situation may make this timetable much longer than initially hoped for back in September.
Stay safe everyone. Hopefully this will all end soon and the world can go back to something that resembles the old normal. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing when I can and post batches of chapters once a few have collected.
So I know that I’m extremely notorious for not updating this as much as I should (and I’m very sorry about that) but hopefully that will change this coming year (one resolution that I have is to be more active with my writing than I’ve been in the past). But, like this title says, I’ve posted the first few chapters to fictionpress. I’ve taken a page from George R.R. Martin and named the chapters after the character’s whose POV it is from. Let me know what you think of this style and the story in general. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season!
So, I’ve been working on the next book while I wait to hear back from literary agencies to help publish L&L. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect in my new story: Supernaturalis Mortem!
My sickness had finally caught up with me. As I crawled to the shrine of my goddess at the junction of the three roads, my lifeblood flows out through my fingers and onto the gravel. The great goddess, my goddess, Hecate had kept her promise; she’d kept me safe in the shadows all these years. And for that, I’d eternally be in her debt, should she ever need my services in the next life.
For sixteen years Hecate has protected me and my killings. For sixteen years have I wandered the world and killed indiscriminately. And for sixteen years, all Hecate has required of me for her protection is that whenever I come across anything dealing with the worship of her that I stop and offer a sacrifice of flesh, blood and bone. I think that the body of my final victim and myself, at the same altar that our covenant was first forged, would be proof enough that I have not ever faltered in my worship.
As I raise my bloody hand to the statuette of Hecate in the shrine, my dying eyes play the same trick on me they did all those years ago. For once my hand touched the image of my goddess, I could have sworn it looked upon me with a look both pleased and saddened. “O, goddess of the hidden,” I say. “My soul is yours, a-a-a-a final pay…ment for your protection.”
My strength has finally fled my dying body, as I fall to the ground. My last words, nigh, my last breath a praise to Hecate, my great goddess.
Well, after a few months (mostly spent not doing what I’m supposed to be doing) I’ve finally finished going through Lucifer & Lilith and have it ready to send to publishers! So over the next few weeks I’m going to try and shop around until I find someone who loves the story as much as I do and is willing to publish it for the world to fall in love with it. So wish me luck! And then once I’ve found someone to publish L&L, I’m going to start writing out the plot for my next story, which I’ll hopefully start writing by the summer (but I make no promises as work dramatically picks up then). Hopefully, Lucifer & Lilith will be on shelves sooner than we can hope.
PS If anyone has a good name for L&L that’s short, isn’t just their names and fits the story, please let me know, as I feel the current title is too wordy.
Ok, so recently (as in my recent posts, not time because we all know how lacking I am in being punctual online) I’ve mentioned some of the tropes/connections between my two latest stories (The Kanta Chronicles and Lucifer & Lilith). And today, I’d like to give you guys some more of these so that you can always recognize my writings in the future. And while all of these aspects won’t always be in the story I’m writing, there’s sure to be a few.
Now, I’ve already mentioned how I use twins, and how the elder is usually the female and she’s more powerful than her younger brother. I’ve also said how I’ll usually take a name of a character in one story and give it to another; this is something that a lot of authors do I find and I’m just another practitioner of this hallowed tradition. Another thing that I constantly find myself doing is taking parts of stories from other authors and using them in my own while putting my own spin on it. This is what I did with Cadel Thymab in The Kanta Chronicles (for the full story there, there’s a early post about it). Another hallowed tradition that I fully subject my writing to is making allusions to other works that influence me. I do this usually a bit more stealthily in my humble opinion, than my previous point, but for more details, check out some of my earliest post here.
Finally, I’d like to discuss the Language of Darkness. It’s something that is present in both L&L and The Kanta Chronicles and hope to find a way to incorporate it into all my future works. In essence, the Language or Tongue of Darkness is a string of gurgling and grunting that only those born with the ability to can understand. And for someone to be able to understand it, and not be born to a parent/parents that can, is extremely rare. In The Kanta Chronicles, only Ladies of the Night can understand it; and in L&L only the angels of the Pit and their offspring can understand it. The exception to this is Lilith who when she first met Tartarus ate a special but rare crystal that allowed her to do so. And while Kara can understand thanks to the mental connection she shares with both her parents, her twin brother Shien cannot. And since that ties so nicely into my first point, I think that is where I will stop.
Ok, I’m sorry guys for not being here to tell you about everything going on in the world of Bolfodier, but in all honest I haven’t been focused on it lately. I’ve actually been trying to write the end to my other story Lucifer & Lilith: Love Leads To Sin. And I’m just about done; I just posted two of the final chapters over on FictionPress, so go check them out and let me know what you think. But be warned, Ch. 42 is really heavy and the reason I’ve taken so long in posting anything, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. And I’d also like to official announce that I’m going to try and properly publish L&L, so wish me luck. Also, I’m going to be posting some more L&L content on here for the next little bit, filling in some gaps that the story doesn’t really have time for, but I hope readers find interesting nonetheless.
So, here’s a radio ad to help promote the Write It Forward Event that I recorded today for the local radio station that I’m a volunteer at. Let me know what you all think. This will be running for the next month on Canoe FM 100.9, so let me know if you hear it.
So awhile back I hinted at a special announcement due to come out soon. Well, today is that day. Today, I’m officially launching what I’m calling the Write It Forward Event; a chance for anyone and everyone interested in adding their own spin on the world of Bolfodier and potentially have it become canon. Full details are on the new Write It Forward page here on bolfodier.ca. This is me handing one of the reins of creative control over to my readership, as well as a desperate bid to get some attention outside of those who know me personally. So please, let all those creative types you know know about this event.
Ok, I know I haven’t posted anything in a couple of weeks and today isn’t my normal update day, but since the book’s publication, my sending of copies to the Kickstarter supports and a few reviews, I haven’t really had all that much to post. I’m awaiting reviews (which you can now post on this site (as well as the sites that the book is sold) to get a general feel for the reception that you as my readers are giving me. Though the sample size is small, and potentially biased, I’m happy to report initial reactions of those who’ve told me they’ve read it is good. I’m going to wait until the middle of September to give an official overview of the reviews, but I hope this optimistic trend continues.
Also coming within the next month, to give people time to read the book and spread the word, I have a special announcement in the works. I’m not going to give any more details than that at the moment, but I think it has the potential to help make this book take the world by storm.
I’m also happy to announce that you can now buy The Kanta Chronicles at the store where I work, Valu-mart in Minden, Ontario. Supplies are currently limited, as well as hard covers, but the more we sell the more that can be shipped to the store for all your cottage country reading needs. And I truly believe that The Kanta Chronicles has something for everyone: magic, romance, action, betrayal, a grand battle, secret societies. All that’s missing is a partridge in a pear tree. So don’t miss out on this great read and a great opportunity to have a meet-n-greet with the author at his other job!