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There are way too many fantasy books with gorgeous characters that have flawless skin. It’s starting to become less of a thing, but still, here’s a reminder. Don’t be afraid to give them scars, burns, calloused skin, or heck, even freckles.

And speaking of skin, not all of them have to be white. Even in 13th century Europe.

Just some thoughts.

Thank you and good night.

I’m Taking Chances

I’m taking chances, and I’d like some advice first. #advice #writing

Writing

I really need some feedback on this. I am taking a huge risk with my writing. Maybe it just seems huge to me. I do not recall if I have mentioned this before. It is the dead of night and I just don’t recall as many things. But I will be doing a very… different… thing in the books if I can. The idea is this: reader/author communication. I mean it quite literally. The plan is to have entire…

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I’m Taking Chances

I really need some feedback on this. I am taking a huge risk with my writing. Maybe it just seems huge to me. I do not recall if I have mentioned this before. It is the dead of night and I just don’t recall as many things. But I will be doing a very… different… thing in the books if I can. The idea is this: reader/author communication.

I mean it quite literally. The plan is to have entire paragraphs or pages where I take the reader out of the action a bit (or rather, talk about the action a bit more). I did this first in the first draft at the final plot twist of the book. I figured it might be very confusing to the audience and maybe even seem pointless. Then I pointed out a few things mentioned previously that helped it make sense. Then I left them with a reminder to trust their author and headed back into the plot.

Now it was funny when I did it then… but should I do it again? Should I, in fact, start the story with such a concept? I am considering having the beginning of the book cut to a part midway, then drag the audience out of the story to chat with them about what they just read. Something along the lines of: “Hello, it’s me, your friendly neighborhood author Gabriel Penn. You’re probably wondering, ‘Who is this guy? Why is he here? What the heck is going on? What kind of a book is this?’ That’s pretty close to the point, actually. And to answer your question about the kind of book this is, it’s my kind of book.” Then, perhaps we’ll have another bit of talking, eventually saying that to answer all the questions, we must start at the beginning. Thusly, the book would begin… if I did it this way.

So what are your ideas on this kind of thing? Is it too much of a risk? Should I even keep it as a staple of this series, to break the fourth wall like this occasionally? Or am I just worrying way too much?

Social Psycho

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So I have a lot of social media outlets, I have come to find. Thankfully, most of these are actually based around two things, WordPress and Soundcloud. It goes like this:

WordPress is linked to Twitter and Tumblr, as is Soundcloud. However, Twitter is also linked to my author Facebook page, which isn’t as popular as the book page. I probably should have made the author page first. Either way,…

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Social Psycho

So I have a lot of social media outlets, I have come to find. Thankfully, most of these are actually based around two things, WordPress and Soundcloud. It goes like this:

WordPress is linked to Twitter and Tumblr, as is Soundcloud. However, Twitter is also linked to my author Facebook page, which isn’t as popular as the book page. I probably should have made the author page first. Either way, once it goes up on the author page, I can share it on the book page. This works the exact same way with Soundcloud. It’s a beautiful thing and it means I rarely have to do anything except write occasionally.

But the point of this post wasn’t really to talk about how awesome that is. It’s to give you guys links to each and every one of those social outlets. I will list them below, along with what to expect with each one! If you have any of these media, be sure to give me a like or follow!

Dark Soldier: the Novel (Facebook)
Book promos, updates and blogging!

Gabriel Penn (Facebook)
Writing humor, updates, and general college life.

Gabriel Penn (Twitter)
Basically the book page and author page mixed into one awesome resource for the latest in fantasy.

Gabriel Penn (Soundcloud)
Recording stories, podcasts and poetry! I don’t use it terribly often, however, except for the podcast.

The Blood-Soaked Quill (Tumblr)
Writing quotes, tips, and often one of my own stories thrown in there. This one has been rather low-key for some time, but with some help from you, we can make it bigger!

Thanks and have an excellent day!