Archives: Rifts of Renjian series

Why You Wish You Were Born on the Solstice

When preparing to write my upcoming epic fantasy series, The Rifts of Renjian, I did a lot of research. Celestial workings matter because summer and winter children become magic wielders, or Enchanters. Children born in spring and fall (known as the Meridian seasons) have no magic powers. So I studied the seasons and how planetary bodies move.
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    My Author Career Plan

    ConCarolinas 2016: A scifi con for writersRecently I’ve been doing some soul searching in regards to my writing career. It sort of started with ConCarolinas and all the writing panels there, so this is the third post in my ConCarolinas series. Read the writing panel recap and the author marketing panel recap.

    So far, I’ve published one book and planned out a new series. Now it’s time to think about where I want my career to go from here. Everything that’s been percolating in my head recently has finally come together into a new vision.

    At ConCarolinas Stuart Jaffe said something that really made the wheels start turning — many writers are unprepared to become full-time authors. They’re especially not ready for the ups and downs.

    Listening to the Rocking Self Publishing Podcast also got me thinking. The successful authors who are making it work with a day job all write on the bus or over lunch breaks every day.

     

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      Second Draft Complete!

      Yesterday I finished the second draft of my still untitled epic fantasy, codename Cast Beyond. So I need YOUR help picking the best title for this book! Take the survey:

      Choose the Best Title

       

      It now stands at 97,000 words. During the second draft, I:

      • deleted 10 scenes
      • added 15 scenes
      • revised 36 scenes

      I’ll have more work to do once my critique partners get through it later this summer. I already plan to add back in about four scenes based on their feedback. I’ll also need beta readers this summer, probably in August, if you’re interested.

      Here are some teasers about the book so far!

      Ekanen is a good soldier, but when his entire battalion is slaughtered by invading enchanters, he can do nothing to stop them. A lone enchanter throws him from the battlefield, leaving him the sole survivor. Now he must reconcile his people’s desire for vengeance with the knowledge that the enchanters aren’t all fighting on the same side.

      With no one to trust, he finds himself drawn deeper into the enemy’s plot as he unravels the truth behind the unwarranted attack. Ekanen must find a way to prevent the next world war, a war that will leave the planet Renjian defenseless against the ancient enemy that waits in the depths of space.

      Other Important Characters

      In her twilight years, the summerborn enchanter Ilienka longs to retire to the mysterious unexplored continent to the north. But when her apprentice intervenes in the coming battle, she finds herself pulled into a conflict the world isn’t prepared for.

      Dreaming of freedom, Heiduan and her sister escape from slavery in their homeland. The two winterborn enchanters hope that crossing the rift will save them, but they’re denied passage and exiled to a hostile land. When an enchanter army conscripts them, they find themselves fighting for their freedom again. Only this time the outcome may determine whether the army starts a new world war.

      Setting

      Great geysers shooting pure magic from the core of the planet divide the world into fragments, or continents. Enchanters can cross the thinnest of these rifts, but wider rifts may hide undiscovered lands.

      Enchanters born in summer become casters, able to cast spells. Enchanters born in winter become makers, able to craft charms that others or they themselves can use until depleted.

      Help me pick the right title for this book!