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On Writing: finishing a series

I finally decided how to best end the series BoK, by showing how the world moves on regardless of the intentions, plans and actions of great people in powerful placed. I believe that with such a book I would both bring an end to BoK and allow for other prequels.


[free] fantasy Book of Kayal: Strength of Unity now free on Amazon Kindle

Explore the world of BoK with Ganis and her unlikely crew in the first installment of the series.



Vote for Book of Kayal!

Hey guys. I recently am trying this new publishing service called SOOP (Something or Other Publishing). They work with a voting system to let the readers decide what they want to get. I’ve put my fantasy book there ‘Book of Kayal: Strength of Unity’ and would appreciate the votes should you be interested.

The book is part of a series (all stand alone books taking place in the same world and in the general setting of one larger series of events) and the first to be published. It follows Ganis, an undead soldier who was sent to join a group sent by the Emperor to capture the figurehead of a rebellion.

Among the dilemmas Ganis faces are philosophical and moral ones, such as gender discrimination, and religious dilemmas. It is mostly inspired by contemporary events in the Middle East yet it’s set in a fantasy setting.

You can vote here if you’re interested (it requires email subscription):

Here is an amazon link of the available ebook:

If you’re interested send me a pm and I’ll send you a pdf or kindle-compatible version of the book. I’m also looking for reviewers and would not mind the input for the next edition or possibly even book idea.

Looking for book reviewers

Hey, I’m looking for someone to review my fantasy book Book of Kayal: Strength of Unity. Send me an email on if you’re interested and I’ll send you a free copy.

Twitter Account

Dear all, I have started a new twitter account that I will be using solely for writing-related activities @SNileson

On Awards: Liebster Blogging Award

I am not a hardcore blogger nor do I think that my ideas are worth of note, for I am mostly inspired by everyone around me, be it in virtually or else.

Winter Bayne ( gave me a shout out for the Liebster Blogging Award – it is decorating the middle of this post.liebster-blog-award-2The process entails me to answer his 10 questions, then nominate 10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers, and present them with 10 questions of my own.

Thus the question answering begins.

  • Name 2 author sites you visit and why – I do not visit any author sites, I rarely have the time to do so, but I do watch Brandon Sanderson’s lectures on Youtube often. I find his way of taking the students through the writing process fairly useful. Sadly, though, I have never read any of his books.
  • Name 2 authors in the same genre as you. If you aren’t a writer  then 2 authors in your favorite reading genre –  I usually write fantasy (just until I reach my 1 million words mar), but since fantasy and sci-fi are usually grouped together, I will assume that both of them are one genre (or at least are very similar) and answer as such. Isaac Asimov is by far my favorite author. His process and way of delivering a message are phenomenal. It is from him that I derived the Golden Idea concept. The second, of course, is the same as every fantasy author’s favorite, Tolkien. He is, in m opinion, only second to Edgar Alan Poe in his writing style, but the idea that he practically invented modern fantasy makes him somewhat of my aspiring-writer inspiration.
  • What makes you bang your head against the keyboard? When a long day is finished and I feel that I want to write but can’t because I am too sleepy.
  • How did you get started Seriously, why did you write that novel? Or blog/business if not a writer –  I wrote my first novel, which I will never publish, because I was at a period in my life where work was slow and a hobby seemed a way to usefully invest my time in a relevant skill, writing.
  • How did you go about doing it (writing the novel for the first time or starting your online business)? It took me a month to finish my first novel, I was excited at the prospect of creating a world and placing its rules, and a lot of free time. Again, it was all possible because of a slow work pace.
  • What did you learn along the way? I learnt many things, but the most important, I think, so far is the ability to make meaning of things where none is provided; to see patterns hidden to others.
  • What’s your theme song? As in what song should start playing when you enter a room? Geneses’ I Can’t Dance.
  • What are you planning this month? I started my second semester preparing an MBA. I am pretty swarmed with work and readings.
  • What really inspires you? Knowing how little I know and how much I stand to learn. Growth is, I decided, my raison d’etre and learning, as I have discovered so far, is the best way to attain it.
  • What motivates you? The small things I notice in life that most of us, including me, take for granted.

As for the 10 bloggers I nominate, I will have to go back to the ones I try to follow as much as I can:

  1. Daniel Michaleski
  2. Joesephine L. Brooks

And these are, apparently, the only two I follow who meet the criteria. I will try to find some time to look for another eight and continue to forward this around.

On Philosophy: Where Am I and Where to Go?

I often ask myself: ‘Who do I want to become?’ and start listing the many things about myself that I want to change. This exercise ends up taking the whole day and providing an unimaginably long list of characteristic and behavioral attributes that need improvement, or change altogether.

Then a simple task becomes somewhat of an obsession that appears in everything I see; every conversation I hear; every smell that makes its way into my nose; every spec of dust that touches my skin; and every exotic taste that finds itself on my tongue. It takes over most of my thoughts, thankfully without hindering my functionality.

It is, I have to say, an exhilarating experience to purposefully go through this life-changing process of awareness. But, unfortunately, it does not leave me without more questions and on a clear path to whereas I want to go. And it often makes me wonder: ‘Am I happy with who I have become?’ The second question, however, usually leaves me more tryst.

Today, thought, was special, and I found myself, for the very first time, with an answer to my second self-inquiry: ‘I am happy with who I have become because there is still so much to do. And that means that I am alive and have a reason to continue on living; it means that, for now, there is purpose in my life.’

It takes me a while to prepare this new year resolution thing

I have to say that since the new millennium I have been taking my resolutions very seriously, rarely failing to achieve them. The trick, however, is not of my overly-diligent nature, but realism. Your goals have to be SMART, as per the notorious misters George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham. SMART is simply an acronym for: Specific-Measurable-Attainable-Realistic-Timely.

Anyway, I would highly recommend you to try setting goals based on these five criteria and you should not limit it only to new years. So what if you fail at meeting them? Just pick yourself up and try again next year or maybe before that.

For this year my goals are: learn to comfortably speak Turkish; write an additional 600,000 words, bringing my total over 1,000,000; and venture beyond my comfort zone.


Been experimenting with the metallic look and finally made something decent.

Been experimenting with the metallic look and finally made something decent.

On Cartography: A Little More Experimentation

Added Sea color

Added Sea color

Another country in the series 'Book of Kayal'

Another country in the series ‘Book of Kayal’