Aspiring author and random thinker

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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.


Book of Kayal: Strength of Unity on Book Goodies

Hey all. I just wanted to say that I Book Goodies will be posting an author interview with me about BoK: SoU.

Book of Kayal: Strength of Unity (ed2) Now Available on Amazon

On Writing: Editing after two years

Its been a long time since I edited any of my books, at least 10 months. In that time I have been busy preparing my masters degree, a process that proved to be quite the writing workout.

A week ago I opened one of my older books, the one I have been posting some of its drafts on here (Book of Kayal: Hands of Fate) and started going through it once more. The improvements I have been doing are striking. Everywhere I look, there seems to be room for editing. A touch here…a touch there, until I ended up re-writing about half of the 40% I’ve gone through.

I have to say that the editing process has been this extensive for two main reasons: (1) I have wrote over 400,000 words in total since then; and (2) I have completed two more stories in the series since then and am working on a third one after HoF. Needless to say, the first has directly improved my writing skill while the second has resulted in me adjusting the world accordingly.

Unlike my former attempts at editing, this one has been entertaining. I can’t get enough of this first go, mostly because I have completely forgotten the story and the characters that have been included in the sequels have significantly developed since then.

So to all those who love to write but hate to edit, think about coming back to your books after finishing another story. It will help with the tediousness of the editing process.

On Writing: Perspectives and Scopes

My first attempt at writing a novel had a bunch of elements which made it extremely difficult for me to patch up. It is not a well written book nor does it have a Golden Idea, but it has enough content to write an entire series about.

There were two big mistakes which I did and failed to learn from at the time, but at the moment, considering my journey so far, I am glad that I have made them – this way I can reflect back on the experience and learn from it instead of guessing what its like.

Errors are inescapable, and mine were many and will continue to be so for a long time. I attempted to juggle a story between no less than five perspectives which crisscrossed together throughout the story. Needless to say, it was a feat too advanced for my baby skills. In addition to having confused the hell out of me when trying to time the events of each character so that it would make sense for them to meet, I had to write a story for each character. The content was immense for a new writer as it is, although I only managed to squeeze about 120,000 words in, considering that a new world had to be created and its rules set.

The second fault was the scope. Epic fantasies have to have epic scopes. At first, and without any research regarding this hobby I had just picked, I thought that writing would be easy as long as my imagination was working. Writing, however, ended up being far less about imagination than about logical deduction and expression. If you cannot express a plot which would lead to a logical conclusion, regardless of genre, then you fail as a writer, or at least perform poorly.

My suggestion to any aspiring authors, or simply someone interested in writing novels, is to avoid writing from more than one perspective until you have acquainted yourself with writing a little more. I would not be so bold as to set the bar at writing 1,000,000 words, considering that I myself am not doing that, but perhaps after writing at least one novel. Although, if you try it and avoid getting quitting due to disappointment of your work, it would surely teach you something, if not initially then later.

I am proud of my first book, unpublished as it will always remain, because it marked a huge step towards my learning of this new craft. I can safely say that without it, I would be less than what I am now.

On Writing: Published on Kindle

I have finally published the first edition of the third book I have written via Kindle. The book will be available for free on Friday 14/6/2013 and Saturday 15/6/2013.

On Writing: Finally Ready to Publish

I am finally done with the editing and cover design processes of my second book and will be publishing it on Amaozon Kindle very soon. I will inform you all of the days I will make my book for free so you can check it out if you want.

On Writing: Delayed

Just as I was wondering how to continue writing through the lack of motivation to do so, life gave me a break.

For the next few days, I will be unable to work on my second book due to work – which is not a bad thing. Now I have the chance to get immersed in something else that, can potentially, help me generate ideas.

(6 Hours Later)

Yet found the time to write a chapter (1k words). My brain has a terrible sense of timing, inspiring me at the times I don’t need it and slacking off when I do.

On Writing: Two Things

After going through the finished chapters of my second book, I noticed that I forgot most of what I wrote. Interesting enough, my work grants me insight about myself. It is like I am getting to know who I am.

Today has been a difficult writing day for me, not because I don’t know what to write, but because I don’t feel like writing. Trying to force myself through the 2k words I promised myself to write every day, hoping it won’t affect the quality of my work.