Redrafting

Posted on 2 May 2012 | 1 response

So, I have decided I really want to keep piddling around in the world Tijervyn is set in. This is not so bad a thing as I have four different nations and four different Meisters of the Secret to play around with. In particular, I want to go back to the novel that actually started this, a manuscript I tentatively have titled “Of Brass and Blood” that takes place several years after the war between Sentat and Adervyn, and takes place over in Adervyn besides. The fun part, as I wrote this before Tijervyn, it really isn’t a sequel, despite taking place years later. Heck, in the original manuscript, very little to none is said about Sentat, and Quintin, while a character, never mentions that silly halfman he made that was really Sentatian, or his fellow Meisters. Probably because that whole idea was created for Tijervyn…

But, there is a problem.

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From the Ashes

Posted on 24 April 2012 | No responses

Four months. Has it really been four stinking months? Wow. Just . . . Wow. So, this is pretty short, traditional, “oh crap I haven’t posted anything in a while” type post. But instead of being all emo over why I haven’t been posting, I’m here to say that I have just gotten back from JordanCon and now have a whole crap-ton of stuff to do. So, a quick list of things I really want to do:

-Start writing for the monies again, in particular, manage to sell blog posts to Tor.com again.

-Do a massive revision on a novel I wrote tentatively called “Of Brass and Blood” which takes place in the same world as Tijervyn, but a few years later (although I wrote it a few years before)

-Write some more short fiction and start really actively shopping the new stuff and some old stuff I haven’t posted to markets.

-Get Revenant into dead-tree form and start working on actively selling it. Which leads to:

-Do yet another edit pass for typos on Revenant, as I found three in Chapter Five alone as I was reading the book for pleasure on my new tablet.

-Maybe (and this is pending everything else getting done) finish Meister of the Secret. Woo! (and I’m sure April will want to kill me)

So yes, busy times, and my funk of the last four months is pretty well banished. I feel great! I will hopefully start getting more regular blogs with musings on writing up here, but that is kind of a minor thing for me at this moment, so while this space might stay quietish, my twitter and facebook will probably be more active. Time to live up to that Phoenix icon I have up on this site, I think.

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A Fork In The Road

Posted on 16 December 2011 | 6 responses

Okay. As those of you that read my facebook or twitter know, I recently got a rejection letter. It was not the first one I ever got, nor do I think it will be the last. It is almost a mark of pride amongst published authors to talk about how big a room they could wallpaper with their rejection letters, so I know in the end this just ups my cred there.

BUT

I have to face a grim truth. I don’t have any novel manuscripts in condition to be sent out to editors or agents right now. Why? Because I’ve spent the last year writing Tijervyn. Now, Tijervyn has been fun, and quite a learning process besides, but the simple truth is that I cannot write for profit and for free at the same time. And sadly, I just don’t have resources and time to completely and truly self publish Tijervyn, so as a project, I’m afraid it has to be shelved. In fact, RichardFife.com is going to go kind of dark. Not in the “going offline” sense, but the “no new content” sense. Consider this more of a web-folio of writing projects, I suppose.

And, to allay the fears of you my loyal readers, I am not going to completely end Tijervyn. But updates are going to much more sporadic. Maybe once a month? I will use writing chapters of Meister of the Secret as a rest-writing exercise. Subscribe to the RSS feed (either main site or Tijervyn only) and you will see whenever I get around to putting up a new chapter.

Thanks for being readers.

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Vacation Week One

Posted on 9 December 2011 | No responses

As promised, Chapter Two from “Rust on the Blade”.

I again emphasize, this is a super rough draft. I’m not even looking back over it for simple typos or awkward or repetitive stuff, so please forgive them. Consider this a rather interesting look to see what a true first draft looks like. And that is all, because even though I was thinking of writing a blog post about something meaningful, I kind of realized that would mess with my concept of vacation. Never mind that I posted up a blog over at Tor.com a couple days ago… that’s different. They actually pay me and all that, right? right. Totally excusable. Anyway, see you next week for Chapter 3.

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Vacation

Posted on 2 December 2011 | No responses

Chapter Twelve: Distractions.

And yes, I’m going to leave that as a cliffhanger, because April and I are taking some time off. Just December, but with the craziness of holidays, I figured you the readers and us the writer/artist could use the time off. But never fear, Tijervyn returns January 6th, 2012. Until then, I’ve decided I’ll post a few more chapters of Rust on the Blade, since that got a good response from the first. I’ll try and think up some interesting blogs to go with them, but we’ll see when I remember I need to write them.

So, want to get me and April a holiday gift? Well, you can always buy that special someone an ebook for $2.99. Or you can always donate. Or you can review Revenant in those same ebook stores. Or you can tell all those other geeks in your family this holiday season about this awesome online story you’ve been reading. I am, as my friends are wont to say, “just saying.”

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Turkey

Posted on 25 November 2011 | No responses

Chapter Eleven: The Secret

So, semi-major reveals in this chapter. That’s about all, because I’m so full of turkey it isn’t even funny (for my non-US readers, we just had Thanksgiving, our national holiday of turkey slaughter and consumption). So, no blog really today. Just the chapter. Enjoy!

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Episodic

Posted on 18 November 2011 | No responses

Chapter Ten: A Question of Faith

First, allow me to briefly mention again that Revenant is for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for ereaders. For $2.99, you get the edited novel plus a bonus chapter/short story “Lessons of Gorlido” that gives back story on Bryon as well as the world in general. It is also a stellar way to show you appreciate the novel. And if you don’t have an e-reader, you can still write a review, I think. I don’t think Amazon or BN force you to buy it through them to review it. Now, onto my “episodic” blog, for reals! Really!

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Character Decisions

Posted on 11 November 2011 | No responses

Chapter Nine

Now, this post will make a lot more sense if you have read chapter nine. I’ll be vague for those who haven’t read it, but you might actually want to read it before this. Go ahead, I can wait if you haven’t. Now then. Did I just do that? Yes. Yes I did.

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Review: Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Posted on 4 November 2011 | 1 response

Chapter Eight: “A Name”

So, I feel like I’m becoming a bit of a Sanderson expert. I’ve read all of his published work except for his thesis and that new media tie-in piece he did, and I am acquainted with him from conventions, and I correspond with his assistant Peter from time to time. So, I sometimes feel a little biased when I review one of Brandon’s books. Well, biased isn’t the right word. See, I love Sanderson’s writing, and Alloy of Law has been no exception, but I’m not going to give anything he writes a five-star pass. In fact, I might be more tending to be harsher in my criticism, or at least more specific, as I am conscious of my propensity to want to give him a five-star pass, thus I raise the bar. Is it fair, no. Is it me and still an honest review, yeah. Anyway, spoiler-free! So, on with the show!
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Reality Creeping In

Posted on 28 October 2011 | No responses

Chapter Seven: The Makings of a Monster

Okay, I want to be very blunt: today’s chapter has nothing to do with the Occupy movement that is currently going on, and is not meant to in any way comment on it. That said, I cannot help but acknowledge that there is some level of commentary inherent in the text, and that future chapters dealing with the rebels and the protests will likely also have something along the lines of commentary in it. Don’t you just love dichotomy?

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