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Monday, December 15, 2014

Indie Reader Review Book #1




The Indie Reader website has reviewed "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 1: The Death of Innocents" and given it 4 stars.

Review Summary: 

IR Verdict : THE SAESHELL BOOK OF TIME is a well-written story about the possibilities facing the human race as it strives toward perfection. The creativity of this work extends to the print fonts as well as plot and character.

To read the full review, follow the link: http://indiereader.com/2014/12/saeshell-book-secrets/



 
IR Verdict : THE SAESHELL BOOK OF TIME is a well-written story about the possibilities facing the human race as it strives toward perfection. The creativity of this work extends to the print fonts as well as plot and character. - See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/12/saeshell-book-secrets/#sthash.Y1HtoFzE.dpuf
IR Verdict : THE SAESHELL BOOK OF TIME is a well-written story about the possibilities facing the human race as it strives toward perfection. The creativity of this work extends to the print fonts as well as plot and character. - See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/12/saeshell-book-secrets/#sthash.Y1HtoFzE.dpuf

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Child Syon - The Master of Time

#IllustrationOfTheDay Syon is the Master of Time on the supernatural timeline yet at times he is forced to live on the reality timeline, abused by alcoholic parents. He is a brilliant child on both timelines, so his perspective leads to a unique perception of time.


On the supernatural timeline, eight-year-old Syon can not only travel in time, but he can alter the flow of the timeline. He also has a piece of the Sophistan life form in him so he can also exert great powers at any particular point in time.
 On the reality timeline, twelve-year-old Syon is the highly intelligent child of alcoholic parents. He controls the gateway between the timelines and he has other interesting characteristics. The house key he wears on a string around his neck symbolizes an imprisonment in an environment of beatings and boredom.


To get the full story, read the upcoming Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion" which is currently set to be released July 3rd, 2015. 

 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Illustrating Jenny on the Real Timeline



#IllustrationOfTheDay I've been working on an illustration of the real-life Jenny as she appears in Book #5. She is a Federation of the Twenty police officer who is wearing Earth clothes and pretending to be an Earth human. Here she has drawn her Federation stun gun. Only those who know the Federation will know what her Federation of the Twenty insignia means. This illustration gave me lots of anguish. 

Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion" has two timelines: the supernatural timeline from books #1 - #4 and a new "reality" timeline. The characters jump back and forth between the timelines in the story, which adds quite a bit of interesting twists since on the reality timeline they experience real-life problems which are far more gritty than the ones on the supernatural timeline. 
 

Recap - Book #3



The Saeshell Book of Time Serial Novel (4 Books)

Magical children will rule the Earth with their advanced intellectual and scientific powers. Two young people are betrothed at birth and forced by alien races to serve as the secret King and Queen of contemporary Earth: from the UK, Stefan, a seventh-grade artistic prodigy and from the US, Tova, a nineteen-year-old life sciences genius. Both were raised as humans and left to discover that they will be immortal at age nineteen. Using their emerging magic, they must protect the kingdom of Earth from unwanted alien intrusions. Shy, reclusive Stefan is ripped from his childhood and has eight weeks to learn to rule. Tova must do more than love Stefan — she must keep him sane or kill him to protect humans from his irrational use of his powers.

Book #3: The Saeshell Book of Time Part 3: Paradise Lost
Diabolical plans unfold to force Stefan's ascension. His choice: pass the trials and become King of Earth — or be killed. The corpus of supremely jealous beings would gleefully end his life, save for his passionate mate’s protection. Has a lust for killing been woven into her innocent core? Protection — a two edged sword — she is bound to euthanize him if his mind rips. Fairies are bound to promote love. Will the ambitious Queen of Sophista — The Queen of the Distant Fairies — ruthlessly stab Stefan’s innocence or simply instill Earth survival skills? Will Ty’s father’s dark past break his son’s heart? For the loving couple and their Children of Sophista, has paradise been truly lost? The Federation seeks to dominate. The snakes lurk in the shadows, ready to strike — and so does Atreyeu.

November 17th Diary Entry echoed from Facebook



#amwriting Here I am, ready to edit draft 4 of Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion", 134,311 words/552 trade hardback pages. I got a new high speed, high volume color laser printer and I finally got to try it out with this draft. During writing/editing, I always work in the 6x9 trade format because it allows room, when printed on regular sized paper, for comments/insertions/added text to be written in. This draft has all the corrections from relatives (who have read large quantities of sci-fi for decades) and changes due to their feedback. The edit of this draft in paper form allows me to see the whole story and how it is coming together. This is the last edit before it goes for the first professional edit. I'm getting pressed for time because I really want to get the feedback/marked manuscript back from the editor before Christmas. The way the professional editing works is that I submit the manuscript and 3 weeks later I get the marked up manuscript back. What's happened in the past is that I read the markups, get furious, and want to throw the whole thing in the trash. I set the manuscript down for 2 or 3 days to let the anger fade and then I pick it up and start work. Besides all the normal English junk that gets marked, the editor is very good at finding the jugular of the story and pointing it out to me. There are usually recommendations on how to raise the tension and drama. So going through the editor comments and making the changes usually takes about 1.5 months but given how long this manuscript is, probably 2 months. When I finally make it through the changes, the book sounds so good! And then I get to start the process again because there will be a second pass made by the professional editor. And then the final proofing pass by the editor. The four drafts so far have been a tremendous amount of work and terrifying because this book is way more intense than any of the previous ones. But that is nothing compared to the real slog that begins with the professional editing process. There is one bit of pleasure in the process. If the editor gets shocked by something they read, they usually say so. I count those. It's like a game scorecard.

Tyco's Father

#IllustrationOfTheDay Tyco's father wrote poetry when he was a boy. The Saeshells found him by following the trail of poetry he gave away.