Friday, May 23, 2014

Please follow the link to new site

I have waffled on whether to have my writing blog here or on WordPress and after comparing the two I have decided WordPress works well for the writing blog, and my health blog on Blogger.

So please know the Hermit has moved to Wordpress.

The new address is :

I'll see you there!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Update on Aura Sight Ebook

I have done a Second Edition of Aura Sight for Smashwords because Aura Sight was published with iUniverse as my first self-published work. However I cannot update it or change the price on the ebook. It needed to be edited and reformatted plus a friend requested to read it on a device they do not offer but on Smashwords it converts to all devices.

So if you would like to purchase a copy I would recommend the Second Edition. I will be taking down the other one as soon as I can figure out how. Also the ebook on Smashwords is my usual .99 price.

J.K. #Rowling said "rather wished Hermione had, in the end, married Harry and not Ron"

Book Riot "Recently, J.K. Rowling gave an interview to Emma Watson – who was serving as guest editor for a magazine – in which she discussed Harry Potter, of course. In the interview, she explained that in hindsight, she rather wished Hermione had, in the end, married Harry and not Ron. She went on to elucidate why she thought that at length and in detail."

I'm not much of a Harry Potter fan. Sorry. Just the way it is. But the fact the author talks about the what-ifs in her work and the details behind the scene? That is a writer.

"For another thing, I really rankle at the idea that the relationship was promised. Regardless of anything in the books, the fact is that the author doesn’t owe the reader anything. You could want two characters to get together badly, but that doesn’t mean you’re owed it. What you’re owed is the book you paid cashy-money for. That’s it. That’s the end of the bargain. As Neil Gaiman once so aptly said, George R.R. Martin is not your bitch, and neither is J.K. Rowling, nor anyone else. She should write what she wants to write, and whether or not you agree with it is up to you. (And to reiterate, it’s still a further pointless argument, because they got together, there is no problem here.)"

"It’s exciting, though. It is such a level of openness and honesty with you, the fan, that you should treasure it. Here is Rowling talking about pondering Harry Potter in as much detail and careful thought as a devout fan might do on a forum somewhere…except she’s the author. You are not only getting a remarkable amount of opinion and useful information to think about, you are getting an underlying message that is priceless, which is I care about this precisely as much as you do, and I think we should discuss it thoroughly. That honesty is exciting and rare. I keep repeating myself, but it’s so rare, I can’t help it.
This honesty and detail leads to Rowling recounting all the ongoing family trees of the Potter characters after the books, leads to her pointing out that Dumbledore was gay, even if it never played a part in the books (except the huge part of being a major part of Dumbledore’s personality) and of her musing on who should’ve married whom and why things could’ve been differently."

Once the book is written that is what people get presented. A story with a beginning, middle and end. Or a series of stories. As a reader I can really love the world-building and details I am presented with. Fantastic worlds. Details. Lives. Given to me to enjoy.

As a writer? The story never ends. I think about those characters and worlds forever. And sometimes you ponder alternate storylines and scenarios in your head for fun. Certainly though there is this depth to the world that never gets into a book. Characters who do not play huge roles may have back stories and lives you have thought about a lot, but it is not important to the Story. Or there may be a great deal of thought and detail about the world that you cannot fit into a book or doesn't work for the story... but you think about it, it is there still and maybe comes out later if you write a series. It is cool really that she is willing to let her fans into that inner world that exists within a writer. Saying 'Hey this is the world I have in my head. These are some of the things I think about after I wrote the story because the characters still live in my head.'

Yet fans, true blue fans, know the books they love with infinite detail. They seem to believe they are planned like that I think. Like it is laid out in advance that 'it would be thus'. It isn't like that at all. Some writers have more of a plan than others. Some have no plan in the beginning. But in the end what you have is rarely what you began with. It is something far more defined. So to open yourself up and discuss all the inner world that is that story, in as much as you can anyway, might lead to a lot of criticism for a well known author I expect. For such a popular series with so many fans I think it is awesome she interacts this way and is quite open about her thought process. I have no idea if I would be or not. I think a great deal about the worlds I write in and the characters. I daydream a lot about them. A lot. And some of that gets in a book and some not. I just enjoy thinking about it. Some stories never get read by anyone but me as is and I still enjoy thinking about them. To say 'I thought of that character being in a relationship with that person?' Well of course. I think things like that. I'm thinking that right now with a character. Will anything develop with a particular character or will it self destruct? Relationships are a part of life. They are not my primary plotline but certainly I am aware they are a part of life. And life affects relationships. So like in real life there are possibilities when I consider my main plotline. It is but one of many aspects of a storyline.

When the story is written it may seem so obvious that is the way it occurred. That is was fated to have happened that way. Yet, like in life, nothing is fated. I often think my poor characters suffer at my whims and sometimes not for the better... poor buggers. But after you write the work to reflect on it with readers would be interesting for sure. Some people might not like that you would reflect on some of those possibilities that occur to you after or occurred to you during the process itself. But I bet they must be at least a little fascinated by being able to delve into the world a little deeper through the writers eyes.

I doubt I would be so open if I had a fan base like that (which since I self-publish and really do no marketing isn't going to happen anytime soon). The reason I wouldn't is because like a lot of authors I am self-conscious about my writing. I would brush off insanely rude criticisms as irrational but I myself never think a work 'is finished enough' or 'good enough' so opening myself to a crapload of flack about something, or even attention for that matter, not my idea of a good time.