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Viking ZX

Author of Science-Fiction and Fantasy novels! Oh, and some fanfiction from time to time.


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Jake, Anna, and Sweets are back in the long-awaited sequel to Colony!

Fresh off their mission to Pisces, the trio is looking forward to a well-deserved rest, and better yet, a fat paycheck after everything that occurred on the alien world. But all that comes to a crashing halt when they’re waylaid above Earth by their employer and find themselves with an extended contract, sending them right back out into space.

Worse yet, their trio has been split to best handle their new assignments. Jake and Anna find themselves attached to a scientific expedition, tasked as security escorts keeping the expedition safe as they investigate a new potential colony world thriving with a vast, vibrant jungle. Meanwhile, Sweets has been assigned aboard an UNSEC military vessel, tracking down the source of a pervasive cyberattack against their hardware.

But as both teams get to work, it’s clear that there may be more to their respective missions than they were led to believe. The cyberattacks are brazen and powerful, but simplistic and utterly untraceable. The alien world’s ecology defies logic and sense, puzzling the expedition team.

And above it all, the ripples of events on Pisces continue to spread through the galaxy …

Writing Guides

All writing guides are found in their complete, searchable forms at my site.

Most Recent First
Knowing When to Borrow and How
Red Herrings
Chekhov's Armory
Chekhov's Gun
Moving From Essays and Non-Fiction Forms to Fiction
Cover Art
Research and Ramifications
Keeping Character Variety
Subverting Tropes
When Do You Publish?
Character Matters
Less is More? The Art of Cutting in Editing
Writing about Injuries
Writing an Anti-Hero
Good Subversions
Sex Appeal, Attractiveness, and Character Description
When Readers Like it ... But it's Bad
Overpowered and Beyond Characters
PoV Strengths
Sympathetic Villains - Follow Up
Sympathetic Villains
Finding a Good Writing Group
Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Acknowledging Our Accomplishments
Adding Meaning
Why Writers Should Play Games
Preaching to the Choir
Applying Writing Advice and Feedback
Characters with Handicaps
The Value of Fiction
Comedy - Good, Not Cheap
Going Vertical
Imitation ... or Copying?
Horizontal and Vertical Storytelling
Tragedy and Hubris
Micro-Blast #5
When Characters Fail
Forward, Pioneers
Escalating Tension
Character and Setting with Small Details
Audience and Shifting Reader Culture
Ending Type Variety and Planning Ahead
Order of Operations
Getting in the Zone
The Keystone
Keeping Things Moving and In Context
References and Pop Culture
Five Things Non-Writers Should Know
The Heavy Hand of the Writer
Detailing Characters
Fleshing Out Ideas - From Idea to Story
Empathy for Your Characters
Unbelievable Reality
OP-ED: Fixing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
What Makes a Protagonist?
Digging Deeper With Characters
Micro-Blast #4
Don't Neglect Your Backdrop
Time(line) Management
Gradual Character Development
Commissions and Writing to be Popular
The Death Spiral
Balancing Readers' Suspension of Disbelief
Empty Details
Working in Important Little Details
Leaving a Good Review
Balancing a Returning Character
Characters with Weaknesses
Story Bibles and Other Forms of Organization
Connecting with Characters
Don't Rush
Static Backdrop
Avoiding a Sagging Middle
My Personal Editing Process
Character Relations
Sanderson's Three Laws of Magic
Giving Characters a Leitmotif
Building Magic Systems
Body Language
Writing a Mentor
Author Morals and Story Theme
Writing Warfare
Considering Theme and Message
Opening Pandora's Music Box
Playing Out Your Puzzle Pieces
Author Morals and Character Morals
Micro-Blast #3
Sentence Construction and "Run-ons"
On Writing About Race
Character Motivations
The Process of Editing
Tense and PoV Choice
The Meandering Story
Likable Unlikable Characters
Some LTUE Tidbits
Some Advice for Starting Your First Book
Unreliable Narrators
Said and Other Repetitive Words
Beginning Anew
Some Tips for Writing Mysteries
Always Keep Learning
The Thought Process
Should I Build a Plot Structure?
Is It Original or Copying?
Creative? Or Copy?
Keeping Motivation on Longer Works
Why Do We Like Something?
Active and Passive Voice
Setting Sights Higher
Ideas and Education
Crafting an Army of Foes
Writing a Good Stinger
Starting Romance
Beating Writer's Block
The Try/Fail Cycle and the Evolving Story
Theme VS Message
Taking Writing Classes
Writing the Opposite Gender
Too Much Information
The Antihero
The Building Blocks of a Hero
The Soapbox
A Beginner's Guide to Fights
Reader Comprehension
Killing Characters
The LTUE Summary and Keynote
When Exposition Stops Being Entertaining
Worldbuilding Names
Fanfiction: School or Crutch?
Quotas, Objectives, and Measuring Progress
Pacing, Again
Developing Villains
Common Problems with Character Emotion
Character Descriptions
Character Versus Plot
Micro-Blast #1
What's a Memorable Scene?
Worldbuilding Colloquialisms
Letting Characters Live
Real-Life Example: Breaking the Rules
Opinion: Authors and Self-Promotion
Underpowered and Overpowered Characters
Hard and Soft Openings
Being a Better Reader
Opinion: The Digital Future of Writing
That Opening Chapter - Part 1
Purple Prose
Real Emotion
I, Villain
"High-Class" Literature and Shakespeare
Show Versus Tell
Showing Character through Dialogue
The Hard Road of OCs
Character Growth and Conflict
Writing Outside Your Experience
Worldbuilding—Part 2
Worldbuilding—Part 1
Character Development and Character Growth
The Narrative Hook, the Story Hook, and Others
The Prologue
How to Be a Good Critic
How I Build My Characters
Assembling Chekov's Armory - Part 2
Assembling Chekov's Armory - Part 1
Puzzle Pieces and Endings
The Art of Misdirection


Fireteam Freelance Episode 10: Swift Tilt · 9:39pm Saturday

This is Episode 10 of Fireteam Freelance! The episode is beyond the jump to save anyone from spoilers, so hit it to get started! A list of all episodes can be found at the Fireteam Freelance page.

A reminder that all episodes of Fireteam Freelance are posted in pre-Alpha, pure draft state. As such there may be minor errors, typos, etc as a result of being pre-edit. But you’re getting it for free, so that’s the trade-off.

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bold statement claiming that you’re all of reality :p

The best places are A) the social spaces you hang out at in the real world and B) online social places that allow it, such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit/forums (check the rules) or other locations where people will be conversing about books.

would you happen to know a place to plug indie author books?

Happy new year. May 2020 be a memory filled one.

Thank you for every smile your story bring me in past,present&future :raritystarry:

You're welcome!:twilightsheepish: I had quite a bit of fun doing them!

Hey that's awesome! And much appreciated! I'll put up a post on it tomorrow! Thank you!!! :pinkiehappy:

I come bearing fanarts (which is a bit random, but... eh)

It'd still be in your e-mail inbox (probably just hasn't arrived yet) but check out Being a Better Writer. Five years of weekly articles on every writing topic imaginable.

Sorry I delete my my forum so I didn’t see your comment. What did you say?

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