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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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Shadow of an Empire

A sweeping "Wild-West" Fantasy Epic full of magic, mystery, and adventure!

Salitore Amazd is an imperial adjudicator, an enforcer of the law and keeper of the peace across the vast, desert stretches of the Indrim Empire's southern reaches known as the Outlands. For Sali, the job means long days in the saddle, constant travel, and hours of rugged, wilderness beauty far from the intrigue and politicking of the empire's core.

Until a trainload of convicted prisoners, led by a noble named Nirren, vanishes from a high-security engine in an unprecedented escape, leaving behind only bodies, confused survivors, and a public letter accusing Sali of being a co-conspirator ... as well as a fellow idealist in their forthcoming revolution. An accusation with no evidence, but more than enough to turn the public eye of the empire in his direction.

Now forcibly partnered with Meelo Karn, a member of the imperial inquisition with her own ties to the convicts, it's up to both of them to track down Nirren and his gang before they engulf the Outlands in a political firestorm that burns it to the ground. Be it wild animals, unfriendly locals, or even encounters with the enigmatic, steam-driven Grey Knights ... Sali and Meelo have a call to deliver justice.

And justice will be done.

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
Currency
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
Holidays
Good Subversions
Sex Appeal, Attractiveness, and Character Description
When Readers Like it ... But it's Bad
Overpowered and Beyond Characters
Westerns
PoV Strengths
Sympathetic Villains - Follow Up
Sympathetic Villains
Finding a Good Writing Group
Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Forward!
Acknowledging Our Accomplishments
Adding Meaning
Languages
Dialects
Accents
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
Politics
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
Taxes
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
Sidekicks
Avoiding a Sagging Middle
My Personal Editing Process
Health
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"
Mysteries
On Writing About Race
Character Motivations
The Process of Editing
Tense and PoV Choice
The Meandering Story
Likable Unlikable Characters
Some LTUE Tidbits
Romance
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
Names
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
Perspectives
Setting Sights Higher
Ideas and Education
Crafting an Army of Foes
Foils
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
Archetypes
Too Much Information
The Antihero
The Building Blocks of a Hero
The Soapbox
Hero?
A Beginner's Guide to Fights
Reader Comprehension
Subplots
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
Language
Real-Life Example: Breaking the Rules
Motivation
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
Inspiration
Showing Character through Dialogue
The Hard Road of OCs
Flashbacks
Character Growth and Conflict
Writing Outside Your Experience
Endings
Pacing
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
Self-Promotion
Puzzle Pieces and Endings
The Art of Misdirection

Jan
14th
2019

Being a Better Writer: The Five-Man Band · 10:57pm Monday

Welcome back, readers, to another Monday! Which of course means another Being a Better Writer post. I do want to keep these to Monday if at all possible. Work shifts permitting.

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Thing is, that's not really a writing concept. Unless you're talking about writing well-established, three-dimensional characters, worldbuilding or the like, what you're referring to would actually be writing a story, not talking about the elements of a story. The closest alternate universe stuff like that comes to a genre is Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Alternate History fiction.

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I've never written anything on that, no. That's an exploration of a very specific kind of story idea. There's probably a lot of material that would aid in building that concept, however.

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Partially that. But more of a mix of that and those stories where someone goes to a parallel universe where they have a different life

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Thanks! Glad you like my work! If you haven't yet, check out my books as well!

Now, as to your question .... Multiverse theory? You mean like ... crossovers?

Big fan of your work. Tirek is Doomed was well paced. Do you have a being a better writer for Multiverse Theory?

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Hunter/Hunted will be my next project after Shadow of an Empire releases this spring.

In that vein, if you enjoyed The Dusk Guard, I'm also a published author, as you can see by the notice for my last and latest release on the right there. If you enjoyed TDG, odds are you'll dig those as well!

Okay, I've just finished your *Dusk Guard* stories, and I find myself thirsting gor more. Any progress towards the next one?

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