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Though the Heavens Should Fall

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The Heavenly Empire expands ever onward. It’s loyal and disciplined soldiers march forth to conquer and destroy all of humanity’s enemies while its priests preach the word of the Archon, the long-ago ascended incarnation of God.

Verus is a simple young temple ward whose natural talents have earned him a chance to travel to the provincial capital and learn to cultivate ki among the disciples of the Great Wind Sect. Competition is fierce within the sect, but immortality and incredible power await those that triumph.

However, nothing is as it seems. Hungry spirits lurk at the edges of reality, treacherous forces swear themselves to dark gods, and there are even greater threats. Evidence of an ancient injustice lies within Verus’s own soul, making him the key to secrets that many will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

You can find this exciting new story at my new website.

What’s Going on?

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The Good News

I will deliver the good news first, to cushion the blow. It is as follows. I’ve been working non-stop to get out some chapters of a new story that I think you’ll love. Yeah! This new story is an action-packed martial arts story with elements from Xianxia, a deep cultivation system, horror elements, a unique universe, and a cast of interesting characters. It’s entitled Though the Heavens Should Fall, and I hope you like it. It has a lot of unique elements – like the Iron Teeth –  so it should even appeal to people who don’t like cultivation style stories.  

You can find the chapters here at my new personal website. This website has gotten fairly odd and the theme isn’t supported anymore.

I will be putting out an additional two chapters every week, and sometimes a third. I want to get out enough to establish the plot as quickly as possible, while keeping quality high. 


The Bad News

With the latest arc ending, there’s been a lot of speculation about where the Iron Teeth will go next. Unfortunately, I’m sorry to say that The Iron Teeth web serial will be going on hiatus. I’m very sorry to do this, but I really feel it’s necessary. There are a lot of reasons for this. 

Writing The Iron Teeth has been a lot of fun, and I’ve been doing it for three years now. It was my first major writing project and that’s a long time to continuously work on one project. Not only have I been writing all the chapters for the web serial, but I’ve also been working on the book versions. However, over that time, I’ve grown a little exhausted with the story and it has suffered quality wise because of that. I need a break to get things in order and refresh my interest, and I can’t do that if I need to keep churning out chapter after chapter. 

I won’t be halting work on the series completely. There’s still the matter of the books. I will be editing the story to improve it for the book version and correct the flaws I feel have crept into the story because it has stretched on for so long without me taking a break. In particular, I feel a lot of the side characters have suffered plot-wise because I’ve been forced to keep advancing the story without stop, and there are other issues as well. A lot of the characters need to have their personalities rounded out and their plots expanded before I start writing new stuff for them. If I were to keep writing without a break, it would really hurt the depth of the story, and I want to write as high quality stuff as possible. 

This isn’t a sudden decision. I’ve been planning on doing this for a while, but to do right by my readers, I put it off until I’d wrapped up large parts of the story so that you wouldn’t be left hanging. Several plots have come to natural end now, so it’s the right time for a break. 

This editing break will also give me time to correct other flaws in the story and learn from reader feedback. So, please tell me what you think about the story in depth. My new discord is probably the best place for this.

Of course, I don’t want to leave my readers with nothing, so I will be putting out another story that I think you will like while I’m doing this editing, ie Though the Heavens Should Fall. I’ve learned a lot of from Worldshift – like how to plot a complete story – and I hope to apply it to both to this new story and to my editing of the Iron Teeth. I also need to do some serious reorganizing in regard to my website, Patreon, and my promotional strategy. So, expect large changes there soon. 

Again, I’m sorry to do this, but it had to happen eventually. I wish I had unlimited time, focus, and inspiration, but I don’t. I’m just one guy. Please check out Though the Heavens Should Fall. I think you’ll like it. 

If you want a notice when I restart the Iron Teeth, you can find my email list here

Worldshift Beta Reading and Discord

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Alright, I’ve finally gotten this entire novel written, edited, and prepared for beta reading. Writing a book takes a long time. Who knew? Here’s the plot summary of Worldshift: Virtual Revolution.

Society has grown rich thanks to automation and technology. As a result, jobs are scarce, but its easy for society to provide its people with all their basic needs. Strict proscriptions on research and development prevent disruption, while the government tightly controls commerce with the help of the mega corporations to prevent economic disharmony.

Ethan is young and unemployed. One of the many who fail to find a job and join the elite. Nonetheless, he lives a secure life thanks to the economic support he gets, and he finds excitement playing virtual reality games where he can take risks and lash out.

However, despite his security and determination to avoid what’s happening around him in the real world, he can’t help but feel that something is wrong with society. That feeling becomes inescapable when he starts playing the latest event in the world’s most popular game, Worldshift. Thousands of players are lured into climbing the Tower of Ascension by an incredible prize, where they team-up and battle amongst themselves, but nothing is as it seems. The tower is far more than a game. Not only are its rewards real, but so are its dangers.

Change is coming to a long stagnant world -a virtual revolution- and everything Ethan knows will be threatened.

Writing Worldshift was an experiment and an exercise to improve my writing craft. It’s a combination of a more traditional sci-fi and litrpg. I wanted a chance to write a contained story with a obvious beginning and end that was a single book in length. I also wanted the chance to really edit it several times before it was released, which you can’t do with a web serial. The end product is very different from The Iron Teeth, but I hope people like it. At over 160000 words it’s not short.

I believe that writing Worldshift made me a better writer though. Among other things, it allowed me to focus on how to craft interesting characters that feel more real and have contained arcs.

The beta draft of the novel is available to VIP tier users at Patreon if you’re interested in taking part in the beta reading. I’ve set up a discord server so that beta readers can discuss the novel.

If you’re not interested in that, then you can still head over to the discord to chat with people about my work. There are several channels where you can discuss different things. After the beta reading is done and I’ve done another round of editing, I plan in making this novel availible on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

Worldshift Update

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Hello, everyone! 

I thought I’d take the time to inform you all about the progress of my second writing project, Worldshift: Virtual Revolution. It’s a stand-alone LitRPG-ish book that I’m writing as a book, and not as a web serial. There are some early chapters up on Patreon that I released a while ago if people are curious.  

I started writing Worldshift mostly as an experiment in order to try something different and learn about different types of writing. Writing a book is very different from a web serial and I’ve learned a lot about long-term plotting and character development which should help me become a better web serial writer, and I know you all want that. I also hope that after learning so much from writing the Iron Teeth that Worldshift will show how I’ve improved my craft and be a great story that people enjoy. Remember, I’m new to fiction writing, and the Iron Teeth was my first real attempt.

 Anyway, I just finished the first draft of the book today, and it comes out at just under 150 000 words, which is a fair size for a novel, and it will probably get longer after editing.  

 Now, my plan for this story is to get to work on the second draft, which I have a lot of notes for. After writing the first draft, I’ve got a lot of things I want to change and add to flesh out the world and characters, which I can do because this is written as a book. 

I’m thinking that editing the second draft will take around a month, although I could be wrong, since this is my first time doing this. After the second draft is done, I’m planning on putting it up on Patreon so that VIP patrons can beta read it and give me feedback on the plot. I will then use that feedback to do editing and get a third draft done. That draft will then go to my professional editors so that all the typos get eliminated. Soon after that, I’ll get Worldshift out as an e-book available on Amazon.  

And, that’s what’s going on with that. 

Book 3 is Out Now!

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Hello again readers! If you saw my last post then you’re probably aware that book 3 of The Iron Teeth is now available at Amazon! The paperback will became available sometime later today.

Also, I’m planning on putting my first book, A Goblin’s Tale on sale for 99c for a week or two, so look out for that. I’ve been told this is the thing to do now that I have three books out, and it will help new people find the series.

If you’re interested in the ebooks, don’t worry if you’ve already read the web serial. Buying the e-book will not only give you access to a revised and professionally edited version of the story that is worth rereading, but the book version also comes with several new chapters that form a new arc, The Suffering Souls. This new adventure takes place at the end of the book and is worth a read. It rounds out the story of Blacknail and several other characters, giving them some depth.

Purchasing and leaving a review is a also just a great way of supporting the author. Every purchase and review works makes my books more visible on Amazon, and helps other potential readers find my writing. If you haven’t bought and reviewed the first and second books then please do that as well. Why not reread the revised and edited story right from the start?

So, please head over to Amazon and check out my books! Every purchase and review helps a lot. Thank you all. I look forward to putting out a lot more content for you.