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The time for my announcement has come.  In honor of the first anniversary of Goandria:The Schism, the entire series will be FREE on Smashwords for two weeks!  If you read Epic Fantasy now is your chance to try Goandria.  This series serves as a prequel to the upcoming novel Goandria: Visions of War.  You can download it here in virtually any format.

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A brief description of the series:

Goandria lies under the cruel rule of worlox demons. Emerging from an unknown realm, they claim large swaths of the northern territories for their own.  The wizards, blessed with power from Voshnore, continue their fight against them with little success. Pushed back to the south,  generation to generation, year by year, they labor in vain. Until now.

Lorkai, general of the wizard army, returns home after years of fighting. He brings long awaited successes on the battlefield. Yet those successes come with prices of their own. Several of Lorkai’s men now anguish in worlox occupied areas. Following a warm welcome, Lorkai’s request for aid is refused. Lorkai and his best friend, Evera, take matters into their own hands. The wizards uncover secrets about the worlox, which leads the friends to fight for their lives, and their humanity.

Hard Lessons

It is commonly said, “You cannot please everyone.” Writers know this too. We know that no matter the quality of something, someone will pick it apart. Someone will think the product is trash and does not deserve to be published.Sometimes this attitude comes from genuine critiques. The truth is, we are imperfect people that create imperfect works. The hope for a writer is to produce something that is as close to perfect as possible. Human bias also plays a big role. I do not understand book reviews from people who admit “I typically do not read this genre, and I did not like this book.” Or something along those lines. If you do not like a genre (and subsequently the book), then why bother writing a review?

I intellectually knew that there would be people that are impossible to please when I released my stuff to the world. There are going to be people who do not understand why I include certain elements and exclude others. A great example would be including a modern-like dialect in Goandria that uses medieval technology. I have talked about this here in great depth. Often people assume that fantasy has to include certain things, one of which is more formal dialogue. Why is that? If a book in a certain genre does not fit the clichés for that genre, it is called out. If the book follows the clichés of that genre, it is called out for being too cliché. I find it fascinating that people cry out for something different, but when they get it, they complain. This goes back to my original thought. You cannot please everyone because people are often difficult to please.

I am finding that since I cannot please everyone, I take constructive criticism very seriously, but I leave the rest be, and I suggest that other aspiring writers do the same.

#Resisthashtags

As a writer, and one whose native language is English, I have found the hashtag movement on social media to be about as pleasant as listening to nails scratch on a chalkboard over and over. In a world where text messaging has degraded the English language and cursive is no longer taught in schools, the use of hashtags on social media just compounds the annoyance for me. Yet, in order for my posts and my works to continue to be seen by a growing audience, I have caved in to the abhorrent hashtags and hopped on the bandwagon.

I tried really hard not to give in. I really did. Every fiber of my being screamed out at me, “DON’T DO IT!” Because hashtags do not use spaces or punctuation, they seem silly and difficult to read, especially the long ones. Part of my problem is that I already struggle with using proper grammar. Yes, I am a writer, and grammar does not come easy for me, but I see the value in it, and intentionally abusing the English language on social media is a step backward in my opinion. However, getting my posts seen on Twitter or Facebook is a whole lot more difficult without using the hashtag system. I caved in the end. Much like blogging, even though I do not like it much, hashtags are pretty important as an author, even if I do find them ridiculous.

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