(NEW) SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY SERIES COMING SOON 2022 & BEYOND …

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While I’m  writing my work in progress novel  During the Blue Hour . I’m also working on a short story  series  for the  same novel series. There  will be  different stories that will  involve  characters from the universe  that I  mention  in the upcoming novels.  I had planned  to do this  years ago . I  just didn’t  really have the time to sit down and do it. But now I  will be concentrating on that and my novel series .

The short  story series  consist  of right now  about  11  short  stories give or take. There might be more  or changes to this list. 

ANTHOLOGIES OF THE HOUR SERIES

  • Story 1: The First  Kraldire
  • Story 2:  In the Hour of Humanity
  • Story 3:  Iron clad:  The story of Annette and Cole 
  • Story 4: TheViātors of the Caelum
  • Story 5: A Tale of Two Brothers
  • Story 6: The Apennine  pack
  • Story 7:  Refuge :  The story of the Wolf Warrior
  • Story 8:  Alpha
  • Story 9: The Eternals : The struggle between good and evil
  • Story 10: Pair Bond
  • Story 11: Red Envy

My plan is to turn these  short stories into some sort of Chronicles about the history for my  main character . In my first  work in progress  novel for the  series my main character doesn’t know  anything about the world of these  werewolves. So  she will read a  history  eventually.  These histories will be  mentioned  in the second novel.   Hopefully I will start that one next year.   

These are some to look forward to now . I will try to blog them individually . The  First Kraldire short story  and an excerpt of IN THE HOUR OF HUMANITY: The Story of Zios is already up . So if you  would like to read that  . You can go  ahead and read it now . There will be changes  to that stories though.  I ‘m not sure I will  upload  those changes .  I will be submitting them to literary  magazines  or self-publishing them all together.  So  stay tune  . Keep  an  eye out for them .  And please  when  you read the short stories please leave your comments about the stories in order to improve  them if needed.   

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THIS MAGICAL WORLD OF WONDER: THE PROLOGUE THAT INVOLVES A SNOW GLOBE, MUSIC BOX & WEREWOLF

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(this post was originally published on june 22, 2021 as THIS MAGICAL WORLD OF WONDER IS THE PROLOGUE THAT ALMOST WASN’T )

 So, like you, I ‘ve heard that prologues are not thought upon lightly. Because they usually are skipped, sometimes boring or are simply not necessary. 

Last year I recorded a prologue podcast episode about the origins of prologues.  I liked researching for that episode.  I will be recording another podcast about prologues sometime in the future.  

But right now, I want to talk about the prologue in my novel that almost wasn’t. What do you mean almost wasn’t?

Well, my current prologue. 

I had this same prologue in my first draft.  I chose to take it out for my 2nd draft because when I was back in college some years ago, an English professor read the draft and well he ripped the prologue out   because he said he simply did not read prologues. 

I was kind of devastated because I worked really hard on it, and it has everything to do with the rest of the story. 

My prologue is called The Magical World of Wonder and is centered on my main character’s best friend Gabby and her family. It’s very magical indeed. Not only does the prologue involve a snow globe, a music box and a werewolf but it plays with and triggers pretty heavy and intense secrets that are buried within the town and also along with Gabby’s family secrets.  But It’s one of those prologues where there is a character that doesn’t appear anymore throughout the novel again.  (Spoiler alert).

It’s hard to explain but it’s like a rewind fast forward scene. That can’t really be placed anywhere in the novel itself because the main character doesn’t see it or experience it.  But it will bring the story kind of full circle by the end of the novel.  And the character Gabby in the prologue is constantly mentioned throughout the novel by the main character and other characters. And what happens to Gabby in the prologue will come back to have heavy consequences on some of the characters within the main story. Especially Gabby’s family who are going to end up paying a heavy price for their deep and dark secrets.

So, I decided to put the prologue back in my novel.  Even if readers skip over it, the readers will probably find themselves going back to it in the middle of the novel. 

EXTRA NOTE: I will be posting the full prologue chapter on the blog within the next week or so but until then check out the visual prologue novel excerpt MAGICAL WORLD OF WONDER DELETED SCENE PROLOGUE – A DTBH WIP NOVEL(TEASER).

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WEREWOLF LEGENDS: DID YOU KNOW HUNTERS KILLED OVER A 100 WOLVES?

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(This blog post was originally posted in July 2021 as WEREWOLF LEGENDS : Beast of Gévaudan FACT 1 THE HUNTERS KILLED OVER A 100 WOLVES )

Did you know the issues of the Beast Of Gévaudan  was so problematic  that  Louis XV sent professional wolf-hunters, Jean Charles Marc Antoine Vaumesle d’Enneval and his son Jean-François, to hunt .  He also sentJean  Chasel  to kill  the beast .  But  the attacks still  continued .

You know what I think? I think they just wanted money, fame and fortune . They ended up killing over a hundred  actual real wolves without any real proof that the beast actually existed.   And right up until this very day  no one  actually knows the truth behind it  all.

I talk about the beast of Gevaudan more in my PODCAST #8:WORLDBUILDING PT 3: Werewolf Mythologies Around The  World  PT 2 Loup Garou & Beast of Gévaudan THE EP. 8  .

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THE  GENRE OF WEREWOLVES:  HORROR OR  FANTASY ?

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If you are like me and ever wondered about the werewolf genre within fiction and whether it was classified as horror or fantasy you want to read this post now because this is the post for you.

First before finding out what genre werewolves are classified under  let’s look at the difference of what the fantasy genre and horror genre in fiction is defined as.

Fantasy Genre:

The  fantasy  genre within novel writing and  literature  features  both magic and supernatural  elements that  evolve  around  made  up and imaginary  worlds , timelines and creatures .   It  usually has  at least  8  sub categories

  • High or epic fantasy.
  • Low fantasy.
  • Sword and sorcery.
  • Dark fantasy.
  • Fables.
  • Fairy tales.
  • Superhero fiction.

Horror Genre

Horror genre is focused more on mood.  In order to work it has to create an unsettling atmosphere and give its intended reader a sense of fear. Even though it may have fantastical elements within   its genre, the setting is usually entirely realistic. 

So I found  an article called 144 Genres and Subgenres for Fiction Writing by Tonya Thompson  and in the article  werewolves  are classified under monsters which is a subgenre  of  Horror.

But did you know there was another sub-genre that is considered in the realm of the fantasy genre?

It is called the paranormal genre or speculative fiction and this   genre is a subgenre of fantasy.  The paranormal genre consists of   all of the   monsters   that go bump in the night which includes werewolves.

Whereas wikipedia  has  defined the werewolf genre and classified  it   as being  a  genre  that  can be categorized in  both  horror and fantasy      

Just by looking at  these  two definitions  of  where  the werewolf genre  is  categorized  under we  can assume that  the werewolf genre  is  used  both in  fantasy and   horror   and can be used  in an  exceptional and  varied storylines and plots because of the ancients  roots the werewolf folklores stem from with its various re interpretations   of the genre. 

Thus  a   writer  can draw  from  previous  folklores  and myths of werewolves  in order  to create   a fantastical and horrific  tale.

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VALENTINE’S DAY: ARE MY CHARACTERS AFFECTED BY THE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT BUG OR CUPIDS ARROW?

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(this is a repost from july 2021)

I just wrote a  recent post about  the love at first sight trope and  over the weekend   I wrote  about my  characters  in my work in progress  novel being  in a love triangle and how it will begin once I start chapter 12 .  Does  them  being  in a long triangle mean they are  affected by the love at first sight  bug?  Or  Cupid’s arrow? As I explained in my recent post.

Well let me delve into it and analysis my  own characters.

 Okay   so when  my Main character  Sirena   first comes  upon  Cristen , who  I like to call the  first  love interest because they interact first.   Both Sirena and Cristen get this funny   kind of tingly  butterfly  feelings  when he stops her from falling  (a  twilight  moment  , but not  really) They also feel like  they have met  each other before (spoiler ) they have .  (you’ll find out about that later) .

However  Sirena  simply thinks  this upon seeing him in chapter 5

Sirena’s  heart  raced and she  panicked.  That boy. That boy  was the same boy  at the  river  stream who  held her  in  his arms and  then  disappeared.  What  was he doing here?  Where  did he  come from?  The  town did not  receive  new  residents  often. Did he  come from Stella  City? An  Actor?  Dancer? Maybe? No.  She would  have heard of him.  Maybe he was a solider  or  spider agent  come to take  her away  to become a  gatherer because  of her  outburst  at the  river? No . He  would’ve  arrested  her  if  that was  the case.  Was  he  a new student  from Umbra  Valley City? If he was a new  student and  not  a Spider Agent or Dancer where  could she have  seen him  from before?  She knew  him from somewhere  other than at the river.

He had  a small leaf looking  scar on the  side  of his prominent  cheek bone  that appeared  to be imprinted  or burned  into his golden skin that made him appear  older than seventeen or eighteen. But  it could’ve  been a  birthmark. Stubble on  his face  as though  he was growing a beard. Neat. He had muscles. He was fit. He  worked  out.  He probably was a runner? Yeah he defiantly  was a runner . He had  these sort of deep set amber  brown eyes  that were kind of  different as though the  iris  of  his eyes changed  colors.  A spec  of red maybe?

 It was strange. He  wasn’t fine or attractive. He wasn’t even her  type at all.  But his allure was  strong.  Sirena  ogled and awed  toward the boy like all the rest of the girls in her class.  She drew  in a breath  but shook her head  unclear  to why she reacted that way.

Note that   I write  that she thought him  not fine  or  attractive.  However  she is drawn to him like  all the  other girls. Well  in   my work in progress  I  kind of use  that  mortals are attracted  (without knowing)   to werewolves  who are in their  human form . So she  is simply   confused   and curious  but I  wouldn’t   say its  love at first sight.  

I  also have  Cristen  reaction  in chapter 6

When the  mortal girl Sirena almost fainted he threw himself to help her. He  tried to  ignore  her  but  her despair  was different than the rest of the mortals.  She wanted answers to her  friend’s disappearance.   And somehow he didn’t  crave for her heart in his mind. She was like a pacifier. She subdued the cravings and the rage.  There was no green-eyed abnormality  to  think  of. Only the fluttering butterflies swarming  each and every way through  her  thoughts. Beyond the butterflies  there  was this movements of  a white sun; circles, spirals and rays that shown through her downtrodden yellow  blue spirit . Glimmers of  her sitting in a room full of people  gawking  at her as though  deciding her fate…glimmers  of her laughing with her friends- a girl and a boy…glimmers of a man laughing with joy… glimmers of a girl dancing  in  snow… glimmers of  a women brushing her hair… glimmers  of her and another  girl laughing and swatting each other with a soft feather material in a brightly colored room…glimmers of her dancing.. her dancing was- was like ice   droplets falling.    Those glimmers  of her life  all  spun  together ,  uneven , disorganized , collapsing. He reached out for them and tried  to settle  the  moments of her life, to keep them still. To go deeper into-but he couldn’t  reach  the  white sun  even if  he tried. How could he make it stop?

So in this passage I try to explore  that  he  is able to see  who  she truly  is and how she  feels .   Which he wants  to  take away her sadness  and make her happy.  Because  she is somehow the only  one to pacify  his  cravings  from the mortal hearts in the room  and also  his rage .   But he can’t  seem  to take  away her despair (he doesn’t know  how.  He hasn’t  fully mastered  his abilities yet.  And  another  spoiler-  he  won’t especially  when  it comes to dealing with Sirena)  . And  he doesn’t  understand why  he is  having these  feelings about her.  

So it’s  not  a  love at first sight  thing for Cristen  it’s just  that he is also questioning their  connection with one another . And he also wants to figure out  why  she can  settle  his rage. But   these  feelings  don’t  overtake his mind   dispelling his   main goal which  is to get off the  mountain.   And plus  he thinks she’s mortal so .  He’s  not going there  with that.

Let’s see  if it was love at first sight  with Adrian and Sirena

The  first time  Adrian meets Sirena  in chapter  7

 He leaned back and abruptly glanced down at her in his arms. He forgot he was even holding her. He gasped . He had never seen a mortal close up before, nevertheless another girl before besides own his sister. The girl was beautiful. He gazed down at her and grazed his fingers lightly against her cheek. wait, what was going on? he sniffed her. Why could he hold her and  not transform into his Canine?  He didn’t know why but he did know he couldn’t just leave her there …

 He placed the girl next to a tree . He glanced down at her,  pushed her hair gently out of her face and smirked ….

Glanced at the girl one more time and sped toward the pack…

With Adrian  I can’t say it is love at first sight because  he has   never  seen  another girl before .  Mortal or Werewolf , besides   his own sister. His first  reaction of her  is  that  she is beautiful  .  But he is just curious and  nothing  more  .   Once again they   think  Sirena  is human . 

Here is a reaction to Sirena meeting  Adrian for the first time in chapter 11

Adrian just looked at her as she cringed touching her head. Finally she turned looking up at him. No, more like through him, and started to stand up.  She didn’t say anything. She just scrutinized him but not like the other mortals did….

For Sirena  it’s  definitely  not love  at first sight  when meeting  Adrian and this is not even  in her  POV but Adrian’s POV.  But  he describes  her as scrutinizing  him not in the way others  did.  You going to come to find out that she  does it not out of  oh I’m in love  with you but  out of  recognition that  she has seen him before but in  wolf  form.   Strange I know,  but it will be more  clear  once  my novel is finished and you  can actually read it.

With  these passages  they clearly   show  that there  is no love at first sight  anywhere  with my characters. However  when the two  werewolf boy will realize  that she  is a  werewolf herself  they will  get  some sort  of  well not  love at first sight but  more  attraction at first site  .   And I’m  also going to mention that  my novel’s  story  takes place in a week’s  time as  by the end of the book it  is  the main character’s  birthday.  And  she does end  up kissing  one of the werewolf boys but that still   doesn’t  account for love at first  sight.

So to answer my own  questions based on my  own analysis of my  characters  I would say no  they haven’t  caught  the love at first sight bug and I  don’t use the trope in my novel . Well… at least not yet….

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VALENTINE’S DAY: IS THE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT TROPE IN FICTION CURSED?

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(This is a repost from July 2021)

What is it about the love at first  sight  trope  that drives people mad ? Why is it sworn  off by most novelist? The last time it was  used  by  a novelist  was  2008 in Suzanne Collins , Hungers  Games . The last time it was used in a film  was  2018’s  Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation. And  in  2017 for the TV Show  Billions. And before  2008  when Suzanne Collins  used   the trope  , it wasn’t used  since 1977  in the book The Silmarillion by  J R.R. Tolkien . So yeah  fiction novelist simply do not use  it anymore that much .

I ask again  what is it about the love at first sight trope  that all  novelist swear against?  Is  this trope  simply  cursed ?

 But first lets  answer this question what  is love at first sight as used  in fiction?

Love at first sight is a  common  convention  and trope  within  literature  where a person   feels immediately  attracted  to  another upon  meeting them for the  first  time.   The    term love at first  sight  originated from Greek mythology   meaning    madness  from   the gods  and  if you had it,    it was a clear   sign  that you  were affected  by Cupid ‘s   arrow .  And if you were pierced  by the love dart   you would   immediately  be overwhelmed  with desire and love sickness  and become  spellbound and charmed  by the intended.

Examples  of how  this  trope  has been used is in:

  • Romeo and  Juliet 
  • Aladdin 
  • Frozen

Even  though these  examples  used the trope  well  some believe  that the trope  is difficult to write  and  is unable  to  be  believable in a story.  For a love at first sight storyline   to actually   work  there  needs  to be  a Plausible connection between the characters .  But others   believe  the trope as fantasy  so anything goes  and so it’s easy for them to write. Moreover love  at first sight simply does not  and cannot exist  but attraction  and lust  at first  sight  can.   

And that is easily assessed  to what people are really writing.   But   it easily   becomes  cliché  if the  writer  is not careful .  And so that’s  what happens and that’s  why the writer  fails  at writing this type of story.

The characters  need to be attracted to each other and have chemistry   enough that   readers  will care about the romance at  hand. But  the characters  themselves  also have to be interesting on their own  reserves . If not the  this  love  at first sight  storyline  can fall  apart before it even gets started . Lastly in order for a full fledge plausible  love at first sight story  it  can  help   if you develop  the romance over time and show  it subtly  throughout the novel. 

Okay so my answer to the earlier  question  is  its not cursed  it   just  merely  overused and  wrongly   executed .  There is no reason a writer cannot  use it and turn the trope’s  clichéness  around  like  for  instance  Frozen did.   They parodied the crap out of  the trope  and you can’t  say  you didn’t  have a couple of laughs  about  it. I sure  did.  

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STEALING HEARTS CHAPTER 11 -A DTBH WIP NOVEL TEASER

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Adrian comes upon Sirena’s dance recital.

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PODCAST #10: WEREWOLVES IN FICTION:  THE ORIGINS OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE WEREWOLF EP.10

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This week on the DTBH Podcast :

In this whole new podcast episode 10 we will explore and analyze the origins of Little Red Riding Hood and the truth about the wolf.

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Next episode:

Episode 11: Inside the world of the blue hour

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Other links connected to this week’s podcast: WEREWOLF FACT: The Real Truth about the Witch and Werewolf Trials Across Europe

WHO IS THE TRICKSTER IN FICTION?

THE MYTH OF THE HOWLING WOLF AND THE MOON 

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Have you ever wondered why wolves were linked to the moon?  I have and I always hated   hearing those stories of how wolves howl at the moon and   it being the fact and the reason why men turn into the werewolf in movies in books because it is simply not true.   Yup not true.  Did you know that the howling wolf  at the time of the full moon is just a mere myth?

So how did this all start?  

Since I ‘m in the mist of the 2nd draft of my work in progress werewolf novel, During the Blue Hour, I did some research, and my findings are quite interesting. 

So, wolves usually just howl to communicate whether it be rain or shine, dawn or night.  So, the full moon makes no correlation  to a howling wolf.  And the only reason why they are titling their head in a sort of way is because it helps the sound of their call to travel better.  And  the only reason you hear them at night howling is because they are of course nocturnal animals.

In most cultures around the world in ancient times and in  Greek, Norse, Roman and   Native American    mythology wolves were revered where most tales or creation stories were said to have a wolf creating   the moon in some sort of way.  Moreover, they are spiritually linked with the night and creation of the moon.

In addition, one of the reasons why the wolf it seems to howl at the moon is because that’s when us humans probably heard them more often and it just happened to be a full moon. But remember they are nocturnal creatures.  And the light of the full moon gives  the best opportunity for a great hunt.  

Although I do not   write any of my werewolves   or wolves howling at a moon or any context of a moon   in my current work in progress novel.  I do use the weather (WHAT IS THE STORM IN MY WIP NOVEL? THE WEATHER IS CHANGING;GET READY!) and other astronomic feats to hype up the story for their howling and  communication  efforts. I will talk more about that in a later post.   

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 About wolves and the howling moon 

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WRITING CONSISTENTLY DOESN’T MEAN WRITING EVERYDAY

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I don’t write consistently every day.   I used to but did it help with getting the novel done?  Well 11 years later I’m still working on the same novel because life gets in the way.

Writing consistently doesn’t mean writing every day.  Then what does it mean?

Let me explain, 

 I feel like   writing   consistently is basically committing  to one project until you finish it. 

Even though I spent 11 years on and off writing my work in progress novel During the Blue Hour I’m consistently  committed to finishing it.    And it’s something I always come back to no matter what I’m   working on. 

However, committing to one project might be hard as well.      

How do I commit to this one project so I can consistently write well?  

I set small goals or milestones for the project. 

Never specific dates.

Setting goals and milestones is the key to consistent committed novel writing. 

If you set   goals as the writer, you won’t get disappointed when you can’t or don’t   write every day. 

Setting small milestones and goals can allow the writer to achieve the impossible moments and hurdles when writing   and finishing up the   novel.

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