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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. 


  • 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 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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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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Also Check out the excerpt for the upcoming werewolf short story IN THE HOUR OF HUMANITY

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Some Alpha You Are CHAPTER  14


Completed yet another scene for  my  14th chapter in my 2nd draft .  2750  words, not all in one  day  though.

This scene  features  the  main love interest  Cristen’s POV where  he  has to  struggle  and come to terms  with his mother lying to him about who Sirena really  was and  is in fact also a werewolf  like them.

This  scene is yet another  confrontation with him and Adrian about who Sirena really is and what she means to the yearling  pack at this point .

This  scene  does contain a flashback scene with Cristen interacting  with both  his parents  before they were killed .

In the  flashback scene it  reveals that Cristen’s mother  gave him  Sirena’s  father’s journal that tells who she is.  But his mother tells him no matter  what happens don’t ever read the book just give it to Sirena when the time comes.  And  she also has him believe that Sirena  is just a  human girl.

So this is why he as my character is seen struggling.

He is supposed to be an  alpha  but doesn’t know the truth to anything .  And he is mad because his  rival  Adrian knows  more about Sirena than he does himself.

And the thing is in my  story is that he cannot be challenged as an alpha unless  he is in  the community  of werewolves  during their  ritual bluffing ceremonies . So Adrian  tries  to make  little  small jabs at Cristen  whenever  he can get the opportunity to  because Cristen knows that Adrian wants to be the alpha of the yearling pack.

So this  is the point of where I’m at  and  at the end of the scene Cristen screams  towards Adrian ,

” Until we get to Aquilum, don’t you dare challenge me again,” he said. Before Adrian or anyone could object Cristen picked up the book and raced out the door.     

Adrian just spilled  the info that Cristen is the one who killed Gabby in the mountains.

The next chapter  will be back in Sirena’s  POV .  I’ll keep you updated on this  next scene  within chapter 14. I’m thinking about combining two scenes into one for that scene  .

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Yesterday  I had a poll open for  which title to  name my 14th chapter .  The titles being  three;  A  New  Reality ,  Awoken  Dreams, The yearling den.Only two people voted  but those  two  votes  went  50/50 with the  two  appealing titles  ;  A  New  Reality  and  The Yearling Den .

So  this is what I did.  The main chapter 14 is entitled  A New Reality  and the first scene in the chapter 14  will be entitled  Inside the Yearling Den. 


Sirena awakens insides the yearling cave to find Cristen and the  rest of the pack arguing  and discussing her.   Cristen struggles  to  make a  decision  to tell Sirena  who she  really is.  While  Xavier and Mary devise another plan to capture  Sirena .

Yesterday I was able to finish the first scene  which came to  778 words .

And  I  went ahead and named it  inside the yearling den because Sirena  the main character  literally wakes  up  in the yearling den  in like a  kind of  hole within the cave that wolves  in real life usually  sleep in. The  hole  is large  within the cave  .  In fact the cave  itself  has   many large   holes within. the  walls  of the cave  that  surround  a  large  body cenote and  waterfalls.  

But within these shallow holes  it is dark  and  so Sirena  is basically laying on like a makeshift  bed of  sticks , twigs and rocks  and she is  in pain  being  wounded   from the previous chapter  but however  she is also  scared  when she wakes  up within  this darken   hole in  the wall.  Of course  because she doesn’t know where  she is .

She only  sees these beings with  red eyes who look like her.  And she hears that they have healed  her but it didn’t  work.    Scared  she remembers  what happened  to her and Eli  in the previous chapter 13 and  she sees  a  crawl space and  literally crawls out of it to go after him .

I wrote this scene like this because  her new reality  hasn’t kicked  in yet and it  won’t  for the rest of the novel  until  maybe the end .   But this chapter  will basically be the start of where  she finds out about her  true werewolf  existence.

The next chapter  will be in Cristen’s  POV .  I’ll keep you updated on the next scene  within chapter 14.

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The best way I learned how to write  characters in certain  situations was not only to write an interview  sheet or questionnaire  but  I also took acting classes back when  I  majored in film  while  in college.  And I strongly believe every writer should  take at least one.  What does  acting have to do with writing  fiction  novels?

Well  in my opinion a lot really. 

Taking  the acting  classes allowed me to find out that actors want  the same  things that writers  want  for their  characters .They don’t  want card board cut out  characters. They  want  to be able to  live and breathe  them.

So like writers actors study  their characters . They  know them so much  that they know exactly what the character’s fears are.

And this is important to do this  for not only the actor but the writer.  Both actor and writer has  to be sure not give away too much  of the  character or give too little.  I know it’s  hard  but  if it’s done right both audience and reader  can ultimately feel the  emotion that  the writer and actor is  trying to convey .

Actors are also taught  to stay rooted   in the characters  POV.   By  learning this   through acting  it  helps the writer  do   that very thing and not to get sidetracked  by head hopping. 

Also when I learn about acting . I learned about how  to write better  dialogue . AND BETTER  SUBTEXT. There are number of  different ways to say something especially if you  forget your lines. No real thinking allowed.  You have to think  quick on your  feet .

Also you find out what creates  laughs, what incites  anger ,  what creates  the tears . 

Also how to deliver action.  Sometimes  when I sit at my desk and  I   write a scene  find myself acting act the action.   There  is also some deep  script  and character analysis   exercises  that  actors  have to  go through  in their classes   or training.  

There  are a thousand different ways to act a scene .  Like how you write a scene.

In an acting class you can go all out.    Act as wild and crazy  as you want  to develop  the character  to the  level   you feel is best .  The same  I can also say in writing.  That’s one thing I liked  acting  classes . You could have fun.

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You might say it is easy  to write something  with one character.  But   this is not easy at all. It is one of the hardest   types of stories to write.  

The short story I’m  working on right now that is a part of my work in progress novel, During the Blue Hour  only  has  one character. It’s about  a deleted character  from my novel  named Zios, a werewolf  who was once a wolf  that has flashbacks and remembrance of how he  became human.  In the story he hardly interacts with anyone and it  through the flashbacks it follows  him  showing how he survived .

One of the first things  I was taught when  I started taking my writing classes both in creative writing and screenwriting  in college was  how to write  short stories and short films  with only one to two characters. And I  always  wondered  why the professors  always started us off with  doing that.  Was it a test to see how well you wrote?  Were  they trying to break us? To weed us out of the crowd? 

Usually these  type of stories are common with short stories  but can be seen in novellas  and novels but are  rare.

Famous stories that only have one to two characters are:

  • Allen Edgar Poe Tell Tale Heart
  • Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”
  • Hatchet Paperback by Gary Paulsen
  • A Girl Named Disaster  by Nancy Farmer.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy .
  • The Beckett Trilogy (Beckett Trilogy) by Samuel Beckett

You see the list is not  long.  As writers writing regular stories we  rely heavily  on the  character foil devices of  the secondary  characters to progress the plot  

But writing  stories  with only one character  or no dialogue  no less requires  lots of  emotion  and tension to carry the plot. 

Tension is the key  to these types  of story whether it be for a novel or short  story.  Tension of course is some sort of conflict.  Conflict  is important in any and every type of story .  Both tension  and emotion can be as simply  written by   using  behavior  and perception  of the character .  What does the character notice?  How does  he  react?  Many   of these types   of one character stories   are  usually seen as  post-apocalyptic   and focus  on heavily  driven environment stories  such as the THE ROAD  and Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”

Visualize locations that quickly and dramatically set the stage for your story.

You can also make your characters vivid and distinct by using appearance to help communicate the story’s meaning.

Another way to write a story with one character  is to use  internal dialogue  or  the  unreliable   narrator  like Allen  Edgar Poe did in  the  Tell Tale heart. 

However just  because  you have a one  character  story  doesn’t mean they can’t  interact  with  other characters.  Yes there is a loop hole to  having  one character without having  a  cast of characters.   To  do this you can have your   one character  have a  flashback  or interact with an animal.

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There  is not much out there about writing  dance and ballet  in the fiction novel . But  yet there are tons  of novels about  ballet dancers . I  have yet to read any of them. However, my main character Sirena  is an aspiring  ballet  dancer. For  me it  was hard  writing  this;  meaning my character being into ballet.  How do you write a scene  where  your character is performing a ballet dance?  I struggled  with this question a lot  but  I  came to realize  the answer  to this . It is complicated . You don’t write every step or mechanics of the dance .   And so  I  had to try to  do  this  a lot .  And it took a while to do .  I rewrote scenes  over and over  trying to get it right.  

I  also  looked at the Original Dying Swan Dance by  Anna Pavlova over and over again  to try to figure  out and mark the emotion points  to see  how I was  going to write Sirena  dancing the  same dance .


And so in this 2nd  draft I came up with something like this:   

She stopped  in the middle of nowhere  and  turned her attention  to the night sky. the  stars in the sky  were said once to be  propitious because of their glamorous shine. They were always floating it seemed  careless and unfettered by any  sort of dangers. That is what Sirena loved most about seeing the stars whenever they appeared .

Placing her bag and the cup next to a  rock,  she stood back straight, steadied  herself, held up her head  and glanced up at the waning stars. 

Music played in her head; an orchestra of strings. Le cygne; a classic as old as time.  She hummed the tune she had heard  so many times before. She smiled with grace, towards a stage and audience that materialized before her.

Magic in her eyes she  dreamily circled the stage  with slow ,careful  and precise steps.

She was  now truly the Odette from the ballet. a symbol of harmony and beauty. Regal, refined, loving, and love lorn maiden-swan: airy, feather-light . She was bondage becoming unchained.

With rising motions, swift petite movements and spontaneity, Sirena as Odette fled an old world to a new one. not afraid to depart. desolation to exhalation. But  Odette, the swan of swan lake wasn’t dying. Her life was starting. The  ‘soul’s voyage.  She greeted  immortality.  A final gesture indeed.  But she wasn’t silent anymore. She flew. Odette’s lake flowed and carried her downstream. A lonely sacrifice of course. But she was finally free.

Le cygne ended abruptly in Sirena’s mind and she lifted her body off the ground catching her breath with swirls of euphoria abound,  as the stage and audience faded away…

Needs a little work,  I  know.  But what I try to do with this dance passage  is to focus not on the mechanics  of Sirena’s The Dying Swan  dance  of  Swan lake  but of the  emotions and  the actual scene   and  compare  her with Odette as she dances .   At  the beginning I  only  mention  it once   that she is dancing.   And in the middle  I  mention it one more time  when she is making a transition.  I try  to make Sirena embody  Odette and become  dreamlike .  She is  Odette.  Her fears , hopes  and  thoughts  are  one and the same  in that  moment  upon which she dances.  After  the dance  is done  Sirena  comes   off of a sort  of euphoria.

I  try to make this  dance passage  relevant and significant to the  plot of my story .  With this scene I attempt  to  highlight the importance  .The  Dying Swan represent  transformation.  And  that is why I  use the  Dying swan scattered  throughout my  novel  but in different variations and interpretations  because  Sirena literally   transformations into  the werewolf  as Odette transforms into the swan.

Before Sirena starts  to dance  she  is seen outside in the  mountains .  I  try to juxtapose  where   she is at physically   to where  she is at in her  head when she dances  and becomes  Odette. 

It is an artistic dance. Each dancer over the 100 years since the dance was performed by Anna Pavlova interpreted The Dying Swan in their own way , so I try to describe  the scene of the dance in the best way pertinent to the Character Sirena. 

Moreover , having  Sirena , a character  who is  aspiring to be a ballerina  is risky but  I  took  a chance  because  I felt  like I wanted  to have  my character  interested  in something besides  just  being a student or a regular artist or writer.  Ballet and dance  is important to my novel because  of what  it means  to my character and  the overall  storyline and plot of my novel.  I  also use it as an obstacle for my character even though it is her desire .

If anyone reads this article and they are a dancer or writer who wrote about ballet please let me know your thoughts.

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Yesterday  I was  trying to look  for the perfect song  while writing the scene in  my chapter 11.  I ended   up not writing anything  because I spent all night  looking for  the perfect song.  And the thing  is  I  have a writing  play list  with already  104 songs. 

That  might seem crazy . I know  . But  sometimes  when I’m writing I write with music  because sometimes   the music gives  off the very vibe I ‘m writing about  in the  scene  at the moment  . 

I try to find a  song  for each  character ,  each scene and each chapter.

That takes a while.  Sometimes  I find  music for an individual  action  and it  is great. 

 I ‘m in the moment and  I am able to write for a very long   time.

But then of course there  is  those moments where  I need  silence to write. 

I make sure the music  fits the moods and themes of my  novel.  So since my novel  is about  werewolves in a post-apocalyptic world I have some pretty dark music. But  also some  light music moments because there  is a glimpse  of romance  in my novel( note  there is only glimpses  of  romance) 

Here is  5 songs  from my playlist for my  novel  so  far . 

Writer’s Playlist

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My top 3 Questions for Creating a Writer’s Pinterest Account

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You want to know a secret about me? I ‘m not  really keen about social media . I  hate  it.  But  in this day  and age social  media is the king and  the  go to for all  types of business and  everything  else you can  imagine when it comes to marketing  your brand.   So whether  a person  likes to or not  they have  to use  social media to interact   with the world and their audience. 

This is only my opinion  but I feel like  for new writers and authors  it  is a catch 22  situation.  Especially  if you are an independent or freelance writer  like me. Those old days  when the publishers  market  your work for you   has  come and  gone.  Even then  I feel like  that was an old wives tale .  You  still had to market yourself back then too. Today  you’re  only lucky  for  someone to market your book  if  you have  a number 1 bestseller.  So  independent  writers  must  market themselves.  And is  widely known that  you should always try to  grow your  brand or awareness  of who  you are  before your book  comes  out for publication.  That  leaves us with social  media. Like  I said  I’m  not so keen  on using  social media yet  I’m using this blog  to  tell  you my opinion. I never really  did well on  other social media sites but  I’m  pushing forward  and will make my books  known  wherever  I can.

So  today I’m working on  researching  a  Pinterest account for Discovering the  Blue Hour Podcast . I never really delved  into Pinterest before. 

 I  was told about Pinterest through a friend  . I don’t really know anything about  it.  The closest comparisons I  came to for it was it’s like Instagram. But I never really  did  well  on  Instagram.  However  I thought  maybe  I’d  give Pinterest a chance.  

But I  have some  questions first before  I dive  head first in another social media  account. Here are my top 3  questions  for creating a  writer’s  Pinterest account. 

  • How can I use Pinterest as a writer?
  • How will  Pinterest  help me  move forward as a writer and author brand ?
  • As a writer  what are  my goals   for a  Pinterest account ? 

These are the 3 questions I’m exploring  about  Pinterest as I research to open my account.  I will get back to you on my results later. 

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