Do Your Research

  Hello everyone, So with my second book, The Jarl's Shadow at the publisher, one would think I would take some time to relax. Maybe watch movies, play video games, or even read books by other authors. No. I am already working on my third book in the trilogy, titled "The Hammer of The Bear." What do I mean by "working?" I could start freewriting to get my ideas down and go with what comes to mind, and yes, I will be doing that. However, the first thing I do before starting a new book is research. The Hammer of the Bear is based around the main character, Adnar Raynecksson. From the beginning of the trilogy in A GAME OF GODS, Adnar is the oldest of three siblings, and he is a Blacksmith by trade.  Since Blacksmithing is his chosen profession, I am researching not only how to do Blacksmithing but also what it takes to be a Blacksmith. I also have the privilege of knowing a childhood friend whose father was an actual blacksmith.  So we have Adnar, the m

The Ressurection

 Hello everyone.  So I decided to resurrect The Authors Life Preserver as a means to convey some of my more lengthy posts. So as of two days ago, my first Book "A GAME OF GODS," will have it's updated format and story available for purchase through multiple platforms in both paperback and ebook format. My second book, The Jarl's Shadow, is also at publishing and will be scheduled for release by the end of December. Of course anyone who follows my Facebook Author Page will be in the know about my recent developments as an author and graphic artist. While this will be a short blog post, I will be more active in the near future. Until then, Blessed be the Balance!

World Building in Science Fiction and Fantasy - By Sean Michael Paquet

  Hello Everyone! So today, I wanted to give you some of my insight into world-building. Now for some writers, it takes a great deal of time to realize the world in which they want their characters to adventure. For me, this world was part of my imagination form the age of five. For me, it became a fully realized and detailed world where I could escape from reality. That's how I look at it. However, when you decide to utilize that world as the stage for a story that other people will read, realization takes on a whole new meaning. The three fundamental rules that I follow are: 1.        Believability 2.        Consistency 3.        Immersion For my first novel, A Game of Gods, I set the stage very quickly using concepts, imagery, and symbolism that people could readily identify with. In essence, I created a world that already had a lot of real backstories that anyone could research on their own. This was important. I believe that people should be able to ide

The Measurement of Success and Failure - by Sean Michael Paquet

Hello everyone! So today, I felt compelled to write about success and failure. I think these are concepts that everyone can identify with, whether you are a writer or not. What is success? How is it measured? For that matter, what is failure? So let's face it, we live in a very materialistic society. Such is the case no matter where on the planet you dwell. Success is based in terms of value. How much money do you have? How many toys do you've? How many friends? To a point, yes, having lots of money and toys and friends can be viewed as a sign of success. The same can be said for failure, lack of money due to poor business decisions, or the loss of friendship over often trivial matters. Perhaps failure can be viewed as the loss of a job or the loss of a close relationship. Someone who mattered more than anything in the world to you. The loss of a loved one. All of these can be viewed as failures in life. We look at challenges in life that we cannot overcome as failure

What is Your Value - by Sean Michael Paquet

What makes you Valuable?   OK, this post will be a little more about the self than it does about business, but the concepts still apply.  What makes you valuable? What do you value about yourself? What do other people that know you appreciate about you? Value. We can go on and on about friendship, love, partnership, and other similar concepts, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to value. What is your value to yourself, to other people, to the community? We all want to feel valuable. We want to know that we matter. Not just to ourselves, but also that our presence is valued. We want to know that somehow we contribute to the communal consciousness. What makes you valuable are your strengths. Those qualities about you that make you stand out from the slowly moving herd of humanity around you. Your strengths are what make you unique. That is your value. Firstly, YOU must see YOU as valuable to YOURSELF. This requires a great deal of self-reflection. You have to take a hard, hones

Alpha Readers, Beta Readers, Reviewers, and Editors in the Writing Process. - By Sean Michael Paquet

Hello everyone! So I just wanted to take a minute and give you some insight into what it took to get "A Game of Gods" from raw free writing to submission copy. This is by no means an easy process, and I will try to explain step by step how I did it. Ok, so maybe I am unique in this concept, but I do ALL of my raw freewriting on my phone. The notepad on my phone lets me roll with ideas as they come, instead of being tied to my computer. So what do I do with all of that material as I finish it? Well, I usually do the raw free writing throughout the day and send it in the evening to my Alpha Reader. Now some of you may laugh at this, but my Alpha Reader is my Mom, Dianne Paquet. Why did I choose her? Well, for me, it was elementary. I am weird; my writing is weird, and so are a lot of my concepts. My Mom gets me. She understands where I am coming from and the direction I want to take with my stories. Furthermore, she is a meticulous reader with an eye for perfection when it come

A Game of Gods Ebook Promotion - By Sean Michael Paquet

Hello everyone. Just to make sure you know. The E-Book version of A Game of Gods will be available on 1 August, 2020. I will do a couple of reminder posts as we get closer to the E-book debut. The E-book is flat rate priced at $3.99 and will be available for purchase on Amazon.