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THE ULTIMATE EXERCISE IN WORLD BUILDING | Patreon Blog

Matthew LeDrewFor the last few years I have been using the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly. I always took it to mean the Tolkien-like appendixes and appendices that some authors chose to but in the front and backs of their books, often with maps and diagrams and schematics and character histories that had little to nothing to do with the story at hand, and which I often found exhausting.

However, my fellow author JJ King has recently educated me that this is not the case: World Building can simply be the slow process of letting the reader know what can and cannot happen in your world, a set of rules that you write by and provide information on on an as-needed basis, ideally.

I say that I used the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly because I only associated it with the sort of pedantic info-dumps I try to never do, but apparently this is just bad or expositive World Building. Good World Building can happen organically an naturally, giving small snippets of the larger world in book after book… much like I did with the Engen Universe. I was embarrassed to learn that such a pivotal term had escaped my vernacular, but such is life, we all have our knowledge gaps.

Since then I have spent months ruminating on all the wrong-answers I have given regarding World Building in my previous Writing Panel experiences. After some serious thought, I think I’ve come up with the ideal World Building scenario for those who have an exhaustive world and cast of characters in their heads without knowing where to start – and it works for any genre!

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FREE eBook – The Theogony by Matthew LeDrew

Theo, and young man with extraordinary talents residing in the horrible mental care facility Black Springs, is taken under the wing of a mysterious woman who claims to know where to find his long-estranged father. Together they embark on a journey through the dessert to discover what’s left of his wandering, shattered spirit.

 

The Theogony
Matthew LeDrew

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Release Date: October 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: EBook
Cover Price: FREE with Mailing List Signup!
Page Count: 37

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NaNoWriMo Round 6!

Over the past 7+ years, I’ve NaNo’d 6 times. Some times I’ve been successful, some times I haven’t, and one time I failed so spectacularly that I’m almost proud.

Below are some observations I’ve made & lessons I’ve learned:

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Year 1 – 2010

Project Type: New Novel

Project Info: A werewolf-type story

Final Word Count: 52,000

For this one, I started a brand new story on November 1. I think I did a rough outline beforehand, but mostly just character sketches and a very loose plot. After 2 weeks I hit the wall hard, but a few days later I managed to push past it. I ended up reaching a conclusion around the 40,000 mark and thought I was going to fail this task, but then I thought of a way to make the story longer and managed to get over 50,000 words. I also wrote a really cool back-story scene that I’m super happy with.

This was my first year, and I consider it my most successful so far. I was working 2 jobs and rehearsing 2 plays, so I have no idea how I managed to do it. (Actually, that’s a lie – I’m editing that story now and there’s a lot of nonsensical rambling that needs to be cut down – but there’s also some great stuff that I got from the aforementioned rambling. Swings and roundabouts, my friends.)

Aside from being super determined to rock my first year, I learned how to push myself and that I could actually finish a story. It taught me that I could write a full-length novel in less than 3 years. As someone who had trouble focusing on one single project, it was a great confidence boost. Continue reading NaNoWriMo Round 6!

The Symbol to look for for quality- Engen Universe

As our titles expand through the end of our tenth year and beyond, both new and longtime readers have been left wondering: how do we distinguish Engen Universe titles from the other great titles Engen Books offers?

The answer, for our eBook titles, is this special new Engen Universe bookmark, which will be located discreetly at the top left corner of all Engen Universe eBooks, starting soon. EBook copies of Infinity series, Jacobi Street, Reptilia, and The Theogony have already received this addition, with the Black Womb and Xander Drew series’ to follow soon.

The symbol is an easily identifiable mark of not only the quality that is represented in every Engen Book, but also the shared continuity of stories, narrative, themes, and secrets of The Engen Universe!

Chillers Submissions Closed!

Well everyone it’s been ten long months, but the submissions call for Chillers from the Rock is finally closed! We have gotten a metric ton of submissions this year, and our submissions editor Ellen Curtis has already dutifully begun going through them!

We have gotten over fifty short story submissions this year! Over the next month or so these are going to be divided into different categories, read, and discussed at length by our team. The deadline was changed to October this year so that we could have time to work with authors whose work needs just a little touching up, giving us a chance to do some back and forth and get even more of the talented people in our region in. 🙂

Submitted authors will be notified as soon as we can narrow down the submissions to a manageable number, and we will start formally announcing your From the Rock team for this year in January.

Also in January we will be announcing the next From the Rock genre, so be sure and keep an eye out for that! It’s going to be a fun one! 🙂

Good luck to everyone who submitted. Have fun to those of you who are moving on to try NaNoWriMo, remember to take a breather in December and spend some time with family & friends to recharge, then come right back here in January for announcements and encouragement towards our next collection!

Never Look Back! ❤

Supernatural Causes | Code Blue

The stunning conclusion to the Bestselling Occult serial Supernatural Causes! Can Jax and Liesel navigate the complex vampire culture they’ve found themselves embroiled in in time to halt the spread of the deadly virus that have been plaguing the supernatural patients of St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld?

Supernatural Causes: Code Blue (eBook)
Amanda Labonté

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ISBN: 978-1-926903-70-5 
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Electronic
Price (CAD): $1.99
Page Count: 71

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Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail| Paul Carberry

Zombie hoards created by the evil Pharmakon company have taken over the world, including the one place that always thought it was safe from the calamities of the outside: the quiet, scenic shores of Newfoundland’s west coast. In this horrifying second volume, the island survivors of the zombie massacres believe they are safe, settled away in a cabin far off the grid: but nothing can stop the spread of the undead, as the zombies make their way to the historic Viking Trail, where even more terror awaits….

Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail
Paul Carberry

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ISBN: 978-1-926903-66-8
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Cover Price: Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $6.99
Page Count: 284

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“Paul Carberry is a true master of horror, blending visceral visuals with tense suspense,”
— Matthew LeDrew, Bestselling author of the Black Womb series.