Wait…Now Song of Simon is really here!!

Great news! Song of Simon is good to go! You can buy it as an PDF, ePub, MS REader, MOBI Pocket, or Palm at Damnation Books http://www.damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781629290430

Or you can buy it for your Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Song-of-Simon-ebook/dp/B00FE01BUY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380049904&sr=1-1&keywords=song+of+simon+c.a.+sanders

Print versions are soon to come, but as it is a small press (not as small as many) they will be pricey. I will autograph any print version though. to paraphrase Neil Gaiman, make every piece of art unique.

I am so excited that I might burst…and the Jets won this week too!  What a great last few days!!

The Return of “Watchmage…”

*Professor Farnsworth Voice* Good news everyone! After much soul searching, advice-ignoring, and professional pestering, I have decided to return to the serial version of “The Watchmage of Old New York.” I have a 3rd story arc that is almost ready, titled “The Wild Hunt.”

Previously, I stopped writing the serial so that I can novelize each story arc. The fact is, why must I do one and not the other? I could wait and play for the long term, or I can do things now. If a publisher wants to buy the novels, I’ll worry about that then. No use in stifling myself for a bunch of “what ifs.”

Besides, this story arc is so freakin good, I can’t sit on it any longer.

The projected release for “The Wild Hunt” is Mon, August 26.

In the meantime, catch up on the first two stories at ‪#JukepopSerials‬. Registration is FREE

I’m back, and some Watchmage news.

Hey readers. Sorry that I haven’t been around. I’ve been dealing with a bunch of medical issues, and I’ve just been too damn tired to update the blog.  I’ve really been too tired to deal with much of anything.

I have been working on my serial The Watchmage of Old New York.  I posted a new chapter yesterday, as I do every Monday.  It’s crawling up the ranks in popularity too.  Right now Watchmage is in 15th place, but your VOTES can push it into the top 10.  Seriously, VOTE FOR WATCHMAGE!!

You might want to read it too.  It’s a pretty good story, although as I read it now for the twenty millionth time, there’s so much that I want to change.  There is an IPHONE APP and GOOGLE PLAY app, so you can read on the go.

Here’s a review of Watchmage on Web Fiction Guide.

That’s part of the reason why I decided on this:  Since Watchmage is already comprised of 3 story arcs, I am going to turn each story arc into a full novel.  This will give me a chance to fully explore both the characters and the world that they live in. More Jonas and Hendricks buddy cop/ ambiguous homosexual bromance!  More Nathaniel dealing with sparkly shit!  And more 19th Century New York City, the real star of the show!  I am taking notes for the first novel now, and hope to start writing soon.

This also means that I will probably not post the 3rd story arc on jukepopserials.  This is fine, since the second arc will probably run until the summer anyway, and i have to wait 6 months for the rights to return to me.

More news on Song of Simon will be on the way soon.

Copyright Infringement: The sincerest form of flattery

I was having a conversation with a writer friend the other day.  The topic switched to fan fiction, and I said “I can hardly wait until there’s some fan fiction for Song of Simon out there.”  He agreed and said that he was looking forward to fan fic for his novel too.

The reason that I find this funny, is because of the crazy paradigm shift in the past 10 years.  Fan fiction used to be something to laugh at, and for writers to condemn for infringing on their intellectual property.  Now it is something that writers embrace. I would love it if people wrote fan fic.  I would be honored.

Yes, it is still copyright infringement (although a case can be made for parody), but there’s no harm in it.  Yes, most fan fic is pretty bad, but there is a lot of really good fan fic out there too.  Valerie wrote tons and tons of fan fiction, ranging from everything from Buffy to Downton Abbey.  Like everything else that she wrote, it was brilliant.  I would love to send some of her Buffy stuff to Joss Whedon, but I don’t know how he would respond.

Fan fiction is also a great “starter project” for people who want to write, but are not confident enough in their own characters.  I never had this problem.  I had D & D, which gave me a very strong background in characterization.  Others are not so lucky.

Note: aspiring writers should join at least one roleplaying campaign.

The downside?  Every now and then, a stinker like 50 Shades of Grey gets out there.  Meh, can’t be worse than its source material (Twilight)

Also, why do I hate Twilight?  Because the protagonist is a bland nobody who lacks the ability to do anything for herself.  Instead she must be saved by equally bland men.  When her man leaves her, she tries to kill herself repeatedly.  There isn’t a heroic bone in her body.  She is the epitomy of the weak, subservient female stereotype that people have been fighting for over 100 years.  She has single handedly taught an entire generation of women to look pretty, bend over and let your man take care of everything.