Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mystery Story Revealed & Released! ; Thoughts on 2010 and 2011 ; More "Shining Armor" Reception

In my last post, I officially confirmed that I would be releasing a mystery story (not in genre; I didn't want to give away the title!) that I found while cleaning my room this past Saturday, probably instead of "Illusions & Lies: Undercover," which I've been unmotivated to write due to too much free time, as my last story of 2010. This is indeed the case: I have released this mystery story, and it will be my last story of the year. (However, on an unrelated note, I will begin making up Spirit World: Extinction tomorrow, which is the last installment on the official Spirit World Saga timeline!)

The mystery story is titled "In the Trees: A Short Story of Vislia," and takes place on the planet Vislia, the same planet where my Sight Chronicles series (and my canceled Sound Chronicles series) takes place. It is different, though. It tells of King Nesh, king of Junglaria (a jungle kingdom), and his encounter with a deadly danger approaching his kingdom. And how his philanthropy and extreme care of others but not himself leads to his downfall. It is currently up on the ZU Forums, and, for a limited time, on the Featured Story page of this blog. A link to the story on ZU can be found in the Master List under Short Stories>Other.

I'd like to take some time now to briefly think back to the past year and briefly think ahead to next year. But to read that, you'll have to...

Monday, December 27, 2010

"Undercover" Delayed ; Mystery Story to End 2010

Yes, it's true. Due to my inability to structure myself during my winter vacation, I will most likely not be able to release the fourth installment of my short story series Illusions & Lies by the end of the week, which is already a week after I was originally planning on releasing it. This is not a definite, but it is almost a definite.

However, all is not lost. In fact, something was found last Saturday while I was being Jewish (as usual) and not celebrating Christmas (because we Jews don't do that!). I was cleaning my room (wishing I celebrated Christmas so I didn't have to clean my room) when I stumbled upon a short story that I wrote two-and-a-half years ago. It was only the second short story I had ever written, and I had completely forgotten about it, giving the honor of second-short-story-I-had-ever-written to "Chosen Ones" for the two years since I wrote it. I will be typing up the story either tomorrow or Wednesday and will be publishing it to the ZU Forums the same day. I won't reveal anything about it other than it is based on the world of The Sight Chronicles. It will be my gift to you  in honor of my most successful year in writing thus far since I officially began doing so 3 years ago!

Until then! Bye!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Shining Armor" Reception ; I&L4 Update

If you read my last post, you know that I recently released my latest short story, "Shining Armor," on the ZU Forums. So far, one person (on ZU) has responded, which I must say is an improvement from most of my stories: most of those this year have gotten no comments! Also, if you read "Shining Armor," and you aren't a member of ZU, feel free to leave a comment on this post here instead!

Anyway, so this single response contained some very high praise (on top of pointing out a typo, which I hastily fixed after reading the comment)! I thought I would share it here:

I sort of really love this. I had a big smile on my face as I read this. It's a very charming story with a bold, noble message. [...] Reading your work is always fun, and as you pointed out, originals deserve some attention, too.
-Holden, ZU Forums, 12/12/2010, here/here

I found that very, very high praise, and I will mention that that is not the first piece of praise I have received from ZU Forums user Holden either!

Anyway, if you want to read about my progress on "Illusions & Lies: Undercover," (spoiler-free), please "hit the jump," as they say!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This is the Seventh Blog Entry....

Indeed, that is true! This is actually the continuation (although you don't need to read the earlier entries) of the same kind of blog, which was in my "fanclub" on the ZU Forums. This is more noticeable and therefore more useful for people.

Anyway, work on the fourth story in my short story series Illusions & Lies, titled "Illusions & Lies: Undercover," is well underway. It's coming along pretty well, and I should be finished in about a week and a half. So if you haven't done so already, catch up in the series by reading the first three installments, which you can find links to in the Master List, which you can get to by clicking on "The Master List," located above this post and under the blog's header.

"Undercover" is confirmed to be the last story I will be releasing in 2010. I am towards the end of a different story that is actually a school assignment, which I will be publishing as an official story, probably to the ZU Forums. This will probably go up tomorrow. It is neither sci-fi nor fantasy, but rather it is realistic fiction! It will be rated G.

Well, ta-ta for now!

Update (22:26/22:31): "Shining Armor," which is the story that I mentioned in the second-to-last paragraph, is now up on the ZU Forums! A link is in the Master List now, and another can be found at the beginning of this update! Enjoy! Feel free to post a comment in the thread on ZU if you're a member, or you can leave a comment on this post here!

Oh, and if you are wondering what the moral I had originally intended on conveying was, I will tell you now: "You don't need to be a valiant knight to be a hero; you can simply be yourself."