Dealing with grief and fighting to stay alive, the young Anathemas find sanctuary in the home of their Kuwaha. Then a magical brand suddenly appears on Anathemas in Sabato, and Regan makes it his mission to find and save his kind from the Council, no matter the cost.
Until the asking price is the life of his friend.
When a rescue-gone-wrong shatters what little stability the children have found, the young prince is forced to face his greatest fears as he tries to preserve what is left of their little colony.
But the alignment approaches, the necromancer awakens, and blood must be paid for freedom if they are ever to truly have peace.
The story continues in the spell-binding sequel to Tainted.
Christmas is a time that quickly reminds us all the reasons we write and want to write some more. It comes to us like hope flying on the wings of love to the climax of perfect joy as the year ends.
As writers, we get to feel this beautiful season even more intensely because it bears remarkable resemblance with Act 3, the Happily-Ever-Afters we chase down to the ends of the stories we’ve been writing all year.
At Chartus.X, we know that all stories are about our beautifully battered lives and how we wish they were or could become. Christmas brings the hope that our wishes can become our realities.
We appreciate you for staying with us through the year. We know it’s your unintended compliment that we’re doing something right.
The new year is only a few days away, and all we can say to you is what we’ve always said to you – Write Your Story! Write ambitious Happily-Ever-Afters.
Remember, wishes come true at Christmas time.
We wish you a happy holiday and can’t wait to see you in the new year.
Giving false information or a sloppy account of a thing or known event is pretty much an insult to your readers. There is a large component of make-belief in writing fiction, but the need for accuracy is non negotiable. Readers know more than writers give them credit for.
Every story has an aim or reason driving its telling. The purpose of a story informs the perspective from which it is told. Point of view simply asks, from whose eyes shall your readers witness the events that make up your story?
All readers are drawn to stories about things they recognise: Dreams, Ambitions, Fears, Courage, Dilemma, Safety, Rejection, Hatred, Love, etc. Storytelling is a means of giving people a chance to experience all the things they fear and all the things they adore knowing that they are separated from the troubles or dangers that accompany such experience.
Readers want to read from writers who understand them. And it doesn’t matter if the story is set in Mars or if the characters are animated horse dungs talking about the need for personal hygiene. As long as these characters also live relatable dreams and express similar fears, the readers will always read. And this remains true even in stories with extraterrestrial settings.
Haven’t we all had our fair share of the crippling writing advice: Write What You Know? The givers of this advice come at you with hard buttocks rendered rigid from sitting so long in the writers’ comfort zone. They don’t ‘waste’ time imagining what is unfamiliar to them and they don’t attempt to tell stories not crafted about characters like them within settings like the ones in which they live.
Interested in writing? Got a great idea for a book but aren’t sure how to begin? Here’s some simple advice: don’t complicate things, just do it.
It’s in the execution of an idea that you discover what it’s worth… plus, it’s always better to have a bad manuscript than no manuscript at all. Don’t worry about getting it right the first time. Your first draft is just that! When you have your draft, then you can improve upon and develop it. It’s impossible to improve on or develop nothing.
Putting in careful and persistent work or effort is a major key to going a long way in creative writing.
As a writer, you will not always be in a constant state of flowing creative ideas. Sometimes you’ll go through dry spells where you stare at the blank screen or page for hours with not a single word coming to mind.