The Game Keeper Diaries, Chapter 1: Arrival

I can remember looking out of the window at the deep blue of the Pacific far below me. It stretched for as far as the eye could see in every direction, my view being occasionally interrupted by a wisp of cloud, but otherwise unobstructed. The sense of insignificance that I felt compared to the vastness of the ocean had been with me since I had left San Diego a couple days prior. I had changed planes first in Hawaii, and then in American Samoa, where I boarded a sleek looking white and blue seaplane, and was en route to my destination, the island of Lautokamanu. Read More »

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A selection of terrible Gondolend short fiction, part 1

Just for fun, I decided to start a thread in the Gondolend board of the Tyrant King forums for writing terrible short vignettes, often with exaggerated or wildly out of character behavior and none of them canon. I’ve had a lot of fun writing these stupid things, so I thought I’d share mine on here.

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Hunting Ground and Other Stories gets a new distributor, and other news

Well, technically it got a new distributor a while ago and I’m just now making a post about it, but whatever.

Kitty voices her excitement over the new paperbacks. Or she's just yawning.

Kitty voices her excitement over the new paperbacks. Or she’s just yawning.

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Fiction: Front Row Seat to the Death of a World

B-3-K watched the last of the transport ships rising into the midmorning sky on a tail of fire, a feeble prelude to the brilliance that was yet to come. They were doomed, she knew; them and any other vessel that had not yet made the jump to hyperspace when the destruction came to this system. They had waited too long to leave, and they would pay for their procrastination with their lives.

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How would Hollywood ruin Hunting Ground?

With Jurassic World dominating the box office this summer, it’s all but inevitable that we can all expect a fresh wave of dinosaur-themed fiction, both in movie and book form, as people scramble to ride its coattails up the slopes of Cash Mountain. (Even I’m not entirely innocent of this; while Gondolend had been going strong for over a decade before a fourth Jurassic Park movie had even been confirmed as a thing that was definitely going to happen, I did set “Jurassic World” as a search keyword on my own book.)

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It’s time for yet another Gondolend art post

And surprise surprise, it’s more profile views of local fauna! Ha ha, I’m so multi-talented. I was going to do this post earlier, but moving halfway across the country has a way of distracting a person. Now that that’s done though, here it is!

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5 world-building tips

Though I’d hardly call myself a world-building expert, I’ve been doing it long enough by now that I do like to think I’ve gotten a pretty good hang of what does and doesn’t work. So, since part of the goal of Tyrant King Productions is to support and encourage other aspiring independent writers, I thought I’d share a few bits of knowledge I’ve picked up over the years.

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Do you like dinosaurs and paleontology? Take the Jurassic World Challenge!

Well, with Jurassic World hitting US theaters tomorrow, it looks like things are starting to heat up a bit in the online dinopaleoblogosphereverse. People are flooding the social media with important questions such as what is everyone’s favorite dinosaur and would Tyrannosaurus or Spinosaurus win in a fight, reviews of the movie are beginning to appear, and blogs everywhere are scrambling to post something, anything, related to the Jurassic Park franchise.

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