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08/07/2015
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (3:00 pm)
Lately, as I have been working on my rewrite of The Freeworlds Chronicles I have been reflecting on the road I took to get here, and I have also been feeling the urge to share that road with you, my readers.


I always wanted to create. I began drawing at a very young age, and I never stopped. To this day, I still draw, but writing was different. I didn't really feel the urge to write until I was 11. I wrote this short story about a test pilot, who crashed his prototype fighter jet in the jungle, and had to survive. Now keep in mind, I was 11 at the time, so if that story ever surfaces I will cry tears of embarrassment, because I'm sure that my wordcraft was hideous. But the desire to tell a story and record it for others to read was there. I wrote another story at 13 for English class in Junior High School. I'm sure this was also awful. But to my recollection I didn't really write much after that until I was 19, when after watching a particularly unimpressive episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I said aloud that "I could have written a better episode than that!" Then Lee Kelley, who was sitting across the room from me replied "Well, why don't you?"


That got me thinking, and shortly after, I set out to write my first epic saga: the story of a red-headed wild-elf who burned with the desire for revenge against the emperor who'd had her tribe slaughtered. It was bloody awful. I had graduated High School, passed all my English classes, and still had little concept for basic grammar, let alone the writing process. Thanks public school system!


But even still there was Justus Richards, who was a never-ending well of encouragement for me. At his urging I kept writing when I wanted to quit. And I worked on project after project for the next decade until at age 29, I finally had something in my hands that I felt I could offer to a publisher: a story of gods living disguised as ordinary people and fighting a secret war in modern-day society. however, real-life circumstances forced me to shift my focus away from writing for awhile, and that project fell to the wayside, and still languishes unpublished to this very day.


Then at age 35, I got this idea for the Septastrum - an ancient relic, broken into seven parts that when assembled gave it's wielder godlike power. I toyed with different incarnations of this story for the next seven years, and even considered making it an online webcomic, a cartoon, and an MMORPG. But in 2012, I watched a documentary on Netflix called The People v. George Lucas and it rekindled my love for the Star Wars Universe. I set out to make my own Star Wars, came up with a main character, whom I named Abby Ashford, and a master who was an alien named Jax Idor, put them in a Jedi-like order, which I named the Galactic Psi-Corps, and then created a world with a problem for them to solve. Voila! You have the Initiate's Crucible. But with the Initiate's Crucible I hadn't even begun to tell the story I really wanted to tell: The story of Abby's pursuit of the Septastrum. So you have the trilogy that follows: Master of Oceania, Curse of the Corruptor, and Riddle of the Ancients. But this Septastrum storyline and Star Wars were not my only influences. The Oracles of Anai were heavily inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender, as was the Divinity Effect. Originally I never intended for Master Idor to die, but I think for Abby to grow as a character as quickly as she had to he needed to be out of the picture. Besides, isn't the story of two planet-hopping teenage girls saving the Multiverse with no supervision, and getting into and out of trouble fun and compelling?


But in my excitement, I pushed the books out to publication too fast. The stories were mostly there but not fully developed, and there were errors. It was a rookie mistake. So while I am working on this second edition, I will be pushing back the release of my other book Project Prometheus to focus on this. As each book is ready for re-release I will announce it on Twitter. The books will be available in print on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace, and other online retailers. In ebook format they will be available exclusively on Amazon. If at some point in the future there is enough interest I may explore branching out to offering the ebook through iTunes as well but for now if you want to read the Freeworlds Chronicles, you will need the Kindle App. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you have purchased the first edition of the books, the second edition will be pushed out to you through Amazon at no charge.


I hope you will enjoy reading or even re-reading the books, and I hope you are entertained by Abby, Qaeli, and the Freeworlds Chronicles Multiverse.

Stay tuned, and as Stan Lee would say, Excelsior!
08/04/2015
Category: Other Stuff : 
Author: Brett Baker (9:49 pm)
I've written an article explaining the relationship between an increase in the minimum wage and the devaluation of our currency and the resulting inflation that would occur. Give it a read!

https://mangazine2014.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/why-15-an-hour-isnt-a-great-idea/
05/15/2015
Category: Other Stuff : 
Author: Brett Baker (12:43 pm)

Click Here to read for yourself.
03/18/2015
Category: Books : 
Author: Brett Baker (1:46 pm)
You know the old saying, it never rains but it pours? Well that's kind of what the writing life can be like. You can go months without an idea, and then suddenly you wake up one morning, or you watch something on tv, or in my case, play something in a video game (because I am an avid MMO Gamer) and suddenly you have an idea. The Freeworlds Chronicles was inspired by a number of different things: Star Wars (of course, I didn't try to hide elements of my book which were based off of the Saga, in fact, I wanted them to be obvious as tributes to the sci-fi mega-epic that inspired my childhood.) The Bruce Timm cartoons Justice League and Legion of Superheroes, and the MMO game City of Heroes. All gave me ideas to craft the series.

But sometimes, you can get too much inspiration at once, which is kind of what is happening to me right now. Truth be told, I'm not satisfied with The Freeworld Chronicles as they stand at present. I rushed them to print. It was a rookie mistake. My friend Jessi Manthei was kind enough to edit them, but there were still a number of errors that got through, and I didn't have enough people read them and give me feedback prior to publishing, so I am in the process of going back and cleaning them up. In addition, I am also working on establishing my own independent publishing label. You will see this website re-branded to that once it is established, AND I am working on two other projects, a sci-fi set in the 23rd century, and a Samurai-themed sci-fantasy novel and accompanying RPG game.

So when I take stock of all there is to do, I feel a little overhwelmed by it, but it's all a labor of love for me, because a writer is what I am, and all I ever wanted to be. I know that some of you who read the Freeworlds Chronicles might have been disappointed with the writing, but I want to assure you that I intend to learn from my mistakes and become a better writer for them. If you enjoyed the story, or Abby, or any of the other characters, I hope you might give them another read in the future, once I have completed the re-write, and also keep an eye out for my future titles.

As Stan Lee would say, Excelsior!
03/16/2015
Category: Other Stuff : 
Author: Brett Baker (11:04 am)
My longtime friend James Vincett has just published his first book titled "The Anuvi Incident." It is a Sci-Fi set in the Third Millennium focusing on characters in the Hominin Union.

You should definitely give it a read:

https://www.facebook.com/The.Anuvi.Incident
http://www.homininunion.com
11/22/2014
Category: Other Stuff : 
Author: Brett Baker (9:57 am)
So for the past several weeks I have been working on a new book that is not part of The Freeworlds Chronicles. I am now working on writing on the last chapter. But I learned my lesson with the Freeworlds Chronicles and will be taking my time with the proofing this time.


So with the new project, I wil be redesigning the website as it comes closer to the time for it to come out. Hope you all give it a read!
07/13/2014
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (11:31 am)
The Initiate's Curcible will be going on sale on Amaxon for only $.99 starting July 15th at midnight, and running until midnight July 22.

Get your copy by clicking here.
05/01/2014
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (12:12 pm)
Starting Sat, May 3 and running through May 10, The Kindle Edition of The Freeworlds Chronicles Vol. IV: Riddle of the Ancients goes on sale for only $0.99 on Amazon. You can get your copy be clicking here.
04/21/2014
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (12:21 pm)
Sorry, the Curse of the Corruptor promotion on Amazon starts at midnight the 22nd, not midnight the 21st. My mistake. You can purchase your copy by clicking here.
04/20/2014
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (11:32 am)
Starting tonight at midnight, and running through April 28, the Kindle Edition of The Freeworlds Chronicles, Volume III: Curse of the Corruptor goes on sale on Amazon for only $0.99! Don't miss out on getting your copy. You can purchase it by clicking here.

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