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08/08/2017
Category: Books : 
Author: Brett Baker (8:44 pm)
I am in the middle of a very busy season writing-wise. I am still working on final edits for "The Freeworlds Chronicles, Volume II: Master of Oceania" and I have "Song of the Multiverse, Volume I: Adagio of Awakening" being beta-read by a few friends. In addition, you might have noticed a few changes here on the site recently, re-branding the site with the logo for my new publising label. The life of an author can be rewarding, but sometimes it can make you feel like a juggler trying to keep a half-dozen yipping puppies in the air all at the same time.

At any rate, expect an announcement that "Master of Oceania" is being re-released very, very soon.
09/05/2016
Category: Books : 
Author: Brett Baker (12:16 am)
Being both a writer and a gamer, It's easy for me to get distracted from working on my books. That's part of the reason why it has taken me years to re-release the second edition of The Freeworlds Chronicles, because I keep getting sucked into playing various MMOs (mainly Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Final Fantasy XIV. They are the biggest culprits.)


But what has been happening lately, is the urge to get back to work on my books has built up in me. And today, I finally tore myself away from my MMO gaming addiction to edit. Not only do I have to re-edit the Freeworlds Chronicles, but I have a new double trilogy called Song of the Multiverse that needs to be edited as well. Work on all 10 books has already begun, but there is still much more work to do. For all intents and purposes the 2nd edition of The Initiate's Crucible is 100% complete and the 2nd edition of Master of Oceania is at 80%. It is my hope to release the 2nd edition of both books by December 31, while releasing the 2nd editions of Curse of the Corruptor, and Riddle of the Ancients in 2017. Then once this re-write has finally been completed I can get to work on Song of the Multiverse in earnest.


I will be working with Amazon Customer Service to push out the second edition to anybody that has purchased or downloaded the previous edition of my books at no charge. I believe that the 2nd editions will make for a much more enjoyable read as many of the problems with the first edition books have been fixed. If you read the books, I hope you will give them a second chance. If you haven't then give them a read. I can honestly say that these have become stories that I would enjoy reading myself.
04/03/2016
Category: Books : 
Author: Brett Baker (11:06 am)
As I am in the process of finishing up the main storyline of the Song of the Multiverse saga, which will tell the story of the Halloran twins, a pair of girls who grew up in Chicago, and have their lives turned upside down when their dimension-hopping father suddenly comes back into their lives and shows them what a wierd place the multiverse really is, I feel the need to pause and reflect on the writing process.


Frankly I am amazed at how a book comes together. Admittedly, I usually only know only about a third of the book when I sit down to write it. I have the major points mentally mapped out, and as I start my story, I often need to pause between scenes to figure out what kind of scene I need to get to the next. And yet somehow, despite my story being mostly an unfinished work in my own mind, filled with blank spots, the story tells itself; first to me in my mind, and then I transcribe it into words on paper. This process gives me the feeling that I am looking into the lives of living characters who exist in a living world. I suppose most writers may feel that about their own work, but I wonder if most writers operate in the same way. In fact, I know from conversations with a good friend and fellow author who writes Historical Fiction that we don't. Some meticulously plan instead, writing detailed notes of every scene before they even begin the writing process.


While I will never say that that approach is any less correct (in fact, it may lead to a better crafted novel than my approach, who knows?) the fact is, I could never write that way. I write by my gut. There is intuition, and emotion involved, and for me a big part of the joy of writing is seeing that surprise scene that I never planned but completely nails it when it comes to explaining a character's motivation, or moving the story forward coming out on the page. I think myself and other authors who write like this need to tap into something somewhere that feeds us our inspiration. When I close my eyes and wonder what that something might be a picture of a swirling jumble of ideas fills my mind, but that might just be the product of my over-active imagination. At any rate, the fact that I can be surprised by my own story when it changes directions when I didn't expect it to is a big part of the joy of writing. I just have to be mindful that I don't meander, and that every scene that I write contributes to the story, and doesn't send me down a rabbit-trail. I hate rabbit-trails.


Anyway, that is a peek into my creative process. Truth-be-told, I don't even understand it entirely myself, but I am so very intrigued by it. I hope you will read and enjoy all 6 novels of the Song of the Multiverse when they come out (I'm about halfway through writing on Volume VI right now), and also give the 2nd Edition of the Freeworlds Chronicles a read. Vol I: The Initiates Crucible will be coming out very soon as it is 99% rewritten and ready to go.
11/28/2015
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Author: Brett Baker (12:40 pm)
So it's the end of November, and the ground is covered in snow. Personally I hate snow. It's insidious. It sits under your tires and turns into ice, sending you skidding into other cars and trees or whatever, cackling like a serial villain the whole time. I tend to turn into a homebody during the winter which is a good thing because I can devote more of my time to my writing.


I know I have been saying this for the better part of a year, but work on The Freeworlds Chronicles, 2nd edition is progressing. Rewriting a 4-novel tetralogy is not an easy thing, neither is tearing myself away from video gaming to work on them. I had about a 4-month period over the summer where I got so sucked into MMO gaming that I did absolutely no writing. To readers who are anticipating reading my work (if there are even any of you out there) I'm sorry. At any rate, I've completed one sweep through, cleaning up most of the typos that got through the editing process. There are some changes I am wrestling with, however, and that is part of what is causing the delay. Plus I want to give the books at least one or two more sweeps before I re-publish them.


Writing on Project Prometheus was completed a year ago. I am also wrestling with some changes that have been suggested by my proofreaders. I expect to publish this at some point next year, but like George R.R. Martin says, it will be ready when it's ready, not before. Of course, I have no allusions of being George R.R. Martin. I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum. I can do this because few are aware of me, so I don't really have to worry about disappointing my readers. But the motivation is the same. I would rather put out a quality, finished product than regret publishing it too early and have to go back and fix it like I am having to with The Freeworld Chronicles


But I've saved the best for last. in addition to working on editing these two projects simultaneously, I am also working on a new project: The Song of the Multiverse Saga This project is planned to be a trilogy, with the three volumes titled Adagio of Awakening, Allegro of War, and Coda of Ascendence. The Song of the Multiverse Saga is the story of two twin sisters, who are rescued by a mysterious dimension-traveling fellow who calls himself Watanabe from an illegal experiment, and discover that the multiverse is far stranger than they ever imagined. I hope you will consider reading it when it comes out!


So that is where things stand right now. Thanks for reading, and thanks for your patience and support. I will let you know more soon as things become clearer on when projects will be ready for release (or re-release).


Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwansaa, and Happy New Year!
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!

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