Book 4 Update

Hello all.

I know, I know, I was going to try and write here more often. Again, I’ve failed miserably.

Have any of you noticed a harder time getting motivated and/or happy? This year, it seems very difficult to do either. I wish I could give you some grand tale of conquering illness, or surpassing nigh impossible odds, but I’d be lying. In truth, I’ve just been horribly depressed.

And that is the round-a-bout way of saying book 4, Ragnarok, is taking longer than expected.

With the previous three books, I wrote, then deleted, then got off to a good start with the second try. It’s taken me six attempts to get this book right. The good news is, I’ve finally found that point. And yes, I’m well beyond just the start, but not nearly as close to finished as I’d hoped.

I won’t lie, this book scares me. One last chance to make this series special. One final moment to leave the reader (you) satisfied and feeling their time was worth giving. Some days it feels like an impossible task.

But I keep writing.

No firm release date today. I’m sorry. Right now, I think it would be realistic to say expect it around the same time as Resonance–early December.

I’ll work harder.

So that’s the pathetic exscuse of an update–I’m alive and working on the book. Which I suppose is better than many alternatives.

Thanks for hanging in there. I promise I’m doing what I can to make it worth your while.

Until next time, hope life is treating you better than well,

JR

Batman vs Superman vs Star Wars

Vader-vs-Batman2The new Star Wars trailer was released yesterday. In addition, we had a bootlegged version of the Batman v. Superman trailer leaked.

Now, I won’t pass final judgement on the Batman v. Superman trailer until I can see it in high definition as it was originally intended. The sound and picture quality of the phone-taped version is relatively poor.

Nonetheless, I know how watching these trailers made me feel.

Star Wars left me excited, full of wonder and desire. B v. S left me still unsure if this was a film worthy of my time.

In thinking about why I had such a different reaction, I’ve come to this conclusion…

Star Wars felt like a movie made by people who loved the source material and wished to be true to its spirit. Not only was this evident in how the trailer was put together, and the designs which look like natural evolutions of the old films, it was also the call outs to fans. Using Luke’s voice as the first we hear evoked obvious emotions. And the ending… “We’re home.” Gawd, the feels! All the right notes, just enough flashy visuals, but leaning more on emotive visuals and sounds (music and voice).

The Batman vs. Superman trailer feels like a movie made by people intent on forcing their own creative vision on classic characters. Odd, seeing how much the imagery owes to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, but I couldn’t shake the feeling these weren’t my Superman or Batman. There is nothing wrong with putting a personal stamp on things, but I felt no respect or love for the source material.

Of course, this could be because Warner Brothers seems intent on making their superheroes the “Dark and Gritty” ones to stand apart from Marvel. So blame may rest with the studio.

But I want to feel the love. Star Wars made me believe. If episode seven as a whole movie can capture just two-thirds of the feelings I had watching the trailer, it will be a worthy successor to the original series.

Batman v. Superman, well, I hope my feelings will be partially dispelled by watching the trailer in high-def with decent sound. But I don’t have high hopes.

Misgivings aside, seeing the huge response to these trailers, it feels like a wonderful time to be a genre fan (geek, fanboy, whatever you want to call me/yourself).

PS the image above is a still from a video on Machina Prime’s YouTube channel called, appropriately, Batman vs. Darth Vader

Changing Titles Changes Emotions

Or… Why I Hate My Blog, But Might Enjoy My Journal.

When I started this particular writing journey, I created a blog as a component of my website. I didn’t do it out of desire, it resulted from the plethora of advice which said a blog was necessary.

As you can tell from my infrequent posts, I rather despise blogging.

See, a blog is a tool for attracting customers. Well, that’s the thinking for Indie Writers. We are to write focused articles of 200-300 words, attract a specific and dedicated fan base, then sell that audience our work. But in not too pushy a way, because it will turn people off. Oh, and we need to blog on a specific timeline as it will ensure consistent traffic to our website.

I hate it. Too much pressure, too much structure, and it seems insincere.

Recently, Neil Gaiman redesigned his website (an odd segue, but stick with me). I went to visit and noticed his blog was labelled “Journal.”

It’s probably been that way from the start, but this time the difference in terms made an impact on me. I might hate trying to write blog articles, but I could enjoy writing journal entries. My life will probably never be as interesting as Neil Gaiman’s, but it doesn’t mean I have nothing to say.

Unlike a blog, with its set rules and goals, a journal suggests freedom–a place to say whatever is important to me without constraints of audience building, consistency of message, or trying to be a salesman.

So the Blog is done. In its place, the Journal rises from the ashes.

Is it that big a difference? I believe so. And since this is my world, my beliefs are pretty important.

Besides, I figure most of you are here because of a) a specific article or b) you already like my writing. So I don’t need a blog to sell to you, do I?

Hope to be talking to you all more soon,

JR

PS…Book Four is underway. I don’t have a specific release date, but it’ll be in the 3rd quarter of this year (July-September).

Join the Mailing List, Get Discounts – Special Offer!

Hello Everyone!

Resonance has been out for under two weeks and I’ve been really pleased by the results.

Since it’s Christmas time, I thought I’d extend a special offer.

From now until January 31, 2015, join my mailing list and get the following discounts;

  • Harbinger, The Bleeding Worlds Book One – FREE!
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  • Resonance, The Bleeding Worlds Book Three – 50% Off

The coupons can be redeemed through the direct sales link on my website, or at Smashwords.

The coupons for Harbinger and Suture never expire, so you can use them for yourself and then share than with friends! The Resonance coupon is a limited time offer, expiring at the end of February, 2015.

You can join the mailing list at http://justusrstone.com/subscribe-mailing-list/

The list only gets mail when there are big events or discounts. It won’t spam your email account or give your information to any other companies.

All the best,

JR

Resonance is Live!

Book three of The Bleeding Worlds, Resonance, is finally here! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one. Writing it was a tough battle. I can’t say why, but I struggled. At the same time, there’s plenty of things in this book I’m proud of.

Perhaps the hardest part was accepting it needed to live on its own, instead of being the final book. When I gave myself entirely to that realization, the book seemed to come together much faster.

Thank you for your patience. Hopefully, you won’t wait as long for the next one, as I’m already laying groundwork for Ragnarok. Some scenes are written, and I’m working with a new piece of software called Scapple to help plot the book before writing in earnest.

Until then, enjoy Resonance.

All the best,

JR

Looking for places to purchase The Bleeding Worlds, Book Three, Resonance? Go to the book page for links to a variety of retailers.