Writing in the Stars… or the Abyss…

Welcome, readers and writers! I am a writer just writing stories, namely one big fat one.

Once upon a time, I was writing a book, content with that, in and of itself, until someone said, “Yeah, I think it sounds awesome, make it available somewhere so I can read it.” So, me being me, I did. Then, they never showed up. Oh well, a few others have anyway. Goofuses. Those that didn’t come, not those that did. You’re not goofuses, you’re… you’re… special.

I’ll keep writing, maybe you’ll keep reading. Whether my writing is written in the stars or just an emotional dump destined for the abyss… Well, that’s for you to decided.

Follow me on my journey as I battle:

1. The completion of my first fantasy novel.
2. Two other novels.
3. Two short stories a month.
4. Practice writing.

5. Reading speed.
6. Two kids, a full-time programming job, and a hectic schedule. Oh, and a nagging, loving wife.
7. Poetry
8. random stuff.

Novel Ideas

Greybo: A Dwarven Tale

Still struggling with the death of his father, Darowyn, a melancholy dwarf finds a darker part of himself rising to power once again. Afraid of losing himself, he is pushed overcome a past that he cannot remember. Or die trying. Meanwhile, an unknown enemy lurks the forest and the underground. Being the only one that has seen them, the dwarf wonders if they are an ancient enemy or just the illusions of his crazed mind and shattered past.

This book is part of a large fantasy series that is running in my head. The first chapters of Greybo are posted in chapters. My goal is to finish this book by April 2014.

Project Golem

Hundreds of years have passed since the humans have fled the surface of the world to its underground catacombs. They have constructed cities based on technology and magic. They live in fear and constant turmoil. Resources are limited and cities find themselves struggling against one another to survive.

Etzin, a science engineer, has revolutionized robotics, magic, and warfare with a brand new golem made of Adamantium and Sorrenthril. But will his invention allow his city to dominate and bring order and unity to the chaos of the underground cities? Will it bring peace or only more war? A catastrophic battle leaves the golem missing. The golem falls into the wrong hands. The fate of humanity hangs by a thread.



Writer's Block

I hate it when those internal demons sneak up on me…

32 Responses to Writing in the Stars… or the Abyss…

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting and also thanks for following I am grateful, I shall enjoy looking at you book! Your life style sounds idilic! xxxxx

  2. Hi J.E.M Hall. Thank yoy for the comments on my blog and I will spend alit of time reading your unfinished novel. I am sure I will enjoy it.

  3. Shah Wharton says:

    Hello James,
    Stephanie Nickel suggested you might like to CP with me? I’ve looked for a contact page or email address but no luck. If you enjoy urban fantasy/paranormal mystery, do get in touch. shahwharton @ g mail dot com. Many thanks. X

    • vozey says:

      Yes, Stephanie suggested correctly. I’m assuming CP means Critique Partner, if that be the case, I would love to. You can email me at vozey@yahoo.com.

      Thanks for reaching out. And, if you get a chance, tell Stephanie “Thanks from James!”

  4. ooh, I like the concept of a melancholy dwarf 🙂 I’ve never put a dwarf race into my fantasy world but I loved the dwarfs in Middle Earth and also the Riyria Revelations

    • vozey says:

      Thank you! I’ve never read Riyria Revelations, probably yet another book I need to read. I need to get my speed reading down because I swear I have more books in my “To Read” pile then I have in my “Read” pile. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to look over my first three chapters, which are under “Chapters” above.

  5. raggykate says:

    Hey thanks for the follow 🙂 You should check out my Noctis City post as I am currently trying to write a fantasy novel as well! I always welcome feedback.

    I’ll be following you on here!

  6. Wow, that is one hectic schedule. I enjoyed reading the synopsis of your book, I’m looking forward to reading up to do date later today when I’ve finished my assignment. Also, I’d be interested to hear what sort of programming you do?

    • vozey says:

      Web development, C#, .Net.

      My home projects are in C++. Have a game that I was coding.

      • I am a massive Indie game fan. I buy the Humble bundle pretty much every week. I don’t do programming myself, but I enjoy using terminal commands, editing my settings, and typing codes to access my folders. Mac user you see. Anyway, all the best with.

  7. NOAEfame says:

    It sounds very interesting to read from you.
    Thank you for consoling me today. It means a lot.

  8. Kate says:

    Your blog is looking seriously awesome!!! Wow…maybe you can help me with mine some time?

  9. shellydrymon says:

    Good luck with all that! Wow, I am in awe and admiration. I love your blog. I too, write, and am working on a novel and getting a couple of short stories published. I am going to follow you, as a source of inspiration!

    • vozey says:

      Thank you! I’ve been very influential, I am told, in my community. It is an honor and a surprise to me. Thank you! I hope my inspiration and love of writing becomes contagious and spreads to you.

  10. You are my utmost favourite writer whether or not you’re that well known, but you have an amazing way of putting images into words! Please continue doing what you’re doing!

  11. jacobdoss28 says:

    I love medieval fantasy fiction books! And your’s seems really interesting! When you get your’s finished I’m for sure going to buy it. (: I wrote a book myself, medieval fantasy, it’s a novella but it’s still a good read nontheless. And I got it published not too long ago, made a blog here for it as well. (: The title of it is “As I Fall Into Darkness” Already started on the sequel.

    • vozey says:

      Thank you Jacob. It is always nice to connect with another writer, especially if they are writing in a similar genre. I look forward to completely my book and your input.

      • jacobdoss28 says:

        Yea, you should check it out, you can purchase it off of amazon.com.. Maybe it can be one of the books that you review.. (: I’m trying to get the word out but I’ve kind of had a hard time lately.. I’m new to the world of marketing and business.. lol

      • vozey says:

        Marketing and business are two things that I do not look forward to as a writer. I think that is why I honestly hope I can be published traditionally, so I don’t have to mess with the rubbish.

        I hope things pick up for you. I’ll have to check that book out sometime. I’m drowned up to my neck in work to do write now. In the middle of changing jobs and an eight-week writing course that I got an unexpected scholarship for.

        As soon as I can keep my head above water, I’ll get back to interfacing with some of you wonderful supports. You can find some samples of my novel under Writing-> Greybo, if you are interested in reading in-progress material.

        Thanks for your visit Jacob, I look forward to taking this writing journey with you over the weeks and months to come.

  12. Rae Venn says:

    Success! I wrote a poem that actually rhymes and doesn’t actually suck! Thank you for your advice about rhythm, it really helped.

  13. kgbethlehem says:

    I really like those ideas!

  14. KraftedKhaos says:

    Howdy, stranger! Stopped by to see how your book was coming, but since it looks like it’s been a while since you’ve been around, also, I’m assuming it either went really well, or not. Either way… saying hello!

    • vozey says:

      I’ve gotten rather lazy with the blog. I started up my own writing group and I spent a lot of time on there. I still haven’t finished my first book, but I did complete a second unrelated novel, Durkwood (Mystery/Thriller). I’ve also started a third book called the Red Ring(sci-fi).

      It is very nice to hear from you again. How are things going with you? Made any dedications to writing stories or novels? I thought I remember talking to you about that.

      • KraftedKhaos says:

        My attention span doesn’t seem conducive to writing novels… lately it seems a struggle to write more than 200 words on any given subject, but I suspect it’s from being so out of practice, and not doing much reading. Stephen King said to be a good writer, you have to read, a LOT. I’ve been slacking in both departments, so I shouldn’t be surprised I’m having a bit of difficulty! But I am back once again, and hopefully the writing/creative muscle hasn’t completely atrophied! lol

      • vozey says:

        I go through lulls of not writing a lot, but being in a writing group doesn’t let it get too far away. You should come check us out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SkyWrite . We meet on Skype calls every other weekend and just hang out and share stories. It’s a blast and a great way to improve your writing and editing skills.

  15. mythwrights says:

    Hey! As a new attempted writer, I’m curious to see how others have gone. Are you still plugging away at this or abandoned in pursuit of other projects?

    • vozey says:

      Hello myth! I still write. I’ve finished about 900 pages of my fantasy novel (it got really big!). At one point, I didn’t think I would be able to write 300 pages… I did a NaNoWriMo Novel, called Durkwood that I’ve finished and edited and is nearing ready to try to publish. I had a major life event eat up about 2 years of productivity, but I’m right back at it.

      I have a writers critique group, called Skywriters, that I run on Facebook where we meet every couple of weeks to critique each others work on a Skype call. We’ve been going on for 5 years and it has helped keep us dedicated.

      Writing takes a lot of dedication, but it can be done. I’m a good example, I’ve got 3 kids, work a full time job, live on a farm with quite a bit of animals, and have many other projects outside of writing, but I still somehow find time and make progress!

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