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Clare Fields is a Creationist -- an individual gifted with the ability to create things out of thin air for a short amount of time. Her best friend, Jack Baker, is an Engineer with big dreams stuck in a world where magic infuses every aspect of society, from faith and mythology to industry and business. Inseparable despite their differences, Jack and Clare have always been outsiders, standing together against the world.

Now Jack has been tasked with building a flying machine without the use of Creationism, far from home and the familiar confines of his University. His patron is a wealthy eccentric named Ellis Graveworthy: an eminent novelist who also happens to be a secret agent for Her Majesty's government.

Together, the three of them will embark on an adventure across continents and oceans to reach Australia, the infamous Dead Isle that robs Creationists of their abilities and has long since closed its borders to outsiders. Along with Purva de la Fitte, a pirate princess who joins them on the journey, they must find their way to the anonymous supplicant who summoned them, unaware of what awaits them -- or that Clare may hold the secret to the puzzle of why Australia has no Creation.

The Dead Isle is a steampunk fantasy novel currently being posted for criticism and review, one chapter a day between April 20th and May 14th, 2012. Feel free to comment with any and all thoughts you may have as you read. With any luck, a final version will be available in epub, pdf, and hardcopy format by the end of the year.

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A quick announcement, going out on [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge and my Wordpress too -- I've set the starting date for posting the new rewritten Dead Isle as April 20th, this Friday. I'll be posting a chapter a day from April 20th through May 14th; I was going to post two a day, but I need time to absorb the notes you guys give me and two chapters a day is a lot of reading for you as well. Chapters will be posted at [livejournal.com profile] theoriginalsam but, as with fanfic, links will be posted to [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge and all mirrors.

If you are participating in the read-and-critique, and I encourage everyone who wants to take part to participate, please be aware that you may not get a response from me immediately -- generally it's a lot to take in and sometimes I need to rock-tumble things a little before I respond. But I do appreciate everyone's commentary! This is a grand experiment of mine and I'm always learning new things from it.

If you have friends who are interested in editing, steampunk, fantasy, alternate history, or digital publishing, invite 'em along. Dead Isle is family-friendly (there's very little swearing or violence and no sex) and while I may be biased I think it's a heck of an adventure.
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This is the Second Draft index post for Trace. (I've succumbed. There's no other title for it. Trace, irrelevant as it is, it shall be.)

Trace

Colin Byrne is a pickpocket, an artist, and an occasional consultant for the police. He's also an ex-felon, an initiate into the unspoken, unseen magic that only prisoners know: how to disappear, how to tell fortunes, how to steal souls. Now NYPD detective Joseph Wright, the man who put him in prison and saved him when he got out, wants him to return to Railburg State Correctional Facility to help investigate a case.

Some things at Railburg haven't changed. His protégé Noel is still the best ink artist in the prison, and their mentor Gutierrez still talks to God. The gangs are still the ones with all the power. But some things are different -- there's a young Blood named Laney who sees demons, and another prisoner Colin helped put away is slowly poisoning Railburg's food. With mysterious forces aiming to incite a riot and the Aryan Brotherhood constantly harassing Laney, Colin has bigger problems than the one he went to Railburg to solve.

Until Joseph arrives at Railburg, posing as a guard, and Colin discovers Joseph might now be just as dangerous as anything else in the prison...

Because of the variety of length, chapters have been posted in sets of three per post.

Chapters 1, 2, & 3 | Chapters 4, 5, & 6 | Chapters 7, 8, & 9 | Chapters 10, 11, & 12
Chapters 13, 14, & 15 | Chapters 16, 17, & 18 | Chapters 19, 20, & 21 | Chapters 22, 23, 24, & 25
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Trace

Colin Byrne is a con man, an artist, an unlicensed private detective, and an occasional consultant for the police. He's also an ex-felon, an initiate into the unspoken, unseen magic that only prisoners know: how to disappear, how to tell fortunes and steal souls. Now the man who put him in prison, NYPD detective Joseph Wright, wants him to return to Railburg State Correctional Facility to help investigate a case.

Some things at Railburg haven't changed. His friend Gutierrez still talks to God, and Colin's protege Noel is still the best ink artist in the prison; the Aryans are still assholes, and the gangs are still the ones with all the power. But some things are different -- like Laney, a Blood who can see demons, and Colin's old enemy Galano, who is slowly poisoning Railburg's food. With Galano aiming to incite a riot and the Aryan Brotherhood constantly harassing Laney, Colin has bigger problems than the one he went to Railburg to solve.

Until Joseph arrives, undercover as a guard, and Colin discovers Joseph might now be just as dangerous as anything else he's encountered...

Trace, as with all of my original fiction, is offered free in first-draft form for your reading pleasure and your critique. I welcome and encourage constructive criticism on all aspects of the book, from spelling and grammar errors to characterization, structure, and plot.

I encourage everyone to tell me what they think of the story as it progresses. With Trace, because of its origins, I'm especially hoping people who a) don't know White Collar canon or b) haven't read the original story will have a look and see if this makes sense to them (within the realm of Magical Reality, where things don't always make sense anyway). I'd really love to know what you think, and veterans of the Extribulum process can tell you I'm pretty good at handling criticism.

Warnings

Ordinarily I don't warn on my original fiction, but ordinarily I'm not writing things like this. Trace contains brief discussions or descriptions of rape, torture, and extreme violence. There is also a fair amount of content concerning race, particularly racism among prison inmates, including the use of hate speech.

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ETA 10/1/10: This is the index post for the FIRST DRAFT of Charitable Getting. Please see this post for the index to the second and most current draft.

Uh...so while I was supposed to be writing Valet of Anize, I wrote a different novel instead.

This happens sometimes.

This is the index post for Charitable Getting, which I'm going to be posting here for the next month or so. I do intend to return to VoA, but hey, sometimes you have to follow the muse.

Charitable Getting: A Novel Deduction

Philanthropy in the twenty-first century is a game... )



Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
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This is the Index Post for The Valet of Anize, the new novel I'm working on. Chapters will be linked from here, or you can follow the Anize tag to get to them. There is a summary under the cut.

A hundred and fifty years ago, the colony planet Arrival lost all touch with the rest of the galaxy... )

Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four | Chapter Five | Chapter Six | Chapter Seven | Chapter Eight | Chapter Nine
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Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] theoriginalsam, formerly known as Jack_And_Ellis. I'm posting a new novel here, so I thought I'd change the name to something a little more neutral. I hope you'll hang around -- the new novel Nameless isn't as long as The Dead Isle, but it's complete and going up over the course of the next month or so. In fact, you may see chapter one before you see this message. I hope you enjoy!

For an introduction to what Nameless is, you can check a post I made about it on my personal journal, [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge.
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News Of The Dead Isle

On October 1st, 2008, my LiveJournal was hacked. One of the casualties of the hack was that this community was emptied completely. I've since rebuilt it from backup copies on my hard drive, but if you have links to specific chapters of Jack And Ellis they are now invalid. These are new links and should work fine if you wish to replace your old links.

I started writing The Dead Isle (working title "Jack and Ellis") around the end of October, 2007. It survived NaNo, what I believe professionals call a "Family Emergency" at Christmas, a broken wrist in February, and a hack in October. It was completed on February 8, 2009, while wildfires in the southern part of Australia were becoming one of the worst national disasters ever to strike the country. If you'd like to help, there is a resource post here at my personal journal.

During the time my wrist was broken in early 2008, I continued to write using a digital pen and with the assistance of transcriptionists. If you're interested in the portions that were hand-written and transcribed, you can find them here.

I have been lucky enough to work with several artists on this project; their work is well worth a look and a lot of fun to boot. You can find the Jack and Ellis Art Archival (artchival?) post here. There are also a number of truly awesome icons available for use here, using quotes from the story.

Art Post

Oct. 5th, 2008 11:37 am
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I am lucky to have a community of fine artists on my journal, and to be able to inspire them to sketch for me on occasion (well, "inspire" -- I mean a legitimate alternate word for inspire is "pester", isn't it?). A number of them have worked on Jack & Ellis; once upon a time there were separate posts, but since the hack I'm just going to roll them into one large one.

Obviously, what lurketh beneath the cut is imageheavy.

Utility Knife: Machines and Mankind )

Blue Jean: Portraits plus Punkiness )

Twirlynoodle: That's Not A Cigarette, Sam! )

Gypseian: The Casting Cover )

Jen: Ellis in Goggles )
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O HAI GUYS.

So, as most people reading this will already know, I was hacked. Details are at [livejournal.com profile] sam_storyteller and [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge. Jack and Ellis was wiped completely. However, I do have the entire up-to-date novel on my flashdrive, so I'll be reupping it.

This, yes, will mean you will probably get a flood of J&E posts. Feel free to defriend; I'll be posting tomorrow and by Monday it'll be up and running and you can refriend. Sorry about this -- thanks for your patience!
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