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Eric’s 5 Golden Tips for Writers

By on Aug 30, 2014 in book release, Missives, writing | 0 comments

Warning: Long Post  September 1st, 2014 will be a big milestone for me. On that day my next novel, Child of Lies, will finally launch. Whew! It’s been a long, bumpy road to get to this point. I recently got to hold the first hardcover copy in my hands. Very emotional moment! This book was by far the most difficult one to write. Over the course of the last year, I’ve learned some really tough writing lessons. Since so many of my readers are also writers or aspiring writers, I thought I’d share. #1: Your Characters are Your Teachers I take pride in the fact that I never, ever, ever miss a deadline. My original intention was to have Child of Lies ready to release by April of 2014. I was confident after the launch of Daughter of Nothing that I would zip right through book 2, even though I had no idea what the plot was going to be. I tend to outline, and once I have a general idea, I can...

The Led Zeppelin Cover that Brought Me to Tears

By on Aug 13, 2014 in Music | 0 comments

Okay, so how did I miss this. Led Zeppelin was honored at The Kennedy Center Honors in 2012 and HEART played Stairway to Heaven. I watched it yesterday and I still haven’t really recovered from the emotional blast that hit me when it ended. We’ve heard this song hundreds of times, but this performance (with choir and orchestra) is just sensational. The guy who plays Jimmy Page’s solo nails it. For reasons that maybe only another guitarist could understand the repeating lick at 3:55 hit me really hard. It’s a simple, easy-to-play repeating bit. But it’s iconic, a really important moment in the dynamic of the overall solo (which itself is the like a distillation of the whole arc of the song itself). So I’m watching this, seeing the old Zeppelin guys, seeing Heart (who were inspired by Zep in their formative years), remember all the times I was driving...

Peace of Mind

By on Jul 26, 2014 in Missives | 0 comments

“Peace of mind isn’t at all superficial to technical work. It’s the whole thing. That which produces it is good work and that which destroys it is bad work.” —from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Eric Edstrom is the author of the YA science fiction series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion ChroniclesContact Me | Buy My Books | Join My Email...

My Process for Starting a New Book

By on Jul 24, 2014 in writing | 0 comments

So while some of you are happily reading Child of Lies, I’m already working on BOOK 3. The working title is: Something of something.The pic below shows how I generally start a book, especially a sequel. I write a list of Things I Know For Sure (I had to blur out a bad spoiler). I’m sometimes wrong about these items, but usually I have a few big facts, scenes, reveals, and twists I’m pretty sure will show up. I’ve also got a document that reminds me Where We Left Off With Each Character. I’ve got another list titled Open Loops, which is currently taking up a huge part of my new whiteboard wall. If I follow my usual process, once I get bored with all this pre-writing, I’ll begin outlining some plot points. Quickly after that, I’ll get hopelessly stuck in the outline. That’s when I start actually writing chapters. At exactly 33% into the...

Free Short Story: Welcome to Earthworld

By on Jul 14, 2014 in Short Story | 0 comments

In this humorous science fiction satire (a 7900 word short story), posthumans Zee and Dox visit the amusement planet of Earthworld, hoping to get in touch with their human roots. While Zee merely wants a human-themed wedding, Dox has a darker purpose for his visit. Join them and their Marktwain, an Artificial guide, as they explore the history of the human race as pieced together from the remains of Earth’s debris field. Read it in this tiny Wattpad embed or on their website or app.   Eric Edstrom is the author of the YA science fiction series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion ChroniclesContact Me | Buy My Books | Join My Email...