Posted by: lordkyler | November 25, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015: Here We Go Again

Okay. I’m back. Some things came up that required a lot of time and effort, which precluded from writing for a while. During the intermission, I did manage to squeeze in a little writing during this time, so you’ll be seeing a short story and Radiance part XIII over the next couple weeks.

Now that all that is out of the way, I can finally get back into writing. As I’ve said before, this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. I plan to write between 1,000 and 2,000 words a day until it’s finished, although that may take a month or two.

I’m actually planning to keep up this or a similar pace after Lithra IV is finished, although I’m not sure what I’ll be working on next. So, while I may not have completed NaNoWriMo technically, I’ll still be completing it in spirit.

So there we go. I’m getting back into it, and I’m excited to do so. Updates as they are warranted.

Posted by: lordkyler | November 10, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015: The Best-Laid Plans

So, the first week went very well. I was on schedule – nay, ahead of schedule! – until a day or two ago, and I’m currently sitting on a little under 14k words. (The goal is about 17k for the current date.)

So I’m not too far behind, but I think I am going to have to slow down a little. I’m not going to stop writing, but some things have come up over the coming week, and this will have to take a back seat for a little bit.

I’m not terribly worried, though. I was never going to finish this book within the month, anyway. Lithra I came out to 56k, not including short stories, and Lithra II ended up with 112k(!), also not counting the short stories that followed. Lithra III was written for NaNoWriMo, and was a prequel, but even that came out to 58k. Given the rate at which things are progressing, I have the feeling that Lithra IV will turn out just as long – if not longer – than Lithra II. So it was always going to be a marathon, not a sprint.

In any case, I may fall behind a little, but finishing the race is the important thing, right? More updates will follow as the situation warrants.

Posted by: lordkyler | November 1, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015: It Begins!

Alright, fellas, it’s time for another dose of the keyboard-tappin’, head-slappin’, pants-crappin’ mayhem that is National Novel Writing Month. Last year, I successfully completed Lithra III during the month of November, coming in at over 50,000 words, the traditional length for the challenge.

This year, I’ll be going in for a second round, tackling Lithra IV, currently known as The Vengeance of the North. Spooky! My writing skills have improved with each book, and I’m hoping this will be the best one yet. I have a solid outline, exciting concepts, and three novels in this series already under my belt. So I’m ready.

I started today, ending up with about two thousand words. The minimum amount to complete 50k by the month’s end is 1,667 words a day, so I’m off to a good start. I will likely not finish the book this month, as I’m expecting it end up significantly longer than 50k words, but my plan is to put down at least that much in the first month and carry on at that same pace until its finished. Here’s hoping I make it.

Last year, I stopped writing after the challenge, which was a mistake .It took me some time to get back into it, and I don’t want to bring myself down like that. While I might not write at this level afterwards, I hope to get into the habit and write every day, whether its a full book or just content for this blog, which is nice for you, eh?

I’ll most likely be posting updates here and there during the writing process, when I have things to share, and I will post for sure at the end of the month to let you know whether I made it or not. Wish me luck!

Posted by: lordkyler | October 31, 2015

Random Writing: Devil’s Ink

As promised, here is another totally random snippet of writing, concocted by myself and my brother Tom. We don’t get too far into it, but this takes place on a world which is both magical and technologically advanced, which is always a fun blend.


I woke up, gasping for air. Why couldn’t I breathe? My lungs felt as though they were filled with mucus, my mouth full of tar. I could see nothing, and I clawed blindly for air, for something to grasp, anything.

The rings! I tried to call on their life-saving powers, but I found nothing. They were gone. I couldn’t think about that. I had to breathe. I thrashed wildly, until I felt a foreign hand breach the surface of whatever liquid I had found myself in and grasp my own. I gripped it tightly, not caring who it belonged to, so long as it brought me to safety.

The liquid that immersed me was thick, and resisted motion, but after an eternity, my savior overcame the resistance and hauled me free. I came crawling  out of the pool like some primordial swamp creature.

Somebody spoke, though I could scarcely hear the sound through the gunk in my ears. “Stay calm,” said a gruff, masculine voice.

Rough fingers forced themselves into my mouth, pulling out handfuls of the substance like warm taffy. It seemed to grab hold of my flesh like a living thing, and tore the tissues of my mouth when it finally came free, I still couldn’t breath.

I tried to help, to do anything, but my rescuer forced my hands away. He seemed to be searching for something. A moment later, he found it, grasping a hard object at the back of my throat. Then, when his grip was secure, he leaned back and pulled. Read More…

Posted by: lordkyler | October 25, 2015

Random Writing: Dystopian Sci-Fi

Hey there, interwebs. I know posts have been a little bit sparse lately. I’ve been busy with work and writing. I have finally finished the short stories that will be printed alongside Lithra III, one of which is nearly a novella.

I’m going to be busy for the next little while as well, getting Lithra III ready to print and gearing up for Lithra IV during NaNoWriMo. So, in the meantime, I figured I would put up some random writing I did a while back with my brother Tom. (His blog can be found here.)

Neither this nor the next story had much point other than writing for writings’ sake, but it was a fun exercise. It permanently unfinished, but there you go. Tom wrote the poem at the beginning, and I did the majority of the rest.


Remember when the sky was blue,

And everything seemed right?

When not a care at all was had,

And we danced all through the night?

Remember when the grass was green,

And we played around all day?

Remember when the the flowers bloomed,

In the merry month of May?

Remember well, those memories,

Those days that we now lack.

For now that time has passed us by…

…It’s never coming back.


Jonas sprinted through the Fire Fields at full speed, not looking back. “Tyson,” he said, breathing hard. “Hand me the bridge.”

Tyson tossed him a staff roughly four feet in length. Jonas threw it in front of him, pressing a small button in the middle. The metallic staff rippled, as though melting, and spread into a thin sheet roughly eight feet long. The makeshift bridge flew across a narrow chasm, bouncing slightly as it landed, straddling the fiery depths. Two sets of heavy combat boots clanged across seconds later, echoing loudly in the hellish atmosphere. Jonas paused just long enough to retrieve the bridge, which obediently collapsed back into a staff at his touch.

“Are those Skypiercers still following us?” Jonas asked. The whine of the drones hung in the air like the wail of a banshee, but it was impossible to pinpoint where it was coming from.”

“Yep,” Tyson said, leaping over the corpse of a damaged airbike. “But now Slavewatch is here too.”

“Rust take it! That’s just great!” Jonas yelled. “Why don’t they just call in the entire Hellfire Legion while we’re at it?”

Tyson’s wrist-com beeped. “Have you been taking those psychic injections again?” Tyson asked.

Jonas swore again. “Are you kidding me?”

“Nope. Skylark just put out a bounty on us. Ten thousand water credits. Hellfire Legion just responded, and I’ll bet anything that Shyla’s gang won’t be far behind.”

“I don’t think this job is worth it,” Jonas said. The sound of the Skypiercers grew louder.

“It’s worth it if we live,” Tyson commented. “Bridge!” Jonas tossed the staff back, and Tyson  threw it down to bridge another chasm.

Jonas ran out to the middle of the bridge and turned around. The drones were coming.

The slick black metal of the Skypiercers reflected the red sunlight brilliantly even from this distance.They seemed to hang in the evening sky as if suspended by wires, rotors whirring and guns alert, locking on to their targets with frightening alacrity. They were closing in fast.

“Time for Plan B then, huh?” Tyson said. Read More…

Posted by: lordkyler | August 15, 2015

Radiance Part XII: Death from Above

Previously, the brave adventurers found passage aboard the airship Odessa, which carried them along the next leg of their journey. However, when they attacked a rival airship, they found themselves caught in an trap not intended for them. They managed to escape, but their ship was damaged, and has now set down in the mountains for repairs…

“Hand me that wrench, will you, Drake?” Caleb asked, stretching out a hand without looking. A few seconds later, a long silver tentacle stretched toward him and carefully set the wrench in his waiting hand. On either side of the airship captain, Qeni and Ian were hard at work on either side of him, welding pipes, patching damaged structures, and fine-tuning mechanicals. They were perched on one of the massive rotors, hanging some twenty feet feet above the ground. Drake was running supplies to them using his silver wire to enhance his reach.

The morning sun beat down with enough intensity to counter the chill of the mountain air, and Drake wiped his brow as he took in their surroundings again. Caleb had found them a secluded spot  on the slopes of the mountain, just big enough to land the Odessa safely. They were located between the walls of a narrow canyon. One end of the canyon was thick with trees and extended up into the mountains, while the other end of the canyon suddenly fell away into a cliff. It looked as though this ravine had once been home to a river ending in a waterfall, but the river had since detoured, leaving this small patch of green among the stony slopes of the mountain.

They had knocked over a couple of saplings during the landing, but they had enough room to move around and anchor the ship. Connor was currently on watch at the wooded end of the canyon, and Aria watched the cliffside. Iris and Lilly were clinging to the side of the balloon, patching sections that had been weakened by the fire.

Some of the hydraulics on the rotor had been damaged, forcing them to dismantle two the mounted guns, but Caleb figured that with everyone’s help, they should be able to get the Odessa up and running within a day or two. A long two days, with Drake unable to do much but stare at his boots and occasionally pass tools. Sighing, he stared up at the sky, willing the patchy clouds to move in front of the sun and provide some shade.

Some movement in the clouds caught his eye. Three bird-like shapes circled overhead, slowly descending. They had broad, spreading wings like an eagle, but something seemed strange about the rest of their bodies. It was hard to see from this distance, but they seemed too long and bulky to be normal birds. As Drake watched, the three animals suddenly folded in their wings and dove directly toward them. Read More…

Posted by: lordkyler | July 11, 2015

Terminus – Chain Story Segment

My brother Tom wanted to write a chain story with me. That didn’t end up working out, but I did write the first section. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Sadly, it will likely not be continued, but you can enjoy it anyway.

The door shuddered in its housing, jolted by another earth-shaking blow. The aftereffects of the shock faded into a metallic ring.

“Listen! You hear the ring,” Calvus said, his nervous smile revealing chrome teeth. “This door is made of a polyphonic alloy. It absorbs shock easily. He could have a Kytherius missile and he wouldn’t be able to get through there.”

“There wasn’t supposed to be an attack at all, hex you. This meeting was secret.” Orphin mopped his ponderous brow with a handkerchief, an archaic accessory at odds with the fashionable and high-tech clothing he wore. His fingers tapped out a rapid beat on the handle of the Nova 9g carbine on his hip.

“Poor luck,” Calvus said. “A passing mercenary prowling the edges of the system searching for targets. He’ll soon grow frustrated and move on.”

“Don’t try to play greasewise with me, Calvus. Perchance you ought to tell your security that it’s just a roving drifter who’ll be soon gone. They might have trouble hearing you, seeing how they got starburned.” Calvus fell quiet. The screams of his men being pulled into space didn’t sit easy on his mind. Another explosion rocked the floor beneath them.

“No, this fellow is too persistent by half,” Orphin said. “This is no accident. And he’s not after plunder. He’s destroyed half the station so far.” Read More…

Posted by: lordkyler | May 16, 2015

Radiance Part XI: In the Air

In our last installment, trouble had finally caught up with our heroes. Lured into a trap, they found themselves in the middle of a three-way war between the Blades, the Mongrels, and the Seven Sisters. However, the battle was interrupted by the appearance of Agent Gray, who dispersed the gangs and captured our intrepid team. Fortunately, the group was rescued at the last minute by Drake’s group, Arcaneum. They are now on a boat with Arcaneum’s leader, Brutus Salk, preparing to flee the area and investigate their mysterious leads.

Under the cover of evening, the boat sailed on until it reached a small cove, and then dropped anchor and waited.

“They should be here any moment,” Brutus said. “The ship is the Odessa, captained by Caleb Loxely and his wife Iris. Iris’s sister is a member of Arcaneum, and while they are not technically members, they are magically gifted and have proven strong allies in the past.”

They stood in silence for a moment, and gradually began to hear a noise separate itself from the night breeze, a low rushing noise that would have been easy to miss if they hadn’t been listening for it. A moment later, a silhouette rose against the full moon.

Those that knew about airships would identify the Odessa as a hybrid craft, using two forms of lift. The center of the ship was a zeppelin, with decks above and below the long cylinder than comprised the body, but on either side, huge rotors spun in a lazy circle, providing further lift and steering capability.

It descended gently, like some giant moth, eventually hovering twenty feet above the deck of the ship. A platform from the bottom deck descended with a whirring of gears, and soon came to rest with a thump on the deck.

Standing atop the platform was a woman, dark-haired and dark eyed, in a flowing dress that fluttered dreamlike in the breeze. Her face was kind, and wise, and bore a faint scar across its length.

The woman smiled serenely. My name is Iris, said a voice inside their heads. It is wonderful to meet you. Read More…

Posted by: lordkyler | May 2, 2015

Radiance Part X: Caught in the Middle

In the last installment, we witnessed a thrilling battle between the members of the party and the General Fisher’s men. After a fiery confrontation, they managed to escape to safety, bearing only a few mysterious locations marked on a map. However, they soon found out that their employer, Mr. Partridge, has been murdered… and they are blamed. We join them now at a secret hideout as they discuss what steps they must take next…

“Okay, guys, we have some decisions to make,” Aria said. She pulled up a chair and sat down, while the rest of the group sat on their bunks, except for Connor. He stood restlessly, tapping his fingers on his sword hilt as he listened to Aria speak. “It seems we are wanted for a crime we didn’t commit, although that wouldn’t make much of a difference in the face of the crimes we did. What’s next? Is this over? We’re not getting paid. It might be best to split up and make our own paths.”

Ian shook his head. “This is about far more than just the breaking and entering, or even the murder. Something big is going on here. I can feel it.”

“We’re wanted as a group,” Connor said. “And the government is serious about this. If we split up, we’ll keep them chasing us for a while, but when they catch up – and they will – they’ll take us down fast. We stand a better chance if we stick together.”

Such advice from Connor came as a surprise, but the group seemed to agree. “So we’re together,” Aria said. “Now the question is what we should do about it.”

“Book it,” Lilly said flatly. “I don’t want to mess around with this any longer. If we can get out of the country, they can’t follow us.”

“Well, not officially,” Aria said. “I’m sure they won’t give up that easily. But it would make it much harder, especially if we made it to Faith or Fate. Oh! Or we could go to Katé, in Fortune. I have family there that could help us.”

I have family in Meadowlark,” Lilly said. “So I don’t want to go anywhere near the lake.”

“Meadowlark is clear on the other side of the lake,” Aria said. “I doubt we’d run into anybody.”

“You’d be surprised,” Lilly replied.

“I don’t think we should run at all,” Connor said. “We’ll be running forever. I want to get to the bottom of this. Maybe if we follow these markings on the map, they’ll lead us to something we can shut down or use as blackmail.”

“I agree something strange is going on,” Drake interjected. “If nothing else, I’d like to know what it is. But I don’t think it’s worth getting killed over. We could head somewhere like New Destiny, and disappear.”

“You’re not even one of the ones with a warrant,” Ian pointed out.

“Not for long, I’ll bet,” Connor said darkly.

“I think Connor’s right,” Aria said after a moment of silence. “We need to get out of Republic City in any case. Let’s investigate these leads and see what we can find. We can always make for the border if it seems too dangerous.” Read More…

Posted by: lordkyler | April 25, 2015

New Cinematic Addict Video – Love Runs Out

In case you missed it, I completed another video for my Cinematic Addict YouTube channel. This one features the song “Love Runs Out,” by OneRepublic, and cinematic trailers from futuristic and cyberpunk games. I hope you enjoy it.

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