Author Archives: Otannus

“You were born here. You’ll die here.”

Over the weekend, I wrote a small passage to start my sci-fi book, called To Cross the Water, what I’m calling Project Tango on this site. It’s something I’m going to chip away at occasionally. I see it as being fairly short, around 50-70k words. Even though it has relatively no outline compared to FotS – […]

Sparring with a ‘God’: First look at Cirrus (excerpt, part 1 of 3)

Here is a new, long-awaited excerpt from FotS: Book 1. Here we have Cirrus (the Soldier POV). He is taking a ship, on his way to his ascension ceremony with a legend as escort, Arturus Mariner. Overall, it is an action-packed chapter. Again, this is from the original draft. I only read through it once […]

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been kindly nominated for the One Lovely Blog award. Let’s go through the process for this award, shall we? 1)  Thank the one that nominated you. Many thanks to D. James Fortescue! Check out his excellent website, you’ll be glad you did. 2)  Put up the picture for the One Lovely Blog Award. […]

“Chapterhouse: Dune” Review

Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune Chronicles #6), by Frank Herbert 3 out of 5 (Liked It) The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune’s power, have colonized a green world — and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Why I liked it: Chapterhouse: Dune is the last novel […]

Kagalla’s Sacrifice

Centuries ago, when humans were young to the lands of Sesho, the Felids, Vix, and Wolves were more numerous and powerful, and the art of stone-making was still known by some among them. Conflict was abundant during that time, as it had always been, but the Felids were in a period of peak strength. In […]

Peoples of Sesho

Sesho is a region I have added to a fantasy world, one area of many as I collaborate with a group of writers. Here is a general guide to the main groups of beings you would find there, if you woke up in Sesho one morning. Felids A race of cat-humanoids that live in the […]

Pentia A-Z: G is for Garden of the Masters

The Garden of the Masters, or Garden of Greats, is a burial site lying outside of the Talonian capital. There, the great Masters of the past are buried in their tombs. From afar, the buildings of the garden that house the dead are low and hidden from view, beneath growth and behind hills. Within the cover […]

Enter, Duo

Here is the third sketch, kindly illustrated by Len Weatherly, of Duo the jackal. The drawing itself is nearly spot-on with what I had mentally pictured. An excellent job. Duo is the original companion of the band, a good friend of the human, and main character, Flint. Duo himself does not have much skill with magic, […]

Vix

Ladies and gentlemen, another great sketch by Mr. Len Weatherly! This time it is a female Vix woman in my part of the fantasy collaboration world. She is another addition to the main band, a ninja style fighter with unknown origins. Her name happens to also be Vix, an obvious chosen name to hide a […]

The last return of the best show on television!

I’m pretty excited if you couldn’t tell. Yes, currently, I would call Breaking Bad just that. The best show out there. Better than Game of Thrones, you ask? Yeah, I’ll make that claim. And I’ll be the first to tell you, I usually can’t stand other shows in the crime genre. Every crime drama/cop drama […]

Progress Journal Entry 5: Chapters 21-25

It’s been another month since the last five chapters were done. That’s in part due to August being a month where I tend to take a mental vacation from everything, but mostly because I have begun to write in a more random order based on my day to day mood. Chapters 21 to 25 are […]

Meet Blitz (sketch by Len Weatherly)

Here is an excellent depiction of a new character I have created in a fantasy collaboration with other writers. Len Weatherly, a fellow collaborating writer (check out his site through the link) for a brand new project I am now a part of, has kindly drawn out this wonderful sketch. Blitz is a companion character […]

Behold! Summaries of all current projects

Finally, all my current projects in one place. This content has been added as a page on the site, where it will be updated from time to time. For readers who are aware of FOTS, my primary project and the beating heart of this blog, here is a basic summary of the series. Next is […]

5 month blog-anniversary! & a summary of what’s happened / what’s next

When I made a post after my first month of blogging, I was congratulating my readers for being kind enough to follow my blog. At that point in time, I had under 20 followers. Yesterday, we just passed 140! These past few months of blogging alongside my primary writing project have been wonderful. It has […]

“Heretics of Dune” Review

Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles #5), by Frank Herbert 3 out of 5 (Liked It) The planet Arrakis–now called Rakis–is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying. And the children of Dune’s children awaken from empire as from a dream, wielding the new power […]

My own process for writing a book / is there a proper way?

How do you go about writing your novels or other writing projects? I can see clearly now that I will be going through my book in three significant drafts (definitely more, but then mostly for small changes) with a fairly swift editing/proofreading run after each. It should be noted that there are actually more than three revisions because […]

Pentia A-Z: F is for Flight

These things I am about to tell you, reader, are unknown to the Pentians. Even the present Shora do not know most of these details of their past. Why did they leave their southern island? Why are they here? The Shora’s endless wars between its two rivals, the Aquari of the west and the Esteri of the east […]

National Cultures of Pentia: The Shora

Capital City: Aquari: Aquos, Esteri: Cressos Estimated total population: Aquari: 340,659, Esteri: 296,703 Estimated military size (absolute maximum strength): Aquari: 62,000, Esteri: 54,000 Typical appearance and social/cultural traits: The Shora have dark, red coloured hair, and bright cyan eyes. They are super-human in strength, speed, and intellect. They also, by appearance at least, possess less emotion. This is […]

“The Bonehunters” Review

THE BONEHUNTERS (Malazan Book of the Fallen #6), by Steven Erikson 4 out of 5 (Really Liked It) The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to […]

So many books, so little time

I have reached an exciting, yet terrible point in my life as a reader of science fiction and fantasy. Over the past week or so I have been looking around for new fantasy series and also science fiction works to add to my Goodreads “want to read” shelf. I have found a great site that […]

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