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New (FREE) Book and Updates

Okay, wow, it's almost been two months since I updated this blog, which is kind of disappointing. Not that I particularly like blogging, mind you, but it's one of those things you're expected to do when you're an author so as to... I don't know, keep up a social media presence or something. Prove you're a real person and not really a collective of squirrels dressed up in a trenchcoat maybe?

Anyways, I'm reevaluating that belief, but we'll get to that in a bit.

The big news is that I've got a new collection of myths, legends, and folktales that take place within the world of Ayr. Also, it's FREE here on the site, so you should get it. Yes, you have to sign up for the Sigil newsletter to get it, but that's the cost of doing business for now. I do plan on releasing it in a few months for $.99 on Amazon, but that won't be for a while. So if you've ever wanted to know what the hell Marta's talking about when she references the tales of the Shaper Gerjet she loved as a child, or want to hear the story of The Boy Swallowed By the Sea that Luca's father used to torture him with, or discover what Graff's fascination with gyres is all about, go grab yourself a copy.

As I've said elsewhere before, these stories won't be necessary for understanding book four, but they'll add a bit to your reading enjoyment of it. At least I hope so.

As to book four, I am at work on it. Finally. I started it a while back but then got interrupted for over a month with guests (x2), birthdays (x2), a holiday (solo uno), and illness (x2). And after such a break it was difficult to get back into the habit of writing again. But I finally got back into the swing (which I probably just jinxed by saying as much) this week and am back at work. So here's to hoping the series will be complete by the end of the year.

Anywho, as to blogging, I've obviously fallen far behind that whole "one post a week" thing I meant to be doing. Which is sort of funny since now that I look at my stats, I see April was one of my higher months despite not having done a blog the whole time. Which lets me know that I might be throwing effort away on these blog posts that no one reads. So I'm going to stop doing them on a regular basis and just knock one out when the spirit hits me (or I hit the spirits). I do definitely intend on finishing up this series on Chekhov 's Gun, which I've already written almost 2,000 words on, but after that I'm probably going to shift direction away from these screenwriting tips to worldbuilding.

Why, you ask? Well, because I've been outlining a book on worldbuilding that I will tackle when this one is done. So I figure I ought to probably start addressing that topic more often to make myself seem an expert.

So yeah, that's about it for now. And now that you know, I'll get back to writing and you can go read my free book.

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MD Presley is a screenwriter, blogger and occasional novelist… which basically means he’s a layabout.  He has written two books on fantasy worldbuilding, and teaches worldbuilding techniques, tricks, and tips at Forging Fantasy Realms once a week on YouTube. 

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