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Fantasy Authors Unplugged: New Release The Yak Guy Project by C. S. Boyack

I am pleased to host C. S. Boyack on today’s edition of Fantasy Authors Unplugged. He has a new book out named Yak Guy which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I turn it over to Craig.

Thanks for having me over today to talk about my newest book, The Yak Guy Project. This is an alternate world kind of story about a spoiled and dysfunctional young man who gets placed in an environment where nobody is going to put up with his crap.

As a fantasy author, I thought P.H. Might appreciate a small part of the world building in this story.

Part of the world building here is the warring factions. Yak Guy starts off in the wilderness, and has to pick up some basic survival skill, and fast. Fortunately, he has a guide in the form of a talking yak.

Once Yak Guy learns to take care of himself, the yak offers to take him to one faction or the other. The choice is his, but it’s irreversible.

He soon learns the people have been at war here for hundreds of years. Finding a way of portraying that was part of the fun in writing this story. They destroyed everything, and are back to fighting with spears and swords. Yet there is evidence of what they lost in the form of debris from ancient battlefields in the wilderness. He even finds one silk painting of a squadron of jet fighters still hanging in the home of the city’s most prominent person.

The population here is primarily Asian, but there are other races all over the place. This was my way of indicating that mass transportation existed before these people destroyed themselves.

I know languages started and localized based upon physical barriers, like mountain ranges and oceans. What would hundreds of years do to what used to be a common language? The opposing faction in this story speaks a language we can vaguely understand. It’s one of my hints that everyone used to be a common community here.

As part of his growth, Yak Guy is helped out by a friendly Hermit. This fellow speaks a language he can vaguely understand. He comes to realize that the little people are still people. Wars are waged on a higher level, and it’s the little people who pay.

There are many lessons ahead for Yak Guy, and it’s sprinkled with enough sword fights, predatory lions, and pretty girls to keep it interesting.

I hope I’ve convinced you to take this journey with my Yak Guy.

Blurb

Imagine waking up in the desert with no idea what happened to you. You have clear memories of situations and places, but a complete loss in personal matters… like your own name. This situation is bad, and you have no idea how to get home.

When you’re rescued by a talking yak, the situation gets exponentially worse. You’ve obviously lost your mind. The immediate needs of a ride off the salt pan and searing heat, along with a drink of water, outweigh the concerns about your mental state.

This is exactly what happened to the Yak Guy. In fact he’s been placed in an alternate world and given a chance to start over in life.

Can this selfish, almost parasitic, young man learn to start over in a world where charity is hard to find? Life is brutal and short here, but he’s going to have to adapt or perish.

The Yak Guy project is loosely based around The Fool’s Journey from the Tarot. Those with experience in Tarot will spot people and situations from the Major Arcana.

Find The Yak Guy Project on Amazon.

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Talking Yak? You bet and much more. Give this book a try and I think you’ll enjoy it – I know I have! Thanks to Craig for being on the blog today and best wishes with the new book.

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Tuesday Tales: Endless Doors Part 2

The Tuesday Tales feature continues with a new story this week. The previous story was Shadow of the Beast  To read the story, click on each link: Shadow of the Beast Part 1Shadow of the Beast Part 2Shadow of the Beast Part 3

This story is a a departure from fantasy for me and into a bit of science fiction where the science is more setting and the fiction is nuanced with it. Click this link to read Part 1.

Endless Doors

by P. H. Solomon

Part 2

Photo by Stefan Kunze on Unsplash

The light guided Jake along the length of the hall. He passed several doors – all closed – until the guiding illumination stopped him at a door. The door parted from the center and air brushed his face. A projected screen and audio flickered from a darkened corner. “Jake was a good man. A man’s man with exemplary military service.”

“Come in, Mr. Lassitter. Please have a seat.” A young woman with dark hair pulled into a bun stood beside a simple desk of mahogany.

Jake walked into the room and sat.

“I’m Mrs. Walker.” She extended her hand.

“Can you end that.” He pointed to the projection where the speaker droned on about his life. Mona wept.

Mrs. Walker shrugged. “Most people like to view their end, but as you wish.” She tapped the projected interface on her desk and his service flicked into silence.

“Thanks.” He hated seeing Mona cry. He held back the hitch in his throat but his chin quivered. Watching was vain.

“Mr. Lassitter, I’m here to–.”

“Jake, call me Jake.”

Mrs. Walker cleared her throat and her lips pressed into a line. “Ah, these are hard enough without, uh, first names. I have a few instructions for you before your, uh, departure.” She placed a card on the desk. “This is your ID, keep it with you at all times.”

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Jake chuckled. “The toe-tag.”

The young woman paused and cleared her throat. “Yes, well. Please leave all your personal belongings with me. Through this door is the escalator to the shuttle to Shady Oaks.”

He chuckled again. “All this is so humorous.”

“Mr. Lassitter, ending your life is a serious matter. Now, if you are ready please proceed to the transport.” She pushed the card toward him.

Jake discarded all his belongings, glanced at his new ID, and read the label: Archangel Lassitter. He stood, took the ID and headed for the door.

“Goodbye, Mr. Lassitter. I hope your journey is peaceful.”

Sunlight blazed into the room as the door hissed open. Wind whooshed around Jake and he stepped outside. He swallowed the lump in his throat.

“Mr. Lassitter?” Ahead another woman beckoned him toward the escalator into the shuttle.

Jake shoved the ID in his pocket and trudged into the wind. They were all so politely aloof. He reached the other woman who looked like Mrs. Walker’s sister.

“You’re the last. Hurry, there’s a schedule.” She took him by the arm and herded him onto the escalator that carried him off the ground.

Jake’s shoe-sole scraped on the door-runner’s seal. Other people his age waited in the cabin. Some of his fellow passengers glanced at him. No one offered greeting and no one looked him in the eye. He sat in the first empty seat. He recognized no one, so which seat he chose mattered little.

Minutes later the shuttle lifted into the sky toward the sun. Jake left who he was.

Thanks for reading today. For more information about my writing, please see the page about my epic fantasy series, The Bow of Hart Saga, which includes two award-winning books.

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Clearing Hurdles Behind the Scenes

Recently, I had quite a lot of writing tasks to complete. It seems that I am increasingly busy so I find it very hard to get enough tasks finished each day. What really happens is that I have so many things that I know need to be addressed that they tend to shut me down mentally. The best way to deal with this to begin accomplishing tasks so that you can mentally close tab which frees up more of your mind.

On that particular day, I was having quite a difficult time addressing any work. It seemed I had too much writing to do and not enough time, not to mention all of the other writing related jobs that needed my attention. It can be overwhelming with so many things on your mind – and it’s just the writing part of my life.

However, I realized that I had purchased one piece of software to help me clear this mental logjam. Dragon NaturallySpeaking was my dictation option because most everyone can speak more words in an hour than they can type. Remembering why I had purchased the dictation software, I sat down and put on my headphones to begin chipping away at the mass of jobs that needed my attention.

I immediately needed to address my freelance writing gig, so I started there. I made a quick rough outline and then proceeded to dictate the 1200 words necessary for this particular blog post. It wasn’t long, while ignoring all of my verbal mistakes, until I had completed the job. Things felt a little better.

But, I did need a blog post for my own website. So I dictated that one which was a bit more open ended. My job took even less time though I dictated close to the same number of words. It was a different kind of writing so it required less thought than something which had a tightly focused topic. However, completing this next small task created a bit more mental space as well as some momentum.

I quickly dove into dictating some notes for my current novel project, code-named Glove. This was something that I needed to have done for several days, and the lack of dictation preparation was slowing my pace as I worked on the rough draft. It was not long until I had can finished that preparation and felt much better about my upcoming day.

Within a little more than an hour I had cleared away three tasks which had seemed like a massive walls obstructing me from any progress.

Next, I tackled some verbal editing on my other novel, code-named Mage, and had soon cleared several thousand words of dictation – editing. Within the space of about 2 1/2 hours I had cleared away some rather large chunks of writing work that had seemed insurmountable because of the number of tasks confronting me. Once I had completed these larger tasks, I was then able to address several smaller ones in succession and quickly moved through the writing work, having accomplished more in a short period of time than I thought I could do in the space of a whole day.

I have been dictating now for several months and have made quite a lot of progress during that time. The one thing which I learned from this recent experience was that I needed to trust my plan, my process. Much of my day writing, regardless of what it may be, now needs to be done with dictation. I can do far more with my recorder and headphones than I can otherwise and, by using these devices, I can create more personal margin in my life. The day ended up being far better than it felt like because I had finally committed to the new process.

Even while I write this blog post, I am dictating into my recorder. At the same time I am transcribing dictation from Glove, saved in MP3 files, into my Scrivener project for the book. The transcription can take a bit of time, during which I cannot use my laptop. But, I can use dictation to get much further along than I would otherwise. Also, I can use my smart phone to do a number of other tasks, such as research. I finally learned to trust what my intentions were in buying the dictation software and my recording device by using it for other writing tasks besides my novels.

One thing that I quickly learned from the dictation was that since I was dictating several thousand words during my drive time each day, my anxiety about getting the work done went away. The same thing is true when I apply the dictation to the other writing tasks I have where possible. It reduces the amount of time that I am writing, and gets me much further along with everything else that needs my attention. This leaves me time for the business side of writing which demands my attention regularly. I hear that some authors now spend more time with marketing and other business aspects than they do writing. Dictation keeps my creative process moving forward instead of stagnating.

So that’s another look behind the scenes of my process. I am constantly busy and work a full-time job. But I have not let the job or how much I have to do stand in my way. Instead, I have chosen to get as much done as possible in as short a period of time as I have available. This allows me to have a little bit more margin while I’m still producing content that I hope to soon release to readers. It’s not an easy feat to write and complete a book. It’s even harder when your time is truncated. So I’m quickly coming to embrace and trust dictation as a way to accomplish all of my writing needs so that I can also have some personal time. It reduces the tension between the various demands on my time so I can happily move along with my creativity still percolating with vibrancy.

Thanks for reading along today. As usual, lose leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section.