Category Archives: Publishing

NaNoWriMo 2017

So, once again my birthday is approaching and my inbox starts filling up with NaNo adds and writing prompts. Since I extended my vacation over the Soulhazard project as well it is only fair that it now gets an elephant dose of motivation from any available sources.

Thus, NaNo.

Bulgaria has a Municipal Liaison from last year and there will be some events to attend and other writers to talk to, which is an enormous improvement over the relative vacuum in which my usual creative ventures reside. I’m now using the time till the start of the race to 50 000 words to review the first four installments of the series, clear out some mistakes, make a more complete picture of the characters/places/world in my mind, so that I can dish out the story like never before. I won’t be registering my previous writings on the counter (that won’t be fair at all), only the new parts that I create after the start of the month. If I manage to keep up the pace this time the first volume of Soulhazard might be finished before the 1st of December!

I sure am going to do everything in my power that it does.

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Soulhazard vol.3

As promised, the third installment is up. I’ve been thinking to do short history type pieces on the three main groups, but I realized that they were not of (real) worldwide significance in the Questioned World due to the extreme fragmentation of humanity at that point in time. Any actual history on the actors in the series would be a spoiler, so I settled for a description of the prevalent cultural properties of the Shamen, Survivors, and Unchainable instead. These are much more general and apply to most such groups, whatever they might call themselves around the globe.

Here’s the link, and I hope you enjoy this part too!

Soulhazard vol.3

Soulhazard, vol. 2

I’ve been publishing what’s best described as flash-fiction as linked, consecutive stories of a post-apocalyptic/urban fantasy world of my own creation (or is it contemporary fantasy? I have to read up on that). They are again on Smashwords, under the name of Soulhazard (a play on words with “biohazard”). Here’s the link to the last one, as well as the front cover I’ll use for the first part of the series at least.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734608

The thrill of publishing

So, after a couple of days work I finally got out my very own self-published story. It will be followed by others, the wheels are in motion now. The Smashwords platform is great and true to its creators’ words – it’s made to help authors get their words to the readers, and not to sell anything to anyone. (on second reading the word “words” seems to appear quite often in that sentence…)

I will not post published stories here, only the links to them for those that read this blog first. Here it is, the first official story out of the box:

Control – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529880

It’s completely free, as most of my planned work will be. You can find my author profile here:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ivanpopov

Now I’m off to fill out that oh-so-desired interview on the site. Sounds a bit egotistical to interview myself, but who knows, someone might read it and then go read a story. And that is what it’s all about, isn’t it?