Toy Soldier: A Spelljammer Saga

A series of novels set in the Spelljammer® fantasy universe

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This blog will keep my readers updated as to the current changes and schedule of publication (such as it is) for Toy Soldier, a series of novels that I am writing, set in the Dungeons & Dragons® Spelljammer® campaign setting.  I may also use it to wax rhetoric about the mechanics of, and inspiration behind, the writing, much in the same way that a Director's Commentary works on a DVD release of a movie, or to postulate my theories on the shared universes (Spelljammer®, Forgotten Realms®) in which these stories are set.

This blog and website will soon be moving to WordPress at

http://toysoldiersaga.wordpress.com.

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No Longer Posting to This Blog Page - Website Moving Project

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Please note that in accordance with the website moving project, I will be posting no more new entries to this blog page.  All updates will now come through the new website, http://toysoldiersaga.wordpress.com/.  If you are a NetworkedBlogs subscriber, I should already have successfully transfered over the rss feed to the new site!  Thanks for your understanding and patience.  New updates posted just today!  BB

Stage One of the Website Move Completed

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Stage One of the website move is finished and you can now read all the novels so far at http://toysoldiersaga.wordpress.com.  Stage Two begins, which will involve moving over the character art and other bonus material.

Stage One of the Website Move Completed

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Stage One of the website move is finished and you can now read all the novels so far at http://toysoldiersaga.wordpress.com.  Stage Two begins, which will involve moving over the character art and other bonus material.

I See That the Toy Soldier Website is Back Up . . .

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

. . . But moving plans continue anyway. It is a sorry state of affairs that it takes Webs more than two weeks to fix a massive, total-site problem, and the only reason why they did so is because somebody who is *paying* them complained. The forums have been discussing the sites since they first went down.

 

The moving plan is proceeding on schedule, or perhaps even a little ahead. The main page, the links to the novels, Book One and Book Two are up and running. I will need to figure out how to create a Gallery (something I have never done) to transfer the art, but that is still well ahead in the moving plans.

Big Changes in the Toy Soldier Website Upcoming

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

You may have noticed that the website has been down for quite a while.

This appears to be some problem at the Webs.com server that is hosting my site.  It seems to be affecting all of their sites that end in .webs.com.  And according to the forum, it has been going on for twenty-one days.

In light of this, and inspired by various other mishaps and incidents, I have decided that I am going to begin the process of closing the website (http://toy-soldier-spelljammer.webs.com) and moving everything over to Wordpress (http://toysoldiersaga.wordpress.com).  This process should take about six weeks.

Phase 1: Move all novel pages over so that you can read and access the books (ETA about a week).

Phase 2: Move all art pages, which will likely undergo some reorganization due to format changes (ETA about a week).

Phase 3: Re-link all videos and if possible, video playlists (ETA about a week).

Phase 4: Copy over all blog entries.  These will be copied directly into the corresponding posts that I originally linked from the Wordpress blog to the blog pages on this site as if I had written them on the dates in question instead of copied them over.  I will also try to edit all posting dates to match the original date of posting to preserve continuity.  (ETA about two weeks).

Phase 5: Move whatever is left, update odds and ends such as unpublished drafts and updating links.  (ETA about a week).

In the meantime, I am still working on Brothers in Arms, and the next Spreecast will be Chapter 1 of Brothers in Arms, on May 25.

Thanks for your patience and your support!


Spreecast of Brothers in Arms Starts Sunday!

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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It's happening!  The Spreecasts for Brothers in Arms start Sunday at 2 pm.  Hope to see you there!  Here's the book trailer for a sneak peak!

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On Killing *Trigger Warning*

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I think this is what I'm trying to say in the Toy Soldier Saga.  This is the message.  This is the theme.

http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Culture-Blogs/on-killing.html

Development Notes for Chapters 14 and 15 of Brothers in Arms

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Writing these chapters, I found that the story of Shaundar's entrenchment in the Bloodfist family was falling flat.  I didn't know what the missing piece was, but it was frustrating the hell out of me.  I slugged through the writing of Chapter 14 stubbornly, even after my initial re-write.  And then I figured it out; I had Shaundar with the wrong woman!  It took me until after I wrote a scene in the middle of Chapter 15 (no spoilers, so not telling) to figure it out.  I decided there was no reason why Shaundar wouldn't fall in love with Targ's wife, and I could see no reason at all why he would fall in love with Corin's wife.


This is a departure from the events of the game that I based all of this on, but it fit the story better, so I changed it.  I also changed around the names.  So for those of you who were following the story, Shaundar still falls in love with Y'Anid, only Y'Anid is married to Targ, and her twin sister Ynga is married to Corin.  Skim over those parts to re-acquaint yourself and it should be easy enough to follow.


Keeping in mind the Bechdel test, I realized that I also needed to flesh out their characters much more in the book in order for them to be believable and interesting (what is going on in my head is another matter; I know them pretty well there but they weren't coming across as I liked.)  So I got them actively involved in the scro polltics that I'm beginning to introduce in earnest in these two chapters.  Again, I'm not going to spit out any spoilers, but the scro government is hardly monolithic, and many complex factions are competing for control of events.


For the first time I also got into the head of our illustrious Scro Overlord.  I also allude to what Yathar had been up to during this time - I know some of you readers have been asking. ;)


I have also tried to fit events into the context of canon Spelljammer events.  The astute will be able to take note.


The first fight scene in these two chapters is entirely the product of my imagination.  The second was carefully blocked out with a martial arts teacher, my SO Jamie, who is an active consultant for combat scenes in these books, and has been now for several months.  I used pictures of the HMS Warrior ironclad ship to get a feel for the deck of a Scro Mantis, which is not well pictured anywhere in the official Spelljammer products.


Events take a sudden turn here, partially political and partially personal, in the Bloodfist household especially, and these events I have been waiting to write since I started the book.  Most of that is in Chapter 15.  This concludes Part Three, and in Part Four, I return to the world of elves for a little while.


Forward and onward!

Chapter 15 and Major Update of Brothers in Arms Published!

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Chapter 15 has at last been posted!  There have been some significant changes; this time I promise they will be the last!  You can read it at the link above, or on Scribd.  Not to be a spoiler, but if you're following the plotline and you're into the depths of the book, you're going to want to go back to Chapter Eight and skim through anything that mentions Y'Anid or Ynga to catch up with the changes.  And that, is that!  Part Three has ended, I'm finally happy with it, and now I'm moving on to Part Four, and touching base once again with Narissa, Sylria, the Sunfalls, Tyeletae, Yathar, and Captain Durothil.  The end game is in sight!

Updates

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I've had a lot of deadlines on my plate lately which is why you haven't heard from me.  They're done now and I'm back to work on Brothers in Arms.  And now I'm in another re-organization of things; so I think I reasonably have to say that there will be no more Spreecasts until it's actually finished.  It's just not fair, as I seem to have a much more fluid process with this book than I did with the first one.  I'll explain in the next Development Notes post.  Sorry guys, for the confusion and I hope I'm not being too disappointing!


I submitted the first chapter of Sable's Privateers as an entry in a prestigious short story competition; I'll let you know what comes of that when I know!


Off to work now; I'll keep you posted as things come up!


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