The Order of the Red Quill

Hi Friends!

I want to take a moment to express my sincere thanks to all of you who have read and re-read my novel in its infancy and taken the time to provide your honest criticism.  I wouldn’t have the privilege of presenting it to the world in it’s current state if not for all your efforts, so, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

In particular, I want to publicly thank my co-worker and friend, Katie Myers, for painstakingly editing the manuscript in it’s various iterations and providing an objective viewpoint, thus helping me exponentially improve the story for all of you.  For this reason, I hereby dub Katie the first inductee into (drum roll, please):

The Order of the Red Quill

What does this mean?  Really…nothing – unfortunately, lacking a publishing deal also means lacking the ability to present anything of true consequence to those who so desperately deserve rewarding.  All joking aside, the feedback Katie provided for chapter 1 sparked the writing session that was the turning point in its completion, and I count myself fortunate for her involvement.

Thanks for reading!

Nick

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Fan of Twilight?

Hi everyone!

It dawned on me recently that just about everyone who’s read my story and enjoyed it has at least one thing in common – they’ve all been fans of the amazing Twilight series.  While the story I’m writing is not an attempt to jump on the vampire bandwagon – in fact, it has nothing to do with vampires – , it does bear a certain resemblance to Twilight, specifically in it’s romantic and sci-fi aspects, that make for a similar read.

As it happens, I began writing this story shortly after having, myself, finished Breaking Dawn, the final book (at least for now) in the Twilight series.  I found a great deal of inspiration in Miss Meyer’s writing style, which masterfully juxtaposes the things we truly feel with the things we end up saying because of how we believe others will react.  After gleaning what I could from her example, I felt emboldened to try my hand at fictional writing, and now, here I am, just over a month later, presenting my creative work in it’s infancy to you.

It is my belief that, though we are imperfect, for each of us exists that one individual who will look past that imperfection to accept us just as we are.  That person will be strong where we are weak, hold up our head when we lack the strength to carry on, and, ultimately, complete us if we only lower our defenses to let them in.

My story is about many things, but at it’s core, it is about the unconditional nature of true love and how, once we’ve found it, we come to realize just how desperately empty we were without it.  It is my hope that, as the story of Gray and Krista unfolds, you will realize that, in this one thing – the need to love and be loved – we are all the same.  In love, we are, at once, both human and divine.  This is their story.  I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy bringing it to life.

Thanks so much for reading,

Nick

Reader Feedback!

Hi everyone!

I got this bit of feedback via my wife’s Facebook profile today…I’m truly honored 🙂

“whoa….i just read nick’s story and i honestly wish i never started it – because now i’m just WAITING to read the rest of it!!!! ahhh! it is GREAT! it was so visually PERFECT, i mean, i could just see it in movie form or something. it’s got a great sci-fi feel to it…i am anxious to hear what Ethan has to tell Gray!! tell him to post up again…like, NOW! haha

honestly, though, it is great. and you know how much i love to read. i am right in the middle of reading “The Kite Runner” and I haven’t been able to put it down until now, just so I could read Nick’s novel. tell him he is a great writer! and i’m sure you helped in there somewhere, too, so kudos to you as well :)”

Just to give credit where it’s due for a moment, my wife, Anna, has been a constant encouragement and help to me as I write this story. She even helped me set up this blog so I could share it with all of you. I’m truly blessed!

Nick