The Mumbling Sage
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Joined 03-08-06, id: 516073, Profile Updated: 08-06-16
Author has written 25 stories for Sci-Fi, Essay, Historical, Fantasy, Family, and Fable.

Howdy and welcome to my page!

I'm glad to see from my essay views you're still finding my advice on writing helpful! I've recently published a handbook covering all the information in my essays and more--at least 80,000 words more! The Starter Guide for Professional Writers offers an on-the-ground view of publishing with the use of inexpensive resources (after all, writers should make money off their writing, not pay for it!). Covering everything from how best to use a thesaurus to how to handle editor deadlines, its holistic perspective builds skills writers will use at every stage of their careers. You can find it on Amazon here! I'm also hanging up my shingle as a freelance manuscript editor.

BIG EXCITING NEWS: My book Aqua Vitae, from WolfSinger Publications, is now available on Amazon.com for Kindle and in print. It also has a Goodreads page.

At this point in life, I'm working more on selling stories rather than posting them on Fictionpress, but I still post essays here and manage the C2. I'd love for people to check out my published work, obviously (most of it is free online). You can find a complete listing and all available links to my published work at my website, Story Addict.

I’m always available through email or PM, especially in matters of my C2, Pay it Forward. PM me if you would like to join that or the Doorways (fantasy that breaks the mold) C2. I'm happy to give more details of my publishing experience and/or writing feedback, although as time gets tight and I develop my career as a professional manuscript doctor/writing coach, I'll be doing less of it for free. Don't let that scare you, and don't expect a bill from a Fictionpress PM, but please exercise good judgement and make your request one it's easy for me to answer.

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Writing Speculative Fiction: A Nerd's Guide by Jave Harron reviews
Tired of looking for scifi and seeing nothing new? He's my attempt to help speculative fiction writers, as well as even give the pros a few new ideas. Going strong for years! Now, we cover sword and sorcery, and how to drive your enemies before you while you hear the lamentations of their women.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 50 - Words: 103,506 - Reviews: 242 - Favs: 114 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 9/17/2013 - Published: 3/10/2004
Ruatha's Grammar Review by RuathaWehrling reviews
A collection of the grammar and editting suggestions that various writers have asked me for over the years. If you have a grammar question, give me a holler!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 7 - Words: 12,138 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 2/28/2012 - Published: 9/18/2004
UnFreqently Asked Questions by TotallyCaesar reviews
I've heard some of the strangest questions.... One-shot.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 603 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/10/2010 - Complete
Ahh, Real Men Pwn Aholes by Chidaruma Kamisori reviews
Know any nice guys? I want one.
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 51 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/31/2009 - Complete
Where Angels Fear to Tread: Twin Shadows by MaDMaS22 reviews
Elite fighters have been recruited for the sole purpose of suppressing the technology of GOD. If the forbidden technology falls into the wrong hands... A new evil will arise, one which will saturate the world with endless suffering. I RETURN REVIEWS.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 9,079 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 8/21/2008 - Published: 6/18/2006
How To Prevent Prejudgment of Your Story by The Old Sam Garrett reviews
Just another one of my essays, though this is more of a writing guide than anything. It's about how to start a story without running into overdone or unwanted elements.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,395 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/27/2008 - Complete
Kane's Field by andrhars reviews
As 600 year old colonial ships starts showing up in the Sol System, it's up Zean Ejil and his crew to find out what's happening. Please read and review. Many chapters are currently undergoing major renovation FINISHED!
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 86 - Words: 224,440 - Reviews: 142 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 1/19/2008 - Published: 9/8/2006 - Complete
Aeruti by Nueme-chan reviews
When a plague sweeps across the planet, those left alive lose all their memories. The dragonriders from beyond the stars find seemingly deserted Aeruti. And then a young dragonrider meets the child of one of the original inhabitants.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,547 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/4/2007 - Published: 6/12/2007
The Moon Child by Angelical12345 reviews
In the city of Eithnee a revolution against tradition brews through trickery, jealousy, and lust.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,097 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 5/31/2007 - Published: 1/20/2007
An Open Letter to Teenagers by Xineph reviews
Read it.Please.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,608 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/17/2007 - Complete
The Thirteenth Skull by Elizabeth Stanton reviews
An ancient weapon is rediscoverd by a man driven by greed and power. To stop him a rag tag bunch must come together to save life as the universe knows it. But they might just save themselves in the process.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: M - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 39 - Words: 51,620 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 3/27/2007 - Published: 5/7/2006
Dead City by Robert Ryan reviews
David Kohler is being hunted by the gang that murdered his family six years ago. As he tries to survive in a city of crime he will discover things about his family, about his friends and about himself. Welcome to Arcadia, the Dead City. Scrapped.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Tragedy - Chapters: 9 - Words: 56,018 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 12/13/2006 - Published: 6/27/2006
Chokeworld by worldbuilder reviews
An introduction to a dark and unforgiving world.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 16,510 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 6/7/2006 - Published: 5/26/2006
Mastermind by The Dreaded Blah reviews
A boy boldly leads his people after being opened up by an Earth girl. Meanwhile the universe in on the verge of the biggest war in history and a being known as Mastermind must defy the "gods of space"...or die trying
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,576 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/24/2006 - Published: 5/23/2006
Son of the East Wind by Zoi no miko reviews
Take one mercenary mage. Add an apprentice stolen out of the slave trade. Place in middle of holy war. Sprinkle liberally with slash. ^_^ (On going)
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 121,772 - Reviews: 145 - Favs: 136 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 2/8/2004 - Published: 5/22/2001
Invasion by D.F.London reviews
A short story in the 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' genre.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,761 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/17/2003
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Print on Demand Formatting for Better Royalties reviews
Thinking of self-publishing a paperback through CreateSpace or Lulu? Some small decisions in page size, margins, and paragraph formatting can save you and your readers a lot of money! Here's my advice on how to bring a book from 630 pages to 250, without cutting a word unless you want to!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,676 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/27/2013
Anatomy of Successful Crowdfunding
How I made 700% of my Kickstarter goal despite a godawful cover image. In the spirit of inquiry, I've conducted this-is it called a "postmortem" is it's successful beyond my wildest dreams? -No, a friend reminds me the word I'm searching for is "debriefing"-this debriefing, then, of my Kickstarter campaign for a self-published nonfiction book.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,016 - Published: 8/14/2013
A Very Fundamental Introduction to Publishing reviews
Have a story, poem, or article you're thinking of publishing, or do you simply have a dream and no idea where to start? Here's the bedrock you can use to build the twenty-bedroom mansion or the house of cards your writing career turns out to be.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 10,124 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 7/2/2013 - Published: 5/22/2009 - Complete
Making Words Do Things: Revising and Rewriting Your Story
Some tips to look for while turning a first draft into a second draft: the difference between 'words that do stuff' and words that don't. How to turn the latter into the former, and where to fit them in. Rated T for *'d out cuss words, don't let that scare you. Don't let editing scare you, either.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,727 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/8/2012 - Complete
Not Pain as You or I Would Understand It reviews
"They don't feel pain!" Gnaak' exclaimed in exasperation. "Not anything like we'd call pain! Hells, every extraplanetary vacation, I try to take this family out for a pleasant dinner and…"
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 683 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 6/29/2011
The Guardian reviews
On Corrone, a planet where money determines everything, slaves excavate the ruins beneath Corek and Lucuo streets for precious artifacts and treasure. But one of them is about to discover something far more valuable--and more dangerous.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,539 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/22/2010 - Complete
Niri the WorldWalker reviews
A short story of prophecy, doubt, and disaster. Is Niri A'Tawn the foretold World-Walker, and what will it mean for the empire of Xeocib if she is? Contains excerpt from the prophecies of Dahuan of Ilnar, Prophet, for the reader's edification .
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,843 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/6/2009 - Complete
In the Face of Eternity reviews
A prose poem The true epitaph of a human being does not lie in or on the grave, but in a place where for one moment, truly, they left their soul.
Fiction: Fable - Rated: K - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 241 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Published: 6/17/2009 - Complete
Crushed reviews
Sometimes you just have to abandon what's holding you back--if you can.
Poetry: Family - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 270 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/17/2009 - Complete
The StepByStep Guide to Writing Epic Fantasy reviews
I've seen too many stories begin the same way. It makes me wonder if there's a guide out there, and if so, what it would read like... A series of observations on the genre that have probably been made before, but never by yours truly! Check it out!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,387 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/31/2009 - Published: 10/28/2007 - Complete
Guide to Things a Fantasy Author should Never Do reviews
After much painful research, I have brought you a master list of 23 things that will never work in your writing. Ever. Ouch!Sorry, I sort of choked on the tounge in my cheek.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Parody - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,654 - Reviews: 57 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/17/2008 - Published: 7/10/2007 - Complete
Dialog Tags and SecondBest Words reviews
Two issues I've seen frequently on the various writing sites I belong to. Some musings and advice.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 922 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/16/2008 - Complete
Good Prose reviews
Prose: Literally, anything written that is not poetry. The text, the words on the page, the stuff the reader is actually reading. Here’s what you need to make a reader want to read.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,956 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 17 - Published: 6/22/2008 - Complete
Description: The hows, whens, and whys reviews
Some thoughts on description in fiction and how to handle it.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,827 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 6/17/2008 - Published: 5/16/2006
Prose Mistakes that Amateurs Make reviews
Want to make your writing sound more professional? View the nitpicks within--and learn to avoid them!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,750 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/15/2008 - Complete
Spirit Lake reviews
It seemed like a routine, if mystical, errand. Even if it did have strange company. But after this, nothing can be the same...for anyone. From the same setting as Heir to Life, though not a sequel.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 26,398 - Reviews: 86 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 1/20/2008 - Published: 5/11/2007
Parody: A Working Definition reviews
Provided as a public service to all those reading the essay section who wish to avoid making fools of themselves! If you aren't sure what a parody is, or have every found yourself shaking your head and saying 'This CAN'T be real', come on in and see it is
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 388 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Published: 11/22/2007 - Complete
Burning You Way Through the Library reviews
A helpful, informative guide of what to scorch first, and why. Perfect for whenever you're stuck in a library and need some heat or light! Also known as 'what happens when the library pages get rebellious'
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,358 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 5 - Published: 10/21/2007 - Complete
The Subtle Strife reviews
A discussion read: rant of subtlety and the lack thereof. I'd say more, but I don't want to clobber you over the head with it.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,367 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 9 - Published: 9/21/2007 - Complete
The Feng Shui of Review reviews
An entire essay dedicated to that FictionPress staple, the review. Everyone who reviews gets a special treat!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,308 - Reviews: 100 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 5/16/2007 - Published: 2/15/2007 - Complete
Knight of the Unicorn reviews
The world may end tomorrow, but yesterday still happened. The fates of Earth and the planet Aracia are entwined at the end of all worlds. Set in the same universe as Aqua Vitae
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Spiritual - Chapters: 15 - Words: 56,127 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/22/2007 - Published: 5/2/2006
The Heir of Life reviews
Perera the storyteller has disappeared, leaving a young ward behind. Now Renner must discover not only the whereabouts of his mentor but also the truth about himself. I am returning reviews on this story
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 14,120 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 4/1/2007 - Published: 1/3/2007 - Complete
How to Write a Fictionpress Summary reviews
In this essay, I explain how a summary can draw the most attention with the most relevant and interesting information about your story. You can use up to 255 characters in your summary-make them count!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,509 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 24 - Published: 3/29/2007 - Complete
Selling My Soul Using DECA reviews
I'm selling my soul using the DECA retail merchandising associate level performance indicators! Watch me DEMONstrate my product. But I have a very limited target market...
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 711 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/20/2006 - Complete
A Long Night reviews
In World War II a chaplain's assistant in the South Pacific awaits a telegram bearing the Catholic Church's answer to a contraversal topic. This is a true story.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,316 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/6/2006 - Complete
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