Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dragon Tooth Completed + Release Date!



I am so glad to say that Dragon Tooth has finally been completed and headed straight into editing! The actual reason why I was late to post is that I was busy with London Media House, a printing company that decided to print a sample or a proof of concept of the book! To be completely honest (and for those who follow me on Snapchat, they've seen the sample) I consider myself very lucky to have had that opportunity.

Not only is Dragon Tooth my first official book, but add to that that I was THERE when the FIRST sample was being created. It was like I was witnessing its birth! Here's a sneak peak:


Here's the blurb:
Set foot upon the magical lands where Magic Guilds battle to the top! Dragon Tooth is one of three of the strongest guilds in the known lands. Follow a story of fantasy, principles and mighty battles!

A Magic Guild is a group of Mages that have formed an organization accepting job offers from the cititzens of the world. 

The Council of Magic supervises the use of Magic in the world. They are the sole entity that all guilds must listen to and heed their commands.

Mage Saints are Mages who are hand picked by the Council. They stand above all mages in abilities and their unrivalled power. 

So when is the official release?
The official release is set on the 7th of June 2016. This is also because it just happens that it is my birthday. So I thought I'd make it double special!

So what's next for you?
Nothing. Really, people assume writing and publishing a book concerns of only WRITING the damn thing (excuse my language) while it involves so much more. To be exact, the easiest part, is writing it. Next you have edit it, get beta readers, and then edit again and again, all until it is presentable. Even then, you have market it before you publish it, and then market it after you publish it. It basically never ends.

I would like to beta read this!
Then get in touch with me! I'm looking for beta readers currently and booking them. The book is still being edited but I think it won't be too long before it is completely read for beta reading. I'm looking for around 10, so just shoot me an email with the subject "Dragon Tooth Beta Reader" on m@infrangilis.com

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Writing a Short Story VS Writing Novel

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There are many different aspects to consider when writing a short story, and a novel. They are two completely different genres which require their own unique style in story telling. Personally, I think of short stories as exercises which one can do in order to get in that culture of finishing a piece, whether its 1K words, or 10K words or even a 100K one.

One of the main challenges when writing a novel is to actually flush it out in a way that is still engaging. Any sentence you write should build up for something larger or give hints towards something that needs explaining; you simply cannot get away with writing fillers in a novel (stuff completely irreverent to the story just for the sake of increasing the word count).

In short stories, you can actually get away with a lot of things, for example you can skip an entire battle or a change in sequence... moving forward with the story in just around 500 words (something that cannot be forgiven in a novel). Some might argue that this does not reflect good practices, to which I say, who the hell sets the rules for writers? We ourselves do.

Think of it like this: in a short story, you can sum up a huge event with its outcome and just proceed to the aftermath. In a novel, you have to explicitly describe everything that happened, no excuses!

Writing short stories is always fun, as you essentially get the culture of actually finishing a project, and that momentum is what gets you going when you're writing a novel. You will never improve if you keep writing in your comfort zone... you have to extend it and explore different genres in order to increase your vocabulary.

Until next time,
Write On.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release Date: 3 Short Stories + My Recent Interview

In a recent interview with TheCrazyMind, it was a really refreshing experience where they wanted to shed more light about how the cultural differences are, writing in another part of the world. Needless to say, the common problems are often the same, just with a different taste. I cannot begin to explain how similar all the problems are, family, career, friends it's all technically the same.

For anyone interested in reading the interview, here's the link:

http://www.thecrazymind.com/2016/01/interview-with-mohd-g-darwish.html

















You can click the image, or right here to go to the interview.

In the interview, I was asked about my short stories and when are they going to be released. To which I've set specific dates that I thought could announce it here as well.

1. Minds: the Secret Society




















In the fictional city of Ganea, a super detective by the name of M exists. He is one of the most renowned detectives known for tackling cases that often others shy away from. But sadly, not even he, could escape the jaws of love.


2. Jack of Scurvy Bay




















Jack, who blinded by temptations of adventure goes on a life-changing journey and becomes a pirate in pursuit of freedom and treasure.

3. Secret of the Moonlight

This short story, I plan to keep it hidden for now, as I may actually end up re-writing it before the actual release date. But what I can tell you now is that it'll follow a very horrific story which is guaranteed to provide you with the shock, excitement, and fear for the characters that you should in all my stories. The genre will be horror as well, but this will take a very dark path.

 There you go, as for Dragon Tooth, the initial release date (on Amazon) is the 7th of June 2016 - If only for the sake of it being my birthday and I would like to make it a bit more special by having my debut novel released then.

To completely honest, I have still not finished it (let alone get it edited and proofread) and it's getting really challenging as I am nearing the end (but not quite).

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Duck's Sacrifice - Short Story



Our story begins in the magical forests where a duck was living along with her three children near a suburban area. Every day the duck went to town and bought food for her three children and that has been the pattern of their everyday life, living happily together until one shadowy night.

It started as what appeared to be a normal day. The mother duck got up and woke her children for breakfast. Soon after, the mother decided that it was time to go to the City as usual and buy food for the next day. However, before walking out, she was stopped by the youngest of her children, Sophie.
“Mom, I wish you would get me a present . . .” she said. “Me too!” shouted all the children at once.
After seeing their enthusiasm, the mother could only smile at the innocence of her children.

How can I say no to them?” she thought. “Very well, I promise to bring you the best gifts I can!” The children screamed and cheered at the delightful response.

“Bye mom! Stay safe, I love you!” said one of the children.

Excited, they could barely wait for their mother to return.


The mother was walking ever so happily, but soon, her train of thought was cut by the raging sound of thunder. She looked up, staring at the clouds, and as she lowered her gaze, she was shocked to a see a bloodthirsty wolf staring at her.

“Oh no! What do I do now!” she thought.

“Going somewhere?” the wolf says sarcastically.

Time quickly passes, and the sun is almost set, and there were the children, patiently waiting in tears of excitement and joy as they wait for their mother’s return with gifts and food. But fate had decided otherwise…

As it was getting late, soon, the feelings of joy and happiness were quickly substituted for worry and sorrow.

“Mom’s late… this isn’t like her…” said Sophie.

“Maybe we should go look for her!” said one of the children.

“You’re right… we should” said the eldest as they decided to go outside and look for their mother.

As they went out of the house, they stood there ever so shocked due to what they saw. Their heart did not wish to believe what their eyes were seeing. A cold body, filled with open wounds, blood scattered everywhere . . . their mother, laying dead . . . after a coldblooded attack.

“MOM!!” they shouted as they rushed towards their mother lying in a pool of her own blood . . .  

“N..no… go back… I.. its.. not safe…” she warned the children, but they did not listen… they would not listen. They rushed towards their mother, and tried desperately to bring her back to the house.

But as they were picking their mother up, they turned only to see their house surrounded by a pack of wolves, one, very familiar to the mother duck . . . it was the wolf that had once attacked the mother, and now returns to inflict death and finish where he once started, only this time with his entire pack as well.

“Oh oh oh, what do we have here… going somewhere?” said the pack leader, the same wolf that had attacked the mother duck while grinding his teeth.

Then came the hardest of trials of the mother, where words would not escape her lips, only tears. Tears she shed for the fate that she knew awaited her children. Tears that dropped in the knowledge that her children loved her so much that they would not heed her warnings.

But then the unexpected happened. Ruki, the eldest, bravest and most beautiful of her children, spoke, and where one flower should’ve fallen, there she stood, proud and strong in defiance of the pack’s tyranny, and an attempt to restore hope and wash away the teary eyes of her siblings.

“Stop it all of you!” she screamed at the pack. “If you think that you can scare us by doing whatever it is that you are about to do, you’re wrong.”

“If this is really our end, then I am thankful to meet the end without regret, without anything!”

The mother smiles, and tears keep falling down her face. And the children begin to tighten their grip and hold each other crying. Afraid but feeling overpowered by the words of Ruki.

“And if this is really the end, then we will meet it with our pride and with our mother! And be grateful to meet it and we’ll make it such an ending, that it would shake the skies from above!”

Upon hearing Ruki’s words, the children explode in tears… sorrowful tears… brave ones…


And as the wolves were getting prepared to attack, the pack leader smirked, then commenced the attack, and along with his pack of wolves . . . slaughtered all.