What I want from you

To my readers:

First off, I want to thank you for giving Phases a chance. Secondly, I want to hear what you think. Your feedback is very important to me. I’ll be submitting this novel for publishing and you have the potential to make it better.


1. What is your favorite part?

2. What do you hate about the book?

3. Is there anything you would change?

4. Would you recommend the book to a friend?

5. Would you be interested in a sequel?

6. What is your overall feeling after reading this?

7. I’d like to know a little bit about you.


Seriously, you guys and girls are awesome. I can’t thank you enough for the already positive feedback.

At last, a novel is written.

It took me seven months, but I finally finished my first draft. Even though I’ve poured over this four times, I’m still calling it a first draft. And now, after a two month break (actually, I started a second novel) I am prepared to read through the entire novel and see if I need to change anything else.

The book ended up being fifteen chapters and 88,484 words. This project started out as free writing and did not have a plot or outline. I wanted to get some writing experience before I ruined a good outline on another project. I never expected to turn this into a full length novel, but I’m glad that I did.

I’m off to shop for beta readers now.


I know, I am falling behind my ‘chapter every two weeks’ rule. I’ve written them, don’t worry. But you know how you feel when you’ve been reading a book and at the end you can’t put the book down? It’s kind of like that. The momentum is flowing and I don’t want to stop.

Also, the last chapter is difficult. It conflicts with my style too much. I’m trying to stay true to my format and since I never bothered to outline this story (well, I never intended to write more than one chapter in the first place), I find it increasingly difficult to continue.

A solution is coming though. A vacation. I’m taking the next seven days off and, assuming my laptop makes the travels without any issues, I’ll have time to really focus. Then I simply have to go back and proofread the last three chapters before tossing them up here and forgetting this entire story for a while before I edit it and whip out a second draft.

Thank you for your patience. I figure you deserve an explanation since I’m taking forever.

Ten entire chapters…

I feel like I reached a landmark here. I’ve been writing for a few years, but I’ve never came close to completing anything. Yet here I sit, about two chapters away from finishing this book. And I’m nervous.

Nervous because I don’t want to let it go. I’m afraid to end my fantasy with these random characters that have found life inside my head. I’m not ready to end it.

I’ve been here before. But what held me back last time is no longer prevalent. I am ready to open myself up. The fear of being known does not stop me.

And here I am, so close to the end. This is exciting people. I will finish this, start a new project, and then have a second draft coming soon. I am making progress. It’s so bizarre!

Oh, before I ramble on, this is just a notification that I published chapter ten. I know I’m late, but it’s because I just bought a house and have been slowly moving in. Sometimes real life interrupts the story world. But now I am trying to make up for it with an exciting chapter.


(the chapter) http://brooksbooks.org/phases/chapter-ten/

Belated obligations

I know, I am late. I lost track of time. What can I say? Do I have a good excuse? I missed my two week deadline because I had a death in the family, lost track of time, too much marathon training, purchasing a new house, working seventeen hour days… I can keep going. But none of those excuses matter because I completely neglected my book and my small audience.

And that is a bad thing.

So I present you with three chapters. I uploaded a couple without notifying anyone. But now I am showing them off. Less secrecy, more openness.

I appreciate my little audience, and I thank you all.

The long winded Chapter Six

This chapter was long to write, long to edit, and long to read. I tried to trim as much off as possible. But new characters had to be introduced, and certain problems had to be solved.

It was a joy to write though, because I love writing for the heroes. Don’t get me wrong, I always root for the bad guy. But I’m trying to dive into my characters here. And you can’t help but fall into the role of the good guy and really make things work.

I’m facing many changes in chapter seven. I didn’t expect for characters to take over my story, but they are making decisions that change my plot. I can’t stop them because I want things to make sense for my characters, not for my plot to be written for them. So the next chapter may be a tiny bit late, but that may be worth it in the end.

As usual, if you have any comments, concerns, or a compliment on Chapter Six- please let me know. I am welcoming criticism too since this is an unedited first draft. Thanks for reading.

Better late than never. (New chapter uploaded)

I’m going to publish chapter five a day early (or thirteen days late, depending on how you want to look at it) because I dropped the ball with my last deadline.

My last deadline was impossible. I ran a marathon, then had a death in the family. Had to travel 1700 miles, attend a funeral, then a birthday party. Add that to working 12 hour days at my job and I just didn’t have time for writing.

I apologize for that.

Any comments, questions, or corrections are welcome.

And I’ll work hard to have chapter six uploaded, two weeks from tomorrow.

Phases, Chapter Four is up.

Here it is.


You can also find it in the drop down menu under ‘Phases’ alongside the previous chapters if you need to catch up.

I really enjoyed writing this chapter. I’m either finding this to be easier, or I’m loving my characters more. The world is slowly being created in my mind and the more complex it grows, the harder it is to layout with words. You’ll find the basic north, south, east, and west directions in this story. But I know it can be really hard to picture the layout in your head without a map.

Maps aren’t a bad thing. They are often printed inside of fantasy books so that the reader doesn’t have to draw one in their head as they read. Sometimes they are very helpful. Especially when the fictional worlds have more cities and lands than we care to keep track of.

I am curious though, do you think a map would be beneficial to this story? Or will it be unnecessary? I already have one drawn for myself so that I don’t contradict my own story. I’m just curious if you, the reader, would find it helpful as you read my story.

And as usual, any thoughts on the chapter are welcomed.

Another Phases Chapter

Though my poor internet connection is battling me tonight, I finally managed to uploaded Phases Chapter Three.  You can find it in the drop down menu above, or by clicking this convenient link


There are some new characters, and story transitions can be difficult to write, even harder to read sometimes. I promise it will all come together eventually. I only say this because I know I am forcing  you, the reader, to endure reading a book one chapter at a time. When you have a published and printed book in your hands and something new comes along but doesn’t quite fit, you can simply read the next chapter or two and things start to add up and make sense.

Let this be your reassurance for now. I’m already working on Chapter Four. Until then, have fun with the read. And if you have any questions, concerns, or comments on the chapter, I am here to discuss it.

A Little Surprise (for me)

I am fairly new here and this entire network of blogs has been rather time consuming, but I am enjoying the posts of the blogs I follow. There are a lot of people around here with really interesting blogs to read. Some of them make me laugh, some of them make me angry, and some of them remind me that people really can still be good.

This girl, Amanda, is one of those people that restores my faith in human kind.
She is genuine and honest, while being sporadic and random. Trust me, her style can hold your interest.

She gave me a shout out today and I have to say that I am truly thankful. I was almost discouraged with this book and sometimes I feel like no one is reading it.


Thank you for the Shout Out Award! I do appreciate it.

Per her instructions for receiving the shout out, here are some links to blogs that I enjoy reading.

This guy is hilarious. He is blunt, he is harsh, and he is what the world needs sometimes. In a time where everyone is politically correct, few dare to say what is on their minds. I enjoy reading his blogs more than I should.

This lady, well I haven’t read any of her books yet. But if her books are half as smart as her posts, then they should be easily enjoyed. I’m new to her blog, but find myself reading each sentence carefully and admiring her words.

Here is a lady who I greatly admire. She is honest, determined, strong, and her words flow in the smoothest of manners. Seriously, you start reading and don’t even notice how easy her style is on the mind. It just flows. She will make you laugh, and then she will make you feel.

This guy is my guilty pleasure. His style is beyond unique. It’s classic. I do a lot of reading for research purposes, and even more for dialog technique, but then I find this blog and I read it simply for the stylish laughter and joy. Do yourself a favor and indulge into his world.

Who doesn’t like a good YA author? I enjoy her posts and hope to eventually read her books. I believe this girl has the ability to connect with an audience in a way that should be admired. Her books sound interesting and her blog is always informative.

I recently started following this guy. I love literature and am shamefully out of date with many titles due to a lazy trend in movie watching. But I am thankful to have found this blog. His reviews keep me interested, and I intend on reading a lot of the books he talks about because he seems to fit my style of reading.

I apologize for such few blogs to link to. I don’t have a lot of time on my hands for reading blogs but these are the ones that I make sure to check out every new post. Perhaps I can update the shout out later on to the new followers I have.

Thanks again! I really appreciate the feedback and knowing that at least a few people read my work. I am planning on a new chapter by Sunday, however I am a few thousand words behind right now and on Saturday I am running a half marathon so I won’t be able to catch up. Usually I spend Saturday finishing a chapter and Sunday editing the chapter so that I can post is Sunday night or Monday. Please be patient with me this week. In the meantime, go check out some of these blogs. I’m sure they will appreciate the extra traffic.