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Black Alchemy Hero – Lost

I can’t say that I learned much from writing this chapter. I’m presently on chapter 20 (I believe) of Cullinan Diamond Hunter and Leonardo and Kode have yet to interact. I intend to add more depth to their relationship and make fewer references to Barcode. 8 – LOST Kode and Leonardo hike up a long, muddy path. Fallen branches and large stones make the road difficult to navigate, but the men move quickly, like soldiers trained to endure these conditions. They travel through complete darkness with the sounds of various creatures…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – Obstacles

Here, I united all parties and made an uncomfortable situation for Sol. I decided to avoid this altogether in the remake. For Cullinan Diamond Hunter, I’ve decided to keep the stories separate. Julius does his thing while Sol independently meets with Greer. This produces a more organic relationship. Also, I really didn’t like how I remade Absolute. I actually love how it was remade, but Greer is really attached to Absolute, so to have him pack up and rebuild was a bit out of character. I’m presently working on keeping…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – Blind Trust

There’s not much to say here. Rereading this chapter made me realize that it didn’t hold much of a purpose. I will definitely have to work on giving each scene a purpose from here on. 6 – BLIND TRUST Thousands of people wait impatiently outside of Ordinance. Twice per year, the province practices fleeing the province. The citizens know to regroup in safe zones just outside of the main city, but no one is happy to endure their first real life drill in seven years. This area is under twenty-four…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – RE+ASSEMBLY PART 2

Here, I reintroduce Sol’s friends, Morrigan and Circe. I really wanted them to have larger roles in this story, but I didn’t know how to work that in. I’ve decided to give Morrigan a much stronger role in Sol’s portion of Cullinan Diamond Hunter. I don’t intend to develop another love triangle, but I’ve already made it clear that she has a thing for Sol, so I’m not going to mask that. Her feelings for Sol will be very evident, but Rayne isn’t the type to compete over a guy,…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – First Fire

This chapter had a few mistakes in it. I threw characters at readers, which is something that I never do. I also gave Rayne and Sol a pre-established relationship, when I prefer to draw out relationships. Still, I was able to experiment with Sol’s powers and Rayne’s kindness. Now, I know that I want to strengthen her dark side. 4 – FIRST FIRE The burning bins of Ordinance continue to light the streets and alleyways. However, the orphans that plague the darkness cannot be found in their normal hideouts. Crouching…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – RE+ASSEMBLY PART 1

This was the only way I could think of to reunite everyone from Yellow Diamond Hunter into one place. I searched for a reason to get them in one location, working together. From this process, I learned that everything doesn’t have to be so “cookie cutter.” My new route is to continue with the unique structure that built the Barcode Series. I have decided to run two (and a half) arcs. We’ll follow Sol’s story from the moment that he meets with Rayne, Julius and Kami as they discover a…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – Blood Boil

Chapter 2 is where things started to feel right. I was able to practice some old writing skills with this chapter because it focused on two characters that I’m very familiar with. They complain and bicker like two old friends that hate one another, and I loved that. However, I’ve decided to beef up their rivalry and pit them against one another a little more. In fact, today, I just discovered the ultimate twist for Yellow Diamond Hunter. Yes, I said the ultimate. This twist has put all of my other…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – In Due Time

Chapter one is where things started to go wrong with Black Alchemy Hunter. <–That’s meant to be a joke, but I’m serious. I modeled Black Alchemy Hunter after The Avengers, which is really problematic. The Avengers do a great job of opening with the villains doing a number on the good guys. For this chapter, I pitted Kode against the villains, blurring the lines between who is good and evil. Or evil and eviler. I tried establishing Blas’ character, a womanizing power freak. He’s set up well enough, but his…

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Black Alchemy Hunter – Prologue

I haven’t been writing like I should, but I have been writing. I don’t want people to think that I’ve disappeared into Kode’s shadows, so I’ve developed a solution to my satisfy all of us (all 4 people who read this page). I have a lot of stories that I throw away. After completing an initial draft, I often discard it and use bits and pieces to construct a stronger formula. Because managing a website, having two kids, teaching, and writing novels is a bit much, I thought I could post…

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Black Alchemy Hero Quick Update

Book 2 of the Yellow Diamond Hunter series is in the works. I’ve actually had the dialogue written for at least three months, but I haven’t found time to add details to the story. After getting a Chromebook, I now have a little time each day to sit down and add a few hundred words to the page. I have no idea when I’ll be able to publish this book. I’m going to guess that it’ll be before April, which is a long time away. Unfortunately, some people will be…

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