About the Mask of Xiavaal and Other Announcements

Hello, my dear readers! Today, I am ready to share with you my new, and first formally presented, project; a serial novel, titled The Mask of Xiavaal.

The Mask of Xiavaal is an experimental project I started a little while ago, so bare with me a moment as I explain what it’s all about:

As I said before, it’s a serial novel, which means it will be made available chapter by chapter rather than all at once. As for the experimental aspect, there were actually two ideas I had knocking around my mind for a while; the first idea was to write a serial. That’s already been covered.

The second idea,  however, was a bit more out there. For some time, I have had the idea of writing a story like a Dungeons and Dragons (or other tabletop) campaign, with characters having stats, and situations unfolding based on the luck of the dice, and so on.

After the ideas spun around in my mind for a long while, I eventually decided the two ideas could be done in one story, and the Mask of Xiavaal was born. This format means that, while I am writing a story that I have planned and plotted, things can happen that change the course of events that will throw a wrench into things and change the trajectory of the story. In this way, things like success and failure, life and death, ingenuity and foolishness, all of which are necessary story beats, can occur in a way that feels both natural and dramatic, and hopefully immerse readers into the world.

The story will be posted over time, a chapter at a time, free to be read here on my website. However, each chapter after the prologue will be made available first to subscribers of my Patreon page! Oh, and I have one of those! I hope you enjoy this story!

Adaptations – If the Book is Always Better, Why Bother?

It’s the clarion cry we all hear (or say) as we’re leaving the theater. “The book was better,” “Oh, well, in the comics this character…” and “What did that even have to do with the game?” It’s all summed up by the old adage: “The book is always better”.


Just a small budget adaptation of a little-known book

Of course, it’s not so simple as all that, otherwise we wouldn’t live in an age where almost all successful movies are adaptations of something. I pulled up this list of movies adapted from books (just books, not comics or anything else) coming out this year alone, and there were thirty-five of the damn things.

So why are adaptations so prevalent? Well, money, obviously, but there’s more to it than that. I would like to take a moment to delve into what makes an adaptation good, where they tend to fall flat, and why certain things work better than others. Not necessarily in that order.

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