Being P. H.
28 July 2019 7:30 PM
Just when you think inspiration is completely gone, lightning strikes.
Amid the drama of trying to find a new place to live, the rising
tension of getting closer to becoming homeless, and dealing with
assorted bullshit, I apparently went into complete reality denial mode
and came up with potentially the best trilogy (or series) I've ever
It combines ideas from about 4 failed stories - ones which I started
and never figured out where the hell they were supposed to go.
Better still, I figured out where it would go, how, who, when and
pretty much invented an entire world, six societies, a single whole
religion (of sorts), a quest whose ending NO ONE will see coming, and a
battle-filled resolution unlike anything I've ever heard of put to
I know I've said in the past I'm excited about a project, but this one
has really vast commercial potential AND has engaged my attention to
the point that I wrote OVER 50,000 words in less than a week, and am
closing in on finishing the rough draft of the first of at least three
I RARELY know exactly where one of my books are going when I start.
Most of the time I play "what if?" and roll from there. But this
one I sat down and worked out the general story line from start to
finish of all of the books, the major characters, their background,
traits and aspects, and refer back to that outline often.
I DO indulge in many twists and turns along the way that weren't worked
out in advance, in order to increase interest and lengthen things, as
well as explore avenues that could add more drama - or comedy - later.
The working title for the series right now is Saga of the Dragon's
Daughter - and believe me when I tell you that the impression you got
from that title is 100% wrong. This will make your head explode
when you find out where it goes, and what happens when they get there.
And I have six main characters, some of whom are pretty neutral,
some you will love and some you may hate, while following the Dragon's
Daughter in her quest.
Without giving too much away, I took inspiration from Avatar: The Last
Airbender and to a smaller extent, Lord of the Rings. I also
grabbed the Chinese Zodiac as a major aspect to it. The rest is
quasi-based on the ideas I've been trying to do for at least 4 stories
I've tried to write without much success over the last four years.
This one uses the most important elements I wanted to write from
all four stories, all in a much more compelling story than they ever
hoped to be.
I also plan to use new editing tools (the same ones I'm using for
Seren: Legends of the Galaxy) to vastly improve the quality of writing
Oh, and for anyone who's interested in the home-finding saga of our
own, we have found a new place to live, despite a rental market tighter
than accessing a beyond top secret clearance site - literally as of
today. When we viewed it, I could see huge potential for creating
some really good things. It's quieter than where we live now,
it's closer to markets and jobs. (Literally within walking distance -
and I don't walk so good anymore.) And I think I'll be sleeping
better than I do where I live now.
So we scored a jackpot there. I credit the on-site manager, an
Army vet named Danny who was an MP like my sister, stationed at the
same base as she was, though earlier, and the apartment complex's owner
who is also a vet, for making an offer we could meet. Of the
dozens of places to which we applied, they were the only ones who had
any shits to give to help out a household of service-related disabled
veterans (My wife, our roommate and myself) who had to leave our rental
because the owner was more disabled than we were, and needed it back.
It's people who still have a shit to give about their fellows that
pushes back against my natural inclination to be expected to be screwed
and always planning for the worst. We put down the money and sign
the lease tomorrow, then we go out and buy Danny a case of his favorite
beer, because he went way the hell above and beyond what anyone else
did, and probably saved our sanity, if not our lives, in the process.
The dedication of all of the books in the Dragon's Daughter
series will be to him. It would not get written if he hadn't gone
to bat for us. And we are all grateful beyond words that he
10 July 2019 12:30 AM
Life in general got stupid shortly after my last post in May.
Long story short, we have to move again. It's not anyone's
fault, but it is a major pain in the ass, especially now when finances
are just on the verge of being fine, but not quite fine enough to be
certain that we won't end up on the streets for a while.
As you might imagine, this hasn't done my writing schedule any favors.
In fact, while this is going on, I really haven't gotten any more
new writing done, and only managed some editing on Seren: Legends of
the Galaxy. We have to be out by the end of this month, and we've
applied to rent a nice place not that far from where we are now.
We're hoping we can get it based on our history and
recommendations, because our finances look like crap at the moment
(which will be vastly different in 2 months).
The timing for this couldn't have been worse.
As to whether or not I'll make the 4 books per year goal, that's in
serious jeopardy. Between trying to get the rental market figured
out, finding a place within our budget and all the other hassles, well,
there's not a lot of time, and even less thought, given over to
writing. I hope to have things back on track next month, but it's
going to be a very hard month ahead. I even put out a GoFundMe campaign, in case we needed more than we had (and we did, because some things we hoped to get didn't pan out).
We'll know in a few days or less whether or not we got the place.
In the meantime, there's a small gas leak that the gas company has
chased with jackhammers all day, going into the wee hours of the
morining, which is why I'm writing this now, instead of tomorrow
morning. It's not a serious one and no one is in danger, except
our peace of mind and our daily allotment of sleep.
So, very little progress on books, but I do have a new
book idea I'll be chasing (it's trying to tie together about 6
different started, but never finished, books, taking elements of each
for it). I can flesh out the idea while I'm chewing my nails hoping we
get into that place we applied for.
Being P. H. Campbell, at the moment, sucks out loud. But we'll
get through it, I expect. I'd just like to wake up to having
gotten through it and skipped all the horrible things moving entails in
...and the jackhammers start up again...
Competence in simple gas line repairs seems to be an extinct quality...
25 May 2019
I'll have the rest of the website up by the end of the day today.
I made the templates for the individual book pages and will
adding the text for the other 18 or 19 I have left to finish to them
over the day. One of them will be the up-coming book Seren:
Legends of the Galaxy, which has the cover art work mostly done and
is in the editing phase. It's part of the SCOUTS
and has cameos from many of the crew of the Talon, and even from Cinder
Getting the website up is the current priority, but once that's done,
I'll finish the editing on Seren 3 and get it ready for publishing.
My goal reamins to put out 4 books this year. I
work done in Full Spectrum:: Labrynthian Time and have a wicked twist
in store for Full Specrum: Genesis of the Legion. Those are
2 and 3 for this year. I'm looking at other projects to see
I can do before the end of the year, including the second book in the
Warrior trilogy (Warrior King) and the first book in the
Paladin's/Shepherds series (titling to be determined). Both
those have been written in total, but need to be edited and do the
cover art work so either one is an option.
I'm also looking at other projects, to keep my interest up in what I'm
writing on. I have an odd book about a boy with a girl in his
head. It's a superhero story. Unfortunately, it's
actually "done". Another one is another wierd book about life
the distant past emerging in today's world.
So what comes next will be a mystery until I decide on exactly
what the fourth project of the year will be.
24 May 2019
This is where I'll be writing about the goings on in my life, for
better or worse. MOST of it will be book-related, of course.
I'll be adding entries at the TOP, and dating them, so you
have to scroll down to the bottom to find the latest posting.