Announcements

Concept Art for Upcoming Kindle Vella Series

Here is a look at some concept artwork from my upcoming kindle vella young adult series, the Harpy Rises. The image feautures a concept look at Rysa Torshavn, the main character.

More information to come.

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Announcements

Work Begins

I recently started writing the first few stories of my new Kindle Vella series which I mentioned in my last post. The first few stories are already done, and after that they will need to be edited and proofread before they are posted on Kindle Vella. I’ll have a working title for everyone in my next post.

T.A. Uner

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Announcements

New Project Begins

I’ve been working on a new project since my last post. This is a Fantasy Young Adult serial to be featured on Kindle Vella. If you haven’t heard, Kindle Vella is a new platform that allows writers to publish stories. Readers will always get the first few stories free, and after that they can continue to follow the stories using tokens.

I’ll be posting more information on my Kindle Vella venture as information becomes available.

Stay safe everyone!

T.A. Uner

Note: Kindle Vella Logo Property of amazon

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Announcements

Back at it

Well it’s been quite some time since I’ve written something, so I felt that the time was right to return to my online ramblings. When last we spoke, I had announced my “Retirement” from writing. Well, things have changed, and back in early April I decided to return to writing.

Have the words flowed like a river since I’ve returned? Well, not quite. But I have been working on a new standalone project. I won’t go into detail about it since it’s in the very early stages, but I thought I’d dust off my literary cobwebs and try my luck again at this thing called writing. I’ll give you a hint though, it’s a book for middle grade readers, will have no bad words or sex scenes, and will be fantasy in nature. Ohh, and it’s based in the same universe as the Leopard King Saga.

The moral of the story? A true writer can never retire from writing. The unwritten stories will torture your psyche until you get them down, or at least start working on getting them down. So don’t quit folks, not at anything, unless it’s a bad habit, and in that case, replace it with something good.

Now, back to my writing. Talk to you soon!

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Announcements, Writing Advice

End of the road? Maybe. Maybe not.

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I wanted to take this time to announce my retirement from fiction writing. Since July 2013, this blog has served as my principle website to the outside world and has reached tens of thousands of visitors.

I valued every one of you who signed up to follow my writing exploits and self-improvement tips, but, at this time, I have decided to dedicate my time to other pursuits.

Will I still post blog articles? Who knows? But this site will remain online for anyone who would like to explore my past articles and/or purchase my books.

It’s been fun everyone. So I wish everyone on this planet the best in their lives. Let 2021 and beyond bring you everything you desire.

With respects,

T.A. Uner (July 17th, 2013-December 28th, 2020)

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Self-Improvement

Who do you want to be in 2021?

Let’s be realistic here, 2020 was not fun, it sucked, it made me think of negative stuff from my past. But it’s almost over. Thank God for that.

The question is, what does 2021 hold for me? The same thing it holds for you.

A new beginning.

Look. Covid-19 doesn’t have to ruin your life. There’s a vaccine that is making its way around, and there’s hope. The new year is proof of that.

This year sucked, it did. But it also taught me a lot. Some things I learned were.

  • I’m content with being alone, and I can deal with my problems in a civilized manner without going nuts.
  • I’ve missed human contact. And when covid is beat, and it will be someday, I’ll be ready to rejoin the human race. This pandemic might even have helped me become a more sociable person in the long run
  • I realized that I need to be careful of how I spend my money.
  • I can be more social with my family. And I can slow down my pace. I have the worst habit of eating fast and leaving the table early. And now I know that there are others at the table who want to connect with me.

So that’s that. I know what I want to be in 2021. What about you? Make a list, repeat it to yourself, and practice persistence.

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Announcements, Self-Improvement

As winter descends, the end is near

Well it’s almost winter time. This morning I woke up this morning to a bevy of snowfall, so perhaps it’s appropriate I selected a snow-themed picture to close out my 2020 blog posts. I know I didn’t post much this year, but with a busy daily schedule, it could not be helped. I’m sorry if anyone felt shortchanged by my extended absences. So perhaps, this final 2020 blog post will ease any disappointment.

As a tumultuous 2020 draws to a close, we gladly bid it farewell. And what a year it was: a pandemic, economic uncertainty, a controversial Presidential election in the USA, and many lives lost.

But this isn’t a rant. No. As 2020 makes way to 2021, there is hope. A covid-19 vaccine is making its debut, and hopefully, by this time next year, the pandemic will be a thing of the past.

For me this was a year of transition. I left my full-time job and returned to college to pursue a graduate certificate. Saw my young Nieces grow a year older, helped out elder family members in need, and lost over 20 lbs. of unwanted weight.

So when you look back on 2020. Try and find something from it that will help you in 2021. If you suffered tragedy, and many of us did, use the pain to strengthen yourself.

I know I have lots to be grateful for. In a time when people are being evicted and wondering when their next meal will be served, I managed to improve my condition.

So here’s to 2020, it taught us a lot about ourselves, and hopefully, in 2021, we’ll take that experience and make something great from it.

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Work Continues on Book 4

It’s been ages since I last posted anything so please excuse me. I’ve been busy with Graduate School and tweeting my political opinions on twitter. Some responses have been good, others, not so much.I’ve been quite productive though. Have been cranking out words like crazy for the past month and I’m loving it.

Book 4, or, The Leopard Resurrection, does not have a release date yet. although I am hoping to have it out by 2022. This is subject to change.

So how are YOU doing? What is keeping YOU busy during these crazy pandemic days?

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Self-Improvement

How to make your dream a reality

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Dreams. We all have them. Some are big, some are realistic while others require years to bring to fruition. During these uncertain times in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic maybe some of us have put our dreams on hold. Others, despite obstacles, persevere by taking small steps towards their eventual goal.

And that’s the key word. Small. To make your dream(s) come true you need to look at the big picture piecemeal. Nothing momentous happens overnight, and anyone who thinks it does is only setting themselves up for a major letdown.

Right now I’ve been putting my fiction on hold. Why? Because I’ve invested my resources into gaining new skills which can help me find a better job and to a lesser extent, improve my fiction.

And by relegating my fiction I’m not postponing it, I’m only investing in a prerequisite step that will eventually get me to where I want to go. Until fiction pays the bills for any writer, they must find sustenance in the dreaded “day job.”

So what small steps are you taking to make your dream(s) a reality. Please feel free to post your comments.

Until next time.

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Announcements

Making life changes work for you

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It’s been a busy few months for me. With the Pandemic and Social Unrest in the background. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve gone this long without writing a blog post. Almost 3 months to be exact. Geez. Where do I start? Ohh, now I remember. Please read on…

I decided to focus on enriching myself and I left my job to go back to Graduate school to earn a certificate. Where does this leave my writing? Good question. I was working on the 2nd edition of The Leopard Apocalypse, the 3rd novel in my flagship Leopard King Saga series, and on the side I was writing the 4th book in the series, The Leopard Resurrection while starting on another YA project called The Cardinal Rule.

Sadly that’s all been put on hold. Graduate school demands time and financial investment. And getting the most out of my money is paramount in order to land an even better job.

So I wanted to discuss life changes with you, and steps you should take in the event an unexpected situation finds you.

1) Save money:
yes, it’s cliche but saving the majority of your paycheck, while being restrictive, it can help pay for unexpected surprises.

2)Have a support network: make sure to share the news with loved ones and trusted friends. Feeding off the positive energy from others boosts confidence and gives you forward momentum.

3)Stay positive: Can’t stress this one enough. You’ll find yourself stretched thin when something unexpected comes along that forces you miles out of your daily routine. But just remember, everything has a purpose and embrace the chaos by thinking on the bright side.

Anyways, that’s it for now. I look forward to posting another helpful blog post, and promise not to take this long between intervals. Stay safe everyone!

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