How is life and Writing similar?

As a writer I get lots of feedback regarding my work. Take my debut novel for example: The Leopard Vanguard. Despite receiving top-notch reviews on both amazon & goodreads, many have complained about the “slow-start” and “difficult” beginning. I’m fully aware these days the diminishing attention-span that plagues most readers, if a book doesn’t grab their attention in the first few pages, it’s time to move on.

This is when I often tell them that they need to read on, to be patient, for once they get past the “difficult” beginning, they’re rewarded with a great middle and ending.

While I take into account every piece of advice, there are just some scenes or prologues that cannot be changed.

So how does this tie into life? Read on and I’ll gladly explain.

Let’s say you’re learning a new skill for the first time. Is it easy? Maybe, but for most of us we struggle with the task until we finally accomplish our goal, learning it, and then we flourish doing it, enjoying it in the process.

That’s how I see it.

If you’ve got a comment, I’d love to hear your feedback, whether you agree or disagree.

See you next time!

T.A. Uner

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What are your goals for 2018?


It’s been almost two weeks into the new year. I’ve been taking time off from my writing to recharge the batteries and get myself ready for more writing and editing in the next week.

Back-to-back family Birthdays coming up next week will cap off a productive rest period in which I emerged from the wake of my 5-year writing journey to complete The Leopard Apocalypse.

So what are your goals for 2018? Are you going to start or finish that novel you’ve been thinking of? Or maybe write a screenplay. What challenges are you facing or plan to face when embarking on a new project.

If you’ve got something in the works, please leave a comment. I’d like to know. Wishing you the best for 2018!


The End of a Journey


I’m happy to announce that after five long years of writing The Leopard Apocalypse, I’ve finally completed it.

What a relief! The journey I started back in October 2012 wrapped up only the other day. It was the most challenging book I’ve ever written, and definitely the longest. Clocking in at over 192 thousand words.

Editing will begin late-winter or early-spring 2018.

But I’m not here to gloat about my accomplishment. I hope that my experience writing The Leopard Apocalypse will inspire other budding writers out there to finish their own challenging works.

Of course, within the five years it took me to write this book, I had other writing projects that demanded my attention, but that didn’t take away from the challenge that The Leopard Apocalypse presented.

Anyway, 2017 is almost over. Hope everyone had a great Christmas, and I wish you the best in your writing for 2018!

T.A. Uner


November brings fall challenges

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. But wanted to let everyone know it’s been a challenge holding down a busy day job and working on two books.

As most of you know I’ve been working on two books for the past few months. The first is Kill Zombies, a novella I self-published back in 2013, and has since been signed on to Kensington Gore publishing. My new publisher wants it expanded into a full-blown novel, and it’s been taking up some of my time.

The second work is The Leopard Apocalypse. The third book in my Leopard King Saga series. A book I’ve been working on since 2012. It’s now swelled to 176K words and I still have 2 plus chapters to complete.

But I’d have to  say the biggest challenge is realizing that it may be time to move on from my day job and pursue a career that would enable me to write more. It’s been a difficult choice, but usually when we are faced with adversity, that’s when fundamental changes occur. And it’s usually for the better. I’ve kept a positive outlook throughout this entire ordeal, and believe me, I’m ready for whatever fate awaits me in my future pursuits.

What type of struggles have you faced? And how have they changed you? I’d really like to know. This blog exists for everyone’s benefit. Not just mine. As always, I’m looking forward to reading your comments!



September Leopard Apocalypse Update


It’s been a few months since my last update on The Leopard Apocalypse, so I wanted to let everyone know that I’m nearly finished with the first draft. Only three chapters remain to be completed, and I’ll be finished with the longest writing project in my young writing career. What a relief that will be! I’m currently at 167K words and I imagine it will continue to balloon until I cross the finish line. No projection on when that will happen, but it shouldn’t be too far in the future.

It’s also important I mention that my expansion for Kill Zombies, a novella I am currently expanding into novel-length for my publisher Kensington Gore is back in full swing. So there is no lack of writing projects for me!


September arrival signals new project

It’s been awhile since I posted a message. Finally have my right eye back up at 100%. As you may recall, I had retinal detachment surgery in late July and had to wait until my right eye stabilized before getting a new prescription. Now that that’s behind me, I can focus on writing at a full-time pace.

I’ve resumed writing The Leopard Apocalypse FT. And am revising/expanding Kill Zombies for my publisher Kensington Gore. On top of that I began outlining for a new nonfiction book project.

It’s going to be titled, The Leopard Life. And will be focus on helping new writers embark on the novel-writing careers. It will also have a section on art and how writing fits in within the creative spectrum.  It’s final section will focus self-improvement, based on my own life and universal self-help advice that I have accumulated on my personal life journey.

I hope to have more information when it becomes available. But that’s it for now. Let’s welcome Fall 2017 with a good dose of dedication to our chosen artistic paths.


T.A. Uner





Back at it


As some of you know, I recently took a break from writing due to eye surgery. On August 1st I got the go-ahead from my Doctor to resume writing.

What a relief! I began by resuming work on The Leopard Apocalypse, and yesterday I returned to my novella, Kill Zombies, and resumed working to expand that into a novel for my new publisher, Kensington Gore.

Is my right eye at 100% yet? No. That will take some time. But I’m more than ready to resume writing. After almost two weeks of no writing, I was happy to be back at it.

More updates to come.


When Health takes priority over Writing


It’s been a tough past two weeks. I had a nasty cyst removed from my forehead and two days later I found out I needed to have eye surgery on my right eye for a detached retina. This being the second eye surgery after suffering the same detached retina issue in my left eye less than two years ago. Blame it on my bad optical genes.

What makes it more frustrating is that I am nearing the stretch run for completing The Leopard Apocalypse, the third book in my Leopard King Saga Historical Fantasy series.  To add to that, I also was just beginning the rewrite for my new publisher Kensington Gore for my novella Kill Zombies.  The plan was to expand the novella into a novel for my publisher. Some of you may recall I signed a two-book publishing deal last February.

Well both are on hold for now.

It sucks. I know.

But some things are more important that writing. Yeah. It’s true. So I’ve been taking time off from writing. One from a Flagship series close to my heart and the other being a possible income grabber from a publisher I’m under contract to.

But there’s no other way around it. Without eyes I’m not able to write. So rest I must.

I’d like to hear from anyone out there who’s faced health challenges while in the midst of a productive work spree. As always, your comments are appreciate.

Talk to you soon!




July update on The Leopard Apocalypse


As most of you know, I’ve been working on the third book of my flagship Historical Fantasy series, The Leopard Apocalypse. Well I wanted to give everyone out there an update on what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.

Well, in a nutshell, I’ve been writing up a storm for the past month. Almost every single writing session has yielded at least 1,000+ words per day. I even managed 2,500+ words written down for two days straight.

I hope to be done writing the first draft by late August to early September. This has been the most ambitious work I’ve ever undertaken, and I’ve already set a new personal record for word count. I’m closing in on 150K words and that’s with only 80% of the manuscript written.

Stay tuned for the next update, and I hope everyone’s having a great summer!


Summer Writing Advice for Writers

Just came back from my Summer Trip to Ocean City, MD and it did a world of good. Why? Because taking a trip from home to a different locale is always good for your writing.


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Ale is proven to help writing. Just make sure you drink responsibly.

Ok the ale tasted great but that’s not what I meant. Taking trips to recharge the battery we call the brain is helpful. It helps release clogged up creativity which otherwise would not make it into our manuscripts.

While at the pier, I thought about becoming a pirate. No seriously! There was a huge sea battle I was working on before I decided to take my summer trip.

It also helps if you can find a writing spot at the hotel you stay at. Someplace where you won’t get bothered much. It’s alright if there is some noise. It helps train your mind to block out noises when you’re writing and focus on the task at hand.

As I looked out from my writing spot, I dreamed of words to come.

Where do you like to go write? And if so, why do you like going there. Chances are you don’t have to take a 3 hour drive like I did to find one. But, if you do, make the most of it.