Wormholes and Swords is a blog dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a bit of real world technical stuff thrown in from time to time. It is managed by T.D. Wilson, author of the Science Fiction book series, The Epherium Chronicles.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

January Writing Workshop

One of the coolest things about creating stories and developing them into novels is understanding the process.  But even after you think it's ready, you need a good editor to hone your creation into a tightened story for the ready.

My editor at Carina Press is Rhonda Helms and she is fantastic.  She is a multi-published author with Simon & Schuster and Kensington Publishing, as well as an acquisitions/developmental editor for Carina Press. This January, she is offering a writing workshop focusing on plot and subplot creation.  The cost is only $50 and you can do the work at home.  If you're serious about developing stories and becoming a published author, I highly recommend this workshop. I'm going to attend, because I know there are always new and exciting ways to enhance your writing. Join me. We can do it together and share our experiences with bold new stories for readers everywhere.

Here is the information:

WRITING WORKSHOP NOTICE: *Plot: It's Not Just a Four-Letter Word* in January.

Plotting--amazing how this one word can strike fear or even hatred in the hearts of writers. Writing is supposed to be creative, right?

Well, the problem is that many writers have no idea how to go about making a novel happen. How do you know your idea is big enough for a full novel? How do you make sure you won't be stuck with a saggy middle? What's a good way to weave subplots appropriately in a story and give them a meaningful connection with the main plot?

I'm offering a month-long workshop designed to teach you how to craft a full plot for a novel, including character depth/development, plot twists, the dark moment/climax, and a satisfactory ending. We'll use Debra Dixon's principles in her book Goal, Motivation, and Conflict as a reference for the workshop (it's recommended you purchase this book before the workshop in case you need further study on the topic), as well as various unique tips and tricks I employ in my own writing.

This intense, hands-on workshop will run from Jan 6 to Jan 29, 2015. Here's the syllabus (lessons posted twice a week on Tuesdays/Thursdays, with homework):

Week 1: Intro to Rhonda's plotting methodology; creating your own plan of action
Week 2: Employing effective brainstorming techniques; refining your core idea and applying GMC to enrich character development
Week 3: Turning points/building your plot in manageable chunks; tips/tricks for plotting
Week 4: Weaving in subplot; final thoughts on plotting
The course will be held online. Questions and brainstorming during the workshop is highly encouraged. For maximum benefit, it's recommended you bring a new story idea to work with, though if you have a work in progress, you can use this workshop to enrich/enhance your current plot.

BIO: I'm a multi-published author with Simon & Schuster and Kensington Publishing. I'm also an acquisitions/developmental editor with Carina Press. I have a Bachelor's degree in English, Creative Writing, and a Master's degree in English Literature, plus I taught college composition for several years.

Cost for this workshop is $50. I accept paypal or check.

The registration deadline is the day before the workshop starts. Once registered, you'll be subscribed to the workshop loop prior to and for the duration of the class. No refunds if you fail to enroll yourself once you are offered the invitation.

Questions? Want to sign up? Please email me at
rhonda atrhondaedits.com, thanks!  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Peter Jackson released his next trailer for third and final installment of The Hobbit moves, The Battle of Five Armies.  This trailer touches on some really epic tones. I know that he's changed parts of the story to add more a true antagonist (Azog) and include the siege of Dol Guldur, but I for one will be at the theater on day 1.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes Update

I wanted to take a few moments and update everyone on the status of the third book of The Epherium Chronicles, titled Echoes. It has been a busy editing schedule for this latest installment. Line edits are done and it's off to copy editing. I'm really excited about this novel. The pace picks you up from the beginning and takes you on a wild ride until the end.

Almost every character faces a true crisis that can shatter the world around them as they know it, and the choices they make will have lasting impact on their future.

Echoes is scheduled for release on March 30, 2015. I hope to have a cover reveal in January and will release excerpts up until the launch date.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Captain America 3: Civil War

It was officially announced today that Captain America 3 will be titled Civil War. This new movie will incorporate the Marvel: Civil War story line centered around the Superhuman registration act.  Iron Man Tony Stark and some heroes support the government registration. Captain America and other members of the Avengers do not.  In the comics, this story line crossed several different characters and put them at odds with those were once their closest friends.

The movie is slated for May 16, 2015 and will start Robert Downey, Jr as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America.

X-Wing and Tie Fighter Games Get New Digital Releases

The Star Wars X-Wing and Tie Fighter games were a staple around my home in the mid 1990s.  They were fun to play, had cool sound and effects and helped you to fit into the Star Wars story line.  Now, Good Old Games is re-releasing a digital version of the games that don't require an emulator for modern PCs.  I tried to run mine several years ago and it was so fast, I couldn't take off or control my fighter.

The cost for the Full Special Editions packs are $9.99.  There is also a Knights of the Old Republic version.

Here is a link for more information:

X-wing and Tie Fighter New Releases

Thursday, October 23, 2014

First Official Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

After a brief few hours where the trailer was "leaked" and then removed, the official Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is now available. It is scheduled to be shown with next week's Marvel: Agents of Shield episode, but some things just can't wait I guess.

Here it is and it is glorious. James Spader as the voice of Ultron is pretty cool. Plus, we get our first look at Iron Man in the Hulk Buster armor.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes Update

Wanted to give everyone an update on the third installment of The Epherium Chronicles, Echoes. I am working on edits with my Carina Press editor, Rhonda Helms. I've seen the back cover copy draft and it looks great. I should get a first look at the cover soon.  Once those two are final, I'll post them here.

This book is a thrill ride from start to finish. There is so much happening. I had to remove some of the smaller subplots and push them to book 4. Release date is March 30, 2015.