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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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Galadriel: I am not alone

IGN recently released this extended clip from the upcoming Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies movie.  This series of events covers the White Council's assault on Dol Goldur and how Gandalf is rescued.  Since this story line comes from The Unfinished Tales, I wasn't sure how well it would be represented in the overall Hobbit story, but Mr. Jackson has definitely given us something to look forward to.  Take a look.


The Fond Fairwell from Middle Earth

Peter Jackson asked Billy Boyd (LOTR's Pippin) to compose a soundtrack for a final song to be added to the last of the Hobbit movies, but they created a nice collage of images and clips from all the movies.  This probably will be the last Middle Earth movie Mr. Jackson makes. Perhaps, there could be another that touches on the Silmarillion, but now we just have to wait.  I remember we had the same discussions about there ever being a Hobbit movie, let alone a trilogy.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Here is the video.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes

The day has come to unveil the new cover the third book of The Epherium Chronicles series.  Echoes has completed the editing process and is in production for a release on March 30, 2015.  I will be releasing excerpts in the coming weeks.  Here is the new cover.  I hope you like it.


P.S. I have added a link to the Amazon pre-order on the image.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Reviews for The Epherium Chronicles

                                                                        

A fantastic reviewer from Brisbane, Australia posted reviews of Embrace and Crucible.  Building a fan base close to home is great, but having it across the globe is a true blessing. Here are the links to his reviews.  Check them out and don't forget that Echoes, book 3 of The Epherium Chronicles, will be released on March 30, 2015.

Ebookanoid's Review of Embrace

Ebookanoid's Review of Crucible








Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cover reveal for The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes

Everyone, I've seen the final version of the cover for Echoes, the third book of The Epherium Chronicles. It looks awesome and I will be revealing it here and on Facebook on December 2, 2014.  Why that day?  Well, it's my birthday and I thought I would combine the celebrations. Put the date on your calendar and be sure to check out the cover.  Release day for Echoes is March 30, 2015.

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.