CK Burch is the central hub for numerous alternate realities, most of them available on Netflix. While genuinely affable to this present timeline, often he finds himself on a starship far, far away, or in a silent world in the depths of the fog. In other realities he is Kanye West. Sometimes even in this one. When not scrolling past Wholockians on the Tumbloos, he spends time with his two children and enjoys listening to film soundtracks and reading sci-fi novels. And, of course, writing down his journeys through realities. All his novels have happened. Even this one.
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While I’m certainly no apologist when it comes to Starbucks, anyone who works there knows already that Sbux base wages are better than minimum wage. In fact, Schultz’s comment on the $15 minimum wage in Seattle was concern for smaller, independent businesses who might not be able to afford that high a wage. Furthermore, he stated up front that larger businesses — like Starbucks — wouldn’t have an issue with paying employees that base wage, only the smaller businesses that don’t bring in as much money as larger corporations.It’s one thing to meme, its another to get facts straight, Tumblr. The Google search bar is your friend.

While I’m certainly no apologist when it comes to Starbucks, anyone who works there knows already that Sbux base wages are better than minimum wage. In fact, Schultz’s comment on the $15 minimum wage in Seattle was concern for smaller, independent businesses who might not be able to afford that high a wage. Furthermore, he stated up front that larger businesses — like Starbucks — wouldn’t have an issue with paying employees that base wage, only the smaller businesses that don’t bring in as much money as larger corporations.

It’s one thing to meme, its another to get facts straight, Tumblr. The Google search bar is your friend.

In four days, on April 21st, Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent will be released in both print and ebook formats!
Following the adventures of treasure hunter Dust McAlan in 1934, Empire of the Serpent is an all-ages read, leaning towards the teen genre. It features 19 illustrations by artists Casey and Shon Burch, and will be available through Lulu.com as well as other websites for $14.99, and on Amazon as a Kindle exclusive for $4.99. If you live in Boise, Idaho, the book will be available at select local booksellers, so keep your eyes open for that.
There’s still time to preorder a signed print copy for $15 flat, no shipping costs, over at www.ckburch.com.

In four days, on April 21st, Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent will be released in both print and ebook formats!

Following the adventures of treasure hunter Dust McAlan in 1934, Empire of the Serpent is an all-ages read, leaning towards the teen genre. It features 19 illustrations by artists Casey and Shon Burch, and will be available through Lulu.com as well as other websites for $14.99, and on Amazon as a Kindle exclusive for $4.99. If you live in Boise, Idaho, the book will be available at select local booksellers, so keep your eyes open for that.

There’s still time to preorder a signed print copy for $15 flat, no shipping costs, over at www.ckburch.com.

What did you like about Dead Space 3? I'm eager to hear your side of the story because it disappointed me :(

I think that, for the most part, Dead Space 3 lived up to the promise of being a true continuation of the story. While it felt a little flat in places — I’m looking at you, Isaac/Ellie relationship — it told a serviceable story that actually felt like a true part of the DS mythos, rather than being something tacked on. Now, as far as gameplay was concerned, it was hit or miss. I missed the psychological aspects of the first two games, although when playing co-op, there’s a very interesting mission that really amps up that aspect between Isaac and Carver. I liked how cinematic the game was, with the big action pieces, with the excellent music, and the part where the ship flies down into the atmosphere of the planet was almost on par with Dead Space 2’s halo jump. While DS 2 was a masterpiece, DS 3 was content to be a worthy follow up that held a number of gameplay flaws. More action led to less tension; fast-paced gameplay led to fast-paced storytelling, which instead of being intriguing merely felt rushed. And repeating interesting game mechanics felt like repetition instead of awesome. But overall, I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. And that’s certainly more than I can say for Uncharted 3.

One of the great things about doing what I do is that I can make notations on how the same deity has slightly different connotations and expectations depending on the geographical region of Buddhism, and then begin plotting how to tie them together into a single fictitious origin utilizing the Hollow Earth theory and Buddhist underworld mythology.

Tl;dr: I’m plotting.

What’s past is present…and his future depends on it.
Come on over to the CK Burch Facebook Page for a trivia contest tomorrow: a random winner will be chosen to get a free signed copy of Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent! All you have to do is answer the question, and like and share! I’m getting really excited as the release date is a little over a week away, so help me spread the word and win something for yourself!

What’s past is present…and his future depends on it.

Come on over to the CK Burch Facebook Page for a trivia contest tomorrow: a random winner will be chosen to get a free signed copy of Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent! All you have to do is answer the question, and like and share! I’m getting really excited as the release date is a little over a week away, so help me spread the word and win something for yourself!

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If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to. By

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Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.

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This is a note to all writers/authors, whether aspiring or otherwise. Take note and take heed: write what you want to write. Write with all the might you’ve got. And when you’re done writing, then go back and make it good writing. Churning it out is the hard part; going back and editing is the fun part. Make your shapes.