ZETA Preview Removed!

For a long time, the ZETA preview served as a way to understand the Yscariot story and has finally been removed from the server. As the editing process moves forward into the 50% range, the question of publishing was mentioned and the issue of having most of the book available online meant that it may compromise the chances of being published.

After a few days of deliberation, the giant preview was removed from the online servers to help with the possibility of hopeful scouting.

~M~

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Sphere of Light: Now Over 70,000 WORDS!

70,000 word count REACHED!
70,000 word count REACHED!

I am beginning to discover that editing is perhaps the hardest part of writing a book. The story is also looking more like a story. For that, I wouldn’t have to feel too embarrassed with my writing. The most awesome thing actually is reaching 70,000 words in the manuscript! That’s over four to five thousand words from its first completion!

Now on to Verse 14 out of 29 😀

~M~

Yscariot in ARABIC!?

It happened a few days ago.

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A friend from the neighborhood in Shanghai read some of Yscariot during the holidays and took it upon himself to translate Verse 0: Prologue (Earth) in Arabic! It was perhaps one of the greatest random acts of kindness for the upcoming epic. Yes, the English version is still under development, but it would be awesome to see an ALPHA written entirely in Arabic.

Special thanks to Nazar Q. for his efforts on this draft.

The Hunt is On… Chapter Two’s Title Reveal

After careful consideration, I have decided to seek literary agents to review my work in hopes that a publisher for Yscariot™: Sphere of Light can be found. Until then, the manuscript will still undergo editing for improvements and omitted information inclusion only.

Also, Yscariot™: Chapter Two is tentatively titled, “Heaven’s Calamity” and a girl with purple hair was revealed on the same day. No information on her to be released for now, but stay tuned for Sphere of Light‘s updates.

If you wish to preview the story, you may visit the STORY and DOWNLOAD tabs on the upper part of this webpage.

~M~

Happy Birthday, Marcus!

Happy Birthday, Marcus!

Today, my 33rd birthday!
Currently, I am in Shanghai taking a break from attending masters courses in Chinese History at my university. I’m slowly editing the current 1st novel and looking over the outline before I begin working on other pieces.

Celebrate today by sharing this post and getting the word out about my work!
Preview my story if you have not yet done so!
www.yscariot.com/downloads

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday!
~M~

The Gospel of Yscariot Turns Eighteen!

Upcoming character art for Yscariot 2, by Gladys Betiles
Upcoming character art for Yscariot 2, by Gladys Betiles

In celebration of the 18th anniversary of the conception of Yscariot, I am personally revealing the artwork of a character to appear and star in the second chapter in the Yscariot storyline.

She will appear as the antagonist in the second book. What her motives are as far as wanting to kill Yscariot will be a mystery, but until then, we will have to first find out what leads to these events after finishing the first chapter! Stay tuned and thank you for following! Don’t stop supporting my project!

~M~

New Character Added!

Maryam and Baby Yscariot in GA19. Art by Gladys Betiles July 2016
Maryam and Baby Yscariot in GA19. Art by Gladys Betiles July 2016

In appreciation for all that my mother, and grandmother especially, has done for me and my family, I dedicate this art, illustrated by fellow team member and artist, Gladys Betiles, to my mother. You can also spread the love, too! Whether it’s your mother’s birthday, Mother’s Day, or any day… send this image to your mother, or simply give her a hug.

I thank my mother for her support of my story! It is a long process, but I am getting there! To see the biography of Yscariot’s mother, Maryam, simply click here or visit the character glossary!

4090+ Zeta Preview Website Downloads!

Advertising the biggest preview to Yscariot: Sphere of Light was kind of slow with the big move to another city last year and the push to have the novel completed in early 2016. Other things like travel and writing breaks also prevented me from advertising. However, an attempt to advertise occurred for a 2-day only period, and about 1000 more downloads for the “Zeta Preview” of Yscariot™ were recorded through the website alone!

A major thank you to the people who took the time to visit the site and make 19/30 chapters a part of their digital library! If you haven’t yet done so, visit the DOWNLOADS page to get a free preview today!

~M~

Return from a Season Hiatus

Very little activity was done during the Winter and Spring  seasons in terms of editing. With several changes happening in Korea, returning to the USA to visit family and friends, and recharging that motivation to get back into writing, it was only a matter of time that I would get back to the story.

While on that break, I was able to come up with ways to strengthen my story and a new idea for another story was born! I will reveal it sometime soon as it was only conceived while on a trip to Shenyang-Beijing (China). To add, I was accepted into Shanghai University’s Master’s Program. Yes, I need a break from traditional work so that I can focus more on myself and my own personal goals. Yscariot being one of them.

Here is an update on Yscariot™: Sphere of Light (novel manuscript):
Rough Draft
Courier New, 12pt, Double Spaced
311 Pages (17 edited)
65181 words
30+ Promises to buy (though I haven’t campaigned much, I hope others will bring more people in).

One Hundred Promises, One Limited Release

A limited First Edition (completed First Draft) of my first Heroic-Fantasy novel, Yscariot: Sphere of Light will be released on the basis that One Hundred (100) “Promises to Contribute” have been made by the end of the month. These “Promises” are made by contributors, supporters, and readers in the form of family and friends in order to expedite the process of getting the story out there. Promises means that you WILL contribute the given amount

However, anyone can contribute and have a piece of history! (Hey, the first releases of Harry Potter books are worth thousands of dollars a piece now!) In order to make a promise to contribute, please send a message directly to my (the author) E-mail address. Details of the book and promotion are as follows:

  • $25 donation per book.
  • Immortalized names as contributor to Team X’el‘s Hall of Heroes.
  • Complete original story include with improved full-text format.
  • Contributors will be credited in the book.
  • $50 donation per book will include a special item.
  • (more info to come)

Please note: There will NOT be a “Kickstarter” or other funding site available for the time being (I no longer have an American checking account, nor can I afford to pay any extra fees for the sake of shipping and handling).

Lights, on!