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10/6/18 - My Hiatus and Return
9/29/18 - Interesting Common Themes

9/22/18 - Treasures From Afar

9/15/18 - Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention
9/8/18 - Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism
9/1/18 - Lightyears
8/25/18 - My Journey



10/6/18 - My Hiatus and Return

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my hiatus of 21 years and what inspired me to return to writing.

In the late 80s, I wrote the Lightyears Trilogy and in the early 90s, I wrote Treasures From Afar. Of course from 2016 to 2018, I revised them to a whole new level and then self-published them. But why did I stop writing for 21 years?

In 1993, I tried to get Treasures From Afar published, but the company I submitted it to, Vantage Press, wanted $11,000 to publish it and then they would have sent me a skid of books that I would have had to try and sell. That was not going to happen. It’s a good thing too, because they had been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay $3.5 million to 2,200 authors they had defrauded. They ceased operations in 2012. I was hopeful, and kept trying to submit it to other traditional publishers, but was rejected. One day in 1995, I was sitting in my office, going through some minor edits in Treasures From Afar when my wife called me to dinner. I closed the cover of my manuscript and it staid closed for 21 years. I gave up. We were starting a family and I had just co-founded a band called Pummeled About The Face. So, I was very busy with life.

It was always in the back of my mind to get my books published. With the advent of ebooks, a host of self-publishing companies, global distribution, and much more affordable pricing, it was now something that I could actually achieve, unlike before. But life was still busy…or was it? Was that just an excuse? One evening, I was watching TV with my wife and Steve Harvey was on, giving a motivational speech about taking a chance and jumping off the cliff with faith in your God-given gifts. That is the one and only thing that pushed me to return and continue to write as well as revise, edit, and self-publish the books that I had already written. It is actually a dream come true. Steve Harvey's speech meant so much to me that I would like to share it with you. Thank you, Steve Harvey.

Steve Harvey's Jump Motivational Speech



9/29/18 - Interesting Common Themes

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing some interesting common themes incorporated into my novels.

Of course my space opera novels are always on a galactic scale, but what follows is more on the granular level. If you've read any of my titles, you may have noticed some common themes that occur in the stories. For a drinking establishment that we would call a bar, I always use the term intoxication joint. I started that term to be different and it is very fitting.

There is always a character in my books that is my name backwards, but with letters added at the end of the name to differentiate the characters from the different stories. In Lightyears Trilogy, it is Remyw Yortis, with the “is” at the end of the backwards name. He is a vital character and is introduced in book two, Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism. In Treasures From Afar, it is Remyw Yort, with no additional letters at the end of the backwards name. He is the legendary poet whose poems are included in the little book in which the main character, Shane Aslat, reads from in chapter 8. What's even more interesting is that some of these poems were used by me to later write some of my songs in my former band Pummeled About The Face. And as a spoiler for the novel I am currently writing, there will be a character named Remyw Yortian, with the “ian” at the end of the backwards name. He is a bartender at an intoxication joint where the main character stops in for a bite to eat and witnesses a disturbing, yet morbidly satisfying scene. There will be more revealed regarding my forthcoming novel in the weeks to come.

There are always lots of white pine trees in my stories and a wolf or two. I like to use them because it reminds me of the North, which I love. I tend to have my laser beam color as blue, but not in every scenario. In chapter 22 of Lightyears Trilogy, Roedie presented a new particle beam laser rifle that he created, which had a lavender beam. There will always be appendices in the back of my books for terminology and locating what chapter the terms first appear in and other information that is interesting, like family trees, galactic leaders, and in the forthcoming book, the discography for the band in the story.

I have incorporated dreams that I've had into each of my stories as well. In Lightyears Trilogy, it is my dream of the old, broken wooden bridge at Verction’s Canyon on the planet Yibon. In Treasures From Afar, it is my dream of the old mansion and graveyard in the forest on Myrath. In my forthcoming erotic novel, it is a sex mall on the gaming planet.



9/22/18 - Treasures From Afar

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my fourth book, Treasures From Afar.

Treasures From Afar is a novel length book with 42,646 words.

Treasures From Afar is an inspiring science fiction novel that captures the imagination. It is a story of friendship, government intrigue, of personal change, of a chase, a rescue, a story of love. It is a story of a search, a discovery and a war…all on a galactic scale.

Shane is attending an art festival when he is desperately urged to search for a treasure. He soon finds that the Galactic Government is also searching for this mysterious treasure. Running from the government with a scroll and a hunch, Shane flees to space and escapes the Galactic Government’s jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, some rapid changes are happening inside the Galactic Government. After an assassination, a new threat sets himself up as emperor and merges with the Universal Expanse Church.

Shane’s adventures lead him to distant worlds, to a sail ship on the sea and to the rescue of his girlfriend, Shanda. Shane realizes which planet the treasure is on and travels there with Shanda, only to be followed by the newly reorganized Third Tiffan Siram Empire. On their way to the ancient temples, Shane proposes marriage to Shanda. They soon discover and befriend an alien who has also been searching for the treasure. Finally, in the depths of the dark temples, the mysterious treasure is revealed.

Together, they travel to the alien’s home world and join in a galactic war against the evil empire and church. Even in the midst of a chaotic galactic war, beautiful things can take place…

Like I had done on the Lightyears Trilogy, at the end of Treasures From Afar, there are appendices that include a lists of galactic leaders and a terminology index of all terms that were created for the story and what chapter they first appear in.

When I designed the book cover, I wanted the scene to depict the Maritime Maiden on the Slave Sea with Shane’s newly acquired Star Crystal ship descending onto Myrath.



9/15/18 - Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my third book, Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention

Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention is a novelette length book with 14,703 words and is the third book in the Lightyears Trilogy.

A time of peace has finally arrived. The advent of new inventions makes space travel quicker between galaxies and provides protection for both galaxies against the certain doom of an alien onslaught.

Originally, book three was just a short story that I wrote in just one month. It was formerly called Bi-Galactic Peace. I did not dedicate enough time for the writing process and was not happy with the short story. For this to be included in the trilogy, I had to rewrite the entire book and I am very pleased with the result. Book three brings back a mysterious character that was introduced in book one.


9/8/18 - Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my second book, Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism.

Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism is a novella length book with 27,745 words and is the second book in the Lightyears Trilogy.

Generations after book one, the galaxy is littered with terrorist organizations and the evil descendants of Baas. Roedie travels to the future to help his great great grandson, Destin, defeat the evil and restore freedom to the galaxy.

I used the term intra—meaning within—because the terrorist problem was only within one of the two galaxies in the Lightyears universe. The book is dedicated to my late cousin Heidi, who I sought advice from for a mystic past for the character Tereena. I’m not sure if it’s just me or what, but every time I read the end of book two, I get all emotional because of that mystic past of Tereena's.


9/1/18 - Lightyears

Welcome to the WymerNovels blog. Today I will be discussing my first book, Lightyears.

Lightyears is a novel length book with 68,147 words and is the first book in the Lightyears Trilogy. It is divided into four parts: The BlueMar Reign, The Explorations, The Regulominuss Galaxy, and The Final Mission.

Part One:
Baas and Roedie live on the desert sand planet Kaskoon with their father Olossky. When their father is taken prisoner by the BlueMar Empire, the two brothers set out on a quest across the galaxy in search for him. They soon join in a fight to destroy the BlueMar Empire.

Part Two:
Later, embarking on a mission to explore uncharted regions, they come across an advanced civilization.

Part Three:
Their journey takes them through time to another galaxy where they defeat yet another evil empire. The group splits and some remain in the new galaxy, while the others return back through time to their own galaxy.

Part Four:
An investigation takes them into the past to an ancient kingdom to find out the coordinates of a device they must destroy before it destroys the entire BlueMar Galaxy.

The book also contains a prologue, a mesologue, and an epilogue. I was fascinated with the idea of a mesologue. In Part One, for chapters 6 through 13, there is a section called The Adventures of Baas and Roedie. These chapters are in the first person perspective and alternate between Baas and Roedie. The four chapters with Roedie speaking also have a BlueMar Empire update at the end of each one. At the end of Lightyears, there are appendices that include the Cantin family tree, lists of galactic leaders, and a terminology index of all terms that were created for the story and what chapter they first appear in. At the end of the book, it says “To be continued…”

When I designed the book cover, I made sure that the scene was incorporated into the story. It is in Chapter Twenty-one: The Kameron, on page 125 of the printed book. The scene depicts the character Sintos and his brother Larsinn looking out across a lake on the moon of Cibtar at the beautiful star system beyond. The ship Keen Saber and two Star Knight fighter ships can be seen on display in the foreground.


8/25/18 - My Journey

Welcome to my first blog. Today, I will be discussing my journey as a novelist.

Growing up, I was inspired by many science fiction films and books. I was 15 years old and my creative writing started to flow onto paper. I hand wrote my first book, Lightyears, a little at a time, starting August 1984. I remember sitting outside one summer afternoon at my grandparent’s cabin near Kaleva, Michigan, writing Lightyears, while I enjoyed the sunshine. Soon after, in 1985, I purchased a typewriter. It was able to hold an entire page! I typed and printed all of my handwritten pages. In February 1986, I finalized Lightyears. For Lightyears, I didn’t really have a structured outline. I just wrote as it came to me, pantser-style. I wanted it to be on a galactic scale, but it ended up being much larger than that. The novel included two galaxies and even mentioned a third one, as well as time travel. When I finished Lightyears, I immediately knew that I wanted to write a sequel to it. In fact, the original manuscript also said “To Be Continued…”

In December 1987, I started writing my second book, Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism. I used the term intra—meaning within—because the terrorist problem was only within one of the two galaxies in the Lightyears universe. With Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism, I was able to tie up some loose ends and was very satisfied with the outcome of the novella. There is a dedication at the beginning of Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism for my late cousin Heidi, who I sought advice from during the writing process. I finished Lightyears II: Intragalactic Terrorism in August 1988.

It could have easily stopped there and become the Lightyears Duology, but in August 1989, I decided to write a short story that took place after the other two books. Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention (formerly Bi-Galactic Peace) was a short story that I completed just a month later in September 1989. I did not dedicate enough time for the writing process and was not happy with the short story. I felt that I should include the third story in the final work because it was, after all, a part of the Lightyears universe. For this to happen, the revision for Lightyears III: Ominous Intervention was basically a total rewrite, using only some of the original framework, making my third book a novelette.

The original typewritten manuscripts needed to be scanned. Using OCR technology, the text was converted and edited, which was a lengthy and tedious process. The Lightyears Trilogy is the result of compiling the three stories into one published book. It took me two years, but in 2018, I completed the revisions to my original manuscripts, which have enriched the stories to a whole new level.

I began writing my fourth book, Treasures From Afar, in April 1991 on my new word processor. I settled into a more structured, plotter-style of writing than previously done on the Lightyears Trilogy. I finished the novel in March 1992. I was very pleased with the outcome of Treasures From Afar.

The original manuscript was stored on obsolete 3 inch proprietary disks from that old word processor. In 2011, I sent for these to be converted and had text files sent to me in return. It took me two years, but in 2018, I completed the revisions to my original manuscript, which has added some great improvements to the story.

After brainstorming my latest novel for a couple years, I have over 10,000 words to put together the framework for the novel. The structure is definitely plotter-style. I began writing the story in June, 2018. Many “easter egg” throw-backs of nostalgic value are being incorporated into the story. I took one of my favorite metal subgenres and I am weaving it into the story with a symphonic metal band.

Unlike Lightyears Trilogy and Treasures From Afar, the latest novel is a galactic erotica novel. It should be released in 2019. The plan is for the story to be a duology. The name, description, cover artwork, and book trailer will be revealed in the near future.