Poem: Patreon

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I wrote this in celebration of joining Patreon.

Think of it what you will.

Behold:

All that glitters is not gold

If you will allow me to be so bold

A dollar is simply a sign of faith

But I am no penny-pinching wraith

For cash is naught but coins and slips

Not meant for buying toys or trips

Instead you should buy what cannot be bought

And seek out what cannot be sought

For a buck will buy you naught but woe

Unless you rid yourself of your greedy foe

So truly come and truly see

What all of this means to me

Your donation is a drop of light

Giving me the strength to continue my fight

So that a better world I can create

All I ask is that you patiently wait

I promise I will not waste this gift of coin

And I hope that on this journey you’ll join

For together I believe we’ll do wondrous things

And together I believe we’ll be literature’s kings!

Thank you for listening.

If you want to make my dreams come true (and why wouldn’t you 😉 ), you can become my patron at https://www.patreon.com/haydenpearton

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I’m on Patreon!!!

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That’s right, I have finally joined the Patreon ranks!

For those of you who might not know, Patreon is a website in which you can become my patron, pledging a fixed amount of cash every month (from as little as $1 to an astounding $500) in order to help me create higher quality books and pursue my dream of becoming a full-time author.

The donations are not just for a warm fuzzy feeling either, as each tier of patronage ($1, $2, $25 etc) unlocks awesome rewards including monthly series ideas (think story ideas on steroids!), personalized acknowledgements in my upcoming novels and even early access to forthcoming books!

The main reason I have decided to join Patreon is that I want to be able to hire an editor and cover artist/illustrator for my books so that they will be more enjoyable to read and hopefully contain a lot less typos! Additionally, as I have decided to create and sell my books for free, all expenses come out of my own pocket. I want my fans to have access to my novels, and at the moment, the best way to do that is to have them remain free to download.

Ultimately, I write novels and poems because I love creating new stories and expressing my creativity in different ways. I am not doing this because I want to be rich and famous (although that would be nice), I am doing this because I simply want to write and publish the best books I can. If your $1 helps me do that, then my gratitude would know no bounds.

If you want to check out my Patreon site and (fingers crossed!) become a patron, head on over to https://www.patreon.com/haydenpearton

If you have any feedback regarding Patreon or anything else, feel free to shoot me an email at newedenchronicles@yahoo.com

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Poem: Under the Bed

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There’s nothing worse than a warm toilet seat in the middle of the night, especially when you live on your own…

Behold:

What lies below the covers drawn?

A few old chips and a half-eaten prawn

What sleeps under the bed so high?

A cricket, a moth or maybe a fly

What lurks beneath the sleeping child?

A toy, a ball, no… not something so mild

We all know the truth, do we not?

We know what really lies below the unguarded cot

A monster of teeth, nails and claws

A monster that is right now extending its paws

If even a single pinky toe crosses its sight

You are guaranteed a merciless fight

Better then not to sleep at all

Lest upon the floor you will fall

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or good

To the monster you are simply some delicious food

So arm yourself and learn to jump

To fend off that which in the night goes bump

And if you are very lucky and avoid these woes

You might make it to morning with most of your toes!

Thank you for listening!

New Book: Autophobia

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That’s right, I’m writing three books at once.

Between finishing Sunrise Sapling, starting Be Good and working a full-time job, I somehow found time to start a whole new project.

Because why not?

This new work is called Autophobia: The Fear of Being Alone.

It is a collection of novelized poetry which tells the story of Arthur Reed, a painter who encounters his fair share of ups and downs.

The book chronicles his life from early childhood to old age, telling of his successes and failures, loves and heartbreaks.

The format is three sets of 10 poems, which are broken up according to the main stages of life (child/teen, middle-age, old age).

As of right now, all poems have been completed. I still need to do the editing, cover design, and miscellaneous extra little things that go into writing a book.

I will keep you all updated on my progress and hope you all look forward to hearing more about Arthur and his story!

Thanks for listening!

Poem: Canker

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That damn crab!

Behold:

What did I ever do to you?

Did I break your heart or threaten to sue?

I can’t recall treating you with malice

So why then the hatred so callous?

You are a part of me through thick and thin

You are closer to me than my own skin

And yet you have struck me deeper than most

You have shaken my world from pillar to post

Not one aspect of me left whole

All this from a tiny little mole

Oh cancer thou art a heartless bitch

If I cured you I’d surely be rich

Oh but that would take many a day

But I fear that things won’t go my way

For the Doctor has told me to prepare a will

And of this life I’ve had my fill!

Thank you for listening.

Poem: Bond

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Congrats.

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Behold:

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Blood of my blood

Thicker than water, thicker than mud

Bonds of infancy cannot be bent

Yet to this stranger you must be lent

My sister one and truly found

Someone to whom eternally bound

She will take his name and his life

And will live forever on as his wife

With crown and cheer we’ll see them off

And never more their love we’ll scoff

For they have made a promise great

To one another, to each true mate

To have and hold and so much more

They’ll hold each promise to their core

So for now we will sing and cheer

Until they be wed, late next year!

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Thank you for listening.

A Ghost of (a) Writer’s Past

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So, here’s a lovely little pro tip: before you go and read any of your previous work, prepare yourself.

I’ve recently started reading Sunrise Sapling in its entirety (for the first time) in preparation for editing. It’s good… but also bad. Keep in mind that I wrote the first chapter a couple of years ago, just after I had finished the first draft for Awakening.

In the time between then and now, my writing ability has grown quite dramatically, so I was expecting to see a difference in the quality and flow.

Thankfully, editing allows me to rewrite those early sections, brining them up to the standard found in the rest of the book.

TL;DR: The writer you once were would most likely be in awe of the writer you have become. Don’t give up!

Thanks for listening, and remember, The Seed must be Saved!

The First Draft of Sunrise Sapling is Complete!

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After years of long nights and countless setbacks, I have finished writing the first draft of Sunrise Sapling!

As it stands, the book has roughly 141k words spread of 380 pages, a massive improvement over Awakening!

With the shorter length, I hope to remove a lot of the clutter and filler that plagued the first book in The Chronicles of New Eden, making for a more enjoyable and engaging read.

However, there is still a lot to do before I can get it out to all of you. Editing, my old nemesis, must be fought and defeated if I wish to claim the treasure he guards: Publication.

If I am able to make good use of my time and the editing stays on schedule, I hope to have Sunrise Sapling ready for publication before March 2018. Realistically speaking, I know that unforeseen events might delay the release, so I will endeavor to keep to my internal roadmap as far as I can.

Please stay tuned for more updates, and remember, The Seed must be Saved!

P.S. I have a tradition of starting a new book on the same day I finish writing the old one, so work on Be Good has officially started!

Crescendo

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Chapters 20, 21 and 22 are done!

Praise the Avatars!

So, all that’s left is the epilogue.

Honestly, I’m super excited to share my creation with all of you. When I think of people reading my book, my soul is uplifted.

It might not be on the same level as the latest Dan Brown bestseller, but it is something that I’ve poured my heart into. I’ve spent years toiling away at this, and at long last, the end is in sight.

And although I’m somewhat saddened to be closing another chapter of The Chronicles of New Eden, I’m excited at what is still to come.

Stay tuned for more updates, and remember, The Seed must be Saved!

Two Chapters for the Price of One

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So, here’s the thing: I planned out the entirety of The Chronicles of New Eden when I was 17 (8 years ago). I knew the general story direction, character arcs, twists and the ending.

But there is a big difference between what you plan to write and what you end up writing.

Since I started writing Sunrise Sapling, I’ve added and removed characters, changed key plot points and altered the details of the ending.

Over the weekend, I had to make another change.

I split a chapter in half.

After completing the first draft of chapter 19 (hooray!) I saw that the planned content for chapter 20 would make it more than double the length of the preceding chapters. Instead of suddenly having a super long chapter, I decided to instead split the chapter and improve the general reading flow.

I’m a stubborn writer by nature and I generally dislike deviating from the original plan, but I believe that growing as a writer includes learning when to change and adapt your plan.

So, although Sunrise Sapling is now 22 chapters long, there isn’t any new content and my original roadmap still holds true.

Writing is still progressing smoothly, and I will keep all of you updated.

Stay tuned for more info, and remember, The Seed must be Saved!

Dawn is Coming

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I am happy to report that the first draft of chapter 18 is done!

Obviously, there are still 3 more chapters and an epilogue to finish, but progress is progress!

Due to the nearing holidays, I’m unsure if I will be able to keep up this pace, but my optimistic roadmap puts the completed first draft by the end of December, leaving January and February for editing. If all goes well, I would like to have Sunrise Sapling published on the 24th of February 2018 (2 years to the day after Awakening).

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more updates!

And remember, The Seed must be Saved!

The Seed must be Saved

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Another week, another chapter.

So the writing is going well, which is good.

And I’m happy with what I’ve produced, which is great.

The bad news?

Well, there isn’t any.

Just goes to show that in this world full of chaos and strife, it doesn’t always have to be doom and gloom.

Now there’s a cheery thought.

Stay tuned for more updates, and remember, The Seed must be Saved!