Introducing: Gleam Upon the Waves

Introducing: Gleam Upon the Waves

It’s been far too long so let’s make this official. If you’ve followed my Project Tracker, you’ll have noticed that I’m now halfway into writing the fourth novel of The Bell Forging Cycle. It’s high time I announce it.

Waldo Bell will return in: Gleam Upon the Waves.

Hired to work security for a political envoy, Waldo Bell and the crew of the Bell Caravans find themselves en route to Empress, the capital city of the hermit-nation of Victory. But things are never as simple as they seem. Sinister forces are circling; stuck in the middle, Wal will learn that darkness runs much deeper than he ever thought possible, reality is not what it seems, and a new apocalypse is much closer than anyone anticipates.

I’m targeting Gleam Upon the Waves to be about the length of Red Litten World. The story itself will be standalone, but we’re now at a point where reading the previous books will be helpful. If you read Red Litten World, you understand that there are a lot of moving parts now.

A teaser site has been live for a while but, you can see it here and read the epigraph. You can also check out my inspiration board over on Pinterest. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the plan is to work on this until it’s out. Y’all have been more than patient, and I’m excited. I think you’ll enjoy it.

I’ll see you on the trails, roaders. Things are going to get weird.

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Fantasy Name Generators

Fantasy Landscape by Feng Zhu
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Over the weekend I stumbled across two fantasy name generators and wanted to share them with everyone. While I won’t recommend taking these names carte blanche—at least in your stories—I do believe you’ll find them helpful as a starting point for your brainstorming. They are also a handy resources for Game Masters who want to find some unique names for their own settings in their next role-playing game but don’t want waste too much time over thinking names.

Muddle’s Generator
Split up into four sections: Wilderness, Dungeons, Cities & Towns, and Deities and Demigods, Muddle’s allows for a lot of filtering beyond those initial categories. It allows you to filter to names for specific things: bridges, artifacts, room names, and more. There’s a lot here and the filtering makes it really handy.

Fantasy Name Generators
Extensive doesn’t even begin to describe this enormous site. What it lacks in filtering, it makes up for in sheer selection. Need a name for a specific tree, owned by the specific bandit leader, who runs a specific gang, and who live in a specific ancient Egyptian town? You can find all that here. They even have you covered for generating names for popular MMOs from World of Warcraft to Guild Wars.

Is there a site you like that helps you brainstorm names for your settings? Leave a link in the comments! Have a different strategy for brainstorming? Why not tell us your thoughts about brainstorming below?

Random Story Title Generator

A writing pen image, which is super original on a writing blog. It's all I could do on short notice, cut me some slack okay.

Saw this link over on Chuck Wendig’s TerribleMinds. It’s a random story title generator! I have mentioned before how I often struggle with titles. So finding little resources like this are great for someone like me. While you probably won’t walk away with the perfect title for your next novel or short story it’s a handy little tool to get the gears in your brain spinning.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!