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About the Author: Research

Phew. The last week for yours truly has consisted of nonstop query letters, writing, and research. Research into what you may ask? I was investigating why agents want to know about the author. I know ironic given the above title, but it has confused me. In my mind, I am merely the story teller of a grande tale. My characters should be the ones they focus on and how they interact with their world. People want to escape and read about the story not really about the life of someone they could meet on the street. However, looking further into the matter I began to realize why they want it so badly. They are searching for someone they can get along with and peak their interest. Someone who has had a good amount of life experiences that they can knit into their stories; giving more dimensions to situations that go beyond black and white. They want that writer who puts every bit of themselves into their work and believes their story is worth telling. Well, that is my theory anyway. In the spirit of this, I am going to share below a few events I have experienced in my life time.

Learned a different language: At one time, I learnt how to speak the basics of four different languages those being German, Latin, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Before anyone asks, no I do not remember much of any of them. In my writing, I use different languages to name my characters and places; that way exposing a bit of culture to everyone.

Experienced nature: One of my favorite things to do. It is serene to be able to sit in the middle of the forest with the bugs buzzing, the birds chirping, chipmunks scurrying about, leaves rustling, and the wind dancing across ones skin. The scent of pine in the air is one of my favorite smells. I also am an avid geocacher and will go on long hikes. Those who do not know what that is, think treasure hunt but on a massive scale.

Read Books: Always take time to read a good story. There is almost nothing more satisfying than seeing a character develop over the course of a book or getting lost in a world unlike our own. My favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling. Charles Dickens, and Homer.

Spend a day without electricity: Something about handwriting my thoughts really gets me pumped. Especially after finishing a story, I feel like I want to run a mile. Course playing board games with family with no electronics is a fun afternoon too. Its funny how much we ignore the buzzing of our tech. A day without electricity provides a romantic setting for a candle light dinner that I have always gotten hazy eyes. Then hiding under a blanket fort because one is never to old to be young. That makes sense right?

Go on stage and be applauded: Once upon a time and a galaxy way far away I used to act and sing. It was invigorating to get reactions from the audience from my performance. Of course it was also ironic. Why? You see I am diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder, so you would think that being on stage would be the last place I want to be. Believe it or not, it was very therapeutic. It got me to be way more confident about myself and to not get so bent out of shape about change.

For now I will leave it at that, do not want to give you my life’s story all at once. If you got any questions for me, please feel free to comment below or contact me. Thanks to everyone who supports me by liking, following, and sharing my posts. Until next time, I wish you the greatest of travels in this world.

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About the Author: Update

Greetings again one and all, just thought I would give you all an update on my life. Those of you who had not seen my previous birthday post, I have turned twenty-four with another year of survival under my belt. A present that appeared with this occasion was to see Lion King on Broadway. Super excited to be going to New York again to see a show I have been yearning to see for a long time.  Also in recent weeks the date for my fiancee’s and I’s wedding has been decided. Much excitement comes along with this news accompanied by oh my goodness the cost of such things, but in the end all that matters is the love for each other. Hopefully with the date we have set we can both save up the money to have a splendid day to celebrate our love… and of course to get to a little place called Ireland for the honeymoon. Why here? Both of our families come from the Emerald Isle and it has long peaked our interests to visit this land of rolling hills and fences made of stone. Excitement fills my very being of celebrating such a joyous occasion and traveling to a place that I have wanted to visit since I was young.

On the writing frontier, my efforts with agents have been less than successful. However, I will say that none of them have said that my book was terrible or poorly written. The only reason they passed it was on their gut feelings. It gives me a bit of encouragement but at the same time frustration. I can feel myself having my goal at my fingertips but not able to grasp it. More annoyingly is the fact that my followers are waiting so patiently for my book to appear and I cannot produce it yet. For that I am truly sorry that you have to wait to see the fantastic tale. I promise it will get to you, of that I am sure; just unsure when that will be. Hopefully in the coming days I will have the good news of finding an agent. On a side note, I have gotten half way through writing A Collection of Epic Retellings of Classic Fairy Tales of which I will be posting another story of tomorrow. When not working on this, my thoughts linger back to the story in Magitotum. Yes, indeed friends I have started to write the second book in my Scales series. Looking on the bit I have already done, my head begins to spin. The very first place that the group ends up in at the end of the first book is filled with a mixture of many different cultures. What I mean is I used influences of many different countries’ mythologies to form this land. The tricky part is blending them in a way to give proper homage to each. Before I forget, if you have not noticed in recent posts or looking at old ones, I have almost caught up on my illustrations. Now, I do request that you be gentle with me on the artistry; it is not my strong suit by any means of the word. I do hope you are enjoying what you find on my page and the posts that are soon to come.

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About the Author: Birthday Reflections

Another year on this planet has passed as I tread upon my path. Mistakes and frustrations have beset me, but there was much good as well. Spending more time with my beloved is at the top of that list. With her support, I was able to experience much that would have frightened me many years ago including amusement park rides, scare fest, visiting New York City, etc. She is my inspiration to write and share with you all the stories that I so do love to write.

Upon the previous year, my dream of being a writer did spark. Since I was a kid, I enjoyed spinning tales for my cousin, brother, and friends as we acted out our imaginary games. As years passed, opportunities arose to show my wordsmanship, but I always seemed to come in behind everyone else. My confidence was shot as for many years I suppressed this dream; spending my days in high school filling journals with ideas that I would expand upon later. It was not until my second year of college that I would relearn the joys of writing when one of my professors challenged me to write a story. At first I treated the assignment as an assignment just to get the job done. She took one look and handed back with a retort that I could do better. (She had seen some other writing assignments I had turned in on a more research based level where I had to put a lot of work to get it up to par).  With a bit of an eye roll at the time, I went back and instead decided to do a different story. I quickly found that spark I once had of writing and wove such a tale that made me smile. Eagerly and timidly, I brought in this new story. Applauds were met by this professor as she asked if I had ever thought of being a writer. At that moment, I had nervously laughed, saying that it was a career that was not stable enough for someone with anxiety. She chuckled remarking that if I ever did change my mind, that she would be thrilled to read anything that I wrote. Thinking on that, I wonder if I still have her contact information.

Anyways, that spark stayed in my bones as over the next few years I started to write my first book Scars and Scales, I only had time to make a paragraph here and there while I went to college. Unfortunately, during the beginning of my third year my leg ended up needing surgery, effectively draining my account of any money for school. It brought my drive to my original plan of becoming a music teacher to a halt. With this time to stop and look at my plan, I realized that I still could feel that electricity in my body. I felt more like me when I sat down and wrote rather than when I was doing my studies. With a new found vigor, my book became complete before I gave it to my fiancee for an edit. Nervously I waited for her feedback when, to my relief, she came back that I was entertaining and interesting. After pointing out my mistakes, the next few months were spent polishing the story. At long last while visiting her mom in Florida, I had gotten to a point where the book was at its best. Now, at that point that was going to be it. I more wrote this to empty out the space in my head to allow more ideas to flood in. It was not until talking with my fiancee and other friends that I was inspired to try to get this book published. At the moment, that has not happened yet. However, my drive and hope does not waiver. My dream will be achieved.

And what is that dream you ask? It is much simpler than you think. All my life, all I have wanted is a job that a thoroughly enjoy, a house that I design, and a loving wife that I can spend my life loving right back. One part of this dream has been achieved and another is in the works of becoming reality. I would say that it was pretty good year over all, in no small part to my family, friends, and fiancee who support me. Not to mention those who enjoy my writing and share it with others across the web. I thank you as my goal is almost within sight. May you all remember and recognize what is important in each of your lives.

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About the Author: Recent Projects

Recently my postings have been slow compared to prior weeks. For this I apologize, but I have not been twiddling my thumbs. I have been working on other writing projects in between query letters. As of right now, I am working on the second  book of my Scales series; the first being Scars and Scales, a sample of which is located on my site. This I have not really been able to truly focus while contacting literary agents. However, something that take less time are a series of short stories of which I reimagine classic fairy tales into epics. Such examples include but are not limited to Aurora the Warrior, Jack the Nimble and Quick, and the Slaying of Humpty Dumpty. After I edit them further, I shall feature them under the Samples tab. Hopefully you enjoy what you read as it may be the second book I have published; making a collection of twenty stories into one book. I eagerly look forward to the future where I share all my tales to this world of ours. To provide an escape from this world when one gets to the brink of one’s sanity, that is the goal of my storytelling.

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About the Author: New York City Trip

Greetings all, I know I have not posted in a little while and it is for the reason above. On a last minute notion, my fiancée and I decided to take a trip to New York City for our five year dating anniversary. She had only been in Times Square and myself I had never been in the city ever. Our primary reason for going was to see the musical Wicked which was super extraordinarily fantastic, but while we were there we did a few other events after our survival of driving in the city. First, she showed me around Times Square as we visited the Disney store, M&M store, one of the many I love New York stores, and ate pizza at Sbarro which was delectably delightful. Soon after we went to a magic show at the LOL Comedy Club where yours truly got pulled onto the stage while being heckled by their significant other (All in good fun you know and made me smile). After a few hours of wonder and laughter, we headed back to the hotel after briefly visiting Central Park, but not before I got to have a slice of cheesecake and an uniquely made eclair. Before drifting to sleep, I listened to the constant hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps.

The next day came as we got lost in the city at plenty of turns on our way for a boat tour of New York City and the neighboring New Jersey shore. We were given interesting facts of the many sights of New York City which included but not limited to the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, World Financial Center, Brooklyn Bridge, and some of the many burrows of the Big Apple. I do believe it made both of us crave to come back again and explore the other parts of this large city. Once we had landed ashore once again, we found ourselves hungry. On the way to our main destination we stopped at a diner. To both of our surprise, we were unable to finish our lunches from the filling and tasty meal. With bellies very happy, we continued on our journey and stopped at Madame Tussauds. For those of you who do not know what this is (and neither did I at the time), it is a wax museum made of famous people. I will tell you what made it interesting was actually seeing and comparing the dimensions of height of people. For example, in my head I always thought they made John Wayne bigger on television by putting the camera at just the right angle. However, he really was quite a tall fellow. Another fun part was the 4D theater featuring a Marvel adventure, which is worth the extra money in the ticket to attend. Once we exited through the one way museum, we headed for one of our planned stops, Nintendo New York. Keeping our best not to spend too much money on items we headed out and explored some parts around. We found ourselves overlooking an ice rink when something caught our eyes. The LEGO store was just across the store. Why be so excited about this? Well, it is for the stuff the LEGO creators have built for display. There was the full Hogwarts Castle, a dragon that curled around the entire store, the Millennium Falcon, and a replica of the place around them with wacky characters from a broad area of stories.

After taking a gander at creations, we grew a little hungry as we each grabbed a pretzel from a food cart. As we sat, we people watched as many people came and went across the side walk. Once we had both finished, it was finally time for the main event. We strolled down to the Gershwin Theatre and grabbed our tickets to see Wicked, our course not without grabbing some merchandise. The show was absolutely thrilling and kept us thoroughly entertained at every turn. On our way back to our hotel, my betrothed wished that we could see all the Broadway shows, and I could not have agreed more. It was simply the best part of the whole trip. Both of us agreed that we will be seeing many more of these shows in the future. Finally, our mini-vacation came to a close as we came home today right before my other half had to go to work. It was a great trip and I look forward to returning back there. So there you have it, my reason to why I have not been on and posting lately. I should have more time to post next week as we continue to look at the world of Magitotum, you might just find in future books some New York City influences in the pages.

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About the Author: Quest for Qualifying Queries

Hello again my friends. My apologies for the recent thread of no posts this week. This is entirely my fault since I have been focusing on sending as many query letters as I can manage between shifts at work. Now for those of you who do not know what a query letter is, I shall explain. Basically, it is a cover letter that is specifically addressed to a literary agent. To explain further, in this short one page letter you are trying to prove/ show off why this agent should be interested in your book. It is important that they feel a connection to your story to invigorate them to really sell your tale. Now, how does one capture and retain the attention of one of these individuals? See I have no idea. My personality lends itself to not really be the boastful type, making this sort of thing not up my alley.

In my personal view, one must test the merit of a writer by his work. Most agents, I feel, would agree with this statement, but that would mean the poor individuals would be reading at least five hundred books a month. I don’t even think I could reach fifty books in a month if I had nothing else to stop me. To help them manage this massive task, they limit the amount they first have to read to the first three chapters of said books or the first ten pages. Fair enough, one needs to get a feel whether or not one will connect to the story from the very beginning. For the most part, I sincerely feel like this system does truly work for most novels. However, I do not think this works for those of us that write in the way of worldbuilding. Not only in the first three chapters do we have to introduce the characters that one will fall in love with, but a world in which one will get lost in its wonder. This leads me to also notice a trend among agents. One will find, at least from what I have seen, not many that represent fantasy or science fiction; both of which usually involve a fair bit of worldbuilding. Makes one wonder how to find that one agent that will be your partner to success.

Finding an agent is a daunting task and a journey that every writer must take; knowing that the quest, unlike our own tales, is not in our hands. We have to learn to trust someone else to judge in a quick glance whether or not to represent us; being ready to take several rejections for not being quite the right fit. But fear not my friends, most of these agents are very kind. From the rejections I have personally gotten, they encourage me to keep trying and can definitely see that my story will be published. Words of encouragement that I think every writer would be elated to hear. So give it your all as you continue to chase your dream. To all those agents that look letter after letter, I say to you thank you. The entirety of your job is to give us the opportunity to live out our dream, share our tales, slide in some lessons, and connect with people when sometimes we find to be hermits. Without some of you, the stories we grew up with and inspired by would not exist. Continue doing what you do and hopefully I will be a partner with one of you very soon.

Never stop trying to achieve your dream, for why wish them in the first place?

KC J. Hutchins

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About the Author: Illustrations

Exciting news everyone, going to add my own personal illustrations to my previous posts and new ones. I warn you now that I am no artist, but I have been known to be a dandy doodler. Hopefully, you will all enjoy the new flare that comes to the older posts while it encourages my newer readers to look at all of my material. My goal is to accommodate this new aspect to my fresh posts as well, excluding this one. Please continue enjoying my work and supporting me through this cite. I am starting to get more and more attention from literary interests which may mean I have good news for you all soon.