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.
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.
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
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.
A realization stuck me that all my about the author posts have not really talked about myself. So, let’s just talk about the basics; of course as you read I am a writer with a vivid imagination. The world of Magitotum started as a game I played with my brother, cousin, and a childhood friend. Over the years it evolved through my habit of journaling, filling up five of them with various ideas and concepts. Now not everything within these pages retains to the world of Magitotum. There are various ideas for businesses, epic retellings, food recipes, plays, musicals, sketches, my future house design, and array of others ideas that scurry around in my head. Hopefully one day you will see all of these brought to life.
In my free time I enjoy writing (such a shocker), playing video games, spending time with my fiancée, geocaching, watching movies, and playing board games with friends and family. It is important, in my humble opinion, to be a well rounded individual. I enjoy challenging both my mind and my body and encourage you to do the same. Relaxing while reading blogs is fantastic (see what I did there?), but remember to enjoy the great outdoors. Smell the fresh scent of the pines, laugh at the antics of chipmunks, feel the sand between your toes, delight in the taste of fresh picked berries, and listen to nature that surrounds you; from the rustling leaves to the crashing of waves. Even more important is to share these moments with loved ones and friends. There is no greater treasure in this world than spending time with others whom you love, at least that is what I believe.
I know I know another About the Author post so soon but I had to put this up to explain myself. You might be asking yourself why I am avoiding telling you about other creatures and places I have mentioned such as the Jiqeeran. There is a simple reason for this; that being I wish not to spoil future books. As of now, all my posts retain to information found in the first book of my Scales series, Scars and Scales, while avoiding spoiling any plot lines. If I start talking about species and places we dive into in the other books; there is a distinct possibility of spoiling some surprises. I want to see/hear you enjoy the books that will be in your hands some day. So please be patient as I add some new content by adding a new category known as Item Inquiry. In this new division, we will be taking a look at specific tools that Xerxes and his company find/use on their journey.
Well, this post is not so much about myself but more of a logistic thing for the site. I have noticed that most people are looking at my blog Monday through Friday, while the weekends I have very few views if any. So, to let my followers know, I will be posting Monday through Friday and not be doing further posts on the weekend. That way I can work on creating new content, focus on my books, and have more time get my books into your hands. Let me know below if this seems unreasonable or if the weekend is the only time you go on. Thanks so much for all your support. It really does make all the difference and has caught the eye of a few people that might just make my dream come true.