Author: P. Joseph Cherubino

Serving the Audience

I am currently working on a batch of short stories in the Realm of the Nine Circles world with my writing partner Amy Hopkins. The first R9C book was fairly well-received, but we clearly missed the mark with some very important story aspects that the core LitRPG audience expects. The short stories are a way for us to atone for those transgressions and really show the reader how the R9C world works. The short stories will cover Dante’s grind from a level 1 all the way up to level 40. Dante is an experienced player, from the Generation I game era who lost his favorite character in the conflict of book I. We are already having great fun at the start of story one. If you would like to know more, sign up for my mailing list. If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to hit the contact link or better yet, comment...

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Welcome to the Blogosphere of P. Joseph Cherubino

Greetings P. Joseph Cherubino here, blogging from the Writer Shack (TM);  a secure, undisclosed location, deep in the mountains of West Virginia. While traveling the PJC Blogoshere, you will discover information about my current books, works in progress, information about independent publishing, and random musings about my many and varied interests. I look forward to seeing you on the...

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Concept Cover Art

Here is a rough sketch from Artist Ricky Gunawan  for an upcoming novel as yet untitled. The story takes place 800 years after the events of “The Genetic Imperative.” Meet Drex Hermes, a Rogue Freighter Captain and CEO of the Hermes Stellar Freight Company. All he wants to do was run a little contraband so he might pay off his many loans, fill his bank account and retire. Instead, he stumbles across evidence of a Reptilian plot to attack the interspecies Trade Union that has supported Galactic Peace for 600 years. Drex and his crew of misfits are pursued by Planetary governments that believe he knows the location of a stolen secret warship that may be the key to repelling a Reptilian attack. To make matters worse, his Insectoid crewmembers come to believe he is some kind of messiah that will deliver the Insectoid homeworld from environmental collapse. If it means he can get the Insects to work for free, Drex is willing to play along with this scheme. The only problem with this is that the Queen Guardian also believes Drex is the Insectoid Savior. She is 9 feet tall, her stinger carries the most powerful neurotoxin in the known Galaxy, and she travels with her own personal army. What could go wrong?      ...

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Indie Author Chow: Don’t Be a Starving Artist if You Don’t Have To Be

Contrary to the popular image of the starving artist, we need good food to write effectively. The brain needs exercise and nourishment, just like any other part of the body. Here is my recipe for baked chicken with lemon and parsley. First, brine your chicken. Once you brine your chicken, you will never go back. The standard formula for brining chicken is 1/4 cup of sea salt (use less if you’re using table salt) per every liter of water. Most of the time, I just wing it (pun intended) and just add salt to the water until it tastes like the North Atlantic sans seaweed flavor. You can add two tablespoons of sugar to the brine. Sugar will help the proteins unravel and add some sweetness (go figure…) I personally don’t like doing this. We get too much sugar already and I don’t like the sweet flavor with meat. But sugar will help brown the skin if you’re using chicken parts or a whole chicken. But sugared brine can also lead to burning earlier if you are roasting instead of baking. In short; no sugar for me. You should try it at least once to see how you like it. If you’re impatient like me, you can warm up the water first to about 100F to help the salt dissolve. This is important: don’t add the chicken to the...

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A Fledgling Author’s Lessons Learned

This post will name names. Specifically, it will name two authors who wrote wonderful things about the craft of writing. As I move along the path from writer to publisher and make tentative sorties into the rarified air of marketing, I’m discovering many things. One of those joyous discoveries is that I have a lot to learn. The authors I will talk about here taught me a great deal in a very short time. When I say that I have “a lot” to learn, I’m really committing felony understatement. My first lesson came in the form of the stinging failure that was my first published novel. After that knock-down, I picked myself up and sought help from successful authors who have positive and informative messages. These authors share their knowledge and experience so that others might have a chance to share their success. My second novel benefitted greatly from what I learned and is earning a greater measure of success. I also like it a lot more. Now that I have teased you enough, here are their names: Libbie Hawker and John Truby. This post paraphrases and references the ideas and techniques I found in their books “Take off your pants…” (Hawker) and “The Anatomy of Story” (Truby) Here are the lessons gleaned from these works: Have a plan, Stan! Libbie’s work distils John Truby’s “Anatomy of Story” ideas and...

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