N. R. Tucker

The Worlds of My Mind


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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update

So far, so good. I’m currently ahead of the curve in word count. 8,000+ words ahead in fact. This is necessary as I will have trouble meeting the daily count for a couple of days around Thanksgiving. I’m working on Pyxis,the second book in the Finding Earth series. (The first book, Cetus Landing, was drafted in NaNoWriMo 2015 and will be published 1st Quarter 2017.) Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2016 Update”


This flash fiction is a peek into Clarity’s thought processes. It takes place in the Farseen Chronicles world nearly seven thousand years ago, and describes events when Clarity, Saffron and Fauna come into their majority, meaning they entered their childbearing years.

Continue reading “Feared”

Red, the Wolf, and the Huntsman

This flash fiction takes place in the Fifth Century. There are no Farseen Chronicles plot spoilers in this story.


“Come, the woods await.” Wisdom twirled in her red cloak, laughing.

Pleasance looked up from her sewing, “I promised Father I would mend this before he returns.”

“‘Tis a wonderful full moon you’ll be missing.”

Continue reading “Red, the Wolf, and the Huntsman”

Fantasy Art, Book Covers, and Me

When I decided to publish my first fantasy series, I looked at the options and opted to do my own book covers. Why? Three reasons: Continue reading “Fantasy Art, Book Covers, and Me”

Reflections on Publishing My First Novel

Publishing a novel has been a dream come true for me; however, there have been lessons learned in the process.  This is not a one-stop-shop.  I’m simply noting a few things I’ve learned publishing my first novel, things I haven’t already mentioned.

Make use of Beta Readers.  This I did, but simply called them willing readers.  Who knew they had a real job title?  I made a choice to break down my “betas” into the following categories:
Continue reading “Reflections on Publishing My First Novel”

The Path to Book Cover Art Is Paved With Errors

In the past I’ve posted general hints and tips as I self-publish for the first time. I thought it was time to show some of the epic fails.  This slide show contains examples of a few versions of my cover art to show the progression from initial thought to final product for the book cover.

Continue reading “The Path to Book Cover Art Is Paved With Errors”

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