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When I was struck with the idea for the story of ‘What Have We Done?  The Dragon Chronicles’ I had been on a sci-fi binge one quiet weekend.  While I watched Resident Evil, Reign of Fire, Jurassic Park, and others I contemplated how I had heard so many times “I have this great idea for a book!”  from friends and acquaintances.  It occurred to me that, as far as I knew, none of them had ever acted on any of those novelesque ideas.  I thought back about all the times I myself had said that very phrase and plot ideas began to flow.  I was IN LOVE with the secret underground (illegal) laboratory.  I couldn’t pass up the monsters’ created by man in an effort to make our lives better or more enjoyable.  I began to examine how I might be able to fit these concepts together and how these kinds of concepts would come together in a believable story.

Once I had a basic idea for a plot I began to think about the various characters.  I knew immediately that I had to have a heroine instead of a hero.  Why?  I have no idea but it worked fantastically for the plot of the story.  I suppose this is the point where any writer must decide which fits better for their story.  I thought about what my aspirations were as a child.  I could think of only one, well only one that was relevant.  I wanted to be a private detective.  (The other was a vampire but that didn’t really fit into the story, LOL).  The first character I created was just that, I reversed my own name and my ex-private eye/facility enforcer was born.  My beautiful, strong heroine was next followed by my dog.  Yes, my dog.  My miniature teacup chihuahua (Gigabyte) became Cujo, the pet of the facility administrator.  Sorry Mr. King, I just couldn’t pass up the irony of a chihuahua named Cujo.

For the initial writing of this novel, I actually wrote it at work.  I was a night security guard and had 30 minutes of sit and stare out the window time each hour.  Life has changed.  Job has changed.  Now, I write basically whenever I get the free, quiet, time to do so.  When isn’t necessarily something you can ‘schedule’.  For many of us it just is whenever life leaves you alone long enough to do it.  The important thing is to write as often as possible.  Even if you aren’t inspired to write at that particular moment.  Even if what you find yourself writing is crap.  Write anyway.  The next time you find a moment to write you can look back on what you wrote the last time and if you decide you didn’t like it, re-write it or find an idea or tidbit of inspiration in it.

I don’t really have a specific flow chart for writing.  Many blogs will give you a list or a method or a step by step.  I am way to random.  I basically jot down every thought, however stupid and retarded or brilliant they may be, on a notepad, generally taking many sheets of paper.  Then I will flip back and forth through them and elaborate on each idea with specific character interactions, delemas, key plot points, etc. and put them in a loose order.  Once I actually begin to write the story I will shift the order around and add or delete from the list as the story develops.  I love to visualize the story as I write it.  Seeing, in my head, the plot playing out as I want the reader to see it and then make changes to the way it’s written to make it more ‘visual’ for a reader.

I have taken most of my inspiration for sci-fi t.v. and movies, however, some writers who have inspired me have been Edgar Rice Burroughs (specifically the Martian Tales), Neal Stephenson (Snowcrash) and Robert A. Heinlein (The Cat Who Walks Through Walls).  Currently I am drawing great inspiration from the recent explosion in the steampunk genre.  Not really any specific author but really just steampunk in general.  However, my greatest inspiration is taken from my wife and children.

Getting published was an interesting and ultimately fruitless ride.  I searched for months for a literary agent, nothing.  After almost a year of researching them and submitting the information in the formats they specified, I finally got a lucky strike.  The agent put me through a series of tasks, with one colleague after another, charged me money (gggrrrr!) and after many assurances, eventually contacted me and told me they had “put my book on the back burner do to lack of interest”.  During that time the one thing she did do for me was help me find a “professional” editing service.  They told me very little needed to be edited and the only thing I needed to change was some minor paragraph formatting.  So I did.

By the time I made it to the prestigious and lofty position of “the back burner” I finally decided to look elsewhere.  I spoke to many authors including self published authors and found that seemed to be a great deal.  Now, self publishing generally means you don’t get the little extra bit of promotional help but other than that I was thoroughly pleased with their service.  Unfortunately, I erroneously believed my ex-literary agent when she told me the manuscript didn’t need any further editing than what I had been done and being eager to publish, I did not get a second opinion.  Lessons learned through hindsight are often the most bittersweet.  Moral of the story, ALWAYS check, recheck and recheck again to be absolutely sure your grammar, spelling and formatting are as close to perfect as possible.

The self publishing process however, was nothing less than awesome.  Easy, quick, cost effective, and fun. even has a book cover editor/creator on their site.  They explain exactly how to format it, help get an ISBN number and a bar code, even walk you through the steps to choose the type of book.  The only out of pocket cost was the one book they send to the author, at the authors cost, to verify that everything about the book is just how ya want it.  For me this was seven dollars and some odd cents, plus shipping.  Once confirmed they even provide you with a storefront that your website can link to

People often ask me how long it takes to write a novel.  There are way too many factors to even attempt to equate that into a time frame.  I wrote the initial manuscript in a little less than three months and spent another three months going through and re-writing/formatting the story.  I have been slowly working on the second book in the trilogy for almost a year now.  It all depends on what else is going on in your life, distractions, responsibilities and motivations.

“What Have We Done?  The Dragon Chronicles” is the first of a trilogy.  I am currently working on the second book which will be titled “Dragon Bound  The Dragon Chronicles”.  In addition to that I have planned a book with a distinctive “Dungeons and Dragons” flavor to it about a guy who is transported to an alternate world, learns about himself and what he is capable of, faces is own worst enemy and ultimately achieves his quest, and then returns to his own world to find everything he once knew to be gone.  I am also researching a novel that is, as of yet, untitled.  This novel with have heavy religious influences and a strong steampunk flavoring.  This story will include angels, demons, vampires and low tech super warriors, most of which in roles you would never have thought!

I invite you all to visi5t the websites for “What Have We Done?  The Dragon Chronicles” and “Dragon Bound  The Dragon Chronicles” for tidbits and snippets of the stories and to look me up on Facebook, Twitter and my blog “Wild Side Of Writing“.!/Bconsortium


Having trouble finding the right editor for your book or novel?  I have worked with several editors on several projects and I can tell you there are good ones and bad ones, ethical ones and unethical ones.  Unfortunately, there is only one way to be reasonably sure of getting quality output for your manuscript.

Start by perusing these lists of editors.  Look closely at their qualifications, publications they’ve worked on and any testimonials you can find.  Go to each editors website and read it thoroughly.  Ask questions about what kind of work they’ve done in the past and if none are readily available on their website, ask to see some.

To start you off here are 5 good lists of editors, both freelance and non-freelance.  Do your research, be informed and then make a choice based on those conclusions.  The best option is always to take sufficient time in making your decision.

  1. Freelance Proofreaders, Freelance Editors, Proofreaders, Editors –
  2. Canberra Society of Editors
  3. Editorial Freelancers Association
  4. Rants & Ramblings:  On Life as a Literary Agent
  5. Book Editing Associates

Now it’s your turn.  Do you know of a good editor?  Would you like to see him or her spotlighted on this blog?  Feel free to contact me at!  I would love to interview a good editor and get them some exposure here!

Dragon Sword

Ceremonial Dagger of the Dragon Riders in Author Mike Bailey's second sci-fi novel, Dragon Bound The Dragon Chronicles

Dragon Bound:  The Dragon Chronicles

There has been MUCH discussion in some circles about the upcoming 2nd book in my The Dragon Chronicles series titled Dragon Bound.  With this in mind and the hopes that the book will be released next summer, I thought it was time to give my readers and fans a lil insight into what they might expect in book two.

Many have already guessed that there will be aliens in the second book.  Good Guess!  There are indeed aliens… and boy are they pissed at us!!!  After having their race all but annihilated exactly as mankind was the aliens come looking for us thinking the dragons were an act of war.

After their arrival on earth their minds are changed and eventually we become allies of sorts… for a while.  Over time aliens and humans are integrated so far into each other’s lives, becoming a totally new society, that they even begin to mate.

The eventuality of this situation dictates that tensions rise, once again, and opposing factions begin to break off.  All thought of what was gained by the alliance is put behind and purists surface with a new focus for mankind.  Reminiscent of the racial differences of our own past, the new tensions begin to deteriorate what has been built.

However, there is an unforeseen and unexpected turn of events.  The alien/human hybrid offspring are somewhat telepathic.  This ability gives us all, once again, the upper hand.  Yep, the hybrids have the ability to control the dragons telepathically, but only the weaker minded, easier to control, dragons.  Enter…. Dragon Riders!!!

The Dragon Riders not only harness the dragons to ride in battle with other dragons but are also then charged with some other peace keeping duties.  Their weapon of choice is a long handled bladed weapon.  The first time a dragon rider holds his weapon it “brands” the palm of his hand with an emblem.  Then each time the weapon is held after that the brand is opened and begins to bleed allowing the weapon to draw on the owner’s life force.  The weapon uses this life force to emit an “electrical” charge that interferes with the nanobots in the dragon’s blood stream, making the dragon riders, and their weapon, pretty darn effective against the dragon crisis.

The photo above (courtesy of White Trash Weaponry and BudK) is the Dragon Rider’s ceremonial dagger.  It is used for all kinds of ceremonies and rituals.  The most important of these is the induction of the hybrid into the Dragon Rider’s order.  While it is not the weapon that “brands” the rider’s hand, it is still carried and used with honor and acts as a symbol of status as well.

I welcome any thoughts, ideas and critiques all of you might have, please leave anything you have to say in the comments below.  I invite you, also, to click the “Who Is Misha Korenski” tab at the top of the blog to read an article written by Misha herself recently.  Get to know the main character from ‘What Have We Done?  The Dragon Chronicles” and feel free to leave her comments or ask her questions.

For excerpts from both books check out this article, this article and this article also posted on this blog.

Thank you all for reading!!!