T. J. Eastwood the Starter of Avalanches (Featured Writer 12019/01/03)

At some point in every author’s career they get the advice to show, not tell. It is a rare skill to be able to paint a canvas with words, to give the reader a vivid picture of the setting that puts them right in the middle of it all. Today I have for you a person who took that advice to heart. From the very start of Avalanche we get a feel for Deltik, an arid world seemingly depraved of the morality we today believe technology has given us.

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T.J. Eastwood writes the story of Alina, an escaped slave with a flare for wit and problem solving. His debut Novella Avalanche is a quick read with a type of charm that I was not expecting from the setting. The gritty world of Deltik is contrasted by the characters’ banter and the piece’s fast-paced action. For a debut, Eastwood has done well for himself- creating a character set that I’d actually like to see more of in a universe that gives rise to all sorts of shenanigans both serious and entertaining.

As you read the novella, you feel a sense of maturing in the writing, as if the lives of the characters aren’t the only ones going through a massive change. There is something here that we all can learn about writing- that the worlds we create are living changing organisms dependent on how we work them and on how we write. I ask you to look at Eastwood’s work, to enjoy the light-heartedness trapped inside a gritty dystopian novella. But I’m not just going to tell you what the work is like, I’m going to show you.

*I do not own any rights to any story or to any creative license to any work by T.J. Eastwood. This is a featured post that I do not claim to own nor have I altered the text contained in any way except to format it to my website. All images and texts you see are from T.J. Eastwood himself with my understanding as to his permission to use them. Consider this statement a void of the Creative Commons to this page on this website.*

The following are excerpts from the novella Avalanche
by T.J. Eastwood.
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….Alina’s thoughts shifted again towards the stolen cargo that rattled along behind them and a mixture of hope and excitement threatened the integrity of her frosty mood.

She kept it to herself.

Once they had some trits to spend, then they could afford to celebrate their freedom. Until then, the authorities, Daske’s roving gangs of murderous levi-bike riders, or even just a nosy passer-by could identify them as slaves and they would be executed or marched straight back to the compound. She was sure their escape would go unnoticed for at least another day, but the sooner they made their getaway the better.

It would be a risky venture, fencing the cargo. But, if-no when– they succeeded they would be able to buy a ride off-world to a planet where slavery was outlawed, like Chandra or Salus. They would be expensive places to live but with Alina’s skills, she could easily find honest work for a transport company or a spaceport workshop. She was unsure what Jalek would do to make a coin, or whether they would stick together. Perhaps he would get back into asteroid mining?…

….”It’s not scrap, but it’s said that some unpleasant things happened aboard, and the usual scavengers aren’t interested in going anywhere near it. They say it’s… um, haunted.” He winced.

Alina narrowed her eyes, She wasn’t in the mood to be chasing silly stories; they needed to get off Kendara, now. Every second they stood around talking increased the likelihood that they would end up dead or back in Daske’s clutches.

“Did they happen to say why they thought it was haunted?” She asked with folded arms, forcing patience into her voice.

He sighed, upturning his palms and shrugging. “They said there were ghosts. I had no idea what that meant, that’s all they would tell me. I was planning to lead a scavenging team when I first heard about it, but when I sent in a team to check it out, they never came back.”…


*I do not own any rights to any story or to any creative license to any work by T.J. Eastwood. This is a featured post that I do not claim to own nor have I altered the text contained in any way except to format it to my website. All images and texts you see are from T.J. Eastwood himself with my understanding as to his permission to use them. Consider this statement a void of the Creative Commons to this page on this website.*

I did like Avalanche, and I look forward to reading more of T.J. Eastwood in the future. I hope he keeps in touch so I can add future works to this post. I’d also like him to get to creating an author page and facebook page for us all to keep up with. Until then, you can find him on goodreads here. You can also buy his ebook here.

I recommend this work for everyone intending to be a writer. This short piece may be a quick read, but for a writer it is especially good for studying writing- most notably if you are new to the craft. Every writer has to start somewhere, and while I think there could be more to this piece, I believe Eastwood is off to a good start. After all, he is published! Please spread the word, remind him to give us a sequel. He has the potential to make something great out of this world he’s created, and I want to see him succeed. Be sure to leave an honest and encouraging review- particularly one that encourages T.J. Eastwood to get his name out there with more stories. He has what it takes, and we all can grow from what he has to offer.

Keep writing T.J., and most of all, Keep reading my friends.

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*Extra*
I love doing this. Featuring other writers is a chance for me to learn about my craft, and to expand my abilities beyond what they were before. Now, as you well know, I read the work of these writers before I feature them, maybe not everything they create, but I try to get a feel for an author as I plow through what they’ve written. This means that every time I do one of these, I not only do it for free, but I also tend to pay full price for the work I feature. That means I not only donate my time, but my income to make these features- which I do not monetize at all (aside from the native ads).

In 12019 I would like to commit to this, but I cannot do it without your help. Over the next few weeks you’ll see a whole new reviews section on this website. There you will see what I’ve read and my two cents about it. You’ll also see my blogs and my currently reading sections getting more action. All I ask is that you take a look at those sections and follow some of the links if you feel an interest in the work they present. At the end of every story and doodle is a link to work that is similar to the content I posted. These are always some of my favorite works and I highly recommend you read them. These links pay for this website, so if you want to help me that is a great first step.

But I understand that money can be tight; I understand that work gets in the way. If that is the case, then at the very least I ask that you spread the word. Tell the writing community that I am here, ready to read and share their work and all they have to do is contact me. I don’t care if it’s a set of poems, a collection of articles, fiction or non fiction; I don’t care if it is good or bad. I want to continue to share content and help us all grow our spheres of influence. Every writer has something worth reading, the bad writing helps others learn the value of good editing, the popular writing helps others learn what sells, and the good writing helps others learn the power of words.

Help me spread the word, help me show the world that we live in a time that is more beneficial to writers than ever before. Help me and I will reward you with stories, videos, and ideas. Help me help others, and hopefully we can all benefit from this. Let’s grow together.

-ABK

 

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