Road to Publication #4: My Novel

FeaturedRoad to Publication #4: My Novel

Finally Time

Hi everyone! After finishing the fifth edit of my novel and finding actual free time, it’s time that I officially unveil (even if it’s not been published yet, still working on that) my novel to the world. Before now, only one person has read a portion of the book. Although I am not releasing a chapter (yet), I will be talking about it in great detail. So if you just so happen to be a literary agent, and I queried you but you still aren’t sure about what this book can be, this entry will clear the air for you.

So without delaying any further, I proudly introduce you to my novel.

The Impure

What is the Impure?

The Impure is a series of books that I am currently writing and in the process of querying to agents for the hope of getting it published one day. It is an urban fantasy novel that can be considered both Adult and New Adult. The Impure follows the stories of a group of people known as the Impure, they are gifted individuals with abilities like teleportation, fire conjuring, super strength, and everything in between.

Although the series is known as “The Impure,” the entire ark of the book follows a person named Oliver. Through events that occur in the book, he discovers that he can control time. With his newfound abilities, he encounters a representative of a group called “the Impure.” On the surface it is a school and sanctuary for people like Oliver to study and learn to control their powers in safety. Oliver eventually joins them and without spoiling the book, his adventure begins.

Over the course of the book, Oliver’s journey takes him around the world, to the war-torn country of Tarnaka to the familiar land of the United States. Over the course of the book, he discovers that an ancient evil has begun to make its return. It is now up to Oliver and the Impure to protect a world he thought to be normal.

History Behind the Book

When I graduated high school back in 2014, I spent some time on my family’s farm over the summer to think about what I wanted to do with my life. And honestly, I had no idea. As I passed the time there, I stumbled on a movie while browsing Netflix. A little movie called Click (yes, the movie with Adam Sandler). As I was watching the movie, it had aspects of controlling time and the movie played it out with a simplistic manner that it was actually believable. By the time the movie ended, an idea popped into my head. “What if I wrote a book that involved time control?” I thought to myself. As seeing I didn’t bring my laptop with me during my visit, I didn’t have a way to write anything properly. I spent about two months there, and when I finally went back home to start college, I immediately went to work on the novel. I wrote a 70,000 word draft in 2015, and as the months passed I added more and more to it. As of now, the novel is around 85,000 words.

When I first started working on it, it started off being called “Project: Hourglass.” It originally began as a memoir of my journey after high school, but the train tracks switched and became what is now known as The Impure. Then the first story concept was that of a young adult novel. Basically a high school student would discover that he could control time would use his newfound power to help himself. But the cost of using that power was that he would soon be unable to control it and eventually fade out of time.

Once that concept didn’t interest me anymore, I turned to the second story concept. And this was the one that became The Impure. It still started off with the main character (now known as Oliver) during his last day of high school and beyond. He would discover his powers and the representative would take him to the Impure. The story then jumps four years into the future and that is where the real story begins.

My Inspirations

For the Impure, I drew a lot of my inspirations from what I grew up with. And what I grew up with was comic books, movies, video games, and Power Rangers. For the aspect of the Impure, I drew inspiration from my first superhero movie, X-Men. The idea of a school that trained people to control their powers really interested me. For the idea of people having powers, that came from a lot of superhero movies I watched. And the reason that Power Rangers was a big inspiration for me, was because of the cast of characters. It was diverse (albeit a little racist at the time) and the messages that Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, and Kimberly taught me about finding your own person and being your own hero resonated with me my entire life. And that was what inspired that cast of characters in The Impure. The characters are diverse and relatable, coming from all walks of life.

The Plan for The Impure

Even though the book hasn’t been published (or been picked up by a literary agent), I have already written a second book. My commitment to these stories and these characters is beyond comprehension. And in addition to the second book, I am in the process of writing the third.

The Impure is planned to be an eight-part series with a hiatus gap between the fourth and fifth. The future installments have been named and even the end of the series is already written. Whenever I’d have an idea pop into my head, I had to write it down and determine where it would happen in the books. Hell, I’ve even fake-cast some of the characters in the hopes of making it a TV show (it would be film but I feel that I can get more out a long form show). I may be overreaching for a lot of this, but this is because I am passionate in these stories and what it could possibly become in the future.

Why am I writing this post?

I’m writing this because (it’s long overdue) I was done with having this story of adventure, powers, magic, and oddities all to myself. In my heart, I know this is a story that people can read and feel related. That is what the central theme of The Impure really is, to be more than you could possibly imagine. It is a story about being your own hero and doing something meaningful and worthwhile.

There also is another reason to this post. When I query literary agents, I feel that I can’t fully explain what the Impure is in less than a page. I need an outlet like this so that I can express my enthusiasm and love for the stories I’ve written. So if you are one of those literary agents I’ve queries, maybe this could help you decide if the Impure is right for you.

So that is all I have to say (for now) about the unveiling of my novel, The Impure. If there are other questions you may want answered, feel free to leave a comment below. And to catch up on my thoughts on games, my train of thought ramblings, my short stories, or updates on my road to publication, follow me here on WordPress or follow me on Twitter.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and have a good night or good morning.

-Andrew 🙂



Patchable ship or already gone?

I keep telling myself that I’d get back to writing here but I don’t. The last post was in January and now where am I? At the end of April and not a single update.

I’ve been trying to finish up the rest of my classes at community college before transferring and it’s been eating up my time and energy. Especially math. Me and math are not on the best of terms. Hell, we aren’t on the decent of terms. And today I had my third test in there. I had to get at least 72% to pass. In doing so I may have gotten a bit lower. I knew there were two questions I guarantee I missed since I didn’t finish in time.

Every time something good happens there’s something that has to knock me down. But I’ll always get back up. Look at me, sitting in my car typing this while waiting for my history class to start (good thing I’m doing well in that class) on my birthday. Talk about the worst luck imaginable.

I guess I’ve rambled on for a while now. Maybe we’ll talk again, in a few more months. Hope your day is going better than mine.


A New Year

I know I haven’t been on this blog for a long time. College has been hectic and stressful. But even in all that time I still found time to write my novels (I’m on the fourth in fact). It’s 2018 now and I want this year to be the year I build my platform, whether it be trying publish my books or talking about things I like. I just want whoever reads this to know that I’m back.

I’m still thinking about posting my thoughts on games and train of thoughts like this. And for certain I’ll update things about my novels.

Because as I near transferring to a university, I know one thing is certain: I have no idea what I want to do except for write and play video games.

I want to create, i want to make things that people will enjoy regardless of where they came from. I want to give people the escape from the real world they want and need. I want to be greater than I thought I could be. And I know I can.

Thanks for being here and listening to me spew nonsense.

-Andrew 🙂

Why can’t I keep a schedule?

Usually in my life I have a set schedule: wake up, breakfast, go to the gym, play video games, dinner, write, go to sleep. I’ve had this schedule since May and it’s been very consistent (apart from Comic-Con weekend). But throughout this static schedule one thing is always left behind. I never save time for keeping this blog up-to-date.  There were times when I would have time for it but nothing comes to mind. This category is what I like about the blog (the train of thought category). I don’t need structure or an objective to talk about. Just my thoughts until they stop.

The new school year is coming up and it’s my last year at community college before I transfer. But there is a looming fear that creeps its way into my mind. It’s my last year. Usually I should be happy to transfer out but I spent at least 3 years there. I made new friends, new professors. And within two years I’d leave it behind for a new chapter. It frightens me in a way that’s ineffable. Maybe it’s the thought that I’d soon be finished with college and I have to go into a ruthless world to live the rest of my life. Sure I can go back and start another degree but for the moment I’m stuck with the one I have. A subject that I love with a passion but a fear that I can’t get a job in it or that the industry itself is a warzone. This doubt would then eat away at my schedule, taking away my writing and everything until I’m nothing but a shell of a man that should have died a long time ago.

Becoming a published author was all I ever wanted to become and every single day it becomes farther and farther away and I don’t know if I can ever catch up. All the first drafts of my Impure series were completed within a year except for the third book. It’s been at least a year and half and it’s not even close to being done. Is it just my doubts that are slowing me? Or is it the realization that my book may never reach store shelves? I just hope that one day, a literary agent or an editor sees my books and gives me a chance to make something out of myself. That my work is worth something besides filler. Something that brings people together through the stories I’ve written. Something that has drained my mental health for a while. I don’t know what I want to do with my life but I know what I don’t want to do. I don’t want to be someone who sits behind a desk rotting while other people live greater lives.

I want to be greater.

Cliches Anonymous

Hi everyone! Earlier in May, I got the pleasure to produce my short scripts Cliches Anonymous and Louie Louie at my college for a theatre showcase. And I know a lot of people were not able to watch it and I didn’t have time to film it because I was part of the running crew for other pieces. So I thought it’d be nice if I leave the script down below so you can read it for yourselves. Hope you enjoy!

Original Cliches Anonymous Cast:

Ian – Kyle Paguio
Phil – Marlon Campos
Jenny – Destiny Bustos
Vicky – Christina Apreza
Fixer – Dana Hall
Wilson – Joseph Rubio
Jaime – Alissa Padilla

-Andrew 🙂

p.s. If you want to produce the scene in your own theatre or local colleges, please let me know and give me credits as the writer.

Cliches Anonymous

Lights up on an empty room with chairs in a semi-circle facing the audience. PHIL, the head of the clichés anonymous meeting sits in the center while the other members sit around him. There is an empty seat at the end.

PHIL- Alright, everyone. Welcome back to another meeting of clichés anonymous. Remember, everything in this room stays in this room. If anything happened to you this week, now is the time to share it. And no story is stupid or overused. We’re all clichés, this is pretty much our life.

IAN, a member of the group, barges in through the door.

IAN- Sorry I’m late, traffic.

PHIL- Speaking of clichés, why don’t you start us off?

IAN- (Still standing) Um… okay. My name is Ian and I’m a cliché.


IAN- I think most people wouldn’t consider it a cliché, but technically I’m the guy that runs in late and complains about the traffic. And it isn’t like I do it on purpose. I just don’t have a sense of time – sue me.

IAN proceeds to sit down.

PHIL- And no one is blaming you. We all here have been victims of overused stereotypes tropes. For example, my name is Phil and I am a cliché.


PHIL- Most of you know me as the monotone, sleepy, pretty much boring meeting leader here, but in retrospect I can be very energetic and fun. For example, what did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college?

(Utter silence for two seconds.)

PHIL- Bison.

JENNY lets out a groan while the others look down in shame.

PHIL- Jenny? Would you like to share something?

JENNY- (Scoffs) Fine… hi I’m Jenny and I’m a cliché.


JENNY- I’m what like people consider like one of those people who like go shopping with my dog in my purse. And they like call me a valley girl. But like that’s totally not true, okay? I don’t shop with my dog in my purse. She hangs out in my convertible. But I’m not a valley girl. I’m a normal person from the San Fernando Valley and like likes to go shopping in the 90210. All of my girlfriends tell me I’m not a cliché and I like believe it.

IAN- How many friends do you have?

JENNY- Just one, and she is like super cute, super funny, has beautiful hair, and she looks great driving her convertible to the mall.

VICKY- Do you see her in the mirror?

JENNY- Oh my god, yes! How did you know?

VICKY- Well you know… I see her every week and she always so recognizable that she – you know what? I think it’s best just to call you stupid.

PHIL- Vicky, manners. Why don’t you tell us about yourself.

VICKY- (Waving) Hi, Vicky. Cliché.


VICKY- Cut that shit! Here’s the deal. I’m what they call the “tomboy.” Every day people look at me and they think “hey, you don’t act like a lady.” And I’m just standing there like “uh go fuck yourself.” I’ll do whatever I want. If I want to eat a pizza by myself in one sitting and lay down in disgust, I’m gonna do that. What’s the big deal? Sure I can dress ladylike whenever I want but do I want to? No.

PHIL- Good, good. Feel free to let it all out. Was there anything else you want to share?

VICKY- I am quite finished, thank you.

PHIL- Ok then, would anyone else like to share?

Everyone begins to look around until someone with a stormtrooper helmet raises their hand.

FIXER- My name is RX-1738, but people call me Fixer and I’m a cliché. I think people have a common misconception about stormtroopers and that we can’t shoot anything. But for the record I’ve shot a lot stuff and I don’t mean to toot my own horn.

IAN- What did you shoot?

FIXER- A lot of stuff, you know. I shot a wall… a-a ice cave. An anus in the desert. You know I’ve shot a lot of things.

VICKY- Ever shot anything moving? Or alive?

FIXER- Yeah, of course. There was this one time I shot my friend in the butt. Could I count that?

VICKY- I wouldn’t.

FIXER- Look I’m a good shot! I can hit things with a blaster and without one. I break the idea that stormtroopers are shit shots.

VICKY- I’ll believe it when I see it. I mean, didn’t you people lose a fight between bears in the forest?

FIXER- I wasn’t there! But if I was you’d know cause there’d be so many dead bears you’d think it was a Build-a-Bear workshop. Look, I can hit you with my pen.

FIXER throws the pen at VICKY but misses and hits the floor underneath her.

VICKY- (Slow clapping) Wow, if I was sitting on the ground you might have hit me.

FIXER- I’m a good shot! Wilson, tell her.

WILSON- I’m just glad that pen didn’t hit me.

IAN- Hey Wilson, you’ve been sitting here saying nothing since the meeting started. What’s your story?

WILSON- (Sighs) Fine. I’m Wilson and I’m a cliché. And if you didn’t realize it, (pointing at shirt) I’m wearing a red shirt.

JENNY- Um like… yeah you’re wearing a red shirt. You should totes change your color. I see you more like a midnight blue or sunlight orange.

VICKY- What are you, Bob Ross?

WILSON- Yeah I’d like to change my color if my job wasn’t a part of the color. I used to work on starships but then I started hearing things about people in red shirts dying out of nowhere and I just couldn’t deal with it. Now I have a steady job fixing the ships when they’re not in space. And I’m really careful too. But there was this one time I got a paper cut and I almost died.

IAN- From the papercut?

WILSON- No, I slipped on a banana peel and fell out the window. Didn’t get a single scratch.

The entire room is dead silent until VICKY begins to slowly clap.

VICKY- That’s… Fucking… Hilarious.

PHIL- Vicky, please be considerate of Wilson’s stories. (To Wilson) That is a nice story to tell, would anyone else like to share before the meeting ends?

Another member of the meeting, JAIME, quickly raises their hand.

JAIME- Hey, has anyone seen Tyson anywhere?

IAN- Yeah, I saw him when I was on my way up here. He said he heard a noise and wanted to take a look. He’ll be back.

JAIME silently groans.

PHIL- Is something wrong, Jaime?

JAIME- Tyson always does this. He says he’s going to look at something and he’ll “be right back” and ends up dead. I swear he’s always trying to be the heroic guy in horror movies that dies in the most stupid ways. One time I was at a bar with him and he got in a fight with a biker. Do you know what his last words were?

FIXER- What?

JAIME- “What are you gonna do? Stab me?” And guess how he died.

IAN- Stabbing?

JAIME- Yeah, how did you know?

IAN- Lucky guess.

JENNY- That’s horrible! Is he alright?

JAIME- He’s fine. He’ll come back to life after a couple minutes.

PHIL- Now Jaime, we can worry about Tyson later. Why don’t tell us about yourself?

JAIME- Well I talk to the fourth wall. A lot actually. That fourth wall is pretty much my best friend.

JENNY- I don’t think that’s a cliché. You’re just like cray cray.

JAIME- Freeze frame!

Everyone freezes in place except for JAIME. She turns towards the audience.

JAIME- I know what you’re probably thinking, “Jaime, you’re not crazy. You’re just misunderstood.” But actually I haven’t gotten tested. Don’t want to, in fact. But you see this freak show right? It’s like a cookie cutter of some John Hughes movies. Pretty cool, right? Okay, I have to get back. (Turns back to group and claps her hands.)

JENNY- You just have to broaden your horizons, Jaime. Tell you what, let me take you shopping. You’ll feel great.

VICKY- Is it gonna be followed by a montage with “I’m walking on sunshine” playing?

JENNY- Don’t be peanut butter and jealous, you can come to. Oh! I can give you a makeover.

VICKY- Gee, I can hardly wait.

JENNY- See? I know you’re excited.

VICKY- Hey Jenny, guess what?

JENNY- What?

VICKY- Sarcasm.

JENNY- Is that a new shop?

VICKY- Jesus Christ you’re that stupid, aren’t you?

PHIL- Now, Vicky. Please keep the remarks to a minimum please. We’ll have to work on that later.

VICKY- Good luck. The four shrinks I had didn’t fix the problem.

WILSON- Really? Four of them?

VICKY- No it was actually six but that seems like a big number.

WILSON- Yeah… small number. Is this meeting done? I have to get back and fix a starship. I swear every time they leave it keeps getting blasted.

PHIL- If anyone doesn’t have anything left to say, I guess we can end a little early. Now remember, just because we’re clichés doesn’t mean we have to follow them. Right? This was a good meeting, everyone. We’ll continue next week.

IAN is the first to get up out of his seat and goes to the door. Upon exiting, he calls out to the rest.

IAN- I found Tyson!

PHIL- See, Jaime? You don’t have to worry. How is he, Ian?

IAN- I think he’s dead.

PHIL- Are you sure?

JENNY is the second to leave the room.

JENNY- Phil, Tyson is like totally dead. There’s a screwdriver in his head.

PHIL- Well check if he still has a pulse.

VICKY is the third to leave.

VICKY- I don’t think there’s a pulse. There’s a hole where his heart is supposed to be.

PHIL- Well is the killer still out there?

FIXER leaves.

FIXER- I think I see someone running away. Wilson help me catch them.

WILSON- I don’t think that’s a good idea.

FIXER- Wilson! Get the hell out of here and chase them. You’re the fastest. I try and slow him down by throwing stuff at him.

WILSON- Again, that’s not a good idea.

FIXER- Hurry!

WILSON lets out a loud sigh and leaves the room. Clanking sounds can be heard offstage until Wilson shouts.

PHIL- Did you get the killer?

FIXER- No. I think I got Wilson. Hey Wilson, if you’re alive give me a thumbs up… That’s the wrong finger but I’ll take it.

PHIL- Best check on the Tyson. Again. Jaime, do you mind closing the door when you leave?

JAIME- No I got it.

PHIL exits.

JAIME- (To audience) See what I said? They’re a bunch of idiots. But they’re my idiots. I guess this group isn’t bad. So uh… I’ll see you later? (Walks to door) Go on, the piece is over. You can go. Unless there’s another after this. Is there? There is? Oh ok, just stick around then.

JAIME exits. Fade to black.

Thoughts On: Injustice 2

Thoughts On: Injustice 2

Hi to whoever found this. Recently I’ve been playing a lot of video games lately and I want to give my thoughts on them. The first one is Injustice 2.

A New Coat of Paint

So Injustice 2 is the sequel to Netherrealm Studio’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, and it’s a fighting game with characters from the DC Universe. You got Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, they show up in this game to beat the living Jesus out of each other. I played a lot of Injustice: Gods Among Us and I really enjoyed it. How does Injustice 2 stack up with the old?


The story mode is a staple with Netherrealm fighting games starting with Mortal Kombat 9. It revolutionized fighting game stories with a blend of cutscenes and actual gameplay. The trend I’ve seen recently with every iteration of Netherrealm games, is that the story mode gets shorter and shorter with each entry. MK9’s story was extremely long, where one chapter of the game can last an hour and the overall completion can be 12 hours. Injustice: Gods Among Us had a story mode of around 8 hours, while the Mortal Kombat X had a story of about 6. Injustice 2 has a story mode of 4 hours on medium difficulty.

While the story of Injustice 2 is solid, it falls flat to the previous game. It takes place while after the events of Gods Among Us and continues the conflicts between Batman and Superman. When Braniac shows up, they band together to stop them. The cutscenes are expertly crafted while the facial animations can range from fantastic to downright scary.

The biggest problem with Injustice 2’s story is the depth. Out of the 29 character roster, it focuses mainly on 8 eight of them; with the rest being background. One faction of characters, known as the Society, is completely wasted as they show up for their introductions and then disband shortly when Braniac arrives (which is very early on in the game). Characters like Swampthing, Deadshot, Blue Beetle, and Joker have no time to shine in this campaign. Instead it leans on Batman, Superman, and Supergirl to carry the story. There are 29 characters and frankly a majority of them are wasted potential.


The gameplay is very similar to Injustice: Gods Among Us. It’s tight and fastpaced with a hint of when to strike and when to block. It’s a game that is easy to pick up but hard to master. The newest addition to Injustice 2 is the gear system. Where characters can unlock certain pieces of gear (a helmet, a cape, gauntlets, etc.) during fighting or Mother Boxes. Each piece of gear may or may not have stats and have a different appearance. It’s fine and works but there is a level limit and sense of RNG when unlocking gear, where you could be using Green Lantern and end up getting gear for Captain Cold. There is a way to turn of the RNG and I recommend doing so.

The online network has been vastly improved from Mortal Kombat X and every fight is smooth and quick. You get fights very quickly and they don’t disconnect. And if you’ve played Mortal Kombat or Injustice: Gods Among Us, you know that the net code was not good.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Injustice 2 is a fantastic game with a good loot system and awesome characters. The downside is that of a shorter story mode and underwhelming story that doesn’t live up Gods Among Us. I’d say this is a game you should try if you’re into fighting games or DC Comics.

Thanks for reading my thoughts on Injustice 2. Next I’m talking about the sci-fi horror game, Prey.

Have a good day.

-Andrew 🙂

I’m not dead.

Hi whoever found this, it’s been a while since my last post but I can assure you that I’m not dead. I’ve been extremely busy with work and a production of Macbeth (which is now finished). Maybe now I can continue to query my book in peace.

And eventually I’ll talk about my book if anyone is interested. I’ve even been thinkworking jog about doing something with the YouTube handle I have.

Either way, have a good day.

-Andrew 🙂

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