Midsummer Update

Happy 4th of July (and happy belated Canada Day)!

I’ve just uploaded Cuff II: Chapter 3, which introduces some serious conflict for Vin and his two friends, Theo and Javisin. This is basically the chapter that determines the course of the rest of their story, so it’s a pretty important one to check out. While Cuff I has been mostly action-packed from the start (with all of Vera’s antics), Cuff II takes its time in developing the characters before throwing them into unexpected situations, such as the ones that take place in this latest chapter.

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted, but I’ve been keeping up with writing the book (mostly focusing on Cuff IV recently). There will be plenty to come. I’ve actually been living in Baton Rouge for the summer, and really enjoying it! It’s pretty wildly different from New Orleans, but I really dig my job and apartment here. I also flew up to Delaware for my fourth Firefly Music Festival, which was probably the most eventful and chaotic weekend of my entire life. It’s funny how some weekends fly by lazily and effortlessly, while others feel like a musical drug-fueled journey that lasts an eternity. I still can’t feel two of my toes!

Anyway, I’ll be back in New Orleans before long, where I’ll continue writing Four Cuffs and posting on here. I’m going to take down the poll for now, because, now that Cuff I and Cuff II have both reached Chapter 3, my plan is to release a little bit of Cuff III next (which you haven’t seen anything from yet). The poll will return sometime in the future, though!

As always, thanks for all of the support! Y’all are the best.

Saria salut,

Eric Dax

 

Intro: Embarking on Adventure

Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

My name is Eric Dax and I’m a New Orleans-based author. I’m currently writing a multi-perspective fantasy novel called Four Cuffs. With this blog, I’d like to be able to introduce you to my world of Four Cuffs, give an inside look into the book many months before I publish it, and connect with you!

If you do nothing else here, go ahead and read “Cuff I: Chapter 1” in the Chapters page of this site. It’s the first chapter of the novel and a great introduction to the main conflict of the story.

What’s a “Cuff”? Why Are There Four of Them?

Four Cuffs tells four simultaneous stories, from four different characters’ perspectives. Each perspective is determined by who wears a special white bracelet (“cuff”), of which there are exactly– you guessed it– four. If a character gives their cuff to someone else, or has it taken from them, then the perspective shifts to the new wearer. This allows for some fluid storytelling and gives you, the reader, a sort of physical form within the novel. You follow the cuffs, wherever they may go.

It also lets me split the book up a bit. For instance, I’ll publish almost all of Cuff I here before the book is even released!

I’ll also publish quite a bit of Cuff II (which might be my personal favorite…?) gradually. I don’t know what I’ll share of Cuff III yet, but I can promise that you won’t see a smidgen of Cuff IV before release date. I’m keeping that one secret.

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Why Should I Read This Book?

It’s probably worth mentioning that this novel isn’t your typical fantasy book. It doesn’t rely on magic, witches, hobbits, etc. I like those fantasy tropes as much as the next person, but I’m convinced that there’s enough magic in our world already, and a good fantasy book doesn’t need to add more. You won’t find dwarves in mountains, wizards with wands, or dragons hoarding gold. You will most definitely find adventure, terror, humor, mystery, and characters who eat rodents. If one of these five essential traits is lacking, please send me a strongly worded email about how you want more adventure, or mystery, or characters who eat rodents, or whatever.

This is a Long Blog Post.

Thanks for reading all of this! I’ll try to keep my blog posts concise in the future so you can spend more time and energy reading the chapters instead, which is really the point of all of this anyway. Sorry for the lengthiness of this first one– I just wanted to give some context to the blog and introduce you to Four Cuffs for what is possibly your first time hearing about it.

How Do I Keep Up With “Four Cuffs”?

Go to the Sign Up page! That’s the best way.

The purpose of this blog is to keep you up to date while I continue writing Four Cuffs. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to reach me at fourcuffs@gmail.com. I want to have a dialogue with you! Also, I’ve created a Twitter (@fourcuffs) that you can follow. This blog will be the central hub for any and all updates though.

Please feel free to share with anyone you know who might be into this kind of thing. I’m really passionate about this fantastical world and I would love for everyone to join me!

Saria salut,

Eric Dax