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My name is Jason McWhirter and I am a history teacher of seventeen years. I spend most of my time fly-fishing the Pacific Northwest, drinking and tasting wine with my wife and friends, and sitting at my computer writing my next novel or screenplay. I'm an avid outdoorsman and daily workouts are a part of my regime. I love my friends and family, and I love life.

Hey everyone…Its been a bit since I’ve added a post. I’ve been busy finalizing my new book, A Year of a Thousand Casts. I’m excited to say that the book is now in the final editing stages and I have the cover more or less done. I had this really cool picture that my wife took of me fly fishing the Lewis River just below the falls. I wanted to use the picture and contacted one of my artists that I use for my fantasy books, Mario Teodosio. He said he could manipulate the photo and change me into a woman, who is the main character of my new book. I was thrilled and thought it turned out pretty cool. I still might do a sort of water color effect on the final cover but the picture below gives you an idea of what it will look like. I’m hoping the book will be available by September.  This is obviously not a fantasy book but I’m hoping that some of my fantasy fans will give the book a shot when its done. As usual, stay safe and thanks for your support.

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Hello everyone. If you have been following my blog then you know that I veered from my fantasy writing to work on a completely different story.  It’s been a lot of fun but I’m happy to say I finally completed the first draft.  So now I need to go through the editing stages, find a title, and publish. This will still take some time but it feels good to know that the basic frame of the story is now complete.  And for my fantasy fans, that means that soon I’ll be able to start my next Jonas book. I still have a ways to go on this new story but I thought I’d give everyone an update.

Hello everyone!  Amongst all the COVID frustrations the one good thing is I’ve been able to get a lot of writing done.  I’m happy to say that all I have left in my new book is the epilogue.  Once that’s done then I go through the editing process, beta reading, cover, and all the time consuming details to publish a book.  But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This break from fantasy has been fun and exciting, and its helped rejuvenate my desire to start the next Shadow Knight book and get into what is going to happen to Jonas next.  Stay tuned and be safe.

If you’ve been following my blog than you know that I’m presently writing a story completely different than my fantasy stories.  I was a bit nervous tackling a non-fantasy book focusing on love, life, death, and healing, all centered around the sport of fly-fishing.  But I have to admit I’ve really enjoyed the process.  I am now nearly done with chapter five and its been going smoothly.  I’ve really dived into this story and its been exciting and intriguing writing something completely outside my normalcy realm.  Stay tuned, I have a feeling this story won’t take me as long as I originally expected.

For those who have been following my new adventure in writing, I am now nearly done with chapter two in my new book.  As I said previously, the writing has been slow but exciting.  It’s been fun changing directions and jumping off the Fantasy path and trying something new.  It’s been a challenge but I’ve enjoyed  delving into different themes like fly fishing, infertility, loss and healing; all things that bring a dynamic and interesting scenario for my protagonist.  Rest assured I’m pecking away and I’ll keep you posted as the story progresses.

Okay folks, well I have started my new book.  I’m only a chapter in and since this genre is not my typical, its going much slower.  Ideas and images don’t flow through my head as fast as fantasy concepts.  But I’m really excited about the book.  This summer was spent doing a lot of camping and fly-fishing, enjoying my summer off.  When school starts I should be able to get back into my routine and get more writing done.  I’ll keep you all posted as I progress.  Again, for my fantasy readers, I plan to start the next Shadow Knight book once my new book is complete.  Stay tuned.

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So I’m taking a mini break from fantasy writing and tackling a story that I think will be not only interesting, but a major challenge for me. I have this idea of writing a story about love, loss, and healing, centered around things that are important to me and my wife.  I have not finalized all the concepts yet, but I can give you a quick summary.  There is a nurse who loses her husband to pancreatic cancer.  The husband in question was an avid fly fisherman and before he dies he creates a series of video clips for his wife.  He wants her to quit her job (or take a leave of absence) and travel to a number of places around the world to finish his bucket list of fishing trips.  At each location she will receive another pre-recorded video clip.  She will have a series of tasks (besides fishing of course) to complete at each location, among them deposit some of his ashes.  Her adventure will be filled with learning how to live once again, at the center healing her broken heart.  I’m very excited about this story.  And for my fantasy fans, don’t worry, I’m still working on a concept for my next Shadow Knight adventure.  I’m hoping that taking a break from the fantasy genre will help to stir up some ideas for my next Jonas novel. Stay tuned!

So, I’m taking a break from writing to rejuvenate my imagination.  My next writing adventure is to tell the next story in Jonas’s life as a Shadow Knight.  I’m taking a break as I try to light a fire under my creative juices to get some ideas flowing.  It might be a while before I start the process.  I’ll keep you all posted.

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I reached out to one of my artists and commissioned him to draw me a picture of one of the Crawlers in my new Five Lands Saga.  It turned out super cool.  I’ll be adding it to the title page of my upcoming book, Stone Blood, the final chapter of the series.  It’s too bad I can’t do color on the inside of the book as it turned out pretty cool.  The creatures are black in the book, but it won’t matter as the image will be black and white on the title page.  Either way, I love the image!

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