Problem-solving by Writing Myself into a Corner

While editing the first book of the Lost Chronicles of the Vanir [a new series I hope to publish sometime between August and November, this will become my fifth published book], I stumbled across a solution for a problem in the third book of the same series.

It may sound weird, but I love writing myself into corners I have no way out of… then finding a way to escape said corners. It’s a delightful combination of mystery solving and applied imagination that you just don’t get anywhere else.

In other news, just started the process of getting the cover ready for the next book, a YA/A sci-fantasy: Rose Smyth—Vampire Sorceress.

If you don’t have a copy of the first three books or the short stories, then hurry up and get them! Once you do, please leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Have an amazing day!

Backwards to Move Forward

Sometime’s you really do have to move backwards to go forward. This is particularly frustrating to me because I tend to be a bit tunnel visioned, and that’s almost always focused straight ahead. But, I suspect like anything else it can be turned into something positive.

When you’re in a bah-humbug sort of mood (the way I am), finding that silver-lining can be tough. But, we are a tough people.

This week’s backward-facing problem arose while I was working on the finishing touches for the Human e-book release. Only three of my chapter bookmark/hyperlinks were working (post e-book conversion). Why those three? I have no clue. I have a few suspicions about the root of my trouble, but no solid knowledge. So, this weekend I’m gonna yank ’em all out and redo ’em. As part of this, I’ll be working on another computer. Maybe that will show me some grammatical or spelling error that I missed. Maybe I’ll notice some other mistake. The possibilities are endless.

If you run into a similar circumstance, don’t let it get you down. You’re part of the most stubborn species in this section of the galaxy. Embrace that.

Yeah, I’m definitely not a connoisseur of silver-linings. In fact, all this positivity is making me a bit queasy. Think I’m gonna go find some sour grapes to help settle my stomach.

If you have to move forward to go backwards, do it with gusto and style. If it leaves you a bit queasy, I’ll happily share my grapes.

HUMAN by William R. Humble

Congratulations to the 3 #BookGiveaway Winners!

Thanks to all who followed my new social media accounts, and shared posts or invited others to join in the giveaway.

The Three Winners Are…

~ Lorin Wood

~ Carolyn Blevins

~ Amber Royer

I will contact each of you this week through your social media accounts to get your mailing address. Or you can email me at William@CastleHumble.com. Enjoy The Barrington Job!

The Barrington Job: Giveaway

To celebrate the cooler weather and because I’m just so excited to announce my newly released science fiction novel, The Barrington Job, I will be giving away a signed paperback copy to three lucky winners.

Contest runs October 1 – 15, 2020, and is open to readers in the US. The three winners will be chosen on Monday, October 19, 2020.

To Enter: Follow @WilliamRHumble on

Giveaway Details:

  • Prize: One signed paperback copy of The Barrington Job, ISBN: 9781953172037
  • Number of prizes: Three
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • US residents only.
  • Entries will be accepted October 1 – 15, 2020.
  • Each “follow,” “share,” or newsletter subscription counts as one entry. Each participant may have up to ten entries.
  • Drawing will be on Monday October 19, 2020. Winners will be notified through email and/or direct/private message, and winners will be posted on www.CastleHumble.com/blog and William Humble’s social media on October 20, 2020.
  • Books will be mailed, media rate, through the USPS. Postage will be paid by William Humble.
  • No purchase necessary.

Good Luck! And welcome to the CastleHumble community!!