Drowning in fantasy, and trying to breathe.

My name is Brandon R. Chinn and I love to write. I am a novelist and short story author, mostly of fantasy and science fiction, however lately I've found great love in airing my mind out through poetry, @brandonrchinn, also I wrote a novella: Kognition: First Fragment

I’ve been pretty outspoken in my desire to write a story where decisions have consequences and no one is safe. But I didn’t want it to be unrelentingly bleak—I don’t think everyone would read the books if everything was just darkness and despair and people being horribly tortured and mutilated and dying. Every once in a while you have to give the good guys a victory — where the guys who are perhaps a lighter shade of grey have a victory over the guys who are a darker shade of grey

George R. R. Martin - EW interview


Njorun woke from a deep, dreamless sleep. Her arms and legs came about slowly as she tried to stand, and she realized that she was fully submerged in liquid. She kicked her legs out, instinctively trying to swim, but there was no direction left to her. The dark green water went on infinitely, and there didn’t seem to be any sort of surface. She felt herself begin to panic. In quick bursts her arms shot out ahead of her, fingers outstretched and reaching into the watery expanse to come back with nothing. Bursts of bubbles blurred her vision. She felt herself begin to sink, the weight of water pushing down on her. The crushing green liquid moved over her, and as she kicked again and swiped out with her hands, she realized she was not holding her Mistelteinn. Anxiety and despair filled her in place of oxygen, and she let out a silent lonely scream.
Then, far out in the darkness, twin moons woke and blinked at her. Njorun tried once more to swim as a massive shape moved in the dark green waters, sending up pockets of bubbles that blinded her. The shape moved ever closer, becoming the space of the water and slithering about. Njorun kicked once more, propelling herself up and up and up with all the bubbles, away from the chaotic movement. Unperturbed, the twin moons continued to blink and rise, blink and rise. They closed in on her until their light spilled out to consume the entirety of her vision, except for the single dark pits sunk deep into each. The moons regarded her without expression, fully illuminating Njorun’s small black form. Njorun rose and rose, her feet kicked and her vision clearing as she cut through the water. The slithering beast about her continued to move, its eyes turning the bubbles into speeding balls of bright white glass. Nidhogg seemed to be swimming around her, the great dragon serpent keeping her in the right direction, until her head burst through the surface of the water.

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Art by Sabrina Salamon

Njorun woke from a deep, dreamless sleep. Her arms and legs came about slowly as she tried to stand, and she realized that she was fully submerged in liquid. She kicked her legs out, instinctively trying to swim, but there was no direction left to her. The dark green water went on infinitely, and there didn’t seem to be any sort of surface. She felt herself begin to panic. In quick bursts her arms shot out ahead of her, fingers outstretched and reaching into the watery expanse to come back with nothing. Bursts of bubbles blurred her vision. She felt herself begin to sink, the weight of water pushing down on her. The crushing green liquid moved over her, and as she kicked again and swiped out with her hands, she realized she was not holding her Mistelteinn. Anxiety and despair filled her in place of oxygen, and she let out a silent lonely scream.

Then, far out in the darkness, twin moons woke and blinked at her. Njorun tried once more to swim as a massive shape moved in the dark green waters, sending up pockets of bubbles that blinded her. The shape moved ever closer, becoming the space of the water and slithering about. Njorun kicked once more, propelling herself up and up and up with all the bubbles, away from the chaotic movement. Unperturbed, the twin moons continued to blink and rise, blink and rise. They closed in on her until their light spilled out to consume the entirety of her vision, except for the single dark pits sunk deep into each. The moons regarded her without expression, fully illuminating Njorun’s small black form. Njorun rose and rose, her feet kicked and her vision clearing as she cut through the water. The slithering beast about her continued to move, its eyes turning the bubbles into speeding balls of bright white glass. Nidhogg seemed to be swimming around her, the great dragon serpent keeping her in the right direction, until her head burst through the surface of the water.

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Art by Sabrina Salamon

I’m going to make a little article/blog entry later on self-pub thoughts and advice for those who are interested.

KOGNITION: SECOND STAGE IS NOW AVAILABLE. Softcover copies available at the Createspace Store here, as well as the ebook available through several distributors through the Lulu eStore here. If you haven’t read First Fragment yet, it is still available on the Amazon store here as well as now available on the Lulu eStore here!

Enter the darkness. Lisa Perdita is slowly sinking into madness. Her powerful Neurolink connection warping against her will, she finds herself lost without family, friends, or reason. But even as she so desperately wishes to collapse from exhaustion and sleep, closing her eyes only causes her to wake up as someone else. Sam Hutchinson is losing his mind to boredom. Every day is a mirror image of the last, an endless cycle of chores and studies. But when strange, buried memories begin to surface, he finds himself wondering what parts of his past are real and what parts are trying to damage his future. When two people who were never supposed to meet cross paths, the ensuing chaos makes big waves in both the digital and real worlds. As the darkness sets in and strange individuals beset Kognition and the WoAnLiNe, they will either have to be heroes, or become erased entirely…

If you are a fan of online games, Norse mythology, symbolism, philosophy, or strong female protagonists, please read Kognition!

KOGNITION: SECOND STAGE IS NOW AVAILABLE. Softcover copies available at the Createspace Store here, as well as the ebook available through several distributors through the Lulu eStore here. If you haven’t read First Fragment yet, it is still available on the Amazon store here as well as now available on the Lulu eStore here!

Enter the darkness. Lisa Perdita is slowly sinking into madness. Her powerful Neurolink connection warping against her will, she finds herself lost without family, friends, or reason. But even as she so desperately wishes to collapse from exhaustion and sleep, closing her eyes only causes her to wake up as someone else. Sam Hutchinson is losing his mind to boredom. Every day is a mirror image of the last, an endless cycle of chores and studies. But when strange, buried memories begin to surface, he finds himself wondering what parts of his past are real and what parts are trying to damage his future. When two people who were never supposed to meet cross paths, the ensuing chaos makes big waves in both the digital and real worlds. As the darkness sets in and strange individuals beset Kognition and the WoAnLiNe, they will either have to be heroes, or become erased entirely…

If you are a fan of online games, Norse mythology, symbolism, philosophy, or strong female protagonists, please read Kognition!