Guest Post: “Making It All Up” by Terry Milien

Hey, y’all! My good friend, Terry, had a new release this week. Today he’s here to talk about Iron Will and “Making It All Up.” So without further ado…




The fun thing about building a completely made-up world is you can do whatever the hell you want, and that includes the language(s), too.

Now, in this particular world of Iron Will, they do not worship gods and so have no concept of either heaven or hell. Thus, religion-related swearing and phrases wouldn’t make much sense. “What the hell,” “Jesus (Christ),” “Goddamn,” are all expressions that would not sit well, with the reader, and with myself.

Being a world dominated by science and technology, the engineers working day and night with such things as gears, engines, wires and all other manners of tools, developed their own slang. It didn’t take long for it to spread to non-Corporate folk.

“Gears,” “Grease,” “Uncross your wires,” “Still your gears,” “Shut your engines,” “You’re rusting my gears,” are all common sayings in the world of Iron Will.

Having grown up not only in the midst of a Corporate town, but in the very middle of Corporate life, Gael has picked up such idioms and phrases and it was a lot of fun to come up with them.

Iron Will was released from Less Than Three Press on April 9. If you want to win an eBook copy, follow this link ( to know how to enter the giveaway!

Thanks for tuning in.






Gael has never believed in “Steel Giants” and magic; they’re just stories told to captivate children and remind everyone of the power of the Corporation. Those beliefs fall prey to doubt, however, when he abruptly finds himself enemy number one and being hunted down by those who are supposed to protect…

Pairing: M/M/M/M

Buy it here


About Piper Vaughn

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, sci-fi, she loves them all! As a bisexual and Latinx person, Piper takes great pride in her heritage. She grew up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood and strives to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life … even if it’s only in a book.

Posted on April 11, 2014, in guest posts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Heehee… I look forward to reading about it. Ha… It’s gonna be funny to get used to it but I love worlds like this~~ ❤

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