Pay Your Artists

Once, I had a vision. I would write an amazing comic book and find an artist to draw it with me. Not for me. With me. You know, a collaboration. Like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Or Ditko and Lee. Or Simon and Schuster. Wait, that last one doesn’t work. Anyway, the basic idea was […]

Writing Down the Bones

So, I got my edits back over a month ago, and I still haven’t gone through them all. I have a lot of fear. Fear of rejection, fear my writing won’t be good enough. But it’s more than that. I realize now the reason so much of my writing has fallen flat is that I […]

Your First Book Will Stink

And that’s ok. So does mine. It’s not terrible by any means, but it’s no masterpiece. Totally normal. Everyone stinks their first time. That’s what gives us room to grow. But that’s the hard part: Growing. See, you have to want to get better to be better. You have to do the work, put in […]

More Book News

Sent my book to the editor the other day. I’m using Jordan Rosenfeld’s editing services. She’s great, and I highly recommend her. She looked over my manuscript once before and gave me great direction and guidance. Hope she’s ready because this draft is almost totally different from the one I showed her before. Yes, I’ve […]

Quick Update: Novel

No longer trying so hard to be provocative. No longer taking shortcuts. Revisions should be done by June 1. Some notes: Calin is back as the protagonist. He’s not as whiny. He’s not a white guy. Terrwyn is back to being a pale, red-haired thief with a snark-streak. Croli is still awesome. Asder/Aremana, Dragonrider is […]

Book Update: Emerald Sword

Hi kids! Sorry updates have been a little sparse. I’ve been hard at work on Bubblegum-Man and the novel. The bad news is there are a few tweaks I need to make to the book to get it where I want it. The good news is that these changes are largely cosmetic. I’ll be reworking […]

Whatcha Workin’ On, There?

For the last five to seven years or so, I’ve been working on my first novel “The Emerald Sword.” It’s a fantasy that takes place in a world populated by knights, ladies, Spanish-speaking elves, wild buffalo, and untamed gods. It’s a wild, beautiful world filled with danger and drinking. Terrwyn Cornraker, a young farmer’s daughter, […]

State of the Conq

Hey y’all. What a month it’s been! The final draft of my novel is nearly complete. I’ve polished off the first couple hundred pages. Reworked a few scenes. Corrected some misspellings. Tossed junk that didn’t belong. Fun stuff. As a result, I regret I have been neglecting Optimist’s Umbrella and my historical Twitter project. I […]

Fallow Period Ends

Hey guys! Well, it’s been a month or so. Time to get back to work! I’ll be polishing up Emerald Sword with some help from friends and editors and editor-friends. Final draft should be done by mid-June at the latest. I’ll also be reorganizing and revamping older blog posts over at Optimist’s Umbrella. So, be […]