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This year’s NaNoWriMo project features the first installment of Saga of the Elagabal: The Loyalty of Severus. That’s right, the first book has a title now. Chuck Wendig asked readers to share a thousand words of their project, so I thought now is a good opportunity to do just that.

In this scene, Varius, the heir of the ostracized House Severus, has both his mind and combat skills tested by the Imperial General Caracalla. This is Varius’ “put your hand in the box” moment (if you remember Dune, you’ll get it).

Anyway, enjoy this scene from draft one:

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I consider myself an educated person. I’ve watched all of the Republican and Democratic Presidential Debates in the current election cycle. I do this because of a desire to make an informed decision, but also because one of the people in these debates will become the next President of the United States.

Yes, this will be a departure from my usual posts. Since I’ve been working on a story dealing with politics, leadership, and what people do to gain power, I think it’s worth exploring. There is another reason, which I’ll touch on at the end of this post

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The key to happiness, I’ve heard, comes from gratitude. Given some of the promotional shenanigans I’ve seen others do, I thought it would be a good idea to have an event based around gratitude.

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Trick or Treat 2015

Everyone should have a chance at a fun Halloween full of shadowy things and imagined wonders.

With that in mind, I have a few treats available.

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I finally posted that often-promised video. In this, I discuss what I hope to do with future videos, as well as a few of the inspiring forces for the next science fiction tale I intend to write.

Plotting and Scheming

When I was role playing at least once a week, there was a period where I ran a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic campaign. All my preparations from character attributes to secret clues were all listed in a single black notebook. Any time my friend Rick saw this notebook, he’d say something like, “Oh, no. You’re plotting and scheming again.”

I mention it because, yes, I have been plotting and scheming.

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The Unnecessary Gesture

There’s a trend I’ve noticed in science fiction and fantasy. Any time someone wants to use their powers, they are depended upon gesturing.

Now look at this sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, specifically Vader’s attack at 3:35.

Gone is the gestures commonplace in today’s media. With hardly any gestures at all Luke is assaulted by all manner of debris. Does Vader need to point his hand or finger at Luke? No. He simply uses the power available to him.

What is more impressive? The character who has to extend their hands or the one who just does it?


I need to write. I need to edit. I need to plan another book. I need to learn more about marketing.

Instead, I read, I play X-Wing and HeroClix. I finally finished a single playthrough of Dark Souls.

This is the literary equivalent of–SQUIRREL!

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Sometimes You Have To Sleep

In the past few weeks, my progress has gone from steady to slow to stopped. There was no other way.

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Free Days for The Fanged Circle

To celebrate my appearance at the ToyMan Show in St. Louis, I’m offering all three current entries in The Fanged Circle for FREE. Check the links below on September 27 or 28 to get your copies!

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