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Belief and Reassurance

One of the most trying things about writing–or any creative endeavor–is the fear that things won’t work out. It’s a natural fear, especially when things take time to create.

We all have natural slips, since we’re all human. Good days come, as do bad days.

With that in mind, I present this video message…

Write.

Edit.

Do both every day.

I see variations on that with a degree of frequency. When I have a chance, I do my very best to edit Tesseract, write “The Mirror Of Tila,” and try really hard to be good to everyone.

The town I live in is one of the most conservative placed in the United States. I am not a conservative. Still, I have many local friends. There’s a warmth in my heart knowing that I have a diverse group of people I care about. Both genders, several religious affiliations, no less than four races. View full article »

I was very fortunate to come to a writer event with my friend Michael Ignacio. He was displaying his books for sale for the first time and kindly offered to share space with me.

Here’s us with editor Danny Wilkens. We’re all in the same local writing group together.

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In late 1994, I watched the Hell Freezes Over Eagles concert special with my parents. During the show, me and my Dad would say things we liked about the songs, the ones we liked, the ones we didn’t like. For some reason, they didn’t play “Heartache Tonight.”

Never before had I discussed music with my parents. It was not a short discussion.

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Inspiration of India

A month ago, I had a dream that wouldn’t let me go. There were some interesting things in it, elements of Indian culture, a battle between digital players who had become gods. Ceremony, celebration, iconography.

Some of the women in this dream looked a little like this woman:

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PREPARE TO DIE. Those are the words boldly marked on the back cover of Dark Souls. In a more literal sense, it means Prepare To Fail. As with any challenging venture, failure should not only be planned for, it should be anticipated. Failure is how we improve.

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The title says it all.

I’m starting a Patreon page soon. I’m going to offer perks–patrons have to get something out of the process.

What I need is an idea of what people would like from me on a monthly scale.

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New Release: In The Shadow Of War

My friend Bradley R. Mitzelfelt has just released the first novel of THE DARK MAGE CHRONICLES, In The Shadow of War. As another emerging writer like myself, I wanted to share this release with everyone.

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You’re thinking Why might this book be for me? I shall gladly answer that.

  • It stands on the tradition of Mass Effect. Lead character Dearic Thyne is an Ardour, something of a fantasy equivalent of a Spectre with an extra dash of detective thrown in. While there are bandits, thieves, and orcs running around, there are also the insect-like Nalgvane and a mystery species called the Mists. It’s a wide world where the standard rules don’t have to apply all the time.
  • Dearic is suppose to be a perfect character and fails at it. When I asked Bradley to describe Dearic to me, he said this: “Dearic is the quintessential good guy. He’s chivalrous, likes beautiful women, is highly intelligent, and likes to fight with a rapier.” He makes enemies, he doesn’t know the full capability of his weapons, and, when he has a purpose, he’s utterly single-minded.
  • “Who am I?” Dearic doesn’t know where he comes from, as he’s the King’s adopted son. Despite that major pull on his loyalty, he still has to find out where he came from, then determine how much his nurture or nature will shape his future.

If you’re ready for In The Shadow Of War, it’s ready for you now.

Last Monday, I finished compiling the first draft of “The Mirror of Tila.” With that done, I have no active project where I’m doing the initial writing.

As the saying goes: What to do, what to do?

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In the past month, I’ve done a lot of work on a new short story, “The Mirror of Tila.” This is meant for a fantasy anthology focusing on villain characters. A bonus for me is that it features my dark fantasy setting, THE NIGHT LANDS.

I need 10,000 words. Currently, I have 7,500. The next part to write looks like this:

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