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Advertising, Round One

After seeing the success of my friends over at Kapuha Press, I decided to follow their lead and try setting up a small Facebook advertising campaign. I know it’s a risk, but it’s not the first time I’ve put money into my writing endeavor.

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On Criticism

For the past few years, I’ve given drawings out at Christmas. This year it was to save money, but usually it’s just something I want to do for a few members of my family.

The first time, I drew a picture of my Dad almost a year after his death. A year later, I drew Mom and Dad for my sister.

Changing things up, I decided to draw this picture of my nephews.


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Wanting and Longing

While meeting with some local writers, I shared a new flash fiction with them. One of the guys read it and was furious because he enjoyed it.

I hadn’t given him as much as he wanted with the story. He wanted more, he even demanded more.

Friends, this is what I’m in the game to do. If my stories don’t leave you wanting more, at least on some level, then I have fallen short. It might only be enough to make you wonder for a moment what happens next. This is enough since it means I have evoked a sense of wondering and imagination in your own mind.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been given these comments. Those who read my first and second steampunk stories often gave me the same reaction: “I want to read more!”

It’s a brief bit of joy, but I love whenever it happens.

Fun, I say. Fun.

Running a game tournament several days ago, I had a conversation with several players about what they were enjoying and not enjoying about the game. Over the past few months, a few players came in and shifted much of the mentality to serious tournament preparation.

Dispassionate intensity took over. Fun went away.


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I haven’t done much blogging in the past few months. As much as I might think I should, my output has been low.

Sure, the world decided to kick me and take my money. For the most part, I had to endure that as well as I could. I didn’t make any more Saga of the Elagabal videos, though that’s still something I intend to do. If nothing else, I’d like to get a better microphone setup before I try again.

Currently, I’m working on a few submissions, if only to get back in the game of sending stuff out. It’s a hard habit to get back into.

That doesn’t give me a pass from not sharing with you. My name might be plastered everywhere here, but, in my mind, this is your page. I do this for you, or I’m supposed to at least.

For you, I will still try. If nothing else, I have goals that I would still like to see fulfilled. Until then, I will continue to plot, scheme, and share my machinations as often as I can.

Happy Life Day 2015!

Yes, I’m a few days early, but I’m excited.

Many people have seen the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a reason to call it “Nerd Christmas.” Since the franchise already has a similar (apocryphal) holiday, I’m using that greeting instead:

Happy Life Day!


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Want To See What I’m Writing?

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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