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Adventures In Reality Checks

Over the weekend, I went on an adventure. Yes, I know many people go on adventures each weekend, but I don’t usually.

On Saturday, I checked out Penned Con in St. Louis. While there, I learned I was behind on a number of things, but ahead on others.

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An Author’s Name

Five years ago, I went to a Dragon Con panel featuring David B. Coe. Upon introducing himself, mentioned that having a pseudonym wasn’t as bad as most writers might fear it could be. I was instantly curious about what he was referring to, since it had to be connected to an upcoming project.

Before another year had passed, The Thieftaker Chronicles had begun. The series is listed under the author D.B. Jackson, which is the pseudonym David uses for his historical urban fantasy. As I learned more about the first novel, Thieftaker, I kept thinking, “Wow, what a great idea for a story!” For me, that turned out to be a doorway to reading more books.

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I said I would offer The Fanged Circle: The Knight for free. Today, I deliver. For this initial free offering, Jacob’s tale will be available June 29-30, 2015.

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Speed of Reading

I wrote recently about how fast some of my friends can read. I’m jealous of them and their speed reading.

This post isn’t about that.

I’ve noticed that some books read at different rates than others. I’m going to highlight a few choice examples, just to illustrate this further. View full article »

Thank Your Network

You may have seen an actual picture of me. There’s one that I use a lot because it looks good, looks like me, and it features a smile.

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New Features

I know I need to do more to get my name out in the world.

Yes, I have a fantasy serial to show off, novels that need to find representation, all the usual things. I could do more–and I have two things in mind.

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As a former employee of Barnes & Noble and a Nook owner, it seems odd that I would release a dark fantasy serial exclusively on Amazon. I’m not even a fan of exclusive, well, anything.

More than anything else, I wanted to give people a chance to read The Fanged Circle for free.

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I’ve been working on a new dark fantasy project. I haven’t said a lot about it, since it was going to be a simple piece. Three sections, conflict between the POV of each, dark, sad, done.

Then I realized I had ideas past what I’d initially planned to write. Juicy, mysterious setting stuff. I wanted to write more.

I didn’t have all the answers, but I knew that wasn’t a problem. Dark Souls and Bloodborne don’t give you the answers, you have to go digging for them.

With the nature of digital prose, I knew I could release installments and slowly build something larger.

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Why is everyone so MAD?

I saw Mad Max: Fury Road over the weekend.  Mad Men had its series finale. The number one movie a few weeks ago featured a character whose entire gimmick is getting mad.  And tons of people are mad about how a certain episode of Game of Thrones ended.

Which is why I ask: Why is everyone so mad?

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There’s a link on the sidebar of this blog, a simple label showing that I have a page on DeviantArt.  For years, I did little with it, not giving it much to grow from.  It was a place where some of my art chose to live, sometimes loved, sometimes forgotten.

In the past few years, my skills as an artist have increased on average.  I’m strongest with an F pencil, though I’m willing to play with pens and Photoshop when the need arises.

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