FOOTBALL!!!!!

That’s American Football for everyone else. It’s that time of year when epic, manly men do epic, manly things. That’s right, it’s opening week of the N. F. L.

I wasted, I mean watched, nearly 3 hours of the Bengals vs. Ravens. My magnificent Bengals (I’m from Cincy so I’m kinda stuck with them) were bungling along, leading 15-0, before they do what the Bengals too often do: blow a lead. The Ravens came back to take the lead in the 4th quarter, and at that point, I turned off the game in disgust and  went back to writing book 2 – a much more productive use of my time, I’m sure most of you would agree.

Of course, what this meant was that I missed the Bengals thundering right back and holding on to win the game. Oh well. At least the Men (the Bengals) won.

Back to writing.

 

Early cover art for Stories from Arisa

Here’s the pencil sketch for my short story collection, Stories from Arisa:

Pencil for Stories

Once the coloring is done and my editor sends me the final markups, I’m hoping to have the collection out sometime next week.

Right now, there are four stories. First  is Received Wisdom, a story featuring Li-Dirge, describing how he becomes the SarpanKum of the Eastern Plague.

Next is The Prank, a story from Rukh’s time at the House of Fire and Mirrors, one of the two Kumma martial academies in Ashoka. Keemo features prominently in this one, and I was glad to write him again. Though his screen time in A Warrior’s Path was short, he was always one of my favorite characters.

Then comes A Lesson Learned. It’s a tale about murder in Ashoka.
Finally there’s The Missing Diamond, a story about an arrogant Cherid who loses a priceless diamond. Lieutenant Rector Bryce has to catch the thief.

I’m also including the prologue and Chapter 1 of A Warrior’s Knowledge. For those who don’t remember every detail of Arisa – which includes me on most days – I’m  also including a glossary at the end.

 

 

An interview with the Superman/Wonder Woman Tumblr

My first interview! Kinda cool that someone is interested in what I’ve written. Who am I kidding? It’s awesome! Read the interview and you’ll see how I went from writing original stories, to writing fan fiction, and back to writing original works.

Word of warning: if you read the fanfic novels I wrote, understand that they’re all second draft with loads of typos. Be forgiving.

HeroesCon

I went to my first Con this past weekend! It was HeroesCon 2014 in Charlotte, NC. I’d never been to a Con before and had no idea what to expect.

From watching television shows (should have known to never trust TV!), I thought the place would be full of Cosplayers letting loose their inner nerds, but that wasn’t the case at all. It was actually rather tame.

Sure, there were some folks dressed up as comic book characters (and they were always surrounded by a crowd wanting to have their pictures taken with them), but mostly it was just  normal looking people wandering around looking for something to buy.

In my case, I wanted something for my office. There was some art featuring Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer, which I would have loved (and my wife would have hated), but I ended up buying this print from independent writer Ben Chaney, author of Sons of Sedonia. I love the the colors and the energy as well as the dichotomy of loneliness amidst the clamor of a crowd.