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.

A Warrior’s Knowledge – an update

Before life kicked me off the writing wagon in January, I was making good progress with volume 2. I had 113,000 words down – success! Later on I realized that a good junk of that might end up in volume 3. I also realized that I’d have rewrite a large portion because while the plot was exactly as I wanted, the characters had gotten away from me; their interactions and such. They weren’t who I wanted them to be – not Rukh or Jessira or anyone from volume 1 but new characters. I have to alter these new characters so events in volume 3 have more emotional resonance.

Well, now I’m back to writing, and I thought I’d ease myself into it by editing what I’ve already written. It was quite a relief to find that what I’d already written for volume 2 wasn’t crap, and only needed minor changes. But small changes make for a much better book. I’ve gotten rid of extraneous words (I’m a horrible over-writer) and as a result, the narrative flow is much smoother.

My editing is motoring along, and I have now reached the parts where I’ll have to start rewriting scenes. It won’t be too bad (fingers crossed).