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.

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Just saw it with my wife. The Hundred-Foot Journey revolves around a young man, Hasan, who has what seems to be a perfect sense of taste when it comes to cooking. Tragedy leads him and his family away from the restaurant his grandfather started in India to a small village in France. There, they decide to start an Indian restaurant, but it just happens to be across the street from a Michelin rated French restaurant.

Trouble brews immediately, and well…go see it. I liked it a lot. After seeing nothing but popcorn fun with lots of explosions this summer, it was nice to see a date movie about people. And like all Indian movies, it also made me a bit homesick.

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.

Stories from Arisa

I just finished Stories From Arisa, a short story collection set in the same universe as A Warrior’s Path! It’s not volume two, but it is pretty awesome. I would say that wouldn’t I?

Anyway, first up is Received Wisdom, a story featuring Li-Dirge as 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 was short, he was always one of my favorite characters, and I’ve always felt bad about how Keemo died.

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.

Oh yes. I almost forgot. I’m also including the Prologue and Chapter 1 of A Warrior’s Knowledge. For those who don’t remember every detail of Arisa, I’m also including the glossary in the back.

Right now, the stories are off to editing, and I also need some cover art. Hopefully, it’ll be ready to be published in a few weeks.