• 3-2-2023

    Last couple weeks have been busy. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been with my writing. Regular business, wife and kid away visiting family, me taking care of the dog, TAXES(!) it’s left me scrambling to find some free time. Still, I move forward.

    Had time to submit a short story to Grimdark Magazine. I wrote it during a weekend over holiday vacation. For those that have read my books, this story is different. Way different. First, it’s a fantasy piece. Second, it should go without saying, it is grim-dark. If you’re not familiar with that kind of fantasy story, it’s about morally grey characters doing morally grey things. Not all happy endings and heroes saving the day. While this will seem pretty opposite of my books, let me assure you, I’m comfortable writing this way.

    I have a lot of stories that I hope to tell at some point that are more “adult” in nature. The “Jax Brandt” novels are written with a more young adult frame in mind. This is both for my daughter and I find it easier to write. I’ve done short stories my whole life, even if they’ve never seen the light of day. Jax has given me the chance to learn how to write books and continues to teach me. Plus, you rarely see mixed race (Japanese and German in Jax’s case) characters in a book. I wanted my daughter to see that there is a future for that.

    It might be a few months before I hear anything from Grimdark Mag, but I will keep you updated as I find out more. IF they don’t pick up my short story, my plan is to have it edited and offer it up as a Kindle quick read. I like it enough that I will definitely create more short stories in that world… well, as time allows, anyway.

    Today’s image is from book 1 chapter 20.

    On words to more words.

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  • 2-24-2024

    I remembering reading that Niel Gaiman basically wrote Coraline on 50 words a day. I feel like that right now with my work. I know where the story is going. It’s on a good track, but man finding the time and energy to write is tough. So many things have to get done this time of year in my normal life, day job, taxes, family things, and such, that it’s a struggle. Don’t even get me started on keeping up with social media.

    Still, I press on. The creative process of writing and bringing stories to life is a part of me. Even if I wasn’t publishing stories, I’d still be writing them. While I find reading to be an excellent escape from reality, writing is more so. It’s a stress reducer, a Zen moment where I can simply indulge my overactive imagination. That, in and of itself, is a fabulous gift for me. I need that kind of artistic expression in my life.

    Anyway, back to putting more words into the story. This posts image is from book 1 chapter 19. Enjoy!

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  • 2-5-2024

    I’m doing something with my writing I’ve never had to do before! I’m moving a chapter – lol

    Many writers will probably smack their head at this, but it’s true. I write my books in order, I never skip chapters. For me, it lets the story grow and progress along a believable track. However, here recently, I made some drastic re-writes to the first two chapters. Now, what was happening in chapter 4 makes more sense hitting in chapter 3. Additionally, in terms of pacing, it adds impact to the story and spreads out important details. Hopefully, this never happens again, because I stress too much about doing it – lol

    February should see a lot of gains towards finishing act 1. Always the tough act for me to get right. Then the action ramps up and it’s full steam ahead!

    This post’s image is from book 1 chapter 18!

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  • 1-26-2024

    Hey all! Sorry, took a brief break from the whole social media thing and updating my blog. Don’t worry, progress on book 3 is still ongoing. Normal work picks up a bit this time of year, and I needed some time for that. I shall return to my normal author type ways and social media next week!

    Thanks for your support!

    On words to more words!

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