I cannot imagine a better song to set Supernatural to. Every season is a new version of The Howling.
I think the big question is, is Sephiroth, Zach or Aeris the one singing?
Yesterday, I sent out the Newsletter, and started on the massive project to restart the zine next year. If you didn't get your copy, you can read it here and sign up to receive it here. I have so many irons in the fire, it is a great way to keep from missing something.
Calling all Beta Readers
I also added many of my previously published works to the Beta Readers group for a one last pass before the relaunch of my Scifi/fantasy series, Our Solemn Hour.
- All 5 Issues of Fate's Harrow
- All 4 Legends of the Jade Moon Novelettes
- The full text of Shine Like Thunder
If you want to help with this read through and get early access to drafts of new stories, join the Beta Readers' Group. As always everyone who helps edit these works will get a shout out in the Acknowledgements and a free ebook version of the final text.
The Return of Fate's Harrow
I know you caught that. Yes, for the first time in 7 years, my bestselling book Fate's Harrow is coming back!
I am so excited to make this book available again. I believe all the rights considerations have been taken care of, so I can finally get the book back into print. If we can keep on schedule, it should be available by December 16th!
Stepping up on Wattpad
Wattpad is an interesting place, and I have dabbled with it from time to time. I added a bunch of previously unpublished stories there to get your feedback. Hopefully, I can get my head around the site and community over there.
If you have any advise for me on that, please share. If you would like to follow me over there, here is my profile.
I am trying to open up
Openness is the secret power of the internet. I know that is not a shocking statement, but it is something I have struggled with for years. I am trying to be more open with what I am doing and how I am doing it.
No journey is worth taking if you have to take it alone. If you want to walk this path with me, Join the Project: Shadow group and follow me on the various social networks.
Reboots and the Return of the Serials
So much has happened over the last year. I have to thank you all for your support through these trying times. The good news is, there is a light over at the Frankenstein place, and I am ready to do the time warp again!
Ok, there is no connection between what I am working on and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but I am pretty sure I know how that bird felt in Magenta's hand. After a year of ups and downs, the only consistent things have been my faith, friends, family, and all of you.
After all the work, and a steep learning curve in 3D art, it is time to open the flood gates and get you more stories. A lot more stories.
What I learned this year
You all have supported me beyond belief this year. Your love and acceptance of Wand and Weaver: The Chain has warmed my heart. In 1 year, it has sold more copies than any other individual book I've written!
I also learned that you like my $0.99 novelettes. They have sold consistently throughout the year.
So, now, as we move towards 2014, I am going to try something new. Soon, I will launch the first of 2 new serials. One will be set in Dragons of Night, and will pick up where The Chain ended, the other will continue the world of Liquid Sky and Shine Like Thunder.
With your help, 2014 will be even better. Spread the word, and get involved. There is a lot of work ahead, and I know that you will be by my side through it all. Thank you for everything. Your support means the world to me.
After I decided to reconnect with the things I love, I went back to my blog to reconnect with my thoughts.
I realize that about two years ago I stopped posting about what it means to me to be a writer and entertainment designer. In a lot of ways, it's about the same time I started finding it hard to write.
One of the things that I did discover, or should I say rediscovered, was the Cult of Done Manifesto. I remembered how I felt the first time I read it. I remembered how inspired I was.
Everything Is a Draft
I remember when I abandoned that principle. At a certain point when I was writing The Chain, I vowed to myself that I would write the book that I wanted to read. I didn't realize until today that I set a goal to pursue the Platonic ideal of the book I wanted.
That one unseen goal has paralyzed me ever since. My drive to write a perfect book has kept me from working on the right book. So I find myself with what feels like an unending wave of writers block.
Laugh at Perfection
I dabbled around a little bit with the idea of treating the story like it was software development. The text I write would be the code. There would be iterations, patches, updates, and development towards fuller and greater versions. It is an interesting idea,
Perhaps what I need to do is pick up that idea again and see where it leads me. Since I spent a lot of time tinkering with it, and not doing it, there's a good chance that it holds the key to unlocking my creativity.
Hopefully, you will join me in this grand experiment. I'll share my experiences and theories with you, all I ask in return is for your feedback. I know I don't have to ask for your support. You've always shown me so much. Let the experiments begin.
It amazes me the clarity a headache can sometimes give you. My sinuses and I are at war today in this dry autumn air. As a result, I don't have the level of patience that I usually would have.
When I got up today, I went over my schedule to organize my workflow for the day. Since I decided to take part in National Novel Writing Month, high on my list was to hit my word count for the day. That is not what I wanted to do.
As the resistance mounted against me, I focused my attention on why I didn't want to write.
That was just the thing. My problem isn't that I don't want to write. The problem is I want to play in the setting. I want to explore, frolicking in all the nooks and crannies that the world presents me. So, in reality, it is not that I don't want to write, it is yet again the constraints of the novel are working against the kind of story I want to tell.
Over and over, I tell myself that I'm going to break out of the mold of the novel, and time and again I force myself back into it. It is comfortable, familiar. I know how to do that, and as such it is the easy way out.
I have to stop taking the easy way out.
So, for me, National Novel Writing Month is both the problem and the symptom. I'm not writing a novel, so why am I trying to make it fit the format? I need to refocus, and plan my way forward. Something different is trying to be born through me. I just need to get out of its way.
My friend Emerian Rich has a story, Soul Taker 2.0 in a new anthology. If you don’t already love her work like I do, you should check her out. ▼ Reshared Post From Emerian Rich ▼ Check out my story SoulTaker 2.0 in this new anthology!
250 posts! Seems like only yesterday I… blah blah blah, you know the rest. It still sounds like a lot though.
There isn’t much there at the moment, but I launched the Our Solemn Hour site today. Hopefully, the story will start flowing with the same ease the characters are popping in my head. I want to thank you all in advance for your support over the next month writing. This world really wants to come into being, and together, we can make that happen.
It’s Halloween! Don’t Blink baldkaren: Weeping Angel (pen stippling)
Oh, how time flies. I want to participate in National Novel Writing Month, but as usual, I lost track of time and have absolutely nothing ready to write.
Faint images flutter around the corners of my mind, but nothing concrete enough to move forward on. I need to hunker down and trust the story will form.
No bias. No preconceived notions. Just me and a cat that need saving. If my muse is gentle and kind, then I'll find the story by the first.
If you have any suggestions, I'm open to hear them.
I really don’t know what to say about that. I love this movie and the TV show, but I cannot say that I think the movie was perfect. I do have a couple concerns about a remake though.
1. Sean Connery
How can you replace Sean Connery? He is an actor who has no modern counterpart.
2. Queen’s Soundtrack
How could anyone improve on that?
3. Clancy Brown
So they are planing a Highlander reboot… Clancy Brown is the perfect villain. He will be harder to replace than Sean Connery. While I won’t say it is impossible to make a good Highlander reboot, the odds are stacked against it.
I wish I hadn’t said that now… he might actually try. sigh Well, I guess it will be useful to keep the kids off the lawn.
Boba Fett caught himself an alien You know, this is one mashup movie I think I would go and see. The idea of Boba Fett hunting an alien sends a perverse chill down my spine. The only thing I think would be more fun would be to watch him go after a predator. ▼ Reshared Post From Branden Haize ▼ "The Bounty Hunter", art by Freddy. http://graphicgeek.deviantart.com/ #Artwork #StarWars #Aliens http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/3Kjq
I didn't think it was going to get here till around Halloween, see you can imagine my jubilant surprise when it arrived earlier today. It took me a little while to get everything moved on to it that I wanted, but now I'm ready to rock.
I don't want to be too much of a Mac fan boy, but it really is a thing of beauty. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I waited so long to update my system. It's going to take me some time to be used to a machine that does what I want to do when I want it to do it.
As I sit here dictating this post, I am overwhelmed by the many things I wanted to get done, but didn't have the power to do. I should be able to get a lot more writing done, and a lot faster. The best part is, I really will be able to work wherever I want to again.
So now, I need to tap down my excitement, and focus on getting things done.
Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night:
When did Russell Brand become the voice of revolution? I never thought I would cheer Russell Brand on as he argues for a political revolution, but dammit, I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. We need to build an alternative to our broken political system. The system itself needs fixing, not just the politicians. There has to be a better way.
The secret to children’s growth revealed. haha. I have to get or make some of these hats for all my friends with kids.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/3Fx5
NBC Pulls 'Parks & Rec' -- But It'll Be Back:
No Parks and Rec for 3 weeks? NOOOOO! So, the Voice, and a Saturday Night Live Halloween special are bumping one of my favorite shows. I cannot wait for the traditional TV model to pass away, and for the networks to embrace the internet.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/3Fxk
Hiccup and Toothless BFF
This picture of Hiccup and toothless just make me smile. HTTYD2 by kanapy-art is just a picture of pure happiness, serenity, and friendship May we all have a loyal friend like this.
O Sarek, want some tea? Gotta love this picture of a love struck Amanda, overly focused Sarek, and baby Spock. Maybe we need a new animated series? ▼ Reshared Post From Madie Beartri ▼ Ambassador Sarek, Baby Spock and Amanda Grayson.http://dausy.tumblr.com/post/52104095584/so-i-theres-this-hot-men-with-babies-tumblr-and