Why I Write: Becoming An Author

I’ve been a writer since I was about eight years old. I made knock-off G.I. Joe comic books and wrote short stories about the secret life of cats and the true world that exists in the dead of night. I won a few awards as a kid and had a few stories and poems published anonymously—I was shy about that stuff—in Junior High and High School magazines. I wrote my first book shortly after my dad died. I was 22, it was a sudden death, and I was wholly unprepared to lose my dad so early in life. I thought I …

Sons of Light and Darkness Sample Chapter

Chapter 1 The Beginning of the Middle of The End   Razerak stood in the humid darkness of the South American jungle next to Oderim, his second in command, looking out over the ruins of a former Incan town. It had been weathered and eroded until it was nothing but rubble and a small altar in the center of what once had been a temple to an obscure African god that honestly had no business being worshiped deep in old Incan territory. Even in its day it had been a backwater shithole that nobody visited. Every choking breath was thick …

Cover Art Reveal

I’ve been excited about the book cover from the moment I knew I was working with Godmachine. Like a cliche hipster novelist, I was sitting in my usual coffee shop/writer's retreat when I got it and immediately grinned and shouted “fuck yeah!” - to the very disapproving glares of a dozen soccer moms. I know there’s so much work that goes on behind the scenes that I can’t comprehend. There’s hours of work: sketching, resketching, working, reworking, color tests, agonizing over details I’ll probably never even notice. And yet he makes it look easy, as I see work after brilliant …

Final Cover Sketch

After going over the initial sketches and giving Godmachine some feedback, he took the concept and ran with it. Considering I wanted to work with him because I loved his style and the subject matter of his work I wanted him to have free reign over the design. He then came back with this sketch, considerably more detailed than the first, with a few ideas he wanted to play with and get my opinion on.

Book Cover Sketches

They say don’t judge a book by its cover. There’s a reason this is a common adage – because we all judge books (and everything else) by their cover. When I was a teenager I would go into the record store and buy albums solely because they had cool art. Iron Maiden has made an entire career off of this. Indie books tend to have horrible covers. This isn’t necessarily a reflection of what’s on the inside, but it’s not doing the book any favors. Just because I’m an indie author doesn’t mean my books have to look it. That’s …

Introducing Godmachine

I wanted to take a moment to introduce the artist who is doing the cover art for the next book, Sons of Light and Darkness. As with the first book I’ve gotten extremely lucky and have been able to work with an amazing artist whose work I’ve admired for several years – he goes by the name Godmachine. Hailing from Wales in the UK, Godmachine has had his own solo show at Flood Gallery in London, and group shows across the UK and US (and probably elsewhere). He’s done work for bands such as the Melvins, Faith No More, Carnifex, and …

The Antisocial Gamer – More Fallout and King’s Quest

I haven’t had as much free time lately as I’d like since I was in deep editing mode, but in the last week or so I’ve found a little time to blitz through a few games. When we last left off I was days away from jumping into the first DLC release for Fallout 4. Since then a total of 3 expansions have come out – Far Harbor having just come out a few days ago. First off I’d just like to say that the first two expansions were a bit disappointing. Automatron was too short with too little reward, …

The Antisocial Gamer

I have a day job that pays the bills, so a lot of my free time is taken up by writing. Writing is work, but it also feels vital to me. Vital to my sanity. But it’s not a pleasure thing, a stress reliever, or even what I would really consider fun – at least not all the time.  I love writing and I need to write, but when it comes to pleasure my passions are really traveling and video games. Traveling is a recent passion (the bulk of which I chronicle here), but I’ve been a gamer since I was about …

Short Story Available

Took a little longer than planned, but my short story is finally ready for public consumption. In the next few days the story will go on sale for $0.99 but for you, my dear readers, I’m offering it first and free. All you need to do is sign up to my mailing list (that rarely gets sent out) and you can download the story for your entertainment. Sign up here.

Vacation

Not a lot to report at the moment. I have short story that is a bit behind schedule but pending some last minute changes and a quick edit it should be available shortly. I will be offering it for free here on my site before it goes live on Amazon. I do have the cover to show off, however.   In other news I will be on vacation for 2 weeks starting tomorrow. I will be taking my first trip to Ireland. I won’t post too much, if anything, about the trip on here since it’s probably not relevant. However, …