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 Bullet for my Valentine. His work has appeared on the shirts of Disturbia Clothing. If you’ve seen USA’s original show Colony then you’ve likely seen his propaganda posters plastered on the walls of Los Angeles. Included here is a small selection of some of Godmachine’s most recent work. And finally, he just announced his work on a new series of Tarot-themed Dunny figures for art toy giants Kid Robot called Arcane Divinations. If you’d like to see more, check out his store.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be revealing more about the process that took me from not having a clue what I wanted on the cover of my book to Godmachine taking the barest hints of an idea and turning it into something badass and amazing.
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, and Wasteland Workshop added virtually nothing I’m interested in. I don’t do much with my settlements, so having more couches or random shit for nameless settlers to stand around doesn’t interest me. I just fired up Far Harbor last night and it seems pretty promising. It seems to be a relatively large chunk of land with a pretty interesting story so far. Bethesda claims it’s the largest landmass for an add-on, but a few other people seem to think Shivering Isles for Oblivion added more content even if it was less acreage. I’ll have more to say whenever I get around to another installment. Now to the bulk of my story – adventure games.
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 8 years old. I don’t play quite as much as I used to, but there’s still nothing like plunging into and losing myself in a great game. I got started at the end of the text days of Colossal Cave and the beginnings of the graphical adventure games of Kings Quest and the slew of games put out by Sierra in the following years. Back in those days there wasn’t much multi- involved in playing. With the exception of Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs) on BBSs, everything was pretty much single player. Sure the arcades had 2-player fighters or top down shooters, but even in arcades I preferred to play solo. To me the social aspect of gaming was in sharing experiences and totally raping someone’s high score.
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.
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, I do have a blog dedicated to my various travels if you are interested. You can keep up on my adventures at my travel blog Roadtrip Walkabout.
That’s it for now. Until the next time, stay awesome.
I will be signing copies of my book, Necessary Evil and the Greater Good, in Greenville, SC on Nov. 1st. Check my Facebook page for details.
Just a quick heads up to let you know that the ebook version of Necessary Evil and the Greater Good is on sale for $0.99 all weekend. Pick it up at Amazon.
Tshirts are up and available for sale at my store. If you’re digging the Pale Horse designed shirt, pick one up here.
Space and Sorcery review my novel, calling it “an outlandishly funny read.” You can check out the review here.
If you’ve read my book, leave an honest review on Amazon to be entered to win a tshirt with the cover art.