Layers In A Novel

This whole "staying off social media" thing is working out pretty nicely, for the most part. My productivity has skyrocketed over the past month, with January coming in at a cool 63,000 words written for the month alone. February is already on pace to surpass that mark, even with three fewer days. Granted, I'm not... Continue Reading →

Drifting and Compatibility

The fantasy world is much more preferable, as an author, than the real one. Progress is moving smoothly along for Book 2 of A Cycle of Shadow and Light. An early problem with some timing was easily rectified after Gary and I decided to tackle the issue from a different angle. With that plan in... Continue Reading →

Fantasy Shenanigans

January is shaping up to be quite the month. My first ever fantasy series, A Cycle of Shadow and Light, can finally be talked about a little bit. Still can't tell everything about it, but I can say my co-author and I see this as (at least) a six book series. Considering my productivity levels,... Continue Reading →

Social Media Separation

I've been on hiatus from social media in 2021 so far and I have to tell you, my stress levels have reduced drastically because of it. I don't know what it is about social media which drives people to dwell in a dark cavern of fear and spout nonsense in their echo chambers, but I... Continue Reading →

2020 In the Rear View Mirror

Happy New Year! I waited until today to write this up because I didn't want to jinx it. Physically, 2020 sucked for me. Professionally, it was one of my best years to date. So... let's call it a draw, 2020, shall we? AND NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN! On the physical front, 2020 was painful... Continue Reading →

Exciting News

I'm an Esther Friesner fan. Always have been since I first stumbled upon her work years ago. She'd edited and created some of the more dark and humorous anthologies over the years at Baen Books, all of them with a play on words to mess with those who oftentimes take themselves a little too seriously.... Continue Reading →

The Christmas Update

I had a friend reach out to me this evening and it reminded me that I haven't updated the website in almost two months. Oops. So what's new, you ask? Well, I turned in the epic fantasy novel on October 30 and now am waiting to hear back on that from the editor. While that... Continue Reading →

Cover Reveal and Quick Update

Crossed 120,000 words in the epic fantasy novel today. I'm hoping to wrap it up by next weekend while keeping it under 140,000 words, but I'm not getting my hopes up (about the completion date, not the word count). In the meantime, I have another cover reveal. About a year and a half ago I... Continue Reading →

We Shall Rise Anthology

I'm alive, I swear. I'm nearing the end of the epic fantasy novel and I keep forgetting to update here. Kurt Miller, the cover artist of multiple New York Times bestsellers, was tasked with doing the artwork for the next Black Tide Rising anthology, WE SHALL RISE. My short story, Appalachia Rex, was chosen to... Continue Reading →

Good Versus Evil

One of the really cool things about being a reader as well as a writer is to go back and read those who inspired you when you were younger. To be whisked away to faraway and magical lands of adventure. Of dragons and knights, of the entire escapism which, to me, is what epic fantasy... Continue Reading →

The Unlucky Few

I've been backing away from social media this past week in order to focus on the Epic Fantasy novel and I actually became far more productive. Weird, that. It's almost as if social media is nothing but a time sink. Weird, right? I hit the usual halfway point in regards to word count but I... Continue Reading →

Second Chance Angel Release

My quasi-adoptive (she sort of adopted me, and I didn't say no) sister, Kacey Ezell, had a book come out yesterday with her coauthor Griffin Barber. It's a space opera noir thriller that I can't wait to get into, and is titled SECOND CHANCE ANGEL. It's available at Barnes & Noble, Target, and other booksellers.... Continue Reading →

It Can’t Happen To Us

We forget we're mere mortals more often than not. We think "it can't happen to us" while watching people around us get old, sick, and eventually die. But it can happen to us. It does happen. Men are taught from an early age by society that once you're no longer a young boy, you just... Continue Reading →

Plan On Sticking To The Plan

It's amazing the amount of crap that can happen over the course of two weeks, am I right? First off, the kinda bad news -- CKP has declined to pick up the fifth book in the Kin Wars Saga, WINTERBORN. This isn't entirely unexpected as sales in the series have flagged since the first two.... Continue Reading →

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