https://themillions.com/2017/03/a-brief-review-of-walls-in-literature.html And: https://www.grmatthews.com/post/2017/01/07/walls-in-fantasy Thank you. This concept has been unsettling to me, and I needed some outside thoughts to clarify my opinion and thinking. And naturally, as a writer, I want to write about a BAW (big @$$ wall) in every one of my stories. Maybe it's a virus that needs inoculation?
What a year! I just sent my latest author update to email subscribers, so make sure you're part of the court to hear the latest. As we roll down 2017, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and Happy New Year. To everyone, the same admonishment made over 2000 years ago: Peace on … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2018
I'd apologize for the delay in posting, but let's call a spade a spade: I'm awful at consistently blogging, and I've been buckling down in some other areas. One of my life mantras: This or that. We're just not built to be great multi-taskers! First, exciting announcement #1: The Girl and the Golden Mirror is … Continue reading The Girl & The Golden Mirror, Ascent of the Fallen update, and more!
I've had this post in the wings for a while, trying to "strategerize" how best to communicate the message. Guest post? Breaking it up into smaller bits? New website? I figured it was worth getting something out there for now, and I may revisit the content in different forms later. This is primarily written for … Continue reading Shooting The Devil: Strategy, Tactics, and Tips For Crafting Compelling Combat in Your Novel
One of my favorite questions to wrestle with is identity. For men, this often takes form as: Am I enough? Can I come through? Beneath each of those questions is the foundation in our thinking of who we are. Are we self-made? Forged in fire? Or genuinely accepted in spite of anything we could do? … Continue reading Identity
I've been a bad kid. Kind of. We ended up executing a slight change of plans last week that turned a family visit into more of a holiday, taking advantage of several opportunities that fell into our laps. As such, I did what every diligent writer does: take a break! During our stay in Orlando, … Continue reading A Boy and His Dragon: Inspiration in Florida and the Author Mindset by Steven Pressfield
I read a good deal of high fantasy, typically works containing elements similar to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and such. One of the fun parts of any fantasy novel is the map. Usually found just after the title pages, the map gives the reader context. It provides a framework to orient the story … Continue reading A Bloody Good Map: Cartography Related to the Chronicles of Outremer
Goodbye 2016; hello 2017. I want to take a few moments to let everyone know how the year went, and where it's going from here. The biggest event for Thorium Publishing and my authorship was simple: I started the marathon and hit "publish." 2016 was a year full of events: personal, professional, and in authorship. … Continue reading Thorium: Goodbye 2016; Hello 2017
December 24th opened with a silent roar. I woke from my bed, grabbed my phone from the nightstand, opened my inbox and saw what I had waited for: In my own way, I am now a published author. Someday there will be a box series, and more series and stories, and maybe a contract with … Continue reading Thank you
I'm very excited that Ascent of the Fallen is not only in pre-order, but the final cover is uploaded, the last proofreading complete, and the final file submitted to Amazon. Wipes hands, high fives himself, gets on with business.... For anyone interested, the sales page on Kindle Direct Publishing is here. Many thanks, again, to Monica … Continue reading Ascent of the Fallen in Pre-Order