Monday, February 16, 2015

LTUE or Life the Universe and Everything

It falls on valentines weekend, so the annual LTUE conference which is amazing by the way, was not something I was able to spend as much time as I would have liked attending. I missed all of Thursday, and only spent about four hours at on Friday and around five hours at Saturday. I wasn't on any panels and just hung out with writer friends and fans but it was still a great time and gathering of magnificent proportions. As opposed to the comic cons - this is a writers (and artits( gathering without all the cosplay and crazy fandom. This was a place to talk shop, network and just enjoy fellow creatives company.

I made some new friends and had quality time with old ones. I plan on making it a point that I can spend a whole lot more time next year with everyone - I am in good graces with the head honcho's so next year I'll be on panels etc.

Here's some of the cooler things I got to see: A great prop - a Trolloc sword for the Wheel Of Time trailer, made by Hraefn Wulfson.
 Egyptian Queen, signed by Frank Frazetta!

 A great piece by Devon Dorrity, wish I could take it home.
 The always genteel Dave Butler.
 Signed Frazetta Berserker, on loan from the Frazetta museum, made my day I had no idea they would be here this weekend.
 A great piece by Hraefn Wulfson.
 Another fantastic sculpture by Devon Dorrity.
 Awesome new friend Hraefn Wulfson who made the above Trolloc sword for the recent fan trailer for The Wheel of Time. he is an amazing artists with this Atlantis portal piece and the above Egyptian meets Aliens pieces, and the other works beside the Trolloc sword. I love his specialty made frames too!

Found this gem at a used book dealer at the con.

And lastly, I took my wife to a Regency Ball for valentines which scored a lot of points with her, so its was a pretty great weekend. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

FanX Recap

 Had a real good time hanging with my writer pals and making some new friends. I didn't sell as many books as I might have liked - specifically the new THE MAD SONG - but it did very well online getting as high as #1 on kindles Norse/Viking category and I completely sold out of my other collection Weird Tales of Horror - if I had had a few more copies Saturday night I would have sold them too.

I was on one panel Thursday night the Super villain Presidential debate - we ran out of time and the audience didn't get a chance to vote - due to some mishaps we did it again the next day and Michael-Brent Collings Ghost party won. But I know a lot of people were rooting for Ming the Merciless. I was on three panels Friday and none Saturday, but I had some sales because of my speaking on writing magic and talking GIJOE too.

This con I didn't bump into any celebrities unlike the last one but no big whoop there. Took a few pics to share though.
Met Ireland Reid, a very nice star cosplayer.

Friends forever

the Stig

Me and my oldest, he made the Venom costume himself.

Torgo, he even gave me a coupon for his pizza, I did not take him up on it.

Pretty good Goblin King

Even Teeghra's get thirsty

Five Nights at Freddys some video game thing my kids like.

Harley Quinn SLC a twitter friend

A fantastic Black Cat

The only Red Sonja I saw.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Mad Song is LIVE!

My latest collection of Sword & Sorcery is live! and today only I'm pushing the kindle version like a street hustler for .99
tomorrow I'm getting it bumped up to 2.99. Get it here!

Yes, its all about those rankings.

A few of these are previously published stories that some of you may have read, but a lot of them are new that I hope you enjoy - including the first 3 chapters of my Walking Through Walls which is currently running in UGEEK magazine.

Check it out!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fangs for the Kind Words

I'm loathe to keep battering anyone promotion-wise but Hear Ye Hear Ye, I've some things to tout...

The third installment of my fantasy serial, Walking Through Walls is available for a read via pdf
its a continuation of a fantasy action-adventure piece that is a precursor to my bigger novel(s) yet to come in the Gods & Robbers series.

And I got some very kind words from online friend Paul McNamee at his blog about my weird western Fangs of the Dragon ~ Thanks Paul!

Sometimes I get down a bit about how writing is going and these surprise comments/reviews/posts can really turn things around.

Much obliged once again Paul.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Coming UP!

I've got a few things coming up shortly that I'll mention again when they drop. But for now...

I'm a special guest at the 2015 Salt Lake Fan Xperience. Thursday nigh the 29th at 7:30 pm, in the Grand Ballroom no less! me and fellow cohorts the Space Balrogs will be putting on a Supervillain presidential debate. I am Ming The Merciless. I know my usual blog readers are out of state and we will be taping it for the improv comedy sake.

Also at this con (an off season part of Salt Lake Comic Con) I will also have two brand new for this year selections of my writings. The third edition of UGEK magazine with the third installment of Walking Through Walls an action fantasy following my character Kenaz ~
The story so far:

Kenaz, an information broker, can step outside his own body to gather secrets. He has been blackmailed by multiple sinister parties. If he doesn’t give them what they want—a powerful artifact known as the Reliliqy—many lives besides his own will pay the price. He has less than a day to get it all together… 

And finally as I get off my hands, (been taking waaaaaay too long on this) I will have copies of my sword and sorcery collection The Mad Song available for sale. I will post about that again as I plan on having my launch on thursday the 29th just because I can have copies at Comic Con to sign in person. I suspect that will be a collection of my tales that my regular readers will like best, some you may have already read ~ The Mad Song itself from Artifacts and Relics and Weird Tales of Horror but others will be brand new, and a few were only published in obscure collections and the rights have reverted back to me. 

I'm hoping to kick off one hell of a year and m grateful for you all!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fistful of Omnibus!

My oriental fantasy "Fistful of Tengu" is getting republished in a big omnibus collection combining the anthologies of Monk Punk and Shadow of the Unknown. Each were edited by Aaron J. French and combined to create one massive weird collection. It also has eleven brand new tales not in the either of the two previous books.

I am thrilled that my story of a ragged monk versus a Tengu Demon Lord is still the opener of the collection. I almost didn't write the story, but pushed on and I am so pleased at how well its been received.

Order copies of the Omnibus here for print, kindle, and even same for the UK here, and kindle.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review

2014, its been different.

I married my gorgeous wife just before Christmas last year - and we met through this very blog via my sharing a short parody video she made back in 2011.

By New Years last year me and the kids were living with her in LA, I fixed up the condo, we sold it for a very good price and by July we were in Utah, much bigger house and all of us starting over somewhere new. I haven't posted good pics of my new library/office yet but I will soon when I feel like I have my books put away just so...

So, I haven't read as many books this year as I used to, its been crazy busy most all year, and I didn't do as much writing as I should've but I did still get quite a few things out = Bless the Child my Spartan historical fiction was finally released, it hasn't sold as good as I would like especially considering ts for charity - but hey it is my wife's favorite work of mine, so that counts for something, I released Whispers of the Goddess and its gotten some favorable reviews, then my Weird Tales of Horror has done a bit better all things considered and I've sold quite a few of them at the local cons too. And lastly as far as my writing goes, I've the ongoing fantasy serial Walking Through Walls in UGEEK Magazine, it does feel good to be a pulpster. 
As for my favorites of anything, its a little tough to figure out.

Favorite fiction reads is real tough: I have to plug D.J. Butlers City of the Saints, - so good! 
 Half a King by Joe Abercrombie was amazing. I also greatly enjoyed Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International, Mark Lawrences King of Thorns, JP Wilder's novellete The Crusader, and I have so many other books by new friends I need to read and review and just couldn't get to yet this year.

For Non-Fiction, I think Rober McKee's Story wins it this year for me. But I really enjoyed Hunters S. Thompsons Songs of the Doomed, and David Mamet's Some Freaks

I'm also a bad friend in the non-fiction department because I actually gave a back cover blurb to Morgan Deane for his military history treatise Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents and crappy friend that I am I have yet to publicly review the book - that's all on  me and being a flaky poster - sorry Morgan! 

I think my favorite movie of 2014 is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which surprised me because Cap just isn't one of my favorite characters. But to me it touched on the truth, a spy movie that happened to have super heroes.

I got to meet some really cool people this year including, Peter Beagle, Ron Perlman, Ivy Doomkitty, Kato, Frank Frazetta Jr, Donato Giancola, Brom, John Rhys Davies, Angie Everhart,

I also finally got out to multiple cons and its only gonna get better this coming year. 

All the best in New Year to you my friends and lets all get that creativity out of the bottle and into print!