Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Last Challenge--Read it for Free

Update--Thanks to my friend Mike Cummings, Mobi and Epub versions of the story are now available, so if you want/prefer one of those formats just ask.

Remember about a month ago when I told you all about the UNVEILED anthology? This was the one with all the great authors contributing stories told from the villain's point of view.  Well, major disappointment, but that anthology won't be getting published.  It's a long story, but what it means mostly (at least to me) is that my own contribution to the collection, The Last Challenge, won't be getting published either.

I thought about contacting other markets and seeing if any anthologists would be interested in it. I thought about self-publishing it up on Amazon and trying to market it that way.  In the end though, I've decided just to let you all read it.  Why?  Because you--my great friends and fans--have always waited patiently for my books to finally hit the shelves.  You deserve to get something for free, so I've "published" a simple pdf version of the story and I'm ready to give it to anyone who wants one.  If you like it, I'm hoping that you'll forward it to someone else as well.  That's it, really.  Read it, enjoy it, and pass it along.  You can do that, right?

So what's The Last Challenge about? Ultimately, you'll have to answer that for yourselves. What I can say is that it involves a woman washing up on a magical island in search of a goddess, revenge, and closure.  I like it, and I think you will too.

Okay, that's it.  Email me if you want a copy and I'll send it to you.  And please share this post with other readers to help me spread the word.  Thanks!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Write what you Feel...

Remember that tired old advice about writing about what you know?  I've never completely understood that, probably because I'm a fantasy writer.  So I want  to change that.  Instead, I want to say write what you feel.

It's been one of those days.  The kind that soaks your brain with self-doubt.  The kind of day when you hear the voices of the naysayers in both ears.  And when I get like this, I just want to scream "No, you're wrong!"  Because they are wrong.  And if you're an artist of any kind, you know that I'm correct about this, and all the people giving you advice, no matter how well-meaning, are flat-out wrong.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Daffy Duck--The Wizard

When I was growing up, groups like Molly Hachet had the coolest, fantasy-inspired album covers. The lyrics of groups like Judas Priest and other metal bands was full of fantasy imagery.  For a young boy who was into heroic fantasy, it was great.  Even progressive groups like Genesis got into the act.  That's why this Merry Melodie of Daffy Duck is so great.  If you lived in the 70s and 80s, this might have extra meaning to you. If not, it's pretty damn cool anyway...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Guest Post--Jan M. Leotti on Inspiration and Ideas

Greetings all! It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of hosting a fellow author here at the blog, so I'm doubly pleased today to have my very good friend Jan Leotti stop by to talk a bit about her short story, "The Headless Bartender," just in time for Halloween. I first met Jan at a writers group over ten years ago. Over that time we've become genuine friends. She's a fabulous writer and I've learned a lot from her, so much so that I dedicated my last book, The Forever Knight, to her.  If you want to read "The Headless Bartender," you can order it now over at Amazon.  I read it and loved it, which didn't surprise me because I love all Jan's work.

I'm hoping to open up the blog to other writers in the near future, so please stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here's Jan...

Inspiration and Ideas: Revealing A Secret Self

by Jan M. Leotti

I’d like to say thank you to John Marco for lending me his stage today. I’ve long admired John’s writing, and it’s an honor to be here!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Great Dystopian Urban Fantasy

So I'm looking at my blog and I'm thinking "Wow, it's time for a new post," but I can't think of anything to say! What do you do then? Time for a lifecast...

What's new in the world of writing...I've been working like crazy lately on the outline of a book I started thinking about last year. Some of you who follow me on Facebook might remember how I was planning to write a dystopian novel set in an ancient, bleak city. I was originally inspired by a dream I had about the 1990s video game Noctropolis.  I was asking on FB about the main character's name. After getting a lot of good feedback I settled on the name Laetrius.