Thursday, October 1, 2015

The 43rd Best Fantasy Book Ever

What's the 43rd best fantasy novel ever? If you said THE JACKAL OF NAR, there's at least one website in the world that agrees with you.

Now truth be told, I try to avoid lists, but sometimes they're too fun to pass up. And how could I ignore a site with a name as perfect as Best Fantasy That's a real beauty. Turns out this site has a lot of lists on it, and one of them is the 100 best fantasy books. To be even more honest, I wouldn't have expected to see JACKAL on this list, but it did make me smile. Top 50--hey, that's pretty good. What I love most is that JACKAL is still in print and still being read after all these years. This book came out in 1999, folks. Let that sink in a moment. I don't know about the rest of you, but that makes me say "wow." And I love that there are people out there who consider it sort of a "minor classic," if you will.  Being a guy who always loved underdogs, who has always avoided the super popular stuff in favor of the more obscure, and who saw more than his share of hurtful reviews over the years, well,...yeah.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Over the past few months there hasn't been a lot of news to report about THE BLOODY CHORUS, so I'm happy to finally be able to give you all an update.  Those of you who read my blog post from June 1st know that the manuscript hit a rather nasty snag back then, this after being turned in about two years prior. Yes, it really has been that long.  I wasn't too happy in that post, as you recall, but I went ahead and made the edits and turned the book back in again.  At that point I didn't know what would happen to it, though I knew it had been taken off the publication schedule.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Clone Wars--the Original

So as we tick ever closer to the new Star Wars movie, the release of Disney Infinity 3.0 has my son all excited about Start Wars again. We started talking about it today and I remembered this very cool cartoon series from around 2003--the original Clone Wars cartoon.  This isn't the clunky one they did later on CN, but the original shorts that have been pretty much forgotten now since they're not considered "canon."  I had these shorts on DVD but lent them out to someone and never got them back.  Today I just discovered that someone has mercifully uploaded the whole thing up to YouTube. Unbelievably, the Disney company hasn't taken it down--which is a shock because every time someone uploads an episode of Golden Girls it vanishes overnight.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Johnny and the Snake Woman

One of the tools I use most for writing is Google Images. Sure, I research things on the net, but a picture really is worth a thousand words. When I need to describe a cathedral, for instance, I type that into Images and suddenly there's a crap-load of pictures to light my imagination. It usually works. But every once in a while you just can't find what you're looking for...

Saturday, August 15, 2015


To be honest, when I was on Twitter, I never liked this hashtag. I never really used hashtags at all, actually, which might be why my tweeting wasn't all that successful. But I've been missing Twitter lately, and the #amwriting hashtag is the perfect shorthand to describe what I've been doing lately.

I've gotten a lot of messages over the past few months from people urging me not to give up on writing.