Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Skull Returns!

With what little free time I have, between freelance writing (got a new big client signed last week!) and audio production (lots of little clients last week!) I'm still working on The Skull. Here's new art I commissioned that will eventually be part of the Skull's upcoming website. Yes, I'm designing a new site that will feature artwork, original stories, and serve as a customer portal to the future publications. Mwha-ha-ha! This image is pretty awesome, right?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Hook

How do you start your stories? Do you try to begin with some type of attention-grabbing element? If you can't hook your reader within the first paragraph you probably won't retain them for the entire story. This is mostly applicable to the short story artform, but I think it's just as viable for full length novels as well. I always prefer to start off with an unattributed quote from a character. Something like this: "There's no telling how many people I'm going to have to kill today." Don't attribute that little bit of dialogue and make sure it has something to pull the reader in. Identify the speaker in the next two to three paragraphs. That gets the literary ball rolling and your reader will likely stick with you longer. Just my own personal tactic, but I'm curious if my fellow writers do something similiar.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hardcore Applications!

It's a virtual whirlwind of activity over the last few days as far as bidding for new gigs goes. On the audio front, I submitted for around 20 jobs. My quotes are fairly competitive I feel, so hopefully we'll see if I get awarded any of those jobs. On the writing front, I have very serious prospects in with Dot Com Media, ErieDrive, and a few other private groups. Lots, and I mean LOTS, of work available here, so let's hope this pans out. I've gotten a few paid sample requests from them, so huzzah! I got in with one client only to drop him right away. They wanted me to pay a third party auditor to verify the authenticity of my work. Sorry. Not how I operate, especially for the pennies on the dollar fee I was making compared to my normal rate. I don't really mind it so much, it's just the principle of the thing. I shouldn't be paying someone else so that I can get paid in the first place. It's redundant. Sent out a few more portfolios this morning. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Moving on up

I've been working off and on with, a fantastic ite that is growing very rapidly. I was chatting with the site owner this morning and was surprised to hear that he site has arond 2,000 contributors already. They haven't been operating for very long, so this is all kinds of cool. This morning's net-meeting resulted in an offer to buy a few more stories, and also make give me an administrative position with the site. Sweet! The group there is very nice and open to working with others, so it's a wonderful atmosphere to be a part of. Can't wait to dive deeper in!

Monday, October 21, 2013

General Update

Egads! I'm still here and kicking. The lull in activity is largely due to the birth of my third child. Yes, I actually convinced a woman to procreate with me not once, not twice, but three times. She's very resilient but always faults to my charms of whimsy. The kids are great. The wife is great. 'Nuff said. NOW! Let's get back into the writing world! While I have been able to maintain some smaller clients, I am once more in the market for that elusive Big Fish. That one client that really takes up all of your free time. The particular customer that needs a little extra rub. You know the one. Lots of feelers thrown out there, so we'll see what comes about. I'm thinking of starting a Linked-In profile just for freelance work. Whelp. Stating it was all the convincing I need. I'll create one today. Working on things again for Bad Tiger Studios, as well as Jungle Age. A collection of stories, Red Planet Rising, is on the way. I was hoping to get some backing for that, but having another baby pretty much killed that prospect, so I'll most likely just self-publish the thing. Got a job with a game company, writing events. Their system is...baffling, but lucrative. Is this the Big Fish? Hmm...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bad Tiger Studios - site launch (and I have two things there)

CW Russette, a writer that I admire, has launched a new site dedicated to providing new comics and stories that feature some amazing talent. I'm among them, but I would not be so bold as to say that I'm amazing. That would be conceited. Of course, I wouldn't argue if YOU said I was amazing.

Bad Tiger Studios came online yesterday, and it does indeed feature some pretty awesome stuff. And, would you look at that, I happen to have two things posted there.

The first of which is a new comic strip featuring The Skull. Brandon Wilt did the pencils and inks, I did the script and lettering.

The second of which is a new ongoing sword and sorcery serial featuring Bolstagg Freilander. This guy's first adventure was so fun, I decided to write an ongoing prose feature.

So, go ahead and check everything out. Then use the word "amazing" a lot in reference.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The arrival of the arcanist

Well, would you look at that! Another paid story is posted at Jungle Age. Kindly go check it out and leave some feedback. This author would certainly appreciate it.

This story, entitled "iMage," features a new character named Master Eli. He is the world's foremost technomancer. I wanted to weave a story around the concept of blending magic and technology so seamlessly that it was hard to sepearte the two from each other. Eli battles abstract concepts locked behind the veil of Neverspace, which is a neutral ground between our world and the realm where demons have been shunned.

I might continue this guy's wacky adventures. We'll see how the story does.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Sword & Sorcery

I've dabbled in the sword & sorcery realm a little, and when King Conan of Summeria isn't kicking me out, I've enjoyed my tenure. Thus, with a soon-to-be-announced site I have landed a new prose serial series. This features Bolstagg Freilander, a swordsman of great skill and Nordic tradition, venturing into that Realm of Murk known famously as the Black Kingdom. His task is a difficult one, but with Frigia, a practitioner of the Way, at his side he cannot fail. Sort of.

Anyway, the serial should be somewhere close to 1K words every other week when the site launches. Which could be soon. Like, this weekend. If you can't wait until then, maybe you should check out his first adventure.

Grab a flagon of mead and your best wench, and enjoy the tales of a true unruly master of the blade!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Skull - comic strip coming soon!

So, do we all remember my modern pulp hero, The Skull? His image takes up the header for this blog. Here's another reference for you:

There's a color version of that finished, but it will be used for promotion for The Skull's first book of collected short stories, as well as for his new comic strip.

What's that? A comic strip featuring The Skull? Oh, my, yes. Our buddy, CW Russette, is launching a new comics oriented fiction site. The Skull will have a strip like you would see in your weekly newspaper featured there! The first strip is completed and turned in, so when the site launches, you'll see it for the first time!

I'm super excited. Are you excited, because I'm excited. You should be excited.