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New people, old friends, same old evil...with a twist .
Only a fool would chase after a cursed artifact through an abandoned city overrun by giant spiders.
A Lone Planet. One Complex.
Tom thought he'd left the war behind, not that it would follow him home. Nobody warned him he'd need to serve one more mission, or that the people calling him to duty would be a grizzled veteran and his beautiful, and quirky, daughter.
Grishna's burning mission in life is to avenge her family. To carve her clan's name into the hide of the dragon that destroyed all but her. To that end she will do anything and everything, so long as breath fills her lungs and she has strength enough to swing a weapon. When the Blades of Leander happen upon her they must decide, is the enemy of my enemy a friend?
The universe is a cold, dark, and inhospitable place. To survive a species must overcome hardship and long odds. Competition for resources is merciless and if the colonists want to succeed, they need to convince an alien world to share.
I stumbled across a neat idea a while back while swapping email with a friend. Somehow the concept of saved computer games came up. That segued to training programs on a computer and being able to retake them. Combining the two together, add in a hint of virtual reality, and all of a sudden I […]Show full post
This is just a quick update since I’ve got the day off and I just spent the morning working on Vitalis: Reloaded. I’m having trouble with the book. I had a plan when I started it, but that plan didn’t work out the way I wanted. Sure, that always happens, but this time it went […]Show full post
I used to play a tabletop role playing game called Shadowrun many, many years ago. We’re talking 1st and 2nd edition years ago, which is a lot. I think I may have even enjoyed it more than Dungeons and Dragons, but only one of my friends showed similar interests and we parted ways after our […]Show full post
So the bad news is, my Shadowrun novel was gently rejected. I was encouraged to try again because they liked it, but didn’t quite like it enough. He gave me some good feedback on what they like to see too, which I appreciated. Would be writers take note: accept a critique from just about anyone, […]Show full post
The concept of ideas being dangerous isn’t new. This post, however, has nothing to do with the concepts of educating people to stop doing stupid things in the name of extreme religions, political beliefs, or because the voices told them to. It’s not even a spin off from movies like Inception. I’m rambling on about […]Show full post
To get rid of me. I’m still here and still writing. Haven’t published anything in a while because I’ve got a book in consideration for publication with an old fashioned publisher and I’m working on a new one. Most of you knew all this though, so enough with the recap – on to the update! […]Show full post
Yes, my wife did make a pot of chili the other day, but this has nothing to do with that. Or gasoline, for that matter, except in the most allegorical* of ways. I find myself somewhat driven right now due to a few factors. The first is the delay of my Shadowrun novel for release. […]Show full post
…and you never succeed. Today’s blog happened earlier this week. As my readers might now, I finished a novel recently written in the Shadowrun setting. “Oh no, not this again,” you’re thinking. To which I respond, “Oh yes, this!” You see, I was planning on releasing it as fanfiction simply because I really love the […]Show full post
It’s true. I’ve been a jerk. For almost two years now I’ve been asking questions and writing blogs and newsletters to people in a purely one-sided manner. I once promised I would respond to every single reader that reached out to me, and it was a promise I meant to keep. Yet for the last […]Show full post
I’m on Vitalis book number… I’m not even sure. 11, maybe? Just getting started I’ve outlined what I want to happen (and that always changes), and come up with some key / core characters that I’m really excited about. There will be many more that play an important role too – maybe bigger than I […]Show full post