Revelation Game – Update & Cover

Hey everyone.

So my new novella, due out September 17th, has just returned to my hands from Beta/Edits. A little polishing needed, but not too shabby. I really did have fun with this and I’m looking forward to putting it out to the world and seeing how it does. It’s very different from The Bleeding Worlds, which has me both excited and very nervous.

Speaking of The Bleeding Worlds, now that this novella is nearly out of my system, I have started work on Book Three! It even has a title. Well, I suppose it could change, but it’s stayed strong and definite in my mind for a few months now. So, just to put it out there, book three of The Bleeding Worlds will be called Resonance. The current plan is to focus exclusively on it until release day. When will that be? Well, I’d love to give a definite date, and be able to stick to it, but I’m not sure right now. I’ll have to see how the writing goes. My hope is to have it out in the first few months of 2014. There will be far more updates as the writing progresses.

Finally, just to spice up this post, here’s the cover for my novella, Revelation Game.

Revelation Game Cover

I hope you’ll give it a chance when it releases on September 17th. For the foreseeable future, it will be an Amazon exclusive and only available in eBook format.

All the best,


A Celebrity Delivers Solid Advice

I’m not a big fan of celebrities. Even when they do something “good” it seems to be self-serving. Perhaps that’s because they’re always in the spotlight. Who knows?

But every now and then, something comes out of one of their mouths that leaves me impressed. This happened yesterday when I saw a video of Ashton Kutcher accepting an award at the Teen Choice Awards.

You all remember Ashton – the lovable airhead from That 70’s Show, and a bunch of other things I’ve never watched. He’s got a new film coming out in which he plays Steve Jobs. And perhaps it was walking in Jobs’ shoes that inspired this particular speech.

The comments on YouTube point out that the vast majority of kids won’t appreciate these words until they’re much older. And perhaps that’s true. On the other hand, if his words inspire just one kid, or give comfort to a handful of other kids who are living their lives this way, then it was more than worth it. I think in our society, where everything is disposable and much of our innovations appear aimed at making life easier, it’s a good message to hammer home that the road isn’t always easy. I especially like his comment that he ‘never had a job he was better than.’

Kudos Mr. Kutcher. I might just watch the Jobs biopic with a higher level of regard for you.


OCD Slam Poetry

I said earlier I’d like to find cool things to blog about. Well, I found one of those things tonight.

My boys are autistic. While they don’t specifically have OCD, the tendencies in autistics can be quite strong. So I get it. I understand the pain of the person with OCD and the exhaustion of the one who tries to live with them and love them.

This poet is incredible. His words and delivery show the depth of power such things can have. He speaks of love and it’s moving in a way few movies or novels claiming to be about the subject manage.

He accomplishes this in less than three minutes.

It’s awe inspiring.


Something Different Coming in September

Sometimes an idea nags your noodle so much, you have to work it out before moving on to something else.

Thanks to one such idea, I’ve finished a first draft on a novella.

Yeah, it kind of surprised me too. I thought I was just sitting down to jot some points for a future story, and found myself 15,000 words later being quite content with what I’d created.

It’s called Revelation Game and will be released on September 17th. I’m not ready to drop a synopsis quite yet, but let’s say this was born out of a love for the recent anime Sword Art Online and the classic .(dot)Hack.

Because it’s a shorter work, it’ll be an Amazon exclusive and be priced at $0.99.

It’s exciting for me, because it’s written in first person in the active tense. I’ve only ever written a short story this way before, and it was interesting to stretch it to a longer work. I’m not sure if I’m sold enough on it to write a whole novel that way, but I enjoyed it for a change.

And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten Bleeding Worlds Three. In fact, my wife said to me just yesterday that she wants me to get moving so she can read it.

I’ll post more when I’ve ironed out a few more drafts and written an official blurb.

That’s it for today. I’m seriously thinking of what I can start posting on this site to make it fun and interesting. I don’t want to be one of those Indie Authors that has nothing but writing advice, especially when I feel like I’m still learning and improving myself.

Anywho, until I find that next fun topic, all the best.


Does the Creator’s Opinion Matter?

Don’t worry, this isn’t a religious debate. It’s in regards to an idea I was introduced to via a video on YouTube (link will be at end of post).


If you’ve followed the blog for a while, or my Twitter/Facebook/YouTube feeds, you’re probably aware that I am a fan of anime (Japanese Animation). One of my favorite series of all time is Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Evangelion (Eva, or NGE, for short) was an anime in the mecha genre released by Gainax in 1997. Depending on who you talk to, it either revolutionized anime or was a narrative mess. Regardless, it has had a long and lasting impact on the fan base and particularly on the mecha genre.

The video I recently watched was in regard to the creator of Eva, Hideaki Anno, being quoted as saying he didn’t understand all the fuss. That in his opinion Eva was a simple show with a lot of symbols and such thrown in just to make it look cool. The video then asks a simple question; Even if that is what Anno thinks, does it matter?

Creators, not Interpreters

I’ve published two novels and have several more works either underway or in the planning stages. Each of them means something to me. I’ve tried to weave meanings into them that may never be apparent to anyone other than myself. But does that give me the right to tell every reader what their own interpretation and meaning is?

Assuming we release art (by which I mean all forms of expression) for more than just profit, we must be seeking an emotional response from the people who view and consume that art. Art is conversation, not lecture. If I wish to convey a specific message and it fails, I have no one to blame but myself. On the other hand, if a reader finds an entirely different message that means something to them, who am I to say they are wrong?

Our personal interpretation of art and evaluation of its merits is informed by our own experience and emotional core. Since no two people have lived an identical life, there is bound to be a difference of opinion. If anything, that prospect thrills me. I find it disheartening that any creator would devalue their own work, and their fans’ opinions, in such a way. Besides, if a work contains symbols and archetypes that are just thrown in without any thought to how they belong, the audience is generally intelligent enough to realize it.

Once my words are on paper, my job is finished. I won’t be hovering over your shoulder as you read, pointing out my intended subtext (good thing too, that would be creepy). Some will love the words, others hate them. To some, the words will speak to them, while others will be left feeling cold. That is the nature of art, and I have no place to tell someone whether they are right or wrong.

This also speaks to the cardinal rule of authors, which is to not make comments on the reviews left by readers. Certainly, if the review is nothing but personal attack, issue should be raised, but when someone presents a well thought out and balanced criticism, it shouldn’t be ignored. In fact, it should be heeded. There are many unfortunate instances where authors didn’t keep their mouths shut. Their insistence that the audience was wrong did nothing but damage their careers and alienate the very people they supposedly wanted to reach.

In Harbinger, I left a few dangling ideas and story bits. I did that because I wanted the ideas planted, but didn’t want to fully address them until Suture. These dangling ideas were probably the most cited issue people had with Harbinger. And so, in Suture, I sought to leave no dangling ideas. By the end, characters are in precarious positions, and there’s still one or two mysteries left, but they are ongoing ones, not one off sentences that are never addressed again. You the readers, who voiced your opinions, made me change mine. In the same way, Bleeding Worlds Book Three might be influenced by the response to Suture. Like I said, it’s a conversation.

So if you’re an artist, make the best art you can. But realize the moment it leaves your hands, your exclusive right to say what it means is at an end. And if you are a consumer of art, let your heart tell you what it means without fear of being “wrong.”

Talk further soon,


Suture Release!

Hi everyone, welcome to Tuesday, August 6, 2013. It’s 2am in my part of the world, and I’m anxiously watching Amazon and Kobo grind away at publishing Suture.

Unfortunately, Apple is giving me some grief, so if you’re looking for the book from the Apple store, you might have to wait a few days. Same goes for Smashwords I’m afraid.

A print version will be available in the next 1-2 weeks. I’m much faster at HTML code than I am with actual layout programs, hence the delay.

However, based on sales, the vast majority of you will be looking for Suture on your Kindle. I’m happy to say that should be within the next couple hours.

Thank you all for hanging in there. I look forward to your thoughts on Suture.

All the best,


Suture Release Date

Hey everyone.

Mark your calendars–Suture releases on Tuesday, August 6.

For real this time. No more delays, no more teasing.

Watch for the first chapter to be posted later this week.

Thanks again for hanging in there with all the delays. My second beta reader/editor gave the book high marks and said it was far better than Harbinger. I hope you feel the same.

All the best, and talk to you soon,