Cowboy Bebop – Redux

This is a bit of a preemptive strike. Over the past forty years or so, I’ve been a hit-or-miss fan of animé. My favorite is MD Geist, but the next two titles share the second-place position. Those are Ghost in the Shell (all movies and episodes) as well as Cowboy Bebop. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m decidedly

Of Cats in Peril and Sausage

This blog is about a cat… or maybe it’s cats. It’s also about how the sausage is made. Make of those two metaphors whatever you wish. I just turned in the manuscript for my first novel in the Eldros Legacy. It’s called Seeds of Dominion, which is the first installment of my series The Legacy of Deceit. I’m not going

Fall Has Fallen and Movies Are Back

I have two things of note this morning. The first and most basic is that, for the first time since Spring, I’m wearing a lousy sweatshirt out in the workshop where I do my writing. This is not good news. This means that my old friend Summer is fading, and that cold, damp cretin Fall is coming around for another

The Time Between Projects

I suppose I should clarify that headline. For, I suspect, most professional writers, the definition of projects has different meanings. For some, every writing deliverable is a project. For others, like myself, novels are pretty much all I consider to be my writing projects. Short stories and novelettes aren’t projects, they’re jobs. Right now, I find myself between the projects Paladin’s Light

Motorcycles and Elitism

For those who don’t know, I’m a rabid motorcycle enthusiast. I’ve been riding for over thirty years and have ridden just about every class of bike there is. Street bikes, cruisers, sport bikes, sport touring, touring, off-road, and a few in-betweens as well. I’ve ridden V-twins (inline and cross-mounted), inline threes and fours. I’ve ridden two, three, and four-wheelers. I

Paving the way for Seeds of Dominion

A writer’s schedule is frequently a chaotic thing lacking definition. There’s always another project looming on the horizon. There’s the short story you owe this week, plus the novel you’re working on, plus the novel you want to get to next, and even the short story you  owe next week or month. And sometimes those get switched around on the

Working on a Thuroi

Part of working with a creative team is taking what others have come up with, interpreting it, and applying it to new creative endeavors. As an example (and without any context), the Delvers (dwarves), of which you will learn more later, were Mark Stalling’s brainchild. That idea was then expounded upon with Rob Howell, and from that vision, I came

Seeds of Dominion Cover Sketches

It’s hard to believe it’s July already. The team has been diligently working on every facet of building out a new fantasy IP, with everything from branding and the website to our legal stuff and even a good deal of artwork. We’re getting into the really fun parts, because, of late, we’ve been working with Melissa Gay on the covers