“I’m halfway to the nurse’s office when I hear the gunshots, and my first thought is: I just know I’m going to get blamed for this.” … More Nephilim Protocol publishing update and 1st Chapter
EDIT: So I was wrong about this. Obviously. Hopefully that will be a lesson to me, because I was never so sure of anything in my life. But school reopenings have largely been safe. “No, bro, going viral is easy,” said my little brother. “Oh c’mon,” I scoffed. “If it were easy, companies would reliably … More The Pipe Dream of Reopening In-Person Learning.
Everyone loves swords. Even America, with our obsession with gunfighters and revolvers, loves the image of two people facing off against each other with sharpened pieces of metal. It’s iconic. Star Wars may have blasters and planet-destroying rays, but let’s be real; the really cool thing about its space wizards is their laser swords. And … More Magical Swords, Pt. 1: Camelot
I mostly post unfinished stories on here, but this is a fun little drabble that I wrote as a bet of sorts with my students–they gave me a prompt and I wrote a story on it while they were working on their own short stories. None of them actually seemed very interested, but I enjoyed … More Story: The Last English Teacher
I’m starting to suspect I might never talk to an actual literary agent. I have, by this point, two and a half novels sitting on my computer. Everybody thinks their own work is amazing, naturally, yet I do feel pretty confident that these novels are better than many others I’ve read on the market. (Seriously, … More Best laid plans
So remember that idea I was playing around with, the YA novel about the half-angel teenagers? Still continuing to work on it. I’ve got a really pretty good draft written up, but by all indications it’s not good for the market–among other things, it’s too doggone long. And I’m starting to suspect it’ll be … More Stuff I’m continuing to work on: The Hospitaller Oath.
Haven’t been on here in a while, have I? Life has been busy. Teaching. All sorts of fun details, no time to talk about them now. So context. Remember that story snippet I posted here a while back? About the guy Iosef? So I’m still trying to get that published–haven’t had any luck thus far. … More The Nephilim Protocol, or: something I’m working on.
So I’d like it on record that I thought of the dwarf-elf romance before Peter Jackson did. I guess we’ll never know if I’d have done it better, but I find it hard to believe I would have done worse, even if mine had even less basis in Tolkien’s epic. Lord of the Rings: … More [LotR: War in the North] That Time I Tried to Tell Tolkien Tales
This is a bit from my steampunk novel about Iosif Rusval, a young boy pulled into service of the Automated Postal Department’s Enforcement Division. His supervisor is in the midst of a nail-biting investigation into mail tampering, which leads Iosif and his fellow Enforcers into all sorts of dangerous situations. It’s a fun story, but … More Deleted Scene: [Machinations] Meeting Mrs. Rusval.
This was a pretty uninspired idea. I’d played a mediocre flash game recently, called “Zombie Inglor” about a man who was bit and had about 72 hours until he became a full zombie. Not a bad concept, but the game was pretty average, and didn’t take any real advantage of the concept except as a … More Death of a Zombie