Time to Professionalize

Time to Professionalize

Tweet So I’ve done a poor job of separating things out on my websites. After some conversations and research I’ve come to realize that I need to get on top of how I’m presenting myself. What I mean by this is that I need to separate my personal blogs, posts, etc. from my more professional sites. So, for example, blog posts riddled with comics about why I hate moths aren’t exactly what I’m going for on a blog about my contemporary epic fantasy trilogy. Like many other authors I know and/or stalk, I’m going to open an author site/blog where you can find more of my musings, opinions, and comics. It will be a more well-rounded representation of who I am to the greater internet. I think it’s my humorous take on things that...

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Almost There

Almost There

Tweet So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, largely because I’ve been traveling and working a lot. Sadly, editing took a back seat to the rest of my life for a bit, but I’ve finally finished cranking out all 32 chapters of Tomb of the Relequim and it’s ready for the final phases. Luckily for us all, I really enjoy most of the editing process, though what I’m about to embark on will feel like more of a grind. The “let me read this two more times in two different formats and make sure I didn’t miss anything/want to add anything” phase. I’ve read my book enough times already, thank you. I don’t want to totally give away the cover art, but I feel like you guys deserve a little teaser....

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Meeting Marjolein

Meeting Marjolein

Tweet So last summer I went to Holland to meet Marjolein Caljouw, my cover artist, for the first time. We met just for the heck of it as well as to discuss the cover for my second book. At the time I had a lot of other stuff to post, so I thought I would save this very special blog entry for when we were getting close to finished on the cover art for Tomb of the Relequim. That time is fast approaching. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to share some photos of our time together. We met at the train station in Amsterdam. There was a little confusion as to who was actually where and a delayed train or two, but we figured it out. She’s tall, blonde, and beautiful, everything you come to expect from the Dutch when you’ve lived with them long...

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America, Here I Come!

America, Here I Come!

Tweet I have been out of the country (the US) for over a year, 15 months to be precise. I’ve spent all but 3 weeks of that in Africa. That’s a long time. In fact, it’s a personal record that I’m ready to bring to an end. In three days I head back to the States for 3 weeks. I thought I would share with you some of the things I’m looking forward to most because, let’s face it, you probably don’t miss it at all. That last sentence made this whole blog post feel futile for a moment… Family. I miss my mom, I’ll just put that out there right now. My mom and my sister are the most important women in the world to me (even if I wasn’t single, they would kill me if I didn’t publicly state this as fact from...

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The Process

The Process

Tweet We’re through 13 chapters of the next book in the Vitalis Chronicles Trilogy: Tomb of the Relequim. This puts us near half-way, which is exciting. Jenna, my editor, is kicking my butt all over and we’re making good progress as we press through. I can’t express how huge it is to have good editorial help. My first book required a lot more work, which [I hope] means that I’ve grown immensely over the process of writing two books and editing one. By no means can I take much credit either. In learning languages, I’ve discovered the best way is to plow ahead and just talk talk talk. I studied French for 7 years before I moved to France, but I didn’t really speak it until I’d been there for 3 months. I knew a lot about it,...

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Yes, I Live on a Ship

Yes, I Live on a Ship

Tweet I guess it’s about time that I explain this a bit more, because I reference it all the time but it’s not exactly a normal thing to just mention off-hand. Living on a ship isn’t necessarily strange in itself, people have done so since some guy figured out that wood floated. What’s odd about my life is that I live on a hospital ship, one that doesn’t sail more than a few weeks out of the year. OK, that didn’t explain much of anything. I’m currently a full-time volunteer with an organization called Mercy Ships. We may be best described as a mobile surgical unit, providing a variety of surgical procedures at no cost to some of the world’s poorest populations. We see some very extreme cases, and it’s a pretty...

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I’m Stranger than Fiction

I’m Stranger than Fiction

Tweet You know those emotional moments that take you by surprise? The ones that come and go and you never let on that they did. You do this because, as we all are, you’re afraid that telling anyone that those emotions just hit you will leave them thinking you’re crazy. Or worse: will leave them laughing. I should know better, but I didn’t let that moment pass tonight. We were watching Stranger than Fiction, in which Harold Crick (played by Will Farrell), an auditor for the IRS, begins hearing a voice narrating every detail of his otherwise mundane life. Certain that he isn’t insane, he pursues the source of the voice fervently when it says that – little does he know – his death is immanent. As it turns out, the voice is that...

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