Thursday, May 14, 2015

Silver Linings

Got the news this week that the audio on Journeyman Warsmith is going to be pushed back another 4-5 weeks. Sucks, huh?
A little. But the upside? It is because my audio guy is doing a movie. And he said, and I quote, he would 'wear the heck out of' the cover shirts I sent him as a thank you for his work on Apprentice Swordceror.
I'll be the first one to admit that The Blademage Saga is not ready for either the big or small screen. It's unfinished, the ending is a wild card for anyone that's not me.
The thought of getting a little exposure in those kind of circles is still exciting.

Digging into the next round of edits on Blademage Adept, having fixed or justified nearly all of Ken's editorial concerns. Enhancing some scenes and working on keeping some of the new cast differentiated from the old in the early parts of the book.

Barring substantial misfortune, we're looking at a release in mid to late June.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Local Cover Reveal Event More Than Cheesy PowerPoint Presentation, Author Claims

Seriously, though. It is more.

We'll have:

PowerPoint Presentation highlighting the negotiation process for the cover of Blademage Adept.
Readings from Diane Rice and myself from the new book.
Raffle prizes! Shirts, mugs, free audio codes, etc.
Pizza from Papa John's.

All this, and it's only really 45 minutes out of your day.

This Saturday, 5-5:45pm at the Ada Community Library, Victory branch.

Substantial attendance could inspire another good donation to the library's Special Events Department!

I know it's short notice, but we'd really like to see a bunch of you there if it's possible.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Star Wars Day!

Beautiful day today. I had to 'force' myself back inside to push through the second third of the moderate edits of Blademage Adept, but it happened. A few of Ken's suggestions were waved off Jedi-style... These are not the edits you're looking for...
For the most part he's nailed everything I was too close to see. Parts that I was sure were written down were still safely locked in my brain, and needed added so that passages would make sense. Passages that a newcomer such as himself might question in a fantasy novel, but a seasoned veteran of the genre would take in stride? Those took some balancing, easing in enough explanation to inform one end of the spectrum without insulting the other. The extra focus on those passages sharpened the scenes to a higher level, I think.

In addition to the edits, there are some important things coming up sooner than I'd realized.

The cover release event for Blademage Adept is THIS SATURDAY. It's 5-6pm at the Ada Library on Victory. Details on the Calendar page.

The upcoming Self-Publishing Class at TVCC is NEXT THURSDAY from 2-5 at the SBCC on the south end of campus. Details are also on the other page.

That's all for now, I still need to run into town to pick up those power converters.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Second draft of Blademage Adept has been with the editor for almost two weeks.
I took about a weeklong unplanned break, due to brain-fry.
But I'm back!
Today saw the bulk of a PowerPoint presentation created. The presentation details the steps from start to finish, the back and forth between Paul Beeley and myself, during the crafting of the new book cover. The presentation is with Paul now for his input and approval, and later to be used at a cover reveal event, details TBA.
Journeyman Warsmith continues its quest to become an Audible title, the first fifteen minutes are incredible. We expected nothing less of Jamie du pont MacKenzie.
Apprentice Swordceror as a print title is probably going to happen soon. Coordinating with my Createspace consultant on a nightly basis.
I'll be teaching a class on self publishing next month at the local community college, the details of that will be posted soon.
Free consulting hours are back on at the BellyBuster Tuesdays from ten until noon, except the third Tuesday, when I attend the IWG Literary Luncheon.
Blog posts will pick back up, getting ready for all the new stuff!

It's good to be back.