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Supremacy: Reformation continues with the next episode! Get it now!
Synopsis:

The gods have long since been defeated, leaving their creation to survive without guidance. Holding fast to their final commands, two brothers now struggle to unite the last of the ancient Orders. One rules as emperor with the divine mandate bequeathed him. The other questions his brother’s loyalty to the gods declaring he has supplanted them. With the rest of the galaxy shrouded in darkness, the Second Order stands as humanity’s last bastion of hope until the gods return. Will they survive?

In this episode, the Reformation faces it’s toughest battle when Dagas brings the fight directly to White Sands. Tharin uses everything at his disposal to ensure that his brother will never touch Cranus. Will it be enough?

Supremacy: Reformation is an expansive science fiction story told in episodic bites. Each episode provides around an hour’s worth of quality reading.

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Supremacy: Reformation continues with the next episode! Get it now!
Synopsis:

The gods have long since been defeated, leaving their creation to survive without guidance. Holding fast to their final commands, two brothers now struggle to unite the last of the ancient Orders. One rules as emperor with the divine mandate bequeathed him. The other questions his brother’s loyalty to the gods declaring he has supplanted them. With the rest of the galaxy shrouded in darkness, the Second Order stands as humanity’s last bastion of hope until the gods return. Will they survive?

In this episode, Dagas unleashes his wrath out upon Morina and White Sands. The Reformation stands against him to save the Second Order.

Supremacy: Reformation is an expansive science fiction story told in episodic bites. Each episode provides around an hour’s worth of quality reading.

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Supremacy: Reformation continues with the next episode! Get it now!
Synopsis:

The gods have long since been defeated, leaving their creation to survive without guidance. Holding fast to their final commands, two brothers now struggle to unite the last of the ancient Orders. One rules as emperor with the divine mandate bequeathed him. The other questions his brother’s loyalty to the gods declaring he has supplanted them. With the rest of the galaxy shrouded in darkness, the Second Order stands as humanity’s last bastion of hope until the gods return. Will they survive?

In this episode, The Caretaker hides Anthros and Elysi from all who seek them as worlds collide on Morina. Both Tharin and Dagas rush to be the first to recover Anthros and the secrets locked inside his head.

Supremacy: Reformation is an expansive science fiction story told in episodic bites. Each episode provides around an hour’s worth of quality reading.

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2017 State of the Universe

Congratulations, everyone! We made it to 2017! Now we just have to ask ourselves what it holds for us. I’m not sure about you, but I’m determined to have a good year!

I’ve got several exciting projects slated for this year, but the first thing on my agenda is to clear out my backlog. I’ve been holding on to episodes 6-10 of Supremacy: Reformation for way to long at this point, so I’m going to have those out the door this quarter. Then, I will package up the first 10 episodes into Supremacy: Reformation Volume 1, so if you’ve not been keeping up with the series, you can jump into it and get caught up.

The next item is to expand the Supremacy universe with the publication of the YA scifi novel I’ve been writing. I’ve been excited about this project for a while and can’t wait to write a teaser post explaining the premise. The working title is Mechanical Soul, but that’s all the detail you’ll get out of me at this time, but trust me, it’s going to blow your mind!

Robot Dinosaur Lazer Attack! should be making an appearance this year. I started writing this crazy idea of a retired MMA fighter who gets caught up in a galactic war that comes to Earth and it morphed into a spiritual prequel for Power Rangers. The timing on this couldn’t be any better since the new Rangers movie is going to be awesome. However, my take on it is certainly not kid friendly, because I’m writing it for my fellow Gen1 fans!

Finally, I’ve officially started the process of writing Shadeskin 3. All your favorite characters will be back in action very soon, and I can guarantee an exciting fighting ticket: Clara vs. Jailyn. Zyne vs. Astrous. Hunter vs. Katie. Darrus vs. Sams. Daniel vs. Matt. It’s all going down! I just hope my humble town of Shreveport can survive this level of brawling.

My goal lately has been to work on creating more stories that I can bring out on the convention trail, so you may see me out in the wild. If I’m feeling particularly adventurous, I may show up in Dallas or Lafayette.

So, that’s what I’m planning on bringing to the 2017 table: more stuff and more events. Look for more Supremacy: Reformation, Mechanical Soul, Robot Dinosaur Lazer Attack!, and Shadeskin 3.

Let’s make 2017 great again!

2016 Metal Recap

2016 sucked, but its metal legacy lives on. It was a really good year for metalheads everywhere. No matter what sub-genre you like, there was something for you. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite releases last year by both established and rising bands.

My favorite 2016 releases of metal veterans:

  1. Norma Jean – Polar Similar
  2. Gojira – Magma
  3. Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience
  4. Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty
  5. Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
  6. Fallujah – Dreamless
  7. The Word Alive – Dark Matter

My favorite 2016 releases of new bands I discovered:

  1. After the Burial – Dig Deep
  2. It Lies Within – Paramount
  3. Humanity’s Last Breath – Detestor
  4. Missouri Quiet – Through the Millenniums
  5. Infant Annihilator – The Elysian Grandeval Galeriach
  6. The Zenith Passage – Solipsist
  7. Entheos – The Infinite Nothing

Start 2017 off right by getting caught up with some music you may or may not have listened to yet.

Remember to support your artists!

Adrift

2016 has been universally bad year for just about everyone I know. We’ve survived a resurgence of authoritarianism, seen our heroes die, and struggled through horrific, world-wide tragedies. And that’s just the stuff that doesn’t directly affect us. I, myself, dealt with more inter-personal conflict this year than ever before and it has left me mentally exhausted and paralyzed in my pursuit of my dreams. I’m glad to see this year come to a close.

2016 reminded me that I still haven’t had any real success in publishing and most of that is my own fault. I’m the reason that the final episodes for Volume 1 of Supremacy: Reformation have been sitting in my word processor. I embarked on this journey 5 years ago and have not been diligent enough to produce new content. I’ve had the plans laid down through Volume 3 since I started writing the first word of this series.

2016 reminded me that the fate of all the characters in Shadeskin are in my hands. A new volume is sorely overdue, especially considering the state everyone was left in at the big finale of Shadeborn. I’ve thought of plenty of storylines for Shadeskin 3, but have put nothing to paper.

My writing career is languishing and it’s all my fault. I let this year throw me off course and gave it the rudder, which it used to send me into the middle of the ocean. I’m adrift in just about every aspect of my life. Well, that’s really an exaggeration, because my day job is going really well. However, my success at writing code is eating at my desire to write stories and 2016 exacerbated that problem. My head is filled with stories I need to tell, but 2016 beat me this year and they all remain within me instead of traveling the world.

Despite all this, I’ve had some major successes this year, for which I am grateful and that’s what I want to concentrate on. Like I mentioned above, my programming career is doing very well and I’m still working on some awesome side projects that I hope to finish up soon. I got to travel a bit this year. The wife and I explored Seattle, cruised the Caribbean, and took a couple weekend trips to Texas and Arkansas.

Resilience is the most important character trait to develop and it’s the one that I rely on the most for sanity. I live by the mantra that failure is permanent only if you give up. I refuse to give up. I will finish what I started writing and it will be awesome. I’m excited to ring in the new year, because I will not let 2016 win. 2016 was a turning point for me and that will make 2017 all the better.

See you all next year!

Supremacy: Reformation continues with the next episode! Get it now!
Synopsis:

The gods have long since been defeated, leaving their creation to survive without guidance. Holding fast to their final commands, two brothers now struggle to unite the last of the ancient Orders. One rules as emperor with the divine mandate bequeathed him. The other questions his brother’s loyalty to the gods declaring he has supplanted them. With the rest of the galaxy shrouded in darkness, the Second Order stands as humanity’s last bastion of hope until the gods return. Will they survive?

In this episode, everyone closes in on Anthros and Elysi while they rush to escape Morina. Her entire clan, divided over how to protect one of their own, searches the entire planet for them. Recovered from the wounds Anthros left, Tharin rises to piece together just where Anthros went after White Sands. Morina holds enough secrets for all of them.

Supremacy: Reformation is an expansive science fiction story told in episodic bites. Each episode provides around an hour’s worth of quality reading.

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The Dreamer vs The Creator

Writing is difficult and it is difficult for all authors in different ways. Consistency is where it hits me. I set out over five years to launch my writing career and have found myself struggling to finish everything I start. It’s not for a lack of killer ideas or the ability to write stories interesting enough for readers to buy into. For me, it’s the fact I don’t apply myself diligently enough to my craft.

Realizing this, I encapsulated my struggle into two entities waging war for my time: The Dreamer and The Creator. The Dreamer awoke within me the day I was born. It pushes me to think up new ideas and stories that fuel my creative process. While it is the source of my inner creativity, it has no power to accomplish anything, which is why I’ve had to build up The Creator. The Creator gets results. It works off of what The Dreamer gives it and transforms it into words on a page.

I need both these entities to achieve my life goals, but lately, I’ve let The Dreamer consume all my time. It whispers to me that it’s OK to miss my weekly writing quota due to whatever excuse seems to pop up at the last minute. It also assures me that everything is going to turn out exactly how I want as long as I have ambition left inside me. This is why The Dreamer is the enemy of progress. When I indulge it, I drift further and further behind until I find myself five years later with five less books that should be out there entertaining readers.

The Creator demands that I work hard to ensure what The Dreamer promised will actually come true. It makes me sit down and write the words that spin a modern tale. I’ve always had a problem allowing The Creator to flourish. I dream too much and let myself get caught up in the moment of whatever fun I may be having. The Creator languishes during these long periods and agitates me until I find myself sitting in my creative office typing.

I know I’m not along in this struggle. Every successful author always gives a common thread of advice: write and keep writing. I’ve taken this to mean that I need to follow The Creator after The Dreamer has given it what it need to produce. Even as I type this post, I can feel the need to let The Creator do its work and to shut off The Dreamer. I’ve amassed a huge collection of stories that are locked up inside my head. No one will share in these experiences unless I force The Dreamer back in it’s Pandora’s box to rest while me and The Creator get to work.

I’ve not yet had anything close to success with my writing career. It’s all been a slow crawl to madness because I would rather sit around and dream about what I should achieve instead of getting out there and achieving it. I allow my inconsistency to rule me and because of it, the ebook series I started five years ago lies incomplete.

I’ve asked myself, Where do I go from here? The answer I’ve come up with is to follow the demands of The Creator. Sure, it’s difficult, but nothing about writing is easy. It’s competitive, time consuming, and an aging form of entertainment in our digital society. However, I must continue onward because my childhood dream of being an author has not yet been realized.

If you’re out there in a similar circumstance, whether it be writing or another dream you are working on, I challenge you like I’m challenging myself. Follow your inner Creator because it knows the paths to success. You’ll always need your inner Dreamer to partner with it, but don’t let it consume your time or you’ll end up just as frustrated as I am with myself.

We’re all products of our environments and choices. Make a conscious choice to follow The Creator. It’s tough and exhausting, but the end will be worth it when you summit your challenges and cry out to the world about your victory. This post isn’t meant to inspire, it’s meant to encourage you to work hard. Nothing gets done without work. A creative outlet like writing may be fun work, but it still requires consistency and drive, both of which The Creator fuels.

Even if you are just as far behind as me, you’re not going to be any further behind if you start working today. The Creator is waiting to take you to new heights. Allow The Dreamer to rest while The Creator propels you forward!

5.5"X8.5" Post Card TemplateIf you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a physical copy of Shadeborn, now is your chance. The next chapter in the Shadeskin Anthology continues in both digital and print formats, so jump in and join the story!

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A new power is rising in Shreveport, escalating tensions between Shade and Illumin. Every Shade in the city feels this shift and works to carve out their own section in the new order. The Raven family unites against their growing enemies to prepare for the upcoming war. Still recovering from the wounds of betrayal, the Ravens wrestle with painful memories of their losses, set aside old feuds, and reforge their alliance with the Illumin. In the end, all may succumb to this powerful force that threatens the city.

In the second installment of the Shadeskin Anthology, two authors interlace stories of ancient beings and their impact on the human race set against the backdrop of a Louisiana city.

 

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You read that correctly. I’ve given up competing with George R.R. Martin to see who can write the slowest. Supremacy: Reformation now continues with the 4th episode!

Synopsis:
The gods have long since been defeated, leaving their creation to survive without guidance. Holding fast to their final commands, two brothers now struggle to unite the last of the ancient Orders. One rules as emperor with the divine mandate bequeathed him. The other questions his brother’s loyalty to the gods declaring he has supplanted them. With the rest of the galaxy shrouded in darkness, the Second Order stands as humanity’s last bastion of hope until the gods return. Will they survive?

In this episode, Anthros recovers hidden memories of the time between when he fled White Sands and arrived on Centros Prime. These buried secrets reveal more to Divine Emperor Dagas than he wanted. More is at work in the Second Order than the Reformation.

Supremacy: Reformation is an expansive science fiction story told in episodic bites. Each episode provides around an hour’s worth of quality reading.

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