Thoughts on Real Magic

November 16, 2018

Magic is real. It’s not quite like you imagine it to be and certainly not like the tricks of stage magicians. But what exactly is it, can it be measured, and can it be scientifically proven.

This is the premise of Dean Radin’s Real Magic. Radin holds a PhD and has done many experiments for psi research.

I listened to this in-between finishing A Flaw in All Magic and Solve for Happy. I could only take so much of this book at a time. And just as the process would have it, some of the sections I listened to in conjunction with Solve for Happy were entertaining. Sometimes it felt as if the two were at extreme odds with either other and I got to see two sides of how scientific minds explore similar topics. At other times, they were in agreement, but saying it in two ways based on their own life experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Progress – November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through November now. When did that happen?

I’ve been reviewing where I’m at and all I accomplished (or didn’t) this year. It feels strange to not have my next publication date at least in mind — the calendar right now is barren, at least in that aspect. I do know what’s coming, I just don’t know how long it will take to get there; more on that in a moment. Right now, I’m about 10,000 words away from hitting my yearly word goal that I’d wanted to accomplish. I figure I’ll be there by the end of November. There is a part of me that’s tempted to take a month off. Don’t worry, I won’t — I fully plan on breaking the tape and continuing beyond, mostly because I’m curious how far I can go. Last year was too much of a push, so I had backed off some this year and still wanted to make it a challenge. I think that challenge has pretty much become norm for me, but I might want to shift my goals a little next year, so I need to take good stock of what I can do.

Next up on what I plan to publish is Tangled Magic. I’ve been working that over this week and am finally getting to a place where I’m satisfied with it. If you read the whole thing here on my blog, you are in for some wonderful changes. I hope you will be as delighted by the arrangement of scenes (it was getting a bit fragmented there at the end) and new scenes that have been added as I am. I do still have a lot of work to do on Walk the Path, but I hope it comes together just as quickly. Obviously there is also Dragons of Wellsdeep which is getting close to… well, I feel as if I should be three quarters of the way through, but I don’t think I am. But I know the direction I’m heading. I don’t know if I’ve ripped out a scene that will be coming up in the next couple of weeks or not — in trying to structure as I go, I can clearly see that this scene doesn’t fit, at least now where it’s at. I really liked the scene too. But maybe another book. Maybe it’ll be a book where I write the story around the scene just so I can have it (then I’d probably end up tearing the scene out of there too because it wouldn’t fit –writers are weird creatures).

That’s three books I plan on having out next year.

I know, I know. I hear you! There’s no Loki or Sacred Knight in that list. I know already! Read the rest of this entry »


For Sale, Call Loki – the audio

October 30, 2018

Yes, it’s now live and available most everywhere you get audiobooks. See below for links.

For Sale audio

Yes, I tinkered with the cover a bit for this version. I’m still on the fence whether or not I want to change it for the ebook and print version, especially now that the 5 novellas are all put together into 1-800-CallLoki; I’m just not sure that it would be a good use of my time. Maybe. Maybe someday.

But for now, you can get this lovely cover on your audiobook!

Here are some links. If you shop at another audio store, just search for my name. My books should come up. If they don’t, please send me a message and let me know where your store is. I have a good reach, but it might not be everywhere since there are so many. So do let me know.

Audible

Amazon

Google Play

Kobo

iTunes

Side note – This is my 700th blog post. If someone had told me that I would write 700 blog posts, I would have laughed. There’s no way I could be at a task for that long – I don’t have that type of consistency in my nature. Well, here we are!


Inktober #4

October 25, 2018

Here are the 4th week of Inktober drawings. See the others here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

Prompt #18 was “Bottle.”

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Several years ago, I went to the park and sat alone in my car. My boys were off visiting their father. I was lonely and couldn’t stay at the quiet house any more. So I sat at the park and watched the clouds drift by. And cried. Okay, I’m going to admit it now, I cried. Hard. Long and hard.

Something encouraged me to open my eyes and look toward the sky. I did, and there was this cloud floating along that looked like this twisted genie lamp. I grabbed my sketchbook and drew it out. Then I did another, and another. I went home and continued drawing these all weekend long. It’s not like I was filling pages, but whenever I felt the mood to let my hands draw some elegant curves.  Read the rest of this entry »


Thoughts on A Flaw in All Magic

October 19, 2018

I recently finished listening to A Flaw in All Magic by Ben S. Dobson.

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Now I came across this book through watching a video that the narrator, Travis Baldree, put out on YouTube. He was sampling a tool that I had just started using for my own audiobook narration and did a sample read in the video. I decided that I really enjoyed listening to his voice. I can’t remember if he mentioned this book or not in the video. I actually think he was working on another, but this caught my eye when I went out to Audible. I listened to the sample and decided to make the purchase.

I enjoyed the story. I can’t say it gave me too many surprises, but it was enjoyable to listen to as I took my lunchtime walks. The writing is solid, enjoyable. Travis does an wonderful job of narrating. He really does make it look and sound so easy.

The story wraps up completely. Though I didn’t feel compelled, I did get the next book in the series. In audio, because I’d be hearing Baldree’s voice in my head anyway and I’m finding that it’s easiest for me to get my reading either when I’m driving to/from work, exercising, or when I’m doing housework. It really has helped me actually finish books that I start (I think – I am getting several half-finished audiobooks now too, but my chances of finishing one are better than books I have to read, be they physical or ebook.)

To learn more about the author, Ben S. Dobson, click here.

To learn more about the narrator, Travis Baldree, click here.

Time for adventure.


Progress – August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018
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View while I’m walking of the college campus

While taking my lunchtime walks this week, I finished up listening to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s audiobook, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide. It’s interesting to see how things have changed in the 5+ years since this book was written as posts on her blog, then published. While there were many good gems in this book (brilliant advise I wish I’d had ages ago and some that I will be delving into myself over the next few years), there was one thing that really struck me and I want to share.

Don’t make the words fancy. Translation into other languages translates the story, not the words.

These were my notes, so I’m certain I paraphrased for me to remember. So often, I know I try to strive for just the right sentence or word. All too often, I feel like I’m just using the same words over and over. Oh look, another THE. How about and AND. Yes, I’m oversimplifying here, but that’s how it feels some days. It’s if I’ve just taken every word I learned in first grade, probably when we were pasting words into the sentences on our sheets, thrown them into a bag and shook them, and now I take them out one by one and line them up all in a row just like I did then.

I remind myself that my purpose it to entertain with a good story, not fancy words. I don’t want to mire my readers in a deluge of words to get through. No slough for them to cut through.  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 02/27/17

February 27, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 3,205 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  791 words

Writing month to date total: 23,310 words.

Writing year to date total: 45,467 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent 7.5 hours on editing  and recording audio. This didn’t include time that I spent with some experiments I ran this week — I’m psychotically trying to get a better, cleaner sound so that I spend less time editing and, well, I’m getting a little frustrated at being unable to solve the problem. I also spent time out shopping for things for my booth (I suspect part of my issue was my chair — it was sturdy, but too high and it put me at an angle where I had a little crunch in my abdomen when I was sitting in it. Sitting on the edge of the seat so that my feet were on the floor was not comfortable either. So, I found a new chair which I will try out this week, but I had to also get little blocks of wood to put under the chair to get me that extra inch of height I needed. Then that mean gluing felt onto the wood for sound absorption. Yeah, there’s more to that story too, but this already feels like “If you give a mouse a cookie…” so I won’t go on). I also played with Adobe Audition (might I say, “wow!”) and learned to use it as well as began a mastering process that I’m tinkering with the settings for.

Week’s happenings: As you can see, I spent time tinkering with audio this week. The word count is way down mostly because of that, but partially because of other events too. I have been reading the 4th book in the Sacred Knight series and adding more detail. I love seeing it come together as I loop back through it. Someday I hope I’ll learn to do smaller loops, but for now, I have to write how I write, which for me means that I write the whole dang book going back only to add snippets here and there that I need, then going back through making sure I’ve gotten everything in order. I just don’t feel comfortable until I’ve read the whole thing through to make sure it’s logical. I also released the print versions of History of a Dead Man (though errors have already been found so I will have to go back and fix some spots) and The Doorway Prince, which I believe is clean and good, but I’ve just started reading that for an audiobook, so who knows what I will find there. I keep reminding myself that just because the words aren’t getting written doesn’t mean that production isn’t happening. Just because I want it all done now and I have more stories that I want to write at the moment than I have time for doesn’t mean that it won’t get done. When you work full-time, write, publish, voice act, audio engineer, web design, blog, paint, and long to work on comics and animation, that’s a lot to pack into a week. There are only 168 hours in a week and I do need to sleep sometime (Really???! Who thought needing rest would be a good thing?) In a couple of conversations I’ve had this week, other people have joked about second jobs. Yeah, whatever. No, seriously though, I don’t consider writing or recording of the audiobooks as work. Everything else might be (well, okay, not painting, but as we both know I haven’t gotten to do any of that in a while), but my storytelling is my escape. I get to be my characters and I get to play with them all. I get to be entertained by whatever floats around in my mind. Who else gives themselves that kind of fun? Not ordinary people, I’ll tell you. (grin) But, of course, that’s why I share my stories: so the normal people can have fun too. It’s a win-win situation. Now, leave me alone so I can get back to my imagination! (kidding!) (maybe not) (who knows?) (not me) (do you?) See you all next week!