Last year I came across a call for submission for poems pertaining to the night sky. The poems were to be collected and published in book form, and the proceeds would go to benefit a planetarium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Being a Ball State grad, I was instantly excited and started grinding the gears in my brain to see what I could crank out. I started ruminating over Indiana nights, clear country skies, and lightning bugs. Fireflies to be more precise.
My wife and I had been binging the wonderful science fiction television show, “Firefly,” and I knew right away that I had to come up with an ode to Captain Malcolm Reynolds. The words came naturally and flowed freely. It’s a beautiful dedication to cult pop culture.
From there, I went real deep. You know, like a real poet. “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite paintings ever (much like everybody else on the face of the earth), so I really dug into the artistic process that went into creating that masterpiece. Weeks of thought went into this poem and weeks more of tweaking it to get it right. In the end, it turned out great – if I do say so myself. Continue reading
Recently, I had the opportunity to record an excerpt from Crossroads for a new podcast called Authors Read, where you guessed it, authors read excerpts from their works. I think it’s a really cool concept, and I was excited to be selected to be featured. I’ve always toiled with the idea of trying to record an audio book version of Crossroads in my own voice, since the narrative of the story is essentially told through my point of view and with my own personal speech patterns and quirks.
Luckily, I have a friend who has his own podcast (One Hour Wasted), and has a nice setup for recording. Even better still, he was willing to assist me with recording my reading. I read two chapters, and it took three hours of recording/editing before my thirteen minute segment was completed. The recording quality was top-notch. My performance on the other hand…yikes. Overall it was a great learning experience, and the episode was just released! You can follow the link here to find the podcast and here for the website. I’m hoping to follow-up with a reading from Crossfire once it’s released, so stay tuned for part 2!
The much-anticipated sequel to Crossroads is nearing completion, so it’s time to start sharing some sneak peeks! The first three drafts are out-of-the-way, and the graphics have been completed. I’m waiting for the last round of notes from my proofreaders before shipping the finished manuscript off to the publisher. While the official release date is still pending, I’m excited to share the synopsis and finished cover art with you, so check it out!
“Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a knight who tried to save a princess. That’s an example of how this story doesn’t start. This is no fairy tale folks, so if that’s what you’re looking for then you’ll have to keep looking. This is more of a nightmare. My nightmare.”
Will McGee is back! Just when he thought he could take a breath from infiltrating and toppling an outlaw motorcycle club, he realized just how much his tiny hometown of Rough River Falls, Kentucky truly needs him…even if it appears that they don’t want him. The town is imploding as a direct result of his actions against the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club, and the impact is starting to rear its ugly head in multiple ways. The lawman’s battles have left him scarred and weary, but he’s never been one to leave things alone. Can he restore order to the chaos he created, or will he get caught in the Crossfire? Grab a helmet, this ride could get a little out of control.
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So it turns out book trailers are a thing. Now I’m not talking about a trailer full of books. No, that would be a bookmobile. Stay with me here – it’s a movie trailer but for a book. I know, it seems so simple now, doesn’t it? It also seems kind of silly to create video footage and visuals for an otherwise non-visual medium. Books are meant to engage your imagination and put your mind’s eye to work, right? Well there lies the challenge.
Once I was introduced to the concept, it also compelled my hyperactive brain to see what I could come up with. At the core, book trailers are intended to help build hype surrounding a title that is coming soon or newly released. Similarly to a movie trailer, you just want to tease your audience without giving anything away. A major difference between the two though, is casting. In a movie, it’s all about who is starring in it. I suppose the same could be said for a book, but in a completely different way. Fictional characters should be up to the reader to imagine and picture in their mind, so a book trailer needs to be very careful not to provide any distinct, identifying information. You want to use overly generic footage, or B-roll if you will, so the reader is still free to imagine things as they see fit. The tricky part then is creating a trailer that doesn’t provide any distinct features, doesn’t give away any details, yet still somehow manages to draw in and captivate the audience. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so simple, huh? Well needless to say, based on the title of this post, I decided to give it my best effort. Continue reading
A few months ago I was made aware of a fundraising effort by a local pet charity involving poetry centered around pets – mainly cats and dogs. The idea was to have a collection of poetry published, and proceeds will go to help maintain Earl’s Heart Pet Food Pantry in nearby Anderson, Indiana. I submitted three pieces of prose centered around my experiences with furry, four-legged friends throughout my life, and I’m very excited that two of my three submissions were actually chosen to be included in the anthology! The collection was released today, on National Pet Day – because of course! Click the link or check out the Store page to order your copy today!
Paw Prints in Verse: Poems About Pets
Invisible. Insubstantial. Non-existent. That’s how you made me feel. I sat outside your window day after day and went unnoticed. Even on the occasion you looked outside, your gaze just cut right through me. I watched you eat breakfast each morning before leaving for your day. I saw you return each night, exhausted, eating whatever random takeout you decided to stop at on your way home, often crashing on the couch without ever stumbling to your bedroom.
I saw the company you kept, and I could always tell who wasn’t right for you. This guy never opened the door for you like any gentleman should. That guy only opened the door so you would walk in front of him and he could stare at your assets. I could spot the lust in his eyes from across your apartment. The other guy was more engaged with his phone than he ever was with your presence. None of them were ever good enough, but you never seemed to notice as quickly as I did. Maybe I was just more observant. Maybe. Certainly.
Including all the action-packed fun that you loved from the original release of Crossroads, the Deluxe Photo Tour Hardback Edition (that’s not a mouthful or anything) provides a glimpse into the actual world of Will McGee and the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club. While the story is set off the banks of the Rough River in Central Kentucky, the locations behind the story are actually based off of real locations from my childhood. Though Rough River Falls doesn’t technically exist as described, I wanted a setting that was placed in a real geographic location with the freedom of creating the environment to best suit the story. Subconsciously, as the world was created around the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club, I realized that the settings that were being described were directly inspired by locations I was familiar with through my adolescence.
So check out the Store page and order your copy of the Deluxe Photo Tour Hardback Edition today and get a real feel for Rough River Falls!
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