Blog 2014

Teach The Sky ReLaunch!

In November of 2002, I first launched (this website).  In the intervening eleven plus years, it’s endured a year-long hiatus, seen the launch of ten serials, including the serialization of the Crossworld Saga.  It’s been a blog, a literary hub, and a host of other things.

But mostly, it’s been a journey for me as I try to wind my way through the labyrinth that is publishing.

Writing, you see, is easy.  Get a word processor – or hell, just a notepad – and write a story.  Boom!  You’re a writer.  Want to be a successful writer?  Sell that story to a friend for more than you paid for the notepad.  Seriously, that’s all it takes.  From that point, it’s just a matter of scale; of how many units you sell, how much profit, etc etc etc.

Publishing is a different beast.  Publishing is an industry, and one with all the flaws and loopholes of any large industry.  You have publishing houses, big and small, as well as agents and clubs and unions.  It’s all a big mess.  And as an independent author, it’s hard to sort through it all.  So I’ve tried to be open and transparent with what all I was doing.

But I also tried to maintain some artistic autonomy.  And thus, my serials.  At, I have endeavored to produce literature and art that was entertaining.  I grew so very tired (so very quickly) of the publishing game that even as I pursued it, I wanted to further my art.  And thus, this website became not just a professional portfolio but also a means with which I was able to continue being a writer while I kept dealing with the trials and tribulations of being an author.  For the two are, thankfully, not one and the same.


In 2014, will see the return of the serials.  The first episode of my newest serial will go live March 7th.  Currently, I will be updating every four weeks, but I expect that time span to quickly shrink.  I will also be publishing several novels in the coming year.  Everybody knows about Rhest for the Wicked (my first novel with Haven Publishing) and I continue to chip away at that, with resolution coming in the next few weeks.  But in the meantime, other novels are in the works.  They will be announced in the next few months, with releases before the end of the year.

It’s an exciting time.  I’m happy to share with you the art that I love so much to create.  I hope you enjoy it.  And now, please enjoy the new and improved (hopefully)

Blog 2013

A Decade of Ambition

Next weekend, just after Thanksgiving, will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  It was in 2003 that I first launched this website, in its original form, telling the story of Everett Kendall, Marilyn Johnston, Jericho Kingston, Roland and Ledger, and all the others.  TtS would spin-off with Deadman, APT Responders, and so on, coming to a debilitating hiatus in 2009.

It’s been interesting to look back on my career during the last ten years (twelve, if you want to go back to Crossworld’s original run in November of 2001).  It’s been full of hiccups, deadends, false starts, and every imaginable mistake.  But at the same time, it’s been full of some really sterling successes and some events of which I am very proud.

Over a decade, writing has been a very curious adventure, with no real road-map or guide.  I set out to become a ‘professional author’ and when the money from Crossworld started coming in and I started seeing reviews of my book and writing, I realized I had ‘made it’.  The question at that point became a matter of increasing sales, upping visibility and distribution, etc.  In other words, it became about marketing and salesmanship.

An author – or artist period – who tells you that salesmanship isn’t a big element of success is misguided.  To both audiences and production companies alike, the onus is upon the creator to drive the work forward.  In time, teamwork may take over and managers and promotional teams may take on some or even much of that burden, but that will only occur after you have already excelled at it.

And that feels like where I am now.  From a professional standpoint, as we wait for these last few but terrifyingly critical details to get taken care of involving Rhest for the Wicked, that transition to teamwork is underway.  Even as we wait for Rhest to clear, books #2 through #11 are already in development.  That’s now my job as part of this team.  It’s yet another part of this adventure as a writer.

It’s a subdued excitement that fills me these days, a decade later.  Amateurish exuberance has evolved into (what I hope is) a professional temperament.  I hope my stories and storytelling reflect this decade of work and effort.  I strive to be a writer worthy of the stories I’m trying to tell.

It’s been a wild ten years.  In that time, nothing has gone according to plan.  In more ways than not, I think that’s a good thing.  The adventure isn’t made up of what goes right; it’s made up of what goes wrong and is then overcome.

And this has been, and continues to be, a hell of an adventure.

Tools of the Imagination

No Tools of the Imagination

Sorry, kids.  No ToI this week.  I’m afraid I’m neck-deep in a two-household move as well as in not-quite-negotiations to finally get my book off the blocks and out the door.  Yes, the book that was supposed to be out in June (thus, why everything’s getting backburnered until we get it taken care of).

I fear the next couple of weeks may see a few delays, but I’ll try to avoid that.  For now, just kick back and enjoy Pacific Rim on blu-ray or DVD, because you either own the movie or you hate fun.