My latest short story "The Night the Lights Came On"

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I Was on A Cool & Hilarious Podcast!

The hosts of Cartridge Based Radio, Donald and Brad, break down old video games and try to tease out what was going on behind the scenes in the story world of the game to make it happen. We got to tackle the legendary game Shaq Fu. Everyone hates this game, and while I acknowledge it's terrible for many reasons, my brothers and I actually had a lot of fun playing it when we were in grade school. Listen to the episode to hear me explain how this terrible game can actually be really fun. It's really funny and you get to learn a little about the game, but also hear the two host's theories on what brought about the world that the characters in the game live in. Every episode I've listened to has made me laugh and this one where I got to be a guest was no exception. It was a blast to be on the show. Go to their website, or your favorite podcatcher, and give it a listen. I'm sure you'll be hitting the subscribe button before you can say Shaq. 

Go have a listen for yourself:
Cartridge Based Radio Episode 49

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I'm a Co-Host on The Writing Crusade w/ Indian Jim!

Remember that cryptic post I published a while back called "Exciting News?" It's here! I got to go onto Indiana Jim's writing podcast, called The Writing Crusade, as his co-host! We talked a lot about writing, how to do it better, more often, and lots of other great stuff. Go check it out.

Check out the latest episode, and my first appearance:

I had a great time coming on the show and I look forward to recording many more episodes with him. I've been a big fan of his podcasts and it's really cool to be a part of it now!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Revising my Novel from Beta Reader Feedback

I received a ton of great feedback from my beta readers. This weekend I was able to go through a lot of their notes and make tweaks, changes, and updates to my manuscript. I think my book is stronger and clearer in some places now. I really appreciate their time and effort reading my book and making notes on how it struck them while reading. I can't wait to pass off a clean manuscript to my editor! Above you can see a little snippet from my Bullet Journal showing my progress. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Exciting News...

I have some very exciting news. I'm not going to tell you what it is yet, because I want to wait until it's available, but until then here are some hints:

You listen to it. It has to do with writing. The song below might give it away to podcast listeners who have been around the writing podcast scene for a while:

Sanctuary by D.J. Proctor | Book Review

This was a fun Sci-Fi book. There was a ton of action, and the different races in the story were interesting. I liked seeing how they interacted with each other, from fighting, to fighting along side each other, to accidentally offending each other. The organic humanoid robots were pretty interesting too, and I liked that there was conflict in the humans with how they were treated. 

This wasn't bad for a debut novel. The story did hold my hand quite a bit and there was a lot of telling instead of showing, but it was still an entertaining read. The characters weren't developed much either, which made it hard to care when some of them died brutal deaths. A few scenes were a bit too gruesome for my taste. 

That said, I would try another book by this author. He's only going to get better, and for a first novel this one was really fun. It's full of technical Sci-Fi jargon, action, grit, space battles, gun fights, and some pretty cool races and robotic characters I enjoyed reading about. Hopefully he'll flesh out the characters and make us care about them a bit more in the next book. 

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Did a Little Skateboarding this Weekend

My boys learned to ride their bikes without training wheels last year so I put some longboard wheels on my skateboard so I could keep up with them. We had tons of fun cruising around this weekend, and I even landed a couple ollies! I should just stick to cruising.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 70
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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In this 70th episode, I review classic novel Black Beauty. I was surprised by just how much I loved this heartwarming story. It has some great moral lessons, touching stories, and you learn a ton about horses. It really made me feel like I knew the characters, even though most were horses!  

Buy the Book on Amazon:
Black Beauty

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