The Ash-Road and Sorcery in the Grimnir Saga

There's much talk in fantasy circles about "systems" of magic. By system, I think writers and creators mean the codified elements of magic: where does it come from, how do you access it, how is it learned, what is its cost. It makes me think of science: "if you have access to W and know... Continue Reading →


With mists and gray skies, with a bitter and biting wind from the North, Orctober gives way to Norsevember -- that month where we celebrate the Northern Thing. And so, I offer to the Gods a bit of verse from A GATHERING OF RAVENS: Wild was Grimnir | when he arose,And when his snake-cunning |... Continue Reading →

A Night in the Lonesome Orctober

(With apologies to Roger Zelazny) With Orctober drawing to a close, my mind invariably returns to the things I need to finish, the things I need to begin, and the things I need to give more space for planning. Someone asked me, just the other day, if I had any idea what would happen to... Continue Reading →

And . . . We’re Live!

If you begged off purchasing either The White Lion or Xenia in the Court of the Winds because you were waiting for a non-Paypal option . . . well, you're in luck! Both titles are now available worldwide (as ebooks) via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and a host of other options. AND, you... Continue Reading →

A Little Housekeeping

So, the Tales for Sale drive has gone very well, thus far. Well enough that I'm re-thinking some of my options for future stories -- like a series of novellas wrapping up the story-lines from The Lion of Cairo. As of 2:08 PM CST, ALL ORDERS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED. I've sent them off to the... Continue Reading →

Tales for Sale!

I have a couple of stories laying around that no one save a handful of beta readers have ever read (and one that was part of a collaborative novel, a few years back). Rather than try to submit them places and harvest rejections, I've decided to throw my hat into the self-publishing ring! My goal,... Continue Reading →

Orctober: The Psychology of Grimnir

One of the most common pitfalls when writing non-human characters, such as orcs, is the tendency to make them little more than humans in orc suits.  Actors in costume.  CGI’d monsters who do nothing different from their human counterparts.  Now, part of this comes down to readability.  Readers must have some common ground with your... Continue Reading →

Selling the Past

For most of my early writing career, the seven most pernicious words I encountered came from the same place: agents and publishers. I heard them so often I came to view them as a defense mechanism, a fight-or-flight response that just spilled from their pens/keyboards when confronted with something alien. What were those words? "I... Continue Reading →

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