Current Projects

If you happened to stumble across this post, website, or accidentally clicked on an image from google and ended up here, welcome! I’ve done a bit of a content/site redesign to streamline things a bit more, so go take a peek if so inclined. For reasons that are beyond me, I’ve decided to list all the stuff I’m writing, like it even matters, right? Anyway, here it goes.

At Eternity’s Gate: “Whoa, wait a second,” you say. “Wasn’t that book supposed to be done forever ago?” Yeah, you’re totally–shut up. I know, believe me. I’ve rewritten large sections and have been editing the shiznit out of each chapter, sentence, character interaction, you know, what makes the book good. Like Frieza getting totally owned by Trunks, things are bloody right now. Bloody fricken awesome.

Shout Out: to Chad, for reviewing (the now old) first three chapters on Goodreads. Feel free to pitch in over there if you take a gander yourself.

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Infinite Adventures: A New Game & A Better Story (Kickstarter Too)

So the other game I had been working on crashed and burned harder than a spaceship flown by lobotomized chimpanzees (because we all know un-lobotomized primates would harness 98.34% of the sun’s energy and conquer us all, given enough time). (I, for one, welcome our new plasma-hearted hairy ape warrior overloads.) Anyway I ejected with a rocket propelled booster seat and have wound up working on another game called Infinite Adventures. It’s on Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, and oh yeah there’s a Kickass Demo as well (for Mac/Windows & In-Browser).

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Eyeless child-eating bats were my idea. You’re welcome.

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What Two Years of Edits & Notes Looks Like

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Two years is a solid amount of time. Days come and go in silent flocks, barely brushing against your face as weeks and months cast shadows in the sunset of a year. Past time blends and smears into a whirlpool that, for the present you, makes it almost impossible to decipher how you ended up at this viewing platform, scratching your crotch in a state of proper dumbfoundment while trying to see your own reflection in the maelstrom. This is especially true when crafting a book. Years down the line you end up with a draft, probably in a digital form, and say “How the fuck did this happen?” The experience of writing a novel is easier to reflect upon, I think, when you have artifacts from the past to inspect. Little fossils of ink on scrap paper or notebooks you excavate from files and manila folders, maybe a forgotten back pack or underneath your car seat.

The image above is about half of the material I had physically edited or scrawled ideas and blips of dialogue upon for At Eternity’s Gate. Stacks of notes and doodles and around 90 pages of pen edited manuscript will remain forever lost to dimensions unknown. But here, for my own amusement, is a brief dive into the relics that remain. Imprints of a strange past consciousness influenced by worlds both imaginary, and real. Read More…

InCase Anyone Was Wondering…

2014-10-03_00011When I first launched this site I stated that At Eternity’s Gate would hopefully be finished in September, or possibly beyond. Well we are definitely in the beyond camp now. It’s not that I haven’t written the book, I most certainly have. I just haven’t written the best version of it that can exist. This is partly due to some life changes, as the summer has been full of new things for me, including but not limited to:

  • Nausea inducing bouts of existential ponderings.
  • Moving away from somewhere I’ve lived a long time.
  • Not having a job (which was planned, except for the crippling anxiety).
  • Adapting to life with cats. Very evil animals indeed.
  • Asphyxiating levels of self doubt and dense waves of depression.

It’s been hard to reflect properly and admit that I haven’t been who I used to be and who I aspire to become. By no means am I unfamiliar to this process. Read More…

Punch Party Playlist: What My Characters Listen To

Shelby's bro knows all about Punch Party

Shelby’s bro knows all about Punch Party

Not everyone listens to music while they write, but bands, songs and albums often make their way into books and stories anyway. At Eternity’s Gate doesn’t really reference specific songs all too much, but music does affect the characters, specifically a young girl named Allie (or Al-Pal, or Lord Bookworm). I imagined what would be in her playlist and whipped it up on Spotify in no time flat. I may be guilty of writer’s bias here, as all the songs are from bands I listen to, but I’m sure Lord Bookworm would rock out to them anyway. Spotify Link. Youtube Link (ads suck and it’s missing a song).

The Flood: Host Physiology & Communication Report (Download)

a66c8964-aff4-4b7e-93a4-998975bce61eMany moons ago I stayed up for three weeks straight feverishly writing and researching into the early morning. Layer names and Photoshop brush presets were scrawled on napkins strewn about empty Monster cans. It was the first time I struggled with a deadline, one I made up for myself. The project was a fictional report/short story/research paper based in the Halo universe, one studying the communication abilities of the violent exogalactic life form known as The Flood. The Flood: Host Physiology & Communication Report. I wanted it to come out on Halo’s big anniversary, and I pulled it off, just barely though.

The Flood report was definitely the most experimental thing I’ve ever written, since I basically intertwined a story into the introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of a futuristic, desperately written journal paper. All the nuero psych I learned over a four year college degree was poured into it, and to date this report stands as my degree’s crowning achievement. It felt awesome to be so engrossed night after night in the same fictional lore and the story eventually revealed itself to me, shining in the night like a interstellar research vessel undergoing stage 14 core meltdown on a collision course with a binary star system. Imagining the people screaming on board, and why they were screaming was a true blast. I also got to manipulate a picture of my German Sheppard in infrared as an extraterrestrial parasite bore into his spine and tunneled out his mouth. R.I.P. Max.

Anyway I”ve put it up on my Download page, so check it out if you want to see some crazy sci fi graphics and read up about flesh mutating viruses and parasites and what not.

 

Owning Up to Your Character’s Faults: Aldnoah Zero

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Most characters, like real people, have something wrong with them. Maybe your character cheated on their boyfriend or girlfriend, or maybe they have an irrational fear of peanuts. Some characters are just insecure and behave worse than the people they believe themselves to be, while others have full blown PTSD or want to avenge their dead partner with a full on mech-fueled genocide. Regardless of what traits define a specific character, it’s important for the writer portraying their actions and emotions to understand their flaws and misgivings. Not so you can fix all of them to create the perfect person, but make sense of them to the reader or viewer.

A great example of a fictional work that draws attention to its characters flaws is the anime Aldnoah Zero. Note: I’ll be leaving names out of this to keep the article as spoiler free as possible for those wanting to watch, but if you want to go into the show totally blind you may want to avert your eyes.  Read More…

Cover Art

At Eternity's Gate CoverIt seems as though I may be zeroing in on the final cover art for At Eternity’s Gate. I’ve gone through several renditions to date, and each time I’ve discarded their amateur scented carcasses into the overflowing well of mediocre shit I’ve crafted over the years. That said, I think this one is looking pretty fresh. I can’t really take much credit here though. My lovely and talented girlfriend, Allie, collaged this vector by Fernando Michelotti and I used some photoshop magic (with control of the colors fully in Allie’s paint-stained hands) and it turned out better than expected. The font is High Tide and had a poster quality to it that tickled my rune-ish aesthetic. I’m not sure if I’ll make any changes from here on out, but if I do make any I’m sure it will soak up another twenty hours of my life like this one did.

I’ve also reformatted the first three chapters of At Eternity’s Gate, and inserted the new cover into the PDF. You can download that spiff jazz in the book or download section of the site, or click right here: At Eternity’s Gate 1-3.  I also fought through the night with Smashwords Style Guide. It was terrible and if equated to a medieval battle my limbs have been severed and my head is being gnawed voraciously by an overgrown saltwater crocodile lurking in the moat surrounding Smashwords’ castle. Ultimately I failed to convert my word document to Epub and Mobi files for reasons that I can’t even begin to understand. I will try again another day, after my memories are assimilated with that crocodile and I have my vengeance through the double eye-lided peepers of an ageless aquatic reptile. Chomp chomp, mother fuckers.

Also of note: My Download page is looking better. You can find At Eternity’s Gate, a desktop background and a short story there. I’ll be updating that with more stuff as it is made. I hope you enjoy the graphic I made for the page.

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Serious Time: Songs and Suicide Prevention

There’s been a lot of talk about suicide on the net this week, and instead of piling more words on top of the already well crafted articles out there, I figured I’d point people in the direction of some songs. Anthony Green, front man for Circa Survive, has released two tracks on bandcamp under the title Prevention Songs. You can download them for free, but if you buy them 100% of the profit will go to the American association for suicide prevention.

Hold your friends close.

Exploding Dinosaur Laser Battles (Stop Writing What You Hate)

dinosaurs-lasersI had a great post whipped up about writing and editing and the passage of time, but honestly I don’t feel like crafting that sort of post right now. The wonderful thing about working with the written word is that you can create whatever you want. Lately I’ve felt as though I have to write captivating lecture-esque posts about the craft of fiction so that people will come to this site and learn something. Maybe even check out the book I’m working on and fall in love with it, recognize it as bonafide surrealist sci fi literature. That’s not what I should be doing though, and who am I to teach you anything anyways? Put mildly, it’s not as if I’ve obtained literary enlightenment.

So instead of the aforementioned boring post full of borderline pretension and the acrid scent of academia that makes me puke up skittles and motor oil, I’ve written a potentially meaningless article on the logistics of engaging in prehistoric warfare with advanced laser weaponry grafted to blood-thirsty dinosaur skulls. Read More…