In Memoriam


This past week has been rough for comic book fans and fandom communities in general.


Steve Dillon comic book artist

Michael Brown comic book columnist for Krypton Radio

Gerald Harris comic book dealer at Atlanta Comic Con

Kerry Gilley former LibertyCon Board Director

Each were established icons in their own right, regardless of if their lives touched fans all around the world or just within their own community.

They will be missed.


Red Shirt Update and COVER REVEAL


First, I would like to congratulate Michelle Oesterling for winning September’s Red Shirt contest…. She was the only entrant.

I blame my timing of announcing the contest for the lack of participation. That’s the bad thing about posting something on Facebook. If you do so when the people you want to see it are asleep, away from their computers, or don’t check their notifications regularly, it WILL get missed.

That being said, I still have three Royal Marines to give names to. Since this is for the book due out October 2017, I plan to hold drawings for one spot each at the three conventions I regularly attend: Chattacon, ConNooga, and LibertyCon. I will reopen the contests in December for the Chattacon spot to be drawn in January, in January for the ConNooga spot to be drawn in February, and in June for the LibertyCon spot to be drawn at the end of that month. If entrants of the first two drawings so desire, their names will be kept in the pot for the drawing for the final spot.

I will repeat this announcement in December as a reminder.


Now on to the cover reveal for The Daedalus Enigma.

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I am surprised the texture of the canvas board shows so much. It didn’t show up that much in the print I scanned in and sent to my publisher.

I am debating making prints of the painting to sell at my table at Chattacon along with my books.

Writer’s News


Not to be confused with news writer, which is what I originally intended to be my career many eons ago.

The Daedalus Enigma news:

The manuscript has been with my editor for a while now. The last I checked in with my publisher, there were two other manuscripts in cue for editing ahead of mine, but I should be hearing back about it within a week or two. I’m with a different editor this time around, and she has a different method of editing and working with authors; but I do not foresee this being any kind of problem. If I’m to have any hope of really making it as an author, I have to be able to work with different editing styles.

As far as I know, the ebook release is still slated for later this October. I expect the print version will be available in early November.

The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe news:

I’ve typed up two more episodes this week and plan to send them off to my beta readers soon.

There are a couple of snags with the primary publisher I wanted to query the serial to, but I don’t plan to let them stop me from doing so anyway. First: since there is no specific guidelines for submitting a serial, I will probably have to follow their short story anthology guidelines. However, none of the episodes are at their 6k word minimum requirement. Their website does mention shorter works will be considered based on quality of writing.

Second: They will not be accepting new series until 2018. However The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe is an episodic serial, not a book series. So, maybe they will make an exception on that, as well. I won’t know until I query.

If they won’t make an exception, this give me time to add more episodes to the story and/or query other publishers and/or agents.

Maelstrom of Fate news:

The scene/plot point I’m currently working on had me worried it wouldn’t fill many pages. That worry has taken care of it self rather organically thanks to the nature of the characters involved. I only had to ask myself how they would react, and the writing began to flow. Unlike the previous scene with Viktor and Commodore Critchfield, I don’t think I will have to rewrite the scene to fit the characters’ natures.

Lake Effect news:

The anthology I submitted this short story for, The Nameless, is still on the publisher’s back burner. It had originally been slated for publication this year, but the death of the main publisher and subsequent reorganization of the publishing house threw all their projects off schedule. I plan to check in with them periodically to see what’s up.

That concludes my writing news for now.



That title is not about selfishness but gratitude. You see, I just realized something about myself this weekend: I am a finder and keeper of lost happy thoughts.

All my life I’ve had a knack for finding little trinkets and treasures in odd and unexpected places. Some of these trinkets were once some child’s happy thought. For instance, years ago while living in Hagen, Georgia (right next to the fruitcake capitol of the World, Claxton, Georgia) I found several marbles in the yard over the span of several weeks.

I’ve found similar happy thoughts where I live now in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee. During my years at my current location I’ve found a broken toy Sherriff’s car, a tiny doll show (which has since started it journey to its next discoverer, since I’ve lost or misplaced it), a doll’s plastic boom box, a tiny plastic goblet, and just yesterday a little plate from a toy tea set with a goose printed on it. I’ve also found several small rocks with various crystal encrustations on them, my sparkle rocks.

I wonder if this gift is why I’m able to keep the magic from childhood alive in myself; why I can almost see Faerie all around me in its parallel existence.

So, when I find things like this, I keep them safe until it is time for them to move on for someone else to find and rekindle the magic.

Progress Report


I don’t know how much will get cropped to allow for the title banner, but here’s the finished painting for the cover of The Daedalus Enigma.

I’ve also composed both a one line and a full blurb for the book. I will share them once they get the approval from my publisher. I’m still waiting for the editing process on the book to start.

Over the weekend I made good progress rewriting a scene for Maelstrom of Fate. Both Viktor and the Commodore were as unhappy with the first attempt as I was. It just wasn’t flowing, and both voices were too far off for the characters. I’m much happier with the rewritten version.

My project for this week (if I find time) or this weekend (if I don’t), is to reformat the first three episodes of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe to match the submission guidelines for one of the publishers I want to query about the Steampunk serial.

That’s all I’ve got for now. There was probably more I wanted to talk about, but my brain is a little fried from the overtime.

New Character Profile and Cover Art Update

Well, that was interesting. I had to re-add my Waves of Darkness banner to my media library to set it as the featured image for a new character profile page. I don’t recall ever deleting it. For that matter, the available library seemed to be missing several images I know I have not deleted and which are still in active use on this site. Perhaps the fact that both the desktop and the laptop are in use at the same time has something to do with it. (I use an Ethernet cable for the desktop, and the laptop operates on wifi.)

Anyway, I’ve added a character profile for Xandricus, one of the antagonists in The Daedalus Enigma. I used the photo of the portion of the cover art which depicts him in dragon form as his profile pic. I will have to hunt for an appropriate image for his human form to add later.

Which brings me to the cover art update. The cover for The Daedalus Enigma is now two thirds complete. I hope to finish it tomorrow.


I ended up turning my drawing table work light off to get a good photo. It wanted to cast a glaring reflection off the darker shading. Acrylics dry shiny if left undiluted.

I realize it looks a little odd he isn’t looking down at the ship; but, as the reader will discover, his eyesight is not very good in that form.