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Let’s talk about fear…

It’s not easy to admit when you’re afraid. Especially as a dude of a certain age because we’ve been taught our whole fucking lives that, essentially, fear is for pussies. And being a pussy is bad (but hey, guess what you’re supposed to chase your entire life…) and it was never a term of endearment growing up. Nowadays I have a vastly different take on a pussy’s strength and, sure, call me a pussy. It’s quite a compliment.

BUT, I’m getting slightly off track with the above. The topic is fear, and that’s what I face most days when I think about writing. I’ve been doing that thinking a lot in the last month or so, now that things are semi-calm again.

Let’s back up a bit, though. Towards the end of 2016 and throughout 2017, I came to an understanding that things weren’t right in my writing career. I’m not going into what those things were, but they put me into my tailspin and coupled with all the stress from trying to move, brought on a great big “fuck it” attitude. A seriously serious “fuck this shit” mindset that lasted from about September of 2016 to November of 2017. I wasn’t afraid of anything in 2017; I was just straight pissed off and last year, I probably didn’t top 5,000 total words… and a solid 3,500 of those were for a single episode of The Lift podcast, and those were written only because Dan Foytik of 9th Story Studios has superhuman patience and my undying respect for the quality of work he does and the passion he brings to the art of storytelling. How could I not say yes to that dude? Continue reading

Publication News! “Emotional Eaters” is live!

My fellow Brownies … yeah, that won’t work. I can’t be that guy this early in the morning. I’ve been pretty quiet lately other than the fun posts, mainly because I’m busy writing and editing (the 2nd Blood War novel is well on its way) and family and holidays. BUT, I’m here to share some publication news.

eatersartFirst, you remember me talking about working on “The Lift,” a podcast that’s part Twilight Zone and part Fantasy Island. I wrote two episodes for the first season, the first of which is up now for your listening pleasure. “Emotional Eaters” is the Thanksgiving special, and it’s a holiday feast you don’t want to miss. We all bring more than just pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce to the table, don’t we? Find out what Kasey Adams takes with her. The kick ass art there is by Jeanette Andromeda, narration by the always talented Daniel Foytik (who wrote the blog post, Finding Real Magic), and that music? Holy balls, Brownies, check out the composers, Cathedral Sounds, at their website and their SoundCloud. I’m proud to work with such talented people.

And no, I didn’t forget … check out the voice talent behind Victoria herself, Amber Collins. I heard Victoria’s narration before anything else. Chills, Brownies, chills.

And later today, I’ll have ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT about a favorite story of mine.