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Hello, everyone.

I’m coming to you today with a request: reblog this post. Why? Well, lemme tell ya: I’m a starving artist. No, really. I’m not going to get into it because I really don’t believe in motivating income based on personal hard times, but let’s just say that over the course of the last two weeks I’ve had the rug pulled out from under my feet by my former job and all the money I was counting on coming to me to survive is no longer coming. Which is a bit of a shock, but at the same time is not surprising. Still, I digress right now, so let me continue.

If you click here, you’ll be taken to my Amazon.com author page, where you can view the two novels I have written (images above!) and purchase them if you care. There are digital and print versions, and sales of either benefit me greatly either way. Amazon has a fantastic profit margin for independent authors, and it’s been a great experience thus far. I’ve sold enough books to feel marginally successful. Unfortunately, marginally successful isn’t going to butter the bread for me or my two kids anymore. Also, I understand that sci-fi and horror books aren’t for everyone. Furthermore, I understand that there’s a lot of people under the gun right now as far as money is concerned, and that not everyone just has money to spend. So ultimately, here’s my plea:

If you don’t/can’t buy anything, please just reblog this. All I’m looking for is to spread the word a little bit so that I can expand my horizons while investing in other social media to get sales moving. That reblog button is all I’m asking for. I’m not looking for sympathy sales, because hey, who wants to buy a book because a guy is coming up short on cash? Not me. But if someone sees this and thinks, “Well, I’ll click the link,” and they see the books and decide they want to buy a copy simply cause they like what they see? That’s all I’m looking for. A little outreach.

Tumblr, thank you in advance. I know I can’t make money happen from Tumblr alone, but it’s a good place to start. The next couple of months are going to be rough. Regardless, I know I’m going to make it through simply because I don’t have another choice. And if you end up grabbing a book: thank you so very much in advance. Everything helps.

Goodnight, and thank you.

Meet Lieutenant Reinhardt Oberst, the main villain in the soon to come Dust McAlan and the Curse of the Iron Skull. Oberst has dedicated himself to searching for ancient prizes and artifacts that could benefit the Nazi Army in any way possible. But when he butts heads with Dust McAlan over a certain iron skull, he might be in for more than he bargained.

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It’s 2015 - The actual year that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future from 1985, mind you - And my brother Chris is kicking it off with a play-through of the Back to the Future game from Telltale Games.

When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re going to see some serious shit.

ckburch asked:

Leviathan was such an amazing addition to the Mass Effect lore. Discovering the species that created the Reapers was...jaw dropping, to say the least. Are you looking forward to Omega at all?

If I could have an entire game on Omega, I would probably sequester myself away from humankind, so yes, definitely.

My only concern - need - in regard to Omega is that they actually explain Aria’s backstory and actions from the comics and novels. Leaving that out in 3 left a lot of people in the dark as to all of what was going on. Confirmation that she’s Aleena would also be amazing.

I’m also hoping the revealed female turian is a member of the remaining Omega gangs and groups holding down the fort against Cerberus and she and Aria are best buddies.

ckburch asked:

So I'm wondering if you heard the official announcement about the Omega DLC...

Hell yes. The female turian is an extra bonus on top of it.

The promise that it’s at least twice as large as Leviathan is promising too. I’ve really been looking forward to see how Omega looks in the ME3 graphics engine, as well as Aria’s story finally being worked out.

Hellock is on good terms with his captain, and Hellock’s captain confides in him. Hellock’s captain has a friend in the Ultramarines 9th Company, part of the encouraged fraternization. His captain’s transhuman friend says that the threat is not theoretical. He calls it a ‘likely excursion of the Ghaslakh xenohold’, which is a shit-stupid way of describing it. Bastard greens. Bastard orks. Bastard bastards, gathering at the sector edge, working up the courage to come and ransack Calth. Not frigging theoretical at all.

That’s why you take the whole bastard XIII and the whole bastard XVII and all the Army units you can scare up, and you throw them at the Ghaslakh bastard xeno-bastard-hold, thank you very much. You drive a bastard system-killing compliance force through their precious xenohold, and put them down dead before they can put you down, and you kill their barbarian empire at the same time. Just kill it. Dead, gone, bye-bye, clap the dust off your hands, no more threat, theoretical or bastard otherwise.

You take a compliance force the scale of which hasn’t been seen since Ullanor or the early days of the Great Crusade, two full Legions of the Emperor’s finest, and you pile-drive it through the septic green heart and rancid green brain and green frigging spinal cord of the Ghaslakh xenohold, and you end them.

This is how Sergeant Hellock sees it.

—  Know No Fear, by Dan Abnett
Holy Shit, Tumblr

I’ve been out of the house all day, taking care of parenting stuff, taking care of my ex-wife (she had dental surgery and it was a day), so when I come home to my internet, kids tucked in bed, I thought it was very kind to find two messages in my inbox from people who saw this post and decided to grab a copy of one of my books. It was genuine, and generous, and I felt real good about that.

Then I kept scrolling and saw all the notes on that post.

350.

Holy shit.

You guys, when you boost the signal, you boost it hardcore.

I don’t even know what to say. That’s crazy. That’s insane to me. That’s a lot of love and clicks and reblogs for a simple post asking for a simple thing. It further cements in my mind that Tumblr is a community that gets shit done for each other. I am honestly fumbling for words to express how I feel right now.

To me, in all honesty, what is important is the kindness shown by a simple click of the mouse. That’s all it is, is kindness. And out of that, there’s been an outpouring of people swinging by to support by seeing if they like my work, and purchasing if they do. That’s incredible. Thank you all for your support and your kindness. I need to find a way to pay it forward and do something for Tumblr, because I’m simply aghast at how amazing you all are.

Thank you. This has been a strange couple of days, but Tumblr has been the silver lining out of all of it.

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Happy October, Tumblr. This is a month of horror, scary posts, ghosts, goblins, Steve Niles, Stephen King, The Walking Dead, even the Walken dead. It is also All Hallow’s Read. You familiar with that? Neil Gaiman made this video to explain it to you. In brief, this month is the month to give someone a book, specifically a scary book. You should click on the link just to hear the man speak. He has a lovely voice. I bring this notion of All Hallow’s Read to you because I am a horror writer myself, and I have two books. If you look upwards just slightly, you’ll see the covers to The Icarus Void and a ruthless echo. Both of these novels are available over on Amazon.com in either Kindle or Paperback form, and I’ve linked to each individual one. Maybe they’ll grab you, maybe you’d be inclined to send one to a friend or to yourself. Either option finds me humbly saying thank you.

But, if you’re a fan of the paperbacks in the world, this month I’m doing something specifically for Tumblr: if you PM me and you’d like a copy, I’ll hook you up with a paperback for the price that I get author copies for. It’s $13.99 plus shipping if you order it through Amazon, but if you’re interested and you PM me, it’s $10 straight, no chaser. That covers the whole thing: the book, the shipping, the everything. Paypal is what I take and what works easiest as far as conducting business. Once the Paypal goes through, I’ll get that book shipped out ASAP.

Tumblr, all of you have always been real good to me and helped me out a lot during my adventure in self-publishing, so I just want to say thank you, and if any of you decide to grab a book through me this month, I also want to say thank you. I like the thought of making a profit, but more importantly I like the thought of other people reading what I write more, because the readers are the people who make it worth it. Thanks for reading, and Happy October!

It’s September 15th, and this month I’m putting it out there that any sales I make from the books I’ve written (and published!) will be donated to cancer research – specifically the American Cancer Society. Thus far, based on sales alone, I’ll be donating somewhere around $32, and that doesn’t feel like enough.

The lovely lady in the picture above is my mom; she passed away last month from aggressive cancer, which is the reason why I’m doing this. I have the slightly unrealistic goal of making $500 to donate, but I’ll be happy if I can somehow make it to $100. If you’re up for it, please come check out my Amazon page, see if any of the three ebooks I’ve written appeal to you, and help me out with this. Feeling more like donating directly? Click the link to the American Cancer Society above, and if you donate, send me a PM and let me know. And if you don’t have the money for either, please reblog this and help me spread the word. I don’t really have much in the way of honoring my mom this month, and this was the first thing that came to mind.

Also: if you have any family who you sometimes feel like “I’ll call them another time,” make sure you pick up that phone and make that call. Do it. Don’t hesitate. A simple phone call is a beautiful thing. And later on, someday somewhen, you’ll look back at the phone calls you had and not regret the ones you didn’t make.

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If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It

I didn’t much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I’ve never read a word (or seen a minute) so I can’t comment on whether the books were good, bad or indifferent. I did think it a shame that adults were reading them… But, then again, any reading is better than no reading, right? But The Casual Vacancy changed all that.

In one single post, never have I read a more petty, vitriolic blaming of one writer for another writer’s failings. For those who don’t have time to read, it boils down to novelist Lynn Shepard calling out J.K. Rowling for dominating sales charts based on her name alone, citing “A Casual Vacancy” and “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and their massive sales successes as preventing other authors from having a chance with readers. The problem with this is that Ms. Rowling had to establish herself once upon a time by writing this little-known book called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She’s since well earned her name recognition, and even went to the degree of writing “Cuckoo” under a pseudonym just so it wouldn’t sell based on her name alone. Of course, details leak, but that’s not the point. The point is that the author of this article is bitter towards someone who worked hard and struggled to make their paycheck based on writing, for the love of writing and the want to write, who now justifiably can enjoy the name recognition she has rightfully earned. No artist, be they author or painter or otherwise, deserves this kind of treatment of their proven talent behind the creative wheel.

Sometimes I read about people who say, “I don’t know how to write black men.” Then I read rebuttals, saying something along the lines of, “What you’re saying is that you don’t know how to write complex human beings.”

I don’t think that’s true at all.

I think that every human being’s perspective is different, but if you look at society, we are seriously caste based. The experiences of a black man versus a white man are going to be vastly different, even though most likely similar in ways neither would expect. But, as a writer, for someone to say, “I don’t know how to write black men,” part of that statement is taking into account that, despite being a scribe of people, sometimes our own experiences don’t allow us to simply put ourselves in the heads of someone who isn’t our own race or gender preference. It can be difficult. And, if done incorrectly, it can be damning. Anyone can pick up on a writer writing someone wrong, especially if it’s a POC or queer individual.

Now, again as a writer, I think it’s important that people of all genders and cultures get equal exposure in the media, and that it’s important to write them as well-rounded characters and human beings rather than cutouts or stereotypes. I have the luxury of writing science-fiction; I can make it so that the future has looked past certain bigotries. I have what I feel is a well-rounded cast with multicultural characters, but not every book/writer has that opportunity. Writing something set in modern day times that is grounded, and realistic, and features a cast that goes beyond what the reader knows, is difficult and tough to pull off if you don’t have that experience.

Writing people outside of our race/experience is tough, but that doesn’t mean that we as writers shouldn’t try. We might fail. We might be criticized for it. But then we should try again. Because everyone deserves a spotlight, not just average whitebread males with military haircuts and machismo out their asses. It might be daunting to write a character who is outside of your experience, but write them anyway, challenge yourself to write a human being and not just a character, and chances are you’ll end up writing someone who is not only relatable, but three dimensional and human at the same time.

With great pride, I get to introduce the cover to my next novel: Equinox I: Between Gods and Monsters, illustrated by Casey Burch.

If those two figures on the cover look familiar – the characters being Captain Brynn Herris and Falcon Lieutenant James Rand – there’s a reason for that. The models for the characters were Katie West and Jack Scoresby, respectively, and I couldn’t be happier that they agreed to be a part of this. I knew that I wanted them to model for the cover, but I never dreamed that their photos would end up looking as good as they did, nor that the cover itself would end up looking as gorgeous as this. That I have such a quality artist onboard is welcome, but to have two of my favorite artists – no, people – on the cover of my book is a dream fucking come true.

Between Gods and Monsters is coming out on June 24th for Kindle and e-readers. Hope to see you all when it’s out.