Friday, February 6, 2015

"Tamshi's Imp" Profits Fight Money in Politics

Though I think that Bodacious Creed is going to be my best novel once it's finished, my best published novel to date, in my opinion, is Tamshi's Imp.

For the next two months--so, from this moment until midnight on April 6, all profits for Tamshi's Imp will go to Wolf Pac! The book is just $2.99 for Kindle, and I will donate the profits from the print versions as well.

What is Wolf Pac?

The first question should really be, "What is The Young Turks?" That's where this all starts. I'll make this brief.

The Young Turks is the world's largest online news organization. This creator of this progressive news outlet, Cenk Uygur (pronounced "Jenk You-gur") saw that the biggest threat to U.S. democracy today is the fact that the very rich can, and do, buy representatives. Most members of Congress no longer represent the people. They are almost completely owned by conservative, crony-capitalist corporations.

Uygur created Wolf Pac to get money out of politics. Usually it takes Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution, but there's no way Congressmen are going to vote to give up the donor money they receive. Fortunately, the states can call for a Constitutional convention to pass a new amendment, and several states have already signed on for this, thanks to Wolf Pac. We are making progress.

Getting money out of politics will mean that our representatives are beholden to us, the people of the United States, and not to corporate interests.

Why Wolf Pac?

The root problem with U.S. politics is that our government does not respect our wishes or needs due to being bought off by the very wealthy. Cure the disease, and you'll remove the symptoms. That's why I've wanted to support Wolf Pac for a long time. It finally struck me today that I had a ready-made way to do so: by donating the profits from one of my novels to the cause.

You can also always donate to Wolf Pac directly! If you buy my book though, you'll also be getting a great read.

Oh, I also recommend watching The Young Turks, which you can catch on YouTube, for frank, unscripted news.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Casting "Tamshi's Imp"

Tonight, I discovered a site called If List, that allows anyone to put up a proposal for a film and to then cast that movie. I just had a lot of fun casting what I believe is my best novel so far, Tamshi's Imp, the story of a woman who discovers a cult bent on taking over the world and destroying the gods of her world. Most of the people who have read my books agree that it is my best so far (I plan for Bodacious Creed to surpass it), so I figured it would be fun to come up with a cast and filmmakers, and it definitely was.

You can check that out at Tamshi's Imp on If List. If you've read it, feel free to cast who you think would most appropriately fill the roles! If not, you can buy it on Amazon in print or Kindle format. Look, I'm not great at marketing my own books. Not yet, anyway. But this is a damned good read if I do say so myself and I just want people to enjoy it. Even James Rollins, writing under his pseudonym James Clemens, endorsed it.

Once I finally finish and publish Bodacious Creed, I plan to set up an If List page for it as well. I mean, this is just too damned fun!

On a final note for this post, I have been extraordinarily busy recently with school (have I mentioned I'm working on my M.S. in Special Education?), 3D printing, looking for a new office job (I'm having nerve problems in my right leg, and any job for which I have to stand up for very long causes more damage), and spending time with my son. I'm going to create some new posts about the printer, work on Bodacious Creed, and more soon. Today was the final day of my current class (well, technically yesterday, as it's 12:11 am now), so I anticipate some time to write some more posts.

Monday, January 12, 2015

70,000 Words!

Well, it's about time! After hovering right at about 68,000 for awhile, I've finally gotten Bodacious Creed to 70,000 words. I have no excuse for the delays.

Actually, I do, and it's called stress. Rather than get into the details though, I'm happy to say that the book is rolling along again. Sometimes, a story gets to a point where a lot changes in one swoop, and the writer has to figure out how the story world is going to adjust. That's where this story is, but I press forward.

In any case, I estimate that the book will be about 120,000 words long, so at 70,000, I'm just 50,000 away! My life is busy, but I'm going to put in the effort to write at least 1,000 words per day. (This will likely speed up once I really get into the swing of it.)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bust of Creed

My pal John has a 3D printer, and printed this bust of Bodacious Creed.

Though the model he used is little more than a base mesh, which gets modified to look high-rez in my Bodacious Creed Demo Reel using a displacement map and normal map, the print still came out looking pretty good!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Status Update

Howdy folks! Every once in awhile I like to do a status update in which I over share so that those of you interested in my various projects know what's up.

When you think of writers and artists, it's probably easy to imagine us in some idyllic world where we just get to write and create art all day. That would be nice, but the truth is that like most, we have day jobs, loved ones, and a lot of other obligations. As for me, I now have a fun full-time job, and I'm back in grad school full time. (Fortunately, my classes are online, and work is a two minute drive away.) I'm also working on a new demo reel (you can see my current reel on either my personal website or the Bodacious Creed site). Most importantly, I'm a single dad with an awesome son.

I also created some steampunk iPhone cases recently for the iPhone 6 and for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which you can find in my Bodacious 3D shop on Shapeways. (The site recently lowered the price of plastic, so they're quite affordable!)

So yes, busy!

I am getting two weeks off school during the Christmas holiday season, and am going to put o9ut the effort to write more of Bodacious Creed, my forthcoming novel.

A buddy of mine with a 3D printer also set aside about half a spool of plastic to print things for me, so I hope to get a certain Bodacious Creed model done, and then to figure out what else I'd like him to print.

I realize I also haven't been updating this blog with new general steampunk posts, and I hope to do more of that soon as well. I  keep seeing interesting things, but I just have to get to them.

And that's my update. I hope this finds the rest of you enjoying some free time!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Roundtable Revival - Lindsey Stirling

Do you all get the impression that the guy writing Bodacious Creed might be into Wild West Steampunk? That obvious, huh?

And then, I saw a post about a video by Lindsey Sterling called "Roundtable Revival." Sterling is an excellent violinist who does something most violinists don't: she dances while she plays. And she's mastered this art form. Sterling has played with exceptional vocal acts like Peter Hollins and Pentatonix.

The video for "Roundtable Revival" has a western steampunk setting, electric violin, electric guitar, and Sterling's trademark dancing. It's a lot of fun, so check it out here:

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014 Update

Here we go with a general update about my various projects!

First, I have a feeling a lot of you are wondering what's happening with Bodacious Creed. Currently, I'm outlining the next few chapters before I write them. I have the general outline, but whenever I get into the details, I realize there were things I didn't consider. This has been true for all my books, but Bodacious Creed has so many characters that there is a lot to think about.

When I started getting into the nitty-gritty of the current chapter, I realized that certain important characters would need to get involved, which led me to figure out that the plot needs to go in a slightly different direction.

Somehow, quest stories, where the characters are traveling the entire story, are easier. They leave other characters behind and go to the next setting. In a story where everything happens in one town, the motivations of a lot of characters need to be considered every scene.

Hopefully I'll be able to add a few thousand words to the word count soon.

In other steampunk related news, I was finally able to put an actual iPhone 6 into one of the cases I designed! Thanks, Costco, for having an iPhone I could do that with. Here's how it looks:

That case is available in my Shapeways store, Bodacious 3D.

I've also been working on a new demo reel for a particular job application, and looking for a full time job. It'll take awhile to finish the reel. Once I do have a job though, I'll be able to prioritize my art and writing better, and hope to get a lot more done on the book!