EFFUGIUM Explained

“What do you write?” “I’m currently working on a sci-fi series.” “Cool, what’s it about?” “Uhhhhh…” I never know how to answer that question without launching into a lengthy, spoiler-filled summary of the books. I want to stop doing that, but I don’t know how. Here then, is my attempt at an abbreviated explanation: Ever look at an old tree and think about history unfolding … Continue reading EFFUGIUM Explained

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Some Short Stories

These will be perpetually updated The Only Sky (Science Fiction) Their budget slashed and their mission cancelled, a group of researchers stationed on Mars is recalled back to Earth. Delicacies (Science fiction/humor) The wealthy patron of an alien restaurant craves something that’s not on the menu. A Little Less Conversation (Black Humor) Ever wonder what it’s like living with a king who behaves like a … Continue reading Some Short Stories

Effugium IV: Exordium

I’m no longer calling the first three Effugium books a “trilogy.” I have altered the covers to reflect this. Exordium will be book 4 in the series. What’s it about? Well, in a nutshell, it takes place on the Galenian Colony world of Baltu, a tropical paradise inhabited by religious fanatics. The Exordium, AKA the Children of Pangu, AKA the next step in human evolution, are reviled … Continue reading Effugium IV: Exordium

Effugia: the Black Fortress

These doodles I’ve been doing will become part of a continuously updated online glossary of terms pertaining to the Effugium books. I sketched these in pencil and colored them digitally. The Black Fortress is home to the evil warlord Latro, Proeliator of the Galenian colony world of Bellum. Sitting atop Bellum’s highest mountain, it’s an ever-looming symbol of oppression for some, but an awe-inspiring monument … Continue reading Effugia: the Black Fortress

Ultimate Power Metal playlist

Remember when Guitar Hero popularized Dragonforce and everyone treated them like some kind of novelty band playing retro music? In reality, they’re one of probably several thousand bands belonging to the very popular (outside the U.S) subgenre of metal called “Power Metal.” The music is over-the-top, characterized by hyperspeed tempos, neoclassical guitar shredding and operatic vocals. The term “Power Metal” was tossed around a lot … Continue reading Ultimate Power Metal playlist

The future I still dream

When I was in fourth grade, way back in 1987, My family and I took a trip to Florida. While there, we visited Kennedy Space Center. We always stopped and checked out sites of historical significance while traveling, and I was absolutely thrilled to finally be visiting this one, which I’d read so much about. I was really into space. Most likely this was sparked … Continue reading The future I still dream

Childish Things

A selection from Moon Garden which first appeared on Spillwords. Aunt Phyllis’s moon garden is one of my fondest and earliest childhood memories. During one of our annual week-long stays at her house in Kentucky, I waited until everyone was asleep and slipped out the open window of my cousin Michael’s old first floor bedroom with what I imagined at the time was the greatest … Continue reading Childish Things

The Scoop

A selection from Moon Garden It was approximately 6:35 PM when I rapped my knuckles against the warped and weatherbeaten door of Hendrick’s Antiques and Watch Repair on the corner of 39th Street and Farrington Avenue. The luminous reflection of the yellowish-orange sunset splashed across the sky behind me like spilt cans of paint prevented me from glancing into the main display window to see … Continue reading The Scoop