What a great review.

I happened to check my Amazon listings yesterday and noticed a new review had popped up. I was delighted to discover that it was thoughtful, fair, well-thought out. I absolutely love this review, because a complete stranger took note of the originality of my Kryuss Trilogy. Called the writing excellent. Two major things I was shooting for. The goal was to be as bizarrely unique … Continue reading What a great review.

Alienated

“Do you know where Vidalia Onions come from?” “I’m sorry, what?” The woman seems distracted as she rummages through the large dump bin of sweet onions I’ve just spent twenty minutes culling and rotating. It’s a question I still ask most customers, but by and large they don’t seem to find such trivia as interesting as they once did. They’re certainly much more self-absorbed and … Continue reading Alienated

Designing new Effugium trilogy covers

With the release of the final book of the Kryuss trilogy drawing near, I decided I wanted a cohesive look for all three covers. Originally, I’d wanted a very basic, vintage aesthetic for Effugium, so I made these: I couldn’t quite get it how I wanted it, though, and the drab color palette didn’t really work for me. It just didn’t pop. I wound up … Continue reading Designing new Effugium trilogy covers

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

Effugia: The Bolligo

This nasty little creature is called a Bolligo. It may take a while, but this thing can travel great distances through space by clinging to meteors, asteroids, ship hulls/wreckage and other space debris in the form of dry, dormant fungal dust. It’s got plenty of time on its tentacles, though, because it can live for thousands of years and is harder to kill than Steven … Continue reading Effugia: The Bolligo

Vintage Ads: windows to the past

Recently I came across some old ads from the early-to-mid 21st Century. What a primitive era that was. Just take a look at these: We’ve come so far in so little time. What does the future hold? Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that anymore, because all of our worrying is done for us. Alexa, what kind of cranial connector oil should I use? Continue reading Vintage Ads: windows to the past

The Challenge: An Exitium Excerpt

“What now, Proeliator?” Stohn fought back the urge to wince as he awaited an answer to the question he’d finally worked up the gumption to ask. Latro steepled his fingers on his desktop. Outside the window, cloudskimmers zigzagged to and fro across the night sky like bacteria in a Petri dish. He waited for a long time before finally speaking. “The conquest of Kadal,” he … Continue reading The Challenge: An Exitium Excerpt

What if L.Q. Clemonds had remained on board the Enterprise?

Remember the Next Generation episode where they thaw out three chryogenically frozen people from the twentieth century? It’s one of my favorite Star Trek episodes ever, due in no small part to the presence of this delightful character. What if he chose to stay on board instead of getting off at the starbase with the others? Continue reading What if L.Q. Clemonds had remained on board the Enterprise?