My friend Pam Halter along with artist Kim Sponaugle have just released Book 1 of the Willoughby and Friends.
I love stories- I especially love Children’s stories that allow my kids to go to imaginary worlds. Willoughby and the Terribly Itchy Itch is a fun story. One of a dragon trying desperately to rid himself of an itch. An itch he can’t seem to get rid of. This is a story that shows friends coming together to help each other out- Even when it seems hopeless. In a world where negativity seems to be the focus we can rest in knowing that our true friends will help us in the most irritating times.
This book is a great introduction to a nice new series of Children’s books. The art work by Kim Sponaugle is incredible and the story by Pam Halter is tight. I look forward to more adventures of Willoughby and his friends.
My two Novella’s “Compulsion” & “My Friend Louie” are now both available in print!
I enjoyed working on both of these stories. Compulsion was birthed out of the question I wanted to explore: Is there a limit to God’s forgiveness, and is there a line we as people will not cross to forgive someone…?
My friend Louie I wanted to explore the psychological issues of a young boy dealing with his parents divorce, as well as surviving a bully. Both of these issues are personal to me- And I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a part of me in both Michael and Louie.
Many have had asked me: Is Louie Real…? Is he in fact, a possessed baseball bat…? Or is he just the product of a psychological damaged teen…? I’ll let you the reader decide.
These books were some of my first attempts at publishing- For my errors and early weaknesses in the craft, I do apologize. I am fully aware of passive voice issues, telling verse showing (Although in My Friend Louie that is an intentional device) and countless other shortcomings.
However, I enjoy the stories and more than anything- I hope you do as well.
You can get both by clicking on the link below:
And Compulsion includes two bonus short stories in the back.
MY FRIEND LOUIE
There is no question I love Comic Books- I’m the geek guy in line every Wednesday when the doors open because it’s new comic book day. I especially love it when I come across a new miniseries. Imagine my surprise when I saw Sam Sykes on the cover of one issue today.
I’ve been following Sam a while now. He is fun to follow on Twitter and has written one heck of a Fantasy Series in “The City Stained Red” – The dude has got talent as an author, and I respect that.
This week Boom Studios released their new comic miniseries Brave Chef Brianna. The four issues series is being written by Sam Sykes with art by Selina Espiritu & Bridget Underwood and colors by Sarah Stern.
It follows the journey of Brianna Jakobsson fresh out of culinary school. She is part of a large family with a famous chef father and fifteen brothers who are also chefs.
Trying to prove herself with the hopes of inheriting her father’s legacy- Brianna moves to a new city to open her restaurant- But this isn’t just any city: It’s Monster City- Where Human food isn’t exactly something locals are accustomed to.
This is a story about a girl moving some place unfamiliar- Overcoming her anxiety and self-doubt- Something that many of us have struggled with in life. It’s the search not just to prove to her family (or herself) that should be among them- But that she is finding out what makes her happy. What makes her smile.
In life so many times we simply settle. Sometimes because we didn’t have the confidence to continue, other times because no one believed in us, so we gave up. Regardless- Little Brianna teaches us to keep going and to be brave.
I’m so excited about the rest of this series and can’t wait to find more unique monsters through the story. Check it out- You will love it.
Why I Hate Resolutions!!! I do. Trust me. In fact resolutions drive me nuts. Mainly because I know I’ll fail them before I even start them.
Every year we as Americans sit down with a list of our dreams. We spend hours listing out the ways we’re going to conquer them. We follow countless blogs, post motivational meme’s, and even tell others to hold us accountable.
Then- Somewhere around the 20th January life sets in. Kids get sick, the car breaks down, the dog pees all over the house, or we find ourselves snowed in with nothing but a box of fruity pebbles and an endless amount of Netflix- (I actually think that sounds great!!!!)
We fail all the time. And you know what- it’s Okay. If I hadn’t failed at so many things I may have never taken the path that led me to my wife. Gave me my kids. Introduced me to my friends. The point is- a Goal a goal- It’s not life. And when failure occurs we take a page from Thomas Wayne and we remind ourselves of what we should do when we fall down-
So We can pick ourselves back up!!!
If I have one resolution this year it’s this-Not being afraid to fail!!!
Because if I’m not failing- I’m simply standing still.
Happy New Year everyone.
I was born in 77- So I came into gaming on the tail end of Atari- In fact the 3rd version of Atari was the system I started playing on when I was six. But following the great Video Game Crash of 1983 (Yes- It happened) the N.E.S was released and gaming forever changed.
Some of my best memories growing up were of my friends and I staying up all night just to beat Mario Brothers, Contra, Kung Fu, and Zelda.
So it’s natural that I would want to introduce my kids to a bit of my childhood. And now- Starting this week- The NES is being re-released.
Here are some of my favorite games growing up. All these are from the NES system. I did enjoy the later systems as well. However, there is something special about those original games- The ones that captured the magic of my childhood that can’t be replaced.
Super Mario Brothers
Super Mario Brothers 2
Super Mario Brothers 3
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
What were some of your favorite games…?