Landkist Saga Update

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Not a ton to report here, other than to say work continues in earnest on Landkist 5, which is now my primary creative focus. The plan for the series has expanded from five novels to six (with a special surprise in between.) I envision Book 5 as the Infinity War to Book 6’s Endgame. My expected publication date for Book 5 has been pushed from Spring/Summer to Fall, 2019. But it WILL be out this year. Good news is, I’m planning on a much quicker turnaround for Book 6.

Things are starting to come together nicely, and I’m feeling pretty good about my new writing pace.

Book 5 should challenge The Frostfire Sage in terms of length.

In other news, I recently took some time to go through Valley of Embers, the first book in the ongoing Landkist Saga, and give it some TLC.

While the story that kicked off the series has remained largely unchanged, the writing has been punched up. Overall, my approach to the revised/2nd edition was all about clarity. In addition to fleshed-out description and character motivations, I sprinkled some more Landkist lore throughout the narrative. While I’ve become something closer to a plotter than a pantser in my last two novels, Valley of Embers was largely written in an exploratory manner.

My intent with the 2nd Edition was to update both the prose and some details of the narrative to better fit in with the evolution of the series.

If you’re new to Landkist, now is a great time to jump in!

Aquaman Was … a Lot

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The term “guilty pleasure” gets tossed around a bit too much these days in the realm of entertainment. In my view, if a piece of entertainment, well, entertains you, there’s nothing to be guilty of.

Still, I understand where the term comes from, and a movie like Aquaman is virtually begging to be crowned as one of the best recent examples. It’s a movie a lot of people like, even while those same people acknowledge undeniable narrative flaws.

Some love Aquaman. Some hate it. I find myself floating somewhere in between the surface-level writing and the likable characters and the labrynthian world they inhabit.

Read on for my full breakdown, which separates The Packaging with The Writing to try to make sense of what works and what doesn’t in the latest attempt to right the ship that is the DC Extended Universe.

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Audiobook Deal!

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Pleased to announce I have officially signed with Podium Publishing to produce the audiobook versions of The Landkist Saga.

Podium is the award-winning audio producer behind Andy Weir’s The Martian and some of the bestselling Independent authors in the genre, and routinely propel their Fantasy and Sci-Fi catalogue to the top of the bestsellers charts. They are known for high production values, innovative marketing and they have been extremely pleasant to deal with early into our business relationship.

Production timelines and release date TBA. Let the casting begin!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Understands its Hero … and Soars Because of It

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Spider-Man is and always has been my favorite superhero. Much of that is owed to growing up in the 90s and early aughts, but in my view, Spidey was the first hero to get right what a lot of the DC legends got wrong. Admiring a hero from afar is fine, but to get truly invested in one, you need to be able to sympathize with him. Peter Parker is the everyman. He’s the first comic book character whose true identity is more important than his heroic alter ego.

To date, none of his (now many) film iterations have managed to strike the balance between Peter and Spidey, human and hero while finding the melding point between the two, which is often as indistinguishable for the character as it is for the audience.

Yeah … they got it right.

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