Best 6 months of my life…

Six months ago, I did something extremely scary: I published my first book.

I remember filling out the information area on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing website, typing in the synopsis, title, price, and all the pertinent info, obsessing over every detail, beads of sweat dripping down my face.

One thing they don’t tell you about self-publishing is how much money it takes to publish a quality book. There are many variables, like how much editing do I need?  Who should edit it, and who is most qualified? Should I design the inside myself, or spend extra on an interior designer? Should I just use Amazon, or should I use Smashwords too? The list goes on.

I ended up spending about five hundred for it all, using money I’d been saving over the years. The money I thought I’d put towards taking more creative writing courses… But instead decided I didn’t need those classes, and could just start writing novels.

In essence, I was gambling, putting my hard earned savings into somthing I most probably wouldn’t make the money back on.

(Case in point, I still haven’t made my one hundred dollars back on the short story Demon Stone. I learned the hard way that no matter how low you price something, it doesn’t mean you’ll sell anything. Thus, you won’t be seeing a sequel to that, unless its a sequel in novel or comic form.)

Then, I remembered something I’d been told ever since I was a kid: Put yourself out there. Unless you try, you never will live up to your potential. And that money isn’t everything.

So, I swallowed back my bile, and clicked publish… Now I was a published novelist like my heroes before me.

Six months later, I’m already hard at work on the next book. (A sequel, and Book II in The Runeblade Trilogy.) I’m 5,000 words in, and I’m currently calling it Wrath of the Shadow King. (A title that most likely will change more than once.)

It’ll answer many questions some of you have been asking, like “Where is Stefan?” and “Who took him?”. Also, there will be a new enemy emerging, and some unexpected turmoil at Seran Drakis among the Mage and Paladin factions… It’ll be fun. I won’t spoil anything: you’ll have to wait. :)

I’ll be sure to post on this blog as much as possible, but it won’t be too often. Novel writing will be the priority. (Plus, I really want to get my rough draft done ASAP.)

Lastly, as a thank you to the kind readers and writers of Fantasy, Blade of the Broken is on SALE for $2.99! Its marked down on all the popular eBook websites, including Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords! (Promo ends June 3rd,2015.) Be sure to spread the word! And thank you for being supportive.

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5 Ways to KILL a Perfectly Good Story

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Over the weekend Hubby and I rested and watched movies and we took turns who could pick the film. Hubby loves dramas and war films. I prefer horror and space aliens. Anyway, Hubby chose the drama Unbroken and that is three hours of my life I will never get back.

Halfway through the movie, I had Hubby pause to check out how much more of this film I would have to endure, and I’m pretty sure I was worse than sitting with a young kid in a dentist’s waiting room.

I’m BORED! *plays with spit*

Though the intentions behind making the movie were noble and the cinematography superb, the fictionalization fell flat. And, since I don’t like wasting my time, I figure we can at least look at what went wrong with the movie and use it as a cautionary tale and example of what not to do.

What bugs…

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The Disabled Dating Taboo: My thoughts.

There are few dating taboos nowadays. People of different races can date each other without ridicule. You can date people of different faiths. You can choose who, where, and when you can date… These are just a few things that have changed in the 21st century dating wise.

Oddly, not much has changed when it comes to disabled people dating normal people. This is very much still a taboo in most countries. And it’s a situation that makes people uncomfortable, and sometimes disgusted.

If you’re ready to talk about it, keep reading.

When I was younger, I wanted to be just like my Dad. I wanted to get married one day, have children. The wheelchair was never an obstacle to my dreams.

Years later, in Jr. High, I started asking women out. (And endured many glares and looks of pity.) I had no luck. So naturally, I tried to join conversations with other guys about our girl problems. They looked at me with shock. It’s like they never expected a disabled guy to even be interested in women. (Worse they thought I was asexual.)

People still seem surprised to this day. I think this is mainly nurture rather than nature, due to the public’s perception of the disabled community as “inspirations” or “medical miracles”. Due to these perceptions, we aren’t considered normal, thus many people don’t treat us like humans but rather drains on society. (Attitudes started to change dramatically since 1990. Though many are still closed-minded.)

But I kept asking girls out at that school, and when half of the women in the school said hell no, I stopped asking anyone out. So I tried to figure out why I was being rejected.

I remember asking a relative why disabled people never get dates, and she said that it’s because people in wheelchairs smell too much. Then she said I’d have to hire a prostitute to get one… This definitely added insult to injury to a fourteen year old boy.

Then, there was what I call the “classic” response. “Women don’t want to be date you. You don’t have anything to offer!” I couldn’t understand the hostility and still don’t. Everyone has something to offer, no matter if they physically able to do certain things or not.

I haven’t had much luck as an adult either. Ignorance is a disease that seems to affect people from all walks of life.

I’ll never know why some people act the way they do about the idea of a disabled man wanting a relationship one day, or someone in a relationship with a disabled person. All I have is a theory. And it has to do mostly with human history.


Ignorance is a force that has been around forever, and always will be. And it’s what keeps taboos alive. Question is, what should we in the disabled community do about? What can we do about it?

Absolutely nothing. You can’t force an ignorant person to change. And changing a taboo is impossible. (Especially one that has been prevalent for a few thousand years.)

I say, let’s just live our lives. Forget the opinions of the ignorant. Let’s not get disheartened when we can’t get a date, and keep moving on. After all, that’s what we as humans need to do.

This phrase may be a stereotype, but it always applies; there are plenty of fish in the sea. Especially in places you can’t see right away.

Most of all, have patience. Treat the ignorant kindly, even though they are total asses. And also remember that no one ever gets a date right away… Be friends with people of the opposite sex. You never know if someone is open to dating you until you get to know them better.

So let’s get out there, and destroy this festering taboo once and for all.

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