• The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – Avalanche

    Today’s Muse is a short piece of flash fiction I wrote a while ago. I’m not sure that it falls in with either of my fiction series, although almost everything I write ends up – at some point – falling in with one of them somehow. Avalanche I put the last piece of bark meat in my mouth, savoring the smoky flavor before chewing and swallowing what may be the last piece of food I eat in this frozen wasteland. I enjoy my meal though as I stare out on the blizzard that is quickly making its way toward me, expelling curtains of snow a half mile from where I…

  • Giveaway,  Grand Opening

    The Crossover Alliance – Grand Opening

    I am so incredibly excited to announce the launch of The Crossover Alliance, a unique online publishing company specializing in edgy Christian speculative fiction. Authors who enjoy writing Christ-themed speculative fiction containing real-world content now have a home for their manuscripts. With our Grand Opening finally here, there’s a lot of exciting news we would like to share with all of you! Now Accepting Novel/Novella Submissions: We are now accepting novel/novellas submissions – the guidelines of which can be found on our website. Along with the submission guidelines, you can also find a brief list of some of the things we are able to offer authors here in our first…

  • The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – Silhouettes

      Today’s Muse piece is pretty short, but it opens up possibilities for a new character somewhere in one of my series. It’s interesting to think someone could have special vision that allows them to see a color contrast of people’s sin, though not know what their sins are specifically. I may have to follow this muse down the rabbit hole one of these days… Silhouettes My eyes may someday be my downfall. Would it be better to be blind? Would it be the best thing if I carved these tiny orbs out of my head and simply covered the dark recesses with a decorative blindfold? I’ve considered it many…

  • The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – Spotlight

    It’s Friday, which means another snippet of fiction! This story definitely has the potential to grow into something greater – like a novel or novella – but for now, it makes a great short piece that tells quite a bit about a demonic attack, a father’s love, and a devastating disease. Spotlight Jackson waited until the little pink figure shot up from behind the garbage cans before he let loose a series of shots from his rifle, plastering the insides of the creature across the outside of his garage door. He turned and spotted the faint pink color of an arm or a leg peeking out from behind the thick…

  • The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – unLoved

    Amidst the workload I’ve taken on putting this publishing company together, I’ve been trying to find time to sit down and work on some fiction shorts that I can submit to the company’s upcoming anthology. Finding the time to do so has been more difficult than first perceived, but I do at least have an idea of the stories I want to write out. One of them is a story that has been rolling around in my head for weeks now. The title of it is unLoved, and from what I gather so far, it’s a story about a girl imprisoned on a space vessel. She’s been beaten and bruised…

  • Faith,  Writing

    Garbage In, Garbage Out?

    There’s a saying I heard a long time ago: Garbage in, garbage out. Essentially it means that whatever we put into our minds, hearts, mouths, handbag – whatever – will come out the same in the end. It’s a dire warning to watch what content we are subjected to on a daily basis. But does it hold any water? Are we able, as Christians, to constantly control what content we are exposed to? And even if we could control all content we’re exposed to, does it mean we should shield ourselves from every evil of the world? The first time I heard this saying was about five years ago at…

  • The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – Black Doors

    Today’s Friday Muse piece was written a while ago and was actually used in my short story episodic experiment, The LZR Project. Veronica Amorou – a character from my Expired Reality series – muses on Black Doors, a supernatural phenomenon involving possible alternate dimensions. Black Doors The train started up and began its journey through the Wasteland. Veronica peered out the window every so often, but there was really nothing to see. There were no lights in the Wasteland, save for light bulbs of solo shacks, or random campfires of outposts adventurers made while journeying through the sand-drenched desert. During the day, black paneling came down over the windows, blocking…

  • The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – Ignite

    I didn’t realize it’s been months since I last did a Friday Muse post. I’ve been getting settled back here in Arizona, and it’s taken me a while to show this blog some love. But, here we are, and I have another snippet of fiction for you guys (and gals). In the coming weeks I’ll be dropping some info on the fiction projects I am working on. I have some short pieces I need to write up for an upcoming anthology, and I want to return to Salt & Lyte and completely overhaul the manuscript draft I was working on last year. Anyway, here’s today’s piece, Ignite. Not sure who…

  • Update

    Getting Into The Rhythm…

    Well folks, it’s been almost a month now and I think I’ve finally gotten into a rhythm out here in Arizona. The move out here was a tough one – emotionally and physically – and although I’m glad that I’m back here in Arizona around friends and family, I miss California gravely. But, there is work to be done, especially with the start of the publishing company. I’m diving in head first, if only to distract me from how badly I am hating the triple digit heat right now. Some awesome things that need to be mentioned: Indiegogo Campaign: My Kickstarter campaign did not reach goal, but I have an…

  • The Friday Muse,  Writing

    The Friday Muse – Astrid

    Today’s Friday Muse piece reveals a new location on the planet of Anaisha – perhaps a location we’ll see in the third book of my Expired Reality series? Who knows… Astrid Laughter once echoed through these hallways. A joyous raucous. The people used to dance here, under a blue sky filled with sunshine and a dark sky bleeding with moonlight. Elaborate parties were once thrown here, filled with stunning costumes, war-torn romances, and dazzling magic. Victories were toasted, glories were reveled in, and successes were shared. This was once a place of beauty and grandeur, a place envied by the outsiders. Here is where crops grew in excess of the…