Friday, May 30, 2014

The Serpent's Head!


After two years and two drastic rewrites, The Serpent's Head, is finally coming out. It officially comes out in time for release at the Origins Game Fair, though the paperback has already found its way onto Amazon.  It should be up on the publishers website soon (Silence in the Library.)

Here's the official synopsis:
The man called Twelve is a hired gun, taking his laser pistol from planet to planet, hiring his services out to the highest bidder. He finds himself on Glycon-Prime, a new colony at the edge of space. On the hunt for work, Twelve blows into a small, frontier town only to find a massacre. The only survivors? A trio of young children, devastated by the murder of their families and hellbent on hiring the gunslinger to help them get revenge on the leader of the vicious mutants responsible, the man known only as "The Serpent's Head."
I'm really excited for you all to read it.

You can also preorder it here from me to get a signed copy.

And don't forget to snag a copy of A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination:


It's available here as well, and from Amazon, and from the Silence in the Library website.

I'd really appreciate it if you all picked up copies and dropped me some reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and where ever else you prefer to review your books.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A quick thought on writing women...

I've been thinking about this a lot lately and just wanted to get this out there.

I think the reason female characters seemed so hard for me to write was that I live in a society that made me think they were the incomprehensible (and sometimes irrational) "other."

Writing women was supposed to be hard.

But it got a whole lot easier when I stopped thinking of them as this alien species and more just like people. They have the same wants, needs, desires, thoughts, flaws, and defects as everyone else. They just have it harder because everyone seems to forget that.

And it was because of the constant attention that's being drawn to this phenomenon lately that was able to change my pre-programmed and automatic thinking about this. Otherwise, I'd have continued living blissfully unaware. This is why we need more stories about women and featuring women, and not just in the "strong female protagonist" role, but as bad guys, side characters, main characters, everything. Slightly more than half of our population is women, the cast of our books should be, too.

We will never have a greater understanding of our fellow humans if we narrow our experience to only understand and read about and empathize with people that look, act, and sound exactly like us.

That's the great thing about reading and writing, we can be all these other people and broaden our experience.

We just need to be open to it.

Monday, April 07, 2014

My 2014 Salt Lake Comic-Con FanX Schedule


I have my tentative FanX schedule. Things are subject to be added or subtracted, but this is, for the most part, the schedule I'll be sticking to. For the rest of the time at the convention, I'll be at my booth signing books or haunting the Big Shiny Robot! booth.

As far as I know, "A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination" will be available at the con.

I'm not on as many writing panels as Star Wars panels this year, but there are still a couple in there. Star Wars fans coming to the convention should be excited, though.

Hit the Salt Lake City Comic-Con website for tickets.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • 1:00 pm: Why Who Framed Roger Rabbit is One of the Greatest Noir Films Ever Made
  • 2:00 pm: The History of Robin and Why Batman’s Sidekick is Great (M)
  • 5:00 pm: The Boba Fetts – Daniel Logan and Jeremy Bulloch (M)
  • 6:00 pm: The Corporate Takeover of Geekdom: Is Disney’s Owning Marvel and Lucasfilm a Boon or Bane to our Favorite Franchises?
Friday, April 18, 2014
  • 11:00 am: The Writers of Star Wars (M) (Michael A. Stackpole, Dave Wolverton, Kevin J. Anderson.)
  • 3:00 pm: Star Wars Rebels: A Look at the Upcoming Disney XD Series (M)
  • 4:00 pm: Indiana Jones: A Look at the Character Young & Old (M)
  • 8:00 pm: What We Know and What We Think We Know About Star Wars Episode VII (M)
Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • 10:00 am: Downton Abby: How a Stuffy British Drama Became One of TV’s Most Addictive Shows (M)
  • 1:00 pm: Writing Children’s Books
  •  2:00 pm: Star Trek v. Star Wars: Living in a Post-JJ Abrams World, Part Deux (M)
  • 4:00 pm: Spotlight on Michael A. Stackpole (M)
  • 5:00 pm: Full of Sith Podcast
  • 8:00 pm: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (M)