3 Novellas available now

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Two novellas set in the Pine Bluff Universe and Adrenaline Issue #1 are now available for free download. Please check them out. And let me know what you think. They are available at Barnes and Noble on Nook, Apple IBOOKS or many many other devices (coming soon to Amazon Kindle), or download it directly from my Author Page at Smashwords if you would prefer the Kindle version you can download it from there.

Please let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you.

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His Father’s Eyes

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His Father’s Eyes is a short story set in the Pine Bluff universe. Tony Corbett comes from a long line of Missouri lawmen but he is about to leave all that behind and run off the the Florida Keys. But just before the man sentenced to death for murder of Tony’s mother over 20 years ago is about to be executed skeletal remains are discovered near the home where his mother was last seen. Tony soon uncovers a conspiracy that casts doubt on his long held belief that his mother received justice and points to the unthinkable.

I’m giving this story away. It will be available at Barnes and Noble, Apple IBooks and many more.

Or you can download the format of your choice here. I hope you enjoy it. If you get it through an ebook site please leave an honest opinion of what you thought.

As Always, Thanks

Should writers use concept art?

Working on a project like the Adrenaline series has made me think a little about concept art. When I’m writing a crime drama like A New Man or some of the other stories set in the Pine Bluff universe it is fairly easy for me to visualize what I want a character to look like. For the most part it is a “real world” story and I see folks like I picture in the stories on a daily basis.

However, with a story like the Adrenaline series and the Perfect 200 series I have a harder time keeping hold of an idea of what the characters should look like. I know how they act and their emotional drives and goals but their looks, which may or may not play a role in the story, seems slip away at times. That is why I decided to try something new for me as a writer. I wanted concept art of the characters near me when I’m writing so I can get a feel for the characters, or to get inside what they are thinking and I thought that a picture of the character would help.

But where do I get a photo of a vigilante super hero with tracking down an artist? Two problems, 1 I couldn’t afford to pay one if I found one, 2 what ever concept they came up would still be their vision.

I thought about trying it myself but I have NO artistic ability, I couldn’t draw a straight line if I had to. Then I thought about photoshop. However, I am on the go a lot and I only get time here and there to work on either stories or the artwork. I found two apps that work pretty well I think. Check out this concept art of Adrenaline.  I will show the progression and let me know what you think.

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First I found this picture on a free stock photo site, I do not advocate stealing artwork and they offer free stock photos for non commercial use as long as you manipulate it in some way, which I am doing. I am only posting the original to show the project from start to finish.

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Next I found this one.

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Next I cut around the mask to get rid of the black sheet on which the mask is laying.

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Then I brought the photo into an editing app and added shadows and dirt and a little more blood splatter and saved it.

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Next brought the first picture back into the same photo editing app.

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I double exposed the mask over the mans face, softened the edges, added a few more shadows and a key light, and finally added a hint of smoke. I wish I could have softened the edge on the bottom of the mask in the chin area, but it isn’t bad. (Note 100% of this project was done on my mobile phone)

All in all it took about 90 minutes of total time.

I haven’t tested it in the writing process yet. I have completed Adrenaline: Gold Rush (read part one if you havent, rest will be up soon), and at the moment I am working on a couple other projects but I have several more stories planned for that universe.

So please let me know what you think. Do you like it, not like it? Would this benefit you as a writer or is the 90 minutes better spent on actual writing?

Apps I used
*pixlr (photo editor)
*edge tracer (removes unwanted areas from photo)

A decent site of free photos is morguefile.com

WordPress Formatting?

I absolutley love wordpress and all its fantasticness. With that being said I have some formatting issues. I do not write on wordpress except my poems so all my short stories or scripts or serial novels I write on various programs. Then when I try to move them to wordpress I inevitably spend twenty to thirty minutes reformatting and still most times unable to get it right as with the script.

I would like to reach out to you my wordpress friends and ask for tips and pointers on making it easier to transfer my writings to this blog.

Proud Papa

As a father it humbles me to have my daughter what to be like me.  She has always had aspirations to achieve the goals that I have for myself as well. As a parent I always wish our children better than us, to achieve their own dreams. I don’t want her to struggle in life, living the life of a starving artist. I want her to be a doctor or a lawyer, business owner or ceo, something where she won’t have to worry about money.

However with that being said I want her to be creative and happy as well. She has started showing an interest in writing short stories and poetry, and today she wrote an acrostic poem. I have to say it was very good. So it has left me with troublesome thought. I must be supportive. Above all else I should push her to achieve her goals. I believe that it is better to be happy in life than work at a job she hates making tons of money but hate everyday. If she loves to write she should. My job is to make sure she is the best she can be at whatever she decides to do.

One proud (but scared) papa!