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Just a note:  I only include a few samples so that there are no copyright complications when I submit my otherwise unpublished work for pay.

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After being a playtester in the Relic realm of Suzerain, a setting using Mojo Rules! by Savage Mojo (formerly Talisman Studios), I got the chance to write for the company. One of my game groups tested a published adventure toolkit (AKA module), Bitter Fumes. Afterwards, Savage Mojo offered me the contract to write the next adventure toolkit, The Ratten Wakes. I am now writing Return of the Ratten, which will be the final book in a set of three books. There are tentative plans to link it to another trilogy, which is unwritten and would take place in the earlier age. I finished The Ratten Wakes in September of 2009. It's scheduled for release in the summer of this year after the core rules are retooled.

Meanwhile, I took on a co-writing project with Steve Dean, Caladon Falls, using the Suzerain Universe with Savage Worlds' game rules. I also got my first proofreading credit in the RPG industry for the portions I covered in Town by Lisa J. Steele. I continue to write short stories, short shorts, poems, random acts of babbling, and slowly, ever so slowly, progress Shadowline, a fantasy novel I started more than a handful of years ago. I also am putting together queries for other RPG (Role-playing Game) companies. Savage Mojo has a few things to say about my efforts. See their comments on my page off the Mojo Family page. You can keep an eye on the Suzerain Mojo Rules development blog and the Savage Worlds Suzerain development blog, too! And if you don't know what an RPG is, see the entry for RPG at Wikipedia and related information on my gaming page.

Other things on the horizon:

  • There are plans for two more books in the Relic realm of Suzerain written for Savage Worlds.

  • I have four articles to write in the next few months for Polymancer Studios.

  • I've got an article I pledged to do for a church I toured in England.

  • I've been invited to write an article for Long Ridge Writers Group.

  • After the Savage Worlds book, I'll go back to Mojo Rules! and complete the trilogy.

  • Following the completion of the Mojo Rules! trilogy, I'll return to Savage Worlds, working on the second book in that trilogy, hopefully with the same team as the first one.

Related, but more distant:

I completed a bound volume, Feathered Time, for consideration for exhibit in the Cornell Council for the Arts Foundation's Emerging Artists Exhibition scheduled for September 2004.  While my work was not chosen, I am considering means of getting the anthology of fantasy poems and short stories published.

Fantasy Poetry

    Waters Deep

Fantasy Short and Short Short Stories

    Autumn Ending

    Alakamaarian Knights

    Alani

    The Ruling of Ezrod

Novel Synopses

    Shadowline

Others will be added as it makes sense to do so.

Resources (links will open new windows)

  • www.writersmarket.com - offers a searchable database of potential publications, agents, and more

  • www.writersonlineworkshops.com - a variety of workshops to improve your writing and career

  • www.writersdigest.com - offers articles and insight about the writing craft

  • www.writers.net - puts you in touch with other writers, editors, agents, and publishers through articles and chats

  • www.dictionary.com - type in a word and this site cross-references multiple dictionaries to bring you pronunciation, part of speech, definition, origin, AND real-life quotes illustrating the usage of the word in question; cross-links to sites for translations, writing tools, and more; also has a paid service with additional features

  • www.thesaurus.com - one of the cross-linked sites from dictionary.com, this tool is an abbreviation of Roget's; it's great for quick-hits and common words, but there are tools in the print version that can't be beat...yet

  • www.amazon.com - to order those necessary printed items that you can't find in entirety online, like Roget's Thesaurus

  • www.barnesandnoble.com - in case you prefer B & N

  • www.borders.com - for those who favor Borders

  • www.xlibris.com - if  you don't want to put your writing aspirations in the hands of an overworked editor, Xlibris offers an alternative: print on demand.  This is NOT a vanity press where in order to get published you have to buy books and attempt to sell them.  See the site for full details and special offers.  This is also great for people who just want to publish something for themselves or family and friends.

  • www.chicagomanualofstyle.org - when you just can't quite decide what the rule or guideline is for a stylistic issue

  • www.longridgewritersgroup.com - when what you really want is a class to teach you the basics of breaking into print

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