I Wrote A Book!

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THE STORY
In the midst of war, Reman, a young, fast-advancing pilot for the Mech Republic, is assigned an unusually important reconnaissance mission. He is sent across the planet, deep into Fantasarian territory. All goes rapidly awry and he finds himself surrounded by Elves, Wizards and the acrid stench of Magic. As he prepares to sacrifice himself in the name of war, he is suddenly confronted with a new question: is there a need for war at all?

For the past two years I’ve been novelizing Genre Wars: Resistance Rising and, now, it’s done and I’m ready to publish!  But I need your help: the book is available now on Inkshares.com as an eBook and paperback starting at $10.  If I get 250 pre-orders by November 1st, the book will be published!

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Shakespeare Live

I am far from a Shakespeare aficionado, and I’ve never been an especially big fan of poetry, but I’ve always been captivated by the Bard’s stories.  I enjoy the scholarly challenge of reading Shakespeare’s plays, but I really love seeing them performed live.  As such, one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had was the privilege of going to see Shakespeare Live with H.L. Shepler when it screened in theatres over the summer.  It was absolutely marvelous.  It’s screening tonight on PBS and I am so excited to see it again!

If you have even a slight interest or curiosity in the Bard, don’t miss Shakespeare Live.

Great performances, indeed.  Not to mention hosted by two of my favorite people, David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

If you can’t watch it when it airs, you can watch episodes of PBS programs at pbs.org/video.

Blustery Days

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We have been having some insane weather again here in Portland;
seriously crazy winds and oh the rain!
When you hear there’s a tornado only 80 miles away,
you know these are bona fide Blustery days!
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My solution of course is to hunker down with a nice cup of coffee,
and you guessed it, curl up with a good book.download
There is a beauty to the sights and sound of rain, and a
magic that is there if we wait for it.PWHydrolRainfall

Allow yourself to really hear the howling winds, and whooshing leaves.
We are surrounded by strong powerful forces.281624235_7529784383_z-editedTake your own sweeping breath of strength, and embrace it.

Sure it can be dangerous and it can make you sad and soggy. But now, what better excuse for a hot cup of your favorite steamy drink, and a cozy sweater or blanket to melt the brittleness away.
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The beauty is in the…

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Author Interview & Prologue Narration

Update the first on my Inkshares crowdfunding adventure!

Genre Wars production still; Mobsters v. Fantasarians.  2013.

More chapters will be posted on the Resistance Rising project page soon, but, in the meantime, I wanted to share a special update.  Last week, I sat down with writer and book reviewer Barbara Brutt to shed some further insight on the novel: what it’s all really about (plot, characters, themes) and what makes it special, why I’ve chosen to crowd-fund through Inkshares and the evolution of the Genre Wars story from online filmmaking contest to indie web series and, now, to novel.

 

Embodiments of genres all living in one space as co-existing cultures ignited my imagination. Yet, that concept wasn’t the narrative.  The story is how the characters deal with losing their world structure and facing reawakened cultural tensions.

Read the full interview here.

I’m also happy to present an audiobook sample of the book’s Prologue, narrated by Benjamin Cairns:

If you’re still on the fence about this book, then I hope that this interview will help convince to make that pre-order!  If you’ve already pre-ordered, you can still help by leaving a review.

Cheers!

The Genre Wars team at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, 2014. 

***Photos taken by Jenna M. Miller Photography.

Medieval Fare and Fiction

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38de0f422fffb271a3f9006077becc55I love historical fiction and I also love fantasy fiction, so this showcases a little of both. Thanks to a little prompting from Robin C. Farrel I decide to compile a list of well known and highly rated Medieval & Fantasy fiction. I also shared a few drink pairings that I thought would compliment these books and do justice to their era. I hope you enjoy what I’ve come up with, and add your own favorites to my list!

Here is my Friday list of fabulous Medieval Fair and Fiction:

The Sunne In Splendour
By Sharon Kay Penman

A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III; a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history

In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Penman redeems Richard III; vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews.

Rated 4.7 on amazon.com

The Inheritance Cycle
By Cristopher Paolini

An…

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Awesome Con 2016

I recently wrote up a piece on Awesome Con 2016 as part of the DUO Media Productions blog.

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written by Robin C. Farrell

My first convention was Baltimore Comic Con in September of 2013.  I knew about cosplay and I marveled (no pun intended) at the skill and detail some folks put into their work.  I have always been very at home in Geek Culture, but privately and had never seen that world up close.  It always seemed somehow out of reach; as a textbook introvert, I couldn’t see how I would be able to participate, but in my experience (both in costume and civvies) there is room for everyone.

IMG_20160604_090935 Two Disney Ladies; Rey and Steampunk Ariel.

Some debate still remains in the cosplay community, but it’s my belief that Geek and Con culture as a whole is an outward manifestation of fandom and creativity, no matter the form or skill level.  Halloween was always my favorite holiday growing up.  Tremendous creative opportunity can be found in dressing up for Halloween (or…

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‘The Flash’ Season 3 – First Look At Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally West Suited Up As Kid Flash

I couldn’t be more stoked about this. Kid Flash/Wally West is one of my favorite DC characters. I’ve really enjoyed Keiynan Lonsdale’s interpretation of the character (and the writing, of course) without being a speedster, but I am SO READY to see him suit up. Can’t wait for season three!!!

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The Flash_Season 2_BannerThe CW have unveiled our first look at Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally West suited up as Kid Flash, who will make his debut in Season 3 premiere episode, titled “Flashpoint.”

The Flash_Kid FlashThe Flash_Kid Flash2Check out Lord Mesa’s fan art of Kid Flash:

The Flash_Kid Flash_Lord Mesa‘The Flash’ Season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 4th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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