Getting Hit and Moving Forward: Pursuing the Dream of Full Time Writing

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Some say that once you figure out what you truly want to do as a career, you never have to work a day in your life. I've never believed that. Don't get me wrong, I'm convinced there's immense joy in being paid to do what you truly love. But getting there and - just as crucial - staying there takes the kind of grunt work that will most likely break your back and shatter your soul in the process.At least, as I'm learning, that's how it is for those pursuing full time careers as writers.As … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con 2014: Arrow!!! WETA!!! HOWARD!!!! NAPOLEON!!!

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Hey Geeks,As you know, The Rogue is going to be present at Salt Lake City Comic Con in a variety of ways. We'll outline our coverage more extensively in future posts. Plus, it's rumored that I'll be participating in some panel discussions to promote 3 Gates of the Dead for Open Road Media.The folks who run the Con had a press conference today to make the following announcements.First, some really cool new guests.....-Simon Helberg plays Howard Wolowitz, a nerdy and aspiring … [Read more...]

Mid-Life Report Card of a Mostly Bad Christian (Written by St. Peter Himself!)

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A few days ago, I turned forty. I felt pretty good about the first half of my life, especially my recent confirmation in the Catholic Church. I didn’t expect all A’s, but I figured I’d be a solid B student.I waited by the mail box but nothing came. Finally, a weird creature with seven heads appeared in front of me and handed me a scroll. I looked at the postmark that said, “Office of the Church, St. Peter The Rock, Director.” When I tried to tip the strange creature, all seven heads looked at … [Read more...]

You Do Wurds Good? Legendary Editor agrees to work with me. (Yay. Oh, Crap.)

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So, today, my Wonder Woman agent, Italia Gandolfo, sent me this text:Betsy Mitchell is going to be your editor at Open Road.I stared at the text for a moment in utter disbelief. Then I texted back with a link to Betsy's bioYou mean, THIS Betsy Mitchell? Wonder Woman Agent texts backThat's her.(Madcap mayhem ensues as I alternate between exultation and absolute panic.)For those of you wondering why I would panic, Betsy has edited some pretty legendary people.Like wh … [Read more...]

Fangirl Rave: An Homage to The Hollows by Kim Harrison

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Warning!  Raving fangirl sentimentality incoming!Ten years.  Has it really been?  A decade ago, I was cruising the aisles of my local brick and mortar bookstore, waiting for something to jump out at me, when a single, lonely copy of a book by an author I had never heard of caught my eye.  Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking was wedged there on the shelf, amidst the plethora of titles by authors I had read many times over, but this was something new, something special.  A quick perusal of the ba … [Read more...]

Sci-Fi Gospel: Pope Francis, Aliens and Jesus.

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The media world exploded yesterday when Pope Francis announced the Catholic Church would baptize aliens, if any ever asked.  Reaction ranged from the amused detachment of the Daily Mail to subtle mockery from the Internet news site, The Daily Beast.It is important to note that Pope Francis used aliens as a funny illustration. He wanted to demonstrate the complete openness of the church to all seekers. The media took the sound bite out of context and ran with it.  While the media doing this k … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con 2014: ASH!!!! DOC BROWN!!! WESLEY!!!

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I'm beyond excited because I'm going to my first Comic Con in Salt Lake City on September 4-6.  It's the largest per captia in the nation, and ranked in the top four cons in attendance. There is a major international buzz developing over this event.I'm going as official Press for the event, as well as hanging out with the ladies at Teen Author Boot Camp at their booth. Word is, I might have book marks with the cover of Revolution of the Wolf and Ghost Bear there. Maybe. Possibly.We here … [Read more...]

Open Road…..take me home…..(Big Ole Publishing News)

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 Once upon a time, there was this little book called 3 Gates of the Dead. The writer despaired that it would never see the light of day after two agents exploded on him. Then, his amazing friend, Italia Gandolfo, became his amazing agent and she went to work.She found a new, cutting edge publisher in Los Angeles called Premier Publishing, with an incredible board of highly accomplished executives, including super-agent Joel Gotler. The company started off as a digital publisher, but … [Read more...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 2 of 4

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So, in Part 1, I unapologetically lavished praise on J. R. R. Tolkien's masterpiece---a masterpiece among masterpieces, yea a towering feat of literary and fantasy profundity: The Silmarillion.A few of you chuckled compassionately.  A few of you nodded gravely.  A few of you rolled your eyes.  To all of you I say: read it again!And now, as promised, I shall tantalize Lord of the Rings fans with a "Did You Know?" apéritif that should get you to order up the main course at your fav … [Read more...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 1 of 4

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Part one of four? I expect to keep the reader's attention for four parts? Am I crazy? I probably am. But that has nothing to do with the fact that any self-respecting fantasy fan or "geek" of any kind would do very well to examine this study of one of the great pillars of geekdom...Circa 2004—I inched my way through another dreary commute. Heart yearning for something, anything to distract me from the inescapable life-sucking vortex, I fumbled around on the passenger seat for an a … [Read more...]


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