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Merry Christmas, Blog!


At just around the three-month mark, PikeKnight is about to hit 3,000 views! Thanks to everyone who has stopped by, offered advice, nominated me for awards, and otherwise helped me get this blog off the ground. The WordPress community is amazing, and I really wish I had done this sooner.

As a full-time teacher, theatre director, and father of two in the middle of Winter Break, you’d think I’d be putting my feet up and posting here quite a bit more. Truth is, this is the time that I normally reserve for working on my fiction and figuring out submissions for the upcoming year. (Most publishers and agents don’t do much of anything in December when it comes to acquisitions.)

I’m currently working on two novels and a submission to the Writers of the Future Contest. While I’m proud of my Honorable Mention, which isn’t bad for my second entry in a multi-national competition, I’m going to try like hell to place next year and earn some workshop time with the contest judges, who are all successful writers from the industry.

I’ve considered posting some of my work to PikeKnight (those of you that share have guts), but literally everything I’ve written that’s worth seeing is tied up in submissions (Manifesto, Machine Knight) or under contract (The Wolf of Descarta, The Dream Box).

I will, of course, continue to post content about the zombie apocalypse, evil mafia beavers, family antics featuring my personal basement cat, and anecdotes about how the written word preserves us.


Yes. The portal to Nifelheim is under the tree stand. That fool human believes I’m merely drinking from it. Oh, the horrors I have seen! They’re turning my whiskers white…

In the meantime, for those of you who are interested in reading my first “official” publication and who also want to save more than 50%, check out the new promotion on the Zharmae Publishing Press Facebook Page. If you order directly, the price of RealLies drops to $5.99. That’s a pretty sweet deal, and you’re not taking a blessed cent out of my pocket by getting the anthology this way.

…look for a post about the evils of writer’s block soon. In the meantime, Merry Christmas. (Or Happy Christmas, if you prefer.) Oh, and Happy Hanukah. Happy Kwanza…

Hell, even if you’re an atheist, put your feet up and drink some egg nog! ‘Tis the season, right?

Happy Holidays, everyone. There. No one can be offended by that, right?

…why the hell does the Santa Claus in The Polar Express sound like Xerxes from 300?

Okay. I’m really going now.


Filed under Family, Fantasy, My Writing, Publishing, Rants, Reading, Science Fiction, Uncategorized, Writing

Very Inspiring Blog Award? NurZeug, you shouldn’t have…


Apparently, NurZeug still finds me inspiring despite the fact that the last thing I posted (over a week ago!) was a rant about how evil my cat is.

(Hey, I am working on something about zombies and something else about how the written word preserves us. For now, though… courage.)

So, in order to accept this award, I must commit to the following:

1. Display the award logo on your blog. (Done!)
2. Link back to the person who nominated you. (Done!)
3. State 7 things about yourself. (Ugh… all I do on here is talk about myself…)
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. (Gladly!)
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements. (…Ok.)

Challenge accepted!

Seven Things About Me:

1) At least 12 of my medieval weapons have names and backstories.

2) I met my wife and went to college because of Final Fantasy VII.

3) I am (at times) the reincarnation of Geoffrey Chaucer.

4) The greatest personal advancement I’ve made in my last five years of teaching was to “Sparta-kick” a laptop, an unchecked moment, to be sure, resulting in a suspension during which time I wrote the majority of Manifesto. Hmm…

5) I’m planning on being the only straight guy at a Supernatural convention some time in the near future. Love that show. Makes me want to kill some evil sons of bitches and raise a little hell.

6) Though some of my peers consider me a “literature snob”, I like Mo Willems. My kids are getting to be too big now, but I almost bought Goldielocks and the Three Dinosaurs for myself whilst Christmas shopping on Monday.

7) And… speaking of buying books (and awful transitions!), TZPP is featuring me in an anthology, RealLies, due to be released in February. Amazon is already taking preorders for the print version, and I’ll be sure to post more information as I receive it from the publisher.

Now, to nominate 15 others:

1) Crow Unlimited

2) Felix Pearce

3) TAE

4) StressingOutStudent

5) Silence and Honeysuckle

6) Michael Allan Leonard

7) MikeTalksFilm

8) HoldOnToYourPants

9) Reflections: Or a Mirror of Life

10) The Intrinsic Writer

11) petit4chocolatier

12) Knite Writes

13) In and Out of Weeks

14) Emma McCoy

15) Tara, Seguin: Writes!

And a special thanks to everyone on WordPress who has liked, followed, or just stopped by to give me a piece of your mind. This community has really taken me in these past two months. Now that my students have given their last performance of The Importance of Being Earnest and my directing duties are done for the semester (though Oscar Wilde still has me saying “peculiarly” and “particularly”), I’ve just taken the time to go through the profiles of everyone who has been here since I was Freshly Pressed. It’s nice to know that I’m not writing in a vacuum because some people in the world still read.


Filed under Family, My Writing, Publishing, Rants, Reading, Science Fiction, Uncategorized, Writing