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I've been a musician and author for nearly thirty years, with music often taking precedence until 2013. My novels are usually literary
fantasy and the music is either instrumental rock or acoustic guitar,
though I now also have a metal band called Z-Order. Read more in my personal bio,
musician bio, or author bio.
I have eight metal plates in my head, build my own guitars, suffered a crippling case of tendonitis,
play multiple instruments, and work as a software developer, though my degree is in classical guitar.
Instrumental guitar favorably compared to big names, and acoustic guitar instrumentals. As of 2012, I perform all guitars, bass, drums,
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Serenade of Strings (2010)
The Lost Art(2010)
Some Things Are... (2007)
A melodic metal band with vocals, in the vein of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, Z-Order will release
its debut album soon. Featuring Randy Ellefson (guitars), Dave DeMarco (bass), and
James Goetz (drums). We're looking for a singer (again). Read more...
The debut is a concept album dealing with isolation, communication, social medie, cyber bullying, child molestation,
drug addiction, suicide, and rebirth.
Creating fantastic, thought-provoking adventures one story at a time.
The Tales - a caravan of people tell stories on their way to see a famous sword.
The Champions Series: The Dragon Gate - four Earth friends summoned to another world
are mistaken for missing champions and must find their way home. The prologue is online.
Evermore - A hunter tries to rescue a friend from a city increasingly terrified that undead
from his forest will overrun it.
Four excerpts online!
I've spent 25+ years world building a setting where most noves take place. It features seven original species instead of
elves, dwarves, dragons, and other usual suspects.
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Interview Feb 2014
For the third time in a year I've won Honorable Mention in the quarterly Writers of the Future Contest! View the certificate here. This time the story is "Bounty for a Heart", which is from the The Tales.
It's seemed like a quiet few months for music, but my metal band, Z-Order, has a new singer as of August 2014. Walt and I are hard at work trying to finish the Utopia album. Most of the work is really his, as Dave, James, and myself finished our parts years ago. I'm mostly engineering and acting as producer.
It's hard to believe Walt is the sixth, yes sixth s...
Last month, I indie published my first novel under a new publishing company I formed. That said, it's in another genre and, more importantly, published under a female pseudonym, so I'm not going to say much more about it here! The book was written in a few months and I'm putting finishing touches on a second one for release in March. Things will probably seem a litt...
I haven't been active with my usual activities for about six months. That includes music, fantasy writing, blogging, or making music videos. So what have I been doing?
I worked with three different singers on the Z-Order debut album last year and am continuing work with the newest guy, who will hopefully keep his commitment.
But my primary focus has been writing nov...
If you've seen any SciFi or fantasy films over the last 20 years, you know the fight scenes are ridiculous and unbelievable. When did it become okay for archers to make impossible shots time after time, sometimes with two arrows fired from the same bow at once (Legolas in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings)? When did it become okay for characters to routinely do a...
I just saw the second installment of "The Hobbit" movies, "The Desolation of Smaug", and thought it suffered from the same problem as the original, which is no real surprise as they were filmed at the same time.
I don't care about the charact...
Sometimes musicians are asked to perform without being paid, whether live or on an album. The request can come from a venue, other bands, or musicians, and can stipulate (or not) what they get instead. I can't address every situation here but can give some perspective on what is okay and not okay to say and do.
Most authors have "writer's block" at some point, but I suspect we're often suffering from something I call "idea block". The definition of writer's block is "the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing." But I think that raises two separate issues: