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The Firebard (2014)
The debut rock album that started it all! Ten original songs with intricate riffing and catchy melodies. Re-recorded and released 10 ten years later.

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Now Weaponized! (2013)
A digital-only release of twelve instrumental rock/metal songs, from elegant to moshing, intricate to straight-up metal.

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Serenade of Strings (2010)
Seventeen driving or laid-back instrumentals for acoustic guitar, classical guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

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The Lost Art (2010)
Eighteen classical guitar pieces, including Bach, Villa-Lobos, and Tarrega, recorded before tendonitis took away this playing forever.

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid (2007)
Ten driving, instrumental rock songs for guitar, bass, and drums, with melodic riffs and catchy melodies. Jeff Moos and Dave DeMarco join me on drums and bass.

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Writers of the Future Award #3
January 2015

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.

Z-Order Update
January 2015

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...

First Novel Published!
January 2015

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...

What I've Been Up To
January 2015

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...

Fantasy Movie Fights are Absurd
May 19, 2014

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...

Problem with "The Hobbit" Films
May 12, 2014

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...

When Musicians Aren't Paid
April 20, 2014

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.

Writers Block vs. Idea Block
March 24, 2014

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:

  1. Not knowing what you want to writ...