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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
THE FIREBARD has been released and can be purchased in digital form right here at www.randyellefson.com! There's a new press release about it here, too.
I highly recommend fans of the original check it out. You can steam fours songs in the music player and download 1-3 depending on whether or not you ...
With the re-releases of THE FIREBARD coming June 29, 2014, the original release has been scheduled for deactivation. This means that all retailers carrying it will no longer be doing so by then, so if you want to pick up a copy, now is the time to do it. It will become a collector's edition after this, basically.
Details on the new version will be comign soon! The exist...
Due to technical difficulties, the videos for THE FIREBARD re-release has been delayed until July. The room where footage is filmed was recently flooded and the repair work is ongoing. Everything but the leads were already filmed last fall. "Still at Large" is intended to be the first one out.
In the meantime, I'll have another video for NOW WEAPONIZED! ...
Another story from The Tales has received an Honorable Mention in the presitgious Writers of the Future contest. Check out my nifty certificate. This means that it was close to being a winning entry in the biggest SciFi...
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: