Incoming Beef!

I’ve been seeing a lot of advertisements, Facebook posts, Tweets, etc. about art.

I was recently watching something on the cable channel Ovation, I honestly don’t remember what, and they would break in frequently advertising that they show programs about art. Dance, painting, acting, music, singing. I see the same stuff on Facebook and Twitter – about “art” being in the above categories, pretty much exclusively.

What about writing? Writers? Aren’t we also artists? Our words paint pictures, inspire imagination, require imagination to create, and bring abstract principles to life. Why aren’t we included in the catch-all tag of “artist?”

I attended the online launch party for Jenny Lawson’s new book, _Furiously Happy_, last night. Let me tell you, that woman is an artist in the truest sense of the word. She can have you rolling on the floor laughing one moment, and sobbing your eyes out in the next. She has offered herself to her community, her fans, and the world as completely as the dancer or actor has ever done. She is real, and genuine, and despite limitations and difficulties, one of the most colorful and alive people I can think of.

So, let’s not just say that artists are dancers, actors, painters, singers, musicians. Let’s also say that writers are artists, too. My work, when I offer it up, is as much a labor of love as my friend’s paintings, or another friend’s voice.

I claim it. I am an artist. I paint with words, I sing with characters, I make music with stories. I dance with your imagination.

Peace.

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Inkshares Publication Contest!

This is a contest to get my book published. Go to the site (https://www.inkshares.com/projects/sun-rise?referral_code=f020247f), read the exerpts, and if you like it, follow and pre-order. If I get enough pre-orders, and I’m recommended to the top 5, I get to be published.

Here’s the blurb from the Nerdist (where I found the contest):
“Beginning August 15, writers can submit their pitches and/or sample chapters to Inkshares for consideration. Inkshares will then publish the top five science fiction and fantasy projects with the most unique reader pre-orders by 12:00 p.m. PST, September 30th. Lastly, we get to choose our favorite book from those five to include in our new Nerdist Collection on Inkshares.

So what does that mean, exactly? Well, any writer can launch a project on Inskhares any time between August 15th and September 30th to be considered. Users/Nerdist fans can vote for the book they want to win by pre-ordering a copy, and Inkshares will publish the top five projects from the contest—even if they haven’t hit their funding goal. All five projects will receive the same editorial, production, distribution, and marketing support as any Inkshares project, including distribution into independent bookstores and Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble.

We will then pick our favorite of the top five and offer the author a chance to be in the Nerdist Inkshares collection. That book would receive Nerdist branding and promotion, an opportunity to develop it into other media such as movies, TV series, and digital productions, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff. Who knows, your book could become the next The Martian or Ready Player One.”

I know the is TL;DR, but if you like the book, pre-order and let’s see if we can get it published! Thank you for your time, and your support, if you so choose.

About This Site

I will be using this site to provide updates on my writing adventures, publication, and new stories to share. If you enjoy my writing, let me know!

I’ve been writing since I was a child, but have only now had the courage to venture into publishing any of it. It’s often said that the road to publication is paved with rejection slips, and if this is so, I’m starting to collect my paving stones. Even so, I’m determined, and I believe I have stories to share that will be enjoyed.

Read on, and I hope you have a great time!