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Greetings, Bearers!

Yes, I am alive! The family and I have been moving, so it’s been difficult for me to put up a blogpost.  Sorry about that.  Fortunately, moving will soon be done in the next couple of weeks, and now that I have internet for my Mac (after nearly seven months of internet limbo) I can start posting and writing more regularly.

In fact, I hope to have a special treat for you before the end of the summer.  I’m working on a Game of Thrones fanfic piece (in addition to the other things I’m working on) and hope to have it ready for you to enjoy!  I like writing fanfic pieces that delve into the lives of everyman characters in these worlds, perhaps to get a glimpse of what life might look like from the viewpoint of a commoner.  It’s been fun to write, and I’m looking forward to showing it off once it’s done.

Anyway… writing is still going, even though the move has been a bit of an obstacle (write or have furniture? Write or install washer and dryer?).  I’ve been stretching myself out with my college detective piece and the writing in The Vein, in addition to a little more nonfiction work.  It’s busy, but it’s a blast.

Alright… back to work.  And back to Westeros, before winter gets here!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

While going through the internet, I happened upon a  very nice review of Clade Josso written by a young woman I happened to meet at RadCon by the name of J.M. Scheirer.  Check it out and enjoy!

Meanwhile, I shall dream of swimming pools while working in a non-air conditioned room.  Cold drinks, anybody?

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers (and others)!

You all know me as being pretty much a sci-fi/fantasy author, but today I’d like to talk to you about a different direction I’m taking with my writing.

As I’ve stated before, I’m a Christian, and while I don’t ram Christianity down the throats of others, so to speak, I won’t hide it either.  As a Christian, I take great interest in the so-called “worship wars” of the church, where the discussion between contemporary and traditional advocates centers around what is best for Sunday worship.

This has prompted me to write a book in my “spare time” (HA!) about the topic.  I’ve submitted the book to the Christian Faith Publishing Company, and the good news is that they like the book.  The bad news is that the initial cost of publishing, marketing, and distribution is a bit higher than I can afford at the moment😦

But there is good news.  I have started a Kickstarter campaign for covering the cost of the book, and I would invite you (especially if music in the church is a topic that interests you) to consider pledging an amount to help me in financing the cost of the book.   Of course, as a thank you, I’ll have a couple of nice offers for those who make pledges.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to quit the fiction genre.  I have too much fun writing in it.  But this is something I take very seriously, and I wanted to add my voice as one of clarity in this current debate about music (something that isn’t always heard from either position on the matter).  As enjoyable as fiction writing is, sometimes we have to switch gears and tackle more serious matters, especially when they can make a real difference for the good of others.

So check out the link below for more information, and please consider helping us out!

I’ll be putting some more updates out soon, both on this and the Vein world, so stay tuned!

See you in (or out of) the Vein!

J. Dean

KICKSTARTER LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/990717443/the-beneficial-project

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(From left to Right:Chad, my son Connor, Dragon Dronet, and Yours Truly)

Greetings, Bearers!

As promised, I am now going to deliver a summary of my time at RadCon, during which time I will explain the details of the picture above.

In a nutshell, RadCon was a blast!  I spent President’s Day weekend there, working and resting in the luxurious Red Lion Inn in Pasco, Washington.  During that time, I got to witness firsthand some of the most incredible and detailed cosplay costume designs put together by fans of science fiction and fantasy.  While I know that some of the costumes were bought, others were clearly put together from innovative, homemade ideas and work, and I saw everything from Firefly (double thumbs up on the Redcoat outfits!) to furrys (which, I have to admit, make me a bit…. uneasy).  The interactions with the fans was wonderful, as the people I talked to were warm and friendly, and if you were one of the people I talked to during RadCon, I want to say that it was a pleasure meeting you!

I also met some great authors and scriptwriters who have put together awesome works, and have to admit that many of these men and women are probably skilled enough to write circles around me.  But it was great to pick their brains and engage in professional conversations with each and every one of them.  It’s my intention to put a list of these people up in the near future for your perusal, as the ideas and imaginations of many of these fine authors deserves to be seen and heard by lovers of great writing.

Which brings me to the picture at the top of my post.

The two fellows in the picture (excluding me and my son Conman) are Dragon Dronet and his pal Chad.  Dragon Dronet is somebody who has done extensive behind-the-scenes work on a great many movies and television shows, including the current Star Wars movies coming out.  The man is amazing.  His work involves the designing of armor and weapons, as well as having the honor of standing in as body double for Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf) from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He is a trained martial artist and saxophone player as well.  In short, the guy is an all-around Renaissance Man, and it was the distinct privilege of me and my son to have an audience with him for the better part of two hours.  He was very engaging, very informative, and very friendly (as was his pal Chad, who from what I understand is also a phenomenal martial artist, and the talk of martial arts has been pushing me to get back into it again…).  Even offered us some very good chocolate chip cookies, packed for him courtesy of his friend’s wife for the trip!  Anyway, if you get a chance, check out Dragon’s online stuff.  You’ll be quite impressed with his work.  And I’m proud to say I know him now.  It’s guys like him that make the movies and tv shows we love look great!

So that was RadCon in a nutshell, and I loved it.  It’s my hope that I get to do something like this again and meet people like you all and Dragon Dronet again.  This was truly an enjoyable experience.

Okay, back to writing.  Keep reading, and see you in the Vein!

J. Dean

 

Greetings, Bearers!

No, I did not forget about my RadCon update, but I do apologize profusely for not making the update.  Between Real Life and switching internet plans, I’ve been a bit thrown off.  But I WILL do the update THIS coming week even if it kills me (And it just might).  Promise.

On a better note, I’ve been  cruising along well with the writing, and want to give a shout out to the MANY people who have made recent purchases of my works, particularly The Summoning of Clade Josso.  It’s always fun to see the first time reactions of the brave souls who venture into the Vein and see what kind of a world awaits them, a place unlike anything else they’ve ever experienced.  So thank you again, and I hope you enjoy the travels through the Vein!

Alright, getting back into gear here.  I will surface soon with more information.  Until then, write on and carry on!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Very tired greetings, Bearers!

Back from RadCon and back to the daily grind (unfortunately I don’t mean writing when I say that at the moment).  I have stories and pics to share with you, and intend to do so later this week.  For the time being, however, I must subjugate myself to the rigors of work all on two hours and forty-five minutes of sleep (had a little delay on my flight home).  Rest assured, however, that sometime between now and Saturday I will catch up with that elusive sleep (hopefully not while driving) and can present you with a summary of the wonderful time I had at RadCon as a Guest of Honor.

In the meantime however, I’ll be giving zombies a run for their money in moaning and slow walking.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Yes!!!!!! It’s almost time for RadCon, and I hope to see many of your faces out there come February!  I’ve been busy making some last-minute preparations for the convention, so hopefully all will be set when I make my way out there on February 13th and 14th.

This is my first Con ever, and God willing it will lead to bigger and better things.  That I’m getting a chance at all to do this is a great honor for me, and I’m hoping that you who will be out there will have as much fun as I hope to in meeting people and talking about writing in the scifi/fantasy genre.

So with that, I will delve back into writing and working hard.  In the words of Willy Wonka, “The suspense is terrible!  I hope it lasts!”😀

See you at RadCon (and in the Vein)!

J. Dean

Greetings and Merry Christmas to you, Bearers!

As a special treat for all of you (and especially for those of you who have not yet purchased my works), I’d like to offer up all of my Vein novels as well as Alternate Endings on Smashwords for half off between today and January 25th!  Simply log in the coupon codes listed below for the works you’d like to purchase from Smashwords, and enjoy!

Well, back to enjoying Christmas for me.  Tonight I’m going to be seeing the new Star Wars movie for the first time, so I’m pumped about that.  Friends of mine (who are old enough to remember like I am) said it was like going back in time to see A New Hope as a kid all over again.  Needless to say, I’m geeked.

And I’m still trying to invent the lightsaber, too.😀

So look below, use the coupons, enjoy the stories, and pass them on to anybody who you think would be interested!

Hopefully, next year I’ll have some more new works ready for you to enjoy.  And for those out in the Seattle area, looking forward to meeting y0u at RadCon!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Books and coupons

The Summoning of Clade Josso: TE44F

The Summoning of Old Velt: JM69S

The Summoning of Kran: JG34A

Alternate Endings: AF27N

 

Greetings, Bearers!

After many delays, I am pleased to announce that Surrealities part 3, my third installment in the Surrealities series, is now available for purchase on Smashwords! Check out the description below and enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

From the mind of storyteller J. Dean comes the “Surrealities,” short story series, a concept rooted in and inspired by weekly television serials such as The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and The Outer Limits, and classic radio serials such as Suspense, Dimension X, Lights Out, and other regular tales that take the imagination to the heights of exhilaration and the depths of fear.

In the short story “Sliver,” a woman preparing for an illicit meeting encounters a distraction requiring more than just a little medical attention. “Charity work” tells the tale of a college professor who stumbles upon a startling discovery while attending a benefit dinner.

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Happy Thanksgiving, my readers! Enjoy your blessings from God and your turkey from the store!

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See you next week!

J. Dean

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