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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Greetings, Bearers!

I come with great news.  Unfortunately, I was hoping to have better news, but my Michigan Wolverines were bested by Purdue last Saturday, so that dampened my spirits for a little bit.  Oh well, we can’t win em all.  At least the Rugby Game I caught on TV Friday night made up for it; Go Worcester!

I’d like to introduce to you to cover artist Sanjana Baijnath, with whom I will be working to set up the cover for Alternate EndingsHERE is a link to her site, with some well-done fantasy artwork.  When I told her about the idea for my cover, she seemed to like it, so I can’t wait to see what she can do with the concept!

Enjoy, and see you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Greetings, Bearers!

Here’s an interview I did with author J.R. Tomlin, in which I share some details about the world of the Vein and thoughts about magic and characters.  Enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Here’s another little entry from the Vein Omnibus, this one dealing with a character found from time to time in the stories.  Read and enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Chancecaster-a person who deals in fortune-telling and magic, and/or one who indulges in small time street gambling, usually attempting to connect the two through games. Most spiritual chancecasters are recognized as phony charlatans, and as such are avoided by all but the most curious about unorthodox spiritual matters; however, on occasion a chancecaster can be found who claims to have a legitimate connection to spiritual things, and engages in actions classified as either truly connected to magic by the most ardent of believers, or as carefully executed parlor tricks by the most skeptical critics.

It is in gambling that most chancecasters make their living, and finding a chancecaster who dabbles in both magic and gambling is not uncommon, although a very small percentage of them (usually those most skilled in their area of concentration) practice only one or the other. Chancecasters who rely upon gambling for their living are very good at their sleight of hand tricks in street games, both in prepared games known by all as well as improvising contests on the spot (like, for example, challenging a passerby to gamble whether or not the chancecaster can successfully guess the passerby’s occupation or weight).

The ability of a chancecaster to earn a good income depends upon his/her skill in the chosen area(s) of work, as well as the opulence or poverty of a area in which they live. Many barely earn enough to survive, and a good number of beings use chancecasting as an activity to engage in while between jobs. Some, however, are skilled enough to maintain a comfortable but frugal lifestyle. A small number of chancecasters are proficient enough at their crafts to bring in a sizable income, thus permitting them to live as one of the upper members of their society.

It was through a chancecaster’s incantation that Clade Josso learned that his sister Trecil survived in the afterlife.

Greetings, Bearers!

A much better week, especially now that I’ve got somebody else interested in doing my covers, and enjoying a nice close Superbowl game! Count me a happy man.  Good to have things rolling again. 

Unfortunately, time doesn’t permit me to do too much of a blog entry today, so I have to keep it short.  But let me take the time to do a plug for a very good short story collection I’m reading, called The Essential Ellison, which is a well done assembly of selected works from the great writer Harlan Ellison (I would call him a science fiction writer, but he once remarked that if anyone called him that he would tear out their liver, so in the interest of preserving my internal organs…).  A definte recommendation for those who like good stories that span the spectrum from the fantastic to the horrific, with a little bit of real life thrown in for icing on the cake.

So check it out if you get the chance, and enjoy a good storyteller doing what he does best: telling good stories!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Alas, all is not well in my world today.  That being said, neither is all lost.

I know I’ve been hyping it up with the upcoming book cover that I was supposed to have ready for you guys to see.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.  Due to some problems that came up and did not get resolved, the cover for Alternate Endings has to be put on hold for just a little while longer.  Let me say at the outset that I appreciate the time Kim at Hot Damn Designs gave me, and I wish her the best in her future endeavors. 

Now, with that being said, I’ve been delivered a few names for a few other designers, all of whom have produced very good works of art, and I’ve already contacted a couple of them.  I don’t want to say too much right now, as nothing is set in stone, but once I get some more things ironed out, hopefully the cover will be back on track.. no pun intended (you’ll see what I mean about that later on 😉 ).  When I get some more info, I’ll be getting back to you guys on it.

And while I’m thinking about it, I once again want to extend a hearty welcome to those of you who are new Bearers!  Please enjoy the books as well as the short stories and poems on Smashwords, and let me know what you think via comments!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean