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Greetings, Bearers!

A couple of pieces of great news I’m sharing with you!

First, Sanjana will soon be sending me a preliminary sketch of the cover art for Alternate Endings.  I’m looking forward to seeing what she’s got in the works, and cannot wait to share it with all of you! 

Second, I’m doing something I don’t often do, and that is entering a writing contest for Narrative magazine.  At first, I was intending to write an entirely new story, but the submission deadline is far too close for me to do that, so instead I’m submitting a previously unpublished story entitled “The Fix,” and intend to include it in Alternate Endings as well.  Win or lose, I’m hoping to get the attention of new readers.

For the record, the originally intended story (tenatively entitled “Oliver’s Hymn”) is still going to be written. It’s a little bit of a departure for me in genre, but I liked the concept so much that it stuck.  Besides, one can never write too many stories or conceive too many ideas 😀

So back under I go, working and writing.  And don’t worry: The Summoning of Kran will soon be completed.  The Vein books are still my top priority and my main outlet for literary passion. 

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Greetings, Bearers!

At least somebody over there does 🙂 .  Here’s a link from across the pond plugging my book.  I want  to publicly thank Paula Prior for this promotion!  Wonderful people they are; give their website a look!

Suddenly, I have a craving for tea and crumpets…

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I’m in the middle of doing much, so I cannot unfortunately spend too much time on this post, but I wanted to drop a couple of inspirational tidbits for you from two of my favorite authors.

The first one comes from the guy who made me say “I wanna write like that!”  Mr. Stephen King,  who has perhaps one of the best prose styles I’ve ever seen.  Here he’s giving a little advice about writing.  Even if you’re not a horror fan, but you aspire to be good at writing, I highly recommend picking up at least one Stephen King book and reading through it.  The man can make you envision anything, and he’s got a real gift for literature.

The other comes from my other favorite, Ray Bradbury.  He’s great, with economical use of words and word pictures that are as imaginative as they are unconventional.  Again: he is a must-have for the literary fan.  I personally recommend Fahrenheit 451 or, for something a little darker, Something Wicked This Way Comes; or if you prefer stories lesser in length, pick up any one of his short story collections.

These men know what it is to be good writers, not simply because of their fame and fortune, but because they know how to write, they love writing, and they share the joy they get with every reader willing to jump into the alphabet soup they stir with their imaginations!

Enjoy, and see you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Today, I’m reminded by a line in the song “Mr. Roboto” by Styx: The problem’s plain to see, too much technology….

Actually, I’m quite fond of technology when it’s working.  The problem is that it isn’t right now.  The server tied in with one of my email accounts decided it was going to do an imitation of HAL 9000 on me, and so I’m hampered in my communication with the outside world.  This really isn’t fun at all, especially when I need to get some work-related communiques out (Sanjana, if you’re reading this, I WILL contact you soon!  😀 ).

Bad server.  Very bad server.

On a better note, March Madness begins, and with it my own form of madness.  I did a count last night and realized I’m working on six different writing-related projects at once.  How this happened, I’m not quite sure, but obviously I have some sort of gleeful inclination toward literary self-infliction, as it’s quite enjoyable for me to write.  Granted, it’s a good problem in one sense; I’m not suffering from writer’s block with regard to ideas (a rare thing for me anyway).  So I’m loving the ideas, but have to slow down with regard to starting new ones, otherwise I’ll overwhelm myself, meaning I’ll drown in my work and you the reader will suffer as much as I, if not more so.

So I am working, am writing, and slowly clearing up my plate.  The Summoning of Kran looks to be shaping up quite well, and I’m getting more and more pumped about seeing Alternate Endings put together as a finished product.  The omnibus is still being put together, with another new tidbit coming out in the next couple of weeks for you to enjoy, and I also extend another welcome to those of you who have recently discovered the world of the Vein!

Okay, gotta finish my vegetables now…

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

A great way to start off the week, as my Michigan Wolverines ended up splitting the Big Ten title with the Buckeyes and Spartans in basketball.  Would’ve been nicer to take the title solo, but I’ll take what I can get with regard to this, especially considering how weak the Wolverines were as a basketball team prior to John Beilein’s arrival.  Go Blue!

In addition to this, I should be prepping my cover ideas with Sanjana (my new cover artist) in the next few days or so.  For those of you new to the world of the Vein and to my blog, I was having a little difficulty in getting a steady and reliable cover artist (I had this same problem with girls in high school…).  A fellow online author recommended Sanjana to me, and so far the ball has been rolling pretty good!  I’m looking forward to what she puts together!

But the main point of today’s post is to talk about the new love of my life.  Something I’ve admired from a distance, but have come to fully embrace with enthusiastic passion now.

Rugby.

That’s right.  If you like football but have never given rugby a chance, I would strongly encourage you to do so.  It’s a great game, very physical, and constantly moving (unlike football).  A week and a half ago my son, my mom and I sat down to watch a game (my wife and daughter were busy partying it up with a “girls only” slumber party for my daughter’s birthday.  No boys allowed: that was fine with me 😀 ).  Great game, Worcester vs Saracen.  The Warriors came out on top. 

Recently I’ve signed up with a rugby forum, so you may see me lurking around there from time to time, although I don’t have nearly as much time to post and read on forums as I would like to have.  That whole working-writing-eating-family thing tends to be demanding on time. 😉   If you like contact sports, or just sports in general, but haven’t given rugby a look-see, check it out!

And finally, as always, a welcome and shout out to those of you taking their first steps into the Vein and becoming first-time readers of my works!  I welcome you, and hope to hear from you!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean