I am both an author and a graphic artist, though my three cats would tell you a different story. They're of the opinion that my only reason for existence is to feed them, pet them and let them in or out of the house! They're good kitties though, and make wonderful companions.
I started writing in my Junior year of high school. At the time, I'd read everything the school library had that interested me, so it just seemed natural to write what I wanted to read, since no one else was. A small group of us would get together and talk stories, developing characters, plot lines and just in general having fun. My universe, and ultimately the books I have in print, developed out of that.
Being a writer is a lot like living on a wild roller coaster. Sometimes all you can do is hang on for the ride while the story pours out of your fingers, and sometimes you have to fight tooth and nail for every letter! It's a lot of fun, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. It would be nice though if inspiration didn't insist on hitting me after the lights were out and I was half-asleep so often!
Along with fiction, I also write poetry. I don't write free verse often, it's just not something that matches with my inner self. I stick more with specific rhyme and meter. While some people might consider that restrictive, I am very pattern oriented. The words generate in stanza's, and I usually don't have much control over that.
As an example, here's a poem I wrote just a couple nights ago. It's called The Poet's Lament:
The lights are off,
The blanket's soft,
But first there comes
A single word
Oh Pox! I snarl,
That just as soon
I get back up,
The words which filled
My mind's gone blank!
There's nothing there,
I'm too awake
This curse which lurks
If anyone would like to read more of my poems or short stories, there are some in my profile on writer's cafe at this link:
Currently, I am working on a sci-fi fantasy series called The Sojourn Chronicles. There are six books in the series, with the first three in print. Those are :
Book 4 through 6 are written, but I have all the art and covers to do yet, so it'll be a while before they are in print.
The story follows an unlikely group of misfits as they journey to unknown lands in a desperate attempt to save the world. Unfortunately, the world doesn't seem to what that salvation and mishaps befall them at just about every step.
All of my books are available on Amazon.com or other online stores, however you can also order them from the publisher. For more information on them, as well as reviews and illustrations, see my web site at:
When I'm not writing, I'm creating art in other ways, mostly digital, though I do have a camera which comes out of it's case once in a while. I'd probably take more photos, but I'm sadly lacking a dark room at the moment, and as nice as digital photos are, they just aren't the same as film. I do a lot of computer graphics, including the covers of my own books, the covers of other people's books, posters, illustrations, email signatures and various other pieces. A lot of my art is created for private individuals, and I don't have it on display any where, but I do have a nice gallery online. If you'd like to take a look, you can visit me at:
What little time is left between writing and creating art I use fixing computers for people or pursuing chocolate ;) Seriously, you can't give a free-range chocolate bar a chance to escape!
The Sculpter by . Crystalwizard
Be careful how closely you pursue perfection....
Wizard's Bane : Chapter One by . Crystalwizard
Chapter one of Wizard''s Bane, the first book in my series The Sojourn Chronicles. ...
Nothing to Fear by . Crystalwizard
We have nothing to fear... or do we?...
Lulu-Bell and the Great Bar-b-Que by . Crystalwizard
Never take my cousin up on the offer of dinner....
Lulu-Bell and the State Fair of Texas by . Crystalwizard
Life is always exciting when my cousin's involved. Sometimes too exciting!...
Lulu-Bell and the One That Got Away by . Crystalwizard
A modern Tall Tale from Texas...
Dragon Tails - Stryker's tale by . Crystalwizard
Dragon's get bored too....
It's Time by . Crystalwizard
Two little words that strike terror into the heart....
The Gazebo by . Crystalwizard
What stories can the Old Gazebo tell?...
Poetic Experiment by . Crystalwizard
Possibly a brand new poetry form. Even if it's not, are you up to the challenge?...
Our Sharing by . Crystalwizard
No man is an island, nor should we be... least of all artists....
Poet's Lament by . Crystalwizard
Inspiration comes at the most inconvenient times...
There's a Lion in the Living Room! by . Crystalwizard
This place is a zoo!...
Just down the way by . Crystalwizard
Our friends should not be taken for granted....
Secure in the Shadows by . Crystalwizard
Thoughts from the shadows...
Sixpence by . Crystalwizard
Do you ever wonder about certain words?...
Love's Prism by . Crystalwizard
Love - it comes in every shade of the rainbow... and sometimes with a little background thunder....
Writer's Bane by . Crystalwizard
Sometimes being a writer is a bad experience....
My public profile on Witer's Cafe
The Sojourn Chronicles
The home page for my series, The Sojourn Chronicles. All the illustrations for the books are here as well as reviews and other items.
My Zazzle store
This is where most of my artwork can be aquired, in various forms, such as postage stamps, cards, on tee-shirts and so on.
My public art gallery This is where you can view all sorts of art that I create, from fractals to fantasy to photos and beyond.