Where there’ smoke…

March 20, 2013

…there’s bound to be fire or least that’s how the saying goes.  Right now there’s a small fire kindling in my neck of the woods.  I’ve been busy, maybe busy isn’t the right word, hmmm….okay, I think I’ve got it.  I’ve been on fire. Burning with a desire to create and write, so much so that it’s consumed me along with the fact that I’ve had a son since my last update and he’s seven months and growing.

Awwww.  Yeah, yeah, don’t go getting all mushy on me.

So this burning desire has been fed by countless hours of sitting at a desk, at a TV tray, on a bus, or a train, and even on an air mattress at one point in my life writing and writing and producing novels, comics and graphic novels that the world has yet to see.  Why?  Because if I don’t write I’ll die.  I know those are harsh words but deep down it’s the one truth I absolutely believe in.

I’ve been toiling for over three years working at writing various things in a multitude of  genres for different medias with no idea if any of it would make it past my pad (Yep, I still write with a pen and pad) and into the hands of you the reader.

Today I’m proud and a bit scared to say that those ideas are on the fast track to being in your hands for your enjoyment.  How?  Well I teamed up with my esteemed writing partner, Aaron Lewis, a fellow Columbia College Chicago grad and we decided that between us we had enough ideas to fuel a mini-studio and so we started Arion digital media group (Ariondmg.com) a multi-media entertainment group.  Through Arion readers will finally get to read the entire 8 issue historical/horror series, Virgin Wolf or the Choose-your-own-destiny graphic novel, Dime.  But comics and graphic novels are just the beginning in what we hope to achieve in the arena of TV, Film, and gaming, just to name a few.

What about prose?

No, I haven’t given up my first love and I never will.  I just signed my first crime novel to a new indy publisher called, The Garrote, through them readers will get to meet detective Frank Calhoun in his debut within the pages of, Only the Holy Remain.  I’m currently rewriting/editing the follow up novel entitled, Blue Religion.  More info on a release date and readings to come.

Now you gotta be saying, wow-oh-wow, but the fire is just heating up.  I’m also currently writing a 98 page graphic novel for a publisher while simultaneously writing a tribute comic on one of film’s most influential directors/writers for another publisher.

In between all that I’m also the co-writer for One Nation, a real world episodic superhero comic from 133art.com

(check out the preview here: http://www.133art.com/133ART/onenation.html)

As you can see that burning desire has started to kindle into what I hope continues to be a huge roaring fire.  There’s some other secretive projects on the horizon that I can’t wait to tell you about, some that are really going to be game changers as far as what people perceive me to write while others will be really cool projects that I hope leave you begging for more.

I was asked recently by a fellow writer how these opportunities have come my way and I always say truthfully it was a bit of luck, a lot of writing and believing in yourself even when it feels like there are those that don’t, and lastly, taking chances and putting myself out there whether that meant a cold email intro, a facebook comment, a pitch where I was turned down, or even a face-to-face interview.  I’ve learned that each interaction is fuel for the fire.  Use every critique as fuel. Get Mad. Not at the person critiquing you but at yourself and tell yourself that you’ll do better next time because this time it was a learning experience, but next time it’ll be a win.  No matter what keep writing and stay inspired by all things around you.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the free preview book or 200 pg graphic novel on ariondmg.com

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