New Website

on April 25, 2015 in news, website | No Comments »

I created a new website for my Last Archer trilogy.  While I put in a lot of effort with the previous version (including teaching myself how to create rudimentary Flash animations), and even though I was proud of how it turned out, it was starting to show its age.  And because it was Flash-based, it was almost useless on iOS devices.

So, in an effort to stay at least somewhat current and relevant, I updated to a WordPress-based site.  The URL is still the same: lastarcher.com but the site is cleaner looking and easier to navigate — and it is more mobile device-compatible now.

I also included some preliminary artwork that I’m considering for The Last Archer’s Return.

So, if you get a chance to take a look and let me know what you think–

It took far longer than I’d hoped, but tonight I finally finished a rough draft of part one of The Last Archer’s Return, the final book in the trilogy I’ve started. Like the other volumes that have preceded this one, there will be three parts and probably an epilogue.

So, to view this modest accomplishment in a positive light, I am approximately 33 1/3% closer to completing this book.

And I even finished it a week before my April 30th deadline (postponed from my original December 31st, 2014 deadline–which was postponed from a previous deadline).

Now I need to let what I’ve written so far percolate a bit and set my sights on where I want part two to go.  If I can keep up this pace, I hope to finish this book by the end of 2015.  Wish me luck!

My late New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to finally finish the third and final book in the “Last Archer” series by the end of this year.

I’d hoped to have The Last Archer’s Return completed in December of 2014, but life seems to keep getting in the way and draining me of inspiration and motivation. And while it does seem that my muse has indeed forsaken me, I’ve decided to not let that hold me back anymore.

I’m almost a third of the way through a rough draft–with high hopes of completing the second third before summer, and then a final sprint to the finish line before the holidays.

Wish me luck!

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Last night I discovered a post on my Facebook page from someone in Illinois who had read the first two books and was wondering when the next book was coming.

I’ve been having a difficult time recently finding the time and the inspiration to write the third book–it hasn’t come as easily as the others. I like to think that the struggle may make it better–because usually no good thing ever comes easy.

As it happens, that simple query posted on Facebook was exactly what I needed to help with my motivation; I managed to add a few hundred words late last night.  And I hope to gain some momentum and write more.

So thank you, generous and kind reader from Illinois who took the time to not only read my books–for which I am extremely grateful… But thank you also for taking the time to contact me. You can’t begin to imagine how much your simple gesture and expression of interest served as motivation for me.

Without going into detail, the past year or so has been rather tumultuous for me personally (even more so than usual), and as a result, I have unintentionally neglected too many things–this blog among them.

But I think the time has finally come for me to re-emerge from my self-imposed seclusion.

I have been working–admittedly very sporadically–on the third and final volume of the “Last Archer” series. I am about 1/6 of the way through a rough draft. So to anyone who happens to stumble upon this blog and has taken the time to read–and hopefully enjoy–the previous two volumes, the last book should hopefully be completed sometime later this year.

Thanks for reading–

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One of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury, died today.  I haven’t read all of his works, but I’ve read enough to appreciate his brilliance.  His book, Zen and the Art of Writing, has been an inspiration to me.

Two of my favorite passages from his books:

“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.”
Dandelion Wine

“Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles & smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. The seal-barker, the laugh-shouter, half the time he’s covering up. He’s had his fun & he’s guilty. And all men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors & smells. Times come when troughs, not tables, suit appetites. Hear a man too loudly praising others & look to wonder if he didn’t just get up from the sty. On the other hand, that unhappy, pale, put-upon man walking by, who looks all guilt & sin, why, often that’s your good man with a capital G, Will. For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it & sometimes break in two. I’ve known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as to be his hog. I suppose it’s thinking about trying to be good makes the crack run up the wall one night. A man with high standards, too, the least hair falls on him sometimes wilts his spine. He can’t let himself alone, won’t let himself off the hook if he falls just a breath from grace.”
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury… The world is an emptier place without you.

Check it out here.