I spent almost forty years trying to find a label for myself. Am I writer or a programmer? A father or a son? Sooner or later, and occasionally repeatedly, I realized that while there are a lot of labels for myself, there isn't only a single one that defines me. I am many thing and proud of almost every one.

…large repository of useless knowledge.

Foremost, I'm a voracious learner of everything I can get my hands on. Of course, this means I end up being a large repository of useless knowledge, but it also makes me a jack-of-trades. I'm also a husband of one and a father of two.

I am a writer of mostly fiction, including stories and novels. Some of them have actually resulted in a published novel while I have various stories scattered among some small presses and publications. When I do write, I like to know more than the story on the page, so I also easily lose myself in world-building and exploration.

I'm also a coder. I create compliance software by day and random programs by night. I also managed to pull out a few games here and there, both on pen-and-paper and on the computer. Somewhere down the line, I got interested in typography, geology, and open source software.

WisCon Schedule

In just over a week, I'll be at WisCon on a few panels, doing a reading, and generally having fun.

Sand and Blood 14, Flight of the Scions 20, and being weaker

Not every story has a Big Bad, the evil villain that makes the hero's job miserable. Sometimes the demons are inside the character's head. The chapters this week demonstrate both.

Sixteenth Anniversary

Sixteen years ago, I stood in the middle of our living room and completely botched my wedding vows.

Sand and Blood 13, Flight of the Scions 19, angels, and types of intelligence

Looking at Flight of the Scions, it's obvious that my main characters are actually rather intelligent.

Sand and Blood 12, Flight of the Scions 18, speech patterns, and the Industrial Age

One of the difficult parts of writing Flight of the Scions is getting Ruben's speech pattern right. Also a brief discussion of mechanical devices in Fedran.

Sand and Blood 9, Flight of the Scions 15 (again), five chapters of Sand and Bone, and injuries

I reworked chapter fifteen of Flight of the Scions, made another chapter of Sand and Blood available, opened up five chapters of Sand and Bone to subscribers, and talked about ending chapters.

Sand and Blood 8, Flight of the Scions 13 (again)

I said I was going to take a little break, but I lied. Sand and Blood is starting to be serialized and I reworked Flight of the Scions 13.

Sand and Ash

Well, this is the end. Yeah, it's a week early, but I decided to post the final two chapters at once. It is a sad moment for me, mainly because there is a lot of me in this novel but I'm also glad that I got a chance to do this.

Sand and Ash 34

The climax of Sand and Ash but one that comes in a whispered confession to a man who can't speak.

Sand and Ash 33, Flight of the Scions 14, miscarriages, and abortion

When I originally wrote this and the next chapter for Sand and Ash, I was in the middle of dealing with a miscarriage. There is no question that this part of the story is influenced by my experiences.

Sand and Ash 32, Flight of the Scions 14, and doubt

As Sand and Ash comes into the final stretch, we are dealing with a non-typical fantasy ending. At the same time, we are also coming to where Flight of the Scions becomes two separate books.

Sand and Ash 31, Flight of the Scions 13, living, and dying

Sand and Ash hits the epiphany that I originally never planed, Rutejìmo's purpose in life. In Flight of the Scions, Kanéko realizes that she may have made a mistake.

Sand and Ash 30, Flight of the Scions 12, foreshadowing, and magical healing

In Sand and Ash, I realized that I'm already foreshadowing the third book of the series while Rutejìmo finds unexpected allies while he was dead. In Flight of the Scions, Kanéko meets one of the few healers I plan on ever writing for this world.

Sand and Ash 29, Flight of the Scions 11, suicide, and racism

While Rutejìmo is struggling with guilt as he plans on leaving Mapábyo, Kanéko is being attacked for being nothing more than curious and black.

Sand and Ash 28, Flight of the Scions 10, and depression

A dark chapter for poor Rutejìmo who is dealing poorly with being home but ignored. For Kanéko, a bright chapter as she approaches the Boar Hunt Inn. And a bit of discussion about miscarriage and depression.

Sand and Ash 27, Flight of the Scions 9, getting caught, and being a fool

Happiness is a hard thing to find, more so for characters in my world. Rutejìmo finds stability while being dead, alternating between working hard hours and spending time with his love. Kanéko, on the other hand, is humiliated in front of everyone including the boy she is falling for.

Trans-Pacific Partnership, or trusting wolves to care for sheep

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is beginning to be signed across the country. As much as I have no impact on preventing it, I still have to point out why it hurts everyone but companies.

Sand and Ash 26, Flight of the Scions 8, and mistakes

This week Rutejìmo gets a hint of what he is becoming and Kanéko finds herself falling for a boy.