While writing I Am Sleepless, I decided to incorporate mixed-species animals into the world. Some of these include hippophants, crocobulls, wolfstags, spidergeese, kangadogs, batmonkeys, cobramoths, etc... I had fun with these and may have gotten a little carried away.
My talented wife whipped out a few quick sketches as concept art. They were so good I think I will have to hire her to make sketches I can use at each chapter break. (I hope her rates are reasonable)
Here are some of her first takes on the animals (remember she did these in a few minutes. I couldn't even trace these in a few minutes). I'm excited to see what she does with more time.
So there I was at the book signing for all the authors/instructors at the convention and I look up to see Brandon Sanderson walk in the door. I had no idea he was going to be at the book signing since he had not been an instructor at the convention. If I had known he would be there, I would have lugged my 2-ton hardback copy of Words of Radiance with me on the airplane from Dallas. I may have needed to check an extra bag just to carry the 1,100 page book, but it would of been worth it.
I sheepishly stood in line, without a book in hand, at his book signing table. When it was my turn I told him how much my wife and I enjoyed his books and that if I had known he was going to be there I would have brought some with me for him to sign.
"No problem," he said. "Would you like a signed bookplate?"
So here it is, my signed bookplate. Proof I met the man, the myth and the legend knows as Brandon Sanderson. It sits safely tucked in my tome of Words of Radiance.
I was going to ask to take a picture with him, but after watching a few people in front of me practically hop on his back for a piggyback ride while they took a picture, I opted to give the man some space. Literally, some of the fans looked like they were monkeys digging through the his hair with their hands and faces. He visibly flinched a few times because people were a little too close.
C'mon people, personal space! It's a sacred thing.
I attended the LDStorymakers Conference in May and one of my favorite breakout sessions was Verb Fu, presented by Courtney Alameda.
Courtney shared a video by Grammaropolis that had me laughing and cringing at the same time. I want all of you laugh and cringe with me, so without further adieu I present to you Action Verb Man v. Action Verb Man! (If you can last to the end of the first video, Action Verb Man finds true love with a pronoun. Hey, even Action Verb Man deserves true love.)
And not to be outdone by the original, here is the School House Rocks version.
Have you ever wanted to write a novel, but don't know where to start? You think all of the great ideas have been taken and wonder "what can I possibly write that will be different?"
Well take a trip with me to Teddy's Story Joint. It's where I go to get all my great ideas. Plus, we can grab some lunch and a refill of Pirates of the Caribbean.
SEEKING BETA READERS
I am currently seeking beta readers before sending my revised manuscripts off to the editors. If you're interested in getting a sneak peek at these stories and helping me out with your genius feedback, please fill out the CONTACT page on my website with the subject BETA READERS. All beta readers will get an honorable mention in the back of my books and their name will forever be engraved in dry erase marker on the whiteboard in my office (at least until the annual spring cleaning). Who could turn down such honors?
Here is my latest cover art for Abolere. What do you think? I was going for simple to read as a thumbnail for an ebook, while using the symbol of the chain to draw curiosity.
It's also a play off my blog AbolitionistJB. That's where my original inspiration to write novels began. I wanted a way to share the tragedies of human trafficking (aka modern slavery) with others, but in the narrative form of a heroes unlikely journey.
I wanted to show what was happening and that human trafficking is a global tragedy, but make it palpable without sending one into a depressive tailspin, weeping in the corner at the sad horrors millions of children face. I've done that weeping and felt that depression and while it was necessary, it prevented me from taking action.