Imprisoned as a little girl, Lys awakens in the world’s lowest prison. She’s to become a concubine to a faceless noble in a land far from her native home.
But when fate intervenes, she seizes her only chance at freedom. To save her long lost caretaker, she means to cross the wasteland of Vhur, in which the diseased Iritul have hunted humanity near to extinction.
No distance is too great.
She’ll do anything to rescue her friend.
Even if it means a confrontation with the deadliest human alive – The Heart Stopper.
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‘Forever Falling’ – J Edward Neill – 2018
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I used to draw. A lot. In high school, I fancied myself an amateur artist, and away I went, sketching girls, monsters, and fantasy settings.
My work was juvenile. Unpracticed. Untrained.
But still a lot of fun.
Most of these are drawings I doodled between 1994-1995. Mostly while in school…while I should’ve been studying. I still have the originals in my house.
Fast forward 20 years…
After a long layoff, during which I played too many video games, airbrushed cheesy T shirts, and pretended to be an author, I started drawing again. But this time I tried to take things more seriously. I wasn’t just avoiding homework or ignoring math class. I began doodling as a passion, not just to pass the time.
I hope you enjoyed this little sketch timeline. I’m trying to get a little better with each piece I create. And a little darker, too.
Catch you later.
19 Questions for Humanity
THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
If revealed to you, and if they challenged everything you thought you knew, could you discard all of your previous beliefs?
IN THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN HAPPINESS AND MEANINGFULNESS
Is it better to participate in the grand human social machine or seek contentment alone?
If and when scientists perfect a method to extend life indefinitely, would you take the plunge?
IN THE REALM OF CURRENT EVENTS
Beyond money, why do people choose to be Police Officers? Attorneys? Politicians?
THAT THING CALLED LOVE
Purely bio-chemical? A genuine spiritual event? Or a survival mechanism to overcome the perils of being utterly alone?
WHERE WE’RE GOING, WE DON’T NEED ROADS
If, long from now, the world is completely mechanized, thus eliminating the need for most people to work, what will we do with our lives?
EVERYONE HAS ONE
Which one rules the roost: Opinions? Or facts?
THINK HARD ON THIS ONE
Does every single human life…have value?
A MOMENT OF OMNISCIENCE
If you could ask ONE question of the universe and have it answered utterly and completely, what would it be?
THIS ONE’S RHETORICAL
Why do so many people get so angry about politics?
NO JUDGMENTS, I PROMISE
From the following, choose the worst thing you could possibly be addicted to: Alcohol, Drugs, Sex, Gambling…or TV…
UFC 666: JESUS VERSUS SUPERMAN
If you could lock any two historical figures (dead or alive) in a cage for a fight to the death, which two would you pick?
THAT SONG BY THE CLASH
A fascinating new planet is discovered far from Earth. You can journey there safely and live out your life, but it’s a one-way ticket for you and whomever you take. Do you stay or go?
STEPFORD WIVES (AND HUSBANDS)
Let’s say science perfects an absolutely lifelike robot for use as a spouse. And let’s say this beautiful, intelligent, customized-to-you robot will do anything and everything you ask. You buying one?
CONTINUING THE SHALLOW THEME
Perfect body? Perfect face? Or perfect intellect?
CRIMES AGAINST OURSELVES
Considering everything, does humanity deserve to exist?
IN THE BATTLE BETWEEN
Is there any such thing as absolute good or evil?
BACK TO THE FUTURE
You’ve built a time machine. It only goes one direction in time. Do you want to see how it all began? Or how it all will end?
AND A BONUS QUESTION (WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU IF YOU’RE A GOD, YOU SAY ____)
Pretend you’re a deity for a day. What’s the first thing you do to the world?
Want to argue about the answers? Good. Try this.
Or for something smarter, go here.
What a ride.
This year’s DragonCon Art Show was epic. A ton of great artists, a TON of great art.
To celebrate, I’m restocking my store with everything I didn’t sell.
AND I’m offering this coupon, which is good for 25% off everything.
Let’s start with the prints and original paintings I featured at the Art Show. Through the end of this month, use coupon code DRAGONCON to get 25% off the listed prices!
Just click the art you’re interested in and go nuts. 🙂
Also, the coupon (again, it’s DRAGONCON) applies each of the following original canvasses.
Visit my shop to learn more.
I’m headed to DragonCon this year.
It’s my first time appearing in their annual art show.
The show will be loaded with great artists, including all of these talented folks here.
As for me?
I’m bringing twelve canvas paintings.
Here they are, each with a little story included:
Hopefully you enjoyed this sneak peek. Come see the originals at DragonCon 2018. They’re much more impressive than these little thumbnails. They’re also for sale at very reasonable prices.
…mostly because I’m not yet famous. 🙂
For more of my dark (usually) art, try this.
He promises to drain one bottle per chapter. That’s the rule. There’s no breaking it.
And while deep in his cups, J Edward Neill takes readers on a sometimes funny, often poignant journey. Playful yet serious, humorous yet honest, his bounce between bottles delivers readers on a stroll through everything. It’s a lighthearted memoir blended with sharp philosophy. It’s social commentary blended with powerful cocktails.
Dating. Religion. Politics. That one time J Edward and his friend built a dam and met the world’s most relaxed water moccasin…
It’s all here.
One bottle per chapter.
One chapter every night…
This book is for you if…
…you’re a sleep-deprived single mom who can name at least 50 Pokémon but can’t keep your kids’ names straight or remember where you parked your car at the grocery store.
…you’re a single father who sits in a morning work meeting, waiting to give a monthly report presentation, when suddenly you realize you forgot to remove the polish your daughter had applied to your finger nails (and half your hand) the night before.
…you ‘re the grandparent who can’t retire because you’re raising your young grandson alone. After an eight-hour work day, your nights are filled with homework, constructing cities out of Legos, and answer 2AM calls to chase monsters out from under the bed.
…you are, know, love, or want to get to know a single parent. Here are 101 ways to dig deep into the challenges and the joys of single parenting. The following questions are sometimes fun, sometimes thought-provoking, and always enlightening.
For Single Parents
…or really any Parent
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Timing is Everything
You’re a single parent, right?
(Even if you’re not, you can still answer this one.)
When dating a new person, how long should a single parent wait before allowing their new lover to meet the kid(s)?
Using one or two-word answers only, describe what you’d do in each of the following scenarios:
- Your child walks in after visiting your ex and claims they now believe the exact opposite of whatever your religious beliefs are
- Your ex withholds two months of child support, claiming a financial hardship
- Your two children (ages 10 and 15) announce they want to live exclusively with your ex-spouse
- Your one child (age 7) announces they want to live exclusively with you and never, ever see their other parent
The Answer is 84
At what age should a child have the legal right to choose to live solely with one parent?
Mecha-Ninja Tech-Savvy Godzilla Mom
From the following, choose one or more descriptions that would best fit your style of single-parenting:
Tiger (High discipline, emphasis on structure and academics)
Free-Spirited (Lower emphasis on structure. Let the kid do almost anything they want…within reason)
Soccer Mom/Dad (Athletics, exercise, and physical activity)
Techie (Video games & devices allowed. Emphasis on computer skills)
Skill Builder (Teach the kids to follow in your footsteps. i.e.; fixing cars, hunting, fishing, cooking, sewing, et cetera)
Culture Warrior (Teach the kids to become highly involved in society.)
You’re a single parent of two boys, ages 8 and 10.
You’ve had it with their constant bickering and sibling rivalry.
Your ex-spouse isn’t helping.
How do you handle their disputes?
- Every time a fight goes down, I break it up and dish out the appropriate punishment.
- I get involved in the serious conflicts, but let them handle the small stuff.
- Ignore them. What kids?
- I hand them each a sword and tell them to fight to the death!
All Fridays become National Holidays for Grocery Shopping and Mario Kart
Here’s your chance.
Create a new nationwide law that will apply only to single parents.
Your new law can be beneficial or punitive; it’s up to you.
If your law goes against single parents in any way, describe the penalty for breaking it.
Do single parents have the right to be extra-proud?
You like answering these kinds of questions? Go here.
Or maybe you’re tired of talking about your kids. In that case, go here.
Welcome to the Cradle of Magic series.
I’m now offering custom canvas paintings created in the color you desire. Each painting will look like one of the fantastical forests seen in the photos below.
How it works:
You pick your color, and I paint your dark, magical tree using iridescent acrylics to match your order. The process takes approx 3-5 days, after which I’ll varnish with a fine matte protective spray and ship immediately. Due to these being custom, each canvas will vary slightly. (But will match the style and flow seen in the photos.)
Color choices are:
These paintings are 12″ x 24″ on heavyweight (1″ thick) gallery-wrapped canvas. I create them individually with acrylic paint and iridescent watercolors. To make the backgrounds, I use a heavy watercolor drip, and after the drip dries I paint them with intense, bright colors and deep blacks for the trees. I’m happy to provide more photos by request. Reach me on Facebook right HERE.
I also offer a premium option, which includes bigger, deep-edge gallery style canvasses (12″ x 30″). The premium option is for the serious collectors out there. Check it out HERE.
Your custom painting will look like:
It all depends on the color you choose!
To get started, go HERE.
In a far and ancient land, Emperor Chakran dreams of conquest. His desire to resurrect the evil, world-ending Ur casts a dark shadow across an unsuspecting world. But as his army butchers its way across the realm, leaving only a vast, storm-riddled graveyard in its wake, a small band of warriors rises up to oppose him. They know what will become of the world should Chakran succeed. They know the Emperor is but a puppet to the true evil – the Tyrants of the Dead.
Follow Rellen Gryphon, Garrett Croft, and Andelusia Anderae on their voyage to stop the darkness.
If they should fail, the sun will die.
…and the night will forever reign.
Tyrants of the Dead – The Complete Collection includes all three epic volumes in the series:
Down the Dark Path
Dark Moon Daughter
My name is Callista Lightbringer.
Although I’m not human, I am humanity’s last hope.
For a thousand years, I’ve warred against the star-killing Strigoi. I’ve destroyed billions. I’ve snuffed hundreds of their hollow, vampiric planets.
It’s not enough.
Alone, I must find the source of the Strigoi power. I must venture deeper into space than any living creature has dared to go.
And there, in the galaxy known as Hades, I must resurrect the light.
…and defeat the Strigoi forever.
Eaters of the Light
Sequel to Darkness Between the Stars & Shadow of Forever
The night is darkest before the dawn…
The first chapter is free to read right here.
Coming in March 2018