reassembly Yellow Diamond Hunter 

Black Alchemy Hunter – RE+ASSEMBLY PART 2

Here, I reintroduce Sol’s friends, Morrigan and Circe. I really wanted them to have larger roles in this story, but I didn’t know how to work that in. I’ve decided to give Morrigan a much stronger role in Sol’s portion of Cullinan Diamond Hunter. I don’t intend to develop another love triangle, but I’ve already made it clear that she has a thing for Sol, so I’m not going to mask that. Her feelings for Sol will be very evident, but Rayne isn’t the type to compete over a guy,…

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firstfire Yellow Diamond Hunter 

Black Alchemy Hunter – First Fire

This chapter had a few mistakes in it. I threw characters at readers, which is something that I never do. I also gave Rayne and Sol a pre-established relationship, when I prefer to draw out relationships. Still, I was able to experiment with Sol’s powers and Rayne’s kindness. Now, I know that I want to strengthen her dark side. 4 – FIRST FIRE The burning bins of Ordinance continue to light the streets and alleyways. However, the orphans that plague the darkness cannot be found in their normal hideouts. Crouching…

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assemble Yellow Diamond Hunter 

Black Alchemy Hunter – RE+ASSEMBLY PART 1

This was the only way I could think of to reunite everyone from Yellow Diamond Hunter into one place. I searched for a reason to get them in one location, working together. From this process, I learned that everything doesn’t have to be so “cookie cutter.” My new route is to continue with the unique structure that built the Barcode Series. I have decided to run two (and a half) arcs. We’ll follow Sol’s story from the moment that he meets with Rayne, Julius and Kami as they discover a…

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prayforyou Life 

I’ll Pray For You

You ever have someone say they’ll pray for you and you wonder…why? Over the past few years, I can’t recall how many times someone has said that they’ll pray for me. Probably zero. However, most recently, my wife and I told our family that we’re planning to move out of the country. Lord. Have. Mercy. Prayers fell from the heavens after this announcement. I mean, I’m shocked people didn’t break their knees with the amount of praying that they committed to. My wife recently has a conversation with one of these pray-ers….

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bloodboil Yellow Diamond Hunter 

Black Alchemy Hunter – Blood Boil

Chapter 2 is where things started to feel right. I was able to practice some old writing skills with this chapter because it focused on two characters that I’m very familiar with. They complain and bicker like two old friends that hate one another, and I loved that. However, I’ve decided to beef up their rivalry and pit them against one another a little more. In fact, today, I just discovered the ultimate twist for Yellow Diamond Hunter. Yes, I said the ultimate. This twist has put all of my other…

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induetime Yellow Diamond Hunter 

Black Alchemy Hunter – In Due Time

Chapter one is where things started to go wrong with Black Alchemy Hunter. <–That’s meant to be a joke, but I’m serious. I modeled Black Alchemy Hunter after The Avengers, which is really problematic. The Avengers do a great job of opening with the villains doing a number on the good guys. For this chapter, I pitted Kode against the villains, blurring the lines between who is good and evil. Or evil and eviler. I tried establishing Blas’ character, a womanizing power freak. He’s set up well enough, but his…

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blackalchemyhero Yellow Diamond Hunter 

Black Alchemy Hunter – Prologue

I haven’t been writing like I should, but I have been writing. I don’t want people to think that I’ve disappeared into Kode’s shadows, so I’ve developed a solution to my satisfy all of us (all 4 people who read this page). I have a lot of stories that I throw away. After completing an initial draft, I often discard it and use bits and pieces to construct a stronger formula. Because managing a website, having two kids, teaching, and writing novels is a bit much, I thought I could post…

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keepwriting Writing 

Keep Writing

So, I have a friend. He send a simple message recently: Keep writing. When I logged onto my website, I realized, “Dear sweet mother of all that is holy and sacred, I haven’t written for my blog in five months.” I have excuses. Legit ones too. I had another kid. A boy. He’s adorbs. I have also just been super stressed out by everything that happening in the media most recently. My dear friend made note of that craziness in an email, so he knows I’m losing my sanity. (Thanks for…

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chivalry Writing 

The Oppressive Nature of Chivalry

My dad never called it chivalry, but we always opened doors for women and stepped to the side of an elevator when ladies were behind us. And he didn’t teach it to me regularly. It was something that blindsided me. I was still in elementary and suddenly my dad was teaching me this foreign concept: “they” were different from “us.” Most of what I learned about chivalry was inactive. Pops told me once or twice that ladies should enter first, but I never knew why. It was just what a…

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2016-04-03 19.57.50 Life 

The Best Part of Daddyhood

Daddyhood Words can’t explain the best parts of being a dad. (Even our expansive language is limited when it comes to something so expansive). But if I had to pinpoint one thing that really makes parenting great, I’d have to say something like: Daddyhood is complex sport. It’s being both a spectator and a player in the most complicated game in the world. As a spectator, I watch my child grow from a seed to a flower. As a player, I’m right beside him, participating in the National Life Association League…

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