7 days left to Up Your Writing Game

With seven days left on the campaign, it has reached its second stretch goal of 200% funding, so at least 8 educational videos will get made. Since no-one has yet taken it up, the perk to receive a specially commissioned poem by myself in addition to all educational videos has been reduced from $60 to $50. Take a look and invest in improving your craft, or help make more of these resources available for your favourite authors so they can improve theirs and in time you’ll get an even better product from them.

How did I deserve to know?

Today is my wedding anniversary. Here is this year’s poem:


How did I deserve to know?

How did I deserve to know
A girl that’s so good for my soul,
With wisdom, passion, kindness, love
That I am so unworthy of?

It’s such a joy to wipe your tears,
Discuss your thoughts, your hopes, your fears,
For these eventful, treasured years
That we have been as one.

So with His strength and with His heart
Until it’s our time to depart
We reinforce these bonds of love
That fit us better than a glove,

To face the world and all its whims,
To cleanse our hearts of all their sins
And teach our children to become
Strong enough to overcome

The storms that surely will one day
Sweep across their narrow way
To purify them to their core
As they prepare for evermore.

A Young Man’s Soul


A Young Man’s Soul

When unseen forces press upon a young man’s soul to find his place
In something so much grander than his daily wants and woes,
What foolish quests and sophistries will the world place in his way,
And how can we direct him to a far more worthy goal?

With stories and examples that inflame his spirit’s noblest fires
Of faithfulness and prudence, vitality and craft,
Courage and discernment, love that wades through mire,
Of fortitude in service with purity of heart

To the One who loves us more than we can ever know
Who invites our souls to soar above the vile flow
Of sewage that this world pretends is culture, virtue, truth;
But really serves the foulest ends and drains away their youth.

He heals our deepest scars of shame and cleanses us of sin
Burns off our dross, shares in our pain, and asks to be let in
That we may tread the narrow way and scale the holy hill;
To bask in bright refreshing day and find our rest until

We’re called to fight beside Him and destroy the Devil’s hordes
Renew what does delight Him and find our great reward,
That all might see true justice done, infused with mercy grand;
The cruellest tyrants are cast down, the humble asked to stand

And look upon the One who gave himself for one and all
Hung upon a brutal cross and given bitter gall
That we might know the joy that He gave up for our own sake
And share in the great glory that was His alone to take.

He knows us, yet still fills these jars of clay with treasure lavishly
And has prepared above the stars a place in His great family.
Where all our virtues are perfected, our flaws are washed away,
All is seen with new perspective, and we are here to stay.

You Really Are Too Good to Us

This year’s bithday poem for my wife:

You Really Are Too Good to Us

 

You really are too good to us,
So we have to thank you thus
(Plus of course in other ways,
From time to time and day by day).

There’s no one in the world that we would rather know
To hold us as we cry and watch us as we grow,
To celebrate our victories, commiserate our falls,
Encourage us that next time we will surely scale that wall,

Warn us when we wander from the straight and narrow path,
Hand us holy soap when our spirit needs a bath,
Hold us to higher standards than the world around us does,
Show unexpected kindnesses, simply just because

You love to give, to understand and help us lift our heads,
Gently kiss our foreheads when we’re tucked up in our beds,
Loving mother, daughter, friend and sister to a throng
Of souls who’d surely join us in singing you a song

To celebrate all that you are, the difference that you make,
The many blessings you provide, delicious treats you bake,
The comfort and encouragement your simple presence gives
Are heaps of shining evidence that in your heart He lives.

Up Your Writing Game – The Art and Craft of Writing

If you’re a writer looking to improve your storytelling craft, then renowned author and editor L. Jagi Lamplighter is ready to share the lessons she has learned over more than thirty years in the industry in the form of practical steps, principles and exercises to improve the quality and impact of your writing and increase the enjoyment and satisfaction that your readers will gain from it.

The best way to gain a core of fans is to write a good book. The best way to improve your books is to learn from one of the best in the business by supporting the campaign to produce this course.

All sorts of perks and rewards are available, including having a personally commissioned poem for a special occasion, or your own book trailer created by yours truly, having your own short story or novel turned into an audiobook or having your novel fully edited by Jagi herself.

Superversive Press – Hope is the New Genre

In the build up to Superversive Press’ presence at DragonCon again this year, I’ve put together a little promotional video showcasing what we’re about and all the titles we’ve released so far. Share it around and build the hype!

www.superversivepress.com

Be inspired, be uplifted, be entertained.

Superversive Press publishes stories that understand the power of hope, the difference between right and wrong, the value of truth, loyalty, honour, and heroic sacrifice.

Feed your mind, expand your horizons, and adventure with us to astonishing worlds.

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Music – The Call by Scott Buckley – http://www.scottbuckley.com.au
solar system animation from videvo.net
Public domain Jupiter image from NASA Juno mission
Explosion, electricity, fire, smoke, laser effects and rotating ship animation from footagecrate.com
Background images and exploding moon animation from pixabay.com
HDRI backgrounds from hdrihaven.com
3D rendering and animation in Daz Studio, additional 2D and 3D effects, animation and video editing in Hit Film Pro by Ben Zwycky

 

To Rule in Hell by B. Michael Stevens

The excellent sequel to The Goddess Gambit was released just under a month ago.

The battle may be over, but the war is just beginning…

Even as the people of the Shanty and the Ziggurat come together to build a new Home, vultures gather, and sinister plots are born.

Amidst the backdrop of an uncertain future, Maya, Jon, and the other guardians set out in search of the Morning Star and the promised salvation hidden within.

When their journey goes awry, Jon and company find themselves at the gates of strange city, where the apparent peace isn’t what it seems. Human men, women, and children are ruled by civilized savages—a King and Queen who are hiding a dark secret an and evil presence from Earth’s ancient past.

The goddess and her guardians must fight for the freedom of the innocent, all while trying not to become that which they despise.

For there are those who reject the notion of serving in Heaven, preferring instead, to rule in Hell.