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Writing with Confidence

So, this has more to do with me saying my own thoughts out loud (in public) than being of any practical use to anybody other than me. I’ve been writing professionally for coming on 8 years. It’s been my primary means of support for about four of those years. In all of that time, the thing that tends to bog me down, get in the way of trying new things, and generally stand in my way is mostly me.

I’ve had some bad experiences. Everything from writing partners who treat me as a junior member to writing partners who barely bother to wake up, to those around me belittling what I know I’m here to do. But, I’ve also had unprecedented support. From my friends, my wife, my agent, my peers, and my fans. Hell, the devotion and support my wife shows me in every ridiculous endeavor I throw myself into would be more than enough for me, but, to have all of you great people standing there cheering me makes even the hardest day worth while. So, the good sort of cancels out the bad (no matter how much I like to bitch about the bad… c’mon, everybody loves a good story about a douchebag!)

But still, with all of that, the one thing I constantly have to fight, is my own confidence. Knowing that I do know what I’m doing, and that I can do what I do well. Last year was a tough year for me creatively, despite the huge amount of output I had. Some of the problems with the work was my fault, some was due to outside forces. But every single one should’ve been combated with the fact that about my work, and what I’m trying to do, I’m the expert. Nobody knows how to do what I do better than me.

I don’t mean that in a broad, “I’m the greatest writer ever” sense. I mean that I’m the greatest writer who is me ever. Despite the poor sentence construction of that last sentence. What I do isn’t for everybody, and, judging by the sales on some of my creator owned work in the past, it may in fact be for nobody. But, I can be remarkably proud of just about everything I’ve ever done.

I’ve rid myself of many of the toxic people and situations that polluted a lot of my work last year, and, for the past few weeks have been working only on my own work. Virtually no work for hire. Just my new graphic novel with Noel, my young adult fantasy novel, and a few pitches for projects that I desperately love. I’ve put on hold a few things that I’m excited about, but have less of a handle on to focus on the three or four things that make me deliriously happy at the thought of them happening.

With the graphic novel’s new publisher doing some amazing prep work, some genuine passion from a few Hollywood folk on the novel, and everybody rooting for me on each of the projects I’m working on, I finally feel like I’m getting my shot to do what I was meant to do.

And, for a change, I’m considerably less worried about blowing it.

Today in Twitter

  • Crippling migraine kept me up all night. Finally dozed off around 5, and am up now. My 3k words a day streak may be at an end. #
  • Alan Silvestri’s Night at the Museum score is simply breath-taking. #
  • Fialkov on FCBD: 11-1 at Metropolis Comics in Bellflower, 3-5 at The Comics Bug in Manhattan Beach! #
  • @kellysue You’d think it’d be $140. in reply to kellysue #
  • RT @TonyFleecs:Some of the sketches from my $3 sketch promotion are up on the blog: tinyurl.com/c3uq3y #
  • Had lunch at Subway, and sent a comment on subway.com telling ‘em how we went there because of Chuck. You should so the same. #
  • @dddangoldmannn I fear there may not be a sandwich big enough. :( in reply to dddangoldmannn #
  • We just realized we’re within delivery distance of Bollywood Cafe, the best Indian in LA. Heaven! #
  • @BrianReed Longest Ms. Marvel Script EVER. :D in reply to BrianReed #

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Free Comic Book Day!

Once again it’s that time of year. Free Comic Book Day. Wherein your local comic book shop gets free comics to entice new readers. As per usual, I have a couple of signings around town, wherein you can pick up some Free comics as well as any of my older books you may have missed for a sweet, sweet discount.

I’ll be signing this Saturday at:

Metropolis Comics from 11am till 1pm, and it’s located at:
16509 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706

The Comics Bug from 3pm till 5pm, and that’s located at:
1807 1/2 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Both stores have been a lot of fun in the past, and I’m lookin’ forward to enjoying the festivities once again.

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  • @CBCebulski Have you read the books? Really great YA fiction. in reply to CBCebulski #
  • Well, that’s fucking rad. ping.fm/56CsI #
  • @kellysue He’s everywhere. Wait’ll you see the stuff he’s doing for me on our new book… Sooooo shiny. in reply to kellysue #
  • @kellysue He’s like an artistic soul mate for everyone who works with him. He manages to find the emotional core of every story, instantly. in reply to kellysue #
  • Want your favorite comic book character drawn for $3 from my favorite comic artist (and pal)? ping.fm/CnEZc #
  • Dear Publishers/Labels/Studios, If you make your content available at a price that is fair, I will buy things. Otherwise, I can’t be h … #
  • <cont>held responsible. How hard is it to make a fucking ebook? C’mon already. :) #
  • @KatzMoney I hate football, and love that movie. in reply to KatzMoney #
  • Cranked out 3000+ words today on the novel, time for some MST3K till the wife gets home. #
  • This MST3K is a Charlie’s Angels style remake of the Magnificent Seven… Angels’ Revenge, you win at life. #
  • And it stars the Skipper AND Thurston Howell III. Plus Pat Buttram and Arthur Godfrey! #
  • just started playing Left 4 Dead. ping.fm/jjrG8 #

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Quick Review: Columbine


Columbine by Dave Cullen



My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
A beautifully written tome on an ugly piece of American history. The style and finesse of the writing is equal only to the depth of understanding of the events and people involved.



More than just the ‘true story’ of what happened ten years ago, it’s a chilling and lyrical portrait of a tragedy and the hundreds of people who’s lives were forever changed.



Must read.


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Today in Twitter

  • Classic Who Moment: 1st Doc in the Aztecs, as Ian watches the great Aztec warrior fight in slow motion. Only, it’s not slow motion. #
  • Boston trip for the wedding of J-Rod booked, planned, and ready for action. #
  • Why thank you Verizon for making me a VIP. Now I get half as much money towards a new phone! Awesome! #
  • just started playing Left 4 Dead. ping.fm/1GydP #
  • @DiaperChamp Beginning of June. I’ll send you the dates. :) in reply to DiaperChamp #
  • just started playing Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade. ping.fm/lH6ug #
  • just started playing Left 4 Dead. ping.fm/2RSn9 #
  • I think I want to make love to Darwyn Cooke’s Parker adaptations. Is there a law against that? #

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