Podcast Episode 3 – “Anna Overmoyer”

A special “Back to School” episode of the EyeWonderWhy Podcast, with recent student and current starving artist Anna Overmoyer. (Just kidding; she eats well.) Anna’s a dimensional illustrator, so to get y’all introduced, here’s a few of Anna’s pieces (All from her website, annasketchstudio.blogspot.com.)

Here’s the audio to the podcast (also available on iTunes!).

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“Snow White”

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“Beauty and the Beast”

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“Fiddlers”

Podcast, Episode 2 – “Helena Sorenson”

It’s the 15th of August, and you know what that means?

You don’t? Well, shame on you!

A new episode of the EyeWonderWhy Podcast is available just below these words! Just click the little play button and off you go. 

My guest is Helena Sorenson, author of the novels Shiloh and Seeker, which, in Helena’s words, explore “the tension between what we see and what we believe to be real.” Wow. She also talks about making messes on purpose, and her favorite Pixar movie. I also share a goofy, probably unnecessary anecdote about Bruce the Shark. Enjoy!

If you’re interested in finding all the podcasts to date, click the Podcast link in the menu above. 

Hey! It’s a … Podcast!?!

Close up of radio microphoneYes, I stole that exclamatory statement from one of my favorite podcasts out there. But, after months of planning and scheming, I’m proud to report that the EyeWonderWhy Podcast will make its worldwide debut on Friday, August 1. Expect an approximately 30-minute show focusing on the creative process (no surprise there), in an interview format. We’ll shoot for two episodes a month, on the 1st and 15th, and check back here for the details on how to listen and/or subscribe.

Oh, and did I mention my first guest will be singer/songwriter Chris Slaten, aka Son of Laughter? What a great way to kick off this crazy adventure. Chris and I had a great chat about writing songs in the car, Pierce Pettis, and finding time to work and teach full time. (I can relate). I can’t wait to share the interview with you!

Lang Sawyer and the Den of Nostromo for The Writer’s Voice

 

Welcome, Writer’s Voice guests! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at my MG fantasy manuscript, Lang Sawyer and the Den of Nostromo:

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Thirteen-year old Langhorne Sawyer has always had a fuzzy relationship with the rules. His Mom is dead, and his Dad is too busy selling sporting goods in glamorous locales like Rapid City, South Dakota to take an interest in him. But when Lang discovers the family biz is really monster bounty hunting, and has been since Grandpa Tom Sawyer dusted Dracula, he leaps headfirst into a world that promises adventure, glory, and the chance to show Dad he’s no screw-up. But during his training mission, Lang makes a monstrous discovery – characters from storybooks are disappearing, causing havoc in the worlds they’ve left behind. Lang’s choice is clear – give up the monster hunting gig, or go solo to prove the research of scientist Alistair Frankenstein is dipping into too many storybook worlds, threatening to destroy them all. When he finds his Mom’s name on the project files, the decision is a no-brainer.

Lang Sawyer and the Den of Nostromo is a fast-paced, 80,000-word middle grade fantasy that joins Lang, his best friend Katrina Finn (yes, that Finn), and a cranky hunchback named Q on a quest across Great Britain by bullet train, rusty pickup, and banana-yellow moped to thwart Frankenstein’s schemes. Through narrow escapes, double-crosses, and secret agent-style sneakery, Lang finds himself questioning everything he believed about his family and himself as he searches for one true thing he can trust. He’ll need more than his leap-first attitude to carry him through.

 

 First 250 Words:

Here’s the thing about finding out your great-great grandfather Tom Sawyer was a big time monster hunter, that he killed Dracula, and that your Dad’s running the family business out of the former Indian cave behind your house.

(You know, in case that ever happens.)

The thing to remember? It’s not all fangs and glory. It’s a hit-or-miss proposition.

Like literally, hit or miss. Sometimes you hit the crossbow target your Dad sets up for you in the backyard. And sometimes you miss. And hit your neighbor’s poodle.

In the tail.

Yeah, that was a thing.

The upside? Leaving ordinary seventh grade life behind to jet to Peru and track a deadly creature called the Mapinguari.

But there were drawbacks there, too. Sweat being one. Hunger, too. That’s what has my attention on the afternoon of our first full day in the Amazon rainforest. Late afternoon. Heat still in the triple digits. Everywhere green on green, the sun strafing the leafy canopy.

Dad skids to a stop in front of me and points at a spot on the ground inches from my right foot. I mop the sweat from my already-drenched St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap.

“Freeze, Lang,” he says.

Ironic.

I don’t know much about the jungle, but I’ve read about the snakes. Fire hose-sized ones. With a proclivity for squeezing people until their insides turn to Cheez Whiz.

“Python?” I ask.

Dad scowls and jabs his finger toward the ground. “No. Some sort of track. And it’s a big one. Step around it. Carefully.”

Full “Tumbleweed Thompson” Story Now Available!

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Illustration by Joe Sutphin

The fine folks at Story Warren have published my short story, “Tumbleweed Thompson’s Youth Tonic” over at their site. It’s the first of what hopefully will be several colorful tales involving the adventures of Eugene Teitsworth, a responsible – and highly impressionable – young lad of 12, and his encounters with the force of nature known as Tumbleweed Thompson. The stories take place in the 1860′s in the small frontier town of Snakeskin Junction, Colorado. I’m proud of this story and excited to share it with you. I’m also thrilled to have the artwork of illustrator Joe Sutphin accompany the story. It was an unexpected blessing, and I’ll treasure Joe’s work on this story.

Here’s the link to the story. I hope you enjoy, and feel free to share!

“Tumbleweed Thompson’s Youth Tonic”