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The Arcane Unknown: Maxine Janus – Quickdraw

by on Dec.30, 2011, under Wallpapers

Maxine Janus - Quickdraw

Maxine Janus - Quickdraw

Agent Maxine Janus prepares to defend herself after she is spotted!

Thanks to Samantha Rowell for modelling for us, as well as our producer, Brooke Fox!

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The Crest of the Seekers

by on Dec.29, 2011, under Wallpapers

The Crest of the Seekers

The Crest of the Seekers

Let our hands hold the night,
‘Til open their eyes come.
Let our lanterns hold the light,
‘Til against us there stand none.

Let our palms tip the scales,
‘Til magic finds its symmetry.
Let the memories of those fallen,
Be the hammer of our destiny.

Hail to thee, friend and foe,
Hail to thee, gray death.
To thy every challenge I go,
With every waking breath.

Song of the Torch-Bearer,
Hymn of The Seekers of the Arcane Unknown

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The Arcane Unknown: Mithra Vara – Magician

by on Dec.28, 2011, under Wallpapers

Mithra Vara - Magician

Mithra Vara - Magician

Agent Mithra Vara prepares to dazzle with his stage trickery, but little does the audience realize–the magic is real! Thanks so much to Roy Chase for volunteering for this shoot! Thanks also to production assistants Chris Bupp and Barbara Attilio, as well as the intrepid producer Brooke Fox!

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A New Novel for a Good Cause

by on Nov.17, 2011, under News

Festival of the Bizarre

Hello, everyone!  It has been awhile since I posted.  Things have been going well for my family–we’ve found some treatments that really work for my son, who we lovingly call, “The Professor.”  Some of you may know that he has severe autism and cannot speak.  That’s a tough thing to swallow as a parent, but with therapy, he has learned to say a few words, and just this morning, he said, “Hi,” when I woke him up.  When I gave him a hug in his bed, he said, “Night night,” and laid down. That’s progress by any definition.

Here’s the thing, though: that therapy is expensive–about $2600/month for the required 8 hours of Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy a day.  ABA, combined with naturalistic teaching strategies and discrete trial training, is the only therapy with clinical, proven results for severely autistic kids.  No insurance company in my state will cover a dime of it, and the school system’s services are terrible.  It’s not necessarily their fault, but they don’t have the resources required to get the job done.  We have tried to match what the therapists do, but we’re nowhere near the level of professionals that they are.  I need help with the therapy, though, and that’s why I’m having a fundraiser.  I don’t believe in accepting donations for nothing, so I have things to sell you!

Click the ChipIn link to the right to donate.  Depending on the level, you’ll get a download code in an e-mail within 24 hours.  All download codes will go live next week on 11/22/11.

What you get:

$5

  • You get a PDF and ePub of “Festival of the Bizarre,” my unreleased, near-future noir novel!  Here’s a synopsis: Vincent Mulwray and his band of killers were the kings of the crime world, and ghosts among assassins.  However, when his latest job hits a snag and no one gets paid, Vince’s identities become compromised.  On the run from paramilitary forces, Vince must solve a murder mystery in reverse– he was the killer, but what was the motive?  Who hired him, and what did they really want?  Will Vince hold the group together long enough to find his client, or will they turn on him like hungry dogs?

$10

  • “Last Days of the October Squadron,” an unreleased, 11k-word Gearheart short story in PDF and ePub format
  • “Fires in the Snow,” an unreleased, 7k-word Gearheart short story by Starla Huchton in PDF and ePub format
  • “Festival of the Bizarre” PDF and ePub

$20

  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger” in PDF and ePub
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger: The Remastered Soundtrack” – all 11 tracks in their glory!
  • “Last Days of the October Squadron” in PDF and ePub
  • “Fires in the Snow” in PDF and ePub
  • “Festival of the Bizarre” PDF and ePub

$30

  • “How Peculiar” – The theme from Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris’s “Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 1: Phoenix Rising”
  • “Deacon’s Call” – The unreleased theme from Philippa Ballantine’s “Books of the Order Book 1: Geist”
  • “Dragons Intertwined” – A tribute to BioWare’s Dragon Age series
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger” in PDF and ePub
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger: The Remastered Soundtrack”
  • “Last Days of the October Squadron” in PDF and ePub
  • “Fires in the Snow” in PDF and ePub
  • “Festival of the Bizarre” PDF and ePub

$50

  • I will write a “Disasterpiece Theatre” pitch based around YOU!
  • “How Peculiar” – The theme from Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris’s “Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 1: Phoenix Rising”
  • “Deacon’s Call” – The unreleased theme from Philippa Ballantine’s “Books of the Order Book 1: Geist”
  • “Dragons Intertwined” – A tribute to BioWare’s Dragon Age series
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger” in PDF and ePub
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger: The Remastered Soundtrack”
  • “Last Days of the October Squadron” in PDF and ePub
  • “Fires in the Snow” in PDF and ePub
  • “Festival of the Bizarre” PDF and ePub

$100

  • I will design your logo!  I normally charge $200 for that!
  • I will write a “Disasterpiece Theatre” pitch based around YOU!
  • “How Peculiar” – The theme from Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris’s “Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 1: Phoenix Rising”
  • “Deacon’s Call” – The unreleased theme from Philippa Ballantine’s “Books of the Order Book 1: Geist”
  • “Dragons Intertwined” – A tribute to BioWare’s Dragon Age series
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger” in PDF and ePub
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger: The Remastered Soundtrack”
  • “Last Days of the October Squadron” in PDF and ePub
  • “Fires in the Snow” in PDF and ePub
  • “Festival of the Bizarre” PDF and ePub

$250

  • Your choice: I will design your book cover or write a custom, 3-5 minute piece of music for you!  Normally a $350 – $400 value!
  • I will write a “Disasterpiece Theatre” pitch based around YOU!
  • “How Peculiar” – The theme from Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris’s “Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 1: Phoenix Rising”
  • “Deacon’s Call” – The unreleased theme from Philippa Ballantine’s “Books of the Order Book 1: Geist”
  • “Dragons Intertwined” – A tribute to BioWare’s Dragon Age series
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger” in PDF and ePub
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger: The Remastered Soundtrack”
  • “Last Days of the October Squadron” in PDF and ePub
  • “Fires in the Snow” in PDF and ePub
  • “Festival of the Bizarre” PDF and ePub

$500

  • I will refer to you as “Agent [Your last name]” whenever I speak to you.
  • Your choice: I will design your book cover or write a custom, 3-5 minute piece of music for you!  Normally a $350 – $400 value!
  • I will write a “Disasterpiece Theatre” pitch based around YOU!
  • “How Peculiar” – The theme from Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris’s “Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 1: Phoenix Rising”
  • “Deacon’s Call” – The unreleased theme from Philippa Ballantine’s “Books of the Order Book 1: Geist”
  • “Dragons Intertwined” – A tribute to BioWare’s Dragon Age series
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger” in PDF and ePub
  • “Maiden Flight of the Avenger: The Remastered Soundtrack”
  • “Last Days of the October Squadron” in PDF and ePub
  • “Fires in the Snow” in PDF and ePub
  • “Festival of the Bizarre” PDF and ePub

Thanks for reading this, and if you’re thinking of donating, just know that you’re helping out a wonderful little boy.  As always, I appreciate you listening and all of your help!

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I’m not dead!

by on Oct.11, 2011, under Podcast

Disasterpiece TheatreJust so all of you know, I’ve still been podcasting! Stephen Granade of “What the Cast” and I have a podcast called “Disasterpiece Theatre.” Interested? Here’s a bit about it:

“Disasterpiece Theatre is a podcast where we imagine the most tragically-possible, bad Hollywood movie ideas!  We take everyone’s favorite actors and directors and misappropriate them in bone-chillingly realistic fashion.  Love Ghostbusters?  What if they made a third one… from the directors of “Scary Movie”?  How about Milla Jovovich in a heartwarming family piece?  The result is a truly groan-worthy pitch, as well as comedy gold.”

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The Arcane Unknown: Mickey Fox – Experienced Operative

by on Jul.01, 2011, under Wallpapers

Mickey Fox - Experienced Operative

Mickey Fox - Experienced Operative

Here’s another operative for our card game– The Gearheart: The Arcane Unknown.

Mickey Fox brings his battle-worn fists to bear on any problem! Thanks to Joseph Johnston for being such a hard-looking dude! Thanks also to producer Brooke Fox for accompanying us into the harsh cold at a moment’s notice!

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The Arcane Unknown: Wilma Jones – Born Leader

by on Jun.29, 2011, under Wallpapers

Wilma Jones - Born Leader

Wilma Jones - Born Leader

Here’s another operative for our card game– The Gearheart: The Arcane Unknown.

Agent Wilma Jones stands before her two goons, ready to send them into battle. Thanks so much to Ashley Nicole for her role as Wilma Jones, and to Mike Wilson and Ryan McKannan for the goons. Produced by Brooke Fox. Production assistance by Barbara Attilio.

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Balticon Schedule!

by on May.25, 2011, under News

Are you going that most illustrious of events, Balticon? See us there! I’ve made a handy-dandy post of our schedule below:

5/27/11 6:00 PM
Duration: 01:00
Room: Chesapeake
Track: New Media
New Independent Voices in New Media
Who’s new in Podcasting

Podcasting has evolved massively in the last 7+ years. During that time lots of independent voices have come and gone. Who’s still out there, who has faded, and most importantly who are the new voices you should be listening to?

5/27/11 10:00 PM
Duration: 01:00
Room: Derby
Track: New Media

Sound Design & Extreme Audio Effects

Our expert panel of professional sound designers and audio engineers will explore various topics and techniques surrounding sound design and the art and science of extreme audio effects. They will share insider tips and tricks to help you squeeze strange and unworldly tones and textures out of the equipment you already own, inspire you to build and record uncommon noise makers, and to turn ordinary sounds into sonic landscapes designed to enhance your next multi-media project. They will cover both basic and advanced recording, tweaking and extreme manipulation techniques to provide you with the take-away know-how to shake awake audiences and transport them to strange new worlds.

5/28/11 9:00 AM
Duration: 03:00
Room: Derby
Track: New Media

Master’s Session: Audio Excellence in Podcasting (3 hrs)

Our panel of expert audio enthusiasts will discuss various topics surrounding audio engineering for spoken word, music, and everything in between. They will help you get the best sound out of the equipment you have, help you pick the next piece of important equipment within your budget, and help you avoid burnout by streamlining your workflow to shorten the time you spend editing audio. The audience is encouraged to bring questions and even samples of problems they are having with their own work.

5/28/11 4:00 PM
Duration: 00:50
Room: Salon D
Track: Readers

Antigone’s Wrath – Full Cast Live Reading

Join us for a full cast live reading of an excerpt of ANTIGONE’S WRATH, a Steampunk adventure of worldly proportions! Meet Captain Rachel Sterling and set sail on the airship ANTIGONE’S WRATH! Journey from England to Ecuador and Singapore to Somalia in the newest novel by Starla Huchton. Magical inventions, dastardly villains and legends of the ancient world await you on an escapade you’ll never forget!

5/28/11 7:00 PM
Duration: 01:00
Room: Chesapeake
Track: New Media

Creating The Brand
Crafting a Recognizable Presence for Your Podcast

Our panel of professionals take you through the perilous journey of creating a concrete presence for their podcasts. Learn what you’ll need, who to hire and what questions to ask. Formulate a sensible budget for your story and create a brand that will attract more listeners than ever before.

5/29/11 3:00 PM
Duration: 01:00
Room: Derby
Track: New Media

Dynamic Voice Acting

Is your dramatic podcast feeling a little flat? The Gearheart’s Alex White takes guests and plays games with them to increase the emotional potency of their readings. Harness your local talent and bring a new dimension to your podcast!

5/29/11 4:00 PM
Duration: 01:00
Room: Chesapeake
Track: New Media

Improv Comedy Jam

Our panel of would-be comedians get up and flex their creative muscles. Join them for an hour of improv comedy.

5/29/11 7:00 PM
Duration: 01:00
Room: Derby
Track: New Media

Women Podcaster’s Roundtable

Our panel of crack podcasters will talk review the year in podcasting and talk about the pressing issues of the day; and all this from the female point of view. Discussions will include talks of equipment, time management, monitization, and more.

5/29/11 8:00 PM
Duration: 00:50
Room: Maryland Foyer
Track: Autographings

Mur Lafferty, Renee White and Christiana Ellis
Autograph Session

Mur Lafferty, Renee White and Christiana Ellis Autograph Session

5/29/11 11:00 PM
Duration: 00:30
Room: Pimlico
Track: Readers

Alex White — Reading

Alex White reads from Maiden Flight of the Avenger.

We hope to see you all there!

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Episode 8 Delayed Due to Calamity

by on Apr.29, 2011, under Maiden Flight, News

So I am halfway done recording episode 8 of Maiden Flight. I have all of the voices and music I’ll need to complete the series. However, one of the worst storm systems in Alabama’s history swept through on Wednesday and knocked out our power plant. All three units were tripped at the nuclear plant, and the transmission lines running to it were decimated.

Sadly, the supplies to finish the rest of the episode are in my powerless studio. So for the time being, everything will have to wait. I apologize for the delay.

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