Sometimes the problem with being an artist, whether you're a visual artist, a writer, or whatever, is that whenever you're attempting to work on several projects at the same time, it's not uncommon for all of them to get put on hold for long periods of time. Well, with the combination of cold and flu season together with the holiday season, I've found that those pauses in writing can end up being a lot longer than we'd like. Between odd work schedules, holiday shopping, everyone in the house being sick, and the standard distractions that a 2yr-old can provide, my writing time has been more than just slightly compromised. Now that we're all healthy once again, that at least makes things a little easier, so I'm working on getting back to my ongoing stories, both here and on the finestories site as well. To those of you who've followed my tales, thank you all for your interest and your patience. I promise, there's more to come for all of them, even if it may require longer spells between postings of new chapters.
Oh, and to those who have taken offense to the "thefting" of the occasional name, place or inspiration from the classic masters, such as Tolkien or R.E. Howard, I say GET A LIFE! It's not as though I'm attempting to publish these works for financial gain. Besides, in all honesty, damn near EVERY fantasy/sci-fi writer today owes the fan base of their genre to the creations of Tolkien and writers like him. In most cases, artists and authors alike feel a sense of pride to know their creations are iconic and memorable enough that new authors and artists are inspired to draw on them in creating their own masterpieces. Hence the quietly popular saying among the artistic community: "If you're going to steal, only steal from the best!" Just make sure you give proper credit where credit is due, especially when it comes time to make a profit from your not-entirely-original work. Happy reading, folks!