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This Speck of Dust in the Webverse
Just like every other journal out there, this is a soapbox. And what's my platform? What do I have to share?

I am a writer and use this journal as a way to share news about my writing career and any thoughts I have on writing in general. I also use it to share pieces of my writing, because I love telling stories. I originally created this journal to share a serial story. That story is a classic fantasy tale in a world with very little in the way of magic and no elves or dwarves or the like.

I also provide reviews of board and card games. I try to make sure that I have played a game at least three times before I provide a review. I am an avid gamer and I know most of my friends are as well. I hope that the game reviews are appreciated and found useful by others. Clicking here will give you a link to just the game reviews.

A final note on the story - this was an experiment and all of these pieces are admittedly first draft quality. If you are just starting and are curious, here are some ease of use links.

The very first story section:

Summary sections to catch up new readers or review for old ones can be found by clicking here.
Latest Updates
May. 21st, 2014 @ 03:43 pm New website!
Hey folks! So, I updated my website, and one of the things is that it has a blog section. As a result, I will probably be posting future updates there and discontinuing using Live Journal. It makes more sense to update there and then it is only in one place. Just thought I would let you know!
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Apr. 14th, 2014 @ 09:51 pm Book Release Day!
Book release day is always such an exciting day! And yes, I may have already published The Shadow Chaser, but this version is significantly improved. I rewrote it and went through the entire thing with the Apocalypse Ink editor. The story is stronger and the writing is improved. And it has a breathtaking cover by Larry Dixon! Check this out!

If you want to pick it up, you can do so from the Apocalypse Ink store. Check it out! Even if you have read it before, I think you’ll enjoy the revamped version. I am very proud of it.

Also, here are the links for Bless Your Mechanical Heart now that it is available for purchase! Here is the link from the publisher Evil Girlfriend Media and for Amazon.

I get to post about two releases in one day! Exciting times!
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Mar. 10th, 2014 @ 08:29 pm Book Cover Day!
Hey folks. Just passing along the cover art for the next anthology that I am going to be published in, Bless Your Mechanical Heart. It is a collection of stories about the mixing of technology and emotions. Personally, I love the cover. Check it out!

I will of course post links when it is available for purchase.
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Oct. 15th, 2013 @ 02:41 pm New Publication and News!
Today is book release day! The short story anthology Coins of Chaos released today. It is a collection of stories about coins which have a dark influence on their owners. All of the stories have a dark twist to them. Here are handy links for you on Amazon, B&N, and the publisher's website: EDGE SFF Publishing. It was edited by the very talented Jennifer Brozek. Check it out!

Also, I forgot to share this on my blog (though I did post it on my Facebook and Twitter). Tin Man Games officially announced my upcoming Gamebook Adventure! You can read the post here.

Needless to say, I have been busy writing! Especially with the Kickstarter novels as well! Exciting times!
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Sep. 3rd, 2013 @ 12:55 pm Guest Blog
I wrote a guest blog for Jennifer Brozek about one of my childhood heroes and how it affects what I do every day. You can read it here.
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Aug. 13th, 2013 @ 06:19 pm Blog Entry on Writing
I wrote a guest blog for Silence in the Library about writing short stories and why they are important. Click here to read it.
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Aug. 8th, 2013 @ 11:54 am Kickstarter project and GenCon!
So GenCon is less than a week away, and I am very excited for it! I hope to see some of you there. But, before I get to my convention schedule, I have some important news.

For those of you who bought and enjoyed my previous novels, I am excited to let you know that this is your opportunity to make the third novel available. I have started a Kickstarter project to fund the third novel. If it is successful, I will be rewriting the first two novels and writing the third one. I did this in response to many fans who were asking when the third book was going to come out, plus the fact that I want to continue to tell Darien’s story. And if you haven’t enjoyed my novels – now is a wonderful opportunity to get all of them at once! So, without further ado, here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/BirtoloKS

Please take a look, and if you like what you see, donate! And of course, spreading the word is a huge help as well! I am very excited for this project and look forward to seeing how it goes.

Now, about GenCon – as usual I will have my table in Author’s Avenue in the dealer’s room. When I am not on a panel, I will probably be there the entire time that the dealer’s room is open. If you’re going to the convention, stop on by!

• Thursday, 9 am: Computers & Security
• Thursday, 12 pm: Signing table
• Thursday, 1 pm: Ancient & Medieval Combat
• Thursday, 6 pm: Read & Critique
• Friday, 4 pm: Signing table

In other news – the Kickstarter project for the Time Traveled Tales anthology released at Origins 2012 was successful and it will include an additional anthology with an extra story from each of the authors. For those of you who backed that, I am looking forward to sharing my new story with you. Also, the Shadowrun Returns anthology has been released in conjunction with the release of the video game. I did stumble across this review and it complimented my story “Evolution”. I haven’t started playing the game yet, but am looking forward to it and have been hearing good things.

And that’s about it for now! Looking forward to seeing some of you at GenCon!
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Jun. 17th, 2013 @ 08:54 am Origins Game fair wrap up
In summary – Origins was amazing and a wonderful experience. I cannot remember the last time that I had as much fun at a convention. Sales were not the best, but business overall went well. And as I said before, the fun factor was significantly through the roof.

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And those are most of the highlights. The convention was great, I had tons of fun. There were several other games that I played and there were other exciting conversations, but typing them all out would take far too long. It was a very busy, very fun, and very entertaining time. And it also has me chomping at the bit for GenCon. Hope to see some of you there!
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Jun. 11th, 2013 @ 08:21 pm Kickstarter Anthology!
In case you missed a chance to get the Time Traveled Tales anthology from Origins Game Fair last year, there is a Kickstarter event to rerelease the anthology and make it available again. Not only that, but it is getting completely redesigned and packaged with new cover art and illustrations for every story. It is very exciting and I am hoping the anthology becomes available. You should definitely check it out! It really is a wonderful collection of stories.
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Jun. 11th, 2013 @ 08:16 pm Origins Bound!
I am about to head out the door and take off for Origins Game Fair! I am quite excited. Last year was a ton of fun and it looks like this year will be as well. If you are going, you should definitely come by. I will be in the Library when I am not scheduled to be at another event. Speaking of that, here is my schedule:

• Thursday, 10 am: Stealing History
• Thursday, 11 am: Military Tactics
• Thursday, 1 pm: Those Pesky Humans! (gaming event)
• Friday, 10 am: How to Kill a Character
• Saturday, 11 am: A Writing Group is not Just a Group of Writers
• Saturday, 12 pm: A Rose by Any Other Name
• Sunday, 11 am: To Market, To Market

If you missed it in my previous post, the new anthology Heroes will be available at Origins as well. It is going to be an amazing book and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

If you are Origins bound as well, make sure you swing by and say hi!
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