The First 33 Grams of Blog Contest

Revis is offering up a chance to win a copy of The Erratic Sun with his famous signature on it. Head over to his page and play along in the contest!

33 Grams of Blog

Way back in December of 2014, over at The Matticus Kingdom, I put out a call for people to write a post about who they thought was fiction’s greatest archer and why. I thought it would be a fun debate.

It was a spectacular failure.

Other than Matticus and myself, only one other person wrote a post (shoutout to desertskys for being so awesome! ). While many people left their choices in the comments, I was wanting people to do actual posts. The comments told me the ‘who’. I wanted the ‘why’.

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The Erratic Sun – Contest the Second

Starting with a bit of housekeeping, the winner of the first contest is…


Congratulations.  I’ll be in touch… eventually.  Probably after all of the contests are done so I only have to go to the post office once.  Running errands is hard in the toddlerocracy.

For those of you interested in how she was selected, I used the Excel Randbetween function after I placed all 25 participants in order by the date/time they made their comment here on WordPress or over on Facebook.

And now, onto the second contest to win a signed copy of The Erratic Sun, written by myself and the amazing Revis, and with cover art by the wonderful Daydreams:

The Erratic Sun - Cover

Here is a snippet from page 42 (because 42):

“‘It’s been a helluva run, and I’m not ready for it to end.  We are going to get through this.’  With that, the Captain left the cockpit to head back down to the engine room and see what miracle Gillian had come up with.”

All you have to do to win a signed copy of this amazing book is guess how many total words are on page 42.  Leave your guesses in the comments and the participant who comes the closest wins.  It’s just that easy.  Good luck!


Can’t handle the pressure?  You can always just buy a paperback copy here or a digital copy here.



The Erratic Sun – Contest the first

The Erratic Sun - Cover
It’s just so beautiful: #TheErraticSun

So, I happen to have (not yet, really, but I will because I’ve already ordered them) a bunch of extra copies of The Erratic Sun…  They are just waiting to be signed and mailed to the winners of the various contests I’m going to host in the coming days.

I’m going to start simple.  If you want a signed copy, leave a comment (hopefully promising to also leave a review once you’ve finished reading) and before I post the next contest I will use a random number generator to pick the winning comment.  w

That’s simple enough, right?  Leave a comment and you could be the winner.

And, if I haven’t already made it abundantly clear, the winner gets:  a signed copy of The Erratic Sun, written by Revis and myself, and with cover art by the talented J.

Who wouldn’t want that?  Heck, I helped write the book and I want a signed copy of it!!

So, what are you waiting for?  Leave a comment already!

Hero of the Lance

Revis put out a request for us to argue for Fiction’s Greatest Archer, and finally determine who is the best of the best with a bow and arrow.  What follows is my rambling argument for the character I believe to be the winner in this contest.  And, it isn’t too late to submit your own entry if you disagree with my choice.


How do we define “greatest?”  And what makes someone an “archer?”

It would be easy to spout off names that exemplify great archers: Robin Hood, William Tell, Hawkeye, Green Arrow, etc…  I’d say with the divorce rate at its current percentage, perhaps Cupid is no longer as great an archer as he used to be.  Right?  Anyway, the point is that our legends are full of people who knew how to knock an arrow and fire it straight and true to great effect.

Perhaps, then, we could argue that being a great archer isn’t really all that great on its own?  So, shall we delve deeper into these characters to see what makes them each stand out more than others of the same skill?

Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, while tormenting an evil sheriff and thwarting the nefarious plots of a prince.  Hawkeye and Green Arrow are nearly peerless in their shooting abilities and have saved countless lives while stopping the efforts of villains the world over.  I’d argue that their efforts in saving the world should place them higher on the list than Robin Hood, and I’m sure you’d agree.

However, neither of them are the greatest fictional archer.

Tanis Half-Elven, of Krynn, gets that distinction.  Not only is he an exceptional archer, not only did he use his skills to help save his world, but he also took on the leadership role in the small group of heroes that led the efforts to overthrow the dark forces swallowing their world, and he helped bring the knowledge of the true gods back to the people at the same time, while also learning to excel with several different weapons besides his favored bow.

He fought dragons.  He faced the Queen of Darkness.  He inspired courage when all hope seemed to be lost.  He did so humbly, reluctant to be leading others, reluctant to be seen as a hero.  But, he was a hero through his actions and his willingness to sacrifice everything for his friends and loved ones in the pursuit of justice, fairness, righteousness, and in the end, he gave his life in those very endeavors.

If Green Arrow or Hawkeye ever give their lives in their battles against evil, then perhaps they could then be considered alongside Tanis as the greatest fictional archer, but until that time, Tanis stands alone.

Not entirely alone… I have no doubt a certain Kender has found a way to keep his friend company…

If you like any of the fantasy I write here in the Kingdom, and you have not already read the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, perhaps you should.  Those three books (and the rest of the stories involving the characters introduced in those books) are arguably my greatest writing influence.  In other words, if you like my magic stories, you should read these as well.

Winning Stories

As promised, here are the winning entries for the writing contest.  You know, the one I didn’t win.  That’s the way these things go sometimes.  But, don’t worry, I’ll be fine.

bestdog makeoverdogI was tempted to close comments on this post…  But, curiosity is going to get the better of me, as is its way.  I would appreciate any honest feedback you have on my piece:  After reading the winning submissions, can you see something in my story I could have improved upon?  Something that might have turned the judges off?  Anything you can provide to help me with my writing?