Thursday, March 31, 2011

Casting the wrong race

From Twitter: GeorgeTakei: Live action of anime classic Akira will use white actors. In related news, remake of Roots to star Mel Gibson. #ShameOnWB

I think this needs to be discussed. How do you feel about race changes in classic films, comics, novels, even video games when they come (again) to the big screen? Is it modernizing for a more multicultural world or desecrating something special? Do you applaud when a member of your race gets inserted and complain if one gets removed? If so, are your motives just?

Did you cheer or groan about a black Nick Fury? Should Akira have a Japanese cast? What if the sex of the character gets changed? Are there any rules we should be following here?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Álfar almost done.

Hey, small group of followers. :-)

I finished Álfar, but after my first bit of feedback, I've decided to tweak the last few chapters. I wrote them in a rush and it shows. But very soon, I'll start looking for representation for it.

So, this blog should become active again, although I may have to move it. Since I'm also doing a lot of things with my computer career that I want to blog about, I don't know if shiraztheauthor is the place for that. But maybe it is. I'll decide soon.

Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said.” - ELMORE LEONARD

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Wow. It's April!

Hey folks,

Looks like I've neglected the blog for a while. Sorry. So what's going on with me? I'm working on a new book. No, it's not DotS 2. A present I'm not allowed to say what's going on with DotS 2 at the request of the creators. They like big secrets. :-p So, what's this new book then?


What's Álfar? It's the original word for Elves. Yep. I'm writing a book about Elves. I've got the opening chapters posted at where it's climbing the charts and getting great reviews. Check it out if you're curious.

Step lightly,

Monday, February 1, 2010

DotS wins Mom's Choice Award!

Today's been a really good day.  After I gave up on this award yesterday I got and email today saying that Defenders of the Scroll is a Mom's Choice Awards Silver recipient in the category of Young Adult – Fantasy, Myths & Legends.

Full details here.  MCA is a big deal for me, so I'm a happy guy now.  I hope the rest of the month is just as exciting. ;-)

DotS makes the top 5!

After 3 months on the site and being bumped out of the top 5 at the end of December, Defenders of the Scroll managed to come in at #4 this month on

Check out the Winner's List

DotS actually fell to #6 twice this month, but both times the inkpop community rallied to get people to vote for it and push it back up.  I'm so grateful to the friends I've made there.

We won't know until around March 5th if HarperCollins will offer a book deal for DotS, but we're past the gatekeepers now.  Let's hope the next month goes well!