I thought I would do my bit by featuring Allen’s art on my #Art of Fantasy series to spread the word about the Gate of Fire project, but I can tell you now, if you see what he does, you’ll realise quickly enough that this man’s talent speaks for itself. Far louder, in fact, than what I could hope to achieve with my words. So consider my post a gentle nudge in the right direction. Just make sure you’ve a tight hold on your sanity before you dig in.
You can see the rest of Allen's art here.
I accidentally wrote a short story called Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones. Date of release is set for 1 December 2014. This tale is a bit different to my usual genres of fantasy and the supernatural. It’s about bullying and about how it feels to be bullied.
The plot description is pretty succinct:
A tale about a boy and his dog, about bullies and soggy soup bones, and about finding courage in the unlikeliest of places.
The cover was designed by James aka Humble Nations at GoOnWrite.com:
Although the story is purely fictional I do have memories of being bullied. These are not comfortable memories. And yet they are tolerable because of time and age, and because I dealt with the bullies at the time. I didn’t always win, but neither did they escape unscathed. Yet, I still remember the fear. A palpable fear that is both pervasive and unrelenting, even when you do stand up for yourself. This is a story about finding courage despite that fear.
I've tried to capture that emotional turmoil honestly without glamorizing it or making it sound easy. I hope I succeeded in doing so.
Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones is available for pre-order at Amazon. And for a measly buck it's almost a giveaway.
I really hope you enjoy it.