Jeff's Blog

Jeff’s Blog

Sept 11th

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 @ 11:52 am | Comments Off

Today is the anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks. My wife and I talked this morning about how much was different now than then. Six years ago, I took a commuter train from Livermore to the Bay Area. I didn't have a cell phone, only a pager, and my wife sent... Read More

The Gauntlet

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 @ 12:36 pm | Comments Off

This month (August) is going to be focused on editing the final manuscript of Wretched and getting things ready to submit to an agent. I bought a copy of the 2007 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market and went through it the other night looking for agents. I'm going to start... Read More

Elfstones of Shannara movie

Thursday, June 7th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm | Comments Off

I heard in the news yesterday that my favorite book of all-time (Terry Brooks' Elfstones of Shannara) will be made into a movie. I am very excited about the possibility, and also a wee bit nervous. You never know what Hollywood is going to do to a film until you... Read More

Marble Valley School

Friday, May 18th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm | Comments Off

I just got back from El Dorado Hills where I met the folks at Marble Valley School. I was invited over for an author's conference and talked about the process of writing, publishing, and success at writing. If any of the kids from there wander by my website - just... Read More

Home stretch

Friday, May 4th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm | Comments Off

I think I'm down to the home stretch on Muirwood - another 5-6 chapters and it should be finished. As I was writing a chapter this weekend, the convergence of the scene really prompted me to accelerate to the ending. It felt like the pacing, the build-up, was finally coming... Read More


Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm | 2Comments

Had to write the Epilogue for Deep Magic yesterday. We managed to raise close to $1000 in less than 10 days, but it just wasn't enough. I looked at our downloads and we had nearly 500 in the first week. That is very good, so it's not that the message... Read More

The end of Deep Magic?

Thursday, June 1st, 2006 @ 12:48 pm | Comments Off

It's the first of June and I feel like it's the end of an era. We announced that we will probably shut down Deep Magic in our June issue. This e-zine has been a labor of love for over 4 years now. I have learned so much about the publishing... Read More

YA market

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm | Comments Off

I have been kicking around for the better part of a year the thought of writing a fantasy novel targeted for the YA market. Maybe it was seeing Chris Paolini's success with Eragon or also my love of the Harry Potter novels. My own first brush with the genre started... Read More

Caspar David Friedrich

Monday, May 8th, 2006 @ 11:39 am | Comments Off

Caspar_David_Friedrich_028.jpg Caspar David Friedrich was a Germany romantic painter from the 19th century. In high school, I had a paperback copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula and it featured one of Friedrich's famous paintings on the cover... Read More

In the beginning…

Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 3:28 pm | Comments Off

How does one start a blog? I don't know the answer to that, so I'll just start here, at the beginning. I'm testing out this blog software (WordPress) and just created my first page, the 'About' page to talk about IDUMEA and what it means. I don't know how often I'll be... Read More