Thanks to Allison Hurtado for the awesome article for Ahwatukee Foothills news! If you’re curious about my personal thoughts on Violet Star, or just tidbits on writing in general, I’d recommend giving it a read! 🙂
A Novel Idea
I do it for the Title
A SOTM (spur of the moment) poem by J. Oliver Madison
I don’t write for fortune or fame,
Or even to be an idol,
I do it for one reason.
And that’s to receive the title.
The status of an author is all I wish to claim.
This chapter of my life is enlightening, but frightening all the same.
Art canvases leave me drawing a blank, and following sports has never been my goal.
My niche is plotting out my stories, trying never to leave a hole.
If you can read right through me, or enjoy tales for every age,
Enter inside my mind.
We may be on the same page.
Don’t be a character,
Just take a look.
The art on the Fan Page is looking great so far! It’s always a thrill to see a character of your own creation come to life through the talents of others. Keep up the awesome work guys! 🙂
(I think I botched downloading one of them, and ended up making the picture size a little small. If the artist wants to resubmit a larger file, feel free! The shading and detail on it looks amazing!)
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on two writing projects. The first drafts for both are complete, but these take a while to get edited, polished, and put in front of readers’ eyes.
The first draft I finished is for an illustrated children’s book. It’s a rhyming story inspired by Dr. Seuss, following four house pets that just can’t seem to get along with each other. I’ll post a little of the story The Ruse of Minxy The Siamese Cat: A Rhyming Tale of Deception next week! I had a lot of fun writing this one.
The second draft I finished is for the second installment of the ninja series The Karma Chronicles: Sapphire Moon. The book will take place a year after the events of Violet Star, following Carmella in her junior year of high school as she takes on greater missions and even greater foes. There’re old friends, new faces, and enemies from the past that will stop at nothing to see to it that their heinous plans come into fruition. This story is far bigger than the first, and I’m excited to share it with you all! If I had to give a realistic date for release, I would say that February 2016 would be a safe bet. I’ll keep my ninjas posted should anything change. The words ringing in Karma’s ears this time around are ‘Beware the Arms of God’.
Cryptic, huh? Be sure to read all about it later on in Sapphire Moon!
It was truly a blast to see so many creative writing students passionate about their craft at my alma mater. The students of Mrs. Austin’s class are definitely on the right track when it comes to the art of storytelling. Their outlines for their big writing projects are due on Monday. Exciting stuff! I wish them the best in their writing ventures and really hope to read their stories someday in the near future. They asked some of the best and in depth questions I’ve heard yet. Many thanks to the amazing students—especially Cameron who set up the event, and Ms. Zahara, who substituted for Mrs. Austin. You all made me feel so welcomed! Visiting Mountain Pointe again felt both nostalgic and rewarding.
One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. —Carl Sagan
Reading is a blessing. There is no substitute for the inspiration and knowledge that literature can offer. I see it as a form of communication, a way for an individual to convey their thoughts, lives, and imagination from one person to another. Unlike a conversation, books have the power to transcend space and time. They can reach people all across the world at the reader’s convenience. Books can be read countless generations later, even after the author has passed. No matter what shape or form literature takes, it is a gift.
Last Friday was an absolute blessing for me. To visit San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center and share my passion for reading and writing with the youth was a touching experience.
The young men had the opportunity to participate as well, reading poems, stories, and passages from novels. I enjoyed hearing classics like Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and watching other visitors put such enthusiasm in their speeches and storytelling. At the end of the day, it was a treat to see the fascination that sparked from everyone’s love of literature and the power of knowledge it brings that bridges the community.
I recommend that anyone who is willing, and has the opportunity to share in this gift, do so.
Reading is knowledge. And knowledge is power.
Jane Guttman, the amazing librarian and role model who organized the whole event!
Thanks to all of the staff of the probation department and volunteer readers who decided to take time out of their busy schedules to aid in enriching the lives of our youth with literature. Among the many volunteers were the library staff, the District Attorney, the Mayor of San Bernadino City, and many, many, others!
Had a blast at Adelanto High School last Thursday in Cali! The junior English students were awesome and had a lot of great questions regarding writing, perseverance, and sources of inspiration. A lot of them have similar tastes in TV shows and movies too. Go Death the Kid!
Many of the students are also avid writers. I look forward to hearing more about their stories and maybe even getting a sneak peek at an early draft later on down the road!
Interested in getting a free Violet Star bookmark? Easy!
Step 1: Post a pic of yourself with a copy of Violet Star (E-book or print hard copy), OR a pic of yourself with something related to the story to my Facebook, Twitter, or this website. It’s that easy! 🙂
Step 2: Send me a private message or email with your mailing address.
Step 3: Enjoy your snazzy new bookmark!
NOTE* Bookmarks should arrive in the mail within 2 weeks of pic submission. And if you want, I can sign yours if requested!
This will go on till April 1, 2015!
On March 6, 2015 I’ll be at Centennial Middle School for Reading Week. Catch me in the classroom, reading Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! in honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. I’m looking forward to visiting my old stomping grounds and feeling like a giant for once!