**Winner of part one of the first Violet Star Art Contest is Nikki M.! The contest was to cosplay as one of the characters from the Karma Chronicles. Nikki sported her best stylish ninja gi and rocked Karma’s trademark violet bang. Talk about one fierce-looking ninja! She really captured the perfect balance of Karma’s playful, yet deadly attitude!. Congrats, Nikki! You make the Ninja Clan proud. Your Amazon gift card and signed copy of Violet Star should already be in the mail and reaching you soon.**
Winner of the first Violet Star Art Contest is “T. Rex” Davidson! The theme for this contest was “Battle”. T. Rex drew and inked a comic strip depicting Karma battling against a tough and brute thug in the underbellies of Blyton City. I have to say, I’m a fan of the dynamic poses and color palate. Congratulations T. Rex! You make the Ninja Clan very proud. Your Amazon gift card and signed copy of Violet Star should already be in the mail and reaching you soon.
Keep posted for future challenges and contests, Ninjas!
Hey guys, there are new links on the website’s menu to some of my short stories and poetry. The pages just went up today and there will be a lot more content on both as I continue to update them. For now, most are from my earlier work. They can get pretty dark at times, so if you’re into that, be sure to give them a read! 😉
Hey Ninjas! It’s time for the very first Karma Chronicles Contest! Actually, the first TWO Contests! There’s two different challenges I conjured up.
The first challenge will be to cosplay as one of the following five characters in Violet Star. For those that don’t know what cosplay is, it means to dress up and take on the persona of a character.
Here are the characters you can select:
The other event is a character drawing contest. Let’s see your best art skills! The theme for this contest is called “Battle”. Show me at least two Violet Star characters going at it in an epic showdown in any art style for a chance to win!
So, what are the prizes, you ask?
First place for the Cosplay Challenge receives a $50 gift card to Amazon and a signed copy of Violet Star. In the event that a group wins, each member will be awarded a $50 gift card for Amazon.
I’ll arrange something for any runner-ups and honorable mentions too!
First place for the Battling Character Art Contest is a $25 Amazon gift card and a bookmark.
You can submit your pictures and digital files in the Form Submission, or email them as an attachment to jolivermadison(at)gmail.com. Also, feel free to email me with any questions.
(Substitute ‘@’ for ‘(at)’.)
Make sure your files are a decent size. Basically, I don’t want them to come in blurry 🙁
The deadline for entering into the contest will be July 31st 2015. Please make sure you include contact information for a chance to win your prize. I look forward to seeing your submissions! Make sure to be creative, and most importantly, have fun! Godspeed, Ninjas! 🙂
I’m glad I had a chance to meet interviewer and YouTube personality, K.Short, for her segment Phoenix Rising. She’s kind, full of positive energy, and has a way of making her interviewees comfortable! She can ask a single question and get an individual to tell their life story in a way they thought they never would. Thanks K.Short! You’re awesome and I’m happy to have had the opportunity of meeting you!
The link to the video containing some of my deeper thoughts, inspiration for writing Violet Star, and overall mentality is in the link below!
Link Here and in the Pic
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!