Thursday, May 16, 2013

Grabbing a Bite to Eat

In The World of Rigel Chase: Rise of the Shaper, Rigel explores the planet Fardarean, a world he created in his own mind and drew pieces of, including the Whimshade Forest. What does Rigel find? From Page 52, he makes a discovery about the trees in the town of Fallow Springs and shares it with Kio, his guide:
"A familiar scent seized his nostrils, turning Rigel’s head to the right. He spotted a tree, ringed by a wo...oden walk, off to the right-hand side. At first, Rigel thought streamers were hung from its branches, with rocks lodged in its branches, but then he noticed people climbing up its branches and literally slurping the streamers off the branches. Rigel sniffed. He recognized the scent.

Spaghetti and meatballs! It was a spaghetti and meatball tree.

Suddenly, it all came back to him. He had made up food trees for the Whimshade Forest. As if that bit of knowledge opened his eyes, Rigel could then point out the many trees of Fallow Springs that grew food. Some produced loaves of bread. Then Rigel observed a pair of trees that dangled candy canes from their branches. Later, Rigel spied others that sprang slabs of meat.

“I wonder if those meat trees actually grow vegetable burgers,” Kio said with a laugh.

Some people that have read ROTS told me they love that food grows on trees on Rigel's planet. This must be a common wish among people!

Monday, December 31, 2012

ROTS now available on Nook

This is old news if you have already been looking in the right-hand sidebar, but I've made The World of Rigel Chase: Rise of the Shaper available in Nook format:

It's priced for $0.99.

Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - A Quick Review

Well, I just got back from seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Initial thoughts: I thought that movie was very good. It might be a tad more cluttered than it should be, but I haven't seen parts two and three yet, so I don't know how it will all pay-off. In particular, I thought the Thorin-Orc King arc felt unnecessary, but without parts two and three, I don't know how it's expected to pay off.

My favorite parts included: Radagast the Brown, the opening with the dwarves' kingdom, Bilbo and Gollum, many of the Thorin Oakenshield and Balin scenes, the dwarves singing "what Bilbo Baggins hates" and the battle with the Goblins.

Unlike Lord of the Rings, I actually have read The Hobbit several times, so I noticed the changes from book to screen more. Some of them were quite interesting. One of them involved how Bilbo leaves his home to go join the dwarves' party. In the book, Bilbo is hurried out of his home by Gandalf, while in the movie the choice is really more up to him. It does have the effect of making Bilbo more proactive, and I liked that.

I've noticed this movie seems to be taking a hit critically, which is a shame. It's enjoyable, and it didn't feel like it dragged despite running for 2 hours and 46 min. 

In all, I give it an A-.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kindle Fixed!

Great news! I was able to get those paragraph issues resolved, and ROTS now works on the older formats as well as the new ones.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Good News/Bad News About ROTS on Kindle

Good news: The World of Rigel Chase: Rise of the Shaper has been converted to a Kindle format and is available on

Even better news: ROTS is on sale for the low price of...$0.99.

Yep, 321 pages worth of fantasy for the price of...ummm...I don't think you can get anything else for 99 cents, can you?

Now for the not-so-good news. Unfortunately,'s converting software is causing the file to have a few glitches on older Kindle devices. I've tested my file out and it works fine for the newer Kindles like the Fire versions. However, for the older Kindle devices and the ipad and iphones, none of the paragraphs are indented. The bug has been reported, but I don't know when Amazon will update its software.

Bottom line, if you have a newer Kindle, ROTS will look great. If it's an older version, you won't have indented paragraphs. So for the moment, I currently recommend ROTS only if you have newer devices. I'll try to get this problem fixed ASAP.

Finally, Smashwords and Nook versions are in the works. I'll update when those are ready.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pardon the Sawdust

If this is the only post you've read on this blog, chances are you're reading this as this blog is under construction. Still working on getting this place fully operational (to use a Star Wars term), but hopefully it won't be too long before I will be posting in earnest.