Monday, January 31, 2011

Book Reviews

It's always nice to hear what anyone thinks of your work--whether it be good or bad--as long as it is sincere and intelligent. This week my first novel The Scientific Method (a Wandering Koala tale) received another positive review from someone that does this a lot. You can read the review here: He makes a lot of good points including "The story itself is intelligently laid out, managing to avoid the pitfall of appearing patronizing and dumbing down which so often plagues the YA market." and "the fact that the book managed to grab my attention until the end does go towards showing the quality of the prose."

This is in stark contrast to the reviews my work receives at Barnes & Noble that consist of either one word reviews "Weird" or "Geek meets user" or short sentences that make me wonder if the reader is mentally sound such as one person complaining that my short story was only 27 pages long. It's a short story--27 pages is perfectly normal. Are you? (I wish I could respond to such odd criticisms in person, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't do any good. They honestly don't care.)

I use to keep my work to myself and not share for fear of what others may say, but after a couple years of art school at Ricks College and working as a professional writer and designer for 8 years, other people's opinions don't bother me so much. I'm actually much more interested in their response and honest views of my work. It's helped me do a better job communicating, and that's the point of words and pictures anyway.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Conclusion!

Part 3 of Wandering Koala meets the Beast who came for Christmas is finally available! Here is the cover with a gorgeous image of Alpine Fall's local church.

As with the rest of the series, the backgrounds are a combination of Google SketchUp 7 and Corel Painter X and the characters are all drawn and colored in Corel Painter X.

My next project is something I've been wanting to do for years, and have tried, but this time I think I've finally figured it out. Check back often to learn more!