Animated FOR

Just a quick note to say “thanks” for all the congratulations, comments, and questions regarding the animated FALL OF REACH adaption.

Please, however, direct all questions about the series to 343i.

I had absolutely nothing to do with this project. I found out like everyone else when 343i made the general announcement.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!


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Waiting for HALO 5

I got more than a dozen requests today that are a variation on: “You know people at 343. Can you please talk to them and get them to turn on my copy of HALO 5 early?”

Short answer: No.

Slightly longer answer: This is highly unlikely as there are servers and/or other infrastructure that has to be turned on to make this happen, and it’s not on, and it won’t get turned on for both reasons technical and the tens of millions of marketing $$ tied to a specific release day … which is not today.

And more of an answer than you wanted: My pull with 343? You’ve got to be kidding. If I sent them an email on your behalf — they’re just as likely to ban you account!

Have patience. Stay strong HALO fans 🙂



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Unsung Hero of the HALO Franchise

It’s only fitting as Blue Team makes it’s reappearance in HALO 5, to remind fans that much credit is due someone who has been largely overlooked and forgotten. In fact, there wouldn’t be a Blue Team at all without this guy.

indexIn 2001, Eric Trautmann was part of the team that brokered the deal to create the first HALO novels. He was also my editor on the project, and for anyone who has seen one of my first drafts this is a true Herculean labor (the one with the stables). Most important, however, there was a point when the novels were ordered killed and Eric T saved them.

I was halfway through our crash dive schedule to get the FALL OF REACH out in seven weeks when Eric T tells me…

Eric T: The powers that be don’t want the novel anymore. They’ve ordered it killed. They don’t want a backstory for the Master Chief. They want him to be a blank so gamers can just fit into the avatar.

Me: (choking on my 18th cup of coffee that morning) What!? (panicking) What do we do? I’m halfway through this #*%&(% thing.

Eric T: (annoyingly calm): Don’t worry about it. Keep writing. I have it covered.

Me: How do you have it ‘covered’? I’ve only got three weeks left!

Eric T: Here, have another cupa coffee. Keep typing…

So Eric T went away, and in what I can only characterize as a cross between UN diplomacy and the bargain Vito Corleone made to get Johnny Fontaine out of his original contract (i.e. he made them a deal they couldn’t refuse), like magic the objections just … vanished.

The rest as they say is history: More than a dozen HALO novels out, and 2 million copies sold by yours truly alone.

So, next time you’re entertained by all the HALO fiction out there, please give respects to Mr. Trautmann, and if you’re in the area visit his and his wife’s amazing store in Olympia. (the best comic/card store on the West Coast in my opinion).


PS: okay , okay — if you really want to hear about Eric T’s Sillian deal in his own words go here: link.  Click the “direct download.” Halo story starts around 17 minutes.

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Scalagari Out in the Wild

I published The Enchanted Knot today on the usual electronic book-selling sites. The print-on-demand version is out too on Createspace, but it’ll take a few days to propagate to the rest of the retail websites.

Here is the entire cover (back blurb included) for your perusal:






I started The Enchanted Knot many years ago as a precursor to the Mortal Coils books—kind of a stepping stone between the saga of the Dreaming families in Pawn’s Dream, and the larger world I was beginning to imagine where many other magic-using families secretly control the world (and, of course, vie for power with one another). There’s more to the story of why this wasn’t published until now … but I’m saving that salacious bit of dirt for the non-fiction book on writing I’ll publish one day 🙂

I hope you like The Enchanted Knot.

I want to thank my family, friends, and fans for their overwhelming support. I couldn’t do this without you.


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Createspace Proof

I got the proof for THE ENCHANTED KNOT last night. Almost perfect.

EK CS COVERTo my eye the printed cover, however, is a tad darker than the electronic version. That’s to be expected I suppose since this is ink on paper rather than pixels and light. Next time I might adjust the gamma by a few percentages. It’s so close, though, that I’m not going to mess with it (and Syne tells me I’m slightly colorblind, anyway).

Other than that, it’s crisply printed on cream-colored (not that dull “recycled” paper colored) pages. Nice heavy paper weight. Tight binding.

Overall equal to, or exceeding, the quality of my “professionally” printed trade paperbacks.



The only downside: a dollar or two more than the trade paperbacks printed in large quantities. This is because these are one-off print jobs, so no bulk discounts.

All that’s left is to give the text a once over—making sure all chapters, pages, and words are accounted for—and then I’ll release the electronic and print-on-demand version next week!

Omertà Senza Famiglia.

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