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Thaddeus (or Ted) is the author of the Heirs of Cothel fantasy series, which includes Mother’s Curse,  Daughter’s Justice, Daughter’s Revenge, Daughter’s Search, and Father’s Legacy.

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#Minimalism2017 Challenge

As of 11 Apr 2017, well behind schedule, having eliminated 374 of 2017 items.

Book trailers

The trailer of Daughter’s Justice, book two in the series:

 

Below are some recent blog posts:

Gaming and Writing

Gaming and Writing

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming DiceI’ve played D&D for years, starting back when it was not the popular thing to do. I’ve always found it a very pleasant pastime and a good way to express creativity. Sure, there are rules (more guidelines really) and getting a handle on the complexities of the system can be daunting, but if you are a creative type, it is definitely worth giving gaming a chance.

So, you may be asking, what does gaming have to do with writing? Well, for many, when you play D&D, you are telling a story. Sure, there are stats and numbers and random dice rolls to make decisions, but for most, it is less about the stats and more about the adventure that unfolds.

The Dungeon Master

For most of my gaming life, I have been the Dungeon Master (or DM). For those not familiar with D&D, this is the person who acts somewhat as a narrator that sets the scenes and guides the players on their journeys as well as an arbitrator of the rules. However, the best DMs ignore the rules (or dice rolls) when doing so tells a better story. After all, the DM’s goal is not to kill the players, but to challenge them and help them create an interesting experience.

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Planet Comicon, here I come

Planet Comicon

Heirs of Cothel Series CoversPlanet Comicon starts on Friday and I have to say I am really excited! It is the first big event I am doing this year and I have missed hanging out with the crowd of very talented authors, artists, creators, and cosplayers. In all, just a really great group of people to spend time with.

This year they have many wonderful actors and celebrities attending and I am jealous of those who will have a chance to meet them all (I, of course, will be mostly behind my table).

This year I have new maps to go along with the books and I really hope everyone will love them as much as I do. I learned a lot in creating them and will definitely be doing more of the old world style maps. In you are interested in them, I am offering a bundle deal.

Map of CothelMap of the Sea of Tet

My table is in the Artist Alley area, number 2340, stop by and see me!

In high school, my wife divorced her husband when…

Telling Lies

dishesLast week I told some people the story of when my wife was in high school and she divorced her husband because he refused to buy her a dishwasher. I enjoy watching people react to that leading line, and the best part is, my statement is completely true.

However, as in life, characters in stories don’t have to be truthful. They can be deceitful and manipulative and try and influence people to do what they want, or react in a certain way, as I had intended by my high school divorce statement. In fact, a story is often better when it includes that kind of behavior because telling lies mirrors real life. Unfortunately, this aspect of storytelling is too often overlooked.

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