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Monday, November 16, 2015

Review of "The Owl from Oblivion"

Here is a review of Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion" from Red City Reviews. You can either click on the picture below and zoom it up or follow the LINK by clicking here.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Syon's Anxiety About Reality

Syon's #Imagination #OE increases his #anxiety. And Syon has a lot to be anxious about. He is wrenched from his magical, supernatural life and thrown into a life on the reality timeline where his alcoholic father beats him. His mind has lot of reasons to have dark thoughts. #scifi #HarryPotter #gifted #talented 

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Red City Review of Book #1

Here is the Red City Review for book #1. I have posted it in image form so click the image to enlarge it for easy reading. There is also a link after the image which you can click and read the review directly on their site.

Monday, August 31, 2015

"The Owl from Oblivion" Book Giveaway

This #book #giveaway runs until Sept. 14th, midnight Pacific time US or until all books (at least two, maybe more) have been given away. I am giving away the signed hardcover version of "The Owl from Oblivion". Even though this book is marked as the 5th book in a series, the book can be read without having read the previous books of the series. To read a description of the book, click here. To enter, use the contact form to the right to tell me you want the book. I will send you an email and if you respond, you will be a winner. As soon as I declare you a winner, the book will be shipped to you. I request that winners review the book on This contest is for the US and I will award one UK winner, if one applies.

This book is somewhat dark and intense so sensitive readers might want to give it a pass. You can click here to read a 6 chapter sample of the book (PDF format). If you would like to read a catalog of all the Children of Sophista Imprint of books, click here

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Strategic Crossroads

I'm asking myself right now where to go in terms of writing and the Children of Sophista Book Series. One of the goals I had early in the development of the series was to provide a bit of empathy for the difficulties of being a kid that is ‪#‎gifted‬ and ‪#‎talented‬ and to promote a bit of understanding between those inside and outside that community. A ‪#‎scifi‬ / ‪#‎fantasy‬ platform can be an excellent way to do that in that an entertaining story can be illustrative without pontificating in a boring way. I really haven't seen much of any support coming back from that community, and I wonder if I have made a tragic mistake and should have mainstreamed my writing to reach more people. To me, it would be a lot more boring to write mainstream stuff but sitting in the doldrums is not very fun either. So feel free to comment while I climb to the top of a tree to take my bearings on what should be done next. ‪#‎gtchat‬ ‪#‎OE

Friday, August 14, 2015

Why Syon's Realistic But Terrible Life: Character Origin

In “The Owl from Oblivion”, I broach a number of difficult subjects that may make a few “polishers” of gifted students wonder why I would want to put such details into a book potentially read by gifted tweens and teens. One instance, in which the highly gifted character, Syon, is repeatedly brutalized by alcoholic parents, might shock some sensitive individuals. So why include it?

I took a journey discovering giftedness, specifically 2e giftedness, a few years ago. As part of that journey, I spent a few months as guest on an underground bulletin board for gifted teens. One thing I immediately noticed was how terrible life was for these gifted teens who were totally unknown in terms of giftedness by any school or gifted organization. Their life was bad not because of the stereotypical “not having enough challenging work”. They had that bit of trivia (for them) covered by loading a challenging problem into their minds before school to mentally work on during the school day. 

The problems they had ranged from parents who didn’t want to acknowledge giftedness (even their own) and thus tried to persuade them that they were not gifted to more dire situations, such as a divorced dad telling his son that his son’s “weirdness” was chasing away the dad’s girlfriends. After a few months, I decided to move away from that bulletin board, because the problems were too intense for me. One thing I did gain was an appreciation of gifted teens coming together to help fellow gifted teens who were suffering under more severe problems. In many ways, this formed the core of the narrative that I used with the character Syon in that though Syon was abused, his friends and some of their adult friends joined to help him escape his situation. Though Syon is a fictionalized rendering of a life that is hopefully more extreme than anyone really experiences, even through the science fiction tale and setting, some bits of his life ring true with reality. In a sense, Syon is the speaker for the gifted tween and teen who is undiscovered, living below the radar in a terrible situation.