My First Book Giveaway!

16 11 2011

Ladies and gents!  Something exciting happened today.  I got a digital copy of Stephen King’s new title, 11/22/63.  I have not read the book myself, but I hear it’s great, with a 4.42/5 stars from Goodreads and a 4/5 from Amazon ratings.  This time travel novel sends a school teacher to stop the assassination (in the past, mind you) of JFK.  (You can read the official summary here.)

Want it?  Here’s how to get it: Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding the Heart

20 07 2011

‘Lo everyone!  If you keep up with my blog you’ve probably noticed the back and forth talk of my plans and schemes for future posts and features.  I won’t try to hide it, I don’t know exactly what I’m doing here.  I have many things I want to do, but what is it I need to do with this place?

Find the heart.  In trying to build my author platform, I’ve lost focus and gone all over the place with Wyvern’s Peak.  Just as we writers have to find our focus after a bout of writer’s block, I need to step back and remember what I started this blog for.

That said, I’ll try to keep from saying what I’m going to do for now, and instead I’ll just do what posts come to mind (or heart), if any at all.  Don’t expect a lot from me, I’m hard at work on two different series of books and hoping-praying-wishing-pushing for one of those books to be released later this year…which means lots of time spent writing, and less time on here.

However, I did promise a monster two weeks ago!  And I only got one vote, but that vote (from my Irish blooded dad!) won.  So here’s this week’s pencil sketched monster:  The drunken leprechaun! Read the rest of this entry »





The Removal Team, #FictionFriday

13 05 2011

Well, finally I’m releasing a short story.  This one actually was inspired by Write Anything group’s Fiction Friday challenge.  (Challenge #207 to be exact.)  I love the concept of a weekly writing contest for the community to gather around, so if you’d like to try it out yourself, go here and see what’s coming up next as well as the Fiction Friday rules.

But I digress.  Here’s my entry for this week.  Please excuse any rough patches–one of Fiction Friday’s rules is to not edit.  A rule I actually appreciated.

Hope you enjoy!

 

The Removal Team

Ignavius Dom was not a bad man, but he did not have any remarkable qualities, either.  Perhaps that’s what ruined him in the end. Read the rest of this entry »





Site Updates

5 05 2011

Happy Sink of Mayo Day!  Honestly, I don’t get this holiday–I don’t even like mayo–but if you’re going to have a strange day, it might as well be a happy one.

Today’s post is boring.  Sorry.  If it’s any consolation, it is the exciting type of boring.

I bring tidings of two new site updates.  The first is that I’ll be posting sketches more frequently, as well as a few short stories–if I can ever finish editing them.  Either way, expect at lease to see pictorial monsters and character drawings more often.

Doodle Monster doesn't like mayo either.

Secondly, I’ve added a button to the menu.  If you look towards the right side, you’ll see it:  Off My Onion.  Off My Onion is my Tumblr blog, completely devoted to and celebrating interesting things, curiosities, and madness.  Because we all need a little madness to work with.

(Also!  Off My Onion is home to my Word of the Day feature, which you’ll have seen on my Twitter feed.  Check ever day at 10 am for a new, weird word to add to your vocabulary.)

Happy sink filling, folks!  Seeya.





Current Reading(s)

2 03 2011

I recently finished reading Crush It–written by Wine Guy, Gary Vaynerchuk–and have just started to read Evil Plans–from cartoonist Hugh MacLeod.

Sorry, @DougMcGannon, I’m stealing your reading list.  Consider it a compliment.

Both books are great reads.  They’re informative, often humorous, and, most importantly in our day and age, they read easy.

What really struck me, though, is how similar they are.  Both books are focused on living the life you want to live–doing what you love to find success and happiness.  Both Vaynerchuk and MacLeod are heavy proponents of social media, and essentially tell you how to live out your passion using Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and a few other key social media staples to build your “personal brand.”  (A very important subject, by the way.)

The difference, then?  While both authors have frank and humorous personalities, Vaynerchuk seems to have a more “professional” approach to creating your brand.  Not a bad thing.  He loves business development–or biz dev, as he lovingly refers–and it shows throughout the book.  Still, as an artist and writer I had trouble relating to some of his more business minded approaches to living your life’s passion.

Hugh Macleod, on the other hand, is a ball of creative energy.  As a cartoonist, he’s just the thing for other creative minds, liberally sprinkling his cartoons, seemingly at random.  I haven’t finished the book yet, but already MacLeod’s Evil Plans seems to answer the blank spaces left by Crush It–although there were ony few blank spaces, I assure you.

Sound interested?  Wondering which book you should read?  Read both.

These are two important books by two people who have lived it–are still living it.  If you want to live your passion, read as much from the people who have done the same.  Crush It and Evil Plans are essentially the same, but they complement each other greatly, and if you missed anything in one book you’ll probably find it in the other.  And for those of you who–like me–think yourselves artists and writers, we do have to become business people as well, something we can learn from both authors.

Besides, you’ll like listening to their voices, and I think you’ll quickly buy into their personal brands.

For more of these two great thinkers, you can find Gary Vaynerchuk and Hugh MacLeodon Twitter.





Look Ma, New Car!

25 02 2011

Wow, have I been out long.  Forgive the absence!  It’s been well spent, I assure you, doing some good reading on social marketing.  So I’m pleased to tell you that I have not one but two shiny new websites coming to you all very soon, as well as some great new reading material.

The last few weeks have been very interesting and have led me to make a couple big decisions on where exactly my journey is headed.  I invite you to stay tuned and travel with me as I go along.  I plan on having my sites up within the next two weeks, but until then be sure to check out some my Facebook fan pages, as well as the new company Twitter account.  I’ll warn you, they’re all brand spanking new and don’t have a lot of content yet, but it’s coming.

Fan me on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/C-Michael-McGannon/166420130042711

Fan Wyvern’s Peak Pub. at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Wyverns-Peak/132181313517525

Follow Wyvern’s Peak Pub. on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/wyvernspeak

And if you aren’t already, follow me at: http://twitter.com/michaelmcgannon