The Benefits of Summer School – An “In The Trenches” Perspective

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This last week, as I wrapped up another summer school program with my local school district, I sat down and reflected on the difference it makes for my underprivileged students.

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First time with Paper Mache!

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New edition of Brass Legionnaire coming!

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Hi all,

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Where it all began

If you’ve read the title, than you know what this is about! Edition 2.0 of Brass Legionnaire is on the way! Don’t know what that is?! Check it out for only 99 cents on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords!

I wanted to share this because it’s a big step for me to go back and make some subtle tweaks and changes to Brass Legionnaire, improving the overall experience and adding small additional sentences, scenes, and such here and there. It’s not a major change, more a refinement. If you have the digital version of Brass Legionnaire, it should update automatically (within the next month).

I’ll also be excited to share the cover art for the Last Gladiator in the next few weeks.

Until then – Ciao!

Diversity in Steampunk – Building more Realistic Worlds

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Hi all!

Today I’m going to talk about diversity in steampunk and alternate history novels – specifically what I’m planning to do to build some more realism and diversity into my own world. Read on to find out more.

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New Novella in the works – The Last Gladiator

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I wanted to share the first page excerpt from my latest novella, the Last Gladiator. Focusing on a much smaller part of the world, it details the story of Master Ilyensio Horatio, master of the Ludus Magnus, one of the last training compounds for human gladiators in an era when the mechagladiators are about to dominate the colliseum. C&C always appreciated, let me know what you think! The goal for this is roughly 10-12,000 words, as I’d love to start getting some more novellas out this year and next with the eventual goal of creating that print anthology to accompany the Steam Empire Chronicle series.

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Equity In Excellence in Education Certificate (And Review!)

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I’ve updated my Educational Consulting section of the website to include my latest educational achievement – an Equity in Excellence in Education (EEE) Certificate from McDaniel College.

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Book Signing – September 14th at Maryland Renaissance Festival!

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I’m excited to share big news! I’ve been able to secure my first ever book signing at Page After Page – the bookstore at the Maryland Renaissance festival – on Saturday September 14th, 2019. https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p200x200/38901799_1524838824329348_5684076907709071360_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_oc=AQk9PbHBvnsmlxkR1KgLdSiydpkIEOdM0eDOB2UCxAAL_hnDbJRhlohnN2KXsLDBP9c&_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&oh=8c64e90a1ea93e627b2b6c4b148d7884&oe=5D7DA12B

After reaching out to the owners (Thanks to my friend Karla and fiancee Sabrina for making it happen!), I was fortunate to be offered the chance to sign some of my books! So if you’re in the Delmarva Area and want your book signed (or want to buy a book there and get it signed) I’ll be around from 11-5 (give or take however long it takes me to go get a giant turkey leg to nibble upon.).

I’ll also be excited to reveal the new paperback edition of Laurel Emperor, which will hopefully go on sale the same day! Talk about big news!

Book Signing Perhaps?

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Hi everyone!

Exciting news is in the works as I have my first book signing event in progress. I’ll release more details later, but it’s an exciting moment for me!

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The last time there were signed books.

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Tired

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Tired

By D. Ottalini

Tiredness is the smell of morning coffee / Alertness is the feel of warm sheets.  / We’d all come to find that life is lovely / If we spent a moment to actually live life / To breathe / to feel / to wonder / to marvel / to let go / to murmur when others yell / and scream when no one hears but the frigid night / We’d all find life is lovely  if only we bothered to live it

at all.

 

Have you turned off your Internet today?

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Howdy folks,

I wanted to talk briefly today about something I think we could all use.

A day / week / month without internet.

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Gunslinger D&D Character – First Time Creation & Background Writing

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Never thought I’d be a D&D player, but here we are. Image result for gunslinger

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