Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lawyers, Guns and Money

50 people dead in a bar because some bastard with too many anger issues and a belief that his god likes violence as a solution.
The Second Amendment fanatics (They are fanatics. As I have stated before the First Amendment has been altered to take consideration of modern situations out forefathers never considered. The same should happen to the Second Amendment) are already screaming that guns had no part in this latest assault in which 50 people were killed and nearly the same number injured by, wait for it, guns.
Okay. The NRA, bless their desperate, gun-toting hearts, have spent MILLIONS making sure that the right people in the right places vote their way. It's called "lobbying," and unfortunately it's completely legal. Personally, I'd call it bribery, but semantics.
Here's my newest effort at a solution: New solution to a gun problem: You can't outlaw guns? Okay. Tax 'em. Tax the crap out of 'em. Tax them like cigarettes, only worse. They started taxing cigarettes because of the health related issues and the strain on hospitals and healthcare. You want to smoke, you have to pay for the privilege. So do the same to guns, THEN, because it's not guns that kill, it's bullets, a $15.00 per bullet tax. That's for .22 of course. The higher the caliber, the higher the tax. Shotgun shells? Start at 30 and work your way up. Hollow point? triple it. Glazer? Go big. 5 times. Black talons and the like? ten times the charge. I wonder if the NRA could match the revenue increase? Don't pay the tax? Don't get the bullet. Making your own bullets? cool. Tax the crap out of black powder and gun powder. 
Somebody else suggested a severe insurance boost. You have a gun? Cool. Your insurance rates should go through the roof unless you have mandatory classes on gun safety, regular assessments at a range and a gun locker that is properly secured and locked. That should be as mandatory as automobile liability insurance. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Court Of The Dead


So I had to get permission to talk about this: I'm exceedingly happy about it. Okay, so I have a story that runs just a little over 20,000 words that I just finished. It's not a normal story. It's for the Court of the Dead. I saw this a while back and kept getting drawn more and more into the side stories, comics, and notes about the brainstorm of Sideshow Collectibles. They normally do extremely cool media tie-ins but this is all new and original and how could i NOT want to be part of this? So I hinted, whined, begged, you know, as writers do, and finally they said I could play in their sandbox. 
When and where the story comes out? No idea yet but I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, take a look at this site and you can join me in the drooling department.




Friday, November 27, 2015

THE SILENT ARMY COVER

So, looks like I can finally share this! This is the cover for book four, THE SILENT ARMY

The Back Cover text reads about like this:

The City of Wonders has been saved by nearly miraculous forces and the Silent Army is risen, ready to defend the Fellein Empire and Empress Nachia at any cost.
 
The power that was hidden in the Mounds is on the move, seeking a final confrontation with the very entities that kept it locked away since the Cataclysm. Andover Lashk has finally come to accept his destiny and prepares to journey back to Fellein. The Sa’ba Taalor continue their domination over each country and people they encounter, but the final conflict is coming: The Great Wave of the Sa’ba Taalor stands to destroy an empire and the Silent Army prepares to stop them in their tracks.
 
Caught in the middle is the Fellein Empire and the people who have gathered together on the final battlefield. The faithful and the godless, the soldiers and killers alike all stand or fall as old gods and new bring their war to a world-changing end. Some struggles are eternal. Some conflicts never cease. The Gods of War are here and they are determined to win.


The cover itself looks like this:




The whole package comes together on May 3rd, and if you look above at the hyperlink it'll take you to Amazon where you pre-order if you are so inclined. 

Keep Smiling, (I am!) Jim


Friday, November 6, 2015