Author: eosmith

A New Year [2016/2017]

A New Year [2016/2017]

Happy (belated) New Year! 2016 was fairly low key on the personal writing front. However, it went amazingly on the business and personal growth side of things. Radiant Crown Publishing has taken off and I couldn’t be happier! Plus, Reiss and Britny have joined Helios Quarterly Magazine’s editorial board quite recently. While there’s many projects to oversee, and emails to sort through, I’m happy to say RCP looks to be heading towards a strong list of titles across the board for its second year.

This year I’m committed to finishing the first draft of my young adult fantasy novel This is Normal. Then, I’ll focus on outlining the first book in the Vanished duology as well as Cicada’s Trap in the Glass Wings series. I’ll be posting character profiles, character snippets, and life tidbits between now and the end of the year. Also, expect some travel photos from my time in Rome, Italy that’s fast approaching (like this coming week)!
– E. O. Smith

Magazines, Oh My!

Magazines, Oh My!

It’s been a really busy month and I’m glad to be closing out July. Helios Quarterly Magazine will be out in September, with EOS (the diversity section) coming to the web around August 15th. I’ll also be submitting somemore poetry to literay magazines. Otherwise, I’ll be a little silent here as I establish Radiant Crown Publishing, LLC.

– E. O. Smith

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian

I remember distinctly sleepwalking through my elementary school library, till I was awakened by a strange tale set in France. I’d been fascinated with the play between illustration and the written word for a long time by then. I devoured comic books and reading material beyond my grade level. It’s feed into my obsession with movies, further enabled by the advent of Netflix, presently.

So image my suprise when a book came along that wasn’t quite a book, wasn’t quite a picture book or graphic novel, and couldn’t be placed in a distinct category. I’ll never forget when our school librarian dutifully tried to explain the Dewey decimal system, and remarked she didn’t know where this book should be placed.

And, I loved that. I still love that about this book, operating in a liminal space, thriving off of imagination not constrained by its context. For those who don’t know the story, it’s described as such on the website:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.

Have you ever been so enthralled by a work it’s inspired you to this day? That’s what this book did for me when I was young. Moving forward with my own work, and my penchant for mixing illustrations with writing, I thought it would make sense to revisit why I have such a strong urge to do so.

As Always,

– E. O. Smith

Give Way to the New

Give Way to the New

It’s been a rough couple of weeks to say the least! I’m glad I’m back on my feet, and thankful that things are starting to look more positive. In some great news, I’ve finally decided on my goals for 2017 as an author. Also, for a bit of fun I’m starting a new interactive flash fiction story that can be found on my Twitter below. You vote and direct how it’ll go! This is still experimental but, if it has a positive enough response, I might consider doing another one.

– E. O. Smith

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Growing Pains 

Growing Pains 

My Grandma has passing away and has left me in a mild depression as of late. I’m trying to look on the bright side of things. As I look forward to the summertime, I’m hoping to make significant progress on one novel and make plans to serialize another. Till then, I’ll just try to stay focused.

– E. O. Smith

A New Look

A New Look

Just a quick note! Above is my before and after picture for my photo shoot. I took author profile shots and am very excited to see the results!

– E. O. Smith

Why Do I Write?

Why Do I Write?

I’ve been thinking about this question of why do I write lately, and wanted to share a little bit about that topic. I don’t know when I started writing or coming up with imaginary characters but, I can’t image a future without doing so. I’ve always found it easier to express myself through the eyes of someone else, especially when the someone else is understood through the written word. I hope to keep writing as long as I have time on this Earth.

– E. O. Smith

Inexpensive Happiness

Inexpensive Happiness

Happy Easter and I hope your year is going great. I’ve gotten a ton of new eBook covers! I’m contemplating making a how-to-book on publishing cheaply for indie writers after republishing Imago Dei.

– E. O. Smith