The Southern Nerd is creating Fiction, articles, visual art and magick
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Welcome to The Southern Nerd, my friends. For no particular reason, here's a picture of me drunk during WrestleMania. 






Here's where I come from

Driving around in a clunky Buick in suburban Arkansas, I spent the past three years working with a small-town newspaper. For a five-day-a-week paper in a county of 30,000 people, some days we were out getting pictures of road work to put on the front page. But we also had our share of bigger issues. With our active charity community, local food pantries and civic clubs always appreciated some front-page publicity (which made a big difference. This was a southern county with many rural areas, so 17 percent of those 30,000 people regularly read newspapers.) We had frequent special projects which often kept us working for 12-hour days all week, especially during our busy season, and our county experienced a few scandals, missing persons and serious crime.

As exhausting as the job was and as much as it was hell on my blood pressure, I still loved it. But eventually they told me I had to stop investigating a serious issue that reflected badly on one of our sponsors, so I decided it was time to move on (and continue the investigation on my own.)

So here’s what I’m doing now

Fiction

It’s finally time to return to my true passion: fiction.

Right now there’s an under-supplied space shuttle waiting to land, its desperate crew soon to take its chances on a savage planet. Right now a young sailor is waiting to board a cargo ship to escape from his island’s murderous crime syndicate.

There aren’t enough years in a lifetime to write everything I want to write. But currently I am nearly finished with my E-book: a novella about a black market merchant named Rin Tatsumi.

Rin Tatsumi had an artistic passion too. Hers was painting. But after her father died, after she watched his body burn on a funeral pyre, life its self suddenly seemed pointless, let alone painting.

She rediscovered a bit of enthusiasm for both from the inspiration offered by a youngster. At ten years old, Midori Suzuri can already do things with a paintbrush that Rin Tatsumi never dreamed. But the child’s gift comes from a dark place. When the child’s demonic teacher comes to reclaim her, Rin Tatsumi knows she’ll probably die if she tries to fight that monster to save the child. If life is really so pointless, why is Rin so afraid?

The Southern Nerd

For about a year I've maintained TheSouthernNerd.com, an entertainment website featuring news and artists. I compiled a list of creators who left their organization during a recent controversy, including links to their Patreon accounts where applicable, and this information directed almost 700 of my readers to their various Patreon pages.

Since then I've interviewed a young woman whose religious parents kicked her out of the house because they believed Cosplay was a sin. This was my highest performing article to date, just shy of 10,000 views, and she's made connections within the cosplay community through the contact information included in that article.

I came to the conclusion that The Southern Nerd ought to have a heavy emphasis on featuring Indy artists.

Digital art and fan art

I've dabbled in fan art for about a year. I've recently started experimenting with advanced techniques. So far I am very happy with the results. I plan to publish a "Then and now" post redoing one of my early works from two years ago. The updated version is unfinished, but already shows a huge improvement.

Why should you follow me?

A sizely chunk of my posts are going to come my website, TheSouthernNerd.com. This will be a great way for you to not only hear about entertainment news (controversies, casting decisions, etc) but also to get a look at indy artists you might not have seen before. I've decided to refocus The Southern Nerd to feature indy artists, such as cosplayers, writers and video reviewers (though the site will still feature a healthy amount of news and opinions.)

So I hope y'all follow me, and thank you.
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Rabbit
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Forrest friends! Folks of this tier get the Patron exclusive thingies. 
Snapping Turtle
$5 or more per month
 Patrons at this level will also get a free copy of my first E-novella, House of Tatsumi: Reason to Live when it comes out.
Armadillo
$10 or more per month
Very generous of you! Patrons at this tier will a free copy of House of Tatsumi: Reason to Live upon release, plus a free copy of my TBA short story anthology.
Rattlesnake
$20 or more per month
You must really like my stuff! I do thank you. Patrons at this level will receive all previous tier rewards. In addition, Nerd patrons will be named in the thank you of my next book.
Bobcat
$50 or more per month
Whoa. There's some serious love. Patrons at this level will receive all previous tier rewards and a place of honor in the mentions of my next book.
Bear
$100 or more per month
Either y'all really love my stuff or you really want to see indy artists succeed over the corporations. Either way, I thank ya much. Patrons at this level will receive all previous tier rewards and a place of honor in the mentions of my next book.
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Welcome to The Southern Nerd, my friends. For no particular reason, here's a picture of me drunk during WrestleMania. 






Here's where I come from

Driving around in a clunky Buick in suburban Arkansas, I spent the past three years working with a small-town newspaper. For a five-day-a-week paper in a county of 30,000 people, some days we were out getting pictures of road work to put on the front page. But we also had our share of bigger issues. With our active charity community, local food pantries and civic clubs always appreciated some front-page publicity (which made a big difference. This was a southern county with many rural areas, so 17 percent of those 30,000 people regularly read newspapers.) We had frequent special projects which often kept us working for 12-hour days all week, especially during our busy season, and our county experienced a few scandals, missing persons and serious crime.

As exhausting as the job was and as much as it was hell on my blood pressure, I still loved it. But eventually they told me I had to stop investigating a serious issue that reflected badly on one of our sponsors, so I decided it was time to move on (and continue the investigation on my own.)

So here’s what I’m doing now

Fiction

It’s finally time to return to my true passion: fiction.

Right now there’s an under-supplied space shuttle waiting to land, its desperate crew soon to take its chances on a savage planet. Right now a young sailor is waiting to board a cargo ship to escape from his island’s murderous crime syndicate.

There aren’t enough years in a lifetime to write everything I want to write. But currently I am nearly finished with my E-book: a novella about a black market merchant named Rin Tatsumi.

Rin Tatsumi had an artistic passion too. Hers was painting. But after her father died, after she watched his body burn on a funeral pyre, life its self suddenly seemed pointless, let alone painting.

She rediscovered a bit of enthusiasm for both from the inspiration offered by a youngster. At ten years old, Midori Suzuri can already do things with a paintbrush that Rin Tatsumi never dreamed. But the child’s gift comes from a dark place. When the child’s demonic teacher comes to reclaim her, Rin Tatsumi knows she’ll probably die if she tries to fight that monster to save the child. If life is really so pointless, why is Rin so afraid?

The Southern Nerd

For about a year I've maintained TheSouthernNerd.com, an entertainment website featuring news and artists. I compiled a list of creators who left their organization during a recent controversy, including links to their Patreon accounts where applicable, and this information directed almost 700 of my readers to their various Patreon pages.

Since then I've interviewed a young woman whose religious parents kicked her out of the house because they believed Cosplay was a sin. This was my highest performing article to date, just shy of 10,000 views, and she's made connections within the cosplay community through the contact information included in that article.

I came to the conclusion that The Southern Nerd ought to have a heavy emphasis on featuring Indy artists.

Digital art and fan art

I've dabbled in fan art for about a year. I've recently started experimenting with advanced techniques. So far I am very happy with the results. I plan to publish a "Then and now" post redoing one of my early works from two years ago. The updated version is unfinished, but already shows a huge improvement.

Why should you follow me?

A sizely chunk of my posts are going to come my website, TheSouthernNerd.com. This will be a great way for you to not only hear about entertainment news (controversies, casting decisions, etc) but also to get a look at indy artists you might not have seen before. I've decided to refocus The Southern Nerd to feature indy artists, such as cosplayers, writers and video reviewers (though the site will still feature a healthy amount of news and opinions.)

So I hope y'all follow me, and thank you.

Recent posts by The Southern Nerd

Tiers
Rabbit
$1 or more per month
Forrest friends! Folks of this tier get the Patron exclusive thingies. 
Snapping Turtle
$5 or more per month
 Patrons at this level will also get a free copy of my first E-novella, House of Tatsumi: Reason to Live when it comes out.
Armadillo
$10 or more per month
Very generous of you! Patrons at this tier will a free copy of House of Tatsumi: Reason to Live upon release, plus a free copy of my TBA short story anthology.
Rattlesnake
$20 or more per month
You must really like my stuff! I do thank you. Patrons at this level will receive all previous tier rewards. In addition, Nerd patrons will be named in the thank you of my next book.
Bobcat
$50 or more per month
Whoa. There's some serious love. Patrons at this level will receive all previous tier rewards and a place of honor in the mentions of my next book.
Bear
$100 or more per month
Either y'all really love my stuff or you really want to see indy artists succeed over the corporations. Either way, I thank ya much. Patrons at this level will receive all previous tier rewards and a place of honor in the mentions of my next book.