Author: Drew Briney

Drew Briney is a New York Times Bestselling author who is about to release his sixth book entitled Moon 514: Blaze & the White Griffon. ...Well, at least I aspire to be a New York Times Bestselling author and I expect that it will happen sooner or later.  Moon 514 is my sixth book but it is my first attempt at YA/Adult Fiction.  It will be released sometime in March 2014.  I expect that it will do well but I'll forgo any predictions about it hitting the New York Times Best Sellers list as I will be self publishing this book.  For now, I'm satisfied to have a very talented illustrator (Grant Hansen) preparing my cover and I'll make sure to post some of his progress as time allows.I spilled over a half million words publishing my previous five books but they were all historical nonfiction and would probably be of very little interest to someone like you ... a reader of sci-fi fantasy blogs rather than stuffy footnote laden historical treatises!Currently, I'm 177,000 words into A New Breed of Dragon, a fantasy novel that may well be my magnum opus - I started writing it several years ago but didn't get serious about writing fiction until a few years ago when I decided to take a break from A New Breed of Dragon to write Moon 514.  In the meantime, I've penned a few short stories, a couple drabbles, and a number of other things that will hit this blog sooner or later.At the demand of social pressure and traditional online expectations, I suppose I should mention that I'm happily married, I have a boatload of children, and that I'm unhappily tied to my day job helping people hate each other (I'm an attorney).  But don't worry - that last detail will disappear the moment you purchase my book ... or perhaps after you purchase it and then recommend it to all of your friends!After graduating from BYU (Phi Kappa Phi) with degrees in history, music, and logic, I entered BYU's law school on scholarship and began teaching philosophy at UVU.  Forsaking exotic and lifechanging trips around the world with jazz bands (Europe) and symphonies (China and the Philippines) and recording on CDs (only two), I began my new journey of helping people beat each other up with reams of paperwork that cost ungodly amounts of money and that are only read by a very small group of people ... and some of them hate you and some of them wish you weren't asking them to adjudicate your case and some of them think that you should be spending your monies on a trip to the Bahamas instead of paying them to darken those reams of paper with your tragedy.  I suppose I've drafted millions of words in that vein - including a number of thousand that made their way to the United States Supreme Court (we won).  None of that persistent fighting saturated my appetite for violence so I'm working on getting my black belt in karate in November, 2014 - but don't worry, I'm not doing it alone - four of my kids are doing it with me!  It's illegal to beat them at home but at the dojo, we just call it sparring so it's okay!Oh - I almost forgot something important:  while in law school, I thrust my obsessive compulsive personality disorder into a good cause: I returned to my childhood juggling addiction.  I was awarded Utah's Best Professional Juggler award in 2001 and have retained that title ever since (mostly because they quit having the competition but I like to brag about it anyway - did I mention I can juggle 8 balls?).  I juggled as a performer at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.  I competed at the 2006 International Juggler's Association in Portland, Oregon and handily lost because I dropped too much - but at least I saved one drop with an epic sidekick that really wowed the judges!  I have also been a staple performer at the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival for more than a dozen years because I'm the only juggler in the world that tells stories while juggling.  Really - it's true: I bill myself as the Story Juggler for that very reason.  You can hire me to juggle for insane amounts of money (please...) or you can just watch me on YouTube for free - your call.Just like any other attorney with a conscience (I've met at least two others in the last dozen years of practice), I had to find some sort of therapy to dull the pain of litigation (I can't afford a professional therapist with my gaggle of kids - between their incessant food addictions (all of them eat every day), their propensity to get hit by trucks (whew - only one...), and taking music, karate, dance, gymnastics, and other lessons, I lose thousands of dollars every month!), I started writing again.  If you made it through that run-on sentence without any navigational errors or review of the multi-leveled parentheticals, you have my hearty respect and congratulations ...  And now that my temporary amnesia is past: I remember why I loved that creative writing course in highschool: this is my true passion.  So, off I go to write something more exciting than a mini-biography about boring ol' me!

Astonishingly Fast Evolution

The Science Scientists predicted, observed, and proved the evolution of a Florida lizard – but they were shocked at how fast and how much they changed.  Within fifteen to twenty generations, green anole lizard feet dramatically changed in size and...

Assassin Hunter: Free Chapter

  Today – a free excerpt from Assassin Hunter, my latest novella, now available on Amazon.   “I’M TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU.” The words hung in the air like a spider web hungrily anticipating wandering prey but Vaya Sage was...

Assassin Hunter: Cover Reveal

  On the eve of releasing my newest novella, Assassin Hunter, I’m excited to reveal the new cover. A few years ago, I began heavily studying transhumanism and contemplating the various less-pondered ramifications it could be bringing to our species...

Westworld Doesn’t Get AI

Westworld season 1 left me feeling lost (geek allusion intended) most of the season, which was undoubtedly J.J. Abrams’ fault (he wrote/directed Lost) but Westworld’s season 1 finale was so good and the payoff was so unexpected, I trudged all...

Author, Editor, and Director? Huh?

  Last fall, my family was featured on a reality tv program where we had to leave the state of Utah in a hurry.  What TLC didn’t show was how I’d had a job and housing lined up in South...

Book Launch on Tuesday! UNPROVEN

  Hey! After two years of hard work, Unproven is finally ready for launch and will be hitting Amazon and B&N on Tuesday, March 6.  Occasionally, online stores are a smidgeon slow loading new books so if Unproven isn’t live...

Cover Illustration Reveal

At long last, things are coming together to launch Unproven. This painting for the book cover by Eric Velhagen depicts kotrakoy attacking a Trayki soldier vainly defending himself from impending doom. I knew I’d like the figures in the painting because...

Free Story by Best Seller in Newsletter

  Internationally best selling author, David Farland, has graciously offered to give one of his short stories away to everyone who signs up for my newsletter! (under the left menu on computer, under the menu on phones).  Excellently crafted, the...

Ramin Djawadi – Master Composer

  Many modern authors write while listening to music soundtracks.  I’ve been doing that for a number of years now.  “Cornered” from Salt has pushed me to write faster paced scenes and nothing has deluged me with a sense of fantasy more than...

Epigenetics + AI = Exciting Free Story

  While the media steals the spotlight from groundbreaking inventions and incredible technologies, scientists continue to plow through new challenges with a vengeance.  What’s new?  Hmm.  What’s not new?  Groundbreaking research in epigenetics is opening the door to understanding latent or...

Chevsy Knight Dragon Fight

  Vuk Kostic (aka Chevsy on DeviantArt) has a very developed style – this is one of my personal favorites.  I don’t know if it is deliberately (albeit loosely) based upon the golden mean or if his sense of design is simply...

The Glory of Intelligence

The image is from an Ardella Cosplay   When I started kindergarten, my teachers (including an assistant) suggested to my mother that I be advanced to the third grade.  That was neither the first, nor the last time someone remarked about...

Moon 514 Featured on Wattpad

The brass at Wattpad.com invited me to approach their editors to have Moon 514 considered as one of their featured science fiction novels.  Soon afterwards, they informed me that they had read Moon 514 and that they were excited to have...

Avoiding the Inevitable AI Apocalypse

  Whether you’re aware of it or not, artificial intelligence is all around us and what constitutes “artificial intelligence” is becoming as definitionally nebulous as … well, whatever.  Should we call your thermostat artificially intelligent because it regulates temperature in your home...

Interesting Alien

  What is it?  Bulldog face, humanoid alien eyes, reptilian neck and skin flaps, tattoo-esque markings, and no discernible ears.  I decided to post this as an inspirational work of art because it represents everything good about monster art.  It...

2015, Altering Human DNA, & Taurs

  Long before Shelley’s Frankenstein, we were sharing stories about changelings, transmutations, and various forms of magic that create new forms of life.  As real science has contemplated the possibilities of real life Frankenstein breakthroughs, various transhumanist experiments in 2015 more than humbly suggested...

Wanted Hero Shoutout

Once again, acclaimed author Jaime Buckley redesigned the always entertaining WantedHero.com … you should check it out.  Really.   This isn’t a legitimate blog post.  It’s a shout out.  That’s it.  Get movin’!  Click on the picture to learn more...

Winter Dragon

  Today’s inspiration comes from this overdone, classic knight versus dragon fight concept.  I think the ambiance and unique setting are what sets it apart from other pieces that often makes this concept so stale.  I’m curious what you think –...

Boss Half-Dragon

I’ve kept my eye out for the artist responsible for this half-dragon for a couple years now without any luck.  It deserves attention for a few reasons: It is a beautiful example of how to subtly use the golden mean....

Female Body Armor Done Right

I confess: I have almost zero knowledge about Skyrim.  I understand that it’s a video game, that it has a beast logo, and from screenshots, it appears to have some pretty legit graphics.  Beyond that, I know nothing.  I do...

5 Blades – a SciFi-Fantasy Short Story Anthology

    At long last, 5 Blades: Riveting Realms of Adventure is about ready for publication launch – and here is our sweet cover! I’ll be featured alongside veteran sci-fi fantasy authors Jaime Buckley, David West, Jason King, and Lewis...

Boss Fire Mage

A little inspiration today from either X-Men fan art, Chandra fan art, or someone who felt nostalgic about their old D&D fireball throwing mages.  I like this image compositionally and in concept.  It feels very engaging, it has a nice...

Hail Hydra

Today’s inspiration comes from Svetlin Velinov who envisions an omnivorous hydra (are those teeth really plant worthy? Perhaps omnivorous means something more nefariously cache…).  I found this piece inspiring because Velinov’s imagination pulled him far afield from the traditional dragon...

For Beginner Geeks: Tie-Fighter Down

I know, I know: Episode VII concept photos were leaked quite a while ago – but I still know people (*cringe*: I shouldn’t admit that but … I know people) who still haven’t seen any of the leaked pics so I...

Terminator No Longer Sci-Fi

When Terminator first came out, the ideas behind it would have been laughable but for Arnold Schwarznegger’s boss appearance.  Time travel and cyborgs were so far from realistic science ventures that we all watched the movie with our reality regulators...

Jane Grey Angel

What happens when you mix Jane Grey (the Phoenix in X-Men) with an angel, add a pinch of innocent baby face, and throw the mix into modern combat?  I’m guessing today’s  inspiration is the answer to that question. I’m uncertain why...

Barbarism & Challenging Your Own Paradigms

In a day when safety from political incorrectness and psychological trauma are nearly universally esteemed as inalienable rights, it is occasionally difficult to imagine a world where public executions and talionic (physical) punishments are the norm.  After all, we’re half way across...

Twitter: the Best Place for Authors

I found 1,500 real followers in 30 days and many of them are helping me find hundreds more.  If I don’t change anything, I’m scheduled do it again in the next three weeks.  You can do it too.  If you’re an...

Creative Mermaid Art

As soon as an idea inspires myriads of people, thousands of aspiring artists throw their hand at it until the very idea becomes trite or overdone.  Mermaids are like that.  A quick google search for mermaid images offers hundreds of unpolished...

Wolverine No Longer SciFi

Science Fiction has inspired many innovations over the past few decades.  Cloaking devices, chameleon-esque camouflage, memory manipulations (including erasures and implants), suspended animation, artificial intelligence, underwater breathing without tanks, Jedi mind control (almost), total immersion gaming, mind controlled prosthetics, personal...

Mystique No Longer SciFi?

    First, MIT came out with an unbelievably effective invisibility cloak and now, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created a new, very thin and flexible chameleon like artificial skin.  Okay – it might not make you...

Magneto No Longer SciFi?

Dr. Denys Makarov would have Marvel fans pretty excited if they were paying attention.  He’s recently invented a new “magnetic sensor, which is thin, robust and pliable enough to be smoothly adapted to human skin, even to the most flexible...

Underwater Dragons in SFF

Lagiacrus, the flagship monster of Monster Hunter 3, deserves your attention – and not just because this picture is so boss!  For some reason we can all probably relate to, fire breathing dragons hog the press – and maybe that’s...

Hangin’ Out With All-Time Bestselling Authors

Drew hangs out with all-time bestselling authors on a YA recommended reading list.  Okay, it’s not a Hugo Award and it didn’t land me on Oprah but sometimes a relevant People’s Choice Award is even better.  After recently being voted a Top...

Zen, Charlie Brown, and Insomnia

Charles Schulz has to rank among the very few comic strip authors who are both humorous and philosophical, pragmatic and ridiculous.  As a kid, I related to Charlie Brown much like many other kids my age: he was struggling to...

Boss Flying Gorilla

All too frequently, fantasy art falls a little flat and often worse … it gets downright cheesy.  Flying gorillas usually fall into that latter category – just google them and see for yourself.  **shudder**  “You Shouldn’t Be Here” by Ben Wootten...

Glorfindel & Balrog

You might’ve noticed: I love Eric Velhagen’s artwork – he doesn’t fail to offer plenty of action, movement, interesting poses, and often, an intuitive storyline.  I haven’t read the Silmarillion yet (yes, that is a shameful admission coming from an...

Boss Whips & Jason Chan

  Today’s inspiration comes from Jason Chan.  Featured on Magic the Gathering cards and several book covers, Jason Chan’s art work is gaining momentum – you can see more by clicking on the image above.  To be fair, “City of...

The Art of Deception & Selective Memories

  Any great author must intimately confront the machinations of human nature in order to make characters believable.  Sometimes, that means studying the thought patterns and habits of children, psychopaths, naive onlookers, cannibals, animals, and serial killers.  There are several ways...

D&D Alignments and Joseph Smith

Recently, I’ve reviewed the D&D alignment systems for the purpose of looking at characters from a different angle.  Simultaneously, I found myself looking at a quote I have on my bedroom wall: “I will always maintain a true principle even...

I Don’t Allow Myself to Think About That

  Asked what he would do if he lost an upcoming fight, Jon Jones responded: “I don’t allow myself to think about that.”  I’ve pondered that response every day since I heard it last week. He didn’t elaborate much on that thought...

Old School Red Dragon

    Today’s daily inspiration: Earl Norem’s Dragon-slayer.  Best known for his Conan illustrations, Earl Norem gets my vote for best small sized red dragon.  While the style is noticeably outdated to the art critic, you have to give Norem...

Underwater Breathing Without Tanks

Star Wars depictions of diving technology may have been prophetic … so forget Harry Potter’s invasive spell for fish gills – that’s just uber unnecessary! The University of Southern Denmark has been developing crystals that absorb oxygen and then release that...

Assassin Hunter

I just finished “Assassin Hunter”, a short story I wrote for the quarterly Writer’s Village competition so today’s inspiration comes Assassin’s Creed art by Chaoyuan Xu: A Leap of Faith.  While my story deals with transhumanist themes, including memory erasures, memory...

We Even Forgot Our Name

Gollum may well be the most interesting non-protagonist character ever developed but I have to wonder who is more to blame for that fact in light of the recent LOTR franchise?  There is a strong argument that Peter Jackson may...

The Most Erroneous Stories

  The most erroneous stories and those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.  Often, great quotes grab my attention only to fall into the trash bin the more I think about them.  That is,...

Jedi Mind Control is Here

Ten years from now, teenagers may not believe Jedi mind tricks were once fiction – and it may not matter whether or not you are weak minded.  I mentioned in previous transhumanist posts how mind controlled prosthetics are becoming surprisingly sophisticated,...

Red Head Samurai by Sakimi Chan

  Today’s inspiration comes from illustrator Sakimi Chan.  I know … it really doesn’t make any sense at all.  Why is an Irish girl becoming a Samurai and why is her facial shape so … un-Irish?  And why are there...

Epic Asian Plane Crash

  You can’t help but to love a cool picture that immediately inspires a story.  Today’s inspiration comes from an anonymous artist with a strong sense of irony.  I snooped around to see if I could find the illustrator but...

Monster Rap for Halloween

Years ago, my then favorite cousin introduced me to this fun song: the Monster Rap by Bobby Pickett.  It was a modern take on the Monster Mash but now, it’s sort of an undiscovered classic that ought to get loads...

Polyphonic Singing

  Singing harmony by yourself is admittedly an exotic talent but Anna Maria Hefele can make it both exotic and … beautiful.  Tuvan throat singing has been an Inuit (Mongolian) tradition for … who knows how long (not even Wikipedia knows).  Even...

Immersion & Violence in 3D Gaming

Gamers who play violent 3D living room gaming report higher levels of anger than gamers who only play 2D systems, regardless of screen size.   The study found a strong correlation between levels of anger (as guaged by participants) and gamers’ perception...

Mind Controlled Prosthetics Now Reality

Scientists have developed a prosthetic that allows amputees to regain sensations from lost limbs.  Cybernetics – communication between machines and biological tissue – received widespread attention when the Empire Strikes Back hit the silver screen.  Luke Skywalker received a prosthetic hand...

4x dummer than I thunk

When Stupid Jack declares: “Mummy you is 4x dummer than I thunk you was,” my children can’t help but to laugh.  The line comes from Willy Claflin’s Stupid Jack & the Beanstalk story right after his mother scolds him for...