• On Human Beings are Fiction

    We’ve all heard the expression, “You write your own story,” or a version thereof. And while this is true in the context that our lives are the stories we are the authors of, it is also true you are a piece of fiction to someone else.

    Only you and you alone know everything you’ve ever felt, thought, said, dreamed, and did. You know every experience and every secret thing.

    Everyone else doesn’t nor do you know the same of them.

    Despite how close we might be to some people–even those we swear we know up and down and left and right–we still don’t know them. Not the real them, and we never will.

    We know fragments. We know the stories they’ve told us of their various experiences, thoughts, words, actions, dreams. We know the stories from the joint experiences shared.

    But we are never them.

    What happens is we end up creating a narrative about someone to make sense of them. We subconsciously fill in the gaps between their tales on an ever-assembling timeline of their life. They do the same to you.

    It is all stories.

    At best, it’s a case of “based on true events” but, in the end, we are all bits of narration to each other with varying degrees of accuracy.

    We are all fiction.


  • Straight Talk: Stop Stealing Books, Comics, Art or Any Form of Entertainment, Please

    I am writing this statement on behalf of my fellow writers and artists whose livelihoods depend on the honesty of our readers. This statement is going to be perfectly blunt to ensure crystal clarity in the message.

    And the message is this: Please, stop pirating–also known as downloading illegally–our books, comics, movies, music, audio performances or presentations, art, and anything else that does not belong to you.

    When someone takes something that doesn’t belong to them, it is called stealing. This makes a person a thief. That is what someone who steals is. It does not matter whether the item you took cost pennies or hundreds–even thousands–of dollars to create. In the case of movies, these numbers can run into the millions. The value is irrelevant when it comes to the principle of taking something you didn’t buy and/or did not have permission to use.

    There is a sad and, frankly, pathetic mentality out there that everything on the Internet is free and up for grabs to be consumed however anyone wishes.

    This is not true.

    Yes, there are platforms out there where entertainment work is posted for free in various mediums, but that is where this work is to remain. If a creator posted a piece of art or a photograph to the Internet, you cannot assume you can take it and use it how you see fit. There are rules and there are guidelines and there are permissions to be asked.

    Please, stop stealing our work.

    Downloading pirated movies, TV shows, music, books, comics, art, and anything else illegally is just that: illegal. It is a crime and it is wrong.

    It is even worse when someone takes someone else’s intellectual property and uses it for financial gain. You are profiting off theft. This is also illegal. The excessive amount of fan art in the comic community is a good example of this.

    Please, stop stealing our work.

    Most creators–despite what you might read in the news or see on TV–live paycheck to paycheck just like plenty of other people. We cannot afford to have our readers not pay for our work. If you like our work and want to read it, we thank you, but we ask that you do it ethically and compensate us for the lengthy amount of time and effort and sometimes stress put into various projects.

    If some creators flat out say they are fine with their stuff being pirated, then that’s different and that’s on that particular creator that they are acting ethically to ensure all parties involved with the work are okay with them allowing it to be used and/or consumed for free.

    The Internet does not equal free in the purest sense.

    Please, stop stealing our work.

    Sure, it is understood amongst many creators that many of our readers do not have the means to purchase our material. And while, having lived on the street, I can fully emphasize with that, stealing is stealing. End of story.

    When you steal a piece of entertainment, you are stealing not just the compensation for creating that piece of work, you are stealing a person’s time, which is, like I always say, the most valuable thing any living person has because our lives our finite. You are stealing something that is worth more than any treasure or wealth on the planet. Time is more valuable than diamonds.

    Please, stop stealing our work.

    This is a moral issue.

    It is up to you to decide who you want to be: Someone who is fair and respectful, or someone who steals from others.

    Please, stop stealing our work.

    Thank you.


  • Clean up Day

    Having been so focused on getting books out to you, a lot of little things have piled up both professionally and personally. Today I’m working my way through a laundry list of to-do items like drafting up this week’s issue of THE CANISTER X TRANSMISSION.

    I won’t likely get it all done and I have a class tonight. By the time that’s over, it’ll be time to wind down before bed.

    Anyway, sometimes you need to set aside a day to play catch-up.


  • The Axiom-man Saga Reading Order

    Here is the chronological reading order of my superhero fiction series, THE AXIOM-MAN SAGA. Just click on a title for a list of retailers to complete your collection.

    Axiom-man
    Char
    (short story in the tenth anniversary edition of Axiom-man)
    Episode No. 0: First Night Out
    Doorway of Darkness
    Black Water
    (short story)
    Episode No. 1: The Dead Land
    There’s Something Rotten Up North
    (short story in the anthology, Metahumans vs the Undead)
    City of Ruin
    Rite of the Wolf
    (short story in the anthology, Metahumans vs Werewolves)
    Episode No. 2: Underground Crusade
    Outlaw
    Episode No. 3: Rumblings
    The Split
    (flash fiction in the collection Flash Attack)
    Mercy (flash fiction in the collection Flash Attack)
    Last Flight (flash fiction in the collection Flash Attack)
    Frozen Storm (side adventure team-up with Auroraman; story by myself and Jeff Burton)

    Coming soon:

    The Summoning
    Episode No. 4: Transformations
    New Dawn

    Happy reading!


  • Canister X Mailbag – Hilda and Richie’s Wizard Unboxing – May182022

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    Canister X Mailbag – Hilda and Richie’s Wizard Unboxing – May182022:

    It’s unboxing time and this time it’s Max West’s second children’s book, Hilda and Richie’s Wizard!

    For more on Hilda and Richie, please go to http://hildaandrichie.blogspot.com

    For more on Sunnyville Stories, please go to https://www.sunnyvillestories.com

    And don’t forget to subscribe to get all the latest videos.


  • The Daily Schedule of a Writer/Artist 2

    Since recovering from being ill–and I’m still recovering–here’s what my current daily schedule looks like:

    Wake up and pet the dogs. I’m usually up before everybody else.

    Post my daily Good Morning post on Facebook and give the day’s positivity rating. The rating is given based on how I feel at that exact moment.

    Make coffee.

    Have a small bite to eat.

    Have coffee and surf the feeds and check email, taking note of which ones I need to respond to later.

    By now Melinda is up so I have more coffee and spend time with her before she has to go to work.

    Work on the current project. As of this writing, it’s proofing the galley for the reissue of REDEMPTION OF THE DEAD.

    Break

    Non-committal work. By this I mean work I can do and get done but not share with anybody yet (i.e. a blog post, the newsletter, YouTube video, etc.).

    Break

    Work on the current project.

    Break

    Review and share the non-committal work

    Personal tasks (i.e. personal correspondence, bills, etc.).

    Break

    Nap

    I may or may not call it a day at this point. Depends what time it is. Melinda gets off work at 4:30 and then it’s time to get ready for supper.

    Evening walk with Melinda and then a quick walk with the dogs.

    Chill out time.

    Bed.


  • News

    And now . . . some news:

    I have confirmation that author Melinda Marshall and I will be tabling at the following shows –

    FanQuest – November 12 & 13, 2022 – Norwood Community Centre (Winnipeg)

    Winnipeg Comiccon – October 28 to 30, 2022 – RBC Convention Centre (Winnipeg)

    I do not charge for pictures or autographs.

    As well, I’m firing my newsletter back up. It’s called THE CANISTER X TRANSMISSION and you can subscribe and get a free e-novelette by going here. New issue is written and will go out Saturday.


  • Not Dead Yet

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    I haven’t blogged here in nearly a year, which makes me a hypocrite because I used to stress blogging fairly frequently. Thing is, I fell ill again and had to put a full stop on most things while I recovered. I was able to pick at odds and ends but wasn’t able to get back into the full swing of things.

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been as productive as ever and finally brought some book stuff out of the darkness and into the light. I did a lot of work and the following is an update as to where my various projects are at.

    In no particular order:

    Giganti-gator Death Machine: Triple Feature – with the editor.
    The Canister X Transmission: Year Four – with the formatter.
    The Canister X Transmission: The Long Year Five – with the formatter.

    Expected release: Summer 2022

    Reissues:

    Blood of the Dead – with the formatter.
    Possession of the Dead – with the formatter.
    Redemption of the Dead – beginning of final proofread.
    Surprise Project – In pieces but not in a bad way. Just need to assemble everything and write something for it.

    Expected release: Fall 2022

    The Axiom-man Saga:

    The Summoning – to be written soon.
    Episode No. 4: Transformations – to be written.
    New Dawn – to be written.

    These three Axiom-man books will be written back-to-back because these three stories are The Battle of Power Trilogy, so essentially one story told over three parts. My goal is to have them out by Winnipeg Comic Con in the fall. I know the above looks like a lot and overshooting the year but you have to remember what these projects are and how close each one is to being finished.

    Other items:

    Fredrikus – I have one episode inked and ready for scanning. The comic is temporarily on the backburner while I finish up the above.
    The Canister X Transmission: The Very Long Year Six – I plan to resume the newsletter at a later date. I want to wait until I’m fully back up and running so I have something to write to you every week.
    YouTube – I have a package here at Axiom-man Central that I want to do an unboxing video for so look for that soon. I also plan to make more videos once I’m fully back in the saddle.
    Canister X – I’ll blog when I can and when I have something to say.

    And there you have it: A complete picture of what’s happening with various projects on the go. Let’s hope my health keeps up.

    Cheers.

    ~APF


  • Canister X Mailbag – Hilda and Richie Unboxing – May152021

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    Canister X Mailbag – Hilda and Richie Unboxing – May152021:

    Come join me as I unbox the first children’s picture book by Sunnyville Stories creator Max West.

    This book looks like a lot of fun and, knowing Max, I’m in for a real treat.

    For more on Hilda and Richie, please go here.

    For more on Sunnyville Stories, please go here.

    Here’s the video. Enjoy!

    Don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date on all the latest videos.

    Feel free to drop me an email with any comments by going here.


  • Canister X Mailbag – Blackthorne No. 4 Unboxing – May82021

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    Come watch as I unbox my Kickstarter reward for backing Blackthorne No. 4. The comic turned out amazing and best yet? It’s in grayscale. I’m a huge fan of black and white comics.

    For more on Blackthorne and his creator, Colin Work, please go here.

    Don’t forget to like and subscribe! Enjoy!

    Feel free to email me with any comments.