Handling Criticism

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There’s a funny scene in the movie “A History of the World, Part I” in which an earnest caveman impresses his fellows by making the very first cave painting. Of course, as soon as the caveman completes his masterpiece, another strides forward, appraises the artist’s work, and urinates upon it. Art has been born and so has the critic. The […]

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Saying Goodbye to Maurice Sendak

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The world of children’s literature — indeed of all literature and certainly illustration — bid farewell to one of its titans recently as Maurice Sendak passed away. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Sendak, but he had a profound impact on me and my interest in children’s books and drawing. As many readers know, Max McDaniels was named […]

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The Maelstrom, The Red Winter, & Other Updates

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I’m happy to report that The Maelstrom has been put to bed and I’m already at work on The Tapestry’s fifth and final book. That volume will be titled The Red Winter and bring Max and David’s adventures to a close. While it’s bittersweet to work on the final book, I’m excited to give Max, David, Mum, Bob, Bram, Mina, […]

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BIG News!!!

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I’m happy to announce that there will be a fifth book to complete The Tapestry series. The development occurred as I was working on the manuscript for The Maelstrom and realizing that there were too many interesting aspects of the world and interesting story lines to explore to wrap up the series in a fourth book of manageable size (i.e., […]

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A New Arrival

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Well, it’s been a little quiet on the Tapestry front but very busy at the Neff household. On Wednesday, my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world. Charles Raymond Neff is now on the scene – 21 inches and almost 8lbs. of swaddled fury. Mom and Dad couldn’t be happier and it’s nice to finally meet the […]

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The Perils of Playing with Magic

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It sounds like an oxymoron, but I really do strive for “plausible fantasy”. I want the characters to seem real, the emotions to seem real, and for the world to hang together logically. Magic can stimulate our imaginations, but it can also threaten a fantasy story’s plausibility if the author isn’t careful to place it within some parameters. Take the […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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My mother is the first person who reads each new chapter of my books. I can always count on her to provide timely encouragement and constructive criticism as The Tapestry takes shape. On Mother’s Day I want to say a great big THANK YOU to the woman who brought me into the world and raised me. Without her, Max McDaniels […]

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Two Arrivals on the Way

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Greetings from Brooklyn! Life’s been busy these days. As many of you know, The Fiend and the Forge has been released in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and now…most recently in Germany. Thus far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m gratified to hear that people have been enjoying Max’s latest adventure. I’ve been working hard on The […]

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On to Book Four!

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Well, The Fiend and the Forge is finally in the bag. Edits are completed, the drawings are finished, and now I turn my attention to Book Four…. Given the fact that I was so late with Fiend, I’m anxious to get back on schedule with the fourth book and ensure it’s arrival in 2011. To make that happen, I’m now […]

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Lions and Tigers and Rumbas…Oh My!

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Alright, I promised an update post-dancing lessons and I’m a man of my word. Danielle and I opted for the special “introductory” package of lessons at the Fred Astaire dance studios in Manhattan. We arrived to see a variety of students and teachers gliding gracefully about the floor, engaged in everything from the rumba to the foxtrot to cha cha […]

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