"Douglas Schwartz's "Checkered Scissors" is a delightful read, especially for those who love imaginative fiction or who are plagued by bizarre dreams that lead them to muse about intriguing implications in their waking life. For the latter, if you can imagine what it might be like if everything you've ever dreamed, read about it, or experienced materialized into a physical dimension, and was left to simmer together and evolve for a long while before you entered it yourself, you'll have an idea of the book's setting." PJ O'Brien (July 02, 2014)
"My son and I had a really fun time reading this together. It is full of fantastic, offbeat characters and fascinating worlds these characters traverse." Edee Cummings (October 28, 2014)
"What an incredibly imaginative book! I really don't know how the author thought up half the things in here. Crazy characters, crazier worlds. Just brilliant. It really sucks you in and makes you curious about what happens next." Traci Clayton (December 30, 2014)
Hello! Welcome to Checkered Scissors, the website of author Doug Schwartz.
Doug's family-friendly fantasy stories are filled with hope and possibility. Using a simplistic style, he spins common words into abstract concepts. Doug blends ideas to develop colorful characters who find creative solutions to obscure challenges, resulting in adventures that are quirky, whimsical fun. Heavily influenced by British media, he draws inspiration from sources like Neil Gaiman, Monty Python, and Doctor Who, to name a few. Doug's unique style of writing compliments the works of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.
Doug's books are available on Amazon and on this website under the 'Fiction' tab. Be sure to follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
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Going Cross-Eyed 2019-11-06 14:51:26
I have been a house-hubby for several weeks while the job hunt continues. I feel torn. On the one hand, I am bursting with creativity and getting things done that have bubbled over on the backburner. On the other hand, I am restless with cabin fever and ready to get back into the working world. My wife says she hasn't seen me this happy in a while. Maybe we will find a happy medium.
For my Main WIP, I habe been embellishing the frame story which is a story wrappping around a collection of fairy tales. The frame story has been...okay, but it needs a better story arc in which the characters grow.
I took a short break from my Main WIP to quickly write-and-release a piece of Discworld FanFic. The idea has been bouncing around in my head for a while. It pokes a bit of fun at Flat Earthers by imagining what the equivalent would be on Discworld. Plus, it allowed me to tinker with layers in ArtRage to create the "cover" art.
Speaking of ArtRage...I played around with ArtRage and the Wacom tablet. I have a few projects I needing artwork (eventually). I decided to practice by recreating a PaintNite painting and painting an eyeball. I can sketch pictures well with pencil and paper, but I have yet to feel comfortable doing the same digitally.
In other news, I have been working on drawing more traffic to my site and my published works. I have been researching SEO techniques and making keyword search tweaks, especially on Amazon. Introducing people to my writing by drawing more traffic to this site is still a Dark Art I have yet to crack. It has improved some, especially being more active on social media.