Putting It All Out There

So, how are all of your goals and resolutions going? I am one week into a new semester of college and already feeling overwhelmed. LMAO! On the other hand, I have already completed one thing on my list for this year: starting the official JVB/Sykophunk Patreon page!

Every month, I will release the following exclusively on Patreon: one new poem, one new song, one part of my serialized novella, one video, one revised story, one remixed track, plus behind-the-scenes stuff and previews/rough drafts/demos of upcoming projects. This will cover all of my writing & music: horror, hip hop, new age, humor, goth/industrial, metal, apocalyptic, trip hop, ambient, etc.

I was going to do more research and planning for it, but ain’t nobody got time for that. Sometimes you just have to jump in and learn to swim. Anyone want to test the waters with me?


You know how it goes. It’s the beginning of the year, and everyone is announcing their goals and ambitions. I am not one for resolutions, but I do have some things I would like to accomplish this year as a creative professional:

  • Finish and release two books with soundtracks (the Masks trilogy).
  • Finish my serialized novella.
  • Start a Patreon account with exclusive content (music & writing).
  • Start my first novel and/or interactive fiction.
  • Write more short stories and poetry for market.
  • Keep working on building my platform.

As always, it will be interesting to see how much of this list I am able to get done and how many other things pop up that I did not foresee. I also want to be more consistent with this blog, my mailing list, and all of my website updates. That will most likely get ruined at some point by my final semester of college, but I will do my best until then.

My personal goals are to eat healthier (typical, I know, but something I need to do), get a bachelor’s degree, and get married to the love of my life :)

What are your goals for 2018?

New Year’s rEvolution

Here we are: that time of year to reflect on the past year and peek over the horizon of the next. On one hand, it is difficult to believe that there are only a few more days left of 2017. On the other hand, it is amazing to realize how much I managed to get done as this chaotic year seemed to just sweep by.

In January, I joined the editorial board for Confluence, my university’s art and literary magazine. I received two scholarship awards in April and got the Dean of Arts and Science to say “Sykophunk” in front of everyone. In the summer, I took part in a mentorship program through the Horror Writers Association. I also revised and released my first dark poetry collection, The Consciousness Conspiracy (Remix). During the Halloween season, I got crazy busy as always: became editor in chief at Confluence, performed at Carnevil 9, plus finished and released my poetry book with instruMental soundtrack, Mask: Shadow. Then I completed half of a novella for one of my classes.

(I am certain I am forgetting things…)

My plate is just as full going into 2018: trying to secure an internship, finishing the next two books + soundtracks in the Masks trilogy, maybe finishing that novella, possibly recording some mixtape tracks and/or videos, giving Patreon a shot, plus getting a bachelor’s degree, trying to establish myself as a freelancer, and getting married to the love of my life <3

It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be good.

Thank you for reading this and being part of my journey :) If you want all the latest JVB/Sykophunk updates, please follow me on social media and/or sign up for my mailing list. Have a fun and safe New Year’s – see you in 2018!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmahanukwanzayule…

Happy Holidays to you and yours, whatever you celebrate this season.

I am very proud of my latest project, Mask: Shadow, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who has shown support for me and my work. Creating and releasing a dark poetry book + instruMental horror soundtrack while going to college full-time and working a day job part-time has been a challenging and rewarding endeavor.

While reflecting upon my experience, I realized what I want for Christmas: reviews of my books. As you know, I am just starting to establish my author platform, and having reviews on Amazon and Goodreads is especially important for new writers. It is the number one way in which I can build credibility and a bigger readership.

If you have read either of my books, Mask: Shadow or The Consciousness Conspiracy: Remix (vol. 1), would you please take a moment to drop a review online? It would mean the world to me and help my cause tremendously. If you have not read them yet, now is a great time to get your e-book copies. Right now, The Consciousness Conspiracy is only 99 cents & you can read Mask: Shadow for free on Kindle Unlimited. Here are the links:

Mask: Shadow on Amazon
Mask: Shadow on Goodreads
The Consciousness Conspiracy on Amazon
The Consciousness Conspiracy on Goodreads

Thanks again for supporting independent literature and underground horror!


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