The long overdue return of #thinksipwrite has arrived. This season we are chatting during quarantine with some well known guests. First up are no strangers to the sports world. From the studio of the Tony Bruno Show to ours at home we chat with Tony Bruno and Miss Robin Austin about isolation, food, and of course sports.
I am super honored to have been a guest on Be A Voice with my partner in crime Roberta and a gracious host. Tune in today to usalamedia for the broadcast and download the episode.
Click below for the video link. Here’s what the host Britt Carpenter had to say:
@the_brittjames “Whether it’s a friendship or relationship, all bonds are built on trust. Without it, you have nothing.”
Stoked for today’s broadcast of “Be A Voice” on @usalamedia as I welcome my friends @homemadedelish and @rickpipito to the table. Tune in to hear us chat about how these two busy people make a 19 year relationship work, all the while raising two children, juggling self-made careers, being in the public eye, and just plain making it happen the best way they can. Roberta and Rick are a powerhouse couple and shared with me how life isn’t always easy or how you may not always make the right or best decisions, but they show up, the listen, they give it 150% each and try to make life the best it can be each moment along the way. Thanks guys for laughing and sharing with me. My love and respect for the two of you grew greater than ever! .
Make sure you check out both Roberta’s and Rick’s pages respectively and see all the positive things they bring to the table each and every day.
A little collaboration I’ve been working on is finally completed. For years I’ve been wanting to do something a little different from fiction, and here it is… a collection of poetry.
Summer Rain contains generations of poems from the family of author, Rick Pipito. Over 185 writings including works by Charlene Pipito, Roberta Pipito, Tony Pipito, Lana Pipito, Anna May Prokop, and Rick Pipito. There’s something for everyone in these pages, from dark thoughts to things that will brighten your day and make you smile. Some of the works won various awards over the years.
I’m taking a moment to share my wife Roberta’s new sizzle reel. If you aren’t following her, she’s got lots of great ideas, and constantly involved with TV, events, and magazines. Check out some of her highlights and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @homemadedelish, as well as on Facebook as “Roberta Pipito”. http://www.homemadedelish.com
Day 28 of #scrypthalloween shows a promo book we did for @homemadedelish called CREATE IT, PLATE IT, STYLE IT, EAT IT, LOVE IT. It had a handful of Roberta’s recipes and even though it is no longer available in print, her status on local and national television, radio and more has followers wanting a full cookbook soon. Make sure to follow her for all her fun adventures in food, drink, and lifestyle.
My wife was interviewed on a radio station here in Philly. During the segment they chat briefly about my books. Give it a listen at the link below. Skip ahead to the 16:30 mark to hear her spot. Follow her on social media @homemadedelish, on facebook @RobertaPipito, and on her site at http://www.homemadedelish.com
Famed cheesesteak king, actor, television host, and good friend of mine, Tony Luke Jr has a new show on YouTube called “Talkin’ Wit Tony.” The first episode is out now, and I was mentioned a few times in it. My wife, Roberta (www.homemadedelish.com) is his first guest. Watch now for some laughs and great entertainment.
Popular food personality, Roberta Pipito of Homemade Delish, is not just my wife, she’s the perfect cohost for this episode. We talk about some great gift ideas for the holiday season, and some bad ones, as well as a slideshow about what’s trending in 2016.
Take a peek and let us know your ideas or who you’re shopping for.
Thanks to Roberta @Homemadedelish for making this episode fun.
Day 19 of #authorlifemonth – my critique partners. These 3 tell me when my ideas will work or need to be altered. They are the 1st to see every novel I write and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. Thank you to Roberta for her amazingly and sometimes brutally honest thoughts, Charlene (mom) for your editing and feedback (yes I’ll keep that sex scene in but I’ll change it a little ), and Dan for your artwork on the covers and brainstorming.
Cover art for “Flesh And Leftovers” The novel – Art by Dan Pipito
I’ll be the first to admit, that while I’m extremely proud of the things I’ve done, I always look back and say, “Wow, I’m a better writer than I used to be.” That’s because I try to learn from my mistakes. I started off on this journey with writing, as a fan. I was a fan of other people’s works. I knew how good it felt to read stories, and I loved when people would enjoy my music. It made me want to transition from music and expand to fiction. If others enjoyed my songs, then why not let them enjoy the multitude of ideas I have in my head?
So my journey began. I looked into independent publishing for my first project FLESH AND LEFTOVERS and have stayed with it ever since. Would I like a major publishing deal? Of course. What passionate author wouldn’t, but I believe that things happen for a reason. The aforementioned novel began as a joke of sorts. I love zombies. I love the many takes on zombie lore. What I wanted to do was to combine them all, and that is why I went with multiple stories tying into one overall plot.
Cover art for “Blood The Second Helping” The novel
It wasn’t until halfway through the book that I decided to go on with vampires for the following novel. I decided right away that I didn’t want to be stereotyped into writing one thing. I didn’t want to be the “zombie guy”. It’s been done too many times. I knew that I could write sequels and make each one focus on something different, while continuing with the characters I love and keeping it something fresh and new.
Upon finishing the first novel, I began immediately writing BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING, and mapping out more in the series. My mind was set. Then the reviews started coming in… There were an unbelieveable amount of outstanding reviews and feedback. It became overwhelming to the point of people wanting more zombie stories. I was adamant (still am) about doing more of the same in book form. This is where sCrypt comics came in with my brother. I could do spinoffs and appease that audience, while not
Cover art for “Bones At Breakfast” The novel
placing myself in a repetetive place.
Of course this is where my learning came in as well. I wrote book one hastily, and while it is certainly one of the best zombie novels out there (yes I’m biased haha), it has its flaws. Storywise it is fine, but I had no editor, so there are mistakes I made in writing. Plus, there is only so much that can be done creatively with a zombie story. I had a few messages telling me they found typos or that they didn’t like what I did in certain parts. The cool thing about the latter is that as you write a series, you can correct or attone for certain things. (I do want the audience to be happy too). The down side is that I now have six novels completed in the series, and while each one works as a stand alone device, my weakest book is the one that starts it all.
So what is a writer to do? Well, I realized this by the time I was finished writing BONES AT BREAKFAST (my werewolf novel). Then I decided, that if I write the series in trilogy format, I could have people really start with book 4 and then maybe want to go back and read the earlier novels.
Is this a good strategy? Part of me believes so. It makes marketing both easier and more complicated. As a series it becomes easier to sell the installments, but as a whole, the impression of amateur writing in my earlier installments compared to that of what I’d consider professional writing now can be difficult.
While writing novels has taken up much of my free time I have become limited to the amount of time I have to actually read. Now I’m hooked on books on tape of unabridged works. I tend to lean towards my influences on how to properly execute delivery of a concept. Anyone who has read my books can see the historical and mythical influences. I’m fascinated with legends and the unexplained. Writing allows me to curb this need to know by explaining it fictitiously. Point in case… the author, Bob Mayer, takes an amazing approach to explaining where things such as the Pyramids of Egypt came from and so much more. He’s been one of my influences who I feel has taught me (just through reading) what it truly takes to be a successful author.
Everyone mentions Dean Koontz or Stephen King, and while they are also major influences of mine, I tend to think they are oft referenced by too many authors. It is almost Cliche’. While I learn from these great people, I also learn from writers who I find are downright appaling. I could say names, but I won’t because I don’t condone trash talking, but there are writers who have had their books made into films, and honestly it seems as if a ninth grader has written their stories. I don’t care if a novel is geared towards a younger audience, literature shouldn’t be “dumbed down.”
In the end I strive for a few things. 1) I want to constantly evolve, and for my audience to see that. It’s not a pride thing. I do it for me sure, but I want to have people come back for more. If I don’t write on a level that I’m proud with, then how could the audience be entertained? 2) Helping others achieve their goals is important as well. Look, I may not be a NY Times bestseller (here’s to hoping one day), but I can guide others who are starting out or looking to learn. Artists, musicians, writers… I’ve been all three, and want to share my mistakes as to help others get past them. 3) I have a desire to entertain. While music will always do it for me, I don’t think it works on the same level. I have what I like to call “voices” in my head. These are my ideas. I literally have a dozen more books mapped out in my head. I just need the time to write, while juggling a full time job. 4) and finally, what this article is all about…. Learning. As much as my “pride” may be hurt by negative comments or reviews, I realize that there is no such thing as negative feedback. I’m a person who likes to take the negativity and turn it into something positive. So criticism is a wonderful thing, and having positive feedback with it is equal. They are the yin and yang of writing.
What are your thoughts? Are you a writer? If so, how do you approach your ideas? Please comment below. I’d love to hear how you work and learn. As always, I’d also like to throw a thank you out to my brother, Dan Pipito, for the artwork on the covers, as well as my wife, Roberta, who not only feeds my mind with amazing food, but also tells me when my ideas are good or bad.
Long time supporter of sCrypt comics & wife of author, Rick Pipito, has a list of ever expanding accomplishments. She’s been on TV, in magazines, on the radio, & is an ambassador for #foodiechats, but her impressive talents far exceed this. Roberta’s Homemade Delish has become a successful venture, and we only find it fitting to talk about her debut cookbook here.
Some of Roberta’s amazing recipes and insights into the cooking, plating and pairing world, are included in this cookbook. When she asked for Rick Pipito to edit the text, he was more than enthusiastic to be a part of such a wonderful thing. Who knows… maybe the future will have a collaboration of some horror themed foods and drinks between the husband and wife team, but until then, grab your copy of “Create It, Plate It, Style It, Eat It, Love It.”
You are alone with someone you just met. You hit it off and lean in to kiss that person, only to realize that their teeth are now two inch fangs. Your “friend” is a vampire thirsting for your blood. Welcome to the second installment in the graphic world of “Flesh And Leftovers,” where vampire legends will make your blood race. One author’s ideas are brought to life by eight talented artists in this graphic spinoff of “Blood, The Second Helping” the novel.
The novel, “Blood, The Second Helping”, lured fans into its vampire mythology. Now, in this graphic spin off, fans will be able to visualize some of the events that happened leading up to and after those events. You don’t need to have read the novel to appreciate the art from 8 different artists.
Written by Rick Pipito, Dan Pipito and Roberta Pipito.
Featuring artwork by: Dan Pipito, Asher Humm, Leanne Wiedmeyer, Joe Parisi, Angela McQuillan, Phillip Allie, J.C. Spence, Sakura Jones.
**Update: This is now available as a text short story. It can be found in print at lulu.com or in digital form as part of the Eden’s Order Trilogy extras at Amazon.
Artist Story Details:
Joe Parisi is back for a second time with “Hunting The Hunter.” Before the events in Blood, The Second Helping the novel, Darius Moon is hunted because of what he is. The military will stop at nothing to get their hands on this vampire.
Asher Humm has returned for a second time and in full color. “Eternal Guardian” is the story about a vampire who communicates with his natural surroundings. When a group of archaeologists go searching for the Fountain of Youth, they do not expect what lies in waiting.
Dan Pipito, sCrypt Comics’ co-founder, watercolors two stories in this installment. “Seeking The Cure” is about a vampire during the Russo-Japanese War who is seeking a cure for his blood lust. “Samson and Delilah” is a new take on the Biblical story.
Phillip Allie is back for a second time with “The Lying Truth.” When the CIA blackmail a woman into becoming their assassin, they aren’t prepared for her vampiric backlash.
Leanne Wiedmeyer returns with “Wine And Dine.” They say that wine is good for your blood… that is unless you go to the Time and a Bottle winery.
Sakura Jones brings in new talent with “A Monument To Serve.” Ancient Egypt holds many secrets, but solving the riddle of the sphinx could be the deadliest of them all.
Angela McQuillan is here to present “The Question.” Bram Stoker’s inspiration comes from this lord of the undead who is building a selective army of his own.
J.C. Spence illustrates “Mind Astray”. When two of the characters from the novels exist in the same body, they struggle in a dream like state for ultimate control.
Rick, Roberta, and Dan Pipito present the storyboards for “Shadow Stalker.” A medieval vampire hides from his prey until the moment to strike.