Category Archives: Story

Scene Retelling – The Once and Future King – Part 4

Young Knight - Dutch School

Young Knight – Dutch School

This is part 4 of a retelling of a scene from The Once and Future King book series, by T.H. White. To read the preceding part of this story sequence, click here.

What is done, is done

Mordred’s sword did not do the full task of slaying the creature, and the poor beast writhed in pain. Gawain raised his sword and followed Mordred’s action, and then all together the four boys set about the work of finishing the creature off. Continue reading

Scene Retelling – The Once and Future King – Part 3

This is part 3 of a retelling of a scene from The Once and Future King book series, by T.H. White.

A maiden’s power

When a unicorn feels the presence of an innocent young maiden in its wood it responds by coming to greet her.

For our young maiden, Meg, it was an experience beyond expectation. Its neck was full of grace and power, and its mane flowed as though it was underwater. She stopped squirming and dried her eyes as the unicorn trotted through the tall grass towards her. Continue reading

Scene Retelling – The Once and Future King – Part 2

The Once and Future King - Book Cover

The Once and Future King – Book Cover

This is a continuation. To read the first part of this story, click here.

They hatch a plan

One day, while peering out the window watching their mother in the courtyard below the four boys overheard shouting with her servants. It appeared that in her desire to prove to herself she was still a beautiful young maiden she had tried to hunt down a unicorn–a feat which can only be accomplished by a virgin. Their mother, of course, wasn’t, and so spent the entire night in the forest waiting for a unicorn that would never come. She was angry at this, and likely embarrassed in front of the servants, and the sound of her shouting drew particular interest to her boys.

They had not seen her nor spoken with her more than a sentence or two for most of their lives. They felt that there must be something wrong with them for her to not spend any time raising her children. Hearing her so upset gave them an idea of how they could prove their worth. Continue reading

The Unicorn is Attacked - Tapestry

Scene Retelling – The Once and Future King – Part 1

This scene from T.H. White’s The Once and Future King I read years ago stays in my memory. Today I’m retelling it in my own words.

The Unicorn is Attacked - Tapestry

Detail – The Unicorn is Attacked, ca. 1495–1505

Mordred and Gawain had messed up childhoods

I’ve always loved this scene from T.H. White’s Arthurian series. I haven’t read it in several years and am not going to bother rereading it now, since it’s more fun to just tell it from memory.

Want to skip straight to reading the scene? Scroll down to the next header!

To give you a quick background on what you’re about to see, this scene takes place at the beginning of the second book in the series. Elsewhere, Arthur has already drawn the sword from the stone, and is learning how to be king.

His nephews, on the other hand, are still children. They live on the island of Orkney with their mother, who is a witch–the bad sort of witch.

The children by name are Gawain, Gahareth, Agravain, and Mordred.

Gawain is the big, tall, brawny and brave one. He’s a bit dumb, has red curly hair, and enjoys pushing the others around.

Gahareth and Agravain are complete opposites, but we won’t go into too many details for the sake of brevity.

Now Mordred is the odd one. You see, Mordred is supposedly King Arthur’s “nephew”–at least, that’s what everyone thinks.  In truth, he’s more than that: he’s also King Arthur’s bastard incestuous son. Continue reading

The Shortcut proofs

Shortcut proofs

The Shortcut proofs

The Shortcut graphic novella proofs have arrived.

Shortcut Update

Pretty fun to see a graphic novella come together for my first time.

I’m excited to let people read it—you can buy it from me already at fairs and conventions—and I will at some point in time make it available to read via PDF for free. However, the latter option is going to have to wait.

Unfortunately, though I have tried to make it known that this is not the novel on which I’ve worked with my publisher for the last few years, people are naturally busy and don’t have time to read every detail of my posts.

Already when I run into people in person who follow my blog I’m getting comments such as, “I saw the cover for the book you’re doing with Shadow Mountain!”


I certainly don’t blame anyone. If I were in their shoes I would probably make the same mistake.

But this project was just a blitz done between drafts. It’s a fun novella, but it’s not a full and finished novel, and I don’t want to present my work as such.

Until I have more novellas and things with which to totally confuse people (or at least until I start releasing illustrations for my full-length novel) we’ll be keeping “Shortcut” on the convention tables only. You’re welcome to grab a copy there!


Provo Farmer’s Market

Provo Farmer's Market

Provo Farmer’s Market

Here’s one place you can grab it…

As of last week I am at the Provo Farmer’s Market each Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. I’ll be selling prints etc., and I’m also learning the art of onsite caricature drawing. Come sit! Last week I did them for free as I’m brand new at this. Eventually I’ll start charging. Not sure when.


My Belated Blog Hop from Merdith

My good friend, Meridth Gimbel, asked me about a month ago if I would like to participate in her blog hop. There’s a particular reason why I’m still waiting to answer the interview questions, but for the time being I do want to thank her for including me and show you where you can check out her blog!


More posts coming soon.


Shortcut in the Sky – The Finished Cover

Here it is, The Shortcut in the Sky – the finished cover.

I’ve renamed it, you might notice.

Sound better? I think so.

And—thanks to my wonderful cousin and volunteer editor—we’ve corrected a bunch of grammatical errors.

The Finished Cover - The Short Cut in the sky

The Finished Cover – The Short Cut in the sky
Created for the graphic novella by Bryan Beus


Short Cut – The Decision to Climb

Here are a couple of panels from where she makes the decision to climb.



(As a reminder, this is just a side project that I’m doing in my free time. It’s not associated with my publisher)

We’re closing in on the end. I should have all the revisions made soon, and then I think I’m going to bind these together by hand.

The way I think I’m going to release these at Salt Lake Comic Con is that I may hand-stitch them together, along with several portfolio paintings.

They’ll be signed and numbered in a limited edition release. Most likely there will not be more than 40 all together, so if you’d like to buy one and you can’t be there, be sure to let me know. I can provide a way for you to pay by credit card and I will ship it to you.

Hope to see you soon!

Short Cut – Discovering the Staircase

A recently completed page from Short Cut – Discovering the Staircase!

Short Cut - Discovering the Staircase

It would seem that this project is following true to Murphey’s Law: A task will expand to fill the maximum amount of time allotted to it.

There are two and a half spreads left to go, and then I’ll go back and do some corrections.

Otherwise, things are going great! Thanks for following along. I’m looking forward to releasing the entire comic.