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August 2019

8-8-88

2019-08-08T21:11:33-06:00August 8th, 2019|Personal|

This is a piece I wrote for a non-fiction anthology regarding phobias and related mental issues. The rights have reverted back to me, and I'm now sharing the story here on my site on the anniversary of the events that changed my life forever. Thirty-one years now separate me from [...]

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January 2017

2016 Recap and 2017 Goals

2017-01-04T22:07:01-06:00January 4th, 2017|Modern Mythology, Novels, Personal|

Here goes! 2016 Recap What a year. I'm keeping this about me (my blog, after all), not politics, celebrity losses, crazy out in the world, or anything else. Just the highlights, though. I'm sure I'm leaving out some stuff here, but I'm just hitting the high points here.... January: Started [...]

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November 2016

Nervous About Edits

2016-11-03T15:38:48-06:00November 3rd, 2016|Editors, Modern Mythology, Personal, WordFire Press|

I received an email from my publisher, WordFire Press, on October 25th asking for the "current final manuscript" of Griffin's Feather. They'd assigned an editor to the project, and were ready to move forward with the publishing process. Instead of being elated or excited, my main emotion was nerves. Loads [...]

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May 2016

Mental Disorders in the Creative Mind

2016-05-05T13:28:57-06:00May 5th, 2016|Inspiration, Personal|

There have been a great number of studies in the creative mind and how it relates to mood instability, erratic behavior, and general mental disorders. This is not such a study. Everything here is anecdotal from a personal standpoint, not scientific. Keep that in mind as you peruse my words. [...]

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January 2016

Thirty Years Gone By

2016-03-10T12:39:16-06:00January 28th, 2016|Personal|

"Challenger flight 51-l crew" by NASA - NASA Human Space Flight Gallery. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Challenger_flight_51-l_crew.jpg#/media/File:Challenger_flight_51-l_crew.jpg Wow. 30 years. I was 12. One of Challenger's SRBs burned a hole in the EFT and it exploded. This forced the space shuttle to disintegrate under sheer [...]

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SMART Goals

2016-01-05T14:57:59-06:00January 5th, 2016|Personal, Short Stories|

When I was a manager at a past Day Job, we had to take a 2.3 million hours worth of classes on "how to manage" and related topics. 99.99999% of the classes were absolutely worthless to me in my daily life, the Day Job, every job I've had since, and [...]

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December 2015

My Ghost of Christmas Past

2015-12-24T13:51:38-06:00December 24th, 2015|Personal|

For the first time in my life, I'm looking forward to Christmas. In my previous 40+ years of having Christmas happen to me, I think I'm ready to celebrate it this year. Here's why: I'm the child of divorced parents. I don't have any memories of my parents being married. I [...]

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November 2015

I Made Myself Quit Writing

2017-01-27T11:04:19-06:00November 20th, 2015|Inspiration, Personal, Writin' 'n' Ramblin'|

I good friend of mine works in a variety of capacities for a literary agent. One of the many hats she wears is that of a slush reader for the incoming queries. She shares inspirational (and warning) tidbits on Facebook from the slush pile without identifying the author that sent the [...]

July 2015

Chuck Wendig Challenge: Why I Write

2015-07-24T10:35:41-06:00July 24th, 2015|Personal, Writin' 'n' Ramblin'|

Chuck Wending posted a flash fiction challenge here. I've taken up the challenge. Here goes my (up to) 1000 words: This requires quite a bit of introspection on my part. I started writing when I was ten years old. I walked away. I picked it back up when I was [...]

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April 2015

Turning Things Around

2015-04-15T13:02:06-06:00April 15th, 2015|Agents, Conferences, Inspiration, Personal, Pikes Peak Writers|

I've hesitated making this post for a while. I received some good news today that changed my mind about posting this, so here it is.... I've been down on myself for a good number of months now as far as my writing goes. I've faced some emotional challenges. I've battled [...]

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