My Ghost of Christmas Past

My Ghost of Christmas Past
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 was too young when they ...

I Made Myself Quit Writing

I Made Myself Quit Writing
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 query. Her post from today ...

Escape Artists

Rolling back the history reels to June of 2008, I received a recommendation for a good horror podcast from Hank Snider. He vastly understated the quality of the stories, narration, production value, and editing done on these stories. The podcast was PseudoPod and it had just released its 93rd episode, a story called, “The Land ...

Two New Pages

I’ve put two new pages on my web site. The first is a list (and descriptions) of all of the presentations I’ve given in the past and would like to do again in the future. The second is a list of all of that podcasts I currently listen to. Check the page on occasion to ...

Belated Worldcon Recap

Belated Worldcon Recap
The 73rd annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) was named “Sasquan” this year and was held in Spokane, WA, USA from August 19th through the 23rd of 2015. Patrick Hester bugged me back in February to ask if I was going and if I wanted to split a hotel room with him. I put numbers ...

Professional Editor

First off, a bit of distant back story. I’ve written a trilogy that is trunked. I consider it my “practice trilogy.” It’s not going to go anywhere for so many different reasons. However, these three novels allowed me to get where I am today as a writer. A writer that can sling a great story. While ...

Chuck Wendig Challenge: Why I Write

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 fifteen, and dropped it again. ...

Turning Things Around

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 doubts. I’ve run against my ...

I’m On The Round Table Podcast

I can’t believe it’s taken me almost two weeks to post about this! Many apologies to Dave, Terry, and Jake for the massive delays in getting this “out the door.” A few months ago, I sat on the Skype-line with three fantastic gentlemen and scholars of the writing craft and pitched a story idea to ...

Childhood Home

Childhood Home
I found out this morning that the home I consider the most important one I’ve ever had burned down in the early morning hours. While I lived in a good number of homes growing up, this is the one I consider my childhood home. My grandparents bought the home in 1978 when I was five ...