If you’re an author, at some point you’ve probably been asked the following question: Where do you get your ideas from? Mere mortals ask this question as if you have a fridge that you store ideas in or maybe a box in a closet somewhere. Then after you tell them an idea you’re working on, they panic. They’re like, you’re planning on killing how many people? You want them to have sex where? They smile and then give you the stink eye. You’re still friends but, as the author, they think you have issues. So let’s briefly discuss the question and the different ways to answer it…. read more

This is the second part of the first chapter from my new novel In Blackness: The Reinvention of Man. It is available on pre-order until Aug 15. That’s when the fun really happens. The woman had a metal syringe in one hand and a gun in the other. She dropped the gun and plunged the syringe into his shoulder. “Shut up or I’ll shoot you dead right here.” The injection made Lenny’s arm feel like it would explode. Stars circled his peripheral and he became so uncontrollably limp that he couldn’t keep his eyes open. At first he purposely kept his eyes shut because it seemed to… read more

The follow up to In Blackness. This is book 2 in the series depicting the alien apocalypseHere’s a nice partial chapter for my new novel In Blackness: The Reinvention of Man. Full novel available in its electronic form beginning August 15th.   Lenny sipped from a cup of coffee at his booth. The Best Little Road House, a diner in Salem, Oregon, was warm, dry and safe. Most of the tables were filled, with only a few waitresses helping serve everyone. All these people eating and ordering food as if nothing was wrong. Like The Visit never happened. He couldn’t begin to forget,… read more

For better or worse, paper books are here to stay, and I’ll tell you why.   Although I love paper books, I tend to not talk them up too much. They’re hard to hold or are too heavy. You know the phrase “I couldn’t put it down”? Well, not if you’re talking about a hardback. Most of the time, the weight of them will make you put them down or risk injury. I find that I like the process of turning actual pages but the simple action of doing so shouldn’t cost me twenty-five or thirty dollars. I like going to a bookstore, new or used, and perusing, discovering, opening up… read more

If you haven’t read The Great Gatsby there are spoilers in this review, just to let you know. I stopped writing reviews about books because I’m an author myself. It didn’t seem like my place to judge another story for the good or otherwise. However, after much complaining and debate about The Great Gatsby I decided to reread it, to update my opinion on the classic. As most people know, The Great Gatsby is the tale of lost love in a time after the First World War. The short novel has a little something to say about status back in those days. East Egg is for the high class, and the… read more

This post is for all you readers out there who don’t necessarily know what it’s like to write a book. So I finish my novel. After you finish a novel, it’s not actually done. You’ve only written to the end. You’ve only completed an eighth of your goal if you’re me. So I write to the end with a bad feeling. I knew the rewrites were going to take a little longer than usual. Three fourths into it my vision for the ending had changed, which meant inconsistencies throughout. I could live with that. Every inconsistency is fixable. No, something else I couldn’t live with,… read more

I’m going to take this time to tell you all about my publishing process. I was inspired by more than one article that came out that talked about the writer’s process. I found those articles insightful. Thought I’d give it a whirl. Okay first off you have to get done writing the darned novel. While writing, I’m receiving feedback from my writers group, of course. Normally I’ll write a general outline and then adjust it as I go. In addition, I go ahead and pop out about 1,000 words a day 4 to 5 days of the week. I do take days off. After the initial draft is done I go back a day… read more

I’m issuing a warning. In the case of society targeting its youth for violence with very little explanation, it simply needs to grow up. As hard and as vague as that sounds, that’s exactly what needs to happen. As you might have guessed, this post is in reflection of the latest school shooting news. But it is also addressing something equally as dastardly, just not so obviously. Let me start by discussing the safety of the school day. There are parts of a school day that simply aren’t safe and it won’t matter how many guns teachers are armed with or how many guns you take… read more

In about 2005 or 2006 or so, something like that, a friend of mine told me that we were now living in the future. He said the future started in 1992 with the advent of the internet. Made sense to me and there was no harm in not doubting it. I never questioned the arrival of the future, because I believed in it from a young age. Everybody believed in the future. The fact that it was here merely made sense, like, damn, it’s about time. There was only one bad thing about this future thing. Educators had to prepare millions of people for it. Keep in mind the future happened in 1992 so… read more

I have to bring up something that I’ve found myself very close to: Education. Education has become a huge budget matter. It’s more of an economical detriment than a benefit, so it seems when you hear about it in the news. In upper education, it’s more of a state money making scheme of sorts, and in some ways, a bet. You know, in ten years I bet this degree will still be paying big and I’ll be able to find a job and all that nonsense. Or even more so, if I stay in school long enough and pay enough money into it, I’ll figure out where I want to go…and then hope in ten years… read more