Monday, March 30, 2020

Learning to write

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, they have closed down all schools in the State of Kansas until the end of the school year.  I decided to record a lot of the writing instruction I do for my students and put it out there for you.  Watch at your own leisure and peril.  This is the first in the series, Why We Write.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

To Be Continued

In case anyone was wondering, "The Dark Cry of Aristid" was completed July 3rd, 2018 at 11:34pm.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Then sometimes the unfortunate

I'm a pantser writer. I don't plot real heavily other than a slight roadmap that I need to go from this part of the story to the next. The side effect is sometimes painting yourself into a corner or writing a scene that truly you didn't see coming. I just wrote that scene and one of my favorite characters paid dearly for. I'm reading the chapter over and over again and the thought is, should I do this? What would George RR Martin do? Probably kill the character and move on. What would JRR Tolkien do? Make the death have a heavy significance. What would Hickman & Weis do? Depends on what was rolled. My character didn't have much defense and stood in the way, so another life would be spared. RIP, my friend. That damnable monster rolled two criticals.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Return

As the last candle in the Jack-O-Lantern stirs and gives up its fiery life, the last spirit feels the veil thicken and close off the warmth of the living, and the last demon laughs and goes home, I return.

It's been to long and with the dust I see on the old desk, it's been too neglected.

I walked away from fiction writing to pursue other ventures.  After I achieved those lofty goals, I still have whispers of stories wandering the dark.

I love to write.  I love being a writer.  It's time to come back home.

It's been a long round-trip journey, and I'm glad to have friends waiting on the street under the safety of the light post.

DA Bale, a fellow writer and one of the most ferocious editors I've worked with, has her red pen ready to bleed on my work.  In addition, we're starting a fairly regular podcast.  So, my disembodied friends, come with.  See if I can do this once again.

Our introductory podcast is posted: Coffee and Catastrophe: Writers on a Caffeine High Episode 1.
If you have questions, comments, or would like to suggest a future podcast topic, email us at

Friday, April 17, 2015

New release news

DA Bale,  my long time writing partner is releasing the third of her Deepest Darkness trilogy.

Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing.  Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity.  But will it be enough for redemption?  Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned?

Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI.  It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape.  No.  He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat.  That alone begs the question.  Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game?

World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce with a former enemy collapses – all under President Durksen’s watch.  Shadowed by the Elite’s constant and vigilant guard, Durksen must find a way out of the hole he dug for himself long ago.  But can he accomplish it in time, or will the United States die like so many nations before it?

Explosions light up the night.  Friend becomes foe.  Sister against sister.  Lives are lost.  Sacrifices made.  But in order to realize true freedom, evil must be defeated.

No matter the cost.

Rising From the Darkness is available for pre-order May 1st and will be released July 1st.