Why I Quit Writing (Almost, Kinda, Sorta)

While this blog is focused on my recent experience with writing, the principles apply to whatever your passion is. Writing Is… Writing is easy: you’re just making things up and recording them. Writing is hard: it’s a subjective art and getting better is challenging and talks a long time. Add on to that the endless rejection and the fact that you have to learn a business as well as an art and it can be …

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New Passions at Any Age

See those smiles. That’s my wife, Aleia, and I after running our very first 10k last month at the Sedona Marathon. I’m 52, my wife is a tad older (being a gentleman and being married for so long, I shall not divulge her age). This day was the highlight of our year so far. Why? Well for me, it’s a brand new adventure. I only ran briefly as a boy and hated it. For my wife it’s …

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LOVE the Love

Special deals for Valentine’s Day (free and 50% off!) Valentine’s day is almost here. It’s a mixed bag for many, I get that, but I just LOVE love! We humans seem to do better with a partner and I have been blessed with a fabulous one! My wife, Aleia, inspires me to be a better person, improves each and every day of my life, is the one person that I know is always there for me. She …

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A Year in Stories, 2015 Edition

Last year, I did a roundup of 2014 writing-wise and what stories had come out. I wanted to do another one around the first of they year, but January has just gotten away from me. So, better late than never, here’s what stories came out in 2015: December This isn’t about a released story, but it is worth noting: I was a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest. Very excited to almost win …

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Life After Sale

For the next week (through Thursday, November 12th), the Life After ebook is on sale for $0.99 on Amazon.com! Writing short stories is where I started with this crazy adventure. My first novel was an accident and in many ways the short form is my first love writing-wise. You get to experiment and take chances, you get to explore and learn, all of it without the risk of time and effort that goes with a novel. These stories …

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Back to the Graveyard

I love my ghost friends: JJ, Jesus, Banquo, and all the rest–they are so real to me. With three novels down and a fourth in the works, I must. My “A Ghost’s Memoir” world (Shuffled Off, Drawing the Dead, and To Be a Fool) with it’s SECI chamber (basically a typewriter for ghosts) just begs for more stories and more ghosts. Tales of those who have “shuffled off the mortal coil,” live among us, and are trying to find …

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Making Art With Your Friends

Writers are strange. Their imagined worlds are often so compelling that the “real” world has trouble keeping up. Writer brains are different, they will imagine a character they love and then imagine all the ways they can make that characters life a living hell (often with a triumphant ending, of course). They think about story constantly. What works and what doesn’t. What satisfies and what disappoints. How we learn from story and how we are …

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Two Short Stories Available in Audio

Two of my short stories (“Death by Starlight” and “The Last Flight of the Acurus”) were recently featured on StarShipSofa podcast, episode #394. These are both stories of survival in space, old fashioned sci-fi with a bit of a twist. Acurus was my first sale and appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue #58. Starlight is a piece of flash fiction inspired by Acurus and appeared in Every Day Fiction. The narration is beautifully done …

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A Valentine’s Gift

Falling in love and saving the world… For the next five days Meteor Attack!, the first episode my Superhero/Love Story series, is free over on Amazon. It’s Valentines day after all. What could be better than love, action, adventure, and a dash of humor? And in many ways this series is a Valentines to my own love, without whom I wouldn’t be able to write a love story that spans the decades (and I’d be …

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A Year in Stories

2014 had come and gone in a flash of challenges, business, and unique experiences. Some good, some bad, many a humbling mixture of the two. As this blog is mostly about my writing, I thought I would list out my writing releases as a way to both catch you up on what I have been doing and as a way to reflect on my artistic life. So here goes! December Protocol X. Episode 3 of …

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