The Heart of the Hero

I love myths. I love the grand displays such stories can make. Heroes can be heroic. They can display courage and sacrifice themselves for the greater good. They can face their fear and overwhelming odds and still take action. And that’s fun to watch. Superheroes stories are modern myths. My latest superhero/love story adventure is out. Protocol X. In it we get to the heart of our super-hero, Nick Nichols / Neutrinoman. He’s a romantic. …

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A Story for Halloween

Back in 2009 when I first started to get serious about writing, my wife was putting together a lovely little writing group. It was a group of good friends that wanted to write various things. A couple of us were doing fiction, others a children’s book, and my wife was working on creating a book that would help others do what she does. We met at the little Flagstaff airport on the second floor, sitting on comfortable …

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Meteor Attack! is free in October

To celebrate the release of Toxic Asset (Episode #2 of Neutrinoman & Lightningirl: A Love Story), Episode #1, Meteor Attack! is free over on Noisetrade. It’s free. It’s fun. These books are a blast to write and a blast to read. Check it out! One quick thought on why I love these stories: they tickle the hell out of the boy in me, let the die-hard romantic in me come out and play, and even …

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Toxicwasteman: A Villain? A Hero?

Superheroes need super-villains, right? Someone stronger than them that can be the obstacle our hero must overcome. An embodiment of evil that makes the goodness of our hero shine through. Right? But, that has never made much sense to me. We are all the heroes of our own story and the villain in someone else’s. It’s a matter of perspective. “Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.” — John Barth But I’m writing …

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Wayne’s Legacy

Ten years ago today, my dear friend Wayne died. Wayne was young (just shy of 43) and danced with cancer for thirteen months before his death. The ending was difficult and sad. Wayne’s contribution to my life is anything but. He has changed me for the better in so many ways. I’ve blogged about Wayne before. Here and here. On this anniversary, it only seems right to reflect on Wayne and his legacy in my life. …

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Death by Starlight now available!

Every Day Fiction just posted my story Death by Starlight. This is a very short (600 words) experimental piece. In the acceptance email I got, the editor used the phrases “poetic imagery” and “vivid language” to describe it. I am very happy this story found a home. Go over to the Every Day Fiction site and check it out. Also, if you’d like new stories in you email every day you can sign up for …

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Fractal Friday: Vision Quest

A couple of creative incarnations ago, I went deep into the creation of fractals. I will go more in depth on that soon, but for now know that these images are all math. The landscape viewed is the inside of one (or more–sometimes they are layered) mathematical equations. First up is “Vision Quest” created in 2002. It is a single formula image (i.e. came out of a single mathematical equation). For me, this one evokes …

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What is Enough?

Live is busy, isn’t it? Not just a little either–it seems to demand more of me than I think I have on a regular basis. Maybe you too. I’ve got my day job (programming) and my writing job (if you’re here, you know about that) and my non-profit job (helping my wife do her amazing work) and we’ve been remodeling our bathroom and dealing with all the other things a life brings. And for a …

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A Fool’s Journey

My new novel, To Be a Fool: A Ghost’s Memoir, Book 2 is here and I’ve got a huge sale going on! Well, partially here. The ebook is out and the print book will be coming soon (I’m taking preorders for it now). This book begins right where Shuffled Off ends, furthering the adventures of JJ Lynch, Jesus, and Banquo in the afterlife. Here’s what a few of my early readers had to say: “And …

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Now In Print – Meteor Attack!

Falling in love and saving the world… If you recall, I released the first episode in my Superhero/Love Story series (“Neutrinoman and Lightningirl: A Love Story”) last year. I’m still busy at work on it (two more episodes are in the pipeline) but in the meantime I have gotten the first episode into print. You might notice a rearrangement of the title. The episode name, “Meteor Attack!” is now the title and “Neutrinoman and Lightningirl: …

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