I have been pressing hard to finish Obsidian Gate: Homeworld Lost (Book 7) all week. Mostly because I went to a conference the week before, but also because I am that type of writer who works on more than one project. I used to be worse, writing as many as three to five books at […]
On November 16th, Wichita Police officers pursued a robbery suspect who fled into a storm drain that went under a road. The suspect barricaded himself and K9 officers were sent to get him out and take him into custody. K9 units work with patrol officers and issue commands and warnings over and over. Eventually a […]
The impulse to quote from Conan the Barbarian here is almost irresistible. I know this title feels like click bait, but I actually have an answer this morning. What matters most in life is having someone to talk to. There are times in the early morning when I get up (to write before the world […]
Writing is my reward. I’ve always been a chronic daydreamer. Maybe that’s because you had to work harder to entertain yourself before the internet and smart phones. I’m not really here today to brag about how awesome Generation X is. There’s plenty of that on the social media platforms. Hilarious stuff, really. Makes me chuckle. […]
Good morning! I know it’s a holiday weekend. I love the Fourth of July and everything it stands for. My dog loves the weeklong fireworks exhibition in my neighborhood less. I hope everyone at least stays safe with that part. What do I do to celebrate? Well, it involves family, food, and relaxation. (I still […]
I love writing conferences, and I love 20 Books most of all. Each time I attend, I get a wave of energy. It’s a time to meet friends I only see once a year and get excited about my dream job. Does it wear me out? Absolutely. I was on two panels, Police Procedurals, and […]
People ask me how I can write eight to ten novels a year while working a full-time job and raising a family. The answer is simple. I don’t do much else.
“Call me crazy, but I’m doing this…” (Scott Moon, right before everything went off the rails.) I feel I owe you, dear readers, a bit of an explanation. They Came for Blood was conceived as a five-book series: Invasion Day, Resistance Day, Victory Day, Departure Day, and finally, Arrival Day. In this last book, I […]
This is the only true road to happiness. Tell me I’m wrong (no, seriously, if you disagree, go crazy in the comments). There is nothing better than stepping back from the social media shit show of modern society, sipping some java at the perfect temperature, and losing yourself in a story.
Imagination. Playtime. Blanket forts. That’s where it’s at. As a writer, I value creativity and hope to foster it in my children. But I can also say, it’s amazing how the kids will quietly disappear in this simple fortress of questionable stability. Once or twice I got worried and did a stealth approach, scouting for […]
Blogging is more fun when it’s easy. And video is simple right? Just record to YouTube and link? Turn this blog into a vlog of awesomeness. But is vlogging easier than blogging? Let’s find out. Step into my high-tech studio and listen to what I’ve got to say today about working too hard (or so […]
Daydreams are better than video games, theme parks, books, comics, Shakespeare in the Park or even big-budget movies. In the late seventies and early eighties, I realized there was nothing I dreaded more than being bored. Home Alone. Too much time on my hands. The internet not existing. Stories from books and movies took on […]