July 15, 2018

So my 11-month-long sore throat issue has finally been resolved. If you're interested, adding a wedge pillow and not eating after 8pm finally knocked the acid reflux down enough to allow my throat to heal. 

So much information you didn't need! What you did need, was the...

March 23, 2018

I would like, at this point, to publicly thank my 11th grade writing teacher, Mrs. Ellen Burke, for her insistence that the classic outline (I, A, 1, a) is almost always the friend of someone who isn't quite sure what comes next. 

For those of you who don't know what I'...

February 18, 2018

In discussing the perspective and powers of the Seven Domains in The Side Ways with friends, the two that seem to be least clear (especially in relation to each other) are Chaos and Flux. 

The others are pretty easy and easily distinguished: Earth, Blood, Sight, Increas...

January 27, 2018

Via BoingBoing I found a Lifehacker post about a nifty vocabulary tool called "Wheel of Feelings," which is being widely attributed to a teacher named Kaitlin Robb. The link back to her (I assume) WordPress site requires a WordPress login, and I don't have that, so if...

January 20, 2018

I've done a bit of voice work over the years -- almost entirely industrial stuff like on-hold prompts, tutorials, narration for business video. I've also recorded poems and stories for friends and family. It's fun. At one time (when I was much younger) I thought I migh...

January 14, 2018

I've been getting this question a lot. So I figured a post wouldn't hurt.

Short answer: it's intended to be appropriate as a YA (Young Adult) book in terms of content. In terms of vocabulary, it's going to be on the older side. It's not meant to be difficult... but I mo...

December 31, 2017

[Note: There will be no spoilers. Unless you haven't seen episodes 1-7.]

Before you hear what I think of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, it's important for you to know three things:

  1. I was 11 when "New Hope" came out. Which is, I think, the perfect age to have see...

December 23, 2017

On the dedication page of "Aware," you'll see that I thank the "GURPS crew." These are a group of folks I have (on-and-off) played live pen-and-paper RPG games with for more than 20 years. If that sounds like a long time, some of them had been playing together for near...

December 16, 2017

I've been working on The Side Ways for more than 10 years. It has been an exercise in "world building" as much as writing. In many cases -- for those of us who write fantasy, sci-fi, speculative fiction, etc. -- the world building part is actually the most fun. Figurin...

December 7, 2017

I've had the basic ideas for world of "The Side Ways" in my head for more than ten years. The first book, "Awake," was finished in 2015 and the second was written in 2016 with finishing touches, edits, proofing completed in late 2017 (I hope... maybe early 2018). 

Why s...

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