Thursday, December 12, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
As for rumors about her presence in Procythian Reign...I'll deal with them shortly.
|Someone asked me if Leo was supposed to resemble me. I don't see the resemblance. Do you?|
|This is my lovely bride! And for those of you wondering: This woman...|
Friday, October 25, 2013
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that Nine Eleven is a little more hallowed in the police and fire cultures. I thought about how I could honor these brothers on this day of remembrance and remembered a post that I had written last month, following the death of nineteen smoke jumpers in Arizona.
I didn't spend any time "promoting" the blog post because I often feel conflicted about sharing this kind of thing on my author site. After all, this is supposed to be about marketing and self-promotion. Mixing that with the hallowed sacrifices of so many brave and noble servants seems to be in poor taste, but I also feel like I can give these brave men and women a voice.
So, here is the repost of my blog of just a month ago, Please Don't Forget Them:
I have been away from the blogging and self-promoting scene to handle mistakes made as a rookie indie writer and to get married. I’ve been working very hard behind the scenes trying to prep for my “triumphant return” to the writing scene. I had a blog post semi-plotted in my head and was ready to start working on that this week with my new “writer’s office hours” schedule I’m implementing.
How many kids have you heard say: “I want to me a firefighter so I can have good healthcare benefits, stable job and a good retirement” or “I can’t wait to be a cop, so I can make lots of money”? Who does that? The fact is, no one does. They do it because the work is exciting, challenging and rewarding unto itself. They do it because they want to make a real difference, because they want more out of life than a paycheck. They do it so they can point to a life of service and say, “I did that”.
But “we lucky band of brothers” know that in the chaotic environment of America’s streets, the slightest mistake can prove to be the one that kills you. Working a motor vehicle accident? You’d better watch that traffic. Pulling someone over? Is this car stolen? Do the occupants have weapons? If you get into a tussle with the driver, is the passenger going to jump on your back? Crawling into a burning building? Don’t let go of that wall, that hose, or, most of all, your partner, or you may never find your way out.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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Defiance: Dragonics & Runics Part I (ebook): http://bit.ly/dr1ebook (Coming to Smashwords & others June 2013!)
Friday, April 5, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I had a blog half written. And, then, like often happens when I write fiction, I realized I was writing in the wrong direction. Maybe someday we'll talk about the business side of writing that is taking all of my time in one frustrating bite after another. But not today.
Today, we're going to talk about writing and all of its joys....well, some of its joys.
When I was a child, I spent many a day alone in my backyard, dreaming up some fantasy or adventure. Sometimes it took place in the stars. Sometimes it was a rewrite of history. Sometimes I was even a character, but not usually.
Years later, those daydreams and fantasies stayed with me. And I began to see elements of a great story in other people or the news or from characters in history. I am fascinated by the conflicts into which people are drawn, especially people of principal. I'm captivated by the choices those people are forced to make and the price they pay for making those choices.
What if you had to chose between the life of your spouse and the life of your child? How would making such a choice affect you? I know, terrible question. But, the joy of writing, and the thing I think I enjoy most, is the fact that I get to set the rules and put these people in situations where we can ask: "what would I do there?" or "how would that affect me?"
The story gives us a chance to explore many things, often things we wouldn't want to face in real life. It gives us a chance to think about what makes us tick and why we do what we do.
It is a long held truth that character is what makes a story compelling. I believe that. And, I hope that you love these characters as much as I do,. They are the reason you keep turning the page and coming back for more. I try to make my characters flawed and human. I want them to be relatable.
I want you to empathize.