Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Broken Cage

I finished the 2nd draft of The Broken Cage, Book 2 in the Solstice 31 Saga.

The proof arrived yesterday. I call this the the red-pen-proof.

Volunteer editors and beta readers will use this edition to mark it up and give me feedback.

This edition will be vastly different from the final published version. More than just spelling, grammar and punctuation will be fixed up.

Plot holes will be filled. Characters will be tuned. Clues to mysteries will be seeded.

Books are kind of like children. The second one is easier. I know what to expect. I know what to do.

--Still having fun!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Broken Cage: 2nd Draft

I finished the second draft of The Broken Cage, book 2 in the Solstice 31 Saga. I tightened up the plot and polished the ending.

I took the day off to crank this out. I cannot believe how much I can get done with a whole day. I hammered out almost 7000 words yesterday.

I even picked a new Author photo. I think I may use a different one for every book. It will be fun!

--Go buy Still Falling!

Monday, April 27, 2015

More Great Reviews for Still Falling

I got a great review on the Amazon UK site and a couple in Canada. I did not realize that those review are segregated.

This one is from UK:

These are from Canada:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

― Ray Bradbury

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Just like my sailing adventure, I will continue to have experiences that will make me a better writer. I already enjoy target shooting and now I am stepping it up a notch. Tonight I am in a KSTG match at the NRA HQ Range.

Kinda Sorta Tactical Game (KSTG) was created as an outlet for practical shooters to exercise defensive shooting skills and tactics in a competitive environment with minimal subjective judgments by officials.

The rules of KSTG evolved from other popular competitive shooting sports such as IPSC and IDPA. Many concepts, procedures, and naming conventions are borrowed from these sports for the sake of familiarity.

The rules are an attempt to balance objectivity, common tactical principles, and fun. KSTG is not intended to serve as formal training. It’s a game. Have fun.

--This will be fun!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


As a writer, I believe it is very important to get out from behind the keyboard.

It makes it easier to write about things.

Today's adventure will be sailing! I might need to include a bit of sailing in a future book!

--Sunny and 81!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow

Star Wars Trailer


--And there was a tremble in the force of nerdom...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The new marketing website is up. Have a look!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What are the Odds

"1 out of 100 people say they will write a novel. Of those, 1 out of 100 actually finish writing a novel. Of those, 1 out of 100 actually publish a novel." --Mark Henshaw

Friday, April 10, 2015

20 years...

"20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

– Mark Twain

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ever want to be a character in a book?

Have you ever wanted to be a named character in a book? Several characters in my novels have real peoples names. If this sounds fun to you, now is your chance.

First you have to Like my Facebook page, then like the Post about the named character!

--I will randomly select one of the people that Like it to be in Book 2!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Hugos

As a newly published Science Fiction author I have been watching the Sad Puppies Hugo drama for years now.

I want to start by saying I read a LOT of science fiction and fantasy. There was a time when the Hugo award seal on a books cover would ensure a good read.

In recent years, not so much.

The Hugo Aware machine had been quietly taken over by a group that began nominating titles for reasons other than the quality of the stories. The politics of the authors or stories became a big variable for a nomination. Cronyism became the norm. And frankly obvious. What was an award that supposedly represented ALL of fandom, really only supported the far left.

I just stopped using Hugo as a guide. I wasn't a published author then, just a reader. Some of the books sucked.

Larry Corriea is a favorite author of mine. I enjoy his books big time. Big fun. I have met Larry on a few occasions. He is a great guy. He has provided me excellent advice as a new author. He is very encouraging of new authors. When Sad Puppies started a few years ago I saw it on his blog and Facebook.

The Hugo crony backlash is what screwed their influence. Classic shooting of  their own foot. When they started accusing Larry and later Brad Torgerson of being racist woman haters I laughed. At first.

In stead of being quiet and letting it pass they began attacks. Bad ones. Fools. Lies and bile. They attacked the wrong guy. Larry is smart and bases all his comments on facts.

This energized readers.

Using the rules of the Hugos own process and humor, Sad Puppies created it's own recommended list of books. When boiled down, that is all they did. The difference was their lobbying was overt instead of behind closed doors.

Now, three years into Sad Puppies, The nominees are better. I have read many of these books. I hope Marko Kloos wins!

For me, I don't give a shit what the authors politics are, as long as the story is good. One thing that will cause me to never read another one of your books is if you start threatening violence or throwing unfounded insults.

--Read more good Scifi. Not SJW shit.

Friday, April 3, 2015

First Batch

Packaged up the first batch of signed copies! They will be going out in the mail tomorrow.

If you would like a signed copy, all you have to do is paypal me $20 and send me an email to:

If you want me to say something specific, let me know!

--Exciting stuff.

Social Media Links

Here are my social media marketing spots thus far:


I am also developing a dedicated website for the Solstice 31 Saga. I should have it updated in the next few weeks:


Thursday, April 2, 2015


I just received the initial candidate for the cover of Book 3: Blood of the Scarecrow. I think the three of them look nice together!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Delivered Today

My first case of Book 1: Still Falling was not the only thing delivered today. I mean besides my wife's daily PEZ collectable!

I also got the first draft of Book 2: The Broken Cage so I can make sure the formatting and details are correct straight up.

I am going to print a couple review copies for my trusted reviewers to mark up with a red pen. If you read this blog you already know I need a lot of help editing!

My self imposed deadline for the completion of the second draft is April 30th. Then it is off to my beta readers for commentary. "You are KILLING TOO MANY PEOPLE!"

--People say that to me all the time...