Category Archives: On Writing

A look back on 2010

What a year! I sold my first novel, Cracking the Ice, to WestSide Books.  It will be appearing in May, 2011. That all by itself makes 2010 a watershed year. I also sold three short stories: “Age is a Four-Letter Word,” “A Simple Matter of Priorities,” and “Blue Note Heaven.” I wrote another novel, several proposals, […]

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Novel update

My novel has been renamed to Cracking the Ice to avoid confusion with another book.  WestSide Books will be publishing it in May of next year. May, 2011 feels like tomorrow with all that needs to be done, but that’s better than waiting a couple of years. I’ll be posting more details about the book in the coming […]

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WestSide Books to publish my novel!

I’ve sold my novel Breaking the Ice to WestSide Books!  Breaking the Ice is a Young Adult sports novel set in 1968.  Although it’s technically in the Young Adult category, it’s really age appropriate for anyone.  And though it’s also technically in the sports category, it’s even more about the tumultuous American society of 1968.  […]

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Music for Another World Reviews

The reviews have been coming in and they’ve been strong. In Interzone #231, Andy Hedgecock writes: One of the most exciting and original [anthologies] I’ve read in years….  The collection offers a host of absorbing, entertaining and thought provoking stories…. An exceptional anthology. Ten of the nineteen stories are astonishing; eight are simply impressive. Meredith Wiggins […]

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The Power of Inertia

inertia – the tendency of a body to preserve its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. Man, does this apply to writers!  The more you write, the easier it is to keep writing.  The more you don’t write, the harder it is to get started. Before I go […]

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Music For Another World

I just got my author’s copies of Music For Another World, an anthology of “strange fiction” short stories with a common theme of music.  My story “Blue Note Heaven” leads off Act I.  I hope you’ll read it. If you live in the USA, however, you’ll need to do a little more work to get a copy.  It’s a British anthology […]

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June & July 2010 Recommended Reading List

Yes, I know it’s late August, but I’ve either had other writing projects I’ve been focused on or had other topics I wanted to get to first.  In September, I expect to begin posting this list on a monthly basis and also be more punctual.  That’s the plan, at least. There are a few books I enjoyed but won’t be […]

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White Noise for Writers (and Readers)

Certain types of noise distract me to the point where writing and most forms of reading become impossible for me.  Conversations, TV shows, music with spoken words.  All are killers for my concentration. Or I should say have been killers for my concentration. Ever since getting an iPod a few years ago and filling it with a couple choice […]

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Check the Freaking Map

I’m working on a project I feel very good about.  I’m hitting a few potholes, but for the most part things are moving along nicely. Unlike its predecessor. That project took about five times as long as it should have and much of the time felt like I was slamming my head against the wall.  Every time I […]

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