Dirty Writer’s Secrets #1

I am a writer. As such, I’m expected to be slightly nerdy and do all of the things writers do. Granted, the specifics of those things change over time. Writers are no longer expected to be alcoholics (most of those died) nor are they expected to chain smoke (likewise). It is still acceptable, though no…

“Most of the Action is Between 2 Women!”

When you write me a bad review (because you’re a homophobic asshole) and I use it to promote my book: The worst review of my book: "Most of the action is between two women!" Not even remotely true, but it sounds kinda sexy to me. Hard as Roxx — for when you're in the mood…

Life Skills, Part 1

Love – Advanced Forgiveness – Beginner Reggae* – Expert Historian – Intermediate Genealogy – Expert Jazz** – Advanced Poetry – Intermediate Art Appreciation – Intermediate Cooking – Intermediate Counselor – Expert Analyst – World Class NBA – Expert NFL, NHL – IDGAF MLB, Past – Intermediate MLB, Present – Beginner Traveler – Intermediate Humor –…

Garnering Distinguishment

Men, particularly successful ones, have had the advantage over the years of having been able to gain distinguishment as they age, while women merely age.  Now, I know that your immediate reaction might have been for you to be stumble over the word distinguishment rather than note what I said. Let me assure you; I…

Fool O’Clock – Part 2

Part 1 is here. When I get to the office, the Director is annoyed that I did an unauthorized handle on my own. She doesn’t care that the fool got dealt, but the clean up with the metro cops meant I was late to another sector meeting. The woman lives for deskwork and can’t for…

Fool O’Clock – Part 1

“Oh shit, it’s Fool o’clock.” “Wha’?” The grumble next to me is the wife – likely the co-conspirator who turned the damned alarm off. It’s on her side of the bed, per her demand, after I broke my hand trying to break the last one. “I said, ‘It’s Fool o’clock.’ I’m supposed to be in…

Short Fiction – Available Now!

Two new anthologies of short fiction are now available on Amazon.com and other sites.  You can pick up an electronic copy for the Kindle app from Amazon, which will work on any electronic device, or a good old paperback. The Kindle app is free from Amazon. Details are below.

On Being a Writer: 1 – In It to Win It

Success in writing, as with any other vocation or avocation, is restricted less by “talent” than by focus. Now, I know that probably differs from conventional wisdom and may be quite a different philosophy than is taught in literature class. After all, we are taught artistic hero worship. We are given the catechism of the…

Short Story Anthologies, Coming Soon!

Panthera Press will be releasing two short story anthologies in early 2018. One contains 11 general literary fiction short stories and novelettes, and the other is 8 stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Look out for them!

Looking for a Few Honest Reviewers

Do you read a lot? Comfortable with eBook formats? Like mysteries and/or literary fiction? Then, I’m looking for you. I’m looking for a few folks to generate honest reviews on Amazon.com for my newly released books. In consideration of your time, I’ll send you free copies of the eBooks in whatever format you prefer. Again,…

Whence Ideas Come and Whither They Go

Those who’ve followed my blog for some time know that I think writer’s block is an (ironically) imagined disorder. There is no such thing as a lack of ideas. However, writers can make finding those ideas difficult, often by falling into inflexible routines. Let’s assume, for instance, a writer has always found their story ideas…