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…

Roxx Reduxx

In the coming months, I will be re-releasing all of my old novels, starting with my Sci-Fi adventure, Hard as Roxx. All of them have been revised. Roxx, like the others, have had their prose tightened, with the opening retooled substantially. Unlike the other older books, Roxx’s story is slightly longer, rather than shorter, as…

The Brooklyn Trace

I’d like to announce the availability of my latest detective novel, The Brooklyn Trace, an Eddie Daley Mystery. Eddie Daley’s got a sister problem. One sister is his girlfriend. The other has hired him to find her missing son. Now, both women think they’ve found their life match in Eddie. They may both be right—but…

Two

She was lovely, adorned in gold leaf, hand-painted, or perhaps handmade appliqué that matched her golden, Roman sandals. She wore a belt and sash of orange feathers and headpiece that would have been the envy of both Frida Kahlo and Carmen Miranda. She’d stopped to flash me a beatific smile, holding her rainbow flag at…

Inmigrante

I have my own theme music. Were it to play aloud, I’d be sued, most likely, by Led Zeppelin. Ah-ah-ah-AH… is how it begins and in my head, mi guitarra es un hacha real cutting through bullshit and misspent walls meant to keep me out but in actuality, only trapping the hatred within. I have…

A Song for Paterson

I watched the movie, Paterson, on a Sunday night. It was the story of Paterson, driver of the Paterson 23 bus in Paterson, New Jersey home of William Carlos Williams. It was not lost on me that the star of this quiet movie was named Driver, Adam, to be precise. Adam, the first person we…

FREE TODAY

For today, my novelette, Beyonder, is free on Amazon for the Kindle. You don’t need a Kindle to read it, however. Amazon offers free software to allow you to read Kindle books on a PC, Mac, iPhone, or Android phone. I hope you’ll check it out. Amazon Kindle for Android: Google Play Store; Amazon Amazon Kindle…